Speaking of norteamerica, I had the "pleasure" of sitting through the five hour marathon that was the Nico-Sargis Sargsian match at the US Open in 2004 that Sargsian won 6-7(6), 6-4 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 .
Started in the day light, ended long after the sun went down.
Right from the beginning, Nico was all out of sorts. He was tired from the Athens Olympics, and from the start in the first set, he told Pato Rodriquez (his then coach) that he was going to retire from the match. Pato was sitting fairly close to me so I was able - with a little help from some Chileans sitting near me - to hear everything that Nico was telling Pato.
Nico finally calmed down and got back in the match during the second set.
The rest of the match was extreme highs and extreme lows. The chair umpire began to lose control, and Nico looked at times as if he were going into meltdown mode.
In the 4th set, Nico had match point, but he couldn't take it and went on to lose the 4th set in a tb. The picture of Nico smashing his racquet above is from either late in the set or the tiebreak.
In the 5th set, all you-know-what broke lose. Sargsian had enough of Nico's melodramatics at that point, and decided to really annoy Nico by taking a medical time out. As soon as Sargsian's time out ended, Nico called his own time out. I don't know how to explain it, but I'll never forget the look Nico gave Sargsian when he called his own time out. He looked at Sargsian with a shake of his head as if to say "I can play this game too."
The chair umpire by that time had completely lost all control of the match. Finally they had to call the head umpire to calm Nico down. His family -- including Tia Sonia - and the Chilean fans were just getting Nico more crazed by cheering him on.
Nico lost the match, but I'll never forget that night. Nico was fined after the match, but he told the ITF that he never wanted that chair umpire to call any of his matches ever again. I truly hope that Nico apologized to Sargsian at some point -- but I doubt it.
The match got the notice of US TV announcers. Whenever any player went crazy for the rest of the tournament, the TV announcers said they were doing a Massu.
The New York fans also highly enjoyed the match, and for a couple of years after that, they all knew that if they wanted drama, they'll get it at a Nico match. And they did get it in 2005 when Nico played Guillermo Coria - but that's for another day.