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Los Angeles, U.S.A. July 25-31 2005, MERCEDES-BENZ CUP

Gigan
07-24-2005, 01:46 AM
Support Andre, fans
Vote for him here:

http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/home.html

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Gigan
07-24-2005, 01:47 AM
Entry list

Andre Agassi USA
Bob and Mike Bryan USA
Mario Ancic CRO
Tommy Haas GER
Taylor Dent USA
Sebastien Grosjean FRA
Nicolas Kiefer GER
Paradorn Srichaphan THA
Vince Spadea USA
Mardy Fish USA
Greg Rusedski GBR
James Blake USA
Dominik Hrbaty SVK
Karol Beck SVK
Juan Ignacio Chela ARG
Cyril Saulnier FRA
Xavier Malisse BEL
Kenneth Carlsen DEN
Ricardo Mello BRA
Ivo Karlovic CRO
Robby Ginepri USA
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Gigan
07-24-2005, 01:59 AM
1 AGASSI, Andre USA vs
2 Q

3 CARLSEN, Kenneth DEN vs
4 KIM, Kevin USA

5 WC GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA vs
6 SAULNIER, Cyril FRA

7 SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA vs
8 ANCIC, Mario CRO

9 HAAS, Tommy GER vs
10 KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO

11 MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs
12 LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR

13 CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG vs
14 BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP

15 FISH, Mardy USA vs
16 DENT, Taylor USA

17 RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR vs
18 Q

19 MULLER, Gilles LUX vs
20 SPADEA, Vincent USA

21 GINEPRI, Robby USA vs
22 ARTHURS, Wayne AUS

23 BLAKE, James USA vs
24 KIEFER, Nicolas GE

25 GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA vs
26 MELLO, Ricardo BRA

27 Q vs
28 MAMIIT, Cecil USA

29 Q vs
30 HERNYCH, Jan CZE

31 BECK, Karol SVK vs
32 HRBATY, Dominik SVK
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Gigan
07-24-2005, 02:02 AM
Seeded players:

1. AGASSI, Andre
2. HRBATY, Dominik
3. KIEFER, Nicolas
4. HAAS, Tommy
5. DENT, Taylor
6. ANCIC, Mario
7. GROSJEAN, Sebastien
8. RUSEDSKI, Greg


among Q-s are:

Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)
Jonas BJORKMAN (SWE)
Mark PHILIPPOUSSIS (AUS)
etc...

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I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-24-2005, 02:12 AM
Best of lcuk to our Andre. :angel:

BAMJ6
07-24-2005, 07:13 AM
Go Andre, win your 60th title. Then you'll have less pressure of having to defend your Cincy points because your ranking won't go down.

So far Andre has 210 points in the 2005 Indesit race. He had 283 after he won Cincy last year. That's 73 points. A LA win makes it 38 away from Cincy last year.

Assuming he will play Montreal and Cincy afterwards, he would only have to make the QF and the R16 in those 2 tourneys to have 285 points, more than the 283 Indesit points he had after 2004 Cincy. That in turn would keep his entry ranking at 6 heading to the US Open.

sandhyanair
07-24-2005, 01:41 PM
Good Luck our dear Andre

sandhyanair
07-24-2005, 01:43 PM
Good Luck our dear Andre :)

Gigan
07-24-2005, 03:50 PM
who will win L.A. 2005?

Look on Vote results at this moment:

http://ezpolls.superstats.com/pollresults.html?u=katiestup&p=1

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Gigan
07-25-2005, 03:26 AM
Mercedes-Benz Cup

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Agassi hopes to put pain in the past

Scott Williams in Indianapolis
Monday July 25, 2005
The Guardian

Andre Agassi's trademark showmanship will not find a more appreciative audience than this week in Los Angeles as the 35-year-old makes his first competitive appearance in two months.
Played at the UCLA campus, a short drive from Hollywood, the Mercedes-Benz Cup will serve as a delayed start to the US icon's summer season, postponed for a week when he withdrew from Indianapolis.

Agassi finds resonance with the showbusiness elite, who often attend, as well as the average fans who love him.

The veteran stager is hard to restrain when there is a willing audience to please and the crowds of tennis-mad locals are sure to pack every match involving the player.
While he aims to please and perform, there is nothing certain about this return for Agassi, who is suffering with a chronic sciatic nerve problem.

He was last sighted in Paris on May 24 after a first-round defeat, explaining the intricacies of a pain-killing injection that he took in February and whose efficiency suddenly expired as he held a two-sets-to-love lead over Jarkko Nieminen at Roland Garros.

"It had great results for me for a few months. It gradually got worse at a slow rate and then started picking up."

The injection varies in the amount of time it lasts. Agassi says for him it was about two to three months.

That kind of nagging doubt will surely be tucked away in his mind as he begins against a qualifier. If the summer goes according to plan, the eight-times grand slam champion will play through the hardcourt campaign and into the US Open which starts on August 29.

The three-times LA champion is said to have taken another injection late last week and will be hoping that the procedure can insure a pain-free few months on court.

A winner of 59 ATP career singles titles, including 14 in the past four years, he earned his last in August at Cincinnati. Despite playing only 11 events in 2005, including the first-round Davis Cup loss to Croatia, Agassi retains the No6 ranking, with a 22-9 season record. The veteran was boosted into the top seeding when Andy Roddick, still feeling the impact of his second Wimbledon thrashing by Roger Federer, withdrew citing a previously unmentioned sore right knee.

In Indianapolis, Greg Rusedski ran out of gas in his semi-final, taking a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Taylor Dent.

"I just didn't have enough time to recover from last night's match, it's pretty tough," said the 31-year-old, who needed three sets in the quarters to defeat Nicolas Kiefer.

"I had three really tough matches here. He played better than me there's no question. I was just a little bit slow. I just didn't move as well as I'd like."
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suus21
07-25-2005, 10:27 AM
who's Andre 1st opponent? The qualies are played now.

Gigan
07-25-2005, 02:14 PM
Article Published: Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 7:40:45 PM PST

Agassi is ready for Mercedes Cup
By Matthew Kredell , Staff Writer

Andre Agassi could be playing in Los Angeles for the final time as the ATP makes its only L.A. stop of the year for the Mercedes-Benz Cup.
The seven-day event begins today and goes through Sunday at UCLA.

Playing for the first time since losing in the opening round of the French Open in May, Agassi will need to carry the event after third- ranked Andy Roddick withdrew Friday because of a sore knee.

No other player ranked in the world's top 20 is playing in the tournament. Of course, if anyone can carry a tournament it is Agassi, the game's biggest name.

So it's understandable that event officials are not worrying.

"We were very sorry to learn of Andy's injury and we wish him a speedy recovery,' Mercedes-Benz Cup director Bob Kramer said. "Led by Andre Agassi, we have a very strong draw, and we're looking forward to a tremendous tournament.'

Strong may be an overstatement, but there are some compelling players surrounding the top-seeded Agassi, including a couple of formerly high-ranked players who are trying to play their way back up the standings in Tommy Haas and Nicolas Kiefer.

Haas, No. 27 in the world after being as high as No. 2 three years ago, is the defending champion.

"I kind of fell in love with the tournament the first time I got there,' Haas said of the Mercedes- Benz Cup. "It's great weather and a great atmosphere. I really enjoy being out there in Hollywood. I'm coming back to a tournament I love playing with great memories, and I'm going to try to repeat that.'

Bothered by various back, hip and toe injuries this season, Agassi, 35, missed Wimbledon last month and pulled out of the RCA Championships in Indianapolis last week.

Though Agassi, ranked sixth in the world, is the tournament's only top-20 player, there are eight more ranked in the top 40.

The field is wide open for someone like fifth-seeded Taylor Dent of Newport Beach to get a big victory near his hometown. Dent, ranked 30th in the world, has an interesting first-round match with friend Mardy Fish, an American ranked 68th.

Another good first-round match is No. 43 Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand against No. 32 Mario Ancic of Croatia. Agassi opens with a qualifier to be determined.

Tickets can be bought at the gate, from Ticketmaster or by calling (310) 825-2101.

Agassi, James Blake and doubles twins Bob and Mike Bryan will join celebrities Jon Lovitz, Gavin Rossdale, Randy Jackson, Pauley Shore, Alan Thicke, Debra Wilson, Angie Stone, KEM and the group Kool & The Gang tonight for the always entertaining charity event "Gibson Baldwin Night at the Net.' Matthew Kredell can be reached at (818) 713-3607.


