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Not bad, but he defeninatley better lower the UF errors to beat Federer.
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His break point conversion rate in the first and second set was really bad. And there was that one game where he inexplicably threw in 4 double faults!

But outside of that, there was also a lot of well-played tennis. He will probably feel more comfortable on the court now.

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Today Andre will meet (& will win!!!) Rainer Schuettler
here is schedule of play


Rod Laver Arena Start Time (Melbourne) 11.00 AM.



1.) Karol Beck (SVK) vs. Tommy Haas (GER)[16]

followed by
2.) Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4]

3.) Rainer Schuettler (GER) vs. Andre Agassi (USA)[8]



i think, Andre will start not earlier than 02.00 pm (Melbourne)

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No doubt in my mind, Andre will win!
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He needs to get his break point conversion rate way up to take the only few chances he will get if he plays Federer.

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Second match!

Andre Agassi USA (8) def. Rainer Schuettler GER 6-3 6-1 6-0

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All the best for next round Andre.
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Here is 3th match statistics------------>>>>>
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42 winners to 6 unforced errors! wow andre, keep that going please.

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42 winners to 6 unforced errors! wow andre, keep that going please.
He was very accurate?!

Yeh, keep going Andre!!!


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YEAH, LETS GO AGASSI!
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A. AGASSI/T. Dent

7 5, 7 6, 6 1

An interview with:

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THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. You can't get much better than six unforced errors?
ANDRE AGASSI: Is that what it was? It's always a bit of a deceiving stat when you got a guy that's putting so much pressure. It seems like any time I did miss, it was because he was putting pressure on me. Yeah, no, I felt great about the way I was hitting the ball and seeing the ball.
Second set I could have made life a lot easier there, 3 1, Love 40. Then at 5 6, Love 40, he could have made life a lot easier on himself. So I felt like it was sort of a bit fair that I held from Love 40, seeing that I didn't break from Love 40.

Q. That was pretty crucial, wasn't it?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, listen, I was settling in for whatever it was going to take tonight. I mean, had he won that set, he's going to play great tennis. The guy's really talented, can make a lot of shots that you just don't expect him to be able to pull off, and he does them at the most important times. He just really knows how to put pressure on you and come up with it.
There were times I felt like I was outplaying him, but he just played those big points sort of so smartly. He got me in trouble there. You know, had I lost the second, I felt like I was still nestled in for some good tennis.

Q. You feel like the momentum is building nicely for you?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah. Today was a great day because I felt really good physically. Movement is so important in this sport, and it's nice to sort of feel that come around now heading into the second week. Can't ask for much more than that.

Q. Is there any discomfort at all with your hip? Nothing at all?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, none in sort of relation to the injury that I had in Kooyong. But generally speaking, I'm just old, so (smiling)... To sort of say I don't feel anything would probably be misleading.

Q. Is it a real noticeable difference from a couple years ago when you ploughed straight through the tournament, your physical condition now?
ANDRE AGASSI: As far as my health?

Q. Physically, I mean. Yeah.
ANDRE AGASSI: I feel great. Tonight I moved around the court arguably better than I ever have.
So my upside is still pretty high. It's just always a function of making the right decisions that keep you in position.

Q. What do you say about playing Joachim Johansson in the next round?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, well, that's not going to be easy. I mean, I've seen his game. I've admired it from a distance many times. Quite powerful. Never playing somebody before, it's hard to know how their game feels and how your game matches.
But I know there's not a whole lot of room to make mistakes out there. If you don't hit it aggressively enough, he's quite powerful, so...

Q. How does it suit you playing a big server like him?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I never like playing big servers. I like playing people that hit the ball very soft all the time (laughter). I don't care if they're serving or playing a forehand or backhand, the softer the better as far as I'm concerned.
You know, he's a guy, he throws the ball up, there's a few guys out there that, when they go for their shot, there's nothing you can do about it. You just hope that you can make them do it over and over again and do it in pressure situations and take your chances when you do get them.

