Hats Off to Andre Agassi

01-29-2004, 11:57 AM
After losing the first two sets in the closest possible way, he wouldn't go down without a fight. Against an opponent almost ten years younger, Andre produced an admirable performance.

He made Safin beat him, and Safin was up to the challenge. Congratulations Marat -- it is good to see you back.

This could be Andre's last Australian Open. So amid the rejoicing about ESPN's misfortune, I want to pay tribute to him. :hatoff: :clap2: :worship:

01-29-2004, 11:59 AM
andre :worship:

01-29-2004, 12:00 PM
His a great champion, best player ever on rebound ace and a terrific addition to tennis

hopefully he will be back although the symbolic kisses to the crowd even though he lost could mean he wont be returning

01-29-2004, 12:04 PM
AA :worship: respect! :bowdown:

01-29-2004, 12:09 PM
He really deserves lots of respects. All tributes to him. I hope the media/reporters won't again throw all those questions of his stakes vs "younger players" after today. If Andrea hadn't also played a fantastic match, we probably won't see that hell of a match from Safin too. It's relative.

01-29-2004, 12:11 PM
Andre, there's no better way to lose than to lose after being unbeaten for 26 consecutive matches over a period of 5 years, taking such a powerful player like Marat to two extremely close tie-breaks, 5 sets, of which one was won by you with the score 6-1. :worship: :worship: :worship:

01-29-2004, 12:28 PM
a warm handshake

01-29-2004, 12:52 PM
Comment for the above photo: that's what I call gracious in defeat! Andre looks as if he is happy that Marat won! I love Andre too now.

01-29-2004, 12:55 PM
A great effort by Andre. Of course, I'm delighted for Marat (I had predicted Agassi would beat him easily). Sounds like this match was played @ a very high level by both players. That's the way it should be in a Grand Slam.

01-29-2004, 01:11 PM
I have nothing but love & respect for Andre in victory and defeat. we salute u andre. can't wait to see the match when i get home.:):):):)

01-29-2004, 01:15 PM
This was the best match of the tournament, maybe even the best match in some years now and both players could walk off the court with their heads up high. Agassi gave it his all, but it just wasn't enough today, Marat was too determined I guess. In the fifth set I honestly had given up on Marat, but he bounced back and proved me wrong.

Well done Andre!!

01-29-2004, 01:29 PM
I completely agree with your sentiments. Andre is one of the only players I could think of that would fight back after losing two extremely close sets, in which he had set points on his serve in both, and take it to a 5th, maintaining a great level throughout. He really did make Safin earn the win, fighting till the end.
I am so sad about the loss though, it looks Andre may not be returning. He did his customary bow to all four sides after the match, which he doesnt normally do in defeat. In his press conference when asked about it he said something like "i wanted to tahnk the crowd for supporting me over all these years because you never know when it'll be your last year" :sad:

01-29-2004, 01:34 PM
The look on his face said it all, but I'm interested in reading the interview

01-29-2004, 01:44 PM
Fantastic effort by André.

01-29-2004, 02:04 PM
Props to Andre.

Even though I've never liked the guy, you have to admire the player he became over the past 5 years.

Despite hating ESPN's coverage, and constant speak of Andre going for his 5th Aussie... I secretly wanted Andre to win his 5th, and go out as a winner.

Or, at least kick the Duck's ass again in the SF... which I'm very confident he would have done if they played.

01-29-2004, 02:31 PM
:worship: Andre you have grown up to be an amazing person full of class that has certainly earned my huge respect over the years.

Andre was fabulously gracious in his post-match interview as well, not that this is a surprise.

01-29-2004, 02:36 PM
Confession time: I used to hate Andre Agassi because he was so arrogant. At the time, he had yet to win a grand slam for all the talent and ability he possessed. Now, I like him because he has age and experience on him. And, he has won all the grand slams. Since he no longer has to prove anything on the tour, he can relax and just play. He's also a smarter player. I am also impressed with the fact that HE GIVES BACK...

So, hats off to Andre.

Ma. Estefania
01-29-2004, 02:40 PM
Though I don't like him, he definitely deserves respect.

the cat
01-29-2004, 02:44 PM
Congrats to Marat and Andre for their great match! :D Now Marat has 2 days off before the final. He needs that extra day off.