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Gigan
07-25-2005, 02:18 PM
who's Andre 1st opponent? The qualies are played now.

you have to consider time difference

LA -- Netherlands --- 9 h

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suus21
07-25-2005, 06:08 PM
qualies were played yesterday so what's your point? none...

Agassi Fan
07-25-2005, 07:19 PM
Go Andre!

Gigan
07-25-2005, 08:22 PM
qualies were played yesterday so what's your point? none...

No point, just check schedule: They did not finished yet:
Mark Philippoussis (AUS) lost to no name Amir Hadad



i think Andre will play vs BJORKMAN, Jonas.

Qualifying Singles Tournament
Date Start Schedule Further Information

Saturday, July 23, 2005
10:00 am

Play begins at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center courts.


Sunday, July 24, 2005


Monday, July 25, 2005
10:00 am ( look here, today also are matches)


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Gigan
07-26-2005, 08:05 AM
Andre will start vs

LISNARD, Jean-Rene FRA

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suus21
07-26-2005, 10:47 AM
easy match

terradimezzo100
07-26-2005, 11:39 AM
Night At The Net Scheduled For July 25
Pro-celebrity tennis event benefits MusiCares Foundation

GRAMMY.com

The Gibson/Baldwin Night at the Net annual pro-celebrity tennis event benefiting the MusiCares Foundation is set for July 25. The event opens the 79th Annual Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament, and Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano will serve as the title sponsors for the fourth consecutive year.

Fifty-nine ATP career singles titles winner Andre Agassi, No. 8 ranked Andy Roddick, No. 5 ranked ATP doubles champs The Bryan Bros., and tennis great Pam Shriver (joining in as chair umpire) will be part of this high-profile, star-studded event that will take place in Straus Stadium at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Celebrity players Jon Lovitz, Gavin Rossdale, Dr. Phil, and Kathy Griffin will battle it out on the court with the tennis pros. Randy Jackson will serve as host and Steve Harvey will be a line judge. Kool & The Gang, Angie Stone, and Kem will perform, with other celebrities and musical performances to be announced shortly.

"The Gibson/Baldwin Night at the Net pro-celebrity tennis match is an exciting evening where sports, comic relief, and music intersect to benefit the health and human services work of our MusiCares Foundation," said Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "We are especially thankful for the continued support and contributions from our good friends at Gibson/Baldwin, Mercedes-Benz, and the Southern California Tennis Association."

"We are proud once again to sponsor the Gibson/Baldwin Night at the Net event to benefit the MusiCares Foundation," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "As part of the music community, Gibson Guitar is always dedicated to helping enrich the lives of others through programs like this one, and we are happy to partner with Mercedes-Benz and MusiCares on such a worthwhile and entertaining event."

"We are grateful to all of the participants for their dedication and commitment to helping those in need," said Les Bider, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MusiCares.

Past celebrity players and performers have included Tom Arnold, Boris Becker, Clint Black, Michael Chang, Billy Crystal, Kelsey Grammer, Lleyton Hewitt, Dustin Hoffman, Greg Kinnear, John McEnroe, Dr. Phil McGraw, Dennis Miller, Matthew Perry, Pete Sampras, David Spade, Robin Williams, Wilson Phillips, and Shelly Wright.

suus21
07-26-2005, 12:50 PM
these shorts woehahahaha soooo ugly just as the shoes they don't fit Andre

I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-26-2005, 02:10 PM
I like the new outfit! ;)
Come on Andre! :boxing:

suus21
07-26-2005, 02:23 PM
hope his new outfit brings more luck on the courts

mandy20
07-26-2005, 05:37 PM
HOW CAN IT BE A EASY MATCH WHEN ANDRE HAS NOT PLAYED FOR 8 WEEK THE FIRST SET WILL BE TIGHT IF ANDRE WIN IT THE 2 SET SHOULD BE EASY BUT ANDRE HAS NOT PLAYED THIS GUY BEFORE SO IT COULD BE TOUGH GO ANDRE GO AND WIN

suus21
07-26-2005, 06:19 PM
for Andre it's easy

Gigan
07-27-2005, 03:08 AM
http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg

time to start...
Go Andre!

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 03:21 AM
new picture
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Gigan
07-27-2005, 03:24 AM
http://www.grammy.com/images/news/natn05/natn_group.jpg

http://www.atptennis.atponline.net/en/players/gallery/images/pic-07-26-05-n01-k.jpg

http://www.atptennis.atponline.net/en/players/gallery/images/pic-07-26-05-n02-g.jpg

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:09 AM
Andre won first set 6-1


http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:12 AM
Lisnard will be broken in the first game of II set
http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:14 AM
this scoreboard is onlive:

results are updating....just refresh this page periodically!

6-1, 2-0
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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:19 AM
I hope Andre will finish this game on good level!
6-1, 3-0
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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:23 AM
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) is retired during play vs J. Blake 1-2

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:24 AM
6-1, 4-0!!!
Go Andre!

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:25 AM
it will be 6-1, 5-0?

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:28 AM
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/rids/20050727/i/r1492073320.jpg

fresh pix

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:29 AM
Andre winning 6-1, 6-0!!!

Go Andre!!!

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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:30 AM
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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:32 AM
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Gigan
07-27-2005, 04:36 AM
Next is K. Kim

Go Andre!!!
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suus21
07-27-2005, 10:19 AM
what did I say...easy match.

Gigan
07-27-2005, 10:49 AM
Agassi Advances in the Mercedes Benz Cup
Andre Agassi Cruises in Opening Match;

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Andre Agassi serves to Jean-Rene Lisnard of France during their first round match of Mercedes-Benz Cup, Tuesday, July 26, 2005, in Los Angeles. Agassi won 6-1 6-0. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
By KEN PETERS
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES Jul 27, 2005 — Andre Agassi played for the first time in two months and rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory Tuesday night over unseeded Jean-Rene Lisnard in the opening round of the Mercedes-Benz Cup.

Sidelined by a back injury since losing in the first round of the French Open in May, the 35-year-old Agassi covered the court well against his overmatched French opponent, scurrying crosscourt several times to chase down shots.

Agassi took just 47 minutes to beat Lisnard, who lost in qualifying but was pulled into the field because of withdrawals.



"I was very happy with all aspects of my game," Agassi said. "I was expecting the nerves, which I did have, but nerves go away quickly when you get up two breaks immediately, which I did.

"I was expecting to make some bad decisions in shot selection, to be struggling a little bit. I was expecting to be sort of like a deer in the headlights and watch a few too long and not react as quickly as I knew I could have."

That didn't happen.

"Certainly to come out here for the first match in such a long time, I could never have expected or hoped for that standard and to be that comfortable early on," Agassi said. "I just settled in early. I felt like I was covering good court."

After his back began acting up at Roland Garros, Agassi had to miss Wimbledon for the second consecutive year. He intended to return to competition last week in Indianapolis, but pulled out because he was taking longer than expected to recover from the sciatica nerve injury.

Agassi is the three-time champion and the top-seeded player of the tournament at UCLA.

Defending champion Tommy Haas of Germany played for the first time since tearing a ligament in his right ankle at Wimbledon and also won in straight sets.

The fourth-seeded Haas was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Haas will meet Xavier Malisse of Belgium in the second round and is a potential semifinal opponent for Agassi.

Fifth-seeded Taylor Dent and unseeded Mardy Fish, scheduled for Tuesday night's last match, withdrew a few hours before they were to take the court. Dent pulled out because of lingering effects of heat illness that caused him to retire in Sunday's final at Indianapolis. Fish withdrew because of a sore right wrist.
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Gigan
07-27-2005, 11:01 AM
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suus21
07-27-2005, 12:16 PM
Davydenko lost so Andre wil keep his #6 ranking :) now he must go up in the race...
I really do think Andre will win this tournament

AWM79
07-27-2005, 01:17 PM
Great result for AA. Hopefully he can go on and win the tournament.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-27-2005, 03:46 PM
Very well done Andre, :aparty: keep your form in the next matches! :clap2:

MisterQ
07-27-2005, 04:18 PM
Good luck Andre! Great to see you playing again! :bounce:

Deboogle!.
07-27-2005, 04:40 PM
Hi guys, I was at Andre's match last night. I actually found his play to be pretty unconvincing despite the scoreline. Lisnard was just really awful. so I think he will have to really really step it up as the tourney goes on. But I mean, he won and won easily and that's important for him, and it was his first match back so I expect he'll improve :)

AgassiDomination
07-27-2005, 04:44 PM
YOU GOT TO WATCH HIM PLAY LIVE?! I ENVY YOU!!

