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SAP OPEN 2005

Agassi Fan
01-30-2005, 03:41 PM
2005 SAP Open Players

Andre Agassi
James Blake
Gregory Carraz
Kenneth Carlsen
Anthony Dupuis
Thomas Enqvist
Mardy Fish
Robby Ginepri
Tommy Haas
Jan Hernych
Luke Jensen
Murphy Jensen
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Irakli Labadze
Hyung-Taik Lee
Yen-Hsun Lu
Xavier Malisse
Jurgen Melzer
Max Mirnyi
Jarkko Nieminen
Jiri Novak
Bobby Reynolds
Andy Roddick
Cyril Saulnier
Raemon Sluiter
Vince Spadea
Peter Wessels
Donald Young


Vote for Andre!
http://www.sapopentennis.com/ :)

Agassi Fan
01-30-2005, 03:42 PM
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Agassi Fan
02-01-2005, 09:54 AM
Agassi rested, ready to go for SAP title
Free of injury, tourney regular seeks sixth title in 13 appearances
Glenn Dickey, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, January 30, 2005


That hardy perennial, Andre Agassi, will be making his 13th appearance in the Barry MacKay tournament, which is now known as the SAP Open, and he will be well-rested.

"After we got back from the Australian Open, our children (son, Jaden Gil, 3, and daughter, Jaz Elle, 1) slept for 13 hours straight," said Agassi, on a conference call from Las Vegas. "It was divine intervention. Steffi and I finally checked on them to make sure they were still alive."

Agassi, who sustained a hip injury just before the Australian Open, lost in straight sets in the quarterfinals to Roger Federer, the No. 1 player in the world, and said after that match, "I would suggest that his future opponents not look to me for advice."

He is feeling better now about his play, though, because he knows it was unrealistic to think he could get further in Australia because of the injury, from which he is now recovered.

"I felt I regrouped from that and gave myself a chance to be at my best," he said. "I felt good about the way I was hitting, the way I was playing for the most part."

Agassi will be going for his sixth title in this tournament, which was in San Francisco when he started but has since moved to San Jose. The tournament runs Feb. 7-13 at HP Pavilion. Agassi's first match will be the feature match at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8.

He will also be part of a tribute to promoter MacKay, who has been running the tournament for 36 years, after that match.

"Barry has always been a first-class person and organizer for the tournament," Agassi said. "Being a great player himself (No. 1 in the world in 1960), he knows what players need to be at their best when they're at a tournament, and he always goes the extra mile for the players."

Agassi has had a remarkable career, 15 times finishing in the top 10. His 59 singles titles are the most among active players and seventh all-time.

He has defied the odds of probability in tennis with his lengthy career, most of it at or near the top. The rule of thumb in tennis is that players can last in that rarefied atmosphere for no more than 10 years, but Agassi is still going strong 19 years after he burst onto the tennis scene as a teenage phenom.

There have been serious bumps in the road since then. He briefly thought of retiring in 1987, when he couldn't get higher than 90 in the rankings. He had a serious wrist injury which required surgery in December 1993.

But nothing has deterred him and, at 34, he is still going strong, though he is taking it one year at a time now. "I'm committed to playing a full year this year," he said. "We'll see after that."

In his early years, Agassi didn't worry much about conditioning, but in the second phase of his career, he has worked very hard on that. Now, observers have said, he is in the best shape of his career.

Still, the biggest part of the battle is mental. Most top players retire because they've had enough. Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf, was an even more accomplished player than Andre, winning 22 Grand Slam titles, but Agassi's attempt to coax her back on the court for mixed doubles at Wimbledon has proved futile.

The flame still burns bright for Agassi, though. Asked if he would retire if he won another Grand Slam, he said, "I think that would just be more motivation for me to keep going.

"It is a big challenge. I think the ability to keep going is a function of both the physical and the mental. I mean, you need your body to be healthy, but you also need that eagerness and discipline of pushing yourself through a lot of days where you, quite frankly, are tired, you're just tired of doing it, you're tired of what you know is in store for you.

"I've never been one to choose the easy road. So, I find that the difficulty in it has to become the motivating factor, the challenge in it has to be what pushes you and motivates you."

Better put the retirement party and gold watch on hold.

Steffi
02-03-2005, 10:57 AM
When can we see the draw?

Gigan
02-03-2005, 03:17 PM
When can we see the draw?

