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Andre in Stockholm, October 31, 2004

Gigan
10-26-2004, 07:01 PM
U.S. National - AFP


Stockholm could hold Masters Cup key for Agassi

55 minutes ago U.S. National - AFP



STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Andre Agassi returned to Sweden for the first time in a decade and pronounced himself ready to fight to reach the season-ending final as he plays as top seed at the 632,750-euro Stockholm Open.

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After a business trip to Paris, the 34-year-old arrived in the Swedish capital ready to launch his campaign for a spot in next month's Masters Cup with this week and next remaining in the regular tennis season.


While Tuesday's pullout in Basel by world number one Roger Federer - already qualified for the year-ender - doesn't affect the points race, it does inject some drama in the sprint to the finish for other contenders.


Federer said he has a thigh muscle tear but is expected to be fit - if


short of match play - when the Masters Cup starts in Houston on November 15.


Agasssi has to be pleased with his own fitness as he aims for a fourth consecutive appearance at the elite Masters.


There was some re-adjusting to Stockholm after so long between visits for Agassi. When he reached the quarter-finals against Goran Ivanisevic in Stockholm on his last trip, the event was the played in the huge Globen arena.


In the interim, it was downsized and switched to the Kungligahallen, built by royalty in the early 20th century.


The change was evident to Agassi, who lost a semi-final last weekend at the Madrid Masters against Marat Safin.


"This is an intimate venue," he said. "Only 5,000 people, it looks like a great environment to compete in.


"I haven't been here since 1994, to drive through the city is an incredible feeling, it's so beautiful here. I didn't seen anything ten years ago.


"Life changes, these (playing) moments are very few now and they'll be over some day."


Agassi, 33-12 this season with a trophy in Cincinnati, stands eighth in the race to the Masters Cup, with four spots in the eight-man field remaining open.


The American veteran, who last year finished runner-up to Roger Federer, is 54 points behind Tim Henman, who is trying to make ground this week in Basel.


Should he do well here, Agassi could pull to within 15 points of the Briton to set up a showdown among at least some of the six major contenders.


Agassi opens play against Belgian Kristof Vliegen and is seeded for a potential final against fast-rising Swede Joachim Johansson, the number two.


Agassi already senses a major difference in conditions from Madrid.





"The court is quicker than Madrid but the balls are heavier," he said.

"As there is no altitude, things are different. But they feel fine to me."

Agassi re-confirmed his vow made last week to play a full schedule in 2005.

"I'm very clear about the fact that I want to play next year. I'll give it a chance."

In first-round results, German fourth seed Tommy Haas scored his third career win against Italian veteran Davide Sanguinetti 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, while qualifier Janko Tipsarevic took out seventh-seeded Czech teenager Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Feliciano Lopez, the fifth seed who won the Vienna title a fortnight ago, defeated American Jeff Morrison 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 while Olivier Rochus beat Swede Johan Settergren 6-3, 6-2.

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spooky
10-26-2004, 08:44 PM
Agassi In Action On Wednesday

Andre Agassi is the big name in action on Wednesday. The American, who arrived to Stockholm on Tuesday, enters Center Court at 6:30 PM.


Go Andre! Win this match!

Gigan
10-26-2004, 10:27 PM
Andre plays tomorrow night at 6:30
and with the time difference of nine hours
that would be 9:30am Pacific time, 12:30pm Eastern time.

I wish good luck to Andre!!!

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spooky
10-26-2004, 11:21 PM
WEDNESDAY PREVIEW Ė AGASSI FACES VLIEGEN

Four first round matches will be contested on Wednesday, and second round play gets underway with three matches.

Top seed Andre Agassi, fresh off a run to the semifinals at Masters Series Madrid last week, faces Belgian Kristof Vliegen in an opening round match. Agassi enters the week 54 points behind Tim Henman in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race. Agassi needs to surpass Henman to secure a spot in Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. This is the first meeting between Agassi and the 22-year-old Vliegen.

Veterans Wayne Arthurs and Jonas Bjorkman will meet for the sixth time on Wednesday. The 32-year-old Bjorkman holds a 3-2 lead in the series, but the 33-year-old Arthurs won the last meeting, which came in the ATP Masters Series event at Indian Wells earlier this year. Bjorkman is the 1997 winner of the Stockholm Open.

Gigan
10-27-2004, 02:33 AM
Pressconference with Andre Agassi, ifÖ Stockholm Open 2004-10-26:


Q: Did you have any thoughts on going directly to Paris instead of coming to Stockholm and play?
A: Well, I think, like Iíve said for many years now sometimes making decisions by the week is an important part of what I do. So Iíve always left open that, maybe there wouldnít be an opportunity for me to play but after Madrid I knew that I wanted to come here.

Q: Three times before youíve played in the Globe, now the tournament is in a new arena. What do you think of it?
A: I havenít seen to much of it yet so, it looks like a great facility for the fans and it seems very intimate. Five thousand people so Iím sure that weíll have a great environment to compete in. And I look forward to experience it.

Q: What do you feel about changing, you played with Penn balls in Madrid, and here itís another sort of ball?
A: Thatís right. The courts are quicker here than in Madrid, but the balls are heavier and thereís no altitude so it feels like good playing conditions. But the Dunlop balls definitely gets heavier than the Pennís.

Q: I read that you will play next year also, is it hard to find motivation to keep on going?
A: Sometimes, but sometimes itís very easy, itís like everything people do thereís parts of it thatís very difficult and thereís parts you enjoy very much. Iím very clear about the fact that I want to play next year.

Q: Itís your 1072nd game tomorrow. Is it easier to prepare now than it was when was when you started?
A: Itís never easy, I think you just get more experienced, sort of aware of what you need to do to be at your best. But in some ways it makes it more difficult because you donít have the same eagerness as you did when youíre 18 years old, but you have the experience so itís a little bit of give and take.

Q: Is it still as fun as it used to be?
A: Parts of it are funnier now. Parts of it are more difficult. Playing in front of people and experience the city, I havenít been here since 1994 and just to drive through the city, itís just an incredible feeling to look around, itís so beautiful here. And I think in 1994, ten years ago I didnít even see this. So life changes as you get older and I enjoy being here in Stockholm, I enjoy playing in front of the people. This moments are very few and theyíre going to be over one day

Q: What parts are less fun?
A: Travelling is not so much fun. Itís pretty difficult to take two kids everywhere you go.

Q: You have won every Grand Slam, What is your goal next year?
A: To win them again! You always want to win. Once you won once it makes it something you want to do again. Itís an incredible feeling to find a way to beat these guys that are playing so well. To win a championship is a great feeling, so itís always motivating trying to do this.

Q: Andre, you have achieved as much as you can do on the court, but you havenít won the ifÖ Stockholm Open yet. What do you say about the main draw?
A: Itís hard, for me itís one at a time, so I need to take one match at a time. Itís very simple, if you donít concentrate on the first one the rest of them wonít matter.

Q: I know you are very well aware of this, but how is your shape at the moment?
A: Well we travelled in today so itís not easy, but I was playing well last week and it feels good to continue here.

Q: Everyone wants to see you at the end of the tournament, you and the Swedes. What do you have to say about the Swedish rising stars, SŲderling and Johansson?
A: Well, these two guys are playing some great tennis, I mean Johansson has had an incredible year heís eleven in the world or something right now. Such a powerful game, strong player and to play them here in front of the Swedish crowd is not going to make it any easier so, and they have a lot of great tennis fans here and they have a lot to look forward to in the future of Swedish tennis.

Q: One Swedish player said that Federer is the best player ever. What is your opinion?
A: Well, when I compare them to Sampras, thereís sort of ten Grand Slams difference so itís a long way, but what he has done this year is the best ever. So itís fair to say that when I play against him I always treat him as the best because he has earned that. But to compare to other great champions is not possible. This is only for you to discuss, and for me to read.

Q: Whatís is your explanation to that you have been a top ten player for almost all of your career?
A: I have been lucky for twenty years. Is that possible to be lucky for twenty years? I donít know, I have been very fortunate to be healthy a long time and my game is a game that plays against all kinds of players. You play from surface to surface and you play from year to year, generation to generation and have the chance to find a way to succeed and itís been a privilege for me for I get to still do this.

Q: You picked the right kind of game?
A: I didnít picked it, my game picked me.

Q: Do you think the young players have to many injuries now?
A: I think the schedule is incredible important to a young player, especially if itís a year around sport. If you donít get the chance to recover and prepare. Itís a challenge because everyone is fighting to be the best and if youíre not playing you donít have the chance to be the best. Everybody is pushing each other. The upside is that the standard is always improving. But I think the downside is more injuries and shorter careers.