Golfnduck
07-27-2005, 05:44 PM
Great win for Andre :bigclap: It would be great if he won this tournament.

Gigan
07-27-2005, 07:50 PM
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Agassi Fan
07-27-2005, 08:00 PM
Well done Andre!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gigan
07-27-2005, 10:11 PM
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Gigan
07-27-2005, 10:57 PM
Agassi Restores Order in Return
Playing for the first time since May, he rolls on a day in which Fish, Dent and Kiefer are sidelined by injuries and illness.

By Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer


Even by the past wacky standards of this event, Tuesday featured an unusual series of developments at the Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament at UCLA.


http://www.latimes.com/media/thumbnails/photo/2005-07/18667666.jpg

How about it collapsing like a house of cards?

There were injuries, illness and upsets on the second day, culminated by the weird sight of not one, but two lucky losers strolling out onto the stadium court to play the second featured night match.

Mardy Fish and Taylor Dent of Newport Beach both withdrew from the tournament earlier in the evening, which resulted in the insertion of Dmitry Tursunov of Russia and Noam Okun of Israel into the draw, who had both lost in qualifying. Fish and Dent were supposed to play each other after top-seeded Andre Agassi defeated another lucky loser, Jean-Rene Lisnard of France, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round.

Dent cited the heat exhaustion he suffered in Indianapolis on Sunday, which forced him to quit playing in the third set of the final against Robby Ginepri. Fish, meanwhile, said his wrist injury was still healing.

And so, Okun may have been the luckiest loser considering he went out in the first round of qualifying, but had the wisdom (or vision?) to put his name on the lucky loser sign-in sheet. Though Tursunov beat Okun, 6-1, 6-2, in 53 minutes, Okun still earned $3,650 for the effort.

But that was the way it has been going around here. There were the usual pre-tournament withdrawals, most prominently, Andy Roddick, pulling out on Friday because of a sore knee, and the general malaise hanging over the event carried over to the first two days.

Only three seeded players survived the first round — one of them being Agassi — and last year's finalist, third-seeded Nicolas Kiefer of Germany lasted only five games against wild card James Blake before retiring because of respiratory problems on Tuesday.

Certainly, a jolt of Agassi was needed to instill some order into the proceedings, and he did so, winning in 47 minutes. It was his first match back since limping out of the first round at the French Open in May because of an inflamed sciatic nerve. With the exception of a couple of hitting sessions with his wife Steffi Graf, he stayed off the court until last week.

"Certainly coming out here the first match in such a long time, I couldn't have expected or hoped for that standard and to be that comfortable early on," Agassi said. "I just settled in early. Sometimes you can really get too anxious and never find your rhythm and fight yourself a little bit.

"I trusted my legs and found a nice rhythm with my shots. Six days of practice, I'd advise it for anybody."

Agassi has made a career out of turnarounds.

"I was expecting the nerves, which I did have, but nerves go away quickly when you get up two breaks immediately," he said.

The 35-year-old cut a sad figure in his most recent appearance, in Paris, winning only one game in the final two sets against qualifier Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, barely able to move. The attempt to play the French Open was costly as Agassi then pulled out of Wimbledon for the second year in a row.

"It's tough. I feel like I missed Wimbledon two years in a row, and I feel I've missed the French two years in a row," said Agassi, who lost in the first round of the French Open in 2004 as well.

His playing future depends on his health, of course. He had a cortisone shot shortly after the French Open and could end up receiving one more before the U.S. Open, if necessary. But there won't be any repeats of the French Open experience, if he can help it.

"I was out on the court in Paris and I literally couldn't move," Agassi said. "Everything was hurting me … to sit down. It was hurting me to stand. It was hurting me to walk. And it was just helpless. I don't like that feeling.

"And I've committed to not being on the court like that. So if I'm not feeling good, able to be out there like tonight, just letting it fly, having a good competitive go and hopefully adding something to somebody's life who is out there watching, then it'll be time for me to decide not to do this. I need to be healthy."
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AZILANA
07-28-2005, 05:38 AM
great job on winning the pening match, andre, now let's take it all the way to the title, shall we?

doubleafan
07-28-2005, 06:18 AM
With only two seeds left in the draw(Hrbaty and Haas) , it should be a cake walk.
Let's put a lock on this one.

Federer and Safin are not playing in Montreal , so if Andre goes to Canada he should be able to pick up the Rogers cup too.

Andre Agassi forever !!!

Agassi Fan
07-28-2005, 10:43 AM
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I like the color of this T-Shirt. :)

mandy20
07-28-2005, 03:13 PM
I think you all might be getting carred away here wanting andre to win I would love him to win but he has been out for 8 week and if andre win to day he might have to play srichaphan in the Q and that would be a tough match go andre go win your match

I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-28-2005, 06:10 PM
Come on,it's difficult to win,but just do it! ;)

suus21
07-28-2005, 06:44 PM
he'll win for sure

Gigan
07-28-2005, 08:29 PM
Thursday July 28, 2005



STADIUM COURT


Singles •

Matches start at 12:00 NOON



Paul Goldstein (USA)
vs.
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)


Singles • Not starting before 1:00 PM


Andre Agassi (USA)
vs.
Kevin Kim (USA
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Gigan
07-28-2005, 08:32 PM
I like the color of this T-Shirt. :)

i also find it not so bad... ;)

Nike will be very sorry soon,
that could not "keep" our Andre

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Gigan
07-28-2005, 11:04 PM
Andre won the second!!!!


A. Agassi 6 7

K. Kim 2 5


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Gigan
07-28-2005, 11:18 PM
Next is P. Srichaphan ...

Go Andre, win in 3-th too!
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Gigan
07-28-2005, 11:25 PM
first picture of second match
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Gigan
07-28-2005, 11:34 PM
that pic was from 1-st match

nice pic of second match is attached here

Addidas definitely "helps" Andre
white color also is good!
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doubleafan
07-29-2005, 04:42 AM
Andre steamrolled Srichapan in last years AO. And Srichapan is not the same player he was 2 years ago. It will be a walk in the park for Andre.

Andre's backhand is too hot for Srichapan to handle.

Gigan
07-29-2005, 09:26 AM
Agassi stops Kim in straight sets
July 29, 2005 - 5:34PM


Three-time defending champion Andre Agassi advanced to the quarter-finals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup with a straight-set win over former practice partner and fellow American Kevin Kim.

Agassi, returning to tournament play for the first time since aggravating a chronic back injury at the French Open, served eight aces and did not face a break point in a 6-2 7-5 win.

"It's hard to hope for much better," Agassi said of his matches here so far. He beat Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-1 6-0 on Tuesday.

"The first match, everything was pretty much on my terms," he said.

"Today I had to worry about leaving some balls hanging because he was getting pretty aggressive.

"I felt like when I wanted to keep him from being aggressive I was doing that, I was hitting a little extra on my shots, and the times I left it hanging I felt like I was making him hit two good balls to win the point instead of just one."

In other matches, Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan beat Paul Goldstein of the United States 6-1 6-4, Gilles Muller of Luxembourg stopped American Zach Fleishman 6-3 7-5 and America's Robby Ginepri turned aside countryman James Blake 6-3 7-6 (7-2).

The top-seeded Agassi will face Paradorn next.

Although Agassi took only 75 minutes to dispatch Kim, his opponent didn't sound disappointed.

He called it a "unique experience" to play Agassi in front of family and friends.

"It's a pretty big rush. I wish it would have went longer," he said. "It was a very pleasurable match to play."

With No.2 Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia the only other seeded player still in the running, Agassi would seem in control of the tournament, but he was taking nothing for granted.

"I play Paradorn next and I've got a lot of issues there," he said. "This guy hits the ball pretty big."

Paradorn has issues of his own. Ranked ninth by the ATP two years ago, he is No.44 this week and has struggled to a 16-20 record this season.'

"I lost some confidence," he said.

"That's what happens when you lose. You're always questioning yourself; am I good enough? I'm hoping to pick up my game. I have to play like I have nothing to lose, like I used to."

