Friday, September 01, 2006
Few love-love for Agassi......
I do not wanted to post this in early day , coz just now I reached office , but I could not control myself…..
What a F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C Friday morning , watching my all time favorite Agassi in the third round of US open , as this is his last US open.
Dunno whether he is going to make it to the final but for me it is just praying each match to move him ahead…..
Though it is difficult for me coz my next favorite Nadal is also here but what to do I am sorry Nadal let me pray for Agassi coz this his last US open …….hope you understand !!!!
Andre Agassi came through a dramatic encounter to beat Marcos Baghdatis in five sets at the US Open and so extend his career by at least one more match.
The 36-year-old, who retires after the event, upset the eighth seed 6-4 6-4 3-6 5-7 7-5 in the night match.
Agassi was superb in the first two sets but missed break points in the third and lost a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
With Baghdatis suffering cramp, Agassi recovered from a break down in the fifth and faces Benjamin Becker next.
"I felt so good today and what a time to feel it," Agassi told the crowd afterwards.
"This just means the world to me. All you guys refreshed my faith in the human spirit and I can't thank you enough for that."
Baghdatis played down his physical problems and paid tribute to the American.
"I'm OK," he said. "I want to wish Andre good luck, not only for this match but for his life.
"He's more than a legend. He gave so much to the tour."
With every match potentially his last, the Las Vegan is being heralded at every turn in New York.
It was no different on Thursday night as the crowd of 23,000 gave him a lengthy standing ovation as he walked onto court.
Baghdatis has reached the Australian Open final and Wimbledon semis this year and went into the match as favourite, but Agassi was the sharper from the start.
A break point went begging in game three but there was no second chance for Baghdatis four games later and Agassi served out the set.
It was exactly the same story in the second as Agassi pulled the strings with his more consistent backhand, forcing errors from Baghdatis.
And when the American earned two break points in game seven of the third it looked like a repeat performance and a quick win for the twice former champion.
Baghdatis fired down an ace on his way to holding, however, and promptly broke Agassi for the first time in the following game before sealing the set.
Agassi left his younger rival standing early in the fourth set, sending the New York fans wild with a magnificent break in game two and another in game four.
But then the unthinkable - Baghdatis fought back to win seven of the next eight games and broke immediately at the start of the fifth.
To the relief of almost everyone, Agassi broke straight back and what followed was one of the most dramatic sets that even the American veteran can have played.
The key moment came when Baghdatis suffered cramp in game nine.
And although he held on for two more games, a wayward backhand on the second match point handed Agassi victory and extended his remarkable story.
WOW !!! Really a great Friday morning……….
Agassi’s History is here