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Nasdaq-100 Open, Miami, Florida, March 23-April 3, 2005

Gigan
03-21-2005, 05:49 PM
Andre Agassi to play Nasdaq

Andre Agassi apparently will be at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Key
Biscayne, despite having pulled out of the quarterfinals at Indian
Wells on Friday with an inflamed big toe.

An Agassi representative told Nasdaq officials Saturday to expect
Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf, and their two children Monday. There was
no indication whether Agassi will be with them or come to Key
Biscayne later.

The tournament begins Wednesday but because Agassi is a seeded
player and draws a first-round bye, he would not have to play until
Friday or Saturday. He was to have a second MRI Saturday.

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
03-21-2005, 05:53 PM
Hewitt pulls out of Nasdaq; Agassi to play
By Charles Bricker
Sun-Sentinel.com
Posted March 21 2005, 11:58 AM EST

Lleyton Hewitt, who would have been seeded second at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Key Biscayne, has withdrawn from the tournament, likely because of injuries to his toes.

Hewitt's representatives did not immediately offer a public statement, but he played with the injuries Sunday in a straight set loss to Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final.

His absence kicks Andy Roddick, the part-time Boca Raton resident, up to No. 2 seed, and that guarantees that Roddick would not have to play No. 1 Federer before the final.

Hewitt's injured toes became a problem midway through the third set of his semifinal match against Roddick at Indian Wells. He said Sunday the right toe was worse than the left.

"It's all inflamed," he said. "Nail is going left, right and center," he said. "It's happened a fair few times in the past, but this is probably as bad as it's been."

Andre Agassi apparently will be at the Nasdaq-100 Open, despite having pulled out of the quarterfinals at Indian Wells on Friday with an inflamed big toe.

An Agassi representative told Nasdaq officials Saturday to expect Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf, and their two children Monday. There was no indication whether Agassi will be with them or come to Key Biscayne later.

The tournament begins Wednesday but because Agassi is a seeded player and draws a first-round bye, he would not have to play until Friday or Saturday. He was to have a second MRI Saturday.

Agassi, a former No. 1 currently ranked No. 9, turns 35 next month.

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Gigan
03-21-2005, 06:20 PM
couples of last pix

plz Andre, don't close your eyes, win Nasdaq-100!

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Gigan
03-21-2005, 06:29 PM
1st Federer, R. 350

2nd Hewitt, L. 253

3rd Safin, M. 208

4th Roddick, A. 192

5th Ljubicic, I. 177

6th Nadal, R. 136

7th Johansson, J. 114

8th Agassi, A. 110

9th Davydenko, N. 102

10th Gaudio, G. 94
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Gigan
03-21-2005, 06:39 PM
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/SM_AGASSI_RG02_002.jpg

"latest" pic...



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Gigan
03-21-2005, 06:45 PM
Yehhhh! Andre, go !



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smucav
03-21-2005, 07:48 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1392056&postcount=1

Agassi has a bye in the first round & will face either Paul-Henri Mathieu or Michal Tabara in the second round.

suus21
03-21-2005, 08:07 PM
he will play and win :)

suus21
03-21-2005, 08:09 PM
but he is in the same section as federer :(

suus21
03-21-2005, 08:36 PM
but overall a good draw should make it to the semis

CueroCoria
03-21-2005, 11:53 PM
If he plays like he did at Indian Wells he'll get to the semis.

Gigan
03-22-2005, 12:39 AM
one more article

Posted on Mon, Mar. 21, 2005

Agassi to play at NASDAQ-100

By MICHELLE KAUFMAN


The NASDAQ-100 Open tournament directors got good news and bad news about two famous toes early Monday morning. Six-time champion Andre Agassi, who pulled out of the Indian Wells quarterfinals with an inflamed big toe last week, is expected in town Tuesday and plans to play. But No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt pulled out with a sore toe after losing the Indian Wells final to Roger Federer Sunday night.

''It's unfortunate because Lleyton is a very popular player, very exciting, and some of our best matches here have involved him,'' said tournament director Adam Barrett. ``He fights for every point and his matches are always high action. We'll definitely miss him.''

Barrett said he fully expects Agassi to play. Agassi was scheduled to play a charity event with Jim Courier in Tampa Monday night and then head to Key Biscayne.
''Everything I'm hearing is that Andre is making his way toward Miami,'' Barrett said. ``It would take a lot for him to miss this tournament. He enjoys Miami. His family enjoys Miami. He loves this tournament. He won't be starting until Friday or Saturday, so he has time to heal.''

Qualifying rounds began Monday and continue Tuesday. The main draw begins Wednesday.
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Gigan
03-22-2005, 01:09 AM
http://images.nasdaq-100open.com/players/ATPA092.jpg

i also had a quick look on Nasdaq draw:

there are possible meetings in the first stage with some players
who consider match (& win) vs Andre as a "match of their life".
They can bring difficulties...

Andre can possibly meet Mathieu, Gaudio, Grosjean, Kieffer, Dent... and Coria again is here.

We will hope Andre is in good condition and will win easy...

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doubleafan
03-22-2005, 01:43 AM
If Andre can maintain the same form at Miami , he will steamroll Federer.
I hope and pray it will be a day match ...

smucav
03-22-2005, 03:17 AM
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/11196357.htm
Agassi plays his first match Saturday, as does Federer, who also could meet Roddick in the final. Roddick, No. 3 seed Marat Safin, No. 5 Carlos Moya and No. 21 Vince Spadea of Boca Raton open on Friday.

Also opposite Sharapova and Williams: No. 1 seed Amelie Mauresmo of France, who begins play Saturday.

Sharapova, Serena Williams and Venus Williams all play Friday.

suus21
03-22-2005, 11:16 AM
Mathieu is kinda dangerous but no prob for Andre

Gigan
03-22-2005, 04:24 PM
f..k!, there are again no TV broadcasting of Nasdaq matches in Europe...
again scoreboard life.... :mad:


i would like to see Andre's new winnings...
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Gigan
03-22-2005, 04:39 PM
Men's Look Forward: Week of March 21 (Exclusive)
Men's Look Forward: Miami

It's a measure of how strong Miami is that the event can lose Lleyton Hewitt to toe problems and people will hardly notice.

That's because we have 32 of the top 34 players in the world here; the only potential seeds to be missing are Hewitt and Nicolas Massu, both hurt. Even Andre Agassi, who had toe problems of his own last week, will at least be trying to play.

Unfortunately for Agassi, they're using the new rankings to seed the event, so even with Hewitt out, he ends up at #9. Above him are Roger Federer, defending champion Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, 2004 finalist Guillermo Coria, Carlos Moya, Tim Henman, Gaston Gaudio, and David Nalbandian. Rounding out the Top 16 seeds are Joachim Johansson, Guillermo Canas, Tommy Robredo, Ivan Ljubicic, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Gonzalez, and Tommy Haas.

Which still leaves quite a few very strong players unseeded -- guys like Jurgen Melzer (who is next in line), Karol Beck (just off a very nice Challenger win), Sjeng Schalken (who seems to be very close to recovering his old form), Tomas Berdych, James Blake (who needed a wildcard but who has been playing quite well lately), Greg Rusedski -- plus, of course, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who is in his last Masters Series main draw before he ends up having to play qualifying.

Also in the draw, though perhaps with less chance to do well, is Younes El Aynoaui, trying once again to make a comeback; let's hope this one works better than the last one....

People are, of course, already talking about Roger Federer's chances of winning back-to-back Masters. It's worth remembering, though, that he went out very early after all his Masters wins last year (third round at Miami after winning Indian Wells; third round at Roland Garros after winning Hamburg despite a week off; first round at Cincinnati after winning the Canadian Open). And if ever there were a Masters Series designed to help out Andy Roddick, this is the one: He lives near here, so he knows the conditions. He's the #2 seed, and doesn't have to contend with Lleyton Hewitt this time -- though he has Marat Safin in his half. For that matter, Andre Agassi has won this thing six times; Federer's best past result was a final, and other than that, he's never been past the quarterfinal. Is he the favorite? Sure. Is he a lock? Our guess is, this is going to be the toughest non-clay required event for him to win.

Noteworthy Early Matches

We usually do first round matches, but of course all of the seeds here have first round byes, so we'll look at first and second rounders. That's the more true since there almost seems to be a rule here that all the really interesting unseeded players face qualifiers.

Still, we have some fun matches in the opening round, starting with the contest between Ivo Karlovic and Olivier Rochus. That is the biggest mismatch, in terms of height, on the ATP: Karlovic is 43 centimeters/17 inches taller than Rochus, and the difference in serves is commensurate. But so is the difference in speed; Rochus could probably run the entire length of the court faster than Karlovic can get from the service line to the net. And Rochus is steadier and more varied off the ground; odd as it sounds, he, not Karlovic, is the Top 40 player.

We'll also seed Stefan Koubek make his return from his drug suspension; he opens against a qualifier. Also facing a qualifier is Mark Philippoussis (though, in that case, we'd put the odds on the qualifier); Juan Carlos Ferrero faces wildcard Brendan Evans.

Gael Monfils sure seems to face a lot of Frenchmen lately. In this case, he'll open against Michael Llodra.

The two best doubles players in the singles draw are Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi, and they're doubles partners -- and they're facing each other in the first round. At least it guarantees that one of them will be well-rested for the doubles -- important, since Bjorkman is the defending champion.

Agustin Calleri made the quarterfinal here last year, and he's starting to show life again in 2005, but he'll have to be pretty steady to deal with Alberto Martin.

Looking at the second round, we note that Roger Federer will face the Karlovic/Rochus winner. Talk about not knowing what to expect for your first match! (Though it's hard to imagine Karlovic really bothering him; Rochus might be a very faint threat -- if Federer breaks his arm or something.)

#16 seed Tommy Haas could potentially face Mardy Fish, who is another one of those young Americans who really loves conditions here. Though he's never really been the same since his hip injury. Maybe facing Haas, who has had far worse injury problems, will inspire him.

Tim Henman, who has the chance to move back up to #5 here, has the unenviable task of facing Sjeng Schalken, who seems to be close to his previous Top 25 form.

Nicolas Kiefer could face countryman Florian Mayer -- though Mayer, after a very good year last year, is slumping badly.

Assuming Mark Philippoussis can make it to the second round -- not a bet we'd want to take -- he would face Fernando Gonzalez. That's reminiscent of a naval battle around the time of the Spanish Armada: Lots of cannons firing, but not many hitting the target.

The best young player in the draw is probably Tomas Berdych, and Feliciano Lopez will be the first seed to face him. And this court is awfully slow by Lopez standards....

The longest points of the second round will probably be seen in the contest between speedsters Sebastien Grosjean and Karol Beck. Beck is in vastly better form, but he's tired; Grosjean at least is rested.

#8 seed David Nalbandian gets the toughest opponent of all in the second round: Jurgen Melzer, the top unseeded player -- and a guy who can throw everything but the kitchen sink at you.

Juan Carlos Ferrero got lucky in his first round draw in facing Evans. He'll have a much tougher task in the second; he'll face Guillermo Canas. Though Canas is another guy who is fairly tired.

The Llodra/Monfils winner will have to face Nikolay Davydenko. We'd be quite interested seeing if Monfils can find a way to deal with the Russian's speed.

James Blake will get to see just how far he's come back in the second round; he'll face Carlos Moya -- with the winner facing the winner of a match between Greg Rusedski and Thomas Johansson.

The Rankings

You know, of course, where Roger Federer will be ranked when this is over: He'll be #1. With Lleyton Hewitt out, in fact, he's sure to be #1 in both Race and Entry. As for Hewitt, he has enough cushion that he'll stay #2 after Miami no matter what, and by a large enough margin that it will be hard to pass him before Rome.

But below that, things get interesting. Andy Roddick is the defending champion; Marat Safin lost his opener last year. Which means that Roddick's 600 point lead is actually only a 100 point lead in safe points. If Roddick loses his opener and Safin makes the quarterfinal, or if Safin can reach at least the semifinal, and outlast Roddick, the Russian will be at least co-#3.

Between #4 Safin and the next few players is over a 1000 point gap; it of course cannot be crossed. But we have a very big contest for #5. Guillermo Coria has it now -- but he was last year's finalist. Carlos Moya has quarterfinalist points. Tim Henman and Gaston Gaudio and David Nalbandian have nothing to defend. What that means is that those five guys are all within 160 points of each other, with Coria last -- Moya is #5 in safe points, but only 20 ahead of Henman; Gaudio is 5 points behind that, Nalbandian 125 points behind that, and Coria 10 points behind him. Even Andre Agassi and Joachim Johansson and Guillermo Canas could get into that mix, though they don't have much chance of passing Moya. Still, after the almost complete lack of rankings movement at Indian Wells, we should see lots of changes here.

We also have a fair chance of getting a new Top Ten player. #10 Agassi has, in safe points, only a 90 point lead over Joachim Johansson, with Guillermo Canas 90 points behind that, Ivan Ljubicic 30 points behind Canas, and Tommy Robredo 20 points behind Ljubicic. None of those guys are noted as hardcourt players -- but Ljubicic in particular has been having a great year, though mostly in optional events. If he can transfer that to required events, he just might be able to hit another career high -- though he needs at least a semifinal to pass Agassi, and that's if Agassi loses his opener.

Apart from Coria and Roddick, the guys with the most on the line are last year's semifinalists Fernando Gonzalez and Vincent Spadea. Gonzalez, #16 coming in, is below #20 in safe points; Spadea, #23 starting the week, is below #30.

Key Matches

The obvious Big One is the semifinal between Roddick and Safin: If that takes place, the winner will be #3 in the world. If it doesn't take place, of course, whichever of the two makes it this far gets the ranking.