That is all what we know at the moment:

2005 SAP Open Schedule of Play


Round Session Date Time
1st Round #1 Mon. Feb. 7 9:30 am
1st Round #2 Mon. Feb. 7 7 pm
1st Round #3 Tues. Feb. 8 9:30 am
1st Round #4 Tues. Feb. 8 7 pm
Andre Agassi followed by Tommy Haas
2nd Round #5 Wed. Feb. 9 9:30 am
2nd Round #6 Wed. Feb. 9 7 pm
Andy Roddick followed by Mardy Fish
2nd Round #7 Thu. Feb 10 9:30 am
2nd Round #8 Thu. Feb 10 7 pm
Qtr Finals #9 Fri. Feb. 11 11 am
Qtr Finals #10 Fri. Feb. 11 7 pm
Semifinals #11 Sat. Feb. 12 1 pm
Semifinals #12 Sat. Feb. 12 7 pm
Singles Final
Doubles Final #13 Sun. Feb. 13 3 pm
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Agassi Fan
02-04-2005, 10:03 AM
Andre will be the 2nd seeded?

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-04-2005, 10:37 AM
Go Andre!!! :rocker:

Gigan
02-04-2005, 02:55 PM
http://www.sapopentennis.com/tennis/photos/images/021403_agassi_lg.jpg

Pic of SAP 2003
Andre won it!!!

Go, Andre for SAP 2005!!!

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AgassiDomination
02-04-2005, 07:18 PM
And Now, Presenting … Andre the Austere
by Joel Drucker


The song is familiar, but the melody remains refreshing. Andre Agassi comes to San Jose next week. Seeking an Open-era record sixth title here (he’s currently tied with John McEnroe), Agassi figures to enjoy one of his favorite courts in the world. “I’ve always the loved the bounce, the feel, the atmosphere of that court,” says Agassi.


Of course at 34, it’s not certain how many more times we’ll have the chance to witness Agassi. In a conference call last week with local media, he admitted that “I’ve committed to a full year, so I’ll see that through.”


The amount of newsprint devoted to Agassi over his nearly 20-year career could probably populate a forest in Oregon. He has traversed so much territory, from the glitzy teen Ivan Lendl called “a haircut and a forehand” to the ups and downs of his early 20s to the man who since 1998 has emerged as a first-rate professional – and since turning 29 in 1999 has snapped up five Grand Slam singles titles. Along the way he’s started a foundation, built a school, married and divorced one teen prodigy and married and raised two children with another.


So given his epic history, what should San Jose fans appreciate most about Agassi?


To me, the greatest thing about Agassi over the last five years has been witnessing a complete pruning. Once upon a time, Agassi’s mix of clothing, hair, jewelry, marketing clutter and even manner made it hard to fathom him as a tennis player. His personality was so often the issue – whatever that term truly means – that it obfuscated his presence as both a tennis player and a human being.


But there’s one thing I’ve come to recognize in Agassi over the years – and it’s something I actually find rather endearing. This is a sensitive young man whose father willed an entire family into this tennis thing. With his ball machines and his passion, Mike Agassi helped make all of his kids fine tennis players – and in the process made them resent him too. Parent-child relations aren’t helped when the dad takes runner-up trophies and dispenses them in garbage cans.


None of the Agassi children took more to the game than the youngest. But Andre was also mercilessly shipped out of his house at age 13 to Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, and while that too made him a better player, it also left him feeling somewhat emotionally-neglected. There is often a look in Agassi’s eyes that is searching not just contact, but a degree of connection. He was a lover long before he was a fighter, a sweet kid from Las Vegas who enjoyed smacking tennis ball. Yes, there is also that facile showman in him, and that too has made me occasionally wonder – just wonder – how sincere he might truly be. But dare I question an athlete who put millions into building an actual school?


And he in turn enjoys the chance to connect with others who enter his orbit. As a pro, first it was the boisterous Bollettieri. Then, the keenly-strategic Brad Gilbert. And now, and probably for the duration of his career, Agassi is profoundly influenced by the career lessons of his wife, Stephanie Graf. So much of Agassi’s early tennis life was marked by the painful credibility gap between expectation and substance. Graf was the complete opposite: pure substance, driven to excel not just in matches but in practice and continually paying the price in her quest to will herself to victory. Even through injuries and emotional travails (like Andre, she too had a father-teacher who, far different than Andre’s dad, became a major nuisance), Graf persevered. As Agassi himself noted when he introduced her into the International Tennis Hall of Fame last summer, "From the roar of voices inside the lines of center court to the quietness of a child's bedroom that generous soul, that unbending strength, that soft spoken integrity has not been shaken. The arena of tennis simply gave you a platform and an opportunity to refine those inner qualities even more. You have always been about the action not about the words.”


Could an aging tennis player dare ask for someone who better understands his late career mindset?


Imagine this conversation:

Agassi: Honey, I need to be in Australia to get ready for the tournament.

Graf: Why aren’t you there yet?