Q: Tennis has developed a lot since you started. What do you think is the main difference now from when you started?
A: I think the quality of the ball striking is incredible now. You go out to the practice court and you see these guys hitting the ball, Itís incredible the way they strike the ball. Their athletes are getting stronger, they are getting faster, they are getting bigger. More powerful. And everybody takes chances now so if youíre not playing your best, you donít win. This is something you didnít feel twenty years ago.

Q: You donít see that much serve and volley now. Do you think we will see less of it in the future?
A: I think there is still a lot of room for somebody that serves and volleys well. So many of these guys use their legs to get in to the point, they move so well. But the return has not been their biggest shot so I think that somebody that serve and volleys always presents a different problem for many players. Because there is so few of them you donít get to chance to play against them to often. So when you have to face it itís more difficult. To play Henman or Mirnyi that goes forward is not so easy.

Q: The day you quit tennis, what will you do?
A: Get rid of all my suitcases. I donít think I have the time to right now what I want to do. Iíve been blessed with a lot of options, so when you retire from tennis you get the chance at your second career when people are starting their first. I consider that a big advantage.

Q: You think you will miss tennis?
A: I think I will miss the challenge, the pressure you put on yourself to find a way to succeed. It teaches a lot about yourself. These are hard lessons to learn, when you lose or are embarrassed in front of thousand of people you donít want that to happen again. You have to believe in yourself and go back out there again. It teaches you to persevere.
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Gigan
10-27-2004, 02:42 AM
"Go, Agassi!"

Look on that picture (attached)



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Gigan
10-27-2004, 02:56 AM
It will be Andre's 1072nd game today,
27 October, 2004.


Agassi, Andre 0-0 Vliegen, Kristof
They never played together before ...

Go, Andre! Win it!
It will be 819 win of Andre!
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Gigan
10-27-2004, 09:15 PM
Agassi, Bjorkman Advance;

To Meet Thursday


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The final four first round matches took place, and three players punched their ticket for the quarterfinals during play on Wednesday at the if...Stockholm Open.

Raemon Sluiter advanced to the second round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Norway's Jan-Frode Anderson. Sluiter was scheduled to play countryman Sjeng Schalken, but Schalken pulled out of the event with a virus before the match, allowing Anderson to enter the draw as the lucky loser.

Swedish wild card Michael Ryderstedt played his first career ATP match on Tuesday, and the 19-year-old moved on to the second round with a 6-4 6-4 win over Spaniard Oscar Hernandez. Ryderstedt broke Hernandez early in both sets to claim the win.

Playing in Stockholm for the first time in 10 years, Andre Agassi won his opening round match, defeating Kristof Vliegen 6-2 6-4.

Jonas Bjorkman battled from a set down to reach the second round with a 4-6 6-4 6-4 win over Wayne Arthurs. After taking the first set, Arthurs had four break chances at 4-all in the second, but was unable to convert.

In second round action, Belgian Olivier Rochus got past qualifier Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 7-5. Rochus is through to his third quarterfinal of 2004.

Third seed Andrei Pavel reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over qualifier Michal Tabara.

In an all-Swede match, Thomas Johansson came from a set down to defeat countryman Robin Soderling 1-6 7-6(2) 6-4. Johansson is through to the quarterfinals for the fifth time in nine appearances in Stockholm. He won this event in 2000 and was the runner up in 1998. Soderling was the runner up in Stockholm last year (l. to Fish).

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Ryderstedt: ⌠I can still not believe that I won but it is an incredible relief. If you do not succeed the first time you get the chance on this level, it can get to you mentally.■

⌠I knew exactly the way I wanted to play today. He (Hernandez) doesn't like when someone puts pressure on him.■

⌠Next match (against Lopez) is going to be tough. I know that I can play very well when everything works. I have practiced with the top ranked Swedish players and this has helped.■

⌠My goal is to finish the year in the top 200. I'm going to go to Australia at the start of next year. Since September, I've known that I will be able to qualify for the Australian Open.■
BjŲrkman: "It's difficult to play him (Arthurs), it's hard to find any rhythm. I hit two good passing shots on break points at 4-4 in the second and the margins were on my side."

⌠Tomorrow, I will have to gamble a little bit and try to avoid long rallies. I was a break up in both sets against him (Agassi) at the Olympics in '96 and had a 2-1 lead at the Australian Open."

Agassi: ■To get the feeling of support is an incredible feeling. It's one of the things that make me keep on going.■

⌠This was a nice way to get started. The conditions were very different than last week so I knew there were some adjustments that needed to be made.■

⌠Jonas does many things well on the court, he's good in a lot of areas. I'll have to play well.■

⌠Stockholm is literally one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The arena is great, it's so intimate, you feel that it is special to be here.■
WEDNESDAY PREVIEW Ė '97 Champ Bjorkman Plays Agassi
Five second round matches will be played on Thursday, with the winners filling the remaining spots in the quarterfinals of the if┘Stockholm Open.

The match of the day will feature 34-year-old Andre Agassi and 32-year-old Swede Jonas Bjorkman. Agassi is playing in Stockholm for the first time since 1994, while Bjorkman, the 1997 Stockholm champion, is playing here for the 12th time in his career. Agassi is eighth in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race, and needs to advance into the top seven to claim a spot in Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. Last week, Agassi was a semifinalist at Masters Series Madrid. Bjorkman is playing for a spot in his fourth quarterfinal of 2004. The Swede is also looking to reach the quarterfinals in Stockholm for the fifth time in his 12 appearances. Agassi has won all three career meetings against Bjorkman, though this will be their first meeting since 1998.

Dutchman Raemon Sluiter will be trying reach his fifth quarterfinal of 2004 when he plays Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Sluiter enters the match with a 19-22 record for the year, and will equal his career high for match wins with a victory over Vedasco, who is the eighth seed. Sluiter set his career high with a 20-25 record last year. Verdasco is also enjoying a career year. He won his first ATP title in Valencia in April, and is 30-23 this year. This will be the first meeting between Sluiter and Verdasco.

Fourth seed Tommy Haas will look for his third win of 2004 against Kenneth Carlsen. Haas defeated the Dane this year in Halle and Los Angeles, and the German owns a 3-0 career record against Carlsen. Haas missed all of 2003 with a shoulder injury, and has worked all the way back to enter this week at 20 th position in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race. Carlsen has been playing very well lately, reaching at least the quarterfinals in three of his last four events. He is 8-4 since the US Open, raising his season record to 15-18.

Swedish wild card Michael Ryderstedt returns to action just one day after winning his first career ATP match. The 19-year-old will face Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the second round. Ryderstedt began the year at 514 in the ATP Entry Rankings, but came into this week at No. 239. He's claimed three Futures titles this year. Lopez, the fifth seed, won his first career ATP title two weeks ago in Vienna. The 23-year-old Lopez picked up his 30 th win of the year in the first round, and enters Thursday's match with a 30-25 record for 2004. This will be the first meeting between Ryderstedt and Lopez.

Jan-Michael Gambill will have the chance to avenge a straight set loss he suffered at the US Open to Sweden's Joachim Johansson when the two play Thursday. Johansson dealt the American a 6-4 7-5 7-5 defeat in New York last month. Now up to 11 th in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race, Johansson has reached at least the quarterfinal round of his last five tournaments, going back to Long Island. He's second this season with 14.8 aces per match. Gambill enters the match with a record of 18-24 for 2004, putting in jeopardy his string of six consecutive years with at least 20 match wins. Gambill is looking to reach his fifth quarterfinal of 2004.
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Gigan
10-27-2004, 09:16 PM
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Gigan
10-27-2004, 09:27 PM
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spooky
10-27-2004, 09:29 PM
Agassi makes short work

Andre Agassi made short work of Kristof Vliegen in his opening Stockholm Open match on Wednesday, beating the Belgian 6-2 6-4 in just over an hour. "This was a good match for me, it was a good way to start,"said Agassi.

"The first match is the one you worry about, especially if you've never played the opponent before."

"The conditions are different here (from Madrid) and I knew there had to be some adjustments. I was hoping they would come fast and I was up early so that helped me relax."

Playing in Stockholm for the first time in 10 years, the top seed was unthreatened by the 107th-ranked Vliegen in the first set, the Belgian making too many unforced errors.

He broke Vliegen to 2-1 and again to 5-2 in the opening set before serving it out.

Vliegen raised his game in the second set and broke the American in the eighth game to level 4-4 but Agassi shrugged it off by breaking the Belgian to love and then converted 6-4.

"In the second set it got more competitive, he played much better and he broke to four all. Then I played a really good game to break him," Agassi said.

In the second round the 34-year-old American takes on Swedish doubles specialist Jonas Bjorkman. Bjorkman overcame Australian Wayne Arthurs 4-6 6-4 6-4.