The real objective for Moya, Henman, Gaudio, Nalbandian, and Coria is to stay Top Eight; while higher is obviously better, #8 will be big at the clay events -- the more so as all of them except Henman are clay types, and even Henman has Roland Garros semifinalist points to worry about. Moya and Henman are probably safe, but the Spaniard's path isn't easy at all: Blake, Thomas Johansson, Tommy Robredo, and Roddick. He did scare Roddick at Indian Wells, though, and he was the finalist two years ago. His run for #5 could feature quite a lot of fine matches.

Henman's path probably starts with Sjeng Schalken, then Juan Ignacio Chela, then Joachim Johansson, then Federer. Prior to the meeting with Federer (and, remember, other than Marat Safin, Henman was the last top player to beat Federer), the most important contest is the match with Johansson. Henman probably needs to win that to reach #5; Johansson absolutely has to win it to get into the Top Ten.

Coria is the highest seed of the five, but is #9 in safe points, so he has the toughest task ahead of him. He has to beat Taylor Dent in the third round if he is to have any chance at staying Top Eight. After that, he takes on Gonzalez -- which, other than the Safin/Roddick match, may be the biggest of the event. If Coria loses, he'll be falling to #8 or lower; if Gonzalez loses, he may well be out of the Top 20.

Gaudio lost first round last year, and he's certainly the weakest of the Top Ten on hardcourts. He has to like the first part of his draw: Alex Calatrava or a qualifier, then Karol Beck or Sebastien Grosjean.
Then comes trouble, though: Andre Agassi. If Agassi wins that match, his odds of staying Top Ten improve dramatically, so that's another Really Big One; for once, Agassi might deserve all the air time he gets.
That leaves Nalbandian. He is perhaps the best hardcourter of the Argentines, though his luck here has been terrible (he missed the event last year, and has a career record of 1-4 at the event, his only win coming in 2003). It's by far his worst Masters Series. And, if he's to go anywhere, he has to beat Jurgen Melzer in the second round, then Xavier Malisse, then countryman Guillermo Canas. A tall order.

Guillermo Canas, in fact, stands in all sorts of people's ways. He's the first seed Juan Carlos Ferrero will face (the good news for Ferrero is, he didn't play here last year, so he can't lose ground). He's also the first seed Andrei Pavel will face, and Pavel probably needs to win that if he is to stay Top 25. On the other hand, Canas needs to beat Pavel and Nalbandian if he is to have any hope of improving his #12 ranking.

A fuller version of this story is found in Pro Tour News, one of the sections of Bob Larson’s Daily Tennis. Details on how to subscribe are found elsewhere on this web site.

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Steffi
03-22-2005, 05:49 PM
Mathieu is kinda dangerous but no prob for Andre


Yes, he is!
Remember! RG two or 3 years ago, but it was on clay.
Andre won only in 5 sets.

Gigan
03-22-2005, 06:29 PM
Yes, he is!
Remember! RG two or 3 years ago, but it was on clay.
Andre won only in 5 sets.

Last year US open Andre's friend Sarge Sargsian could beat
Mathieu. But lost dramatically to Andre.
I think Andre will do easy win vs mathieu!!!


read article above about matches predictions...
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Agassi Fan
03-23-2005, 08:53 AM
[QUOTE=Gigan]Last year US open Andre's friend Sarge Sargsian could beat
Mathieu. But lost dramatically to Andre.
I think Andre will do easy win vs mathieu!!!


read article above about matches predictions...
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Yes, but Mathieu is more better now.

Go Andre! Beat him!

suus21
03-23-2005, 09:56 AM
has anyone pictures from the exhibition from Monday?

SwiSha
03-23-2005, 10:01 AM
mathieu has no chance against Andre..he is known as one of the biggest chokers on the tour...Andre will have no problems against such a player..look what Hewitt did to Mathieu at Indian Wells ...expect the same from Agassi

Gigan
03-23-2005, 09:53 PM
One of today results:

Jurgen Melzer AUT 4 3
Jose Acasuso ARG 6 6

How Andre could lose to him?
It hurts...

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suus21
03-23-2005, 11:09 PM
because in that match he was playing and serving really well and Andre made many errors...

Agassi Fan
03-24-2005, 04:03 PM
Andre will play tomorrow?

Deboogle!.
03-24-2005, 06:23 PM
According to tennisreporters.net, Andre will probably withdraw today from Miami with the toe injury...

Agassi Fan
03-24-2005, 06:28 PM
According to tennisreporters.net, Andre will probably withdraw today from Miami with the toe injury...


I don't find this bad news on the yahoo, on the official site... where did you see this? :confused:

Deboogle!.
03-24-2005, 06:30 PM
as I said, tennisreporters.net

http://www.tennisreporters.net/sub_chatter_032505.html
"Sources have told TR.net that Andre Agassi will pull out of the NASDAQ-100 on Thursday with a toe injury."

it's not official, which is why I said "probably" - and that's why it's not anywhere more official.

suus21
03-24-2005, 10:22 PM
he isn't Andre said that his toe was fine and that he will play. He plays Saturday so he has time.

Gigan
03-24-2005, 11:51 PM
If Andre will play -
he will play with mathieu (FRA) that won today
vs Zib (Cze)


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Gigan
03-24-2005, 11:54 PM
March 24, 2005


An interview with:

ANDRE AGASSI

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Andre.

Q. How are you feeling for another title? I heard you had problems with your toe. Is that going better?

ANDRE AGASSI: Better, yeah. It's probably only 30% bigger than my other toe now, which is a big step forward.

Had an MRI. Structurally, everything was sound. It just showed a tremendous amount of fluid in it, which is good to know, because I can push through it if I do feel anything.

But, yeah, doing better.

Q. Obviously, you're looking forward to come down here?

ANDRE AGASSI: I always look forward to playing here. It's a great environment to play in. The fans are enthusiastic and love their tennis and the conditions are one that I enjoy playing in ‑ the Florida sun and heat, humidity, wind. It's all good.

Q. If it were not this tournament or a major, with the toe situation, would you have taken it easy instead of coming?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, my biggest question two weeks ago beyond the pain that I had in it was, "I have the pain for a reason and I don't want to do anything that could jeopardize the rest of the year, or at this stage of my career, even more."

So I had to take the precautions I did, because I would have been half of myself out there anyhow. But the pain is considerably better, and knowing that structurally nothing is going wrong with the bone or tendon, it gives me the freedom to push through anything I might feel.

Certainly this tournament gives me more motivation to come here and to push through it. But I'll be in a position to hopefully play well.

Q. When you hear Greg saying this is your 19th Miami, I guess you're coming up to the 20th US Open and stuff, do you say, "Jeez, that's impressive," or, "Jeez, I'm getting old"? Or both maybe?

ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know if it's impressive to play that much. You want to sort of ‑‑ you want to ‑‑ I mean, I don't know, really. I have mixed emotions on it. Sometimes statistics hit you oddly. That would be one of many statistics that would make me go, "Wow, I've been doing this a long time."

Probably more old than proud.

Q. Do you allow yourself at this stage in your life any sentimentality? Do you walk these grounds and allow yourself any kind of nostalgia? Is it always just "business as usual"?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I try not to lose sight of keeping myself in position to be at my best. A lot of that's mental. A lot of that's your approach towards a tournament.

I don't allow myself too much luxury at this stage because I'm trying to focus on being better than the guy I'm playing against.

With that being said, there are just a lot of times where sort of nostalgia hits you. I mean, you can't avoid it, really. You see the same faces, you know, years later, and you realize that in between all these tennis matches life is happening, and it's a pretty amazing feeling.

Q. Roger just paid you a very nice compliment a few minutes ago when he said you were a role model for other tennis players as a tennis player, but also for your social engagements with children and so on. I think that's great after playing so long tennis to hear that.

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, it is. It is a big compliment. I mean, I think really all of us are role models, and that includes everybody here in this room and everybody here watching. I believe a role model is somebody that should accept additional responsibility in their lives for anything that they can make better ‑ people, especially.

I think we all have that responsibility. It's great to see other athletes start to accept that themselves.

Q. When you first came here as a teenager, did you know right off the bat that this was going to be a tournament you would enjoy playing, or has it grown on you over the years? Were you successful right away?

ANDRE AGASSI: No, not really. No, I came here at 16 and lost a tough five‑setter to Muster on the back court 6‑4 in the fifth, down two sets to Love, lost my serve at 4‑5 in the fifth.

The next year I had a default. I played Krickstein in the second round. Default with cramps.

I had a first‑round exit, I believe in '89, to Charlie Steeb. Pretty routine three sets.

1990 was real good, yeah. Lost to Edberg in the finals of Palm Springs and then beat him in the finals here. I suppose that's when it really started.

It took me a number of years to enjoy most of the cities I travelled to, to be quite honest ‑ especially the European cities. It was never something that came quickly to me. It took some years of sort of growing up to enjoy the cultures and the things they had to offer. Same way here in Miami. It wasn't a place that I responded to immediately. But I certainly am thankful that I saw the light (smiling).

Q. Do you remember all your events like that, the stats?

ANDRE AGASSI: No, no. I have selective memory. There's a lot of them I forget.

Q. You mentioned about ‑ which I agree with ‑ about you being a role model for the players. But also where you come from, the city of Las Vegas, it seems the city changed and your foundation has helped a great deal. If you look back on what Vegas was like many years ago when you started, and the way it is today with the booming real estate and the fact that entertainment now drives economy and not gambling, do you feel you've made a very, very big difference for the life of your city?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I think for sure I was ahead of the curve on Las Vegas. I was lucky enough to be born there. If you replay all my press conferences through the years you'll see these random questions about Las Vegas, and the answers I always gave about it. The one thing that wouldn't be recorded in those press conferences would be the chuckles that sort of happened as I talked about what a great city it was because it just never seemed like a place that people would ever consider living in.

But it has been the fastest growing city in America for well over 30 years. But as any city can grow at that pace, so does the inner city. I mean, along with the good comes the not‑so‑good. That's what I've tried to focus my attention on, is making sure that as we thrive as an industry, that we can use some of those relationships and platforms to make a difference to those children that need it the most as that part of the city grows.

I hope I've made a difference. I don't sort of rest on that because I find myself very focused on changing as many kids' lives as I can, regardless of what kind of impact it's having in the big picture or not.

Q. I read in the last year or two the biggest headliners in Vegas ‑ I don't know if they're involved in your foundation ‑ are Celine Dion and Barry Manilow. I heard you were a big Barry Manilow fan, to the point that when you had an injury, you had them play, "I Made it Through the Rain."

ANDRE AGASSI: (Laughing) Well, it sounds like that story was embellished a little bit.

But, you know, yeah, I've ‑‑ I have a pretty wide spectrum of appreciation for music. You mention Celine, and she was very gracious to play my event one year, which certainly was a big asset for us.

But I think the community itself is one that really embraces all those people that have that sort of giving spirit, and Celine certainly has it. I don't know Barry so well, but it's great to see people come into our city, set up their home there, be embraced, but also give so much to it.

Q. We talked about tennis lessons with you. He told me once he doesn't know the difference between a tennis club and a tennis racquet.

ANDRE AGASSI: Who was that?

Q. Barry Manilow.

ANDRE AGASSI: I never was on a tennis court with him. I'd have fun doing that, but I wasn't.

Q. A slightly different tennis level, do you miss playing with Sampras at all?

ANDRE AGASSI: No (laughter).

Q. Why is that? The losses?

ANDRE AGASSI: Part of me does. It's certainly an amazing chapter in my career and hopefully a stage in tennis that was appreciated because you're never guaranteed those rivalries, and that's something that I've always felt blessed to have, you know.

So I do, yeah. There are a lot of times I do. The sides of it I don't, it's just the way he would have a knack for playing his best tennis in some of the most important situations. A lot of times I was on the receiving end of that. But it also was a challenge for me that when I could rise to that level and win those big matches against him ‑ one being here ‑ makes it even more special.

Q. How much longer do you think you can keep playing, and when will you know that enough is enough?

ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know, and I don't know. That's the simple and short of it, to be quite honest.

Q. Jim Courier is going into the Hall of Fame. You've known him for a long, long time. When you were back in Bradenton, when you were both very young, did you have a sense that he would be in the Hall of Fame one day?

ANDRE AGASSI: Not when we were at the academy together. When we were at the academy together, I mean, Jim was pretty much a good second‑round draw. I mean, if you had to play him second round in a junior tournament, you felt, like, okay.

He got my attention when I was 15 years old as far as what his potential was. We grew up together from 8 years old. There were a number of years there when I was playing at a much different level than he was and never considered him to be a threat. And then all of a sudden, I played him in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Boy, he just dropped a match on me that I'll never forget.

While I broke into the pro tour before him, the first time I played him professionally I realized that, "This guy's the real deal here." It was pretty clear to me then. But I wouldn't say that was till about 16, 17.

Q. Do you know anybody who got more out of what he had than him?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I think that does exist. Jim was somebody that certainly always pushed the boundaries of his own abilities, there's no question about it. I think a lot of guys have, maybe guys that not everybody would always be so familiar with.

But Jim had a great work ethic, and he had an ability to punch in the clock every single day. You know, there's still room for guys on the tour that are just willing to work, and he did it with a fair bit of talent to say the least.

He pushed the standard of the game. He started hitting the ball bigger than other guys, he was more physical than other guys. He got as much out of himself as any person could hope for.

Q. Can you elaborate on my question about how much longer you think you might want to play, what factors you consider, whether it's still fun, whether you're playing well.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, you know, I don't really know how to sort of answer that anymore, you know. I mean, I can't box myself into a perspective because I couldn't be convinced of it, you know.

