cincinnati96agassi_chang

Points won by each set: [ 49-47, 33-27 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
31 % Agassi – 22 of 43
18 % Chang – 16 of 50

# They faced each other in the Cincy final for the second straight year and the progress of the match was quite similar to their meeting twelve months before – first tight set, then Agassi took control. Chang led 5:4* (40/0) in the opener, but Agassi saved the triple set point very quick – two service winners and overhead. The younger American [3] had his fourth set point, but made a backhand error trying to play slice. In the 7/4 tie-break Agassi trailed 2:4. In the 2nd set Agassi led 3:1, then squandered break points leading 3:2 & 4:3, but didn’t repeat it on Chang’s next service game snapping his 14-match winning streak. At the time no-one could think that Agassi [7] would wait more than a year for his another title (San Jose in February ’98).

Agassi’s route to his 34th title:
2 Magnus Larsson 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3 Alex O’Brien 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-0
Q Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3
S Thomas Muster 6-4, 6-1
W Michael Chang 7-6(4), 6-4

# Comparison of their two Cincy finals:
1995: Agassi d. Chang 7-5, 6-2… 1 hour 36 minutes… Total points: 80-68
1996: Agassi d. Chang 7-6, 6-4… 1 hour 43 minutes… Total points: 82-74

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