Originally Posted by amierin
I'm glad someone started this thread. I felt he did the same thing for Moya and I think it has to do with respecting one's friends(Moya) and elders (Agassi). Which speaks volumes about the type of man Rafa is. His play in the third set proved he could've taken Andre out at any time.
It sounds really nice, doesn't it? But, I don't believe that theory because I really don't think that Rafa would be so generous as to give a set to Agassi just because he was respecting his elders. I mean, he's respectful and humble off the court but he's very eager to win on the court.
The comments Nadal gave were the following:
set 1: Agassi's game plan = backhand to Nadal's forehand + make him run around a lot by distributing the ball all over the court.
Nadal said that he was pretty much allowed to play his own game because Agassi didn't put him under much pressure
Result: set Nadal
set 2: change of game plan by Agassi = backhand to Nadal's backhand + play with more aggressivity.
Nadal said that this surprised him quite a bit. He fought back quite well but still had to give up one of his serve games
Result: set Agassi
set 3: change of game plan by Nadal = reply to the more aggressive play of Agassi by being more aggressive himself in more than one way (attacking more + dictating the pace of the game)
Result: GSM Nadal