This sport has given me so much that my hope would be to give back as much as I can for as long as I can. Sort of how long I consider it to be something of a useful effort is hard for me to say. I would hope to believe that when I'm playing my best tennis, that I still believe I can win any match that I'm playing. You know, that would be my hope, that when I'm convinced that I just can't quite play to the standard or, you know, do it in a way that I'm proud of, in a way that I've been so used to over the years, then that would be sort of my time.

But I do have a lot of fun out there ‑ occasionally (smiling).

Q. Are you a sentimental person?

ANDRE AGASSI: I'm not so sure.

Q. At some point, whether it's now or five years from now, you'll be playing at these places for the last time. When you come to a place like Miami, do you allow your thought process to go there at all and get at all reflective? Is that something you don't want to do?

ANDRE AGASSI: Maybe I'm more sentimental than I realize because maybe that's the reason why I could never say, "This is the last time I'm going to play here." I feel like being here, I owe it to this tournament, to the game, to the fans, to be focused on trying to win, and it would be a very hard thing for me to do to sort of acknowledge that this is the last time I'm going to be somewhere.

Life changes quickly, you know. You never know what's in store for you so I don't want to speculate on any of that. I don't want my story to be something that I tell; I'd rather it sort of be revealed to me. It's not for me to say this is the last time I'm going to play here or anywhere. It's not something I'm capable of saying because that's not how I function. I function by pushing myself every day, and one day I won't do it on the tennis court anymore.

Q. You've won this tournament no less than six times during the course of your illustrious career. You've beaten some of the best players around ‑ Sampras and Federer included. If you could pick one particular year that stands out most in your memory, what would it be winning here?

ANDRE AGASSI: Wow...

I'm convinced I can remember every match here.

Q. In terms of the win...

ANDRE AGASSI: A special moment for me was winning the semifinals and the finals ‑ 7‑6 in the third against Magnus Larsson, 5‑6 in the third serving against Larsson, 30‑All, I hit an overhead from behind the baseline for a call deep which would have put me down matchpoint. Ended up winning that in a breaker. Then beat Sampras in the final 7‑6 in the third, then we jumped on a plane together, flew over to Palermo, Italy, to play Davis Cup.

Q. Which year was that?

ANDRE AGASSI: '95.

Q. Did you have a chance to watch when Tiger and Phil played together in the final round at Doral? Like you and Pete meeting in the final, it isn't as common as people think it is; it's still a rare thing. You're one of the few people that could understand what was going through their mind in that final round.

ANDRE AGASSI: I didn't see it, no, but I certainly follow both of them emphatically. I enjoy watching it every chance I get.

I'm inspired by all sorts of athletes that push themselves and focus in an environment that might lend for a lot of distractions, you know.

When I see the deal that's made of them coming down, you know, the final few holes on the last day to win a tournament, that's when I marvel most at what it takes to remember that this is about the fundamentals and keeping that focus. They both do that incredibly well.

Q. You played a pretty epic match against Johansson in Australia. Is his game all about power, or is there some strategy behind what he does?

ANDRE AGASSI: You know, I don't know. I can't look through the lens of being nearly 6'7", serving 145 miles an hour and being able to hit through any court. For all I know, he has a lot of strategy; he just has more options than I do when it comes to the power.

You're not as worried about his strategy when you're out there as you are his power, but that probably speaks more to his power than his lack of strategy.

Q. From the rallies you got into, where would you say he needs to improve his game at this point?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, you can't have it all, right? I mean, so, you know, you can't be 6'7" and run like a deer, you know. His forehand is obviously his biggest shot. I think harnessing that power would be ideal, to be able to sort of choose your moments.

But the match I played with him was after he played 13‑11 in the fifth set, so I don't know if I was just seeing the result of somebody that was refusing to play another long match and knowing that that wasn't the best thing in his ‑‑ the best thing for him at the time. I haven't played him often enough to know that.

Q. How do you explain Federer's success? What does he have right now?

ANDRE AGASSI: There's probably not a department in his game that he couldn't be considered the best in that department. I mean, the guy plays from the back of the court, from the front of the court. You know, you watch him play Hewitt and everybody marvels at Hewitt's speed, as well as myself, and you sort of start to realize, "Is it possible Federer even moves better?"

Then you watch him play Andy, and you go "Andy has a big forehand. Is it possible Federer's forehand is the best in the game?"

You watch him at net, you watch him serve‑volley somebody that doesn't return so well, and you put him up there with the best in every department.

You see him play from the ground against those that play from the ground for a living, and argue he does it better than anybody.

So he's good.

Q. How do you see him faring at Roland Garros? He says he takes some comfort from the fact that it took you a while to win there. It's a tournament that has gotten the best of a lot of the best players.

ANDRE AGASSI: We're speaking in hindsight now because it's obviously going to be the toughest one for him to win because it's the last one. Doesn't mean it's going to be tough, just means it's going to be the toughest.

I think Paris is that way for the very reason that there are so many sort of specialized clay courters. There's a lot of guys that you have to beat with a very disciplined approach, match after match.

So no question it's going to be the hardest, but absolutely he can do it.


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Gigan
03-25-2005, 12:11 AM
....."Certainly this tournament gives me more motivation to come here and to push through it. But I'll be in a position to hopefully play well. " ...



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Deboogle!.
03-25-2005, 12:17 AM
Whew, I'm so glad Andre is playing.

Matt Cronin wrong once again :o

Gigan
03-25-2005, 12:50 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20050325/capt.sge.aze21.250305000013.photo00.photo.default-384x272.jpg

Andre Agassi, seen here 14 March 2005, forced to surrender a walkover for the first time in his career at Indian Wells last week, said he didn't expect his ailing toe to hinder his campaign at the 6.5 million-dollar Masters Series tournament here.
Last updated at Mar 24, 2005 7:00 pm EST
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MisterQ
03-25-2005, 01:12 AM
Thanks for the good news, Gigan! I hope his toe continues to improve. :banana:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
03-25-2005, 01:47 AM
Thank god his toe is better. :D

Steffi
03-25-2005, 01:15 PM
Yes, thanks for the good news.
I don't care Miami without Andre.

smucav
03-25-2005, 01:40 PM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-nasdaqnotes25mar25,0,1541042.story?coll=sfla-sports-tennisFrench flashback

Paul-Henri Mathieu, hero of France's Davis Cup win over Sweden earlier this month, won his opening match and now faces Andre Agassi, recalling one of the great performances of Agassi's French Open career.

Down two sets and a break in the third round in 2002, Agassi fought back in a round of 16 match to beat Mathieu in five sets, scoring on 12 drop shots.Also: Pair happy to be back: Andre Agassi is getting older and has an injured toe. Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters is working her way back into form. Both are pleased to be at the NASDAQ-100 Open. (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/tennis/11224903.htm)

Gigan
03-25-2005, 09:21 PM
one more prove...
Tennis > *Miami Masters > News

Agassi to toe line in Miami

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/imgbk/dpa/big_md-iagassi-210105_8269896.jpg

Andre Agassi says his toe injury will not stop him from playing in the Nasdaq-100 Open, a tournament he has won a record six times. The injury had forced tje 34-year old to withdraw from last Friday's Indian Wells quarter-finals, but Agassi says it has sufficiently healed for him to play in Florida.

"It's doing better," the American said on Thursday before his opening match against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu .

"It's probably only 30 percent bigger than my other toe now, which is a big step forward. I had an MRI. Structurally, everything was sound. It just showed a tremendous amount of fluid in it."

Agassi said he would not risk playing in Miami if there was any risk of damaging his toe further.

"The pain is considerably better, and knowing that structurally nothing is going wrong with the bone or tendon gives me the freedom to push through anything I might feel. Hopefully I'll be in a position to play well."
Reuters - 25/03/2005
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Gigan
03-25-2005, 09:58 PM
http://images.nasdaq-100open.com/header/head_1.jpg

Go Andre! Win It!!!
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Gigan
03-26-2005, 03:21 AM
Schedule of Play for Saturday, March 26, 2005



Stadium: 7:00 PM Start
Women's Singles: 2nd Round
1. Kim Clijsters (BEL) vs. Amy Frazier (USA) [24]

Men's Singles: 2nd Round
2. Andre Agassi (USA) [9] vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)


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MisterQ
03-26-2005, 04:06 AM
Go Andre!!! :bounce:

Gigan
03-27-2005, 12:32 AM
Yes, go Andre!
Beat him today!!!


finaly i see your best avy, mr.q! :wavey:
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Gigan
03-27-2005, 12:48 AM
Men's Singles: Stadium Gm 1 2 3


Andre Agassi (9) USA ---

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ---


Mathieu will do first serve...

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 12:52 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 1

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ---- 1


Andre, do brake him now!

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 01:14 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 3

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----3


Andre, do brake him now!

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 01:43 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5


Andre did brake and then won first!
Go, win this match!

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 01:46 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7 1

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5 0

Cooooooooooooooooooool !!!

Andre did brake him again!
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Gigan
03-27-2005, 01:50 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7 1

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5 1



Andre, now do brake him second time!
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Gigan
03-27-2005, 01:55 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7 2

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5 1

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper!

Andre, now win yours! Do 3-1!
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Gigan
03-27-2005, 01:57 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7 3

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5 1


You doing well Andre!!! Go, win it!

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 02:08 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7 4

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5 2


Hey Andre! Do, win it!

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 02:13 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7 5

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5 3


Cooooooooooooool!

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 02:20 AM
Andre Agassi (9) USA ----- 7 6

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA ----5 4


Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper Cooooooooooooool!

Congratulations Andre! You won your start match!
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MisterQ
03-27-2005, 02:21 AM
Good work, Andre! :bounce:

Gigan
03-27-2005, 02:23 AM
Match Statistics

Player
Andre Agassi 7 6
Paul-Henri Mathieu 5 4
Elapsed Time By Set 53 40

Statistics: Match
Match Summary Agassi Mathieu
1st Serve % 56% 51%
Aces 8 1
Double Faults 0 1
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 31 of 34 = 91% 25 of 36 = 69%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 14 of 27 = 52% 18 of 35 = 51%
Winners (including service) 20 20
Unforced Errors 12 23
Break Point Conversions 3 of 5 = 60 % 1 of 3 = 33 %
Net Approaches 1 of 4 = 25 % 13 of 18 = 72 %
Total Points Won 73 59
Fastest Match Serve Speed 128 MPH 128 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 113 MPH 118 MPH

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 02:25 AM
Eight Aces - not so bad Andre!

Do them more plz in every next match!


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Gigan
03-27-2005, 03:25 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050327/capt.flla14103270352.nasdaq_100_open_flla141.jpg

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 03:26 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050327/capt.flla13803270221.nasdaq_100_open_flla138.jpg

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 03:28 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050327/capt.flla13903270250.nasdaq_100_open_flla139.jpg


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Gigan
03-27-2005, 03:33 AM
03.26.05 -

Yes, Andre is through in straights over Mathieu 7-5 6-4 !!!


Next up will be Arnaud Clement.


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I♥PsY@Mus!c
03-27-2005, 04:34 AM
Nice! :woohoo:
Beat him again. ;)

Gigan
03-27-2005, 11:24 AM
Agassi, ... progress in Miami
Sun 27 Mar, 9:46 AM

MIAMI (Reuters) - Six-times champion Andre Agassi has begun his 19th Nasdaq-100 Open campaign with a 7-5 6-4 second-round win over Paul-Henri Mathieu of France.

Ninth seed Agassi had to wait until the end of the first set to break Mathieu's resistance but once he had taken the lead he showed little sign of surrendering it.

The 34-year-old American, who was watched by his wife Steffi Graf, shrugged off pre-tournament worries about his injured toe.

"I felt it a little bit but when I pushed through it never got worse, so that was reassuring," Agassi told reporters.

"It was a tough match. There's nothing I take for granted out there, especially not these days, and it was a good one to get through."
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Gigan
03-27-2005, 11:38 AM
A. AGASSI/P. Mathieu
7-5, 6-4
An interview with:

ANDRE AGASSI

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Andre Agassi, please.

Q. How was that for a first match? How was your toe, first of all? Did you feel it at all?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I felt it a little bit, but it was a couple times early it was slightly hesitant. But when I pushed through, it never got worse. I felt like I could really push through it, so that was reassuring.

You know, it was a tough match, tough first‑round match. He plays real talented tennis. He can come up with some great shots and certainly makes you feel the pressure to hit every ball exactly the way you want or else he'll take advantage of anything you leave short. It was a good one to get through.

Q. Was your toe still swollen before the match?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, it's maybe 20% more than normal, which is down from twice the size.

Q. How about your serving, you had a lot of good serves in that game.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, thanks. I didn't start off so well. Missed a lot of first serves early but then I found my rhythm and started to relax a little bit more on it.

That always makes your life a lot easier out there when you can get a few free points.

Q. This afternoon it was very humid, about 90 degrees. Still kind of warm tonight. Would you like to see that continue for another week?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I like the heat and humidity. I prefer the sun with the humidity, though. Somehow it feels normal.

But when you're out there at night and you're sort of sweating and you can't stop and everything's getting wet ‑ your grip and your racquet ‑ that gets a bit uncomfortable.

But we come to know it down here, at least I have over 19 years. So I don't wake up with any other expectation really.

Q. Was it a harder first‑round match than you thought it would be or did it go as you might have thought?

ANDRE AGASSI: It went perfect to plan. Just tough enough, and then find a way to win each set.

But you expect them all to be tough. There's nothing I take for granted out there, especially anymore. And it's a good one to get through. First set could have gone either way, he had his chances. Next set, it could have been a lot easier on me if I had ‑‑ I could have made it easier on myself if I had converted a 30‑Love hold at 2‑1.

But all in all, I feel real good about it.

Q. The newspaper I work for is doing something about you turning 35 in a month. I just wanted to know, when you reflect about basically everybody else was far stopped at that age, how do you reflect about that? I know you've been asked that a lot.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, yeah, I don't know what to say really. I understand why somebody's not playing at 35; it's not easy. It's really difficult from a number of standpoints.

