Re: **~** ANDRE AGASSI CHEERING THREAD **~**
As always, the thing to watch out for is the level of play, NOT actual results.
If Andre generally outplays Federer but loses 6-7, 6-7 because Roger played the bigger points flawlessly, it's vastly preferrable to Federer and other high seeds getting upset early and Andre barely clawing out a title while playing barely above-average tennis against inferior competition. I mean it.
It's all about the Slams at this point, and these smalller tourneys are just practice for Andre. He failed miserably in San Jose, both physically and mentally.
One can make an arguement that Andre needs a Top 8 seeding in order to avoid facing Federer in the QF again so he has no choiuce but to play almost every week, but I hold to the opposite POV: Roger is unbeatable in the Slam finals and very hard to beat in the semis, but in QF or even 4th round he CAN be beat as Agassi was one 3rd set point away from doing at 2004 US Open. Hell, even in their AO encounter, Federer while good wasn't his usual brilliant self (too bad, Andre had absolutely nothing in that match)................So like it or not, the road to the Slam titles lies through Federer, and I'd much rather see Andre play him in the QF or 4th round where he at least has SOME chance of beating him if stars align - as opposed to to SF or F where Fed elevates his game and Andre can't touch him. That being the case, Andre DOESN'T have to be high-ranked - in fact, it's preferrable that he is rested and injury-free and is NOT highly ranked come Slam seeding process.
But, without high level of play displayed at Dubai, where you're seeded in the Slam draw is probably moot - Andre looked like shit against Reynolds, Carlos and Melzner.