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Gigan
07-29-2005, 09:32 AM
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Agassi Fan
07-29-2005, 11:38 AM
Go Andre! Beat Sricsi!

suus21
07-29-2005, 12:28 PM
why is he wearing short white shorts?? too ugly

Gigan
07-29-2005, 01:55 PM
Friday July 29, 2005



STADIUM COURT


Doubles • Matches start at 12:00 NOON

Luke Jensen (USA)/ Murphy Jensen (USA)
vs.
Scott Davis (USA)/ David Pate (USA)


Singles • Starting at 2:00 PM (in Europe 11.00 PM)

Andre Agassi (USA)
vs.
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)


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suus21
07-29-2005, 09:58 PM
Andre begins now!

suus21
07-29-2005, 11:25 PM
c'mon Agassi

Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:27 PM
Andre won first set, but lost in second...
Common Andre win this match!!!
A. Agassi 6 4 0

P. Srichaphan 2 6 0
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suus21
07-29-2005, 11:31 PM
2 breakpoints wasted

suus21
07-29-2005, 11:32 PM
but not the 3rd one andre leads 2-1 with a break

Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:33 PM
http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg

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Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:35 PM
http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg
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suus21
07-29-2005, 11:36 PM
he holds his serve so he really has a break now

Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:36 PM
P. Srichaphan is broken

Go Andre!!!

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suus21
07-29-2005, 11:40 PM
Chela will be Andre's next opponent should also be no prob he never lost against him...

Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:41 PM
Go Andre!!! Finish it!!!
Win this match!!!

http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg
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suus21
07-29-2005, 11:42 PM
he still has the break 4-2

Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:43 PM
It depends only on Andre's current condition...
I also hope Andre will win vs Chela


score on posted picture is changing....
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Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:49 PM
Go Andre!!! Beat him!!!
http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg
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suus21
07-29-2005, 11:49 PM
still has the break good serving 5-3

suus21
07-29-2005, 11:50 PM
3 matchpoints

Gigan
07-29-2005, 11:51 PM
P. Srichaphan 2 6 3
A.Agassi ---- 6 4 5

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suus21
07-29-2005, 11:51 PM
wasted 2...

suus21
07-29-2005, 11:52 PM
deuce damn

suus21
07-29-2005, 11:56 PM
I guess he won scoreboard isn't updating now it's 6-3

suus21
07-29-2005, 11:59 PM
damn it's 5-4

suus21
07-30-2005, 12:02 AM
2 matchpoints again but now he is serving

Gigan
07-30-2005, 12:02 AM
Andre won!!!! Coooool!

P. Srichaphan 2 6 4
A.Agassi ---- 6 4 6

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suus21
07-30-2005, 12:02 AM
yep it's 6-4 great

Gigan
07-30-2005, 12:05 AM
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/nm/20050729/mdf622511.jpg

this pic is from previous match

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I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-30-2005, 12:06 AM
Not very satisfied with the result but congrats Andre! :clap2:

Gigan
07-30-2005, 12:17 AM
New picture
P. Srichaphan 2 6 4
A.Agassi ---- 6 4 6

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 12:32 AM
Mercedes-Benz Cup
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
July 29, 2005
Agassi Stops Srichaphan to Pull Into Semis


Top seed and three-time champion Andre Agassi held off Thai shotmaker Paradorn Srichaphan on Friday to pull into the semifinals at the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.

Agassi worked Srichaphan around the backcourt and served big for the 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win. He will play his fourth semifinal of the year when he takes on Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.

Chela surprised Xavier Malisse 6-4, 7-6 to reach his third semifinal of 2005 (Auckland, Adelaide). Malisse ousted defending champion Tommy Haas in the second round.

Agassi won both previous matches against Chela. In 2004, Agassi took out Chela in the Round of 16 at Cincinatti on his way to his last title.

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 12:38 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050729/capt.cacc10107292326.mercedes_benz_cup_cacc101.jpg
Andre Agassi reacts after missing a shot against
Paradorn Srichaphan, of Thailand, during their
quarterfinal match of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in
Los Angeles, Friday, July 29, 2005. Agassi won,
6-2,4-6, 6-4.

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 12:24 PM
Agassi through to L.A. semis

Saturday, July 30, 2005 Posted: 0859 GMT (1659 HKT)

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/SPORT/07/30/tennis.agassi.reut/story.agassi.ap.jpg

Agassi is back in form after a two-month absence caused by a hip injury.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Top seed Andre Agassi powered into the semi-finals of the Los Angeles Open with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win over Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan on Friday.

Agassi, 35, back in action for the first time since the French Open two months ago, moved within two victories of his fourth title here.

Agassi, who won this title in 1998, 2001 and 2002 and also lost in the final in 1988 and 1999, now plays Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela who defeated Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-4 7-6.

"I've played Chela a couple of times, He's dangerous," said Agassi, 2-0 against the Argentine. "His backhand is under-rated but he can be streaky with his serve.

"Today was a good step for me to play a guy who can hit as big a ball as Paradorn, that will get me ready for Chela."

Second seed Dominik Hrbaty, the 26th-ranked Slovak, dodged an upset bid from Brazil's Ricardo Mello 4-6 7-6 (9) 6-2.

The seed saved seven match points in the second-set tie-break to survive; he swept through the third as the South American threat evaporated after a meltdown from 6-1 in the tie-break.

"My game went up after the first set," said Hrbaty, a three-time winner in 2004 who reached his first semi-final of 2005. "He had some lucky shots but after the tie-breaker I tried not to lose concentration and just finish the match."

Hrbaty will play Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 winner over last week's Indianapolis champion Robby Ginepri.

Eight-times grand slam champion Agassi, who has been sidelined with a nagging hip injury, broke serve twice in the opening set against Paradorn and gained another break to lead 2-1 in the second.

But the world number 44 Thai broke back in the sixth game and went on to level the match when Agassi double-faulted.

The American regained the initiative early in the third set before clinching victory on his fifth match point.

"It felt good," Agassi told reporters. "It's been hard the last eight weeks to be sitting around watching the biggest tournaments in the world pass you by.

"I've got three wins under my belt (this week). I didn't know what to expect but each match has gotten better ... it feels really good."

Agassi, with 59 career trophys, had a minimal six days of practise after staying off court since losing two months ago in the first round at the French Open.

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 12:34 PM
Agassi goes distance against Paradorn in Los Angeles
July 29, 2005
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports


LOS ANGELES -- Andre Agassi arrived earlier this week wanting to test himself both physically and mentally after eight weeks off. So far, he's passed every time.

Agassi beat former top-10 player Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Friday in the Mercedes-Benz Cup quarterfinals.

"Today was a good step for me, to play against a guy that can hit the ball as well and as big as Paradorn," Agassi said.

He will meet Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) winner over Xavier Malisse, in the first of Saturday's semifinals. Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia will face Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the second semifinal.

Hrbaty, the No. 2 seed, saved seven match points in a second-set tiebreaker and beat Ricardo Mello of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2.

Muller, a left-hander, topped Indianapolis winner Robby Ginepri 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.


Juan Ignacio Chela's three titles this year have been on clay courts. (AP)
Hrbaty, who trailed 6-1 in the 12-point tiebreaker, said once he rallied to win that he knew the outcome "would depend on me. You have to be really tough not to think about (wasting seven match points) and fight again a whole set from the beginning."

Agassi, a three-time tournament champion and this year's top seed, said he has been "pleasantly surprised" by his progress this week.

"You don't come here after eight weeks off and have these kind of expectations," said Agassi, who lost in the opening round of the French Open after aggravating a chronic sciatic nerve injury.

He then withdrew from Wimbledon to recuperate with the aid of his second cortisone injection of the year.

"You expect to struggle, you expect to make some bad decisions out there on the court and some wrong shot selection and that sort of thing, and not execute confidently when you really need to loosen up and let it go," he said after downing Paradorn. "But I haven't had too much of that. I'm very pleased with how I felt coming out here, even starting with the first round.

"Today was a great test. I managed to let the second set slip away. I think it was a function of not playing a lot of matches in the last few weeks. But getting through this match, now I'm starting to actually feel my game a little bit and believe in it, so I'm hoping to go further."

Agassi won the first set in 26 minutes and took a 3-1 lead in the second before he "missed a few shots" and allowed his Thai opponent to get back in the match.


Paradorn won the second set with a service break on an Agassi double fault. But Agassi regained control with an early break for a 3-1 lead in the final set.

Paradorn fought off four match points and held serve for 5-4, then Agassi closed out the match with his fourth ace.

"It was good to regroup and find my game again in the third set," said Agassi, a three-time champion of the Los Angeles tournament.

Chela, whose three ATP Tour titles have come on clay courts, also is on the comeback trail after pulling a groin muscle. Like Agassi, he's pleased with his progress.

