Andre Agassi

ANDRE AGASSI (U. S. A.)

Born: 29/4/1970

Australian Open 1995,2000,2001,2003

French Open 1999

Wimbledon 1992

US Open 1994,1999

Andre Agassi's career reached glittering heights and plummeted to embarrassing depths. Agassi at his best was a devastating player who hit powerful and accurate groundstrokes that were more than a match for most players. However, when his shots weren’t working he continued to go for them and made a lot of errors. It also took Agassi several years to develop a mature approach to the game. Urged on by his father Mike, a former Iranian boxer who was determined that one of his children should become a tennis player, Andre was Mike’s youngest child and represented his last hope of tennis success. Agassi moved to the Bollitierri camp in Florida and was a promising junior. Agassi made his Grand Slam debut as a 16-year-old at the 1986 US Open, where he lost in round one to Jeremy Bates. At the 1988 French Open Agassi lost in the semis to Mats Wilander in five sets. At the US Open he beat Michael Chang in the fourth round and Jimmy Connors in the quarters before losing to Ivan Lendl in the semis. At the 1989 US Open Agassi came from two sets to one down to beat Connors in the quarters before losing in four sets to Lendl in the semis. At the 1990 French Open Agassi beat Jim Courier in the fourth round, defending champion Chang in four sets in the quarters and Jonas B Svensson in the semis. In the final he surprisingly lost to the veteran Andres Gomez in four sets. At the US Open Agassi beat Boris Becker in the semis before losing easily to Pete Sampras in the final. At the 1991 French Open Agassi beat Becker in four sets in the semis before losing a two sets to one lead against Courier in the final. At Wimbledon he served for the match in his quarter final against David Wheaton but lost in five sets. At the 1992 French Open Agassi beat Sampras in straight sets in the quarters before losing easily to Courier in the semis. At Wimbledon he outlasted Becker in the quarters, annihilated John McEnroe in the semis and overcame Goran Ivanisevic in a gruelling five set final to take his first Grand Slam title. Agassi was plagued by injuries in 1993 and with a new style of service he reached the Wimbledon quarters before going out in five sets to Sampras. Agassi's ranking dropped and it wasn't until mid 1994 that he was fully fit again. At the US Open he was unseeded but outlasted Chang in the fourth round, beat Muster in straight sets in the quarters and Todd Martin in the semis before a straight sets triumph over Michael Stich in the final. All of a sudden Agassi was winning every match he played. At the 1995 Australian Open he thrashed Pat Rafter in the fourth round, Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarters and Aaron Krickstein in the semis before coming from a set down to beat Sampras in the final to take the title at his first attempt. At Wimbledon he led Becker by a set and two breaks in the semis but then went down in four sets. At the US Open Agassi beat Petr Korda in the quarters and Becker in four sets in the semis before going down in four sets to Sampras in the final. At the 1996 Australian Open Agassi twice had to come from two sets to one down (against Gaston Etlis in the first round and Jonas Bjorkman in the fourth round) to make his way to the quarters. There he came from two sets to love and a break down to beat Courier before losing easily to Chang in the semis. Chang beat him even more comfortably in the semis of the US Open. 1997 was a disastrous year for Agassi. By the end of the year he had plummeted to 141 in the world rankings. He played challenger events and gradually began to make his way back up again. By the end of 1998 Agassi had made it back into the top 10! At the 1999 French Open he came from two sets to love down to beat Andrei Medvedev in the final to become only the fifth man ever to win all four Grand Slams and only the third man ever to win Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces (Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer later achieved this feat, both winning all four Grand Slam titles). At Wimbledon Agassi beat Rafter in the semis before losing in straight sets to Sampras in the final. At the US Open Agassi beat Kafelnikov in the semis before coming from two sets to one down to beat Martin in the final. At the 2000 Australian Open Agassi beat Sampras in an epic semi final (the best match ever played between them) before a four set win over Kafelnikov in the final. At Wimbledon he lost in the semis to Rafter in five sets. At the 2001 Australian Open Agassi, now 30 years of age, beat Rafter in five sets in the semis before thrashing Arnaud Clement in the final in straight sets to win his seventh Grand Slam title. Rafter beat him in five sets in the semis at Wimbledon. In 2002 Agassi took the Masters series title at Rome, 13 years after his last final there. At the US Open 32 year old Agassi faced 31 year old Sampras in the final and it was Sampras who beat his old rival in 4 sets. At the 2003 Australian Open, Agassi dropped just one set in becoming the oldest Grand Slam champion for 31 years. Even at 35 he managed to reach the U.S. Open final in 2005. He played brilliantly for a while but ran out of gas in the third set when up a break and lost to Federer in four sets. He retired the following year after a third round defeat in the U. S. Open aged 36.

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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: B.Becker 4-1, M.Chang 3-2, J.Connors 2-0, A.Costa 1-0, J.Courier 2-4, S.Edberg 1-0, R.Federer 1-3, J.C.Ferrero 0-2, A.Gomez 0-1, L.Hewitt 1-0, G.Ivanisevic 1-0, T.Johansson 1-0, Y.Kafelnikov 4-1, P.Korda 3-0, R.Krajicek 2-0, J.Kriek 1-0, G.Kuerten 1-0, I.Lendl 0-2, J.McEnroe 1-0, C.Moya 1-0, T.Muster 2-1, R.Nadal 0-1, P.Rafter 4-3, M.Safin 0-2, P.Sampras 3-6, M.Stich 1-0, M.Wilander 1-1

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