uo02agassi_hewitt

uo02agassi_hewitt

Points won by each set: [ 30-22, 40-36, 35-41, 26-18 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Agassi – 25 of 131
23 % Hewitt – 27 of 117

Even though the 32-year-old legend of the event Agassi [6] had huge crowd behind himself, 11 years younger Hewitt [1] was a heavy favourite as a defending champion, current Wimbledon champion, who had beaten Agassi in their three previous meetings within ten months, including “best of 3 match of the year” in San Jose ’02 # The New York confrontation had all ingredients to become “best of 5 match of the year” after the first three sets. The Australian squandered 3:0* in 1st & *5:3 (deuce) lead in the 2nd set (5-all in the tie-break he lost 5/7), but kept his composure, came back from *1:4 (0/15) in 3rd set winning the tie-break 7/1. At the beginning of the 4th set it seemed that ‘6-2’ for Hewitt was the most probable scenario, because Agassi was very slow like he wanted to be physically well prepared for the decider against much fitter opponent. Hewitt led 2:1* (30/0) in 4th after his forehand winner when Agassi didn’t even try to chase the ball. It was a moment, the Australian had won 18 out of the previous 24 points. An astonishing shift of the momentum occurred though, first Agassi won quite difficult rally, then five games in a row!

# Comparison of their two 2002 matches that lasted the same & Agassi won the same amount of points:
San Jose (F): Hewitt d. Agassi 4-6, 7-6, 7-6… 2 hours 57 minutes… Total points: 126-131
US Open (SF): Agassi d. Hewitt 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2… 2 hours 57 minutes… Total points: 131-117

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