Points won by each set: | 36-30, 35-29, 27-9 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
24 % Agassi – 20 of 81
20 % Haas – 17 of 85

“[When something is missing], you don’t really admit fully to yourself, because it’s such a disappointment when you come so close. But you realise, as you size up all these tournaments outside the Grand Slams, that the Italian Open has so much history and is a staple of tennis. Hopefully, wherever Alberto Mancini is, he has a smile on his face for me.” said 32-year-old Agassi referring to his 1989 final when he squandered a match point to Mancini… Agassi’s [9] best clay-court tournament beside Roland Garros 1999. Both players advanced to the final not dropping a set, so the outcome was very disappointing – in the end Agassi won 16 of the last 17 points. The 24-year-old Haas [7] enjoyed the best period of his career at the time (between the Canadian Opens 2001-02 to be precise), and he could believe he would be the best player in the world, however, he didn’t reach another Masters 1K final afterwards…

Agassi’s route to his 52nd title:
1 Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2
2 Michiel Kratochvil 6-0, 6-1
3 Agustin Calleri 7-6(4), 7-5
Q Albert Costa 6-2, 6-2
S Jiri Novak 7-5, 6-4
W Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

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