uo89agassi_connors

uo89agassi_connors

Points won by each set: [ 33-19, 25-31, 14-28, 37-26, 27-23 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
16 % Agassi – 22 of 131
17 % Connors – 23 of 132

The 19-year-old Agassi [6] needed badly victory in that style against his 18 years older compatriot. Agassi as a teenager was known as an enormous talent, but also a great front-runner, so his inability to win matches from difficult positions might have worried people who saw in him the future Grand Slam champion. Connors [15] suffered dizziness in the 2nd set, it was quite shocking how easily he won the 3rd set. Agassi struggled in the first two service games of the 4th set, yet he took control over the last two sets of that incredibly lopsided 3-hour 17-minute encounter in which Connors already led 4:1 in the 2nd set with two breaks while Agassi put himself in front 4:1* (30/15) in the 4th and 5:1* in the 5th set. Connors displayed then his famous ‘never-say-die’ attitude winning 13 out of 16 points to lead 15/0 in the last game of the match, but Agassi kept composure and converted his second match point with a brilliant backhand dropshot causing Connors’ error. Agassi’s first five-set win on sixth attempt.

# Agassi’s first five-setters (prior to the US Open ’89):
1987 Key Biscayne: T.Muster 6-7, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 4-6
1988 Key Biscayne: A.Krickstein 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 0-1 ret.
1988 Roland Garros: M.Wilander 6-4, 2-6, 5-7, 7-5, 0-6
1989 Rome: A.Mancini 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 1-6
1989 Davis Cup: B.Becker 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 3-6, 4-6

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