Los Angeles Times
Andre Agassi continued his outstanding year by winning the Paris Open with a victory over Russian teenager Marat Safin on Sunday. Agassi, who has already won the French and U.S. Open this year, had a little too much savvy for the unseeded Safin. In the 2-hour 32-minute match, Agassi raised his game when it mattered, winning five of seven break points, compared to only three of thirteen for Safin. “I thought we were both outstanding,” Agassi said. “He kept it together very well today and made me earn it from start to finish. “Against Safin, every point is important because a couple of swings of his racket and he breaks your serve.” Safin agreed that Agassi had won the tactical battle. “The problem was I started to play his game, running all the time,” he said. “I prefer to play short points. I was also very nervous… I got very tired at running along the baseline.” Agassi also won the Paris Open in 1994. For this victory, he earned $393,000, bringing his 1999 earnings to more than $3 million.
Agassi’s route to his 44th title:
2 Younes El Aynaoui 6-4, 6-3
3 Sjeng Schalken 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Q Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-1
S Nicolas Lapentti 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
W Marat Safin 7-6(1), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
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