The 'near misses' may encourage him. A few breaks
today and he's in the final
I don't buy it. Loss to Safin in AO Semis or Philli in Wimbledon? Sure, they were Andre's to lose....But this loss to Federer was predetermined. I mean how the HELL did Andre expect to win against a great returner like Roger when he served at 50
% in the 3rd set? His serves are ordinary at best, the surface was on the slow side AND still only half of them got in......That has "I do not want to win this match" all over it.
No offense to anyone, Agassi my idol too, but I would hate for him to go on as Sampras and go on till he loses to everyone.
Huh? Pete won 2000 Wimbledon and made USO Finals in 2000, 2001 before winning it in 2002. Not bad at all for someone who was beaten by "everyone".
If Andre has a chance to win 2 more Slams but the condition is that he would have to play through 2006 to get them, I bet he would do it even if it means early exits at FO and Masters Series events and pretty much falling out of the top 10. He is only 3 Slam Final apperances away from Sampras. He is more vain and ambitious than you give him credit for, and the only way I see him retiring (barring a serious injury of course) is if he really takes this tennis commisioner bullshit seriously or wants to concentrate on politics, etc.
From the fitness
spandpoint, Agassi will probably be 36-37 before he gets to the point where Pete was at 32. Fitness is not Agassi's problem, even if he can no longer run balls down like Chang or Coria.
: His backhand has deteriorated in the last 12 months to the point where the 2nd service returns that he used to send for winners, he now merely punches back. Also, his serves are still poor and low % -- something that he could afford in the past when he was smashing winners and passing shots left and right, but as it stands now, unless he becomes one of the most efficent/accurate servers in the game, thus taking some pressure of his ground strokes, he will never be competitive against the big players.