Q. Does it make you feel better knowing he went 13 11 in the fifth today?
ANDRE AGASSI: Tennis can be a very cruel and sometimes arguably unfair sport. But in the spirit of competition, you've got to deal with what's thrown at you. I can honestly say I'm glad I didn't go 13 11 in the fifth.

Q. What would be the key in that game, do you think, on Sunday?
ANDRE AGASSI: Again, there's a lot of sort of guesswork involved when you never played somebody. Really, there is. But he has one of the biggest serves and biggest forehands in the game. I mean, there's no question about that. I don't have a good sense for his movement. I don't have a good sense for his backhand. I don't have a good sense for his volleys. I don't have a good sense if he likes the ball up high or he likes the ball low. I have to sort of assess from what I see and then be able to make adjustments.
Hopefully I can give him a few things to worry about, too, and we can call it even.

Q. Must be tough for the crowd to decide who they want to support, given his Australian connections and the esteem in which you're held in this country?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, that's all right. It's good. You come out here in this night environment, it's a great sort of there's a lot of electricity and enthusiasm in the air. That feels good to the players.
I mean, at the end of the day, you have to be better than one person and you have to watch the ball. You don't hear most of the things that are said, but you do feel what's going on.
Tonight it seemed like they were interested and enjoying the match, and that always makes it better for the players.

Q. Jim Courier, who you grew up with, is now in the Hall of Fame.
ANDRE AGASSI: And rightfully so. You know, he brought a lot to the game, changed the way players look at it. You know, he's brought a physicality to the sport. I don't have to look too many places to feel old. I just don't want to feel that on the court. And on the court, I'm still dealing with strengths and weaknesses and bringing my game. That, to me, is important.

Q. Does it make you feel even more your long longevity when guys like Courier are interviewing you after matches and guys you grew up with are moving to the other side of the sport?
ANDRE AGASSI: It is sort of a bit surreal in a sense, but I live this every day so I have a real appreciation for what goes into still doing this, you know. I live it every day. So nothing sort of surprises me when I realize, those few moments when something hits you, how long you've been doing it. I've been doing it a long time. I've been playing here for 10 years and I missed the first 10. It's weird. It's sort of surreal.
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Andre Agassi feels the pressure but advances at Australian Open
at 12:08 on January 21, 2005, EST.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Four-time champion Andre Agassi used lobs and stinging passes to hold off Taylor Dent 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-1 Friday, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open and moving closer to a showdown with Roger Federer.

The eighth-seeded Agassi never faltered against his fellow American. Showing no ill effects from a torn tendon just before the season's opening Grand Slam tournament, Agassi committed only six unforced errors - none in the final set.

The 29th-seeded Dent rushed the net on 136 of the 201 points but constantly found himself lunging and diving for shots, and winning only 51 per cent of the forays. The packed centre court roared in approval of the strong performance by both players.

"It's always a bit of a deceiving stat when you got a guy that's putting so much pressure," Agassi said. "It seems like any time I did miss, it was because he was putting pressure on me."

Dent is one of the few pure serve-volleyers left in tennis.

"If you're not on your game, he's one of the worst guys to play," Agassi said. "The guy's really talented, can make a lot of shots that you just don't expect him to be able to pull off, and he does them at the most important times."

Agassi is one victory from a quarter-final with Federer. The top-ranked Swiss lost his first service game, then got back on track and advanced when Finland's Jarkko Nieminen quit with an abdominal muscle tear on a day when injuries played a role in several matches.

Agassi next faces another power player, No. 11 Joachim Johannson of Sweden, who survived a four-hour struggle against No. 24 Feliciano Lopez of Spain that went to 13-11 in the fifth set.

"Tennis can be a very cruel and sometimes arguably unfair sport," Agassi said. "You've got to deal with what's thrown at you. I can honestly say I'm glad I didn't go 13-11 in the fifth."

