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For one set, Radek Stepanek played a style of all-out attacking tennis at
level of perfection seldom seen nowadays. The Czech-born star showed
weight of power to his opponent, both in serving and stroking, along with
rare instinct for the net, whether directly behind serve or after strong
groundstroke preparation. His agility at net was excellent, he reacted
well to his
opponent's thrusts, and he volleyed with plenty of authority. In short,
looked very much the player who had defeated James Blake in the final at
Angeles two weeks earlier.
Stepanek's opponent, Paul Goldstein, could do little. His own strokes
more topspin than Radek's but at some loss of velocity. But when in the
second set Radek began producing more errors and using too many drop shots
volleys, Paul's footwork and speed allowed him to win that set, equalizing
matters. Matters reached four-games-all in the third set. The deciding
break came in game ten, when Stepanek showed a long-absent patience in
rallies balanced by the right amount of courage in acting decisively at
Radek's next opponent will be Andy Roddick. Radek's wonderful attacking
performance at the outset and his tight play toward the end stirred the
that he could be problematic for the tournament favorite.
Radek Stepanek (CZE) d Paul Goldstein (USA) (black shorts) 63 46 64