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Agassi aims to make it five

Deboogle!.
01-11-2004, 03:33 PM
Agassi aims to make it five
By Michael Warner
12jan04
ANDRE Agassi has slipped quietly into Melbourne in search of a fifth Australian Open tennis title.

The American superstar arrived with wife Steffi Graf and their two children at the weekend, settling in at an exclusive South Yarra hotel.

Tennis's first family wasted no time heading for their favourite Melbourne eatery, the Fiesta Mexican restaurant in Toorak Rd.

Owner Bill Billwani said the pair came in on Saturday night.

"It's always nice to see them. They feel very much at home here," Mr Billwani said.

"He is a very down-to-earth person with a lot of drive and ambition.

"I think he's got a good chance again but Andy Roddick will be his main opponent."

Roddick, the world's No. 1 player, also swept into town at the weekend for a crack at his first Australian Open crown.

The American young gun kicked off his preparations yesterday with a two-hour hit-out at Melbourne Park.

The 21-year-old is here without his pop star girlfriend Mandy Moore but it is believed she could make a surprise visit towards the business end of the tournament.

Agassi and Roddick will join the likes of Roger Federer, Sebastien Grosjean and David Nalbandian at the Commonwealth Bank International at Kooyong, starting on Wednesday.

Tournament spokeswoman Marie Kelly said Agassi, who held a private training session at Melbourne Park yesterday, traditionally kept a low profile in the days leading up to the event.

"That's the way he likes it. He just likes to slip into town and get into the swing of things," she said.

The defending champion has won three out of the past four Australian Open titles.

Home-town hero Mark Philippoussis has skipped the Kooyong event to play in the adidas International in Sydney.

The Scud resumed training last week after overcoming a muscle tear suffered in the Davis Cup final victory against Spain in late November.

MisterQ
01-11-2004, 03:46 PM
"Tennis's first family" --- I like that!

thanks bunk!

tangerine_dream
01-11-2004, 06:09 PM
I think the players most likely to give Andre some problems are Andy and Lleyton Hewitt.

For some reason, I don't see Federer going far at AO. He never does. And he's not playing any competitive tournaments before AO, which he should as a "warm up." If he plays well at AO, I'll be surprised.

Deboogle!.
01-11-2004, 09:54 PM
Fed is 1000% unpredictable so who knows... he just played hong kong where it sounds like he didn't even really try too hard, and he's playing Kooyong...that's more prep than Agassi but Agassi is predictable LOL

MisterQ
01-11-2004, 10:10 PM
Agassi doesn't need much prep, at least in terms of ball-striking. He gets back in form faster than anyone else I can think of. Scary actually.

Deboogle!.
01-11-2004, 10:14 PM
yea exactly what I meant lol....

Even Fed fans said he wasn't trying against Ferrero the other day. I mean yes it is an exhibition but when you are playing against someone who's only ranked one spot below you and it's 2 weeks from the first slam of the season, I'd think you'd want to try... But yeah Agassi, well his early-season record speaks for itself!!!!!

Fedex
01-11-2004, 10:30 PM
Case you havnt noticed tangerine, Andy dosnt really give Andre problems. The 1 win was on grass, and that surface suits Andy's game better the Agassi's. Youre forgetting other obvious hard court players like shuettler(although i wouldent be confident since Agassi thrashed him last year in Australia, David Nalbandian plays well on this surface(i think its his best) Ferrero gives Agassi the biggest problems actually. Dont cont Fed out either, I think he'll actually try in Kooyong since Andy & Agassi are playing there. But i still think & hope that Andre wins here!

MisterQ
01-11-2004, 11:23 PM
Fedex, I agree that Andre still has the edge over Andy, but Andy's getting better, and their last two encounters have been very tight. I think it's evening up.

But rebound ace seems to have been manufactured specifically for Andre's game, lol! So beating him in Australia will be tough.

J. Corwin
01-12-2004, 12:39 AM
I love reading about Andre and his family in dinner occasions.

WyverN
01-12-2004, 02:13 AM
For some reason, I don't see Federer going far at AO. He never does. And he's not playing any competitive tournaments before AO, which he should as a "warm up." If he plays well at AO, I'll be surprised.

