Points won by each set: [ 34-30, 26-22, 19-31, 35-30 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
27 % Agassi – 32 of 116
34 % Federer – 38 of 111

AP. In sunny, 87-degree weather, Agassi cooled off one of the hottest players in tennis. The 12th-seeded Federer has won 23 matches this year, the most on the ATP Tour, and he beat No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals. But with a workmanlike effort, Agassi dominated early and withstood a late charge by Federer, who was up a service break in the final set. Agassi broke back for 4-all, then broke again on championship point when Federer netted a forehand. For two sets the 20-year-old Federer looked as if he were playing in his first Tennis Masters Series final, which he was. He hadn’t lost his serve coming into the match, but those streaks didn’t last long. After falling behind 0:2* (15/40), Agassi broke Federer three times in the first set, repeatedly ripping returns that had the Swiss youngster on his heels – if he reached them at all. Federer, best known for ending Pete Sampras’ 31-match Wimbledon winning streak last year, rarely reached the net and struggled early with an erratic serve and backhand. But he settled down in the 3rd set, losing only three points on his serve. When he took a 4:2* lead in the 4th set, it looked as though the match might become a test of stamina on the sweltering hardcourt. Agassi evened the set with a break in the eighth game, then lost only two points in the final two games. “Once I got the break back, you can see the daylight at the end of the tunnel,” he said. Agassi won $456,000 for his 51st career title and his second this year. He won at Scottsdale in early March. Federer, who received $240,000, is 17-5 against Americans but 0-3 against Agassi.

Agassi’s route to his 52nd title:
2 Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-1
3 Agustin Calleri 6-3, 6-2
4 Thomas Johansson 7-5, 6-2
Q Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 7-5
S Marcelo Rios 6-7(7), 6-4 ret.
W Roger Federer 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply