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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Stats without the last 4 games (18 of 22)… 95-81 in total points displayed by the ATP seems improbable to me (too many)…
    The match played on the Arthur Ashe Stadium at night in a very quite atmosphere. The temperature dropped to just 10°C and spectators were more focused on warming themselves with jackets & blankets than supporting the players. They both appeared in vests covering their T-shirts. Korda was clearly weakened by flue and faced break points in as many as 9 out of his 10 service games! In the opener Bjorkman led three times with a break of serve before he clinched it 7/3 in the tie-break. Korda having lost four games in a row at the beginning of the 3rd set, felt he hadn’t enough physical strength to continue. The chilled fans booed as Korda quickly left the court. After the match Bjorkman said that he noticed Korda’s flue-symptoms late, when established a 5:2* lead in the 2nd set… The 25-year-old Swede reached his first (second at Wimbledon ’06) major semifinal & notched the only win over Korda in their four meetings.
  2. MultiStar83 says:
    Hello! I really do not want to sound silly, but I have a bit to “klugscheißen” as we say in German…You wrote that the temperature during the match dropped to just 10 degrees Celsius. Well, maybe it felt like that, but in fact it could not have been that cold. I send you a link with the day’s high and low temperature of New York/La Guardia Airport weather station which is close by Flushing Meadow’s National Tennis Centre as you know. The high-temperature of the day (probably the 3rd September 1997) was around 22 degrees and the low-temperature around 12 degrees C. As the low-temperature normally is recorded in the early morning hours, the evening temperature was probably around 15-18 degrees, which in fact is chilly for New York standards at that time of the year (end of August/beginning of September). The temperature very seldom drops below 20 degrees then (also at night!). Because of the strong winds the 15-18 degrees probably felt like 10-13 degrees. They say “wind-chill” temperature in the US. Another famous example for a “a cold and windy night’s” match at the US Open is Krickstein vs. Edberg at the 1988 US Open 4th round (Krickstein won in 5 sets). It was gale force winds and similarly cool temperatures then! But also then the actual air temperature never dropped below 12 degrees of Celsius and more probably was around 15-17 degrees. The temperature must have dropped remarkably during the match, because the day’s high temperature was at 25 degrees…Best wishes and never mind!


    • Voo de Mar says:
      Very interesting… I assume I must have heard “Ten degrees” or rather “Zehn Grad” since I watched the match in German making the stats. I think a commentator of the match might have received information what was felt and he said that, not dwelling on the temperature nuances 🙂
      • MultiStar83 says:
        You are right. I also watched the “DSF”- broadcast at the youtube-channel “UBchristennis”. The commentator actually said “a bit above ten degrees Celsius”. Probably the “wind-chill”-temperature. The Americans and British want to be very precise about this issue…

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