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Federer vs Agassi 1998

Xristos
03-20-2007, 05:19 AM
Great footage right here http://youtube.com/watch?v=5C0HvYuEa6U

sawan66278
03-20-2007, 05:25 AM
Excellent job, Xristos!!!! I can't believe how different Roger's serve is now!!!!!! What an improvement!!! But the talent was evident...and Roger with short hair!!!!:eek: :eek: Ha!

lordmanji
03-20-2007, 06:20 AM
awesome find, xristos.

Bibberz
03-20-2007, 06:22 AM
Federer's looks so underdeveloped. He's come a long way, obviously. What a ball-striker, though.

Burrow
03-20-2007, 07:41 AM
He still had a very smooth style then, but his serve was completely different.

Adler
03-20-2007, 08:27 AM
"I don't think Federer will be dissapointed with that scoreline" :hahaha:

Voo de Mar
03-20-2007, 09:08 AM
I had luck and had seen this match on Eurosport "live" :) That was only the 5th match for Roger in the main tour.

Norrage
03-20-2007, 10:40 AM
I would have loved to see the interview with Agassi after the match. "Yeah. He probably has the potential to become a go(o)d-player, but he has a long way to go"

:D

scoobs
03-20-2007, 11:02 AM
Amazing find :)

cmurray
03-20-2007, 12:13 PM
Roger had that beautiful form even then. Thanks, X

Mateya
03-20-2007, 12:15 PM
Amazing! He had such a baby face :) and his serve is different.

Comment in the end: " I think we will see a lot more of Federer..."
We sure are seeing him a lot. :smoke: :rocker:

Kolya
03-20-2007, 12:18 PM
I bet Agassi never knew he was playing the future greatest player of all time :D

Strange looking at a young Fed.

Eden
03-20-2007, 01:01 PM
I would have loved to see the interview with Agassi after the match. "Yeah. He probably has the potential to become a go(o)d-player, but he has a long way to go"

:D

Actually he said that Roger would still make many errors, but that he would learn quick and that he (Andre) was very impressed of him :)

(Some scenes of the match and a short statement of Andre are on the "Replay" DVD of Roger)

Voo de Mar
03-20-2007, 01:14 PM
I bet Agassi never knew he was playing the future greatest player of all time :D

Strange looking at a young Fed.

A couple months later he had dyed hair (platinium blonde) :D

All_Slam_Andre
03-20-2007, 01:15 PM
Thanks for the video. It is amazing to think how much Federer has changed since then.

Xristos
03-20-2007, 01:19 PM
Thanks guys..

CmonAussie
03-20-2007, 01:22 PM
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Federer`s shoulders have grown around ~30cm since then!!!

I wonder how important it is to have a broad upper body in terms of being good at tennis??

rofe
03-20-2007, 01:35 PM
It is interesting to me how much his game then was modelled around Pete's game especially the running forehand. I guess he took that as the base and built his unique style on top of it.

Bremen
03-20-2007, 02:24 PM
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Federer`s shoulders have grown around ~30cm since then!!!

I wonder how important it is to have a broad upper body in terms of being good at tennis??

He really has gotten larger physically. Interesting how certain players mature at a much later age versus the quick to develop nadal type. I wish I could see more early fed video...and that platinum hair...pretty ridiculous on rogi!

Federerhingis
03-20-2007, 02:27 PM
Federer's looks so underdeveloped. He's come a long way, obviously. What a ball-striker, though.

He was quite a ball striker even then. He blasted more than a few ripping forehands and backhands to my surprise, against a surprised Agassi. Agassi did go on to say this kid had some special talent after beating him convincingly in straights.

Kitty de Sade
03-20-2007, 02:28 PM
Lovely footage of a wee Roger- very nice to see. Thank you very much. :)

Xristos
03-20-2007, 02:30 PM
Your welcome.

optimism
03-20-2007, 05:44 PM
He's changed so much, both in tennis and appearance.

Can't say that about him now, but he was kinda pretty at 17. Yes, I said pretty. :D

Bremen
03-20-2007, 05:48 PM
He's changed so much, both in tennis and appearance.

Can't say that about him now, but he was kinda pretty at 17. Yes, I said pretty. :D

I still think he's very good looking...but you're right I probably wouldn't use the word pretty.

Fumus
03-20-2007, 06:13 PM
Amazing! He had such a baby face :) and his serve is different.

Comment in the end: " I think we will see a lot more of Federer..."
We sure are seeing him a lot. :smoke: :rocker:

Yea they say that with every youngster with potential...lol, Fed was the number 1 junior too...this statement was so amazing...lol

Richard_from_Cal
03-20-2007, 06:24 PM
So, this was at Basel--home turf for a young Roger.


