Americans enjoyed excellent players born in the 40s (Ashe, Smith) and 50s (Connors, J.McEnroe), but noone of this calibre was born in the 60s therefore it led to a concern in the 80s that with ageing Connors & McEnroe, Americans wouldn’t have top players in the 90s. The reality was contrary, and the 90s were the best decade for the American tennis by a country mile, thanks to players born in the 70s. # 18-year-old Agassi and 16-year-old Chang were prodigies, paradoxically in the first half of the 90s, Sampras and Courier achieved more (in the late 80s they weren’t in the center of attention as teenagers)… Agassi, almost two years older than Chang, quite comfortably won the night session encounter, the first of their five Grand Slam meetings. Even though the teenage Chang had a soft serve, he held four times at ‘love’ in the opener. Since 5-all though, Agassi’s dominance was unquestionable, and he converted his first match point with a dropshot-lob combination to win his 22nd match in a row!
Agassi 4 – 16
Chang 48 – 7
Courier 80 – 1
Sampras 188 – 2
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