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Old 11-17-2003, 08:54 PM   #1
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Cool Agassi still the boss

Here's an article I found at eurosport that might help cheer you up, MQ!


Agassi still the boss

Amongst the chants of 'Let's go Andre let's go' at the Masters Cup in Houston last week, the Ken Rosewall of the modern game known as Double-A continued to teach the whippersnappers a lesson. Roger Federer ultimately ruined the script but for Andre Agassi the chances of further glory remain, writes James Buddell.

Few would have backed the Las Vegan to win, but in his 13th season-ending championship the 33-year-old returned from a two-month sabbatical fresh and inspired.

Wimbledon champion Federer proved the rightful winner becoming only the fourth player to sweep through the elite-eight showdown, but the appeal of Agassi's game oozing class and consistency remained in his fourth final.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion left Juan Carlos Ferrero earlier in the week low on confidence; David Nalbandian's normally potent double-handed backhand reduced to club standard; and Rainer Schuettler thinking his Canada Masters win in August was a fluke.

World number one Andy Roddick may be rightly worried of Federer's outrageous talent, but if he believes a first Australian Open title is a two-horse race, he'll have to think again.

This season Agassi continued to cut down his schedule on the account of having another mouth to feed. Wife Steffi Graf gave birth to a girl, Jaz Elle on 6th October.

A 13-tournament season has seen Agassi add four titles to his career haul, including an historic fourth Australian Open crown in a 57-match year.

And while his bones may be starting to creak and a days rest-bite is welcomed with open arms, Agassi realises the prospect of remaining in the top ten for a 15th time means he'll have to perform at the start of the year.

Agassi is renowned for his early form and quick starts.

So while his wife may want him to be indoors on Christmas Day don't be surprised if the tour-veteran has slipped out through a bedroom window and out onto the sand dunes behind his Las Vegas ranch.

2004 beckons, more records are there to be broken.
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Old 11-17-2003, 09:08 PM   #2
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Cool, thanks tangerine!!!
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Great article! A-Train is still the man!
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Damn right! Good article
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Old 12-06-2003, 03:52 PM   #5
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Yes, he is still the boss! Andre beat Andy in what sounds like a fun exhibition (bunk posted this originally in the Andy forum):
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Tennis match more about fun than play

Roddick, Agassi helped raise charity money


Saturday December 06, 2003


By Benjamin Hochman
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Wimbledon clashed with Generation Y in a tennis exhibition Friday as two of America's top players competed amid a raucous crowd of tennis fans and squealing girls. Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi played in a two-set matinee at Municipal Auditorium, showcasing the best serve in tennis (Roddick) and the best returner in tennis (Agassi).

But the afternoon wasn't as much about the game as it was (a) charity (b) celebrity (c) comedy; the match raised money for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation as the more than 4,000 fans gawked at the superstars who put on a memorable show.

By the way, Agassi won the two sets, 7-6, 6-3.

"The crowd had a lot of energy to them," said Agassi, formerly the world's No. 1-ranked player. "And competing against Andy is a great thing, because it brings out the best. You have to be sharp. And that's what entertainment is, two people competing, trying to win."

"It gives you a chance to kind of show a different side of you to the crowd," said the 21-year-old Roddick, the current No. 1 player in the world and a teen idol.

A house divided split its passion for the two likable stars. But the passion was bountiful. Fans shrieked and screamed as the players grunted and groaned during their rallies.

Between play, younger fans periodically harmonized -- "We love you Andy!" Not to be outdone, some older fans, more subdued but still starry-eyed, showed their love for the seasoned star -- "We love you Andre!"

During play, the players showcased what's earned them a combined eight Grand Slam singles titles. Agassi's famous resilience came to life even in a meaningless exhibition, as the 33-year-old grinded out points with his opponent, 12 years his junior, winning many rallies. And Roddick's serve regularly bested 110 mph and occasionally ricocheted off the bleachers behind Agassi. The ball girls were to stand stoically behind the players and only interact when necessary, but when one ball girl was struck with an errant Roddick serve, she broke character and smiled, waving to the two players who expressed concern for her safety.

Before the marquee match, the two stars were teamed up with a pair of local stars in a doubles exhibition straight out of Melissa Mang and Taylor Fogleman's fantasies. The two 16-year-olds are New Orleans' best juniors, but Friday they were humbled by tennis aristocracy.

"It's definitely an experience of a lifetime," said Mang, the No. 7 player in the country 18 years old or younger, who teamed with Roddick. "I'll never forget it. Every minute of it was just great."

In one shining moment, Mang drilled a serve to Agassi, who helplessly stuck his racket out and barely avoided the ace by tapping the ball to the side.

"And he's the best returner in the world -- ever," she said. "It was incredible. I think he was a little ticked after that, though."

On Mang's ensuing serve to the former gold medalist, Agassi vengefully spanked the ball back past Roddick and Mang with a sheepish grin on his face.

Agassi and Fogleman proceeded to win, and Fogleman said he still hasn't woken up.

"It's a dream," he said.

And when the day was over, fans flooded the perimeter of the court, begging for an autograph or at least a glimpse of Mandy Moore and Steffi Graf's men.

"I love Andy," screeched 15-year-old Raine Rafferty, wearing a T-shirt that read, "I love Andy." "We heard a rumor that he and Mandy broke up. Tell him Raine Rafferty really will take her place."

While the rumor wasn't true, Rafferty still loved Andy. It was as though this guy could do no wrong -- until he was asked by an interviewer over the public address system: "You're in New Orleans -- Who's your pick in the LSU-Georgia game?"

Roddick paused, and then said, "Well, my brother went to Georgia. . . ."
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Bloody hell!! 33 yr old beating the 21 world no1. I think its safe to say Andre is still the best! That along with Lleyton as well!
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I didn't know where to ask this so this thread is as good as any! Can anyone tell me if Andre was the only unseeded player to win a Slam?

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Becker did it in his first Wimbledon!

And Ivanisevic had a wild card to get into Wimby 2001. I'm guessing he is the biggest long shot to win a GS, although I didn't actually look that up...

But it is definitely a very rare thing, so no wonder Andre couldn't believe it!
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Yea I was about to mention Goran. That was indeed a shocker for that time being. But of course he had previously reached two Wimbledon finals.
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Yea I was about to mention Goran. That was indeed a shocker for that time being. But of course he had previously reached two Wimbledon finals.
Three!

lost to Agassi 1992, Sampras 1994, Sampras 1998

A fourth loss would have been SO heartbreaking for him. Even though I liked Rafter, I'm glad Goran won.
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Andre trash-talking Andy? LOL. I would've liked to have seen that live.

Thanks for your responses, guys!

BTW, I started an Andre thread in the Australian Open board. We need to support our "old man" because the new balls fans want him to retire and we can't let that happen!

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Three!

lost to Agassi 1992, Sampras 1994, Sampras 1998

A fourth loss would have been SO heartbreaking for him. Even though I liked Rafter, I'm glad Goran won.
Um, um...what I meant was that he lost two of them to the dominator that is Sampras.

Go Andre at AO! (Although I'd much prefer him to win any of the other slams next year)
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