But, you know, I still do it. I'm still out here trying to figure out how to get through these matches and, you know, it gets harder every year. I don't know how to put it in context really, of what it is I'm doing now versus what others have or haven't done. I just can say that I'm still thinking about the tennis when I'm out there, and that's a good thing.

Q. How much experience have you gotten from Jimmy Connors when he was playing at such a late age? Do you remember back the watching him, what you were thinking?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I certainly remember playing him a number times. Connors was a great competitor, you know, so I think I always try to learn from everybody, really.

Nothing really about the age. I mean, I was always amazed at what he was doing because there was no reference point for me, you know, nobody else was doing it, so I figured it was pretty hard to do.

But I had a very young perspective, and I was just trying to figure out how I could beat him.

Q. Do you know what you'd be doing on that day?

ANDRE AGASSI: What day?

Q. In a month, your birthday.

ANDRE AGASSI: Oh, no, no. I don't know (smiling).

Q. Anything planned?

ANDRE AGASSI: No.

Q. It's a special day. You're 35.

ANDRE AGASSI: Is it? I don't know. I've never had it before, so I don't know how special it is (laughing).

Yeah, I'm not a big birthday person. I mean, I try to make more of a big deal of it now because of my kids and I know how much my children enjoy it. I'm trying to show more enthusiasm to my own birthdays, but it's not an easy thing for me to do. I don't make plans, and I feel like I'm doing pretty good if I turn my cellular phone on (smiling).

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Gigan
03-27-2005, 11:48 AM
more pics

http://www.miami.com/images/miami/miamiherald/11240/126345028640.jpg


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Gigan
03-27-2005, 11:49 AM
http://www.miami.com/images/miami/miamiherald/11240/126345186000.jpg

STILL GOT IT: Andre Agassi defeated France's
Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1,
despite a very warm and humid climate.
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Gigan
03-27-2005, 11:50 AM
http://www.miami.com/images/miami/miamiherald/11240/126345197240.jpg

GOOD SPORTS: Andre Agassi and Paul-Henri Mathieu
meet at the net following Agassi's 7-5, 6-4 win.
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suus21
03-27-2005, 12:32 PM
Agassi should this shirt in red that's cool...no black and white :(

suus21
03-27-2005, 12:36 PM
how can I put a picture into my profile here? You all have picture under your namen I don't know how to do that?

MisterQ
03-27-2005, 12:52 PM
how can I put a picture into my profile here? You all have picture under your namen I don't know how to do that?

Go to User CP, then click on Edit Avatar. At the bottom there will be a place where you can attach a photo (or you can just pick one of the stock photos they already have). The photo needs to be the right size, not too big... And sometime it takes an hour or two for it to show up. :)

suus21
03-27-2005, 01:13 PM
okay thanks it works already :)

MisterQ
03-27-2005, 01:53 PM
good pic, suus21! :yeah:

suus21
03-27-2005, 02:38 PM
next up Clement good match up for Andre, they played last time in Aus Open final

AgassiDomination
03-27-2005, 05:13 PM
Agassi, Andre 3-2 Clement, Arnaud

8 73

110 21

4/29/1970 12/17/1977

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Aix-en-Provence, France

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Geneva, Switzerland

5'11'' (180 cm) 5'8'' (172 cm)

177 lbs (80 kg) 160 lbs (72 kg)

Right-handed Right-handed

1986 1996

12/4 4/7

0 0

59 2

$29,604,341 $3,803,197





2001 Australian Open, Hard, F
Australia Hard F Agassi 6 4 6 2 6 2
2000 Lyon, Carpet, S
France Carpet S Clement 3 6
2000 US Open, Hard, R64
NY, U.S.A. Hard R64 Clement 3 6 2 6 4 6
1999 US Open, Hard, R16
NY, U.S.A. Hard R16 Agassi 6 4 6 4 6 3
1999 Roland Garros, Clay, R64
France Clay R64 Agassi 6 2 4 6 2 6 7 5 6 0




If you can not read this clearly here is the link:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=Agassi%2C+Andre&player2=Clement%2C+Arnaud&playernum2=C487




WIN ANDREEEEEEEEEE!!!

Gigan
03-27-2005, 05:37 PM
Tennis: Usual suspects advance in Nasdaq-100 Open

Andre Agassi

28.03.05

http://media.apn.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/ACFQCBl8aWul.JPG

MIAMI - Six-time champion Andre Agassi began his 19th Nasdaq-100 Open tennis campaign with a 7-5, 6-4 second-round win over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu yesterday.

Ninth seed Agassi had to wait until the end of the first set to break Mathieu's resistance but once he had taken the lead he showed little sign of surrendering it.

The 34-year-old American, watched by wife Steffi Graf, shrugged off pre-tournament worries about his injured toe.

"I felt it a little bit, but when I pushed through it never got worse, so that was reassuring," Agassi said.

"It was a tough match. There's nothing I take for granted out there, especially not these days, and it was a good one to get through."


- REUTERS
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Gigan
03-27-2005, 05:46 PM
Agassi Advance at Key Biscayne

Sat Mar 26,10:58 PM ET

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -

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Andre Agassi (news) returns the ball against Paul-Henri Mathieu (news) of France at the Nasdaq 100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., Saturday, March 26, 2005.


Six-time champion Andre Agassi beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4. The No. 9-seeded Agassi lost only three points on his first serve in his first match since he withdrew from the Pacific Life Open last week because of a sore left toe.


"I felt it a little bit early," Agassi said. "But when I pushed through it, it never got worse, and that was reassuring."

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Gigan
03-28-2005, 12:58 AM
Schedule of Play for Monday, March 28, 2005

Stadium: 11:00 AM Start
Men's Singles: 3rd Round
1. Guillermo Coria (ARG) [4] vs. Taylor Dent (USA) [31]

Women's Singles: 4th Round
2. Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) [23] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2]

Men's Singles: 3rd Round
3. Andre Agassi (USA) [9] vs. Arnaud Clement (FRA) Q

Go, Andre! Win it!

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karenpoon
03-28-2005, 02:40 AM
Go Andre, straight sets please

Gigan
03-28-2005, 03:46 AM
Go Andre, straight sets please

nice Avy, Karenpoon! :wavey:


straight sets please Andre!
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 04:00 AM
World Sports - AFP


In 19th Key Biscayne appearance, Agassi looking ahead, not back

Sun Mar 27, 2:57 PM ET World Sports - AFP



MIAMI (AFP) - In his 19th straight appearance at the Key Biscayne ATP Masters Series tournament, Andre Agassi commands the affection of a legion of Florida fans, but for the eight-time Grand Slam champion, mere longevity is not enough.


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"That would be one of many statistics that would make me go, 'Wow, I've been doing this a long time'," Agassi said. "Probably more old than proud."


But Agassi, 34, has done much more than show up over the years here. He owns six titles - the first coming 15 years ago in 1990 and the last three coming in a bunch, from 2001-2003.


He opened his 2005 bid with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu on Saturday night and said he was glad to get past the hard-hitting Frenchman and into the third round.


"He can come up with some great shots and certainly makes you feel the pressure to hit every ball exactly the way you want, or else he'll take advantage of anything you leave short," Agassi said of Mathieu. "It was a good one to get through."


Agassi says he believes he can remember every match he has played at Key Biscayne, starting with a five-set loss to Austrian Thomas Muster in 1987.


He recalls with satisfaction his victory over Stefan Edberg in the final in 1990 - when avenged his loss to Edberg in California the week before.


But as he looked forward to a third-round clash with another Frenchman, Arnaud Clement, Agassi said he couldn't allow himself the luxury of nostalgia.


"I try not to lose sight of keeping myself in position to be at my best, and a lot of that's mental," he said. "I don't allow myself too much luxury at this stage, because I'm trying to focus on being better than the guy I'm playing against.


"That being said," Agassi added, "there are a lot of times were nostalgia hits you. You see the same faces years later, and you realize that in between all these tennis matches life is happening."


The question of just how long Agassi will continue to squeeze his life in between tennis matches follows the American everywhere these days, but Agassi said the approach of his 35th birthday in April hasn't changed his attitude toward retirement.


"I understand why somebody's not playing at 35, it's not easy," he said. "But I still do it. I'm still out here trying to figure out how to get through these matches. I'm still thinking about the tennis when I'm out there, and that's a good thing."

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Steffi
03-28-2005, 03:18 PM
Go Andre, straight sets please


Yes! Go Andre!

Gigan
03-28-2005, 06:02 PM
Schedule of Play for Monday, March 28, 2005

Stadium: 11:00 AM Start
Men's Singles: 3rd Round
1. Guillermo Coria (ARG) [4] vs. Taylor Dent (USA) [31]

Women's Singles: 4th Round
2. Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) [23] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2]

Men's Singles: 3rd Round
3. Andre Agassi (USA) [9] vs. Arnaud Clement (FRA) Q

Go, Andre! Win it!

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Play Suspended, All plays..

What is the problem? Rain???


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joice
03-28-2005, 06:15 PM
best of luck andre!!!

Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:11 PM
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper coool!
Andre did brake in 1st game, now makes 2-0!!!!!!!!!!!


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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:14 PM
Yes, now is 2-0!
Andre Agassi (9) USA 2

Arnaud Clement FRA 0



Go Andre!
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:20 PM
Yes, now is 3-1!


Andre Agassi (9) USA 3

Arnaud Clement FRA 1



Win it Andre!
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:22 PM
Already 4 Aces!!!!!

Go Andre! You are doing well!!!



Andre Agassi (9) USA 3

Arnaud Clement FRA 1



Win it Andre!
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:26 PM
Go Andre! Brake him!!!

Andre did second brake!!!!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 4

Arnaud Clement FRA 1



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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:33 PM
Brake him, Andre!!!


Andre Agassi (9) USA 4

Arnaud Clement FRA 2



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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:35 PM
Go Andre! Brake him!!!

Andre did 3-d brake!!!!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 5

Arnaud Clement FRA 2



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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:35 PM
Go Andre! Win it!

Andre did 3-d brake!!!!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 5

Arnaud Clement FRA 2



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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:38 PM
Coooool!!!! Andre won first!



Andre Agassi (9) USA 6

Arnaud Clement FRA 2



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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:40 PM
Match Statistics, first Set
Player 1 2 3
Andre Agassi 6
Arnaud Clement 2
Elapsed Time By Set 31 0

Statistics: Match • Set 1 • Set 2
Match Summary Agassi Clement
1st Serve % 52% 53%
Aces 7 0
Double Faults 2 0
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 12 of 15 = 80% 4 of 10 = 40%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 6 of 14 = 43% 2 of 9 = 22%
Winners (including service) 11 6
Unforced Errors 6 13
Break Point Conversions 3 of 3 = 100 % 1 of 2 = 50 %
Net Approaches 1 of 4 = 25 % 6 of 8 = 75 %
Total Points Won 31 17
Fastest Match Serve Speed 127 MPH 126 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 115 MPH 106 MPH

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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:41 PM
7-0 Aces in Fisrt Set!!!!
Coooool, Andre !!!!

Go ahead!!!
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:46 PM
Brake him now! Andre go!



Andre Agassi (9) USA 6 1

Arnaud Clement FRA 2 1


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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:47 PM
8-0 Aces!!!!

Go Andre!!!!
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 07:54 PM
Beat him Andre!!!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 6 2

Arnaud Clement FRA 2 2
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:05 PM
Brake him now! Andre go!



Andre Agassi (9) USA 6 3 30

Arnaud Clement FRA 2 3 0


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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:06 PM
Andre did brake! Beat him well, Andre!!!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 6 4

Arnaud Clement FRA 2 3
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:10 PM
Beat him Andre!!!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 6 4

Arnaud Clement FRA 2 3
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:11 PM
10 -2 Aces Already!!!!!!

Go Andre, beat him!

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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:13 PM
Cooooool!!! Andre!!!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 6 5

Arnaud Clement FRA 2 3
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:22 PM
Cooooool!!! Andre!!!
You won it!

Andre Agassi (9) USA 6 6

Arnaud Clement FRA 2 4
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:24 PM
Match StatisticsPlayer 1 2 3
Andre Agassi 6 6
Arnaud Clement 2 4
Elapsed Time By Set 31 38

Statistics: Match • Set 1 • Set 2
Match Summary Agassi Clement
1st Serve % 51% 56%
Aces 12 3
Double Faults 2 0
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 23 of 28 = 82% 14 of 25 = 56%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 15 of 27 = 56% 9 of 20 = 45%
Winners (including service) 20 18
Unforced Errors 14 25
Break Point Conversions 4 of 4 = 100 % 1 of 2 = 50 %
Net Approaches 3 of 6 = 50 % 13 of 17 = 76 %
Total Points Won 60 40
Fastest Match Serve Speed 127 MPH 126 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 116 MPH 109 MPH
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:25 PM
12 Aces Andre!!!

If you will do so vs federer you will win again!!!


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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:57 PM
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Andre Agassi acknowledges the crowd after defeating
Amaud Clement, of France, 6-2, 6-4, at the Nasdaq 100
Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., Monday, March 28, 2005.
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Gigan
03-28-2005, 08:59 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050328/capt.flkb11203282139.nasdaq_100_open_flkb112.jpg

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Gigan
03-28-2005, 09:14 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050328/capt.flkb11603282147.nasdaq_100_open_flkb116.jpg

Steffi Graf looks on as she watches her husband Andre Agassi play against Arnaud Clement of France at the Nasdaq 100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., Monday, March 28, 2005. Agassi defeated Clement 6-2, 6-4.