Agassi was down 4-1 in the first set before coming back, although Dent still nearly forced a tiebreaker. Then Agassi went up a break early in the second set, only to see Dent tie it 3-3.

Dent fended off five break points while serving at 5-5, then squandered triple break point in the next game. At deuce, Agassi made a rare venture to the net and tapped a backhand drop volley that briefly rolled along the tape before falling for a winner.

Agassi never trailed in the tiebreaker, finishing it with a crisp backhand crosscourt pass. That seemed to take the steam out of Dent, who won only 11 points in the last set.

The 34-year-old Agassi, who refused to come to Australia early in his career, called the decision one of his greatest regrets.

"I keep trying to make up for it," he said.

And he gave no indication he plans to retire soon!

When commentator Jim Courier asked when his son Jaden might be playing Pete Sampras' son Christian, Agassi said: "Would it shock you if I told you I was going to play Christian Sampras before Jaden does?"

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A. AGASSI/J. Johansson

6 7, 7 6, 7 6, 6 4

An interview with:

ANDRE AGASSI



THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. Guy has a pretty good serve, doesn't he?
ANDRE AGASSI: (Laughter).

Q. What's that like, up against the firing squad?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, it's not fun. You know, it's not fun. It's very uncomfortable. You just have to admire it while you're out there because there's just not a whole lot you can do when destiny is in somebody's hands that extremely.
He tosses the ball and he hits it where he wants, point's not in play, it's over.

Q. Are you reading it and not touching it, or are you just not even able to tell where he's going?
ANDRE AGASSI: There was a good 25 times out there where I felt like I knew where it was going, was leaning that way, and if I jumped and threw my racquet, I probably wouldn't touch it. That doesn't count all the other times where I was actually wrong about where he was serving. And that doesn't count the times where I actually got my racquet on it and I had to actually get it back in the court.
So it was I mean, it's a phenomenal weapon he has, as well as his forehand. He has a lot to look forward to.

Q. You're supposedly or probably are the best returner in the world. Do you take any offense at him setting a record for the most aces in a match against you?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, you got to remember, there's $100 to the inner city tennis in Australia for every ace. I'm a team player, that's all I'm saying (smiling).
I won't undermine his efforts and say I let a lot of them go by. I'll just say that all the money's going to a great cause (laughter).

Q. You played against faster servers, though. What is it about this serve?
ANDRE AGASSI: It's the angle. Sort of it's the angle of the serve. When a ball comes 220 K's away from you, and it's coming from somebody who's say five inches shorter, which means the length of their arm is another few inches shorter, which means the trajectory changes dramatically, you can lunge and sort of somewhat still be in your strike zone. But the angle that a serve comes at, you lunge and it's above you, so it's sort of like you're jumping just to be on the same to hit the ball. You're lunging here, but the ball is still up here.
It's the trajectory that makes it exceptionally awkward. But there's no question the power is phenomenal. Not to mention with the height of his reach. It opens up the box for him. I mean, his wide serve in the deuce court and his flat one out wide in the ad court is at a much greater angle than other people who can hit it that big, or even bigger.

Q. All that said about his serve, you're sitting here as the winner, not him. How did that happen then?
ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know.

Q. It wasn't blind luck?
ANDRE AGASSI: The part that's tough in a match like that is that for me is I can go 20 minutes without hitting let's just say a backhand rally shot, and then all of a sudden I have to play a backhand rally shot at 30 All on my serve, down a set. You know, that's uncomfortable. There's no real rhythm. It's not like the strength of my game is really dialing in my shots. When a guy's not letting you play because he has that kind of weapons on his side, it's tough. Because even when you do get a chance, you're not convinced you're feeling it quite as well as you would like.

Q. You said many times that in a difficult match, you have to wait for your opportunities and they will come. But in a match like this, how did you manage to stay mentally prepared to take the opportunities?
ANDRE AGASSI: You're not climbing the whole mountain at once. You're taking a step at a time. I mean, it's the next point (snapping fingers). The most important point is the next one.