"I was very focused on the match," Chela said of his 83-minute win over Malisse, who had upset defending champion Tommy Haas on Tuesday. "I start playing great in the beginning of the match and kept it up. I was really happy.

"I'm lucky because it is not easy to come back. I hope to play great tomorrow."
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I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-30-2005, 05:32 PM
Wow,I feel so excited cos I haven't watched his match on TV for a long time. :crazy: And today this broadcast the match. :crazy: I just hope he will play well tonight. ;)

Gigan
07-30-2005, 08:22 PM
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Gigan
07-30-2005, 08:30 PM
Against odds, Agassi, Hrbaty prove they can't be counted out
Top two seeds overcome health and a wealth of match points to move on to the semifinals.
By Phil Collin
Daily Breeze

It was good to be one of the top two seeds in the Mercedes-Benz Cup Friday.

Barely.



Andre Agassi was not only challenged by his own nemesis, a sciatic nerve, but he also had to survive a bout of "ballistic tennis'' with Paradorn Srichiphan.

Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia found himself trapped by what should have been an inextricable predicament, facing five consecutive match points.

After seeing a match he controlled go off kilter midway through, the top-seeded Agassi pulled out a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win to reach the semifinals in his first tournament since his injury-influenced first-round exit from the French Open.

Hrbaty, the No. 2 seed, not only won the five straight points he needed just to prolong his match against Brazilian Ricardo Mello, he staved off two more match points and ultimately won, 4-6, 7-6 (9), 6-2.

Both are now one match away from Sunday's final. Agassi will face Juan Ignacio Chela of Argetina, a 6-4, 7-6 (3) winner over Belgian Xavier Malisse. Hrbaty will take on Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who ended the seven-match winning streak of Robby Ginepri with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win.

"I'm pleasantly surprised with how I've responded,'' said Agassi, who rarely picked up a racket for eight weeks. "Not so much physically; I've felt good physically before, but to sort of get back out in the match and be as comfortable as I've been, that's something you can't expect after that kind of time away.

"I have three matches under my belt, which helps a lot, but coming here I didn't know what to expect. But each match has gotten better. Today was a great test and it felt really good.''

Now, Agassi is convinced he no longer has to begin a match looking over his shoulder, waiting for that first twinge of pain. In fact, he's ready to embrace the moment he feels anything out of the norm, just to know how much he can withstand.

"My body's been responding, so I'm anxious to keep pushing it,'' Agassi said. "It's a tough place to be, because it's like I'll keep going harder and harder until I know where I am with it, until I can go as hard as I want back to back to back or until something starts to hurt again. It's time to do that, you know?''

He came close to that point against Srichiphan, particularly in the fourth game of the third set. Sprinting from the baseline to chase down a drop shot at the net, Agassi slipped and hit the deck.

Hopping up, he discovered all he had hurt was his right pinky. About that time, he was likely thinking that a Band-Aid beats a cortisone shot.

Then he went about holding off Srichiphan, who had hopped off the deck himself after falling behind, 3-1, in the second set. But Agassi was relentless after breaking in the third game of the final set.

"One break is enough to lose in the third set,'' Srichipan said. "One good thing is I didn't give up and I kept fighting hard.''

Agassi felt it.

"There was some ballistic tennis out there,'' he said. "One shot meant a full-out sprint for one of us.

"He's such a dangerous player that if he gets a little confidence, it's really difficult. It was good to regroup, find my game again in the third and I feel good about that.''

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 08:33 PM
Saturday July 30, 2005



STADIUM COURT


Legends Doubles • Matches start at 12:00 NOON

Piet Aldrich (RSA)/Brad Pearce (UCLA)
vs.
Scott Davis (USA)/ David Pate (USA)


Singles • Starting at 3:00 PM

Andre Agassi (USA)
vs.
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
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Gigan
07-30-2005, 10:07 PM
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Chela: ....
On playing Agassi “It’s unbelievable to play against Andre because he’s a legend. I like to play against him because you have to fight on the court to keep the match close because he’s one of the best tennis players in the world.”

Agassi: “You don’t know what to expect being away for eight weeks, so I’m really happy with where my game is. (My body) seems to be holding up. We’ll see how it holds up day-to-day. It feels pretty good out there.”

On playing Chela “I guess we’ve played a couple times. He’s a dangerous player because he looks to set up for his forehand. His backhand’s very under-rated. He can slap in both directions. He gets pretty streaky with his serve. Today was a good step for me to play against a guy who can hit the ball as big as well and as big as Paradorn. It will certainly get me ready for Chela.”


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Gigan
07-30-2005, 11:22 PM
Match is started.

Go Andre !

http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg
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Gigan
07-30-2005, 11:31 PM
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 2
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------2



difficult start...
break him, Andre !

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 11:39 PM
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 3
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------3




plz, break him, Andre !

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 11:42 PM
Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!


Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 3
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------4



You did it, Andre !

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Gigan
07-30-2005, 11:46 PM
Win this set and match, Andre!


Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 3
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------5



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Gigan
07-30-2005, 11:53 PM
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper!!!
Now win second set and match, Andre!


Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 4
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------6



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Gigan
07-31-2005, 12:02 AM
Coool, Andre!
Chela is broken in the start of second!!!

Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 4 0
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------6 1


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Gigan
07-31-2005, 12:03 AM
Go, Andre!
Beat him well!


Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 4 0
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------6 2


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Gigan
07-31-2005, 12:11 AM
Go, Andre! Break him again!



Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 4 1
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------6 3


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Gigan
07-31-2005, 12:21 AM
Break him, Andre!



Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 4 2
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------6 5


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Gigan
07-31-2005, 12:30 AM
Cooooooooooooooooool!
Andre won!


Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 4 2
vs.
Andre Agassi (USA)------6 6


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I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-31-2005, 12:39 AM
Great match esp in the 2nd set.I esp like some drop shots! ;) He could make lesser errors,but it's enough to win the match. :rocker:

Now take this title,Andre! http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/contrib/ruinkai/biggringift.gifhttp://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/contrib/navigator/usa.gifhttp://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/otn/party/beerchug.gif

Gigan
07-31-2005, 12:47 AM
Andre is great! and he looks cool in addidas... ;)
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Gigan
07-31-2005, 12:59 AM
Agassi breezes into Mercedes-Benz Cup final

July 30, 2005
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) - Before playing his first match in two months, Andre Agassi pointed out his first concern was about his health rather than his tennis. After an impressive pain-free week, the American tennis icon now is focused on his game.

The top-seeded Agassi bounced unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, 6-4, 6-2, Saturday to reach the final at the $380,000 Mercedes-Benz Cup.

A three-time champion of this event, Agassi had been sidelined since losing the first round at the French Open because of a painful sciatic nerve problem in his back. It also forced the 35-year-old to withdraw from Wimbledon after a second cortisone shot failed to provide relief.

Agassi appears to be in top form after disposing of four opponents with relative ease, including Chela under blues skies and temperatures in the 80s on center court at the UCLA Tennis Center.

On Sunday, Agassi will be seeking his fourth career crown and to join legendary Jimmy Connors, Frank Parker and Roy Emerson as the only players to hoist the crown four times at the hardcourt event. He faces either No. 2 Dominik Hrbaty or unseeded lefthander Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who were to play in Saturday's second semifinal.

Agassi and Chela engaged in a hard-hitting baseline battle throughout the 70-minute match, mixing in the occasional deft drop shot to change the pace.

"I felt some urgency early on - if I don't pick up that 10 percent extra on every shot, he's going to be deciding a lot of those points, and I didn't want that," said Agassi, who cracked 20 winners but made two more unforced errors.

"Win or lose, the match was going to rely on my game being executed. Today I let my shots go early, and when I got those rewards I stayed with it."

Agassi utilized a lone service break in the seventh game en route to claiming the first set.

The American broke the Argentine's service in the opening game of the second set when he flicked a forehand into the empty right side of the court after drawing Chela to the net with a drop shot.

At 5-2, he served out the match with his fifth ace to the delight of the crowd.



Updated on Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 7:53 pm EDT
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Gigan
07-31-2005, 02:15 AM
Mercedes-Benz Cup
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
July 30, 2005
Agassi Looking for First Title in 2005

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/agassi_la_05.jpg
Andre Agassi will contest his first final of the year on Sunday after advancing comfortably against Juan Ignacio Chela 6-4, 6-2 at the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Agassi is playing in his first tournament since Roland Garros. He has been resting a sciatic nerve injury.

On his road to the final, he defeated Jean-Rene Lisnard, Kevin Kim, Paradorn Srichaphan and Chela.