A couple months later he had dyed hair (platinium blonde) :D

Yes, and remember, that's how a hairier, younger Andre represented himself...I can remember that far back, anyway...can you, Voo? :)

brent-o
03-20-2007, 06:34 PM
Sometimes in that video his strokes remind me of Pete. Like at this one part, he hit a running cross court forehand and I swear to god it looked like Sampras.

Voo de Mar
03-20-2007, 06:40 PM
Yes, and remember, that's how a hairier, younger Andre represented himself...I can remember that far back, anyway...can you, Voo? :)

I remember, certainly :)

MisterQ
03-20-2007, 06:49 PM
An interesting moment in history. While Agassi was the overwhelming favorite, he had just made it back into the Top Ten after a precipitous fall, and still had a lot to prove. Other than some tennis insiders, few might have predicted 10 slams for Federer -- but just as few might have predicted 5 more slams for Agassi!

Federer definitely used a few Sampras strategies even in this early match. One of the points was reminiscent of the famous rally in the 1995 USO final, where Sampras pulled Agassi wide to Andre's forehand side with a short angle and then unleashed a comfortable backhand into the open court.

Consistency was a main problem for Federer in his first three Agassi matches. Andre's pace drew too many errors from Fed, even though Roger made many spectacular shots. It's remarkable how steady Roger's baseline game had become by 2003-04.

Richard_from_Cal
03-20-2007, 06:57 PM
I remember, certainly :)Justin Gimelstob and Vince Spadea are the only players from the U.S.A. whom Roger faced in 1998 & 1999 that are still active, I see.

Voo de Mar
03-20-2007, 07:06 PM
Justin Gimelstob and Vince Spadea are the only players from the U.S.A. whom Roger faced in 1998 & 1999 that are still active, I see.

If I remember well Spadea is scarcely one of the four players who won the set against FedEx 6-0 :)

FluffyYellowBall
03-20-2007, 07:22 PM
Rogers so cute!! And hes changed so much but the ballet tennis is stil there:angel: Better now of course

Vin Judah
03-20-2007, 08:37 PM
It was like watching a classic match between Agassi and Sampras, only difference was that this was baby-sampras :)

CmonAussie
03-20-2007, 10:37 PM
An interesting moment in history. While Agassi was the overwhelming favorite, he had just made it back into the Top Ten after a precipitous fall, and still had a lot to prove. Other than some tennis insiders, few might have predicted 10 slams for Federer -- but just as few might have predicted 5 more slams for Agassi!

Federer definitely used a few Sampras strategies even in this early match. One of the points was reminiscent of the famous rally in the 1995 USO final, where Sampras pulled Agassi wide to Andre's forehand side with a short angle and then unleashed a comfortable backhand into the open court.

Consistency was a main problem for Federer in his first three Agassi matches. Andre's pace drew too many errors from Fed, even though Roger made many spectacular shots. It's remarkable how steady Roger's baseline game had become by 2003-04.


:wavey:
Good Point:cool:
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So Federer with his 10-Slams & Andre with his 5-Slams [since that match]~~ it means combined those two have won 15/33 Slams played since then [October 1998]:D

Sunset of Age
03-21-2007, 12:23 AM
What a lovely find, Xristos!

All Roger's talent and grace already visible... so good to see how he's developed from this rather skinny, cute boy into the handsome man he is now.

Corey Feldman
03-21-2007, 12:28 AM
If I remember well Spadea is scarcely one of the four players who won the set against FedEx 6-0three!! only 3 players have 6-0'd him.... Spadea (clay), Rafter (clay) and Byron Black (grass) all in 1999.

Corey Feldman
03-21-2007, 12:30 AM
Rogers so cute!! And hes changed so much but the ballet tennis is stil there:angel:yes the ballet tennis, NOT the spartan tennis EH

Voo de Mar
03-21-2007, 05:39 AM
three!! only 3 players have 6-0'd him.... Spadea (clay), Rafter (clay) and Byron Black (grass) all in 1999.

Yes, on the main tour but Roger lost twice the set 0-6 on the Satellite circuit :D
1997
(Switzerland, Week 2, 2nd round, Garizzio 6-4 0-6 4-6)
(Switzerland, Week 3, 2nd round, Spicher 6-3 0-6 6-4)
So, five in all in the professional career. I know almost in every stats matches from Challengers, Futures and Satellites don't count but these are also events with money and points to the ATP ranking :wavey:

Agassi Aces
03-21-2007, 07:54 AM
Just makes me miss Andre more!!!

FanofFederer
03-21-2007, 09:10 AM
A fantastic video of two of the greatest players to ever step out on court. Thankyou very much.