Andy Roddick still remembers the memorable match against Younes El Aynaoui in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open back in 2003 and how it felt the day after. American Roddick prevailed over the Moroccan in an epic five-setter, which saw 83 games played in the clash, 4-6 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 21-19.
Prior to the second day of the Australian Open, the two held the record for the longest match in Melbourne in terms of games. However, they're not the record holders anymore as Ivo Karlovic and Horacio Zeballos have had an 84-game match on Tuesday.
''Memories of my match with Younes are amazing,'' Roddick said, as quoted by Fox Sports Australia. ''You know, it was such an intense match. It was centre court, at night on the big stage. ''I remember walking around Melbourne no problem at all before that match and then all of a sudden the next day going to get coffee and people knowing you, which was crazy for me.
Especially in a foreign place outside of the States.'' Roddick lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open after an epic quarter-finals match against El Aynaoui. Karlovic next faces Andrew Whittington, and it remains to be seen if the Croatian can recover after such an intense first-round clash.
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