WITH FAMILY

"The next match is going to be even tougher," said Agassi. "We've played each other a couple of times ... Jonas is a talented player. He'll have the home crowd advantage."

Agassi, who has no plans of retiring from tennis in 2005, has come to Sweden with his wife Steffi Graf and their children.

"It's difficult to travel with the family, but it's a better alternative than not to do it. I don't think I would play if I couldn't," he said.

Earlier in the day Belgian Olivier Rochus became the first player through to the quarter-finals when he beat qualifier Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia & Montenegro 6-4 7-5.

After clinching the first set Rochus climbed back from 4-1 to 4-4 in the second and then broke Jankovic again in the eleventh game. The Belgian finished in style, serving out to love to wrap up the match.

Romanian third seed Andrei Pavel joined Rochus in the quarters by beating Czech Michal Tabara 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Gigan
10-27-2004, 09:31 PM
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Gigan
10-27-2004, 09:37 PM
Agassi Makes Short Work of Vliegen

Sports - Reuters


By Oliver Grassman

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Andre Agassi (news) made short work of Kristof Vliegen (news) in his opening Stockholm Open match on Wednesday, beating the Belgian 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour.



"This was a good match for me, it was a good way to start," he Agassi. "The first match is the one you worry about, especially if you've never played the opponent before."


"The conditions are different here (from Madrid) and I knew there had to be some adjustments. I was hoping they would come fast and I was up early so that helped me relax."


Playing in Stockholm for the first time in 10 years, the top seed was unthreatened by the 107th-ranked Vliegen in the first set, the Belgian making too many unforced errors.


He broke Vliegen to 2-1 and again to 5-2 in the opening set before serving it out.


Vliegen raised his game in the second set and broke the American in the eighth game to level 4-4 but Agassi shrugged it off by breaking the Belgian to love and then converted 6-4.


"In the second set it got more competitive, he played much better and he broke to four all. Then I played a really good game to break him," Agassi said.


In the second round the 34-year-old American takes on Swedish doubles specialist Jonas Bjorkman (news). Bjorkman overcame Australian Wayne Arthurs (news) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.


WITH FAMILY


"The next match is going to be even tougher," said Agassi. "We've played each other a couple of times ... Jonas is a talented player. He'll have the home crowd advantage."


Agassi, who has no plans of retiring from tennis in 2005, has come to Sweden with his wife Steffi Graf and their children.


"It's difficult to travel with the family, but it's a better alternative than not to do it. I don't think I would play if I couldn't," he said.


Earlier in the day Belgian Olivier Rochus (news) became the first player through to the quarter-finals when he beat qualifier Janko Tipsarevic (news) of Serbia & Montenegro 6-4, 7-5.


After clinching the first set Rochus climbed back from 4-1 to 4-4 in the second and then broke Jankovic again in the eleventh game. The Belgian finished in style, serving out to love to wrap up the match.


Romanian third seed Andrei Pavel (news) joined Rochus in the quarters by beating Czech Michal Tabara (news) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
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Gigan
10-27-2004, 10:30 PM
Andre plays at Central Court
not before 18.30, 28 October, 2004!

Go, Andre!
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Gigan
10-27-2004, 10:36 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/A092_TP_90.jpg Agassi, Andre 3-0 Bjorkman, Jonas http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/B446_AS_90.jpg


Individual matches:
1998 Munich, Germany Clay Q Agassi 6 2, 6 2
1996 Atlanta Olympics, GA, U.S.A. Hard R64 Agassi 7 6, 7 6
1996 Australian Open, Australia Hard R16 Agassi 4 6, 6 2, 4 6, 6 1, 6 2
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spooky
10-27-2004, 11:15 PM
Statistics is good, but matches aren't easy. I hope Agassi win easier this time, in straights sets.

Go Andre!

spooky
10-28-2004, 07:30 AM
Press conference, Andre Agassi, October 27th.

Q: Everyone knows how popular you are wherever you go, can you describe the feeling inside when you enter the court and people cheer for you.

A: When I talk about the things that I get to enjoy more now than ever before, as I mentioned before, is playing in front of the people and to get that feeling of support. For so many years you do this, and to feel the support grow every year is an incredible feeling. This is such a great place to play, so intimate and you feel like itís really special to be there. You feel like if there are more seats more people will come, but there are only a few, so itís a special night to play here. I love this environment. Itís great to be back. I think the Globe was a nice place to play but it was so big, and now hereÖ it couldnít be better.

Q: What did you think about the match?

A: It was a good match for me tonight. Good way to get started. The first one you always worry about. Specially if you never played somebody before. Conditions are very different from last week, I knew there would be some adjustments. I was hoping they would come quickly and I was up early so that helped me to relax. He got competitive, in the second set he started to play much better. He broke my serve to go 4-4. Then I played a really good game to break him, that was good for me as a preparation for the next match.

Q: You are playing Jonas BjŲrkman tomorrow, what about that match?

A: Well, thatís going to be even tougher. Jonas is a very talented player and he does so many things well on the court. Great competitor. Weíve played a couple of times in the past but not for a long time now. He will have the home court advantage which I understand. So I have to play a good match. He does everything very well, baseline, the net, serve, return, volleys- everything is very good.

Q: He(BjŲrkman) says the balls are very hard so itís hard to play serve and volley, do you agree with him?

A: Well itís hard to play serve and volley- no question, the balls are very heavy. Those who play serve and volley wants the balls to be fast, because then they just have to stick the racket and block the volley. With these balls itís easier to pass but Jonas plays good from back of the court as well.

Q: What have you been doing today?

A: I came out here to practice for the first time on the centre court, to get a feel for it. Then I had some lunch, and went for a walk with the kids around. We played a little bit and then I had a rest. Then it was time to go back.

Q: You didnít go to any museum or so?

A: No, I didnít go, no. But thatís something I really have got to do, because itís very beautiful.

Q: You said you like Stockholm, do you think youíll take another walk and see other parts of the city?

A: Stockholm is literally on of the most beautiful cities in the world. To look around is incredible. The people have been so friendly, so nice. So thatís a testament to the way everybody lives here. They must be happy. We just like to get a good look around and love being outside and when the weather is good itís even better, like today it was perfect. Best place to have a family, you see so many people with their children around in the parks.

Q: How important is it for you to travel with your family, nowadays?

A: Itís very important, itís difficult to travel with your family, but itís better than the alternative, which is to not be with them. I think if I had to make a choice I wouldnít play. To have the support is very important.

Gigan
10-28-2004, 05:58 PM
Statistics is good, but matches aren't easy. I hope Agassi win easier this time, in straights sets.

Go Andre!


You have to know Andre better!
You have to believe!
Andre won today!!!

Andre Agassi def Jonas Bojrkman 6-3, 6-4!!!

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Gigan
10-28-2004, 06:02 PM
Pic of results:

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Gigan
10-28-2004, 06:07 PM
Pics 2nd Round vs Bjorkman

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Gigan
10-28-2004, 06:10 PM
one more pic


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Gigan
10-28-2004, 06:19 PM
Next will be Verdasco, Fernando ESP..

http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/A092_TP_90.jpg Agassi, Andre 0-0 "Hot Sauce" Verdasco, Fernando http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/V306_AT_90.jpg

Go, Andre win it!!!

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10-28-2004, 06:35 PM
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10-28-2004, 06:52 PM
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10-28-2004, 06:53 PM
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10-28-2004, 06:57 PM
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MisterQ
10-28-2004, 07:17 PM
:woohoo: GO ANDRE!!!

spooky
10-28-2004, 10:44 PM
28/10/2004

Agassi Defeats BjŲrkman

Andre Agassi booked his ticket in the quarterfinals after a convincing victory against Jonas BjŲrkman.

The star from Las Vegas seems to have continued the nice form from Madrid. In the fourth meeting between the two, Agassi never gave BjŲrkman any real chance to get into the match. Agassi was very consistent from the baseline dictating the points in his trademark style.

After 70 minutes, Agassi was able to call it a dayís work after 6-3, 6-4.

- Iíve got to be happy about the way I handled Jonas out there today, Agassi said at the press conference.

In the next round, Agassi faces Fernando Verdasco, a young rising Spaniard who had just turned four years old when Agassi won his first title in Itaparica 1987.