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MisterQ
03-28-2005, 09:52 PM
:banana:

suus21
03-28-2005, 09:59 PM
next up Gaudio should also be no prob

Gigan
03-28-2005, 10:13 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050328/capt.flkb11403282146.nasdaq_100_open_flkb114.jpg


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Gigan
03-28-2005, 10:14 PM
next up Gaudio should also be no prob

i like to see that match,

Andre has to win!

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Gigan
03-28-2005, 10:17 PM
Agassi charges into Miami round of 16
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Six-time champion Andre Agassi was an easy third- round winner Monday, while 2004 runner-up Guillermo Coria went by way of the upset at the lucrative NASDAQ-100 Open.

The ninth-seeded Agassi breezed past Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-4 at Crandon Park Tennis Center. The speedy Clement also lost to Agassi in the 2001 Australian Open final.

The 34-year-old Agassi handled Clement in 69 minutes, with the help of 12 aces and four service breaks.

Agassi's fourth-round opponent will be 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, an easy 6-2, 6-3 victor against 27th-seeded Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, the 1999 Miami runner-up. The Argentine Gaudio is seeded seventh at this 12-day Masters Series tournament.

The fourth-seeded Coria was ousted by 31st-seeded American Taylor Dent 6-3, 6-4 on Day 6 here. The clay-court specialist Coria, who lost to Gaudio in last year's all-Argentine French Open final, bowed out against American favorite Andy Roddick in last year's Miami championship match.

Another upset occurred when capable German Florian Mayer knocked out 15th- seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-3. The hard-hitting Gonzalez captured singles bronze and doubles gold at last year's Olympic Games in Athens. Mayer will meet Dent in the round of 16.

Sixth-seeded Englishman Tim Henman avoided an upset by belting 28th-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-1.

The winner of this $3.45 million event will pocket $533,350.



03/28 17:04:24 ET

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Gigan
03-29-2005, 12:09 AM
Q. What kind of match are you expecting with Gaston Gaudio?

ANDRE AGASSI: This isn't going to be easy, you know. He's one of the best one‑handed backhands in the world, moves really well. Amazing accomplishment in Paris last year. He knows how to win big matches. I'll need to make sure I'm executing and playing at least as well as I did today.



Andre, please win this match!

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joice
03-29-2005, 02:10 AM
congratulations andre! good job. good luck on your next match. hope you win again.

paige
03-29-2005, 02:13 AM
Wow, such a nice performance today. He's hitting the ball very well. Clement never stood a chance (and did himself more injury than good).

I♥PsY@Mus!c
03-29-2005, 03:40 AM
Your moving is quite well too. :clap2:
Come on Andre! :worship:

Gigan
03-29-2005, 07:52 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/A092_AS_90.jpgAgassi, Andre 2-1 Gaudio, Gaston http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/G374_AS_90.jpg

8 -2005 race pos.- 10

110 -2005 race pts. -94

4/29/1970 -birthdate- 12/9/1978

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA -birth place- Buenos Aires, Argentina

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA -residence- Buenos Aires, Argentina

5'11'' (180 cm) -height- 5'9'' (175 cm)

177 lbs (80 kg) -weight- 155 lbs (70 kg)

Right-handed -plays- Right-handed

1986 -turned pro- 1996

12/4 -ytd won/lost- 13/4

0 -ytd titles- 2

59 -career titles- 5

$29,604,341 -prize money- $4,068,433




year tournament/city surface round winner score

2002 Paris TMS, France Carpet R32 Agassi 6 4 6 7 6 4
2001 Cincinnati TMS, Ohio, USA Hard R64 Gaudio 4 6 6 7
2000 Rome, Italy Clay R32 Agassi 6 1 6 4

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Gigan
03-29-2005, 02:38 PM
Schedule of Play for Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Stadium: 11:00 AM Start
Men's Singles: 4th Round
1. Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) [26]

Women's Singles: Quarterfinal
2. Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) [19] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2]

Men's Singles: 4th Round
3. Andre Agassi (USA) [9] vs. Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7]

Men's Singles: 4th Round
4. Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs. Mario Ancic (CRO) [18]
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Agassi Fan
03-29-2005, 04:02 PM
Thanks for the many post Gigan!

Go Andre! Beat Gaudio!

suus21
03-29-2005, 07:49 PM
tough game but it's 1-0. I like it when he begins to serve.

Gigan
03-29-2005, 07:50 PM
Good start Andre!
But it was difficult come back from 0-40...
Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 1
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7] 0

Go, break him, Andre!
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 07:59 PM
Good Andre!

Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 2
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7] 1

Go, you need brake him Andre!
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 08:07 PM
Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 3
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7] 2

Go, brake him Andre!
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suus21
03-29-2005, 08:17 PM
now he must breake

suus21
03-29-2005, 08:40 PM
he is playing bad too many errors

Gigan
03-29-2005, 08:41 PM
it is very tough till now...

Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 5
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7] 4

Go, brake him Andre!
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suus21
03-29-2005, 08:44 PM
it's not brake but BREAK

Gigan
03-29-2005, 08:52 PM
you will win it, Andre!

Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 6
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7] 5

Go, BREAK him Andre!
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 08:54 PM
BREAK him Andre!

Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 6
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7] 5

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Gigan
03-29-2005, 08:59 PM
Too many errors Andre..
Unforced Errors 29
not so mauch aces 3
what is going on?

Andre CRUSH him now!!!

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suus21
03-29-2005, 09:07 PM
6-6 6-6

Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:08 PM
You won the First!!! Now BEAT him Andre!

Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 7 (9)
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) [7] 6 (7)

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suus21
03-29-2005, 09:09 PM
YES he won the first set he can win important points again :)

Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:10 PM
Match Statistics

Player 1 2 3
Andre Agassi 7(9)
Gaston Gaudio 6(7)
Elapsed Time By Set 85 0

Statistics: Match • Set 1 • Set 2
Match Summary Agassi Gaudio
1st Serve % 56% 63%
Aces 3 4
Double Faults 2 1
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 26 of 37 = 70% 25 of 35 = 71%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 14 of 29 = 48% 10 of 21 = 48%
Winners (including service) 11 16
Unforced Errors 32 29
Break Point Conversions 1 of 6 = 17 % 1 of 10 = 10 %
Net Approaches 8 of 17 = 47 % 9 of 13 = 69 %
Total Points Won 61 61
Fastest Match Serve Speed 129 MPH 121 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 115 MPH 108 MPH

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Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:11 PM
Execute more Aces now, Andre!
You will win it!


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Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:28 PM
It goes tough too...

Andre Agassi (USA) 7 2
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) 6 2

Go, break him Andre!
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:33 PM
You did it the BREAK!!!

Andre Agassi (USA) 7 3
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) 6 2

Go, win it!
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:34 PM
SUUUUUUUUUUUUPER!
Now win yours!

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MisterQ
03-29-2005, 09:36 PM
this is a scary, grueling match :scared:

It's amazing how fit Andre is. :worship:

keep fighting, Andre!

Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:43 PM
Fight and Beat him Andre!!!!

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suus21
03-29-2005, 09:44 PM
can anyone watch this match live?

MisterQ
03-29-2005, 09:45 PM
i'm watching it live

Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:45 PM
SUUUUUUUUUUUUPER!
Now finish him!

Andre Agassi (USA) 7 4
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) 6 2
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:46 PM
i'm watching it live

then tell us here plz

me - only with scoreboard...

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Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:47 PM
Go, Andre!
Break him finaly!!!

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MisterQ
03-29-2005, 09:50 PM
The first set lasted 1 hour, 25 minutes! Andre won it 9-7 in the tiebreak. :scared: EVERY game seemed to go to deuce. There were tons of break points, but no one could win one! Gaudio broke Andre once, but Andre broke back. Every service game of Andre's was a battle --- he wasn't making a lot of first serves.

In his first service game, Andre went down 0-40, but then he saved the game by hitting winners right on the lines, 4 times in a row!

Halfway through the second set, it seemed like Andre finally broke Gaudio's will. And he just won it with an ace! :banana: :woohoo:

But that was one of the toughest 7-6, 6-2 victories I have ever seen! :eek:

Gigan
03-29-2005, 09:59 PM
Thanks mr. q!

Amazing match!

Andre is great !!!

Go, Andre Win tournament!

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Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:01 PM
Match Statistics

Player 1 2 3
Andre Agassi 7(9) 6
Gaston Gaudio 6(7) 2
Elapsed Time By Set 85 41

Statistics: Match • Set 1 • Set 2
Match Summary Agassi Gaudio
1st Serve % 58% 56%
Aces 7 5
Double Faults 2 1
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 40 of 58 = 69% 30 of 45 = 67%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 22 of 42 = 52% 18 of 36 = 50%
Winners (including service) 25 22
Unforced Errors 45 41
Break Point Conversions 3 of 10 = 30 % 1 of 14 = 7 %
Net Approaches 13 of 24 = 54 % 14 of 24 = 58 %
Total Points Won 95 86
Fastest Match Serve Speed 129 MPH 121 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 115 MPH 107 MPH

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suus21
03-29-2005, 10:06 PM
still too many errors he can't do that against Fed but a good win the struggle

Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:09 PM
still too many errors he can't do that against Fed but a good win the struggle
yes too many, and less aces ...
He need to improve vs federer!


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suus21
03-29-2005, 10:16 PM
aces are not so important it's important he holds his service game with or without aces

MisterQ
03-29-2005, 10:19 PM
I think he would have been wise to go for less on most of the first serves, because he was having to play off of second serves on most of the points!

However, he did seem to know that Gaudio wouldn't attack the second serve too aggressively, so Andre was comfortable bending them in with lots of margin for error (almost like he used to in the old days), so there weren't many double faults.

suus21
03-29-2005, 10:22 PM
were there many backhands down the line?

Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:25 PM
did you see,

how strong mentaly Andre is?!
his nerves are from iron i think...

but i like to see again 12 aces (or more, remember 17 was against Roddick?)
against federer.
Otherwise it will be difficult again..

federer doing always 14- or more against Andre, sampras also won his matches due to his aces every time..

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MisterQ
03-29-2005, 10:30 PM
were there many backhands down the line?

not many backhand winners down the line from either player (this surprised me, because i expected tons of them from Gaudio). But the crosscourt backhand rallies were very fast paced, and it would have been dangerous to change direction too much. i guess it paid off... ;)

Andre's mobility was impressive in this match.

He made some great shots, but also a few poor ones. Gaudio's defense was good, so points often went on quite a while. Andre was mentally tough when it counted, but I would have preferred that he convert more break points, and hold serve more securely! :lol:

suus21
03-29-2005, 10:33 PM
I think Andre can stop Fed this week

Golfnduck
03-29-2005, 10:35 PM
Good win Andre :yeah:

Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:37 PM
pix are "upcoming"


http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050329/capt.flla11603292308.nasdaq_100_open_flla116.jpg



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Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:38 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050329/capt.flla11503292308.nasdaq_100_open_flla115.jpg

our Andre!!!!



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suus21
03-29-2005, 10:40 PM
ANdre has actually a very consistent year so far he made it at least to the quarters at all tournaments he was in. Not bad...

Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:41 PM
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:43 PM
Agassi battles into quarter-final

Latest results

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40852000/jpg/_40852511_agassi203.jpg
Andre Agassi survived a gruelling first set to beat French Open champion Gaston Gaudio and progress to the last-eight of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Tuesday.
Gaudio faded after taking just one of 10 break points in an 85-minute opening set and Agassi, seeded ninth, came through to win 7-6 (9-7) 6-2.

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Gigan
03-29-2005, 10:53 PM
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Gigan
03-29-2005, 11:41 PM
Agassi moves into Miami quarters
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Six-time champion Andre Agassi held off gritty Argentine Gaston Gaudio on Tuesday to secure a berth in the quarterfinals at the $3.45 million NASDAQ-100 Open -- the second of nine Masters Series events this year.

The ninth-seeded Agassi snuck out a grueling first on his way to posting a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 decision against the seventh-seeded Gaudio, the reigning French Open champ. Agassi needed 2 hours, 6 minutes to advance, including an intense 1-hour, 25-minute opening set.

Agassi fired seven aces at Gaudio, including a final one to close out the match.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion Agassi has appeared in eight finals here (6-2), with his last title coming in 2003. He'll appear in his 10th career Miami quarterfinal.

The 34-year-old Agassi has yet to reach a semifinal this season, failing in his previous four tournaments.


The winner of this 12-day event will pocket $533,350.



03/29 18:15:35 ET

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kwan
03-29-2005, 11:53 PM
It seemed to me Andre was taking a lot of chances on the first serves, going for aces not for percentages. He has been doing it well during his last two matches, but today it kind of backfired on him I thought. Well, at least he's trying to get more aces and that's a good tactic.

Andre appeared to be a little tentative on his shots from the beginning of the first set to just before the tiebreaker. There was a point near the end of the first where he had an easy putaway volley and he elected to let the ball bounce and hit a very mediocre backhand down the line. Needless to say Gaudio won that point. Andre also had many chances to break but usually made an error. He saved a lot of breakpoints himself though, and usually with a good first serve. Which was really a good sign. When Andre serves big under pressure he is very very hard to beat, regardless of how well he's hitting his groundstrokes. It will help him if he continues doing so in the later round. Gaudio played tough gritty tennis. Andre played even grittier, but his best ground game was not on display today and his confidence level could be higher.


Next would probably be Taylor Dent. He's playing some great ball. It can be iffy if Andre is not on top of his game.

BTW, did anybody see Roger Federer last night?. The last set and a half he played so badly. Never seen him play that bad. Zabaletta had a great opportunity to beat him but he just played some dumb tennis on the big points. I'm watching Federer play his next match against Ancic. He looked vulnerable last night. I'm hoping this continues, but I don't think so.

