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Old 10-27-2012, 03:56 AM   #17
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it was a big effort from him to play a long european indoor season (7 events !) to finish #1 for a 6th consecutive year... and he did it !
too bad it ended on a disappointing note with this loss against corretja at the masters.

he had to pay the price for this effort i guess, as he didn't play the AO in january 1999 (kafelnikov thanked him for that !) and had a relatively poor season until the grass swing, when he went on a good streak, winning 4 straight tournaments (beating agassi 3 times without losing a single set).
and then... injury again (retirement vs. vince ain't afraid of ya spadea in indianapolis).

rafter's summer in 1998 was amazing, by the way.
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