- You have to be at your best every day, you canít think about tomorrow. Whatís required every day is different, you have to be better than one player, the American diplomatically said on the question whether the game he displayed today would be enough to win him his 60th career title.

spooky
10-28-2004, 10:55 PM
Press conference, Andre Agassi, Thursday 28th

Q: If you compare to yesterdayís game, how did you feel about the game today?
A: Well, I think that Jonas and I play very different style of games, much more difficult. It was very important for me today to make sure that I wasnít giving him the confidence. Because when he has a little bit of confidence he plays unbelievable. I felt good about everything I did today. You know Jonas is going to get his breaks of serve because he returns so well. I was only fortunate that I was already up two service breaks when I lost my serve. So, that made for a lot easier day.

Q: You kept him on the baseline pretty well in the first set, didnít you.
A: You know, itís a difficult court to come in, you have to really make sure that youíre coming in on the right shots. The balls are sp heavy and if youíre not quite in a position to hit the volley, thereís nothing on it and youíre are just sitting up there waiting to be past. You must be very selective when you come in down there and I think itís favouring the person that chose to stay back there a little bit more.

Q: What do you think is the biggest problem in todays menís tennis, many are talking about the lack of profiles?
A: Tennis is an incredible sport that have had many generations of great rivalries and I think that the future has so much talent that it is yet to be discovered what the next rivalry is gonna be. The bigger problem is that the sport is not working together, there are so many organisations with there own interests and agenda. That makes it difficult to market the sport and promote the sport as a whole across the world. Itís one of the biggest sports in the world and I think it doesnít work effectively together. The players now are very talented and have a great future

Q: Do you think the ITF and the ATP should work together?
A: Well, I think that the ITF doesnít work together, you need to have the Grand Slams to work together and then you need to have all the other tournaments leading up to those tournaments working together so that the public understand the year, understands the season, that they understand how and why itís important that the schedule make sense. So the average fan can understand tennis and raise more sponsorship. So if you want to be a part of the Grand Slams you have to be a part of all tennis, not just one week. If you want to take part in a global sport and get global exposure you have to step up to it. I think it will help marketing, revenues and TV and all of it.

Q: Can you players do something anything about it?
A: Well, itís a short career for most player, so where they put their energy itís not so easy, you come in to a situation where you have a chance to make a living for lifetime. You have competitors around you and if your focused a little bit on anything else theyíre passing you. Itís not se easy for someone that comes in to the sport because first you have to understand it and to understand it you have to be a part of it. Itís difficult, but I think the players can support a system that allows somebody to make decisions for the whole sport.

Q: How much do you think about the Masters cup?
A: Itís nice for me to finish top eight because itís an accomplishment that you have to be appreciated about. For next year itís important, the difference between being number 8 or 9 is a big difference in Australia. And a chance to play against the best in the world in Houston. You have to be at your best everyday, you canít worry about tomorrow if tomorrow never happens. Iím just thinking about my tennis and Iím trying to play well and if I deserve it hopefully it will happen.

Q: They way you played today, do you think itís enough to win the tournament?
A: You never know, everyday you have to be not good but better than one person. Whatís required to stay is always different.

Q: Spiritwise do you think it could be something this weekend?
A: I hope so, the way I dealt with Jonas today wasnít easy, so I have to feel about many parts of my game to deal with the match in straight sets and I feel really good about that.

Q: Last year it was 6 positive dopingtests and then came Rusedski, how do you think ATP handled that?
A: Itís an incredible strict policy we have and the execution of that policy itís very strict, more strict than any sports Iím aware of. Last year I was tested 20 times, maybe 8 times blood, possibly more. You donít have opportunity in tennis to take time away to use drugs to enchance your performance. We play all the year around all over the world. If there are any positive tests that come around it is more likely that it is a function of international teenagers and people are giving them everything, maybe they think itís vitamin maybe itís thisÖ The issue of ignorance is a high possibility. But to actually think that with our policy and testing itís possible to cheat and get away with it itís absurd. Itís a question of when, not if you get caught. So you know itís a really unique situation with Nandrolon turning up and only showing up in low doses with many players. It makes you wonder if there some vitamin or whatever that have some contamination in it that are showing signs. But for somebody to cheat in our sport would be a miracle if you get away with it.

Q: Have you been tested this week?
A: No they test you when the week is over, they donít tell us which is good.

Q: Do you think that the 3 month suspension when you get caught like Coria is fair?
A: I donít their case specificly, there can be different levels of guilt when you find somebody positive. They can tell if it was with an injection, how much you took, for rehab or performance enhancing. For me to speak in a specific case would be speaking without the facts, but I can tell you our testing policy and our nature of our tests is that there is a due process for every part of the test which is also important. As a player with your lilvelyhood, your life and career, everything you have worked your whole life fore in one moment if something of accident doesnít belong if something happens by chance and youíre guilty it destroys everything. We have to make sure this doesnít happen, that it is a fair and just system that we have in the testing and the due process of appealing in any part of a free society you have to be able to count on this.

Q: Whatís the difference between playing a veteran like BjŲrkman and a young player?
A: Itís much more difficult to play someone over 30, because they have much more experience, especially if they move like Jonas. And more pressure on me because itís important that Iím the best over 30 player.

Q: How was your day in Stockholm?
A: I had a great day, went out with the kids in the park and got ready to work.

spooky
10-28-2004, 11:22 PM
Agassi wins battle of veterans

From correspondents in Stockholm
October 29, 2004

ANDRE AGASSI continued his career-long stranglehold over fellow veteran Jonas Bjorkman today.

The American beat the Swede 6-3, 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open.

Agassi's last three victories against his rival have all come in straight sets.

The efficient win, in front of a sellout 5000 crowd, keeps the top seed in the chase for a spot in next month's season-ending Masters Cup.

Agassi, 34, is eighth and needs top performances here and next week in Paris to clinch a spot in the eight-man field.

Briton Tim Henman, the man he needs to displace, stayed in contention with a win in Basel over Wesley Moodie to remain seventh.

Agassi's victory denied Bjorkman a place in his fifth quarter-final in 12 appearances in the capital.

"Every day, you have to be better than one person," said Agassi of his effort.

"And what's required each day is always different. To deal with Jonas the way I did today wasn't easy to do. I can feel good about many parts of my game for it to go in straight sets."

The hugely-popular Agassi, competing here for the first time since 1994, will now face Spanish eighth seed Fernando Verdasco, who knocked out Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands 6-4 6-2.

German fourth seed Tommy Haas took a third win this season over Kenneth Carlsen, defeating the Dane 7-5 7-5.

Swedish teenager Michael Ryderstedt continued a purple patch after winning his first tour match this week, carrying on into the final eight with an upset of fifth seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.

The 19-year-old left-hander began the season ranked 514th and has improved by nearly 300 places.

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10-29-2004, 01:58 AM
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10-29-2004, 02:09 AM
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Gigan
10-29-2004, 03:45 PM
Congratulations, Andre!!!
Andre def Verdasco 7-6, 6-2!!!!


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Gigan
10-29-2004, 03:52 PM
Andre won!!!
Amazing match!!!


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spooky
10-29-2004, 04:00 PM
Andre won!!!
Amazing match!!!


And there is screen with statistic. Look at the 1st serve% second set. It was incredible!

Gigan
10-29-2004, 04:31 PM
Photo of Andre vs Verdasco



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10-29-2004, 04:32 PM
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10-29-2004, 04:34 PM
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10-29-2004, 04:40 PM
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Gigan
10-29-2004, 04:43 PM
Agassi Overcomes Verdasco Power

7 minutes ago Sports - Reuters



STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Andre Agassi (news) marched into the Stockholm Open semifinals Friday, beating Spanish eighth seed Fernando Verdasco (news) 7-6, 6-2 in his toughest match of the tournament.



The 19-year-old Verdasco, untroubled by the crowd's support for the American, matched Agassi in the opening set as both dominated with their service.


Verdasco, specializing in aces, needed only to fight off one break point on the way to the tiebreak but failed to sustain his excellent game as top seed Agassi broke him in the tiebreak to 5-4 before serving out.


In the following set Agassi started to read Verdasco's serve, breaking the Spaniard to 2-0 and again to 6-2 to seal the match.


In the semis the Las Vegan faces German fourth seed Tommy Haas (news), who defeated Belgian Olivier Rochus (news) 6-3, 7-6 earlier in the day. Both Haas and Agassi have yet to lose a set.


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Gigan
10-29-2004, 04:44 PM
For sweedish fans:

Publicerat 29 oktober 2004 18:03

Agassi mŲter Haas i SO-semifinal

ArrangŲrernas favorit šr klar fŲr semifinal i Stockholm Open-tennisen. Den fŲrre všrldsettan Andre Agassi - turneringens stora dragplŚster - hade inga stŲrre problem att avfšrda 20-Śrige spanjoren Fernando Verdasco med 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 i kvartsfinalen.

