Third straight year Agassi  plays the first rubber of the Davis Cup final – in 1990 he overcame in five sets the other baseliner Fromberg, in the following two years he easily outplayed serve-and-volleyers (and doubles partners) Forget & Hlasek. The Swiss  as opposed to the Frenchman, decided to play his standard tactics on faster surfaces, so he was attacking the net often as a server & receiver, but Agassi was merciless, especially with his backhand returns & passing-shots. The American faced a break point only in the last game of the match. The three sets against Hlasek, in terms of the scoreline it was almost a copy of Agassi’s sets 2-4 against Forget – the American lost just five games in both cases not being broken; he needed 1 hour 28 minutes to win those sets against Hlasek (90-58 in points) and 1 hour 34 minutes to win three successive sets against Forget (81-52 in points). The key to those overwhelming performances, it was Agassi’s high percentage of first serves – above 70% over Forget (just 49% in the first set he lost) and 81% against Hlasek… Agassi had such a big advantage over them from the baseline that didn’t need to try getting the points with the serve, and holding with no troubles, he could be fully focused on returning games. “You know, I think I had him a little frustrated,” Agassi said. “He came in, I won the point. He stayed back, I controlled the point. I was returning his first serves, hitting his second serves. There really wasn’t too much I wasn’t doing extremely well.” The arrogant Agassi said he would face Rosset already after the Hlasek match, it wasn’t required on Sunday though, because the US team won the tie after the fourth rubber. “This is an amazing feeling. You can`t buy it,” said Courier after his clincher “Nothing means more to be here with these guys.” The best player of 1992 disappointed on day one losing a dramatic 4-hour 23-minute match to Rosset, who was serving very well (27 aces).
USA d. SWITZERLAND 3-1 in Tarrant County Centre, Fort Worth, TX,USA: Hard (Indoor)
Andre Agassi (USA) d. Jakob Hlasek (SUI) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
Marc Rosset (SUI) d. Jim Courier (USA) 6-3, 6-7(9), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
John McEnroe / Pete Sampras (USA) d. Jakob Hlasek / Marc Rosset (SUI) 6-7(5), 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-1, 6-2
Jim Courier (USA) d. Jakob Hlasek (SUI) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Andre Agassi (USA) vs Marc Rosset (SUI) unp.
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