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Old 04-01-2005, 03:47 PM   #211
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Schedule of Play for Friday, April 1, 2005

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

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




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

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

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Old 04-01-2005, 07:58 PM   #212
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Night Session See Agassi Move On


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

"Seeing his form over the last year and a half, I'd say I'd have to be doing a lot of things well no question about it," said Agassi. "I'll have to be working my serve well, returning well, picking my shots, executing them. But, you know, I don't go out there really with any other expectation anymore at all against anybody. So I'll have to really step it up tomorrow, that's for sure."
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did Andre play bad against Fed anyone seen the match?
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did Andre play bad against Fed anyone seen the match?
No, he played well. Lots of good winners, and some smart play which forced Fed into errors (hard to do these days!). Far better than in Australia, I thought. Andre dropped serve at 4-5 in the first set, and that was that... Then in the second set there was a very long game where Andre got up 0-40 on Fed's serve. He just barely missed a backhand down the line which would have given him the break. Then I believe Fed hit two aces to bring it to deuce. Later in that game, he netted a low-percentage backhand on break point -- I'm sure that's the shot he's kicking himself over - bad choice.

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

But to see the match, you would think the score was closer. It didn't seem hopeless the way it did in Australia -- Andre was definitely making Fed work for it. The match was entertaining, and Andre played intelligently and moved well. He just didn't capitalize on his chances (and of course Fed's level had a lot to do with that).
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No, he played well. Lots of good winners, and some smart play which forced Fed into errors (hard to do these days!). Far better than in Australia, I thought. Andre dropped serve at 4-5 in the first set, and that was that... Then in the second set there was a very long game where Andre got up 0-40 on Fed's serve. He just barely missed a backhand down the line which would have given him the break. Then I believe Fed hit two aces to bring it to deuce. Later in that game, he netted a low-percentage backhand on break point -- I'm sure that's the shot he's kicking himself over - bad choice.

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

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

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

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

Roger is so good folks. You have to play perfect tennis to beat him. Agassi played brilliantly, but he wasn't perfect. Only perfection will beat Roger.
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The main problem though was the first serve percentage. He was going for a lot on the first serves, which is all good. But he needed to be over 50 percent and he did not do that.

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

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

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

I think Andre's 10-25 career record against world #1 speaks for itself.
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R. FEDERER/A. Agassi
6‑4, 6‑3
An interview with:

ANDRE AGASSI

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How did you feel you played?

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

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

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

Q. Half‑volley from the baseline?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANDRE AGASSI: Wrong person to ask.

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

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

Q. We liked it.

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

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

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

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

ANDRE AGASSI: What happened, I hit it crosscourt?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Probably more disappointing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah.

Q. What is your outlook on Paris right now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANDRE AGASSI: Let's see...

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

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

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANDRE AGASSI: What is that?

Q. The pants Nadal is wearing.

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

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


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R. FEDERER/A. Agassi
6‑4, 6‑3
An interview with:

ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How did you think you played?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q. When did you feel more confident?

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

Q. Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Maybe Wimbledon, yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROGER FEDERER: If I take chances?

Q. Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q. Does it motivate you?

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

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

But looking forward for also great crowds coming on Sunday.

Q. Do you have a relationship with Andre?

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

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

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

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"I did everything pretty well but I needed a few free points on my first serve today and didn't quite get those in the second set," said Agassi.


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Why is Andre 10 in the ranking he has equel points as Coria and he is 9 that's not fair I think. How do they choose that?
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what you mean

ATP race, April 5, 2005

1st Federer, R. 450

2nd Hewitt, L. 253

3rd Safin, M. 215

4th Nadal, R. 206

5th Roddick, A. 193

6th Ljubicic, I. 192

7th Agassi, A. 155

8th Johansson, J. 115

9th Gaudio, G. 109

10th Davydenko, N. 103
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I think because Andre played two more tournaments...
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the real rankings the entry list! He's 10 not 9 he is 9 with Coria who will lose points these weeks
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