Q. Your thoughts are like that even when he won the first set?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah. What else am I going to do? I mean, all I can do is try not to be overwhelmed out there. You know, I'm worried about embarrassment when I come out there and a guy can serve 51 aces. I'm surviving.
So it's very important for me to win any point I can, I don't care what the score is.

Q. What about your game? You are always praising your opponent. What about your game today? Why did you win?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, he was living and dying by his shot selection. I mean, he was very aggressive. Along with his winners came a lot of errors. I had to make sure that I didn't give away any points that I did have control over. I felt like I kept my errors down. I felt like I served well, mixed up my serve enough and stayed aggressive on my groundstrokes so I didn't give him as many looks once the point was going.
But, you know, at the end of the day, if you don't take care of your serve against a guy like that, the match is over in a hurry.

Q. Was it a similar match to when you played Ivanisevic in Wimbledon and he scored 37 aces and you won?
ANDRE AGASSI: No. We had a lot more rallies. I mean, Goran was one of the things that helped me in that match was that Goran was trying to establish his back court game. He wasn't just swinging for the fences. He was actually hitting a lot of baseline rallies. So I was holding serve with a lot of chances to hit the ball, which meant that when he was serving and I got one at his feet and he volleyed it and I was ready to hit it, I had a much better rhythm.
I mean, today, I would love to see how many balls were over three hits. You know, I mean, it couldn't have been that many. So that's a little bit different of a match. This is pretty unique.

Q. At the same time, every time a player beats the record of aces, loses. Also in the US Open, Krajicek/Kafelnikov, it was the biggest record. Makes the aces, loses. Is it destiny?
ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know. The three most aces, I think they all lost the match. You know, maybe you're down and you even get more risky, you know. He hit a lot of second serves. He hit one second serve 226 K's. I mean, if you want to hit an ace that bad, you're going to get a lot of them.

Q. Chela got fined $2,000 for spitting last night. Do you think in this day and age $2,000 is a bit of a poor message to send out from the sport?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I didn't to be quite honest, I didn't see the incident, so I can't sort of speak to, you know, how it reflected on him or, more importantly, the game.
$2,000 is a lot of money to a lot of guys, but it's not to others.

Q. You've had two very tough opponents already. It doesn't seem to get much easier for the next rounds. Can having Federer after two games like that be an advantage or would you have preferred to have had easier matches?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I've got plenty of time to be ready. I mean, I felt good physically, which is great, to be in the second week, healthy and ready to go. So that's good.
You know, looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity of playing Roger. He's been playing the best tennis in the world for a while now. I mean, somebody has to beat him sooner or later, right (smiling)? I hope it's Tuesday night.

Q. Has anybody served better against you? Would Pete have served better sometimes, that 2002 US Open?
ANDRE AGASSI: You know, there's a difference between sort of serving big and having a great hold game. You know, I broke him three times in the match.

Q. 3 out of 10.
ANDRE AGASSI: No, can't be. Because 51 aces is almost 13 games in aces alone.

Q. 3 out of 10 breakpoints.
ANDRE AGASSI: Oh, breakpoints. I thought you meant service games. Sorry.
So three times I broke him. Like when I played Pete at The Open, we played four tiebreakers, 7 6, 6 7, 6 7, 6 7, and there were no breaks of serve. While he probably served the best against me, I think there's been other times where I've been in that very familiar feeling of, "Oh, my God, how am I going to find a way to win this match?"

Q. A lot of people compare Sampras and Federer. What is your thought?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, the difference between them right now is 10 Grand Slams. That's a lot. But Pete was a great champion, and Roger has proven that every day. They have a way of the great champions have a way of making you appreciate what it is they do out there on that court. They have a way of making you feel like if you don't play a perfect match, you're going to lose. They both do that. So that's similar.
But I don't they're both very relaxed on the court as far as how they play the game. They both play it very easily. But I don't feel like their weapons are the same.

