kucera vs sampras 98 aussie

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  1. obsessedtennisfandisorder

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    man some sick points in this match

    kucera was nailing some of shots and painting lines.

    is it just me or does he remind me of david bryne of talking heads lol

    high ball toss btw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWFvIfrEvbk
     
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  2. vllaznia

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    Does anyone remember why Sampras didn't shake umpire's hand?
     
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    some pretty tough calls against pete in that final game...his bh looked in and then earlier in match a few of kucera's serve looked out.
     
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    Thank you for the info.
     
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    Nice to watch the first ten minutes of that old ESPN telecast, thanks for posting, miss the old team of Cliff Pat and Fred, they were the best together. Miss Fred Stolle. Remember that match, Kucera played one of the best matches of that year, Pete was visibly frustrated very early on. I remember reading an interview with Kucera and he cited that match as the best he ever played as a pro. Will try to find the quotes, it was a cool story from Double K.
     
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    The way Kucera beat Agassi at the 2000 French Open was extremely impressive, by 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-0. Agassi had won 3 of the previous 4 majors. That and this 1998 Australian Open win over Sampras, were his best victories.
     
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    kucera was always a player who could threaten. just wasn't focused or interested enough to do it constantly

    taking nothing away from his performance, which was great

    sampras was just weird for the whole of the AO 98. i don't know exactly what it was, but he looked and played as if not really interested. he also looked exhausted

    despite being the defending champion, he didn't look at all like he was a shoe-in to defend it

    perhaps being cheated out of a 3 slam year in 97 by a doping korda affected him, i don't know

    but in mid-late 97 his serve went up a notch, his volleys were subtle and touch, the forehand was lethal on any hard court

    it's strange, but in hindsight it was a strange year for sampras

    that AO was a hint
     
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  8. Moose Malloy

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    some stats from espn.
    after 3 sets:
    Kucera 38 winners, 17 unforced(he was 14/2 in the 2nd set)
    Sampras 40 winners, 37 unforced



    really?

     
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    There's no proof of Korda being "doped" in that match. Besides, Sampras had a fantastic year in 1997, including after the US Open. This is a year where Sampras won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, the Grand Slam Cup, Paris Indoors and the World Championships in Hannover. Sampras was the strong favourite for the 1997 US Open, but Korda was just better at taking the big points late in the match.

    I haven't seen the match since the event, but I remember being impressed with Kucera's shotmaking in the match, the third and fourth sets in particular. Kucera was ruthless, especially when Agassi struggled with the toe blister later on in the match. It's interesting that Gilbert says that Agassi's toe was bothering him from the exact moment where Kucera dominated for the rest of the match. I seem to remember that Kucera was already on a run of form when Agassi's movement was getting affected by the toe blister, and Kucera didn't ease off at all. There was also a bit of a fuss when Agassi didn't show up at the presser after this match, and I think he got fined $10,000.
     
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