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Old 08-31-2006, 10:16 PM   #31
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Andre is 2 sets up!
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Old 08-31-2006, 10:58 PM   #32
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Andre's looking damn strong here in the 4th set. I think he'll pull it off.
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:46 PM   #33
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damm... it's like monday all over again.. except the comeback is not Andre's


THIS CAN'T BE THE END... LET'S GO ANDRE!!!!
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DAMN GAME WON'T END


cramps and all, and Andre still can't win
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Old 09-01-2006, 12:49 AM   #35
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Andre survives!!!!!!

What an incredible match!

Baghdadis was like a mosquito that wouldn't go away.

Next up for Andre is some guy named Benjamin Becker whom I have never heard of.

LET'S GO ANDRE!!!!!

I want him to win this whole thing sooo bad.
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HE WON!!!!!



man... who ever came up with the idea of McEnroe interviewing Agassi should get a raise... those 2 are HILLARIOUS together...


"so, andre... your next match is against B. Becker from Germany... what do you feel about that?"
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Old 09-01-2006, 12:55 AM   #37
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but Baghdadis really needs a standing ovation as well... he went from 0-4 to win the 4th set, almost beat Agassi (part of me says Andre won, some that Baghdadis lost alone) ... playing ABOVE a cramp... amazing...

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what a match.... didnt expect Agassi to make it... should he get past the next round he could potentially face Roddick in the 4th...
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Old 09-02-2006, 03:06 PM   #39
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who saw Blake's match last night?... anyone noticed anything?







reed the history here :

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/02/sp...nadeeAPqRBAAcQ


PD: is it raining in NY?... are the games postponed?
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The US Open is the new Wimbeldon this year!
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Not a big tennis fan normally, but just watched Agassi v Becker, great game, sad end for Agassi, but credit to Becker he played great game, especially as he had to take on the crowd as well, Agassi's one of those rare sportsmen, whether you're interested in his sport or not, you're aware of him, & his achievements, he'll be missed, but never forgotten, true sporting GREAT!
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(first of all... Becker played the game of his life, making points and puting the ball where normally nobody could... he really deserves the victory)



I'm sad... really...

my last hero retires...

Ayrton Senna died before his time...

Michel jordan... I saw those last Bulls games, with that historic 3-pioint... but even him could fill me up

Andre Agassi... for me it will ALWAYS be the BEST EVER in this game... he was a rebel, a great person, a person that fell from grace to the most obscure parts and came back not once, but twice to be Nº1 of the world...

In part... my last hero goes away, and as he leaves, I feel... older, like it's a new world, the end of an era, for me and specially for him...




Goodbye ANDRE AGASSI... you'll never be forgotten


http://usopen.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=80




LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER!!!
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It was surreal for me to watch his final match today and hear him say goodbye. I was there at Horseshoe Bend here in Atlanta when he celebrated his 18th birthday. He was presented a birthday cake after he played Michael Chang. I remember it like it was yesterday. An amazing man he grew up to be. An emotional goodbye.
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Old 09-04-2006, 12:31 AM   #44
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This is one of the loveliest pieces of sportswriting I have ever come across. It was in my paper a few days ago.

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Agassi has been educating us for 20 years and sport is going to miss him
by Rohit Brijnath

Late into Monday night, his monkish face dissolving into smiles despite his exhaustion, he told John McEnroe after his first round win: "Six more".

Some neurotic, uptight logician somewhere is going, 'six more wins? That would give him the title! And surely he, 36, slower of foot, untidier of stroke, with Baghdatis in the next round itself, and Federer down the road, has no chance, so …'

SHUT UP. Banish logic. Deport reason. Exile sanity. Just put your head to the ground and listen to a cheering world. You see, this is Andre Agassi's last waltz and no one wants it to be over.

There is not space enough for every athlete that has come and gone in the limited room of our hearts. But him, he's different, always has been, always been embedded in our lives, from the time he first played on tour in 1986, the year a kid was born in a corner of Spain called Rafael.

He journeyed with us, he and his tennis, we and our jobs, side by side, through the years, growing sideburns together and embracing silliness. We'd heard rumours about life and its second chances, but he, this sneerer at Samson who shaved his head and grew stronger, was proof of it. Of all the redemption songs in sport, his is the sweetest.

On Monday, the entire US Open tennis centre was named after Billie Jean King and here was a revolutionary, who hurdled mockery, and confronted chauvinism, and led women players to a promised land of respect, their own tour and in many cases equal prize money.

Agassi, on Monday, described her finely, saying: "Some people do a lot and some people represent a lot. In her case, she gets the highest marks in both categories." Agassi is no King, but he is tennis' sweet prince, whose transformation of tennis has been less significant but compelling nonetheless.