Q. And the difference between Agassi and Federer is just four Slams?
ANDRE AGASSI: And he has hairier legs, too, sure. I play the game much differently.

Q. These kind of victories prove to you that you can still be playing for a long time?
ANDRE AGASSI: I try to assess that sort of every point, you know. It's why somebody beats you. It's not a function of winning or losing. I could have lost today probably just as easy as won. I mean, tiebreakers, sometimes you flip the coin.
But the question is: Why do you lose the match? That I need to have an answer for. I need to feel like, Okay, these are the reasons why I lost, and these are what I can do differently.
If you're out there and you literally believe there's nothing you could have done because you can't compete at that level, that's different. So it's not winning this match that makes me feel that way; it's going out there and making him play a great match start to finish for him to win.

Q. The way you survived that one, do you think that gives you a little bit more of a mental edge against Roger? Do you think he'll be thinking you're pretty hot right now?
ANDRE AGASSI: I think he has enough experience to deal with each person on the merits of that day. I mean, it's what makes sports so great. You know, you can't phone in the result. You got to show up and you got to tee 'em up and you got to find a way to get it done over and over again.
We both have to figure out how we're going to do that on Tuesday.

Q. The flipside of the question you were asked earlier about Chela and the fine, the on court antics of Hewitt. I just wondered if you had any view whether or not what we're seeing at this tournament is any different from what you guys are used to playing against Hewitt for a long time, and probably more importantly where you draw a line between what's just part of Hewitt being a very good player and any sort of unsporting conduct that might creep into any of his behavior on court?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, listen, I try to keep it pretty simple out there, which is watching the ball and moving my feet. The energy you spend on anything else is sort of energy lost.
We all make choices every day on how we choose to conduct ourselves. It's never been something that I've cared to control how somebody else chooses to conduct themselves.
What I do watch and admire is his competitiveness and his game. And I find that when I'm out there against him, I need to step up because of what he brings to the table, not because of how he chooses to conduct himself.

Q. So when you're preparing to play him, that stuff is completely peripheral; you don't take that on as sort of making sure you don't get involved in whatever he's doing inside of the net or get sucked into that side of things?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah. I'm responsible for how I choose to go about my business, absolutely.

Q. Are you excited about playing Roger? You played him last year at the US Open. You played Pete in the quarterfinal. Are you nervous? Are you excited? What exactly do you feel going into a big match like this?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I'm always nervous. I'm always nervous against there's not a match I play where I'm not nervous. But, yeah, I'm excited. I mean, this is what I prepare for, you know, to play the best in the biggest of situations. It's why I do this. You know, this is Roger offers me the opportunity to push myself more than I've been pushed in a long time. That's a great feeling.

Q. You didn't have that many Grand Slam quarterfinals where the majority of people see you as an underdog. How do you feel in that position?
ANDRE AGASSI: I suppose it was a matter of time (smiling). Roger's earned the respect he deserves. I want to make him go out there and prove it to me again. That's what it's about. So whatever the seedings are, whatever the expectations are, it's more important being the favorite when the tournament's over with.

Q. Jim Courier said it's easier to beat Federer in the earlier rounds than in the finals. Do you agree on that?
ANDRE AGASSI: Last time I beat him was in a final, so (laughter). I'll have to, at the moment, disagree with that.

Q. You talked a lot about this kid's serve. Were his groundies pretty astounding?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, big. That's the thing, you know. His forehand is as large of a forehand as you'll ever see. And it's hard. It kind of has rotation on it. It feels like it just looks like he's never going to miss it when he winds up to hit it. When I watch him play others and when you're on the other side of the net, when he goes to hit it, you feel like it's going to be a big shot.
You know, his backhand is certainly not as much of a danger as his forehand, but, you know, it's such a long swing that all he really needs is to get a decent amount of depth and then he can get a bit of a short ball. He doesn't need much of a short ball. Because when you're sort of that tall, being five feet behind the baseline is like somebody my size being five feet inside the baseline.
You just need a three quarters court and it's considered a short ball.
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