Gigan
03-30-2005, 12:27 AM
It seemed to me Andre was taking a lot of chances on the first serves, going for aces not for percentages. He has been doing it well during his last two matches, but today it kind of backfired on him I thought. Well, at least he's trying to get more aces and that's a good tactic.

- i agree (absolutely)! :wavey: :wavey:

.... He saved a lot of breakpoints himself though, and usually with a good first serve. Which was really a good sign. When Andre serves big under pressure he is very very hard to beat, ... Good one!

Andre played even grittier, but his best ground game was not on display today and his confidence level could be higher.
- may be vs federer?


Next would probably be Taylor Dent. He's playing some great ball. It can be iffy if Andre is not on top of his game. - true!

Go Andre!
& we will suport you!!!!!!!!!!

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Gigan
03-30-2005, 01:17 AM
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Still in contention for a seventh title in Miami,
American Andre Agassi shows his appreciation.


Agassi Outlasts Gaudio
Six time NASDAQ-100 Open champion Andre Agassi
continued his stellar play on the hard courts of Miami
with a 7-6(7), 6-2 victory over No. 7 seed Gaston Gaudio.

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Gigan
03-30-2005, 03:17 AM
Agassi Advance...


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Andre Agassi and Gaston Gaudio played a grueling match that was punctuated by powerful baseline rallies. The first set lasted an incredible one hour, 24 minutes but Agassi eventually advanced to the quarters with a 7-6, 6-2 result.

"A match like that can turn into a first-class battle, all the way through from start to finish," said Agassi. "But if you take your right chances you can break a match like that wide open and today that's what happened. I played a few good points when I had to and a couple of things went right for me and I took advantage of it and that makes life a lot easier."

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hythger
03-30-2005, 12:53 PM
Come on Andre!!!!!!!!
go for the title :yeah:

Agassi Fan
03-30-2005, 10:42 PM
Go Andre!

Agassi Fan
03-30-2005, 10:49 PM
Andre in the dark. :-)
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Agassi Fan
03-30-2005, 10:50 PM
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Agassi Fan
03-30-2005, 10:52 PM
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AgassiDomination
03-31-2005, 03:53 PM
Agassi, Andre 4-0 Dent, Taylor

8 17

110 74

4/29/1970 4/24/1981

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Newport Beach, CA, USA

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Newport Beach, CA, USA

5'11'' (180 cm) 6'2'' (187 cm)

177 lbs (80 kg) 195 lbs (88 kg)

Right-handed Right-handed

1986 1998

12/4 12/7

0 0

59 4

$29,604,341 $1,670,404





2005 Australian Open, Hard, R32
Australia Hard R32 Agassi 7 5 7 6 6 1
2003 US Open, Hard, R16
NY, U.S.A. Hard R16 Agassi 6 7 6 4 7 5
2001 Miami Ericsson Open, Hard, R64
FL, U.S.A. Hard R64 Agassi 6 4 6 2
2000 Wimbledon, Grass, R128
England Grass R128 Agassi 2 6 6 3 6 0 4 0

Gigan
03-31-2005, 06:11 PM
...Agassi on collision course in Miami
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - ...six-time Miami champion Andre Agassi will see quarterfinal action Thursday at the NASDAQ-100 Open.

...the ninth-seeded Agassi will encounter 31st-seeded fellow American Taylor Dent under the lights.

Federer was the 2002 Miami runner-up to the legendary Agassi.

The 34-year-old Agassi will face Dent for a fifth time, with the former world No. 1 Agassi holding a lopsided 4-0 advantage, including a second-round victory here in Miami in 2001. Agassi topped the 23-year-old Dent in the third round at this year's Australian Open back in January.

Agassi is still seeking his first semifinal appearance of 2005.

The Federer-Henman winner will face the Agassi-Dent victor in the semis.

The winner of this $3.45 million Masters Series event will collect $533,350.



03/31 11:32:03 ET
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suus21
03-31-2005, 07:38 PM
the article is not correct Andre played already a semifinal this year in Dubai stupid reporter.

Gigan
03-31-2005, 10:34 PM
the article is not correct Andre played already a semifinal this year in Dubai stupid reporter.

i agree...

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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:34 PM
i l.b. late,
but Andre already started his job
he did brake Dent!!!


T. Dent (USA) [31] 1

A. Agassi (USA) [9] • 2
Go, Andre Win yours!!!

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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:37 PM
it goes fast


T. Dent (USA) [31] • 4


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 4

Beat him Andre!
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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:39 PM
T. Dent (USA) [31] • 4


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 5

Nice brake Andre!
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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:39 PM
Finish the first now Andre!



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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:52 PM
Coooooooooool! Andre Won first set !

T. Dent (USA) [31] 5


A. Agassi (USA) [9] • 7

Go win this match, Andre!
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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:53 PM
Match Statistics for first set is here

Player 1 2 3
Taylor Dent (USA) [31] 5
Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 7
Elapsed Time By Set 42

Statistics: Match • Set 1 • Set 2
Match Summary Dent Agassi
1st Serve % 50% 56%
Aces 4 1
Double Faults 5 1
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 13 of 18 = 72% 14 of 19 = 74%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 6 of 18 = 33% 7 of 15 = 47%
Winners (including service) 12 11
Unforced Errors 14 6
Break Point Conversions 2 of 3 = 67 % 3 of 6 = 50 %
Net Approaches 19 of 40 = 48 % 7 of 10 = 70 %
Total Points Won 32 38
Fastest Match Serve Speed 144 MPH 124 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 122 MPH 110 MPH


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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:55 PM
please more aces, Andre!
it will make "your life" easier


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Gigan
03-31-2005, 11:59 PM
Go Andre, Win!

T. Dent (USA) [31] 5 0


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 7 •1

Andre made brake again!!!! Win yours!!!
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 12:03 AM
Nice score in the second start!
Go Andre, Win!

T. Dent (USA) [31] 5 •0


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 7 2


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Gigan
04-01-2005, 12:05 AM
Cooooooool! You did brake him again !!!
Go Andre, Win!

T. Dent (USA) [31] 5 0


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 7 •3


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Gigan
04-01-2005, 12:16 AM
Already 4-0!!!

Cooooooool!
Go Andre, Win!

T. Dent (USA) [31] 5 0


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 7 4


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Gigan
04-01-2005, 12:19 AM
Already 5-0!!!


Go Andre, Win!

T. Dent (USA) [31] 5 0


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 7 5


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Gigan
04-01-2005, 12:22 AM
Andre won!!!!

Congratulations!!!!

T. Dent (USA) [31] 5 0


A. Agassi (USA) [9] 7 6


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Gigan
04-01-2005, 12:24 AM
Match final Statistics

Player 1 2 3
Taylor Dent (USA) [31] 5 0
Andre Agassi (USA) [9] 7 6
Elapsed Time By Set 43 27

Statistics: Match • Set 1 • Set 2
Match Summary Dent Agassi
1st Serve % 51% 51%
Aces 4 3
Double Faults 7 2
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 16 of 28 = 57% 21 of 26 = 81%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 9 of 27 = 33% 13 of 25 = 52%
Winners (including service) 16 24
Unforced Errors 18 7
Break Point Conversions 2 of 3 = 67 % 6 of 9 = 67 %
Net Approaches 27 of 61 = 44 % 12 of 15 = 80 %
Total Points Won 42 64
Fastest Match Serve Speed 144 MPH 124 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 119 MPH 111 MPH
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:13 AM
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Andre Agassi blows a kiss after defeating Taylor Dent,
7-5, 6-0, during the semifinal match at the Nasdaq 100
Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, March 31, 2005.
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:15 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:17 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:18 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:22 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:24 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:26 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:29 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:31 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:34 AM
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 01:58 AM
U.S. National - AFP
Agassi cruises into semi-final showdown at Key Biscayne

14 minutes ago
U.S. National - AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - Andre Agassi, the man who has captured six titles at Key Biscayne, both advancing with straight-set victories.

....

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Agassi, seeded ninth, downed fellow American Taylor Dent 7-5, 6-0.
......
Agassi, 34, may not face such high expectations every time he turns out. But the eight-time Grand Slam champion's history in 18 previous appearances in this event make him a formidable opponent for anyone in Miami.

Against Dent, Agassi broke to lead 5-4 in the first set, then squandered two set points on his own serve serve as Dent leveled the set at 5-5.

But Agassi broke back and held to earn the set, then immediately gained the upper hand in the second set with a break in the opening game.

Dent, looking increasingly frustrated, had his ankle taped while trailing 4-0 but still couldn't eke out a game as Agassi booked his semi-final berth in 70 minutes.

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Gigan
04-01-2005, 09:28 AM
Sports - AP
Agassi an Underdog Against Federer

1 hour, 10 minutes ago

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Roger Federer is so good he can transform a six-time champion into an underdog. That will be the rare role for Andre Agassi on Friday night when he takes on the world No. 1 in the semifinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

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He's seeking his seventh Key Biscayne title, but will need an upset over Federer to reach the final.

Federer has beaten Agassi six times in a row and eliminated him at the past two Grand Slam events.

"Seeing his form over the last year and a half, I'd say I'd have to be doing a lot of things well, no question about it," Agassi said. "I'll have to really step it up Friday, that's for sure."

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Federer, bidding for his first Key Biscayne title, advanced to the semifinals by beating No. 6 Tim Henman 6-4, 6-2. Agassi, seeded ninth, won the final eight games to defeat Taylor Dent 7-5, 6-0.

"Agassi learns every time he plays guys," Dent said. "He's going to try and impose his game on Roger, maybe try some new things we haven't seen him do before. If anybody can beat Roger, Andre can."

Unseeded Kim Clijsters will try for her second title in two weeks when she plays No. 2-seeded Maria Sharapova in the women's final Saturday.

Clijsters, coming back from a career-threatening wrist injury that sidelined her for much of last year, routed top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo 6-1, 6-0 on Thursday. The Belgian has a 2-0 record against Sharapova, who advanced by beating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3.

Agassi is playing for the 19th year in a row at Key Biscayne, where the climate brings out the best in his game. He likes the unpredictable breezes because of his big hitting zone, and likes the heat and humidity because he's in great shape.

He hopes for a windy, muggy night Friday.

"I would prefer to be in extreme conditions," he said. "You know — 142 degrees."

Agassi won his first title on the island in 1990 and his most recent in 2003, and his record in the tournament is 61-12. In short, there's nowhere he'd rather take on the world's top player.

"You can't hand-pick it better," Agassi said.

"He loves this tournament," Federer said. "It's almost, maybe, probably his favorite tournament, the tournament he won the most. So it will be a tough match, but I'm really looking forward to that."

While Agassi has been terrific in South Florida, Federer has been terrific everywhere. He's 46-1 since the start of last year's U.S. Open and is trying for his fourth tournament title in a row.

"As the No. 1 in the world, you just don't want to give away victories to the other guys," Federer said. "Then they can say, `I beat the No. 1 player in the world.' At least you want to make it tough for them. This is the motivation I have."

On Sunday, Federer or Agassi will play the winner of the other semifinal, an all-Spanish matchup Friday between unseeded David Ferrer and No. 29 Rafael Nadal.
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Gigan
04-01-2005, 09:40 AM
"Agassi learns every time he plays guys," Dent said.
"He's going to try and impose his game on Roger,
maybe try some new things we haven't seen him do
before. If anybody can beat Roger, Andre can."

thanks Taylor,
we also hope here that Andre will win again!

today we will see...

Go Andre!
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suus21
04-01-2005, 09:57 AM
nice win you could say ANdre is in better form this week than Fed because Andre didn't lose a set...

MisterQ
04-01-2005, 10:28 AM
I hope that Andre will play within himself this time, and not hit unforced errors left and right by trying to put too much pace on his shots. Yes, he will have to raise his level, but he should at least give Fed a chance to mess up himself! ;)

good luck, Andre! :dance:

suus21
04-01-2005, 10:48 AM
just hit left to right with spins

Golfnduck
04-01-2005, 03:28 PM
LET'S GO ANDRE!!!! BEAT ROGER!!!!!

Gigan
04-01-2005, 03:47 PM
Schedule of Play for Friday, April 1, 2005

Stadium: 12:00 PM Start
Men's Doubles: Semifinal
1. Mark Knowles (BAH)
Daniel Nestor (CAN) [1] vs. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)
Max Mirnyi (BLR) [3]

Men's Singles: Semifinal
2. David Ferrer (ESP) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [29]




Stadium: 7:00 PM Start
Men's Singles: Semifinal
1. Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs. Andre Agassi (USA) [9]

Women's Doubles: Semifinal
2. Liezel Huber (RSA)
Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs. Lisa Raymond (USA)
Rennae Stubbs (AUS) [5]

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Gigan
04-01-2005, 07:58 PM
Night Session See Agassi Move On


Once Andre Agassi had secured the first set against Taylor Dent his game opened up even more and he charged through the second set and put himself into the semifinals of the NASDAQ-100 Open for an incredible tenth time from 19 appearances.

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In fact this is the tournament he has won the most in his career - six times he has held the trophy which is more than any other player male or female. His better half Steffi Graf comes closest with five. Agassi's 7-5, 6-0 win took one hour, 10 minutes.

Agassi and Dent exchanged service breaks in the third and fourth games. Agassi broke again to go up 5-4 and served for the first set but he dropped his serve once more. But Agassi broke Dent yet again to go up 6-5 when Dent double faulted at break point down. Andre then served out the set.

"I think he puts a lot of pressure on your second serve," said Agassi. "You feel more pressure to make your first serve, which sometimes causes you to disrupt your rhythm a little bit. I think I forced it a few times. But I don't want to get too careful with it; I want to keep executing it. But I was probably pushing a little too close to the lines.

"He has a real good reach about him, too, when he's out there on the court. To get away with a cheap point, you got to hit a real good serve because he has a real good lunge. I think that's a strong part of his game, believe it or not, his return is quite a factor."

