> >Since we are going retro during the off-season anyways, I thought I
> >will post one of the better HC non-slam matches I've seen. This was
> >right in the middle of Agassi's resurgence that yr that started with
> >the AO.
> >Some awesome baseline rallies from both. One thing to notice is how
> >Sampras repeatedly kept feeding Agassi some high, looping, short
> >topspin BHs, tempting Agassi to go DTL and make Sampras hit a running
> >Excellent athleticism from both players, and it's nice to see that
> >Agassi could actually run - as we had got used to seeing the 1999+
> >Agassi who couldn't run as fast. Some nice attacking rallies.
> These seem to be very pro-Agassi highlights. It feels like Agassi wins
> most points, but Sampras won the match 3-0. These highlights are
> against my memory of their matches and what I said some days ago.
> Agassi looks more dominating from the baseline here, but that's not
> how I remember the HC matches. Not many big forehands from Sampras
I agree. But there were many long points (the 1st one, for example)
and exhibited Sampras' athleticism and also running FH, and very
decent consistency from the baseline. And this was a pretty slow
Did you see Sampras' BH winner at 2:07 ? Absolutely Fed like.
Besides, it also shows how much Agassi's movement/risk taking had
deteriorated by the time he played Fed, Roddick, Safin etc. between
2003-2005. And he was still competitive on HC (understatement) till he
was 35 yrs old.