So it is that Agassi now has become all business – and that is the gift that we’ll want to appreciate next week. In the way he walks on the court, in the sharp focus he brings every time he steps into competition, even in his increasingly austere outfits and low-key Aussie coach Darren Cahill, Agassi embodies Graf’s ethos. Seeing him pared down this way makes it that much easier to enjoy his greatest asset: No one in tennis history has ever struck the forehand-backhand combo better than Agassi. The sheer efficiency of his technique is unparalleled. The object of the game is to reduce an opponent’s response time. Typically this is done one or two ways: Hit the ball harder (Pete Sampras) or hit the ball earlier (John McEnroe). Do both and you enter select company – Don Budge, Jimmy Connors, Monica Seles. As a striker of the ball, Agassi sits right atop the mountain. Savor it.

MisterQ
02-05-2005, 12:13 AM
Nice article! thanks. I love the last paragraph. :)

Deboogle!.
02-05-2005, 12:47 AM
The draw's out. Andre's draw is pretty friendly, I'd say... the draw seems kinda top-heavy.

Gigan
02-05-2005, 01:10 AM
2005 SAP Open Schedule of Play
1st Round


Round Session Date Time
1st Round #1 Mon. Feb. 7 9:30 am

1st Round #2 Mon. Feb. 7 7 pm

Jan-Michael Gambill (USA) vs. Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) followed by,

(WC) Donald Young (USA) vs. Robby Ginepri (USA).



1st Round


#3


Tues. Feb. 8


9:30 am


1st Round #4 Tues. Feb. 8 7 pm

(2) Andre Agassi (USA) vs. (WC) Bobby Renoylds (USA) followed by,

(3) Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Gregory Carraz (FRA).

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
02-05-2005, 01:16 AM
1 RODDICK, Andy USA 1 vs.
2 Q

3 GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA vs
4 LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR

5 GINEPRI, Robby USA vs
6 YOUNG, Donald USA WC

7 ENQVIST, Thomas SWE vs.
8 FISH, Mardy USA 6

9 HAAS, Tommy GER 3 vs.
10 CARRAZ, Gregory FRA

11 Q vs
12 MORRISON, Jeff USA

13 HERNYCH, Jan CZEvs
14 KIM, Kevin USA

15 WESSELS, Peter NED vs
16 MIRNYI, Max BLR 8

17 NOVAK, Jiri CZE 5 vs
18 SAULNIER, Cyril FRA

19 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs
20 Q

21 MOODIE, Wesley RSA vs
22 BLAKE, James USA WC

23 DUPUIS, Antony FRA vs
24 SPADEA, Vincent USA 4

25 MELZER, Jurgen AUT 7 vs
26 Q

27 MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs
28 LU, Yen-Hsun TPE

29 LABADZE, Irakli GEO vs
30 CARLSEN, Kenneth DEN

31 REYNOLDS, Bobby USA WC vs
32 AGASSI, Andre USA 2
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martinaHforever
02-05-2005, 01:43 AM
Blake can get hot and be unstoppable, but apart from that no danger in Agassi's half of the draw. And no problem against Roddick in the final.

AgassiDomination
02-05-2005, 04:55 AM
Blake can get hot and be unstoppable, but apart from that no danger in Agassi's half of the draw. And no problem against Roddick in the final.

Exactly what I was thinking. Agassi should get to the finals without any trouble besides blake if he is feeling it.

Gigan
02-06-2005, 12:06 AM
Andre has to win it!
Otherwise ...

Go, Andre!
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Agassi Fan
02-06-2005, 11:34 AM
Go Andre!!!

Steffi
02-06-2005, 02:42 PM
I hope Andre play the final against Tommy! :-)

Go Andre!

Gigan
02-09-2005, 04:34 AM
Congratulations Andre!!!
You won it well!!

Bobby Reynolds 4 4
Andre Agassi (2) 6 6



Go for the next!!!

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J. Corwin
02-09-2005, 04:34 AM
Andre! :rocker2:

Gigan
02-09-2005, 04:37 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050209/capt.cagn10102090355.sap_open_cagn101.jpg

Andre Agassi (news) reaches for a backhand return against Bobby Reynolds in the first round of the SAP Open on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

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paige
02-09-2005, 04:54 AM
Beep beep, beep beep YEAH!!!

:woohoo: :woohoo:

:smoke:

Gigan
02-09-2005, 11:12 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050209/capt.cagn10302090500.sap_open_cagn103.jpg


Andre Agassi complains about an overhead light en route to a 6-4, 6-4 first-round win against Bobby Reynolds , Tuesday Feb. 8, 2005, at the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
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Gigan
02-09-2005, 11:14 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050209/capt.cagn10502090509.sap_open_cagn105.jpg


Andre Agassi hits a serve against Bobby Reynolds in the first round, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif. Agassi beat Reynolds 6-4, 6-4.