Agassi helped convert tennis into entertainment, he could put on a show and he could play. He was such a filler of stadiums that Nike paid him even more than they did Pete. After all, only he could start his first round match on Monday half in tears and his opponent in smiles. Andre Pavel was laughing, having figured out there was no way he could beat 23,001 Americans.

Nothing stays unique for long in sport, in time we will see another pigeon-toed businesslike walker between points, another bald baseliner, another sinner turned saint, another dater of actresses.

But in our lifetimes, maybe we'll never see anyone who played quite like him.

Agassi is underrated because he was born in Pete's time. But eventually he did what Pete could not do. What no man has done. Not even the Fed yet.

Four men only before Agassi had won all four Grand Slam tournaments, Don Budge, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, but when he joined them he was part of their gang yet separate.

When Laver and the rest played, three of the four slams (Wimbledon , US, Australian) were played on grass. But Agassi is the only man to win the four grand slam titles on four different surfaces (Wimbledon grass, French clay, US fast hardcourt, Australian slow hardcourt). It is the ultimate masterpiece of versatility.

Agassi's game at its best translated onto every surface because it was simple, clinical, efficient, tidy, organised. If Federer's game is manufactured in a Ferragamo designer studio, and Nadal's game is hammered out in some sweaty foundry, then Agassi's game was engineered at Mercedes.

Though Rolls Royce might claim that return of serve, a stroke so astonishing that it immediately made him (shorter than most, less heftier serve, not much of a volley) a contender at Wimbledon even in its fast grass days.

Agassi was special because you could sit, eyes closed, and almost listen to him on court. It was like being blindfolded in the audience when Horowitz went to work on the piano, for Agassi would produce these clean powerful notes, each one emerging like it had been polished for hours, shots that were not contaminated by anything, they were the pure, crisp offspring of faultless timing and immaculate technique.

For a once rebellious soul, Agassi's art was classical.

He made the term "windscreen wiper" fashionable because it's what he did to his opponents, moving them from one corner to another. Tennis is about time, getting to the ball on time, having enough time to prepare the racket-head, enough time to position the feet, enough time for the brain to sort through four options and choose one, and Agassi, because he stood on the baseline, taking the ball early, hitting so fast, stole time from players. He did not allow you to do enough with the ball.

He's been stunning to watch. No, even more than. He's been a tennis education.

So he was not as fast on Monday, which is why he hit so many single-handed backhands. And not so exact, like an engineer with a faulty slide rule. And not so commanding, standing for three sets against Pavel two metres behind the baseline.

Still, he won. At 36.

It really doesn't matter whether he wins six more matches and produces a miracle. Because if you look at him now, and what he was, then his career's been one anyway.
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Andre is the Man!!! For as long as I can remember I've been a tennis fan and Andre is the reason why. Admitedly when I was younger it was his image that I thought was so cool and then it was his game and style of play. he's the most exciting player I've ever watched and he will be greatly missed. I teared up at the conclusion of today's match. From the "image is everything" to the complete class act he is today this guy gave us everything, ups and downs(some very low ones). For me he'll always have that "what if" factor to his career. What if he'd been as focused early in his career as he was later on? What if he hadn't skipped the Australian open for the first ten yeasr of his career? He could very well be the all time Grand Slam leader. I remember having Agassi posters on my locker in Grade 10 after his first Wimbledon(1992) and US open titles(1994). I remember thinking when he won Wimbledon "how can a guy win when his opponent gets 37 aces!" I remember the time he came out with his head shaved(Australian Open) and everyone was in shock lol! The '96 Olympics, All the matches against Sampras, last year against Blake the list goes on. As a kid when I'd play with my buddy's I was always Agassi. You kow how kids do that "I'm Agassi!!" My best friend who I played with the most liked Boris Becker so it's kinda funny that Andre's last match was against B. Becker lol. I love this guy and he's truely one of the greatest athletes(not just tennis player) of all time. It's amazing to me that it was only 3 short yeasr ago where he finnished the season at number 2 in the world and really 2006 doesn't really counta s he's hardly played so basically it's only been two yeasr since he's been outta the top 2. Sampras will go down as the greatest(we'llsee what Federer does) but Agassi was the heart and soul of this sport for 20 years. He's the people's champion. I feel quite sad about it actually. Moments like these not only signify a passing of an era in Agassi's life but also in our own lives. I mean as far as tennis goes all I've ever known was Agassi. In a sense it's like losing that last part of your childhood, if that makes any sense.Thanks for the memories and the inspiration Andre. You truely are THE MAN!!

here's some career highlights: http://tsn.ca/tennis/news_story/?ID=176383&hubname=
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