I lŲrdagens semifinal stšlls Agassi mot tysken Tommy Haas, rankad som nummer 22 i všrlden. Haas slog i sin kvartsfinal ut belgiern Olivier Rochus med 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
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Gigan
10-29-2004, 04:50 PM
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10-29-2004, 04:59 PM
Agassi reaches Stockholm semis after 15-year delay

7 minutes ago U.S. National - AFP



STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A decade and a half after his first attempt, evergreen Andre Agassi finally reached the semi-finals of the 632,750-euro Stockholm Open, dispatching Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.


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The 34-year-old American top seed will Saturday attempt to climb higher in the chase for a place in the season-ending Masters Cup as he faces Tommy Haas.


Agassi and Haas have played twice this year, splitting back-to-back matches, with Haas taking victory on the way to a title in Los Angeles and Agassi a winner in Toronto.


The crowd-pleasing Agassi, who first competed in the Swedish capital in 1989 as a teenager and stalled in the quarter-finals, was also unable to reach the final four on his last visit a decade ago.


He succeeded this time over eighth seed Verdasco, denying the 20-year-old a place in his fourth semi of the season.


"It was a tough match for anyone to play," said Agassi, who improves to 36-12 on the season with eight points to the good for his Masters Cup qualification effort.


"He has a nice-looking serve which he can hit in any direction. It's tough to read and return. If he gets his forehand into play, and hits a winner, the point is finished."


Agassi battled through a combatative opening set at the Kungligahallen, saving a break point in the ninth game and slogging through a tight tie-breaker.


But the veteran broke free as the Spaniard sent a return wide for a set point to the seed. Agassi took it, then stormed through the next set on a wave of momentum to final victory.


"I played a good first game of the second set to break him," said the winner, who stands eighth behind Tim Henman in the end-of-season points race. "When I got the lead, it made a big difference.


"I took care of my serve. I got up 5-3, hit a couple of good shots and the match was over. But he's a difficult player."
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Gigan
10-29-2004, 05:00 PM
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US tennis star Andre Agassi plays a forehand return against Fernando Verdasco of Spain in their quarterfinal match of the Stockholm Open ATP tennis tournament(AFP/Sven Nackstrand)
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Gigan
10-29-2004, 05:14 PM
Agassi advances to Stockholm Open semis
Posted: Friday October 29, 2004 1:04PM; Updated: Friday October 29, 2004 1:04PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Top-seeded Andre Agassi won his third straight-sets match in a row, advancing to the semifinals of the euro643,750 (US$822,000) Stockholm Open for the first time on Friday.

The American veteran, who lost two previous quarterfinals in 1989 and 1994 at the Globe Arena across town, beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-2 on the Royal Tennis Hall's fast Plexipave court in their first meeting.


Tommy Haas, the fourth seed from Germany, also made the final four, defeating Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Verdasco, looking to reach his fourth semifinal of the year and the first in a non-clay event, served to near perfection early, not losing a point in his first four service games.

"He's tough for anybody to play, a lefthander with a very big serve," Agassi said. "He can hit in every direction, with spin, flat. It's a difficult serve to read and to return."

Agassi did get one chance to break Verdasco in the opening set when the Spaniard fell behind 30-40 at 4-4. But Agassi failed to capitalize.

Verdasco wilted in the tiebreak, netting a forehand to give Agassi a 5-4 edge. Verdasco's next shot was wide and then Agassi closed out the set with a powerful serve.

Agassi broke Verdasco in game two of the second set and added another break in the last game, setting up the match point with a brilliant, straight backhand pass down the line. On match point, Verdasco hit a backhand wide.

"In the second set I played a good game to break him and once I was in the lead I took care of my serve," Agassi said.

Haas is next up for Agassi in Saturday's semifinals. The German has bounced back after missing 2003 with a shoulder injury. Two weeks ago, he reached the semifinals in Vienna.

"We played twice in the summer, back-to-back Los Angeles and Toronto," Agassi said.

"One and one, we played three sets both times. It's always a difficult match. Tommy is, in my opinion, one of the best players in the world.

"He does a lot of things very well on the court. I've got to play a good match."

In later quarterfinals, second-seed Joachim Johansson played wild card Michael Ryderstedt in an all-Swedish match, followed Thomas Johansson of Sweden against Andrei Pavel of Romania.

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spooky
10-29-2004, 10:03 PM
In the following set Agassi started to read Verdasco's serve, breaking the Spaniard to 2-0 and again to 6-2 to seal the match.

And I like in Agassi this element, he can read play opponent very good.

spooky
10-29-2004, 10:49 PM
Agassi & Haas Advance---All Swede Semi Set Up

Top seed Andre Agassi advanced to his seventh semifinal of the season with a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over No. 8 seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain. This is Agassiís first career semifinal in four appearances in Stockholm. His previous best result was the quarterfinals in 1989 and 1994.

Agassi will take on No. 4 Tommy Haas, who reached his fourth ATP semifinal of the year with a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Belgian Olivier Rochus. Both Agassi and Haas have yet to drop a set in their first three matches.

Swedish wild card Michael Ryderstedt, playing in his first career ATP tournament, advanced to the semifinals when No. 2 Joachim Johansson retired with a virus. The 19-year-old Ryderstedt lost the first set 6-3 and was serving at 5-3 when Johansson stopped playing.

Thomas Johansson advanced to his fourth ATP semifinal of the season as he surprised No. 3 seed Andrei Pavel 7-6(4), 7-5. The only break in the match came in the 12th game of the second set as Johansson came away with his second victory in five meetings against Pavel.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Agassi: ĒIn my opinion, Tommy is one of the best players in the world and should be up there at the top. He does a lot of things very well on the court.Ē

Haas: ďI appreciate the fact of being healthy. It was a tough 15-16 months. Now, Iím feeling comfortable with my game again. It always takes a few matches to get used to the circumstances. We all know what Agassi can do when he plays his best tennis.Ē

Ryderstedt: ďI'm not used to it but try to enjoy the attention, especially when I'm out there on the court playing. I have dreamt about being on the court instead of being a spectator as I've been the last couple of years. I've had three surprising wins here. The feeling after the match is completely different when someone retires. There weren't any long rallies so I couldn't tell that he wasn't feeling well.Ē

SATURDAY PREVIEW Ė AGASSI, HAAS TO SQUARE OFF; SWEDE GUARANTEED A SPOT IN FINAL

Top seed Andre Agassi takes on No. 4 Tommy Haas in Saturdayís first semifinal, then 2000 Stockholm champ Thomas Johansson plays 19-year-old Swedish wild card Michael Ryderstedt. The winner of the all-Swedish match-up guarantees a Swede in the final for the second straight year. Johansson is the last Swede to win the Stockholm title four years ago.

Agassi, who leads all active players with 59 career titles, will take a 5-3 career record into his semifinal against Haas. This will be the third meeting of the year between the two with Haas winning in the quarterfinals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles and Agassi returning the favor 10 days later in the first round of ATP Masters Series Toronto.

Agassi is in eighth position in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race with 410 points and trails seventh place Tim Henman by 48 points. Henman lost in the quarterfinals in Basel on Friday. Agassi, who is trying to reach his second ATP final of the year, must finish in the top seven to qualify for Tennis Masters Cup in Houston.

Haas is attempting to reach his third ATP final of the season after missing last year with a right shoulder injury. Haas won titles in Houston (d. Roddick) and Los Angeles (d. Kiefer) earlier this year. After missing 16 months while undergoing two shoulder operations, the German has a 36-20 record this season, and has gone from unranked at the end of last year to the Top 20 in the current INDESIT ATP 2004 Race.

In the second semifinal, Johansson will attempt to reach his third Stockholm final, having won the title four years ago and reached the final in 1998. The 29-year-old Swede takes on Ryderstedt for the first time. The left-handed Ryderstedt is looking to become the third player in four years to reach his first ATP final in Stockholm. In 2001, Jarkko Nieminen of Finland lost in five sets to Sjeng Schalken. Last year, Swede Robin Soderling lost to American Mardy Fish in the final.

spooky
10-29-2004, 10:54 PM
Agassi marches on in Stockholm

Andre Agassi marched into the Stockholm Open semi-finals on Friday, beating Spanish eighth seed Fernando Verdasco 7-6 6-2 in his toughest match of the tournament.

Second seed Joachim Johansson, however, retired with a fever from his quarter-final against his Swedish compatriot Michael Ryderstedt.

Johansson won the first set 6-3 but withdrew when Ryderstedt broke him to 5-3 in the second.

Verdasco, untroubled by the crowd's support for the American, matched Agassi in the opening set as both dominated with their service.

"He's tough for anyone to play," said Agassi.

"He's left-handed with a very big serve. It's a difficult serve to read and to return and then he has a very big forehand, so if you just get it in play and you give him the chance to hit the forehand, the point is finished."