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MisterQ
02-09-2005, 11:32 AM
:banana: good luck in the next match, Andre!

Gigan
02-09-2005, 02:24 PM
All Agassi, Haas Open Strong


http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/agassi_ausopen2.jpg
Andre Agassi won his 13th opening round match in as many Bay Area appearances.

No. 2 seed and five-time tournament champion Andre Agassi won his 13th opening round match in as many Bay Area appearances as he defeated wild card Bobby Reynolds 6-4, 6-4. Agassi improved his career record to 48-7 in the tournament and he advances to the second round against Kenneth Carlsen on Thursday. Agassi broke Reynolds in the third game of the opening set and in the fifth game of the second set to seal the one hour and 12-minute victory. Agassi saved five break points in the match, including four in the first set and one in the final game

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Agassi: (on the match) "It takes a while to get comfortable, but ultimately I got a sense of my shots and court position and I felt good about that. I felt strong."

(on playing Davis Cup again) "I’ve done Davis Cup for 12 years and I wasn’t sure I was able to do what I wanted to do because I can’t play every week and balance my life away from tennis."

"Patrick McEnroe encouraged me to give Davis Cup another shot, so I called each of the guys on the team and each of the guys said that they understood that I’d have to balance tennis with my life away from tennis and might not be able to play every match. It showed understanding and support and that means the world to me. I’m excited to be part of it again."

"My decision (to play Davis Cup) surprised me because you either give everything to Davis Cup or you don’t. My desire to play doesn’t surprise me, but the overall support I’ve received in balancing Davis Cup with my life, career, children etc. surprises me. But Patrick and the team supported me. The guys’ camaraderie this year is something I want to be a part of. Everyone’s taking care of the team by taking care of themselves and I respect that attitude. This year, I feel very flattered that they would support my decision on a case by case basis (in regards to Davis Cup). It’s a big compliment to me."


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Agassi Fan
02-09-2005, 02:33 PM
Well done Andre!

Agassi Fan
02-09-2005, 02:47 PM
Agassi finds top form in San Jose

Latest results
Second seed Andre Agassi had a straightforward 6-4 6-4 win over compatriot Bobby Reynolds in his opening match at the San Jose Open.
The American has won the event three times and soon found his range.

"It took a while to get comfortable," he said. "Ultimately I started getting a sense of my court position.

"I'm hoping I can see a nice arc to my improvement. I have to be disciplined with my shot selection and learn when to be aggressive at the right time."

Fourth seed Vincent Spadea avoided an upset by rallying from a set down to beat Anthony Dupuis 5-7 6-3 6-2.

The American needed just 32 minutes to win the third set, blanking his French opponent in three games.

Sadea now meets compatriot James Blake who advanced with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Wesley Moodie of South Africa.

Austrian seventh seed Jurgen Melzer had a 6-2 7-5 win over American qualifier Glenn Weiner.

And qualifier Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-3 - his fourth straight win over the German.

Gigan
02-09-2005, 02:47 PM
Agassi begann sein Lieblingsturnier wie zuvor alle zwölf Auftritte in San José - mit einem Erfolg.

Sieger kassiert 52.000 Dollar

Der 34-jährige «Dauerbrenner» aus Las Vegas ließ seinem US-Landsmann Bobby Reynolds beim 6:4, 6:4 keine Chance und trifft nun auf den Dänen Kenneth Carlsen.

http://www.eurosport.de/imgbk/tennis/all/md-i170600.jpg

Nur John McEnroe (USA) und Agassi (1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003) haben das Hartplatzturnier schon fünf Mal gewonnen. Erst am Vortag hatte der Ehemann von Steffi Graf seine Rückkehr ins US-Daviscupteam verkündet, das Anfang März auf Kroatien trifft.

Titelverteidiger Andy Roddick (USA) - wie im Vorjahr die Nummer eins der Setzliste - muss sein Auftaktmatch gegen seinen Landsmann Paul Goldstein bestreiten. Das ATP-Turnier ist mit 380.000 Dollar dotiert; der Sieger kassiert 52.000 Dollar.

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Steffi
02-09-2005, 05:12 PM
Congrat Andre!! :-))

Manila ESQ
02-10-2005, 02:29 AM
good luck andre!!!

Gigan
02-10-2005, 10:16 AM
Agassi reaches second round in San Jose

Wed Feb 9, 9:32 AM ET

SAN JOSE, United States (AFP) - Second seed Andre Agassi launched his bid for a sixth title in the ATP Tour's San Jose stop with a first-round victory over fellow American Bobby Reynolds.


http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20050209/thumb.sge.jcx23.090205143153.photo00.photo.default-272x380.jpg



Agassi downed last year's US collegiate champion 6-4, 6-4 in his first match since agreeing Monday to play in a first-round Davis Cup tie against Croatia in March.


