Can Agassi finish @ #1

10-17-2002, 01:00 PM
Agassi said his goal is to finish this year as the #1 player in the ATP race.

He would have to win this Madrid tournament to gain some decent ground on Hewitt. Anyone think he will be able to do it? Or will Hewitt step up and play his game to maintain the #1 ranking?

Geeez, I can't believe we are at the end of the year already!

10-17-2002, 05:21 PM
Yes, I believe Agassi can and hope that he will too!!!

10-17-2002, 11:16 PM
It's possible, but Hewitt is known for playing well under pressure, so it should be a tough battle

10-18-2002, 01:34 AM
Lleyton's tough, but Agassi's not exactly known for crumbling under pressure either! We have race on our hands.

I think Lleyton will come through unless he can't kick this latest series of illnesses in time.

10-18-2002, 02:38 AM
i didn't know that Agassi had said this but i certainly hope that he finds a way to put his racquet where his mouth is! it would redeem his spanking by the android in new york. it certainly helps that the Potato seems to be running out of steam. fine with me...:angel: :angel: go Agassi!!!! finish the year as #1...and then quit Steffi style..;) ;)

J. Corwin
10-18-2002, 05:05 AM
Agassi will have to get thru his first big challenge in the quarterfinals, against Ferrero (Lopez certainly challenged Agassi to the max, but it wasn't expected to be a blockbuster match).

10-18-2002, 11:48 AM
True. Ferrero will be a tougher match. Of coarse they don't get much closer than last night. But Agassi will have to play better!

Chloe le Bopper
10-19-2002, 03:31 PM
Well apparently Ferrero won't stand in the way of his number on ambitions ;)

Nor Grosjean.

Maybe Jiri ;)

10-19-2002, 03:44 PM
go Agassi!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

the cat
10-20-2002, 01:11 AM
I don't think it would be a meaningful #1 to Agassi. Why? No slams. That's why.

And it is bizarre how Lleyton Hewitt has just dissappeared!

TC TC! :wavey:

10-20-2002, 01:55 AM
I hope not!:angel:

10-20-2002, 08:12 AM
I think he will and I hope so too!

J. Corwin
10-20-2002, 11:33 PM
After the win in Madrid, his chances look pretty good!

10-20-2002, 11:58 PM
Originally posted by the cat
I don't think it would be a meaningful #1 to Agassi. Why? No slams. That's why.

And it is bizarre how Lleyton Hewitt has just dissappeared!

TC TC! :wavey:

He didn't disappear. He caught a virus and took a few weeks off to recover (and watch Kim). He's playing this week...and will have to be playing at his best to keep the #1 ranking with Agassi playing so well

10-21-2002, 01:51 AM
I agree with the cat.

Lleyton has 1 slam and Andre has no slams that has to make a diff. But i hope Andre can or can try to be #1 by the end of the year. :)

10-21-2002, 02:17 AM
I'm sure Agassi will try his very best because he needs something positive to happen in a year where once again he was trumped by Pete Sampras in a Grand Slam final. Pete can retire with a flourish on his career with this latest US Open trophy but Agassi is in danger of just withering away. I think the Masters will be very interesting because I'm sure Lleyton Hewitt wants to solidfy his number one status and this year's Wimbledon crown with a second year-end number one ranking. In fact, he's even said as much...that now he will be focusing on the number one ranking for this year.

10-21-2002, 02:13 PM
i wonder why Pete isn't retiring with a flourish? :rolleyes:

Nan Cu
10-23-2002, 11:41 PM

You are not alone.

J. Corwin
10-24-2002, 05:12 AM
Looks like Agassi will most likely make it. With Hewitt losing in the second round this week and all...and with the way he's been playing recently.

10-24-2002, 10:31 AM
Can't see why Agassi won't feel it's meaningful.
He did win 3 TMS tourneys & no-one else has won more than 1.
Also he did get to a Slam final + his opposition was far tougher than Lleytons at Wimbledon!