Verdasco, specialising in aces, needed only to fight off one break point on the way to the tiebreak but failed to sustain his excellence as top seed Agassi broke him in the tiebreak to 5-4 before serving out.

In the following set Agassi started to read Verdasco's serve, breaking the Spaniard to 2-0 and again to 6-2 to seal the match.

"In a tiebreaker you get a little lucky or you get a little unlucky...but in the second set I started to get more returns in and to play more from the baseline and I felt very comfortable then.

"I played a good first game to break him, and then once I was in the lead I think it was a big difference."

The Las Vegan next faces fourth seed Tommy Haas, who defeated Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-3 7-6. Both Haas and Agassi have yet to lose a set.

"We played twice this summer, back-to-back in Los Angeles and in Canada in Toronto, one and one, we played three sets both times. So it's always a difficult match," said Agassi of Germany's former world number two.

"Tommy is in my opinion one of the best players in the world, he should be up at the top."

Taking on another Swede in the semis, Ryderstedt faces 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson, who overcame a foot injury to beat Romanian third seed Andre Pavel 7-6 7-5.

Gigan
10-29-2004, 11:15 PM
Pressconference Andre Agassi 29th October

Q: You were happy yesterday, what can you tell us about this game?
A: Today, it wasnít a lot of rhythm, his serve is very big and we both served well and there wasnít a lot of points in the first set. In tie break you get a little bit of lucky or a little unlucky it happens this way. The second set I started getting more returns in and played more from the baseline and I felt very comfortable then.

Q: What do you think about the Verdasco style? It looked like it was a very tough match in the beginning.
A: Well it was very tough. Heís left handed, he has a very big serve. He can hit every direction, with spin, flat. It is a difficult serve to read and return. And he has a very big forehand so if you just get it into play but if you give him a chance with his forehand heís difficult to beat. In the second set I played a good first game to break him and once I was in the lead, it made a big difference and I could just take care of my serve. I was up 5-3 anyhow and I hit a couple of good shots and the match was over.

Q: Do you think itís a future for him in the top ten?
A: Well, youíre talking about the ten best players in the world. So thereís something special you need in your heart and mind. You can not tell from just one match, but his weapons are very, as big as anybodies, his serve and his forehand, heís still young so I definitely think that he has a lot to look forward to.

Q: You both served very well, do you think you serve better yourself when you meet someone who serves that good?
A: Well, that was the gameplan, but it doesnít always work that way, but today I served well and I returned pretty well. Sometimes when you donít get a lot of chances in your opponents serve thereís more pressure for you to take care of your own serve, sometimes that brings out your best, and sometimes you can make some nervous mistakes.

Q: Haas in the semis, whatís the last time you played him?
A: We played twice over the summer, back to back, LA and Canada, Toronto. 1-1, three sets both times so always difficult matches. Tommy is in my opinion, one of the best players in the world, he should be up there at the top. He does a lot of things very well on the court. I got to play a good match.

Q: He was out for 16 month, are you surprised he came back so fast?
A: I wouldnít say surprised, impressive, his game is a very strong game, a very good serve and returns. He got one of the best backhands in the game, he moves well and plays well at the net. This is as good tennis as you can see.


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Gigan
10-29-2004, 11:18 PM
Agassi Advances

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Top seed Andre Agassi continued his late-season run for the Tennis Masters Cup Houston when he took out No. 8 seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6(4), 6-2 at the if...Stockholm Open. The win set up a semifinal clash with No. 4 seed Tommy Haas who will be playing in his fourth ATP semifinal of the year. The two players are 1-1 in head-to-head matches this year; both battles were decided in three sets.
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Gigan
10-29-2004, 11:42 PM
Agassi wins in straight sets to reach semifinals

10/29/04 5:33 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Top-seeded Andre Agassi beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-2 Friday to reach the Stockholm Open semifinals for the first time.

It's the 34-year-old Agassi's first final four berth at the tournament; he lost in the quarterfinals in 1989 and 1994, his previous appearance.

Verdasco began well, holding at love in each of his first four service games.

"He's tough for anybody to play, a left-hander with a very big serve,'' Agassi said. "He can hit in every direction, with spin, flat. It's a difficult serve to read and to return.''

But Agassi finally broke Verdasco in the second game of the second set, then broke him again to end the match. Agassi set up match point with a backhand pass down the line, and Verdasco ended it by sending a backhand wide.

"In the second set I played a good game to break him, and once I was in the lead I took care of my serve,'' Agassi said.

His semifinal opponent is fourth-seeded Tommy Haas, who defeated Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (4).

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10-29-2004, 11:47 PM
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Gigan
10-30-2004, 12:01 AM
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2004 Canada AMS, Toronto, Canada Hard R64 Agassi 4 6 6 4 6 4
2004 Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. Hard Q Haas 6 7 7 6 3 6
2002 Rome TMS, Italy Clay F Agassi 6 3 6 3 6 0
2001 Indian Wells TMS, California, USA Hard R32 Agassi 7 6 6 3
2000 Lyon, France Carpet R16 Agassi 6 2 6 3
1999 Grand Slam Cup, Germany Hard Q Haas 0 6 7 6 4 6
1998 Wimbledon, England Grass R64 Haas 6 4 1 6 6 7 4 6
1998 Scottsdale, AZ, U.S.A. Hard S Agassi 6 2 6 1



Go, Andre!!!
Improve your individual matches statistics!!!!
Beat Haas well!!!

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Gigan
10-30-2004, 07:29 AM
Small (illustrated!) article from yesterday

Agassi marches into semi-finals
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Latest tennis results
Top seed Andre Agassi beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 6-2 on Friday to reach the Stockholm Open semi-finals.
"It was very tough," said Agassi after his hardest match of the tournament.

Second seed Joachim Johansson retired because of a fever during his quarter-final against Swedish compatriot Michael Ryderstedt.

Johansson defied his illness to win the first set 6-3 but then pulled out of the match after Ryderstedt broke him to lead 5-3 in the second.
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Gigan
10-30-2004, 07:56 AM
Ranking for Friday, October 29, 2004!

Go, Andre!

Qualify for Hueston!!!

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spooky
10-30-2004, 10:48 AM
Andre Agassi - Tommy Haas

0:1

Andre had break point, but couldn't win :/

spooky
10-30-2004, 10:51 AM
Andre Agassi - Tommy Haas*

1:1

Now Haas break point, but Agassi saved it :-)

spooky
10-30-2004, 10:59 AM
*Andre Agassi - Tommy Haas

1:2

It was 15:40, but nothing :-(. Go Andre! Break him next time!

spooky
10-30-2004, 01:36 PM
Agassi beats Haas to reach Stockholm Open final

STOCKHOLM, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Andre Agassi did just enough to beat German fourth seed Tommy Haas 7-6 7-6 and reach his first Stockholm Open final on Saturday.

The American top seed, playing in Stockholm for the first time in 10 years, came back from 3-5 down in the first set to take it to a tiebreak where Haas took a 3-0 lead.

The German former world number two kept his lead to 5-2 but Agassi clawed his way back with some stunning defensive play.

Agassi broke back to 5-4, held his serve, then clinched the tiebreak 7-5 with a passing shot.

Both players held serve in the second but Haas struggled in the tiebreak as Agassi broke him to 2-1 and again to 5-1. Haas broke back once but a backhand down the line earned Agassi three matchpoints.

Haas saved the first one but hit a forehand wide on the next, giving Agassi the tiebreak 7-4.

spooky
10-30-2004, 01:42 PM
Agassi battles through to final

Top seed Andre Agassi won a hard-fought battle against Germany's Tommy Haas in the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open on Saturday.
The American came through 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) to reach his first final since the Cincinnati Masters in August.

Agassi currently lies eighth in the Champions Race and is looking to move up into a qualification spot for the season-ending Masters Cup.

Agassi was pushed hard by fourth seed Haas and batted back from 3-5 in the first set and then 2-5 in the opening tie-break.

The second set was an even tighter affair as neither player was able to break, until Agassi raced into a 5-1 lead in the tie-break and held on for victory.

spooky
10-30-2004, 01:52 PM
Pisc of match Agassi - Haas

spooky
10-30-2004, 09:07 PM
30/10/2004

Agassi and Johansson Battle for The Title

The final of ifÖ Stockholm Open 2004 will be played between the No. 1 seed Andre Agassi and Thomas Johansson, a former Champion in Stockholm.