Agassi, 34, hasn't played in Davis Cup since 2000.


"The big difference is the camaraderie on this team because they've been playing year-round together," Agassi said of his decision to return to the US squad, which includes Andy Roddick, Taylor Dent and Mike and Bob Bryan. "Whereas when I played with (Pete) Sampras and (Michael) Chang, we played together, but yet everybody else had their own schedules, trying to be No. 1 (in the world)."


At this event, where Agassi lifted the title in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1993 and 2003, the US veteran said he's aiming build on the form he showed at the Australian Open (news - web sites).


He said his performance at the opening Grand Slam of the year, where he fell in the quarter-finals to Switzerland's Roger Federer, left room for improvement.


"I just hope that I play to the level that I'm accustomed to. I never quite played that level in Australia," Agassi said. "Just finding my shot selections, hoping to be aggressive at the right time. Just keep my play at a level where I'm clear and decisive on my shots."


Reynolds was coming off a solid showing at the Australian Open, where he reached the third round before losing to Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal.


Also on Tuesday, third seed Tommy Haas of Germany defeated France's Gregory Carraz 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).


In other matches, seventh seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria defeated American Glenn Weiner 6-2, 7-5, Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic got past Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 6-3 and American James Blake beat South African Wesley Moodie 6-3, 6-4.


American fourth seed Vince Spadea also advanced, rallying for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Antony Dupuis of France.


Defending champion Roddick opens his campaign on Wednesday, when he plays fellow American Paul Goldstein, a qualifier, in the first round.

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
02-10-2005, 12:27 PM
Thu. Feb 10 9:30 am


2nd Round #8 Thu. Feb 10 7 pm

Kenneth CARLSEN (DEN) vs. (#2) Andre AGASSI (USA)

followed by

Andry RODDICK (USA) vs. Hyung-Taik LEE (KOR)

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Agassi Fan
02-10-2005, 04:31 PM
http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/9/4/3/BIG_0000351943.jpg

Agassi Fan
02-10-2005, 04:31 PM
http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/9/4/6/BIG_0000351946.jpg

Kiss me too! :-)

Agassi Fan
02-10-2005, 04:32 PM
http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/1/9/4/4/BIG_0000351944.jpg

Gigan
02-11-2005, 03:33 AM
Andre is trying to brake now!!
Common Andre!
Do it!

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Gigan
02-11-2005, 03:36 AM
Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
4-4 at the moment!
Do it! Andre! Win!

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Gigan
02-11-2005, 03:37 AM
Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
5-4 at the moment!


Do it! Andre! Win!

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Gigan
02-11-2005, 03:55 AM
Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
7-5 at the moment!


Do it! Andre! Win!

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Gigan
02-11-2005, 04:05 AM
Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
7-5, 2-0 now!


Go, Andre! Win it!

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Gigan
02-11-2005, 04:05 AM
Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
7-5, 3-0 already!


Go, Andre! Beat him!

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Gigan
02-11-2005, 04:12 AM
Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
7-5, 4-1 Suuuper!


Go, Andre! Do it!

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Gigan
02-11-2005, 04:19 AM
Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
7-5, 5-1 Perfect !


Go, Andre! Finish it!
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Gigan
02-11-2005, 04:22 AM
Andre is still playing,
but I know already the Result:

Andre Agassi vs Kenneth Carlsen
7-5, 6-1 Cool win!


Go, Andre! Win next match!
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Gigan
02-11-2005, 04:43 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050211/capt.cagn10102110419.san_jose_cagn101.jpg

Andre Agassi waves to the crowd before the start of his second-round match against Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050211/capt.cagn10302110420.san_jose_cagn103.jpg

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doubleafan
02-11-2005, 04:50 AM
Andre won 7-5,6-1.

MisterQ
02-11-2005, 05:02 AM
:bounce:

J. Corwin
02-11-2005, 07:12 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v98/1jackson2001/icon_mrgreen.gif

Agassi Fan
02-11-2005, 10:25 AM
Andre won 7-5,6-1.


that is a good news. :)

Agassi Fan
02-11-2005, 10:28 AM
2004

Canada AMS, Hard, R32
Toronto, Canada

Hard

R32

Melzer

3 6 3 6
2003

Houston, Clay, S
TX, U.S.A.

Clay


Agassi

6 4 6 1

Head to head:

1-1 last year Melzer def Andre in two sets.

It's time to revenge. :-)

Gigan
02-11-2005, 01:46 PM
that is a good news. :)

That is Perfect news.
Go, Andre!
Beat next oponent!


