The first year of Federer’s supreme dominance, but in the first round he suffered a shocking defeat to Hrbaty (6-1 6-7 4-6) and certainly it somehow helped Agassi to get his last big title at the age of 34, even though the route was very difficult from the beginning. The final win evened his record against Hewitt at 4-4, and they never faced each other again (Hewitt won their previous ‘best of three’ meeting in Cincinnati, two years before in the quarterfinals). “This certainly gives me a new life,” Agassi  said. “I came into this week with a lot of questions. So for me to end up winning was beyond what I could have expected.” The first set was tighter than the scoreline suggests, in 8 out of 9 games the loser took two points at least, the Australian led 40/15 twice on return and had a game point trailing 3:4. “I felt like I fought extremely hard to get myself back in the match,” Hewitt  said. “Then the third set, he came out, held a quick service game first game, and I was sort of on the back foot the whole time.”
Agassi’s route to his 59th title:
1 Mardy Fish 4-6, 7-6(3), 4-1 ret.
2 Thomas Johansson 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
3 Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-3
Q Carlos Moya 7-6(12), 6-3
S Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-6(2)
W Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
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