Absolutely brilliant tournament from Agassi – he beat five Top 20 guys! It was a time when players were obtaining bonus points for defeating Top 50 guys and it helped Agassi to move from No. 7 to No. 2 after the event (he’d started the season outside Top 30). Rosset  reached his lone ‘Mercedes Super 9’ final and after the disappoiting first two sets when he’d committed all his double faults, he was playing a toe-to-toe battle. There was even a moment when it seemed he’d extend to a five-setter – he played great point at the net at *4:5 (30-all) in the 4th set to win four straight points, then Agassi got a point with a drive-volley from relatively tough position. On first match point Rosset delivered something what could have been a service winner against majority of players, but Agassi responded with a deep return, the ball landed on the line forcing Rosset’s error. The match lasted 2 hours 36 minutes. “I would have to say the best tennis of the week was against Pete,” Agassi said. “It was absolutely incredible tennis. And to get through that one gave me great confidence. I have to say that to me was the match of the tournament.”
Agassi’s route to his 24th title:
2 Jason Stoltenberg 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
3 Todd Martin 6-2, 7-5
Q Pete Sampras 7-6(6), 7-5
S Sergi Bruguera 6-4, 6-4
W Marc Rosset 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
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