The 23-year-old Gambill  became the only player with two-handed forehand & backhand to play a Masters 1000 final (‘Masters Series’ then). After a tight first set he ran out of gas. His route to the final had been much tougher (saved five match points in total in two different matches) and Agassi  took the last nine games of the contest. “You have to do a number of things right for your career to last this long,” the 31-year-old Agassi said, “I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent’s hair.” Gambill said about being a potential new American leader along with 19-year-old Andy Roddick after Agassi & Sampras’ anticipated retirement: “I think that’s a definite possibility if we keep playing the kind of tennis that we’re playing right now. I see no reason why we couldn’t both be in the top 10.” It didn’t happen at all, that Ericsson Open marked a peak in Gambill’s career. Already in 2005 he will be outside the Top 100 & never comes back to it.
Agassi’s route to his 48th title:
2 Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-2
3 David Prinosil 6-1, 6-3
4 Tommy Haas w/o
Q Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-4
S Patrick Rafter 6-0, 6-7(2), 6-2
W Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-0
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