With today's win, Agassi reached his 88 th career final, and his first since Stockholm in October when he lost to Thomas Johansson. Agassi is the active leader for titles with 59, with his last coming in ATP Masters Cincinnati in 2004. He owns a 59-28 record in ATP finals.

Also in 2004, Agassi won his 800th career singles match here in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old Las Vegas native is fifth all-time with 848 match wins (see chart at bottom of page) and career record of 848-253.

In his career, Agassi is 33-6 in Los Angeles, having won the title in 1998, 2001 and 2002. A finalist here in 1988 and 1999, Agassi has reached at least the quarterfinals here in all but one of his 10 appearances at this event, with the lone exception coming in 1997 when Justin Gimelstob took him out in the first round.

Agassi will play the winner of Dominik Hrbaty and Gilles Muller.

For the first time in 2005, Dominik Hrbaty is in an ATP semifinal. He helped Slovakia to the Davis Cup semifinals with a win over the Netherlands in a tie earlier this month. He also helped his country to the title at the Hopman Cup. Hrbaty reached four quarterfinals before finally breaking through to a semifinal this year. Nicknamed “The Dominator,” Hrbaty finished 2004 at a career high No. 14 after winning three titles, all of them on hard courts. He’s playing L.A. for the second time and owns a 4-1 record here.

Gilles Muller has reached his second career semifinal, doing so for the second time during the ATP’s North American summer swing. Muller’s best career result came last summer when he defeated Agassi in the semifinals to finish as the runner-up at Washington (l. to Hewitt). Prior to this week, his best 2005 result was a quarterfinal finish in Casablanca.

The first player from Luxembourg to reach the INDESIT ATP Rankings Top 00, Muller has twice as many aces as any of the four semifinalists. In three matches, he’s fired 31. Agassi is the closest to him with 15. This is his Los Angeles debut.

If Hrbaty advances to meet Agassi, it will be the first Los Angeles final featuring the top two seeds since second seeded Pete Sampras defeated the top seeded Agassi in 1999.



All-time Macth Wins Since Open Era

Player -------Wins Losses
Jimmy Connors 1222 269
Ivan Lendl 1070 238
Guillermo Villas 920 281
John McEnroe 867 192
Andre Agassi 848 253
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Gigan
07-31-2005, 02:19 AM
Agassi finishes with ace to reach Los Angeles final

July 31, 2005
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - American Andre Agassi gave himself full marks as the top seed vaulted into the final of the 380,000-dollar Los Angeles Mercedes-Benz Cup with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Juan Ignacio Chela.

The 35-year-old couldn't contain his satisfaction after dominating an Argentine ten years younger in a comprehensive effort lasting just 70 minutes.

Victory - sealed with a fifth ace - puts the eight time Grand Slam winner on pole position for a fourth LA title after lifting the trophy in 1998, 2001 and
2002.

"My game's been picking up from start of the week," said the veteran, who will aim for his 60th career trophy against either second seed Dominik Hrbaty or Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

"I've gotten better with each match - I've needed to, and I've done so. I hope that trend continues."

Agassi is playing this week for the first time since recovering from a sciatic nerve injury in his back which left him limping off in pain after a first-round defeat at Roland Garros last May.

But after re-inventing himself numerous times over a career spanning nearly two decades, Agassi is again riding a rising wave of confidence as he heads towards the US Open.

Chela, ranked 47th, also coming off an injury after hurting a groin in Paris, was making his return here.

Agassi improved to 33-6 in Los Angeles. The American, ranked sixth, has reached at least the quarter-finals in all but one of his 10 appearances.

Agassi's success this week has been a pleasant surprise.

His only time on court since his Paris injury was a pair of 20-minute hits with wife Steffi Graf as she prepared for a one-off appearance this summer in World Team Tennis.

"Today was a big day for me coming off a two-hour (quarter-final) match full of violent movements and throwing myself at every shot," he said in reference to his three-set win over Thai Paradorn Srichaphan

Friday.

"To go out and feel that good and move around today - it's a great feeling. It gives me a lot of confidence for tomorrow and for the summer.

"I can now play my game without hesitation.

"I'm surprised by a lot of things: especially being in a final after eight weeks of not playing any tennis."

Agassi, playing in his first trophy match since Stockholm last autumn, where he lost to Swede Thomas Johansson, will be competing in the 88th final of his career.
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Golfnduck
07-31-2005, 03:33 AM
COME ON ANDRE!!! WIN TOMORROW!!! :woohoo:

Gigan
07-31-2005, 05:10 AM
Agassi Beats Chela to Reach Mercedes Final

By KEN PETERS, AP Sports Writer
2 hours, 9 minutes ago



LOS ANGELES - Andre Agassi used a dazzling mix of shots to defeat Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets Saturday and move into the Mercedes-Benz Cup final.

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The 35-year-old Agassi, his sights set on next month's U.S. Open, needed just 1 hour, 9 minutes to beat his 25-year-old foe from Argentina 6-4, 6-2.

The top-seeded Agassi will go for his fourth Los Angeles title on Sunday, facing the winner of Saturday night's semifinal between second-seeded Dominik Hrbaty and Gilles Muller.

Agassi has surprised even himself with his solid play in the tournament, his first in two months. He lost in the opening round of the French Open in May after aggravating a chronic sciatic nerve injury, and missed Wimbledon for the second consecutive year.

He said he is pain-free, and he looked plenty limber and agile against Chela, who was sent scurrying from side to side much of the match. Agassi mixed in drop shots, an occasional overhead, and hard, accurate groundstrokes down the lines.

Agassi also covered the court well, chasing down shots along the baseline and sprinting to the net several times to reach drop shots by Chela.

"Today was a big day, coming off two hours yesterday of real violent movements and throwing myself at everything I could get my racket on. I was really interested to see how I was going to play today," said Agassi, who beat former top-10 player Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

"To be able to go out there and feel that good and move around against a guy that was letting the ball fly (Chela) was a great feeling for me," he said. "It gives me a lot of confidence, certainly for tomorrow but as the summer unfolds, just to go out there and bring my game without hesitation."

Agassi is looking for his first title since winning at Cincinnati last August.

The Los Angeles champion in 1998, 2001 and 2002, grinned and said of the upcoming final, "I hope I'm not nervous," then added seriously, "I'll certainly be excited."

Chela said Agassi "hits the ball so hard it's hard to hit shots back," and "he's very steady."

His three tour titles have all come on clay. Chela had been sidelined by a groin injury, and the Los Angeles tournament was his first since the French Open.

"I was playing very well at the beginning, but then Agassi picked up his game," Chela said through a translator.

Agassi said he realized early in the match that he needed to raise his game a notch.

"He came out firing, and when I sort of weathered that storm, he missed a few shots that he was going for a little too much, I thought," Agassi said. "I served well, especially in the second set, and my game picked up."

Agassi served five aces to Chela's six, but won 27 of 34 first serves to Chela's 27 of 39.

"If there's ever a tournament where you can say, `Each match I've gotten better,' this is one of those tournaments,'" Agassi said. "I've needed to and have done so."
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mandy20
07-31-2005, 10:30 AM
GO ANDRE GO WIN YOUR 60 TITLE I AM NERVES ABOUT MULLER HE BEAT ANDRE AT LAST YEARS WASHINGTON S/F I HOPE ANDRE WINS

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:19 AM
Sunday July 31, 2005



STADIUM COURT


Legends Doubles • Matches start at 12:00 NOON



Piet Aldrich (RSA)/Brad Pearce (UCLA)
vs.
Luke Jensen (USA)/Murphy Jensen (USA)


Singles Final • Starting at 2:00 PM
(or 3:00 PM??? watch it, they gave two start times... :confused: )


Andre Agassi (USA)
vs.
Gilles Muller (LUX)

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suus21
07-31-2005, 12:51 PM
he'll win this is a final

Gigan
07-31-2005, 03:08 PM
http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20050731/t/r691007075.jpg

Vote here fans,

http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/home.html

Andre win vote now is 62%

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I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-31-2005, 10:06 PM
GO ANDRE!!! :rocker:

Gigan
07-31-2005, 10:09 PM
Andre will start soon...

http://www.mercedes-benzcup.com/scores/test.jpg


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Gigan
07-31-2005, 10:11 PM
Break him Andre!!!

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Gigan
07-31-2005, 10:14 PM
Ye-ha!!!!

Andre did it!!

Giles Muller --0
Andre Agassi 1

Now win yours!!!