The second set was a total rout and at 4-0 Dent, who was being frustrated by many questionable line calls, called for the trainer as he has jarred his right ankle. The injury was taped but it made no difference. Agassi just directed the ball wherever he wanted to wining the match when Dent sent a backhand long on match point.

Agassi will take on Roger Federer. They head-to-head series lies in the Swiss player's favor. They have played nice times and Federer has won the last six with the two most recent ones being this year at the Australian Open and Dubai. Federer said that the turnaround that started his run of wins against Agassi came in the round robin competition of the 2003 Tennis Masters Cup.

"Seeing his form over the last year and a half, I'd say I'd have to be doing a lot of things well no question about it," said Agassi. "I'll have to be working my serve well, returning well, picking my shots, executing them. But, you know, I don't go out there really with any other expectation anymore at all against anybody. So I'll have to really step it up tomorrow, that's for sure."
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suus21
04-02-2005, 02:32 PM
did Andre play bad against Fed anyone seen the match?

MisterQ
04-02-2005, 03:03 PM
did Andre play bad against Fed anyone seen the match?

No, he played well. Lots of good winners, and some smart play which forced Fed into errors (hard to do these days!). Far better than in Australia, I thought. Andre dropped serve at 4-5 in the first set, and that was that... :banghead: Then in the second set there was a very long game where Andre got up 0-40 on Fed's serve. He just barely missed a backhand down the line which would have given him the break. Then I believe Fed hit two aces to bring it to deuce. Later in that game, he netted a low-percentage backhand on break point -- I'm sure that's the shot he's kicking himself over - bad choice.

Andre's first serve percentage hurt him in the second set. He wasn't able to bail out easily with service winners.

But to see the match, you would think the score was closer. It didn't seem hopeless the way it did in Australia -- Andre was definitely making Fed work for it. The match was entertaining, and Andre played intelligently and moved well. He just didn't capitalize on his chances (and of course Fed's level had a lot to do with that).

kwan
04-02-2005, 05:04 PM
No, he played well. Lots of good winners, and some smart play which forced Fed into errors (hard to do these days!). Far better than in Australia, I thought. Andre dropped serve at 4-5 in the first set, and that was that... :banghead: Then in the second set there was a very long game where Andre got up 0-40 on Fed's serve. He just barely missed a backhand down the line which would have given him the break. Then I believe Fed hit two aces to bring it to deuce. Later in that game, he netted a low-percentage backhand on break point -- I'm sure that's the shot he's kicking himself over - bad choice.

Andre's first serve percentage hurt him in the second set. He wasn't able to bail out easily with service winners.

But to see the match, you would think the score was closer. It didn't seem hopeless the way it did in Australia -- Andre was definitely making Fed work for it. The match was entertaining, and Andre played intelligently and moved well. He just didn't capitalize on his chances (and of course Fed's level had a lot to do with that).

I agree.

Even though the score was 6-4 6-3 the match was pretty phenomenal to watch. Andre was at his near best from the ground. He wasn't at his absolute best though. I thought the backhands down the line were missing in action last nignt. Part of that had to do with his reluctance to go to the Federer forehand.

But if you watch players who give federer problems like Safin for example, they go nice and hard to the Federer forehand because he usually leaves a lot of court open there. (Andre does that too though) I know it can be a dangerous strategy because if you don't hit it perfectly Roger is going to make you pay, but still, Andre needed to go down the line to that side a few more times to give himself a better chance to win.
The main problem though was the first serve percentage. He was going for a lot on the first serves, which is all good. But he needed to be over 50 percent and he did not do that.

Roger is so good folks. You have to play perfect tennis to beat him. Agassi played brilliantly, but he wasn't perfect. Only perfection will beat Roger.

AgassiFan
04-02-2005, 08:50 PM
I agree.


The main problem though was the first serve percentage. He was going for a lot on the first serves, which is all good. But he needed to be over 50 percent and he did not do that.

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60+ %. 70+ - ideally. I mean it's not as if he was hitting many (any) winners anyway.

How come nobody talks about Agassi choking on 2nd (second!) serve returns, starting from the 2003 FO loss to Coria, to USO against Ferrero and onward? The 2nd serve makes him flail at it so much on the backhand side, it's sickening.

I agree, unlike AO and Dubai, Andre had a legitimate shot at Fed last night. :rolleyes:

I think Andre's 10-25 career record against world #1 speaks for itself.

Gigan
04-03-2005, 04:25 AM
R. FEDERER/A. Agassi
6‑4, 6‑3
An interview with:

ANDRE AGASSI

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How did you feel you played?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, everything pretty well. First serve let me down in the second set, and couldn't buy one there for a while. Just giving him way too many, way too many ‑‑ I needed some free points on my first serve today, and didn't quite get that in the second.

Q. To have five breakpoints and a chance to get into this second set, the guy keeps coming up with the goods in every critical situation. Was that a testimony to what a great player he is?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah. So three of them he hit unreturnable serves. One of them I had a look at a backhand up the line that I took, would have beat him by like eight feet, but I just hit it long.

Q. Half‑volley from the baseline?

ANDRE AGASSI: Then I hit a stretch to the forehand, he hit it with spin back to the middle of the court, and I played a redirectional backhand back up the line that I hit in the net. Had that gone over, it was probably the worst shot I could have played.

So, you know, you get one or two chances to make the right decisions and execute, and I didn't make the right decision on that shot for sure.

Q. Ever since you were under the tutelage of BG, once you won the toss, you put your opponent to serve first because you thought you could get the break straight off. Against Federer, is that a good tactic?

ANDRE AGASSI: It doesn't matter. I mean, if you serve first in the first set, you're going to serve second in the second set. I mean, if you do your job right, I never did it because I thought I was going to break the first game, that was never my reason.

I feel like I treat my serve a lot more urgently when I'm down Love‑1 versus serving 0‑0.

When I start a match, when I'm down Love‑1, I feel like I'm into it right away. There's no chance to get careless.

Q. The business end of the set, like you're 4‑5 down, you're serving, you're under more pressure?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, but had I lived up to the pressure, the second set would have been the same thing. He would have been serving 3‑4, Love‑40 instead of 3‑All. So whatever happens in the first set is going to be opposite in the second anyhow, if you take care of your business.

Q. Is it too soon to judge what a brilliant match that was?

ANDRE AGASSI: Wrong person to ask.

Q. Did you feel you were part of a brilliant match?

ANDRE AGASSI: I know nothing about the game. I only had him pegged to go to the semis. He's in the finals now (smiling).

Q. We liked it.

ANDRE AGASSI: Good. I'm glad. I aim to please (smiling).

Q. Can you talk about the crowd here. They obviously love you here.

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I love them. It's been an incredible 19 years for me. They've seen me through a lot. There was a stage here when I wasn't losing first round, I was winning it. That's a lot of ups and downs, peaks and valleys that we've lived through together. They were certainly electric tonight, giving me so much support. You know, just disappointed I couldn't deliver a little bit more.

Q. On the final point of the first set, long rally, you had that final forehand, crosscourt, bang, there he was sitting there waiting for it. Did you have a choice of going up the line on that one?

ANDRE AGASSI: What happened, I hit it crosscourt?

Q. Short angle crosscourt. He was sitting there, camped on it. I don't know if you remember it at all.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I mean, I didn't make too many bad decisions out there. I made one crucial bad decision on breakpoint when I tried to hit a redirection backhand up the line against the wind, of all times. That particular one, you know, when you get a little late on it, you know, that's not a high percentage one for me to take up the line. I was just trying to play it thick to the court and make him hit a special shot up the line, give me some time to get back.

But, yeah, just missed it. I mean, that's the thing, you know. You can play quality match, quality match, but he has the ability at any given moment (snapping) to play spectacular tennis and break something open, break a set open. That's what happened at 4‑5, and when I didn't convert on any chances at 3‑All in the second, you know. He did the same thing in the next game. I missed some first serves and, boom, he took advantage of it.

Q. Back on that final point in the first set, how many players have the intuition to read where that ball is going? It looks like a winner to just about anybody else on this tour.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, there's a number of departments of his game that is arguably better than anybody. I mean, that's an incredible thing to say when you realize that most players count on one thing to be special. And if they have one thing that's special, it makes them hard to deal with. He has a few things.

I mean, you got to give him his credit, the guy moves incredibly well. His forehand is dangerous from anywhere on the court. When you think you're in good position, you're not. He changes the whole perspective of the dynamics out there because you think you have daylight, you think you have a hole, and you just can't be tempted because you really don't, and you have to be very disciplined and execute perfectly. You know, that's a sign of somebody playing a level above.

Q. Andre, are you slightly less disappointed tonight than you were, say, in Dubai or Melbourne?

ANDRE AGASSI: No, that's not accurate. That's not accurate. It's disappointing.

Q. Is the disappointment as great even though the match was closer than those two?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I mean, arguably more. When you play a match where you don't have any chance, regardless who it's against, it's useless to spend much time thinking about it, you know. Here you have times where you just replay it and you wish you could have done a few things differently so...

Probably more disappointing.

Q. Looking back on the game, did anything in particular catch you off guard at all tonight?

ANDRE AGASSI: No. No. He came up with some great shots on big points, pretty much expected that. No, he's still playing well.

Q. In that 4‑5 game, were you disappointed with anything aside from missing the first serves?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I made a couple errors. You know, you walk a fine line out there 'cause you can't get tempted into pressing against the guy because then he uses his speed and his ability to handle pace and uses it against you. You end up living on the edge and he ends up more comfortable as a result of it.

So you try to sort of resist playing too aggressive. But at the same time, you don't want to leave anything hanging, and there's just a couple swings I put on a couple balls there that hit the tape ‑ one backhand I missed, one forehand hit the tape ‑ and all of a sudden I'm down a few set points and he plays a great point and there you have it.

Q. Andre, is there anything about your stage of maturity that makes you either more capable or less capable of (inaudible)?

ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know. I can't be objective about myself like that. I mean, for me, every day's a challenge; it really is. I've been asked for years how am I playing now versus before, and I don't know. I know that I have no excuses tonight, so you can assess it from there.

Q. Once you get this put behind you, you look forward to the next Grand Slam. That's always a difficult thing, to decide, "Okay, how much preparation do I need without overplaying so that I go into Paris as fresh as possible."

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah.

Q. What is your outlook on Paris right now?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, exactly that. I have to make some good decisions here and understand what the big picture holds for me and then sort of work backwards. I don't know what that is right now; I really don't. I was leaving a lot open to just when I finish the hard court season, and to sort of assess everything, see where I'm going to go from here. I'll need to put some good thought behind it, and hopefully make some good decisions.

Q. Did you feel comfortable with the way you approached the French last year?

ANDRE AGASSI: No, no, it was a terrible call I made. I mean, I was beside myself. I'm not the kind of person that does well without matches. I can do well without practice; I can't do well without matches. I need to get relaxed out there and remind myself how hard I work to make it seem easy at times. It's not easy for me to remember that when I've been away for six weeks.

Q. That difficult thing of being 34, knowing that you have to have your legs fresh...

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, my legs are treating me well right now. I don't have an issue with that. My back is better. My hip, as a result of the nerve that they found, it's better, I got it treated, and I'm able to lunge, I'm able to sprint to balls and recover and force myself to play to the standard. That's a good sign. So I'm not worried about my legs. Be more worried about, you know, what I need mentally right now just to feel prepared.

Q. You said before that you replay, when it's such a close match and there's only a couple mistakes, you replay it in your mind, "If I only did this, that," how long will that go on? Will you lay in bed tonight and think about it, or will you be able to sleep fine?

ANDRE AGASSI: I'll tell you that tomorrow (smiling).

Q. Are you the type who does, when you lay in bed after a match like this, do you think about it?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, it sort of depends, but those are personal sort of parameters that we probably shouldn't discuss.

Q. Has it become more difficult to play today because of young players, the density of good players is bigger today than a few years ago? Like taking Nadal, an 18‑year‑old player who made the final.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I think the quality of tennis has improved. I think every sport does. I mean, every five years it seems to make enough of a difference that you notice it. You see the evolution of the athletes, getting bigger, stronger, more powerful, faster and explosive and hit the ball harder. I mean, you know, me at 18, looking at Nadal at 18, from the neck down you would think one person was 26 and another person was 12. It's true, but...

Everybody gets stronger, and it gets harder. But, you know, I don't know, you know. I get asked all the time about assessing everything from now versus 20 years ago, but I just, I just don't know. I know that it's harder for me.

Q. Coming into this match, did you take a look at the tape of Safin defeating Federer at the Australian Open to pick up some tips, maybe see how he hit his backhand down the line to take Federer out of his comfort zone?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, no matter how much I watch that tape, I won't be able to wake up 6'5", serving 140 miles an hour, and crushing backhands that, you know, would be above my head up the line.

So the answer is no, I did not watch the tape.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the season that Roger has had. It's a pretty remarkable season. Of course he's No. 1 in the world. Is he playing that much better than everybody else out there, or is it on any given day he could possibly lose to No. 15 in the world?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I think both those statements are accurate. They're both true. I mean, he's playing levels above everybody else; he's proved that for a while now. I don't know how long, 46‑1 since the Open. It's crazy. Before then it was probably just as good of a record.

So he's playing levels above, but he has to show up every day and do it. And if he doesn't, he's going to have problems like everybody else.

But he does have more to fall back on, which is why his upside is so good. So it does help to have a number of weapons. I mean, if he doesn't like the way he's hitting his backhand, he serve‑volleys. If he doesn't like the way he's hitting his slice, he doesn't hit a slice. If he doesn't like topspin, he doesn't hit topspin. That's good options.

Q. Do you have a favorite for the final on Sunday?

ANDRE AGASSI: Let's see...