MRS, how could you want Agassi to win his fifth Australian Open sngles title with Safin in the field?

01-29-2004, 04:12 PM
:worship: Long live the King! Andre :worship:

01-29-2004, 04:30 PM
A. Agassi deserves the credit too. Great match, don't think the women's final will provide the same entertainment. IMO, men's tennis has the upperhand over women's tennis.

01-29-2004, 04:34 PM
The day of his retirement will be a dark one for tennis.

Hats off to AA.

01-29-2004, 05:13 PM
what would a celebration of King Andre be without the Dancing Baldies...:)

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congratulations Andre. nice run. and congrats to Sexy Marat -- the only guy i can tolerate beating My Darling Baldy...;)

01-29-2004, 05:46 PM
The day of his retirement will be a dark one for tennis.

Hats off to AA.


01-29-2004, 06:21 PM

01-29-2004, 07:26 PM
Q - you've made me feel better! Andre deserves a great thread like
this! ANDRE played as hard as he could, and altho I am very unhappy
that he lost, look at him with Safin at the end - he is TOTAL class - I am
only afraid that he will retire after this year - and after following him
since EARLY EARLY EARLY days, tennis will not seem the same to me
without him.....

ANDRE IS THE MAN! On and off the court! There's never been anyone
quite like him! CONGRATS on a great tournament!

01-29-2004, 07:30 PM
I didn't used to be a big fan of Andre... but once I started hearing about his activities off court, the MILLIONS of dollars he's raised to build a whole school from scratch, I mean wow... it's hard not to respect him, even if you don't like him. But I've grown to love him because of the heart and dedication and drive that he still has. Pretty much all of his contemporaries are throwing in the towel and he's working harder than ever. How can you not love it!?

01-29-2004, 08:22 PM
andre just rocks!!! to think that he could have beaten marat, playing the match of his life, is pretty insane. he won more points and more games, but lost the match, which is quite sad, but the fight he showed is admirable, to say the least! i hope he doesn't retire for quite a while! his tennis is so fun to watch, and tennis will miss him dearly when he departs.

01-29-2004, 08:23 PM
M. SAFIN/A. Agassi

7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: First question for Andre.

Q. How do you sum up a loss like that? So close, yet so far.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, you know, it was a tough one today. I mean, Marat played at an incredibly high level, and he came up with a lot of great shots when he needed to.

You know, I had chances in the first two sets, sort of slipped away. A couple set points in the first, served for the second. Set point in the breaker in the second. You know, that's a big hole, two sets to love down.

And, you know, the fifth was just a break of serve. I missed two regulation cross-court shots to lose my serve from 30-All, and I didn't recover from that.

Q. Do you think he was getting some rest at the end of the fourth before the fifth, to save some energy?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, yeah, I don't know what he was doing. You know, I mean, he obviously came out strong in the fifth and, you know, played some good tennis. So it was well done.

Q. Did you think you had him going into that last set?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I felt like I had the momentum, certainly. Felt pretty good about my chances at that point. But, you know, when a guy has a weapon like that, you know, he was serving so well tonight, you can get through so many games without sort of spending that energy and hitting those crucial nervous shots, you know, where you force a guy to do something.

So I knew the match was well in balance just because of that alone, but I definitely felt like I had the momentum going into the fifth.

Q. Was it a big advantage, the fact he was serving first?

ANDRE AGASSI: I think that always helps. It always helps to be up a game. You know, but if I could have broken early, it would have switched.

Q. How did you feel about the way you played generally throughout the match? Was there anything that you felt was not quite the way you would have liked it?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, yeah, I felt reasonably well. Anything that I wasn't feeling great about had a lot to do with him. You know, he was serving big. He was really returning my second serve really well, really aggressive. You know, and I was -- only lost my serve twice, I believe. Once in the fifth, once in the second.

You know, so I forced him to play at that level the whole time. Again, sometimes you just need a little bit of luck at the right time, the right shot falling. There was a couple 30-All games on his serve where I would hit a good, deep ball that, you know, just carried past the baseline, and that's what you need. You need that one or two shots at the right time that back them up and give you the opportunity.

But, you know, he never gave me that opportunity. You know, credit to the way he played. It was a high standard from start to finish.

Q. Can Marat beat either Juan Carlos or Roger?

ANDRE AGASSI: Sure, he can. Absolutely. He's one good match away.