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Gigan
07-31-2005, 10:15 PM
Andre is doing well!!!

Giles Muller --0
Andre Agassi 2

Now beat him!!!

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Gigan
07-31-2005, 10:44 PM
Beat him, Andre !!!

Giles Muller --4
Andre Agassi 6



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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
07-31-2005, 10:57 PM
Break him, Andre !!!

Giles Muller --4 1
Andre Agassi 6 1



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suus21
07-31-2005, 10:59 PM
still one breakpoint left

suus21
07-31-2005, 11:01 PM
go break him

suus21
07-31-2005, 11:07 PM
damn

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:10 PM
Beat him now, Andre !!!


Giles Muller --4 2
Andre Agassi 6 2



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Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:15 PM
Go win it, Andre !!!


Giles Muller --4 3
Andre Agassi 6 3


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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

suus21
07-31-2005, 11:21 PM
4-4 make it 6-4 again

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:21 PM
Go win, Andre !!!

Giles Muller --4 4
Andre Agassi 6 4



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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:23 PM
4-4 make it 6-4 again

Yes Andre, you can do it!
Break him and finish this match!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

suus21
07-31-2005, 11:25 PM
this is tough

suus21
07-31-2005, 11:28 PM
why does Andre struggles against this guy?

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:29 PM
Dont worry! Go win, Andre !!!

Giles Muller --4 5
Andre Agassi 6 5



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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:35 PM
Coooooool!

Beat him now, Andre !!!


Giles Muller --4 5
Andre Agassi 6 6



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suus21
07-31-2005, 11:35 PM
he got a break

suus21
07-31-2005, 11:38 PM
matchpoint

suus21
07-31-2005, 11:38 PM
yes he's done it :)

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:40 PM
Andre won his 60-th!!!
Congratulations Andre!!!!!
Andre Agassi Vs G. Muller 6-4, 7-5!!!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
07-31-2005, 11:41 PM
Congratulations to Andre!!!

Congratulations to all tennis fans!!!

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Mary L
07-31-2005, 11:41 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
He is the best!
Congratulations Andre!!! Thanks

Gigan
08-01-2005, 12:04 AM
Agassi claims fourth Mercedes-Benz Cup title

July 31, 2005
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) - After a two-month absence to nurse a painful back injury, American Andre Agassi looks as sharp as ever.

The top-seeded Agassi defeated Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 6-4, 7-5, on Sunday to claim his fourth Mercedes-Benz Cup title - and first win this year.

The 35-year-old Agassi was playing his first tournament since the French Open due to a sciatic nerve problem caused by a bulging disk in his back. But he looked strong all week to record his 60th career tournament win at the $380,000 hardcourt event.

Agassi joined Jimmy Connors, Frank Parker and Roy Emerson as the only players to win this event four times. He improved to 60-28 in ATP Tour finals and 34-6 all-time in this event.

The 22-year-old Muller had saved two match points in his semifinal upset of No. 2 Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia on Saturday night.

Ranked 75th in the world, Muller stunned Agassi in the Washington semifinals last year en route to his sole prior finals appearance, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt.

The top seed improved to 18-0 in finals this year, while unseeded players fell to 2-16.

The year-end No. 1 junior in 2001, Muller's best result this year prior to this week was a quarterfinal finish in Casablanca.
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Gigan
08-01-2005, 12:11 AM
Agassi seals 60th career title in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) - Andre Agassi clinched the 60th title of his career by beating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4 7-5 in the final of the Los Angeles Open on Sunday.

The top-seeded American, still a major force in the game at the age of 35, put paid to his 22-year-old opponent in a little under 90 minutes.

Agassi's triumph, his first of the season, put him level with Frank Parker, Roy Emerson and Jimmy Connors as the only four-time winners of the tournament.

The eight-times grand slam champion improved his Los Angeles record to 34-6 by avenging his loss to Muller in their only previous match last August in the Washington semi-finals.

Agassi, playing again after two months out with a sciatic nerve injury in his back, dominated the first set after starting with a break and losing just two points on his own serve.

He increased the pressure on Muller in the second set, breaking for a 6-5 lead before serving out for victory in the next game.

Agassi becomes the fourth ATP winner aged above 30 this season after Australian Wayne Arthurs, Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen and Briton Greg Rusedski.

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I♥PsY@Mus!c
08-01-2005, 12:19 AM
Wowww I'm fucking excited about this news!!! http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-001.gif

Congratulations on your 60th title,Andre!!! :crazy:http://yelims5.free.fr/Sport/Winner.gif:aparty:http://yelims5.free.fr/Sport/Podium.gif:rocker:http://yelims5.free.fr/Sport/Champion.gif

Gigan
08-01-2005, 12:19 AM
Agassi titles in LA, wins first tournament since 2004
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Top-seeded American Andre Agassi returned to the court this week for the first time since the French Open and showed no rust, as he captured his first title since last August by posting a straight- set win in Sunday's final at the $380,000 Mercedes-Benz Cup.

Agassi captured his 60th career ATP singles title as he defeated unseeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 7-5 on the hardcourts at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA.

It marked the legendary American's first tournament crown since beating Australian Lleyton Hewitt at the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati last August.

"It just feels amazing to be healthy, to be eager and to be out here winning tournaments," said Agassi.

Before this tournament, Agassi had been sidelined with a back injury and hadn't played since losing to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in the first round at Roland Garros.

The 35-year-old Agassi, who pocketed $52,000 for the win, became the fourth player to win this event four times, as he also triumphed in 1998, 2001 and 2002. He joins Jimmy Connors, Roy Emerson and Frank Parker as the only four- time champions at the Mercedes-Benz Cup.

Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1, also posted a runner-up finish here in 1999.

Muller, who was looking for his first career title, appeared in his second ATP singles final. The 22-year-old reached last year's title match in Washington, DC after shocking Agassi in the semifinals, but eventually gave way to Hewitt in the championship bout.

"I was defending better and served better than the last time I played him," said Agassi.

Agassi, who improved to 27-9 this year, captured the only break of the first set in the opening game of the match. He did not get seriously tested on his own serve in the set and finally closed it out with a crosscourt backhand winner.

In the second set, both players held rather easily for the first 10 games, but things turned sour for Muller in the 11th game. After leading 40-0, Agassi stormed back to win the final five points and broke serve when Muller sprayed a forehand wide.

Agassi, who saved both break points he faced in the match, then held serve in the final game and closed it out by blasting a forehand winner at the net.

This marked Agassi's 15th singles title since turning 30-years-old.



07/31 18:58:50 ET
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Gigan
08-01-2005, 12:24 AM
Somebody has final match statistics?
where could we find it?
for previous matches of this tournament too...
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

BAMJ6
08-01-2005, 12:35 AM
Go Andre.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
08-01-2005, 12:36 AM
Somebody has final match statistics?
where could we find it?
for previous matches of this tournament too...
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Yes I want to know too and I'm searching right now. ;)

Golfnduck
08-01-2005, 12:38 AM
WAY TO GO ANDRE!!!! NUMBER 60!!! :woohoo: :bigclap:

MisterQ
08-01-2005, 01:03 AM
WOOHOO!!!!! :bounce:

Finally, the elusive 60th title!

I'm very happy for Andre. I hope he plays well for the rest of the year and stays healthy. :)

sol
08-01-2005, 01:12 AM
WOOHOO!!!!! :bounce:

Finally, the elusive 60th title!

I'm very happy for Andre. I hope he plays well for the rest of the year and stays healthy. :)

Hi MisterQ :music: :hug:

Nice to see you back! :bounce:

Go Andre!! :woohoo: :rocker2:

AZILANA
08-01-2005, 02:25 AM
his 60th title.....and guys, did u see that andre is serving 125-127mph, seems like he's getting stronger.....

i hope he makes his 61st title at legg mason...

Gigan
08-01-2005, 02:38 AM
...andre is serving 125-127mph, seems like he's getting stronger.....

...

thanks Azilana! Nice news! :wavey:
I am looking for match statistics...
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sandhyanair
08-01-2005, 07:01 AM
congrats ANDRE :)

varar
08-01-2005, 08:19 AM
Finally HE won !!!!Congrat ALL
I'm very happy for Andre. I hope he plays well and he will win again.