His been consistent in AO, falling in 5 setters in the 4th round a couple of times (blew a match point against Haas in 2002) and last year it was to that guy Nalbandian.

Whoever said Fed is unpredictable is right, he fell out 1st round in 2002 Wimbledon afterall.

WyverN
01-12-2004, 02:14 AM
Tennis's first family wasted no time heading for their favourite Melbourne eatery, the Fiesta Mexican restaurant in Toorak Rd.




I live pretty close to that place, might have to keep a lookout in case they return

MisterQ
01-12-2004, 02:25 AM
I live pretty close to that place, might have to keep a lookout in case they return

That's awesome! Maybe they'll buy you a taco or something. ;) :cool:

Dirk
01-12-2004, 02:31 AM
Without a coach I sadly do not see Roger going too far in Oz. Unless he plays players who is very familiar with. Going into a major without a coach for a young guy is dangerous. Roger's loss to Haas was great one. Yeah he had match point but it was on Tommy's serve. His loss to David was disgraceful since he was up 4-1 in that 1st set. Can you believe he made 24 unforced Errors in that set. :eek: If Roger doesn't do well next week then I will really worry but I think he will try hard there. Like I said, its the one exhibtion that really should get a official ATP tour even label on it. Andre should make it at least to the Oz semis. I can't see him losing before then. I only hope Roger can make it to the qrts but without a coach I don't even see a 4th rd. :sad:

tangerine_dream
01-12-2004, 04:23 AM
Case you havnt noticed tangerine, Andy dosnt really give Andre problems.

I believe that Andy will be giving Andre problems at AO THIS year because 1) Andy, as the No. 1 player, is feeling more confident in his game; 2) he's improved his game tremendously since his last outing at AO 2003; 3) he's beaten Agassi before so at least he knows it can be done; and 4) he made it to the semi-finals at AO last year.

But as bunk said, it's all unpredictable what will happen; I'm just making suppositions like everyone else. Perhaps Fed (also feeling more confident) won't crash out this year like he usually does; perhaps Andy will flame out; perhaps Nalbandian will sneak in and play brilliantly. Who knows? Either way, I'll be rooting for Andre to win again this year. :bigclap:

J. Corwin
01-12-2004, 04:31 AM
Well said. I'll be rooting for Andre as well.

Fedex
01-12-2004, 04:39 AM
Well the serve wont be a big factor on this surface & since he's playing perhaps the greatest returner ever, his serve will be very much nuetralized. Then what will andy do?? Andre will move him left & right and were him down! Dont completely give up on Federer, Dirk, for I think he'll atleast make the 4th rd., but without a coach, he may run into trouble if he runs into a nemises like Nalbandian or Timmy. Andre look's in perfect position to take home the title. I'd be more than fine with Federer winning Wimbledon agains & taking away the US Open crown away from Andy ;)

WyverN
01-12-2004, 05:38 AM
That's awesome! Maybe they'll buy you a taco or something. ;) :cool:

if they can afford it

lsy
01-12-2004, 03:52 PM
"Even Fed fans said he wasn't trying against Ferrero the other day. I mean yes it is an exhibition but when you are playing against someone who's only ranked one spot below you and it's 2 weeks from the first slam of the season, I'd think you'd want to try..."

yeah...exactly the same why I don't understand how Andy's heart wasn't in Houston or wasn't too keen on trying (as you claimed) since he'd just ended the year as no.1 and it was the year end final tournament with world's best players, which I would think he will be very keen to win. If you can understand Andy there, I guess it won't be too difficult to make sense for Roger in this exhibition. Sorry Bunk, didn't meant to bring up such old topic, but I just like teasing you and want to give you one example of your cute "unbias" comments... ;) No offence :D No big deal, everybody is bias when comes to their favourite player. Me too :)

But yes, I would have hoped that Roger could have at least taken the exhibition matches more seriously and honestly I don't pin on too high hopes in AO too without a coach.