The first semifinal between Andre Agassi and Tommy Haas was of a very high standard. The match included a lot of hard hitting rallies from the baseline, with both players trying to step in and dictate the play. Haas was the player that had the most chances, and eventually managed to break Agassiís serve to 5-3 in the first set. But as the German was going to serve it out, Agassi proved why he has been a world class player for almost two decades. The American hit a big cross court passing shot to break Haasís serve. In the tie break, Haas started of by winning the first point while serving. But then, something unusual happened. Eight straight points were won by the receiver. Haas was up both 3-0 and 5-2 but the five last points in the set were won by Agassi.

- The balls were getting so heavy in the tiebreak and it made it hard for us to serve for winners. If you didnít make your first serve, it was an advantage to be returning, Agassi explained after the match.

In the second set, both players had an easier time holding on to serve. Again, a tie break was needed to decide the outcome. Agassi got a quick lead and never looked back winning 7-4.

- Many of our matches end up this way, with one player controlling one point and the other the next point. It seems like the level of play has increased every time we have played this year, Agassi said.

Agassi and Johansson have played six times with Agassi winning every time. However, Johansson has pushed Agassi to three sets in three of their meetings. In the second round of the Masters Series event in Cincinnati, Agassi won in three sets and went on to win the title.

- Itís going to be a high-paced match against Agassi. I watched Agassi and Haas today and that was one of the best live matches I have ever seen, Johansson says.

The singles final will be played at 2 PM, following the doubles final which starts at 11:25 AM.

spooky
10-30-2004, 09:21 PM
Press Conference with Andre Agassi, Saturday, 30th

Q: What did you think about todayís game?
A: If you missed the first serve it was an advantage to be returning. Because the ball was just sitting there and you could take a good swing and then the person was a little bit on the defensive. Itís very rare that somebody misses the first serve. Itís hard to serve for winners today because weíre hitting so many ground strokes so the balls were getting so soft that it wasnít going through the court.

Q: Did you feel comfortable playing against him?
A: Well Iím never comfortable. He has a good game you know. He still has a master play, but if I play him I go out there with a lot of respect. He has a big serve and a great backhand. He knows the game very well .

Q: What do you know about Ryderstedt? Have you ever seen him before?
A: I havenít no, so this is a first experience of him. I have to watch a little bit and see what his game is like in case he wins.

Q: How pleased are you?
A: Itís what I came here for so. I have a lot of experience trying to make that tournament over the last almost twenty years. I realise that itís about focusing your game and itís about playing well. I came here hoping to do that and I feel great about the way Iím hitting the ball wich is the most important thing. If I can get a little lucky andÖ I think thatís great.

Q: Are you going to Paris?
A: Yes, thatís the plan.

Q: Did it bother you when Haas was communicating with his coach? He was not sitting far from you.
A: I donít worry about it to much. Somebody still has to do stuff to do it themselves so. You never know, sometimes coaching can interfere if you are saying the wrong thing. It all depends on what you are saying. But I wasnít watching this.

Q: Are you tired from this game?
A: It was more physical for sure. But I held up great. I was still moving great at the end. But it felt pretty good.

Q: Is it something in your game that your not satisfied with right now?
A: Yes, I feel pretty satisfied with my game right now. Today was very high standard. Weíve played twice this summer. And both times weíve played it got better. The first time we played in L.A. people said it was the best game theyíve seen all year. And then we played the next week and the people that saw that one and the first said that this one was even better. Now we play here and this was possible even better again. It was very high standard so Iím very happy with that.

Q: What is your opinion about the Presidential election in the US?
A: I hope for the sake of our country and the world that John Kerry is president.

Q: Have you already voted?
A: Yes. I tried to vote twice but they didnít let me (laughter).

AgassiDomination
10-30-2004, 10:27 PM
AGASSI PLZ WIN AGAIN!!!

Gigan
10-31-2004, 12:21 AM
German article (they worry that Andre could beat Tommy in Paris too)

Agassi zu stark fŁr Haas

Thomas Haas hat sein drittes Endspiel in diesem Jahr verpasst. Der Hamburger verlor gegen den topgesetzten Andre Agassi mit 6:7 (5:7), 6:7 (4:7). Damit kassierte Haas die sechste Niederlage im neunten Vergleich mit dem Amerikaner, der in der schwedischen Hauptstadt seinen 60. Titel anstrebt.



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Agassi, der auch um die Teilnahme an der Tennis-WM vom 15. bis 21. November in Houston kšmpft, trifft im Endspiel am Sonntag auf den Schweden Thomas Johansson, der das Turnier vor vier Jahren gewonnen hat. Gegen Agassi stehen fŁr ihn bisher aber nur Niederlagen zu Buche - sechs an der Zahl.

Rebreak gegen Haas der Knackpunkt

Der Knackpunkt im besten Match des Turniers vor 5000 Zuschauern in der ausverkauftem Kungligahallen war das neunte Spiel im 70 Minuten langen ersten Satz, als Haas das Rebreak zum 5:4 kassierte. Im Tiebreak des ersten Satzes fŁhrte er sogar schon mit 5:2, ehe Agassi seine Aufholjagd startete.

"Wir haben auf ziemlich hohem Niveau gespielt. Ich wollte einfach nur Łberleben", gestand der ausgepumpte Agassi nach dem dritten hart umkšmpften Vergleich mit Haas in diesem Jahr. Zwei davon hat der Amerikaner fŁr sich entschieden.

Von Stockholm reist Haas zum Masters-Turnier nach Paris-Bercy, wo er erneut auf Agassi treffen wird, wenn er sein Auftaktmatch gegen Michael Llodra gewinnt.

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MisterQ
10-31-2004, 01:50 AM
:woohoo: great job Andre!! keep up that high level tomorrow!!! :bounce:

Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:31 AM
One more pic vs Tommy Haas

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20041030/capt.sto80410301626.tennis_stockholm_open_agassi_s to804.jpg

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Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:33 AM
Andre vs T. Haas
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20041030/capt.sto80110301229.tennis_stockholm_open_agassi_s to801.jpg

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Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:35 AM
American veteran Andre Agassi reaches Stockholm tennis final


Canadian Press
Saturday, October 30, 2004


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Andre Agassi of the U.S. returns the ball during his semifinal match against Tommy Haas of Germany in the Stockholm Open ATP tennis tournament, Saturday. (AP/Jessica Gow)


STOCKHOLM (AP) - American veteran Andre Agassi reached the Stockholm Open final for the first time Saturday, edging Germany's Tommy Haas 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) and advancing to the title match against Thomas Johansson.

Johansson, a former Australian Open champion, beat 19-year-old countryman Michael Ryderstedt 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Johansson won this event four years ago, the last Swede to do so.

The top-seeded Agassi won in straight sets for the fourth consecutive match, but this was his toughest. He has beaten Haas two of three times this year.

"Today was very high standard," said Agassi, who lost in the quarter-finals in Stockholm in 1989 and 1994. "The first time we played in L.A. people said it was the best match they've seen all year. And then we played the next week (in Toronto) and the people that saw that one and the first said that this one was even better.

"Now we've played here and this was possibly even better again."

Haas, seeded fourth, missed much of the 2003 season with a shoulder injury. Two weeks ago, he reached the semifinals in Vienna. After missing 16 months while undergoing two operations, Haas has gone from unranked in the beginning of the year to the top 25.

Neither player was broken in the Agassi-Haas match. Haas, who also won his first three matches in straight sets, had a chance to go up 6-4 in the first tiebreaker but couldn't put away an easy overhead and lost the point on a wide forehand. Haas missed another forehand, giving Agassi a 6-5 lead. Agassi won the set with a forehand pass.

Agassi never trailed in the second-set tiebreaker, racing ahead 5-1 and winning on his second match point when Haas' forehand sailed wide.

"I'm never comfortable (against Haas)," Agassi said. "He has a good game. If I play him I go out there with a lot of respect. He has a big serve and a great backhand."

Johansson was never challenged by Ryderstedt, a wild card who won three Futures titles this year and was playing in his first ATP event. Johansson strained his foot during his quarter-final.

"I felt a little bit stiff in my foot in the morning, but I had no problems warming up and playing the match," he said. "He was a little bit tense early on and I put the pressure on from the start."

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Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:38 AM
Agassi edges Haas to reach Stockholm final
Posted: Saturday October 30, 2004 1:35PM; Updated: Saturday October 30, 2004 1:43PM





STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Andre Agassi reached the Stockholm Open final for the first time, edging Germany's Tommy Haas 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) and advancing to the title match against Thomas Johansson.

Johansson, a former Australian Open champion, beat 19-year-old countryman Michael Ryderstedt 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Johansson won this event four years ago, the last Swede to do so.


The top-seeded Agassi won in straight sets for the fourth consecutive match, but this was his toughest. He has beaten Haas two of three times this year.