10-26-2002, 01:49 AM
grrrrrrrrr....Kucera is always such a difficult opponent for Agassi. i wonder how many times they kept tossing the ball in the air to serve...:p :p

Agassi Stunned by Kucera

Andre Agassi's bid to unseat Lleyton Hewitt as world number one faltered as he lost to Slovak Karol Kucera in the second round of the St Petersburg Open.

The veteran American, currently second in the ATP race, slumped to a 6-4 6-4 defeat despite starting confidently.

He broke Kucera's serve early to take a 3-0 lead before the 28-year-old Slovak reeled off five consecutive games to take the first set.

Kucera, ranked 80 in the ATP race, broke Agassi's serve in the ninth game of the second on his way to a fourth win in their seven meetings.

Agassi started the week just 43 points behind Hewitt following his Madrid triumph last weekend.

With the Australian losing to Raemon Sluiter at the Stockholm Open on Wednesday, Agassi could have moved to within eight points of Hewitt if he had won in Russia.

Defending champion Marat Safin was also knocked out on Thursday by wild card Vladimir Voltchkov.

Safin, bidding for his third straight title in St Petersburg, lost to the Belarussian in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.

The big Russian smashed his racket on the ground in frustration after losing.

"I didn't play well at all," Safin said.

"I didn't do anything to beat him, so maybe that is the reason. I hope it's the reason.

"I don't know. Something is going wrong. It's just terrible."

Voltchkov will now face a quarter-final against Germany's Nicolas Kiefer.

Kiefer upset Belarus' Max Mirnyi, the eighth seed, 6-3 7-5.

Fifth-seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov also crashed out, losing 7-6 7-5 to Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia.

Hrbaty now faces Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean for a place in the last four.

The third seed, the only seed to survive on Thursday, barely broke sweat in ousting Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta 6-3 6-1.

10-26-2002, 02:50 AM
Originally posted by 1jackson2001
Looks like Agassi will most likely make it. With Hewitt losing in the second round this week and all...and with the way he's been playing recently.

Agassi lost in the 2nd round too...but Lleyton has been playing badly. Maybe the virus was worse than he implied...or maybe all that time with Kim wore him out:rolleyes:

10-28-2002, 12:24 AM
Of Course he will finish at #1, he'll do it for himself but also for his family.

Mary Kate

10-28-2002, 12:30 AM
Nice Pic, but Poor Graf, she could have done SO much better.

10-28-2002, 02:16 AM
did you come here to torment me Gaucho???? you really think Graf could have done better??? well, while i happen to think that Stefanie is a goddess, you must admit that it takes a man with REAL self-esteem to date a woman who has accomplished so much more than he opposed to dating an empty-headed Hollywood starlet who was probably seriously paid for and i do mean that literally...

do be honest, what exactly do Bridgette and Pete have in common? answer quickly, no cheating now...;) ;) ;)

go Graffassi!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

11-01-2002, 02:28 AM
Agassi on course to be world number one

Andre Agassi fought back to beat Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson in the Paris Masters and keep alive his hopes of finishing the year as world number one.

The 32-year-old had to battle hard to overcome Johansson 6-7 6-4 6-3.

Agassi lies just 43 points behind ATP Champions Race leader Lleyton Hewitt with the season entering the final stage.

He said: "It is an incredible achievement for anyone to finish number one, but for me such a possibility is an incredible feeling, I always want to be number one when I am on court.

"I find the game so challenging and at this stage of my career it is great to be out there competing."

Top seed Hewitt also progressed to the tournament's quarter-finals after beating Russian 14th seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2 7-6.

11-01-2002, 02:49 AM
go agassi! i hope he finishes no. 1 ahead of lleyton :fiery: :bounce:

11-03-2002, 01:17 AM
GO LLEYTON! Win Paris and make it very tough for Agassi to catch you!!!