Ilike this pic

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050211/capt.cagn10102110419.san_jose_cagn101.jpg
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I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-11-2005, 04:42 PM
Come on,beat Melzer!!! :rocker:

Gigan
02-11-2005, 06:31 PM
Do you know why Steffi doing like this?

Because Andre did Perfect Win!


http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20050211/i/ra3834733946.jpg


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Gigan
02-11-2005, 06:33 PM
Hi Andre, :wavey: :wavey:

Good luck to You!


http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050211/capt.cagn10402110456.san_jose_cagn104.jpg

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Gigan
02-12-2005, 03:20 AM
Andre is trying to brake now!!
Common Andre!
Do it!

Jurgen Melzer (7) 1
Andre Agassi (2) 1

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
02-12-2005, 03:53 AM
Andre loosing, can not believe...
Andre Agassi vs Jurgen Melzer
3-6, 1-2 ...

Do it! Andre! Win!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

AgassiDomination
02-12-2005, 04:27 AM
Andre LOST!!! :shrug: :tears: :sobbing: :crying2: :hysteric: :speakles: :bigcry:

AgassiFan
02-12-2005, 05:02 AM
Terrible effort, but not suprising - Andre's first 2 matches in San Jose were what I call "bad wins" where the level of tennis displayed was simply poor and only inferior competition (Reynolds? Carlsen? 6-2, 6-1) allowed Andre to advance. You could see this loss coming a mile away.

Andre, poor sod, you better stop "analyzing" and giving charming interviews.....and start, you know, winning for a change, ya dig? 'Cuz I am getting pretty fucking sick of this "can't smack a quality 2nd serve return on a break point in the 1st set of a tight match to save his life" shit lately. I mean....geeez.

Shape up, old man. Now. :mad:

MisterQ
02-12-2005, 07:20 AM
Andre seems unable to win a break point these days... :shrug:

Well, hopefully he can win title No. 60 sometime this year... but he'll have to play better obviously.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-12-2005, 07:34 AM
WTH? :sad:

smucav
02-12-2005, 07:42 AM
Find this article at:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/tennis/02/11/bc.ten.sanjose.ap/index.html
Tough at the top
Agassi upset, Roddick barely survives in San Jose
Posted: Friday February 11, 2005 11:41PM; Updated: Saturday February 12, 2005 2:33AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Second-seeded Andre Agassi was overcome by an impressive mix of power and finesse from Jurgen Melzer on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the SAP Open.

Seventh-seeded Melzer's drop shots left Agassi flat-footed, and the Austrian's two-handed backhand matched his opponent power for power throughout the match in a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

"He played much better than me. That's what he did both times," a deflated Agassi said after the drubbing. Agassi lost to Melzer last year in Toronto.

Melzer next faces Cyril Saulnier in one of Saturday's semifinal matches. Saulnier beat No. 4 Vincent Spadea 6-2, 6-4 Friday.

Top-seeded Andy Roddick dropped the first set to Thomas Enqvist, but recovered to advance with a 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory. Roddick will meet third-seeded Tommy Haas in the other semifinal.

Melzer stuck with his game plan of dictating points with deep, hard groundstrokes and not letting Agassi -- master of the same tactic -- do it first.

Keeping Agassi moving from corner to corner prevented him from "standing in the middle of the court making you run like a dog," Melzer said.

"I had a good game plan and I executed it perfectly," Melzer said. He now owns a 2-1 head-to-head edge over Agassi, ranked 10th in the world.

Agassi had his chance early in the second set to pull even with the hard-hitting Austrian. But Melzer fought off four break points to hold serve and go up 3-1. He cruised from there, breaking Agassi at love in the next game and closing out the final set 6-1.

Agassi said there are more players on tour now willing to go toe-to-toe with him, taking their chances, hitting the ball early and ripping groundstroke winners with a style he knows all too well.

"A lot more guys are capable of it now," Agassi said.

Haas recovered from a first-set loss to remain unbeaten in seven career meetings against No. 8 Max Mirnyi, winning 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press.

J. Corwin
02-12-2005, 09:23 AM
Andre needs to bring his unforced errors down again and strike the ball harder. Whatever happened to his backhand down the lines? :sad: He's mentally weak now too...

Agassi Fan
02-12-2005, 09:30 AM
I can't believe, that he lost againt Melzer again. :-(
Next will be Dubai. If he can't beat Melzer, what can he do with Federer, of Safin?
:-(((((((((

Agassi Fan
02-12-2005, 09:42 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050212/capt.cagn11202120438.san_jose_cagn112.jpg :-((((((((

Shirogane
02-12-2005, 09:52 AM
Was he really willing to fight, anyway. While he did not play great tennis in Australia, i don't know what to say now. But you shouldn't compare Melzer to the likes of Safin and Federer.

