First meeting between them and great opportunity for Mayotte  to reach his lone Grand Slam final. An unexpected Chris Lewis  already awaited in the semifinals, and it seemed he had been destined to lose it, he won a thriller against Curren though, becoming one of the most sensational Wimbledon finalists in history.
Mayotte led 6-4, 5:4 against Curren, he was serving to lead 2-0 in sets not having any problems to hold nine times in a row. He failed, and lost the breaker 4/7. In the 4th set he was serving again to win the set (led 5:2*) but failed again. In the second tie-break the US player saved a triple match point, but Curren  delivered a big serve and finished it 8/6, just like in a previous round winning 3-1 with the help of the 4th set tie-break. Curren’s fourth round 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 over Connors, it’s arguably the most impressive service performance with a wooden racquet. The broad-shouldered Afrikaner fired 33 aces, before him players couldn’t hit as many in long five-setters.
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