Q. Is that the toughest opponent you've had in all your years here?

ANDRE AGASSI: I mean, it's the toughest day, for sure, you know (smiling). It's hard to say, you know. Again, if a day like this, I play a little bit better or I get a little bit of luck, I could possibly have won that match in straight sets. So it's sort of a four-point swing there.

You know, so it's definitely the toughest day I've had.

Q. What was going through your mind as you acknowledged the crowd before you walked off?

ANDRE AGASSI: Oh, you know, just saying thank you to them. They've been great to me over the years. Just a lot of fun to compete in front of. And you never know when it's your last, right? So you want to say bye properly.

Q. Does the level of tennis remind you of one of your best matches against Pete?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, there's a lot of matches that feel that way. A lot -- you play a lot of matches through the year where it's decided by one or two points, you know. Again, it was a high-standard match.

But you're asking me to compare one match to a guy I grew up with and competed for championships for many years. Can't do that.

Q. What are our chances of seeing you here again next year?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, right now, pretty good. I mean, I have no plans to do otherwise. But, you know, a year's a long time. I really look forward to being back.

Q. Do you look back with a certain pride of what you've achieved in your last four efforts here: Three titles, a semifinal this year, 26 straight wins. Incredible record. Is it a source of pride for you as you go home?


Q. Is it a source of pride, though, for you?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I suppose. In hindsight, as I step on the court, I address each match so separately that you can't win 26 in a row until you win the first one, and second one and so on.

So, you know, I've always addressed every match as its own thing.

But, you know, looking back, yeah, it's not easy to do that, that's for sure. I never went into it thinking it was easy, and certainly not coming out of it thinking it was easy.

Q. Did you have a feeling that he had to stop serving like he was, and it did go off for a while?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, you know, he's 6'5". His margin for error is a lot better than somebody my height. I was just hoping to take advantage out of the times where he did miss his first serve. And that's where I needed to make more of an impression.

I've been aced -- I don't know how many aces he had, but I've been aced 47 times in a match before, 38 times, found a way to win. So I don't really worry too much about the aces. I worry about when I do get my racquet on it, what am I doing with the ball.

And tonight I felt like I just never quite got over that hump. It was really close. I mean, again, that match could have been straight sets - both ways.

Q. How is it possible a guy like Safin in five sets didn't do one double fault?

ANDRE AGASSI: Please ask him that and then call me and tell me why he did that (smiling). I hate it when he does that. Yeah, it's a good effort.

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01-29-2004, 08:55 PM
There's no doubt that Marat won that match, as opposed to Andre losing it.

All credit to both amazing competitors. I just hope we see Agassi at Melbourne Park again.

J. Corwin
01-29-2004, 09:02 PM
Great interview. Hope Andre comes back next year. Hats off to him for his fight and determination. No shame at all.

01-29-2004, 09:17 PM

01-29-2004, 09:36 PM
Q. How is it possible a guy like Safin in five sets didn't do one double fault?

ANDRE AGASSI: Please ask him that and then call me and tell me why he did that (smiling). I hate it when he does that. Yeah, it's a good effort.

:haha: Andre rules. :worship:

01-29-2004, 09:38 PM
Andre is easily the classiest sportsman I know. Whatever he does always inspires me in some way. Its weird cos he is not even my favourite but I always feel like that with him.

I'm gonna miss him so much when he is gone, what a great champion.

01-29-2004, 09:45 PM
Crazy_Fool, I understand what you mean. Just the way he is willing to learn from his younger opponents, he really let's them inspire him to be better, there's just something about that which is awe-inspiring, even though he's far from one of my favorites in terms of actually liking watching him play.

J. Corwin
01-29-2004, 10:12 PM
I like him not only for his heart and character, but for his game as well. I love watching him play.

01-29-2004, 10:27 PM
Well done Andre! He gave everything he had, he never gave up and fought until the last point which I really admire!!! I hope he continues to do well, he's definitely a contender for any slam! GO ANDRE!!!

01-29-2004, 10:58 PM
andre is the best! :worship: :worship:

01-30-2004, 12:07 PM
bump - a thread like this can't go off first page, now can it?

01-30-2004, 02:47 PM
Very true mate. Its all been said, Andre is the best sportsman ever. He never, ever gives up. There will never ever be anyone like him again.