MisterQ
02-12-2005, 04:47 PM
Whatever happened to his backhand down the lines? :sad:

He had it this summer --- that's why he won Cincinnati. (It's also a reason why he won Roland Garros, etc...) He needs to trust this shot more. Against someone who is playing well, the constant cross-courts are not enough. :banghead:

AgassiFan
02-12-2005, 06:45 PM
Andre needs to bring his unforced errors down again and strike the ball harder. Whatever happened to his backhand down the lines? :sad: He's mentally weak now too...

He's a mess. Serve action not good enough. Movement not good enough. Groundstrokes and returns are no longer big weapons that they absolutely need to be for his game to work. And if that wasn't enough, "Zen Master" has become a downright 1st set choker.

The only way for Bald Statue (aka: artist formerly known as 'Andre') to win against really good players these days is to keep his Unforced Errors down to single digits - and that's almost impossible in modern tennis.

I mean....having an off day against Federer or losing a tight 5-setter that you probably should have won in 3 to Safin? That's understandable. But owned by Melzner in one of your favoritte place, on one of your favorite courts?! Wow.

Again, the Reynolds and Carlssen matches spelled major trouble.

helloworld40
02-13-2005, 05:02 AM
Someone on another board suggested he may have tanked his match (not tried hard) for several reasons :
1) he received large appearance fees relative to the prize money, so little motivation to win
2) the event is a small one (how many points is awarded for this event?)

I was unable to watch the match (no Tennis channel),so judging by the scoreline and the news recap alone can't tell what the heck happened with double A :(

Those who did get to watch it, please comment on any observations of his game? Was he really dominated and did he give up?

It just didn't seem like a great way to follow up the spanking he received from Federer at the Australian Open ...

smucav
02-13-2005, 06:15 AM
2) the event is a small one (how many points is awarded for this event?) I doubt this had anything to do with it since AA will lose entry points with this loss since he reached the semifinal last year & doesn't have a better fifth result to bump up. Combined with Johansson reaching the final in Marseille & no one else near him in the rankings having any points to defend, AA will drop out of the top 10 for the first time in several years (I believe since 1998).The further his ranking falls, the earlier he will meet the top players at big events. He certainly doesn't want that.

MisterQ
02-13-2005, 06:36 AM
I doubt this had anything to do with it since AA will lose entry points with this loss since he reached the semifinal last year & doesn't have a better fifth result to bump up. Combined with Johansson reaching the final in Marseille & no one else near him in the rankings having any points to defend, AA will drop out of the top 10 for the first time in several years (I believe since 1998).The further his ranking falls, the earlier he will meet the top players at big events. He certainly doesn't want that.

not that this really matters, but I think he dropped briefly to No. 11 right before Cincinnati 2004. :)

I agree that Andre probably didn't intentionally tank this match.

smucav
02-13-2005, 06:48 AM
not that this really matters, but I think he dropped briefly to No. 11 right before Cincinnati 2004. :) You are right. He was #11 for two weeks in July/August 2004. I had forgotten.

Everyone outside of the top 4 are pretty bunched together & AA doesn't have very many points to defend during the clay/grass seasons, but losing to Melzer (again) isn't a good. He needs to get back in the top 8, not continue to fall lower. Dubai has a good field so it will be tough for him pick up enough points to move up before Indian Wells/Miami.

Steffi
02-13-2005, 03:21 PM
Im so sad.-((

kwan
02-14-2005, 02:10 AM
Maybe age is finally starting to catch up with him.

4 months before he really looked like he could have beaten Federer at the USO.

After that match, in the fall he loses to Safin in straght sets and to the little Johansson in a tight affair.
Normally Andre troubles Safin and he eats guys like little Johansson for lunch.

Come to think of it, I don't think he had one "quality win" (against anyone in the top 10) since beating Roddick and Hewitt at Cincinnati, correct me if I'm wrong.


I just never got the impression since the USO that he's been playing his best ball. He's been surviving most of the lesser players with his smarts and experience, but the ball striking definitely went down a notch or two.

And I'm not too sure about his new workout regimen that had him lose 10lbs in the offseason. I never liked the idea. Andre was already a little guy and he's going against bigger taller guys all the time. Now he's even smaller and older than most :(

I don't know, I hate to think Andre is going to call it quits soon, but if he can't play his best tennis, he should retire. It's frustrating watching him lose to guys like Melzer or struggle against the Bobby Reynolds.

