The 27-year-old Spaniard , who was playing in uncharacteristic fashion for the Spanish tennis, in Scottsdale reached his second and last ATP final. The match featured exceptional rally, in which Agassi notched a volley winner responding to Balcells’ overhead. Agassi  had no problem in any of his ten service games. It was a time when Agassi suffered his worst streak of losing tie-breaks (1-12 record), and that tie-break won vs Balcells was the only one in 13 he’d played within six months! “When you’re on the court, there are no idols,” said Balcells “Agassi is Agassi; (John) McEnroe is McEnroe. You want to win the match.” After Scottsdale, Balcells won only 3 ATP matches and retired one year later due to chronic problems with knees, shoulders, wrist and ankle.
Agassi’s route to his 50th title:
1 Francisco Clavet 6-3, 6-2
2 Greg Rusedski 6-4, 6-4
Q Juan Ignacio Chela 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1
S Xavier Malisse 6-4, 6-4
W Juan Balcells 6-2, 7-6(2)
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