You know, I'm from Vegas so I don't mind taking some chances. I'm going to go on a limb and I'm going to say the person who's 46‑1, 47‑1 over the last six, seven months, is the favorite.

Q. In the ways that Roger can get out of a Love‑40 hold, like Pete did, seems like he's even got more tactical options than Pete ever did. I mean now you've had to play two of these geniuses.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah.

Q. Do you almost feel that Roger gives you less options because he can make the kind of adjustments not even Pete could make?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I think the biggest distinction inside the lines that I feel playing Roger versus playing Pete is there were a lot of lapses with Pete. You could play a bad set and, you know, possibly get into a breaker with him. With Roger, there's just no relief, you know. In every department, you have to be concentrating and ready to go because he'll take advantage of you on any part of the court.

That's not to say that Pete's upside wasn't just as spectacular, because Pete's ‑‑ when Pete missed a first serve, I still thought to myself, "God, just get this thing in play so you have a chance." With Roger, he misses a first serve, I'm thinking, "Okay, here we go."

Q. It seems like Roger always wants to break. Pete wasn't necessarily breaking.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I think Roger has a better return than Pete. I think Pete volleys better. I think Roger moves better, is better from the baseline. But Pete's serve was probably better.

So, you know, you got ‑‑ I mean, I'm just assessing it inside the lines playing them. They pose different problems entirely, but Roger makes you do it from start to finish, and Pete made you do something incredibly special at a lot of given times.

Q. On a lighter note, you've made a lot of fashion statements in your time. What do you think of the clam‑diggers?

ANDRE AGASSI: What is that?

Q. The pants Nadal is wearing.

ANDRE AGASSI: The not‑pants, not‑shorts look (smiling)?

I like them on some people, I just won't say who.


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Gigan
04-03-2005, 04:41 AM
R. FEDERER/A. Agassi
6‑4, 6‑3
An interview with:

ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How did you think you played?

ROGER FEDERER: I'm extremely happy, of course. I played great off the baseline, great focus. You know, didn't only play against him, but against the fans tonight. They were really backing him up. I remember it was very similar to the year when I played the finals against him. Maybe not as extreme because this time he was losing and then he was winning, you know.

So it was a tough match tonight. I'm extremely happy with the level of play.

Q. Final point of the first set, a long rally, sets up has a choice between going up the line with a forehand or going crosscourt, he goes crosscourt and you're right there as if you knew exactly where the ball was going to be. How do you do that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it was a long, long rally. Going up the line at the end of a point, you know, is always risky. Maybe I'm just kind of guessing ‑ guessing right, of course.

But I think if he would have hit it up the line, he would have had to hit it extremely hard to make a winner out of it. So the simple shot is to go crosscourt and, yeah, so I kind of was waiting there.

But I think, you know, to go on that long rally and to win it in the end was really good, and set the tone also for the second set.

Q. No matter how long the rally, your mind is still telling you, "Okay, you need to be here on this particular shot"?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, the longer the rally, you know, the more the pulse goes up and the slower you get, and the more sweat is involved and, you know, the afterburn of the point as well is in there, you know, and you know that. So there's many things going through your head. And then sometimes of course you want it to be over and done with, you know, so you take your chance.

But long rallies are always kind of interesting because it's like a boxing match, you know ‑ the tough one gets through.

Q. What is the emotion when you force the error off your return?

ROGER FEDERER: Off a long rally, yeah, it's great, it's great. Because I was always famous to win quick points, and people were saying, you know, "You just need to get the ball over three or four times and then he's going to lose his mind, go for a winner or an error."

Now you know that I'm coming through those tough rallies, also showing me that on the clay court it's really not a problem. I'm really looking forward to that challenge as well.

Q. You're getting better in this tournament. In my opinion, every game you played got better. Do you feel confident it won't be three in a row against Nadal, one single and one double you lost?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, yeah, well, doubles you cannot really count, you know. That was last year in Indian Wells.

I'm looking forward to that match. It's going to be so different, you know, because he plays with much more spin than Andre, moves kind of different, of course, you know. He's a lefty, which totally changes everything. You have to get used to that.

I'm happy I got a day in between to, again, think about it. I'm used to these big occasions, so I hope that that's going to, of course, carry me through.

Also, again, once more, I'll play a great finals. But I know the tough opponent is waiting for me. He's got a great future. It's going to be a tough one.

Q. When you play with someone like Andre, his resume, his record, you get into a tight situation, do you feel there's an extra need to win that game or keep the genie in the bottle, or is it like playing someone else?

ROGER FEDERER: You feel like you're playing Andre, because he's one of the best returners in the game. You really want to make sure that you get that first serve in, you know. That's what I did, you know, on the big points today.

But you always feel like when you're let's say in a long game, on your own serve, you always feel like you have an advantage because you're serving; you should never forget about that. It's not you under pressure, it's him, because he already maybe missed a few chances. You always have the first serve, all you want to do is just don't double‑fault.

So you really have to stay very focused. And, of course, you know, when you got all those tough rallies and tough situations, you've got to stay calm. This is what I've been doing really well over the last few years now.

Q. Were you surprised that he went for such a big backhand on that Love‑40 moment?

ROGER FEDERER: No, it was the right shot to play. He missed it by just a little bit. He would have beaten me. After he missed that, then I hoped hopefully I'll get a couple good serves here, and back in the game and it's going to haunt him to have gone for so much. So maybe next time I play him, he will think twice, you know.

Q. You're not the sort of guy to dwell on defeats, but can you look back to what happened against Nadal here last year and say what happened then and what's going to happen Sunday?

ROGER FEDERER: What can I say? I was already struggling extremely hard, you know, in the first round against Davydenko here last year. It was the sunstroke I had from Indian Wells. I came through, and I think we should have played the one night and it got postponed, did it, I think because of rain.

I came back the following night, which actually gave me an extra day's rest, so I was happy about that. I actually felt pretty all right, you know, for the Nadal match, but maybe now I felt my legs weren't moving as they maybe usually do.

But, again, he played a terrific match and I never really got into the match. I think I never had a breakpoint. So that really shows you how tough he was playing on that night. I really had the feeling it was tough for me to hit winners against him because he moves so well. Against a lefty, maybe, you know, the adjustments were tough.

I hope that, of course, on Sunday it's going to be different for me. Because I got the matches, you know, under my belt now, I really like this court, you know, I don't mind slow hard courts, I give myself a much better chance than last year.

Q. One of the underrated things about Roger Federer is you played something like 49 matches since the US Open without any serious injury, going deep into the draw week after week. What is the key? How do you manage to stay almost virtually injury‑free all this time?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, to be honest, you know, I had a problem with my ‑ what was it? ‑ my thigh, you know, my leg, quadriceps after Madrid. I didn't play Madrid because I was exhausted from the trips I made. I came back to Europe, started preparing, and just before my hometown tournament in Basel, I felt my leg wasn't right. I went to do an MRI the day I was supposed to play, and I just realized I could play, you know, the match, but I couldn't win the tournament, so I decided not to play. Of course, you know, if I play there, you know, of course I'm going to lose a match, but I decided not to play.

Paris was impossible as well. So I was actually in the end hoping that I could play the Masters, and it actually worked.

So, you know, you got to, of course, now in my situation also, decide when you can play and when you cannot play. But once I step out on court, you know, I won't give up any matches. You're not going to see any walkovers from my side. Once I'm out there, I'm there 100%. That's what I've been doing, and since I'm No. 1 in the world, I figured that out.

Q. You've had an incredible season so far with your record. You're No. 1 in the world. You're in another finals. I don't know if there's a way for you to quantify this, but are you the most confident that you've ever been in your career right now?

ROGER FEDERER: I've felt better. I've felt better, to be honest. I'm playing great, you know. But, again, you know, I've had times where I felt fantastic maybe, probably even better. But today is very good as well. Had a great end to the season, start to the season now, and I'm back into a final after winning Indian Wells last week. I definitely feel great and I'm looking forward to this match.

Q. When did you feel more confident?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't remember, but I've had good times before (smiling).

Q. Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Maybe Wimbledon, yeah.

Q. Do you see Agassi playing for much longer, because he's 35 now and he's still playing some great tennis. Do you see him playing on for a couple more years at least?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, a couple more years, it's tough to say. Because he doesn't play every, let's say, every second week. He makes very wise and good choices, I would say, for his age. I think that this is the reason why we are going to see him more longer. If he would play a full schedule with 20 tournaments, then he would burn out and say, What am I doing, you know.

But he's got family and he's got all he wants in his life. All he wants to do is just play a little more longer. So I think it's great he's still playing. As long as he can challenge the best and needs the best players in the world to beat him, I think especially then, he's going to keep playing.

Q. Looking ahead to the next Grand Slam, at Roland Garros you've won three Grand Slams thus far, how important is it to you to win that fourth Grand Slam in terms of your entire career and making a mark?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I felt like I made my mark last year. So of course three out of four last year was great. Now of course everybody says, Well, what more can he do, all he needs now is the French and then he's fine.

Wimbledon will always stay more special for me, no matter how badly I want to win the French. If I can win Wimbledon, I'm a more happy person. I know if I could win the French and kind of make it a whole, you know, to win the four, that would be fantastic; I know that.

But I have Tony in my corner this year, so I'm looking forward to that challenge, to attack the clay court season with him in my corner. He's going to come to the French Open, so I'm really looking forward to that. I know I can play well on clay, so there's no question about that.

Q. As aggressive as you are, with Rafael, who just refuses to miss a ball, are you going to have to be even more aggressive than you've been in this tournament?

ROGER FEDERER: I think the way I'm playing right now is okay, you know. Of course I have to think about it because, like I said, it's going to be very different. He's one of the guys on tour with the most spins on his forehands; it's crazy, you know. So it's going to be tough to control. I have to adjust to that and think about how I want to play him. So right now I can't really tell you.

Q. Have you been working, on the off days, a little bit more on your serve?

ROGER FEDERER: Haven't. I wish I had more time to work on my game, but...

Q. In preparation for Roland Garros, will you play first Monte‑Carlo, Hamburg, Rome, all of them?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I will. That's the plan. If I'm not playing one or the other, it's a bad sign (smiling).

Q. Against Zabaleta and against Ancic, you had some difficulty; you made some unforced errors. Today you played much better. How much better do you think you have to play in the final to win it?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think if I play the level of today, there's a great chance, obviously. Because I really had the feeling this was, I mean, near to as good as I can play tonight. Because from the baseline I was hanging tough with him, I was serving well under pressure. So there's not much more I can do really.

Like I said, it's going to be a totally different match. We'll see totally different points against Nadal than against Andre tonight. Already this will change.

But the way I'm playing right now, of course, you know, leaves me very confident. I'm really looking ahead to that final.

Q. When you get down Love‑40, you consciously get a little bit more risky on your serve, hoping to grab a free point and come back?

ROGER FEDERER: If I take chances?

Q. Yes.

ROGER FEDERER: I took chances against Ancic, I double‑faulted on breakpoint, you know. So sometimes it also happens to me, you know.

Of course I hope for a good serve, and I just maybe focus an extra bit to really get that first serve in and to get off a good start to the point. Like I served at 15‑40, you know, the two aces; that was exactly what I needed. Probably going to need the same performance against Nadal.

Q. Do you rate the match you played against Agassi tonight as the one of the best you played this year?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it's definitely up there. I can't recall all the matches I played, I already played so many. This was definitely one of the best of this year, I think.

Q. You took pains to mention, when you began speaking tonight, about how you had to play against the audience out there. How does the audience affect you psychologically?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it doesn't really affect you, you just feel like they're so much behind Agassi or behind their man, which they are supposed to be. Every close call gets commentated by them, and they're not happy if it goes against him. All this, the tougher the situation for you, they get into it more and more. So that makes it tough.

Q. Does it motivate you?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, I'm motivated anyway when I'm playing Andre in front of no crowd or hundreds of thousands. The motivation is there.

I had a great time out there, you know. I wish they were all on my side, but we're in America against Agassi so I can't expect that (smiling).

But looking forward for also great crowds coming on Sunday.

Q. Do you have a relationship with Andre?

ROGER FEDERER: What kind of relationship (smiling)? He's got family. He's gone (laughing).

No, we joke around sometimes and talk, you know. Like I don't think you could do stuff like on the helipad in Dubai if you don't get along well off the court; otherwise, I would just refuse to do it if I will have to do it with a player I don't like.

Andre is a good guy. I really respect him over the years now, so... I enjoy playing against him, with him maybe in practice, even though we never do. I like to talk to him in the locker room, so it's okay.

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Gigan
04-03-2005, 11:57 PM
"I did everything pretty well but I needed a few free points on my first serve today and didn't quite get those in the second set," said Agassi.


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suus21
04-04-2005, 01:26 PM
Why is Andre 10 in the ranking he has equel points as Coria and he is 9 that's not fair I think. How do they choose that?

Gigan
04-04-2005, 10:44 PM
what you mean

ATP race, April 5, 2005

1st Federer, R. 450

2nd Hewitt, L. 253

3rd Safin, M. 215

4th Nadal, R. 206

5th Roddick, A. 193

6th Ljubicic, I. 192

7th Agassi, A. 155

8th Johansson, J. 115

9th Gaudio, G. 109

10th Davydenko, N. 103
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Gigan
04-04-2005, 10:54 PM
I think because Andre played two more tournaments...
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oneandonlyhsn
04-05-2005, 12:48 AM
Q. Do you have a relationship with Andre?

ROGER FEDERER: What kind of relationship (smiling)? He's got family. He's gone (laughing).

:haha: :haha: :haha: Roger is hilarious

suus21
04-05-2005, 11:40 AM
the real rankings the entry list! He's 10 not 9 he is 9 with Coria who will lose points these weeks :)