Gigan
02-14-2005, 02:59 AM
Maybe age is finally starting to catch up with him. ...
... if he can't play his best tennis, he should retire. It's frustrating watching him lose to guys like Melzer or struggle against the Bobby Reynolds.

i agree guys this time...

after Andre's last match i thought that never will come back here...
it was too sad..., we hoped so much... but if he is loosing so often to "unknown" players...

let's wait little bit, Andre will decide himself-
to stop or continue his active tennis career.
(i think he can stop)


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smucav
02-14-2005, 04:42 AM
http://www.tennisreporters.net/scoop_021205.htmlTHE SCOOP: saturDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Agassi's fourth (and last) San Jose meltdown
By Matthew Cronin, TennisReporters.net

FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE – Six time SAP Open champion Andre Agassi has melted down in a big way before in San Jose, but never over fluffy balls and never went into the tank like he did in a 6-3, 6-1 quarterfinal loss to Austria’s Jurgen Melzer on Friday.

Agassi is infamous for the 1996 "Spitting on the Courtside Mercedes Incident;" his 1999 "Vicious Cursing at a Linesperson and Subsequent Default to Cecil Mamiit Incident;" and his 2004 "Fist-Pumping Incident," where Agassi appeared to mock Mardy Fish's fist pumping in the final game of the second set and also seemed to be launching F-bombs in the 22-year-old's direction in his semifinal loss.

But other than the Mamiit default, he had never gone down before the semis and was never humbled like he was by the lefty Melzer, a talented yet negotiable foe.

In the fourth game of the second set, he was infuriated by the light and fluffy balls, that he launched a loud "it’s the f—ing balls" that all could hear and then a few points later smashed another ball into the seats. He did not win another game and only won a handful of points. He was off the court, into the pressroom and out of the arena (possibly for the last time) faster than it takes his daughter, Jaz, to down a bottle of formula.

"I was frustrated," Agassi said. "I just never found the range on my shots, especially my serve. The balls are terribly unpredictable. They skim the net, you make the adjustment and they go 18 feet long. Prince should stick to tennis rackets, that's for sure."

Interestingly, the balls are not made by Prince and according to tournament director Bill Rapp, are made by Wilson and are the same ones used here in the past three years. But Max Mirnyi and Tommy Haas also criticized the stenciled balls and Roddick called them "tough."

"I assure you it's dodgy for everybody. It's not a question of excuses. I was referring to frustration, and I let the circumstances get the better of me and I shouldn't have done that," said Agassi.

Here’s what truly crazy: that Prince would debut a ball that’s not even theirs, and then take the heat for it. Full disclosure: This TennisReporters.net reporter was not in attendance on Friday (other journalists were) due to a vicious bout of the flu that forced me to miss my first day of a tournament I was scheduled to be at in nearly 13 years. And you thought Serena was sick …

Agassi Fan
02-14-2005, 02:43 PM
i agree guys this time...

after Andre's last match i thought that never will come back here...
it was too sad..., we hoped so much... but if he is loosing so often to "unknown" players...

let's wait little bit, Andre will decide himself-
to stop or continue his active tennis career.
(i think he can stop)


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"if he is loosing so often to "unknown" players"

Last year he lost too often to "unknown" players, like Andreev, Melzer, Haenel, and Zimonjic.
I saw two of this lost in live, RG and St. Pölten. It was very wrong to see, that noname player beat my Andre. :-(

AgassiFan
02-14-2005, 06:12 PM
Come to think of it, I don't think he had one "quality win" (against anyone in the top 10) since beating Roddick and Hewitt at Cincinnati, correct me if I'm wrong.


Dent is a top-20 talent and Joakim is a top-10 talent, and Andre looked pretty damn impressive against them (77 winners to just 19 Unforced errors) at Aussie Open despite playing on a lame hip. And you're right - at 2004 USO, Andre was the 2nd best player despite a QF exit.

Against Reynolds, Carlsen and Melzner, he looked like shit. Unless he "got old" in only 2 weeks.....

I think he's experiencng some identity crisis or something. Definately mental more than physical.

kwan
02-15-2005, 02:28 AM
Dent is a top-20 talent and Joakim is a top-10 talent, and Andre looked pretty damn impressive against them (77 winners to just 19 Unforced errors) at Aussie Open despite playing on a lame hip. And you're right - at 2004 USO, Andre was the 2nd best player despite a QF exit.

Against Reynolds, Carlsen and Melzner, he looked like shit. Unless he "got old" in only 2 weeks.....

I think he's experiencng some identity crisis or something. Definately mental more than physical.

My bad.

Those were definitely two good wins for him.

But those were also pretty tough matches. Especially Johansson, even though it was a four setter, that match could have gone either way in the second and third sets. Johansson dictated play the whole match, he just made too many unforced errors and Andre kept the ball in play. Andre's focus and determination was impressive in that match, but not his ball striking imho.