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Old 09-17-2005, 07:56 AM   #1
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That 6-2 set Agassi played against Federer was the best set Agassi has played in a long long time (or ever?). Did you see how hard Agassi was crunching the forehand? Very very powerful stuff that Federer could do absolutely nothing about! And Federer was actually playing very very well himself and getting in 80% of 1st serves. Agassi was executing the game-plan that he earlier revealed in the press conference - hit the ball into the corner and in the corner again and again and again. It kept Federer running away from the baseline like a swiss miss!

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Old 09-19-2005, 04:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: That 6-2 set against Federer

Yes. That was amazing tennis. Andre's returns were also amazing.

He moved fed beyond the baseline and was hitting winners close to the net with amazing angles. Just the opposite to what he did with Berdych, where he brought him close to the baseline with his drop shots. Andre is the greatest strategist in tennis.

Andre lost the finals as opposed to Federer winning it.
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Old 09-19-2005, 09:52 AM   #3
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it is such a shame he cannot keep up the level that he's playing, otherwise, he should be holding his 3rd u.s. open crown
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Old 09-19-2005, 01:16 PM   #4
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It was amazing and at 4-2 in the third set I was thinking game on. Just a thought if Andre played with the same discipline that he is showing now back in the early 90s I wonder how many slams he could have won?
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Old 09-19-2005, 03:04 PM   #5
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Default Re: That 6-2 set against Federer

Yeah I remember when Agassi went up 4-2 in the 3rd set I totally punched the floor and was like "FINISH HIM!!" That was a stunning situation, though short-lived.
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Old 09-19-2005, 03:07 PM   #6
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I was watching the 1995 US Open Final between Sampras and Agassi, and it was clear that Agassi was taking a much bigger cut at the ball than he is today. I mean he still goes full blast on shots today but back in 1995 he was looking to give almost every shot max power. It was spontaneous tennis and you never knew when an unforced error was going to come.
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I thought Agassi would do it in the third set. Would have been sweet to win the US open by beating the world #1 at 35.
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I had a chance to watch this set again... awesome.

Andre hit a brilliant balance of consistency and aggression. He was not letting Federer breathe, giving him very few balls that sat up. But at the same time, Agassi was also mixing up pace somewhat --- it wasn't like in Australia, where Andre seemed to take a full cut at every single ball. In Australia, Andre wasn't giving Federer a chance to make unforced errors himself. In the USO Final, Andre still played his percentage tennis... but he played it with incredible intensity, and threw in some surprises: approches to net, drop shots, finesse. He seemed to change things up at the right moments, causing surprising errors from Federer.

I guess he just wasn't able to sustain that level. He was hitting too many second serves, and he hit a few lower-quality shots at crucial points that Federer was able to attack. Then Andre lost that balance of aggression and consistency... shots were either errors, or too meek to bother Federer.

I think he still made an awfully impressive effort in that final.
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Default Re: That 6-2 set against Federer

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I had a chance to watch this set again... awesome.

Andre hit a brilliant balance of consistency and aggression. He was not letting Federer breathe, giving him very few balls that sat up. But at the same time, Agassi was also mixing up pace somewhat --- it wasn't like in Australia, where Andre seemed to take a full cut at every single ball. In Australia, Andre wasn't giving Federer a chance to make unforced errors himself. In the USO Final, Andre still played his percentage tennis... but he played it with incredible intensity, and threw in some surprises: approches to net, drop shots, finesse. He seemed to change things up at the right moments, causing surprising errors from Federer.

I guess he just wasn't able to sustain that level. He was hitting too many second serves, and he hit a few lower-quality shots at crucial points that Federer was able to attack. Then Andre lost that balance of aggression and consistency... shots were either errors, or too meek to bother Federer.

I think he still made an awfully impressive effort in that final.

Very good post.


Too bad Andre half-ran out of gas, half-choked at 3-6, 6-2, 4-2, 30-0....


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Even though Andre lost I think that was one of the best matches in 2005 bar the Agassi - Blake match which was another great epic from the man himself Andre Agassi.
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