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Gigan
08-01-2005, 11:25 AM
Agassi Not Playing Like Man With Bad Back By KEN PETERS, AP Sports Writer
10 minutes ago



LOS ANGELES - Sprinting from beyond the baseline, Andre Agassi stretched forward as he neared the net and banged a forehand down the line for a winner. He certainly didn't look like a 35-year-old with a back problem. Playing for the first time since he aggravated a sciatic nerve injury at Roland Garros in May, Agassi won his first title in almost a year with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Gilles Muller in Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Cup final.

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Agassi was very happy — and relieved. His back injury, the pain obvious in his opening round loss at the French Open, worried him.

"I'd never felt that before and it's a scary thing when you're looking for a doctor to tell you, `You're not playing any more.' It's a helpless feeling," Agassi said. "It was very possible, and still is, that it gets to a point when I can't do it."

On the way to his fourth Los Angeles championship, Agassi looked limber and quick.

"It feels amazing. These moments don't happen very often any more and I'm taking it in," said Agassi, who has 60 career titles. "It's great to let my game fly and to be eager to scamper after shots you're not even sure you're going to get."

Muller, a 22-year-old from Luxembourg who defeated Agassi last year in their only previous meeting, was impressed by the player he calls one of his childhood heroes.

"He takes the ball early and makes you run. When he's in shape, he's one of the best players in the world," Muller said.

A rangy 6-foot-5 left-hander, Muller beat Agassi 6-4, 7-5 in Washington last summer before losing the final to Lleyton Hewitt.

Although the Los Angeles field was depleted by upsets and withdrawals, Agassi's win in the title match capped an impressive run.

Patient against Muller, Agassi came back from 40-love in the 11th game of the second set to finally get a service break, only the second of the match.

Muller then essentially fell apart, hitting a forehand long, knocking consecutive shots into the net, then double-faulting before hitting a forehand wide to lose the game.

"When he was serving at 5-all, 40-love, I heard some guy yell from the audience, `Come on, you can still break,'" Agassi said with a grin. "I thought, `No, I doubt it.' But then I actually hit a decent return and I went, `Tuh-duh-duh, you never know.'"

Agassi went on to hold serve to win the match, finishing it with a powerful forehand that Muller had no chance of reaching.

Agassi beamed and thrust his arms into the air, then bowed and blew kisses to the cheering crowd.

The top-seeded Agassi is ranked No. 6, while Muller is No. 75, the first player from Luxembourg to break into the top 100.

Agassi's toughest test — and lone three-set match of the tournament — was a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 quarterfinals victory over former top 10 player Paradorn Srichaphan.

Andy Roddick pulled out before the tournament began because of soreness in his right knee; defending champion Tommy Haas lost in the second round; 2004 runner-up Nicolas Kiefer retired because of respiratory problems after five games of his opening match; fifth-seeded Taylor Dent (lingering effects of heat illness) and Mardy Fish (wrist) both withdrew hours before they were scheduled to meet on Wednesday night.

Muller then thinned the competition even more when he knocked off second-seeded Dominik Hrbaty in the semifinals.

Three others have won four Los Angeles titles: Frank Parker, Roy Emerson and Jimmy Connors.
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Gigan
08-01-2005, 06:00 PM
August 1, 2005 Sports : Tennis

MERCEDES-BENZ CUP NOTES
Despite Regrets, Timing Works
By Jerry Crowe and Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writers


Award ceremonies are usually mundane affairs, exercises in self-congratulatory speeches and bromides, but Andre Agassi livened up Sunday's at UCLA, in part by insulting one of the sponsors of the Mercedes-Benz Cup.

"First," he said, taking the microphone from Franklin Johnson, USTA president and tournament chairman, "don't give me an empty envelope, please."

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With 60 tournament titles dotting his resume, Agassi knew full well that the winner's check wasn't really in the envelope he'd been handed.

He let the crowd in on the deceit, and the fans roared.

Later, after thanking his coach and his trainer and everybody else who had helped position him to defeat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and win the tournament after an eight-week, injury-induced layoff, Agassi was handed more spoils of victory.

"I also get a watch," he told the crowd, eyeing a $1,000 timepiece provided by tournament sponsor Raymond Weil. "That's what I call an EBay watch."

The crowd roared anew, but Agassi seemed to regret it.

He jokingly promised that any proceeds from the watch's sale would go directly to his charitable foundation.

But later he was contrite, calling it a "dumb thing to say" and adding that he didn't even know how to use a computer.

"Listen," he said in the interview room, "nine times out of 10 I say something and I go, 'I'm glad I said it.' One out of 10 I go, 'Haven't you learned yet to keep your mouth shut?' And that was one of those times. I put on the watch and took some pictures with it because, you know, it was something I shouldn't have said."

Muller, though, said he got a kick out of Agassi's remarks.

"It was nice," he said. "I mean, people love that, no? Everybody was laughing. … I don't have the guts to do this. I was so nervous when I had to talk, but it's fun when you see a guy like this enjoying himself with the crowd. It's wonderful."

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Mercedes-Benz has ended its long-running association with the tournament.

The luxury automobile company, which also has extensive ties with the ATP Tour, had been the tournament's title sponsor since 1998.

Previously, Mercedes-Benz had extended its sponsorship for two years, running through the 2005 event.

Tournament director Bob Kramer said that they learned of Mercedes-Benz's decision on June 30.

"We've had five title sponsors in the last 30 years," Kramer said. "It is disappointing, but the handwriting was on the wall. We knew they were cutting across the board."

Although disappointed by the development, tournament chairman Johnson was looking ahead to the future and mentioned one possible scenario for 2006.

"Countrywide is very interested," Johnson said. "They have in their contract the right of first refusal. The comments are very encouraging."

Countrywide Financial, based in Calabasas, has been the tournament's presenting sponsor in 2004 and 2005.

Tournament prize money in 2005 was $380,000, but appearance fees given to top players push the total compensation package up past $1 million.


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Rick Leach, who will turn 41 in December, may have taken another step toward making a final U.S. Open appearance when he combined with Brian MacPhie to win the doubles final, 6-3, 6-4, over Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

"It can't hurt," said Leach, who got into the event as a wild card and will play in a challenger event this week at Vancouver, Canada. "I was thinking that I was going to have to get my ranking up and not worry about the wild card.

"I think it just depends on which way the USTA wants to go: If they want to go with youth or just try to help me out one last time."
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Agassi Fan
08-01-2005, 07:24 PM
Congrat Andre!!! I am so happy now!!!

yoguis
08-02-2005, 01:41 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ANDRE!! I´M SO HAPPY!!! :) LIKE ALL OF YOU.... HELLO TO EVERYONE THERE... AND THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION!!!

I´M FROM ARGENTINA!

LOVE YOU ANDRE!!! AND CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!

Neely
08-02-2005, 03:13 AM
MisterQ would be proud of Andre for his Mercedes Benz Cup title! :)
(of course all other fans should be too ;) ... I was just thinking specially of MisterQ because I miss his posts and he's currently not on the forum...)


:hatoff: Andre! :yeah:
:worship:

RebelNYC
08-03-2005, 07:46 PM
Mister Q is not around? I too have been gone for awhile (computer problems) and glad
to be back with Andre's fans......I was SO HAPPY this weekend, watching Andre win in the semis and then go on to take the final. Andre is a true champion.

suus21
08-03-2005, 11:24 PM
it was good but there were only playing B-players...none top so if he didn't win it would be very bad. If he can win montreal that would be great.

Deboogle!.
08-04-2005, 01:11 AM
I spoke to Q briefly on AIM today, he is at a camp in Maine teaching music but he heard about Andre's win and is thrilled :D

Did you guys see all my pics? It's all in my blog and at the MTF photogalleries, I took tons of Andre all week!

J. Corwin
08-04-2005, 02:42 AM
Andre :worship: I want you to win the US Open the most :cool:

Steffi
08-04-2005, 02:37 PM
Andre :worship: I want you to win the US Open the most :cool:


Mee too!!!

Nice work Andre! I wish more big titles for YOU!!! :worship:

RebelNYC
08-04-2005, 06:27 PM
I spoke to Q briefly on AIM today, he is at a camp in Maine teaching music but he heard about Andre's win and is thrilled :D

Did you guys see all my pics? It's all in my blog and at the MTF photogalleries, I took tons of Andre all week!

Thanks for the update! I'm sure Q is thrilled for Andre ...
I will go check out your photogalleries now!

Gigan
08-04-2005, 06:51 PM
nice moments to remember...
i did not post yet

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
08-04-2005, 06:54 PM
fans, who has all matches statistics ???

please post here :wavey:


they say Andre showed very impressive "parameters"
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:wavey:Andre Agassi forever :wavey: