Siemerink claimed the next eight points and McEnroe did as he promised in a later match at the season’s final major.
No commentators were believed to have said something similar when Stan Wawrinka trailed Guillermo Garcia Lopez 5-0 and 6-2 in a fourth-set tiebreak Monday at the Australian Open — and lucky for them.
Just like Siemerink, Wawrinka did the almost unthinkable and pulled off a great escape.
The defending champion at the year’s opening grand slam saved five set points in the tiebreak to close out the encounter against the Spaniard 7-6 (2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8) and advance to the quarterfinals.
When Victoria Azarenka upset Caroline Wozniacki in the second round, most would have expected Williams to face the two-time Australian Open winner in the quarterfinals.
But Dominika Cibulkova didn’t read the script.
The 2013 finalist defeated Azarenka 6-2 3-6 6-3.
Madison Keys — who sent Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova packing — reached her first grand slam quarterfinal by beating compatriot Madison Brengle 6-2 6-4.