It's a match that's gonna come down to a couple points.” Krajicek had won four in a row against Sampras before the 29-year-old American took their most recent meeting last year at Cincinnati. His finals record in Grand Slams is unbelievable.” Eighth seed Alex Corretja lost the battle of Spain when he crashed out to fellow countryman Carlos Moya, who gained a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 4-6 6-4 triumph in a third-round match halted Sunday night by rain.

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Tomorrow, the man who expected to be on holiday in Majorca with his family will tackle Mark Philippoussis for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 6ft 6in Dutchman and the 6ft 4in Australian have more than a booming serve in common.

Through all this Krajicek had kept Goetske, friend as well as coach, on the payroll but then they decided on what they called "two D-Days".

The first decision was whether Krajicek would be able to play the Dutch grass event in Rosmalen and therefore be able to come to Wimbledon.

The Australian served 11 aces and won all five break point chances while saving all four of Enqvist's break opportunities.

Richard Krajicek is perhaps tennis's ultimate walking, talking example of persistence in the face of an impossibly stacked deck, someone who has come through four operations and is again wowing Wimbledon with the brand of tennis which won him the title there six years ago.

If that failed he would try for the North American build-up to the US Open.

And if that did not work Goetske would be sacked."If that had happened I could have said goodbye to the highest level of tennis," Krajicek admitted. Second, he was given a standing ovation by the Dutch crowd."The public back home have always respected Richard because of his skills," said one Dutch tennis journalist.

Pete Sampras will face his nemesis Richard Krajicek in the quarterfinals of the US Open after both recorded straight-set triumphs in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. That's the key to the match, who puts more pressure on the service game.