"Today was very high standard," said Agassi, who lost in the quarterfinals in Stockholm in 1989 and 1994. "The first time we played in L.A. people said it was the best match they've seen all year. And then we played the next week (in Toronto) and the people that saw that one and the first said that this one was even better. Now we've played here and this was possibly even better again."

Haas, seeded fourth, missed much of the 2003 season with a shoulder injury. Two weeks ago, he reached the semifinals in Vienna, Austria. After missing 16 months while undergoing two operations, Haas has gone from unranked in the beginning of the year to the top 25.

Neither player was broken in the Agassi-Haas match. Haas, who also won his first three matches in straight sets, had a chance to go up 6-4 in the first tiebreaker but couldn't put away an easy overhead and lost the point on a wide forehand. Haas missed another forehand, giving Agassi a 6-5 lead. Agassi won the set with a forehand pass.

Agassi never trailed in the second-set tiebreaker, racing ahead 5-1 and winning on his second match point when Haas' forehand sailed wide.

"I'm never comfortable (against Haas)," Agassi said. "He has a good game. If I play him I go out there with a lot of respect. He has a big serve and a great backhand."

Johansson was never challenged by Ryderstedt, a wild card who won three Futures titles this year and was playing in his first ATP event. Johansson strained his foot during his quarterfinal.

"I felt a little bit stiff in my foot in the morning, but I had no problems warming up and playing the match," he said. "He was a little bit tense early on and I put the pressure on from the start.
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Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:43 AM
Agassi looking for master stroke against Johansson

Sat Oct 30, 1:09 PM ET Top Stories - AFP



STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Andre Agassi will line up against the last home player to win the title when he faces final opponent Thomas Johansson in a battle of veterans Sunday at the 632,750-euro Stockholm Open.


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Both the 34-year-old Agassi and Johansson, 29, who missed last season as he recovered from knee surgery, have it all to play for at the Kungligahallen.

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Agassi is bidding for a 60th career trophy after reaching the title showdown when he defeated Germany's Tommy Haas 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4).


Johansson, who won the 2002 Australian Open (news - web sites) before losing out on the 2003 campaign due to his rehablitation, reached his second final of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of teenaged compatriot Michael Ryderstedt.


Johansson won the event at his home club in 2000. His only other final this season came on grass in Notthingham, where he lost to Thai Paradorn Srichaphan.


Agassi was forced to battle from the start of what was his third meeting with Haas in as many months.


However the American dug deep to post his third consecutive victory over the German, in the process improving on 37-12 for the season and moving closer to possible qualification for next month's Masters Cup.


"I was getting pushed back," said Agassi, who last played in Sweden ten years ago. "Tommy hits the ball really solid. If he controls the match, he pushing you back.


"I just tried to stay alive out there."


Agassi's win means he has improved his standing in the eight-man Masters Cup qualification sprint, standing eighth as the week began.


But with number seven Tim Henman going out in the Basel quarter-finals and needing to defend a title next week as the regular season wraps up in Paris, the scenario looks promising for Agassi.


"I feel pretty satisfied with my game," said Agassi.


"Today was played to a very high standard, our matches have gotten better every time we've played. I'm very happy with that.


"I'm here this week to try and make it to the Cup. I'm trying to focus my game. If I could get lucky and make it that would be great.


"I've got a lot of experience in trying to make that tournament in recent years. I'm really happy with the way that I'm hitting the ball, I'm optimistic."


Going on past statistics, Agassi's chances on Sunday could not be better. He has won all six of his past matches with Johansson dating back to 1998.
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Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:57 AM
Agassi proves he's no Haas-been

Sat Oct 30,11:06 AM ET Top Stories - AFP



STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Top seed Andre Agassi solidified his bid for a spot in next month's ATP season final as he recorded a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4) semi-final victory here over Tommy Haas at the 632,750-euro Stockholm Open.


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The 34-year-old legend looked sharp indoors at the Kungligahallen as he spent two hours in defeating Germany's fourth seed for the sixth time in nine meetings.


The American now stands one victory away from his 60th title as he plays Sunday against the winner from Swedes Thomas Johansson and wild card teenager Michael Ryderstedt.


Johansson was the last local to win the home event, lifting the title in 2000.


Agassi, with wife Steffi Graf watching from a discreet corner of the balcony-level players' box along with infant son Jaden Gill, has now won his last two meetings with Haas with the pair playing three times in the past thre months.


Haas won a quarter-final in Los Angeles on the way to the title while Agassi got his own back at their next event in Toronto.


The veteran has improved his standing in the race for the eight-man Masters Cup, standing eighth as the week began.


But with number seven Tim Henman going out in the Basel quarter-finals and needing to defend a title next week as the regular season wraps up in Paris, the scenario looks promising for Agassi, nearly two decades in the game.


Against Haas, the top seed stayed sharp from his favoured position at the baseline, forcing the German into the errors in a tight, hard-fought contest.


The American wrapped up the victory as he sprinted to 5-1 in the second tie-breaker, holding off a brief fight-back from the German before claiming the win on Haas' 14th unforced error of the afternoon.


At the start, Agassi put Haas under immediate pressure, forcing the German to escape break points on his first two service games. But Agassi faced the same problem in the sixth game, saving two as he levelled at 3-all.


Haas earned the first break, taking a 5-3 lead. But the deficit only inspired Agassi to close it, with the veteran breaking back in the next game for 4-5 and squaring it up with an ace, 5-5.


As the tightly wound contest moved into a tie-breaker, Agassi again demonstrated his powers of recovery, climbing back from 2-5 down.


He earned a set point from a Haas return wide, and nailed the set after a 70-minute struggle from a scooped forehand winner which just cleared the net to wild applause form the sellout crowd of 5,000.
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Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:59 AM
Agassi Chases 60th Title

Andre Agassi plays in his 87th career final on Sunday at the ifÖ Stockholm Open and can become only the seventh player in history of tennis to win 60 singles titles. The top-seeded American defeated No. 4 seed Tommy Haas 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in the Stockholm semifinals to set up a meeting with Thomas Johansson. The Swede ousted countryman Michael Ryderstedt 6-3, 6-2 to move a step closer to his second title in the Swedish capital. Agassi keeps his qualifying hopes for Tennis Masters Cup Houston alive, but still needs a good performance in next weekís BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

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Andre Agassi advanced to his 87th career final on Saturday.
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Gigan
10-31-2004, 02:05 AM
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2004 Cincinnati AMS, Ohio, USA Hard R32 Agassi 6 1 3 6 6 1
2002 Paris TMS, France Carpet R16 Agassi 6 7 6 4 6 3
2002 Miami TMS, FL, U.S.A. Hard R16 Agassi 7 5 6 2
2001 Roland Garros, France Clay R128 Agassi 6 2 6 3 7 6
2000 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard R32 Agassi 6 4 6 2
1998 Ostrava, Czech Republic, Carpet Q Agassi 6 7 6 4 6 4

Go, Andre!!!!
Win today too!!!
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Gigan
10-31-2004, 02:19 AM
Center Court
Start at 11:25:


DOUBLES FINAL

Wayne Arthurs (AUS)
Paul Hanley (AUS)
vs.
Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)


Not before 14:00:
SINGLES FINAL

Andre Agassi (USA),
vs.
Thomas Johansson (SWE)

Go, Andre!!!

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I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-31-2004, 07:26 AM
You found so much news about Andre, :worship: you are so amazing,Gigan!!! :yeah:

Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:06 PM
Common Andre!!!
Do your good job!
Win it! Beat him!!!!

6-3, 2-5...

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Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:13 PM
Win 3-th!!! and all match
Beat him!!!!

6-3, 3-6...

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Gigan
11-01-2004, 01:07 AM
Who did see that match, what happened?
Andre said that Johansson was too strong for him in the second...?
Can not believe that?

Karenpoon...?

Please tell...


I can not believe, both my guys started well today,
both did win first set,
then - crashed .....


http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20041031/capt.sge.btl09.311004224648.photo00.photo.default-380x301.jpg

Yeh, it is not good, Andre!!!

Win please Paris ...
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karenpoon
11-01-2004, 10:39 AM
I did not have the match too. was following the scoreboard. Andre was broken in his first 2 service games in the second set. was down 0-4 in second set, then managed to break back once but not enough. lost opening service game in 3rd set, managed to break back but tie-break was a disaster. i thought andre was not serving well in this match

Gigan
11-01-2004, 01:06 PM
I did not have the match too. was following the scoreboard. Andre was broken in his first 2 service games in the second set. was down 0-4 in second set, then managed to break back once but not enough. lost opening service game in 3rd set, managed to break back but tie-break was a disaster. i thought andre was not serving well in this match

Thank you, karenpoon.

Sometimes he cannot tune his serve...

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