Andre Agassi, an eight-time Major champion, had the opportunity to face future star Roger Federer at Basel 1998. The American had a convincing victory, but he was sure that Roger possessed the unique knowledge and tennis skills to guide him towards victory.
greatness. It was the third ATP tournament for the highly talented teenager, who arrived in Basel ranked 396th after reaching the first ATP quarter-final in Toulouse a week earlier. The draw in his hometown was cruel, sending Federer up against world No.
8 Andre Agassi, who had returned to winning ways after bottoming out in 1997. The more experienced opponent needed only an hour to unseat the junior 6-3 6-2, delivering more winners and making fewer errors to control the pace.
Agassi had a hard time finding the first serve (48%), but that didn’t affect his game. He let slip 14 points in nine service games and suffered a break from both chances he offered Federer. Aside from a few solid service games, Roger never really found his rhythm against top-10 opponents.
The local player lost almost half of his game points and suffered four breaks in eight opportunities offered to the American. Agassi had 19 service winners compared to Federer’s 13, with the Swiss hitting ten winners to leave the American at eight.
Andre dominated his shots with depth and precision, pulverizing seven unforced errors to the youngster’s 20 as Roger missed equally from both flanks. Agassi forced 13 errors from Federer and stayed at ten. We saw 27 winners and 17 errors from the American and a losing 23-33 ratio from the young Swiss.
The teenager showed off his immense talent and his shooting ability in some longer rallies. Still, those were just glimpses and not apart from the consistent, aggressive game plan he would develop for years to come. 62% of the points ended in the shortest range, up to four shots, and Andre had a 37-27 lead on them thanks to his deep returns and good serving from him.
Radwanska reflects on Federer
Wimbledon 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska recently reflected on legend Roger Federer’s retirement. “The first thing I was touched was when Roger was finishing. He had a fantastic event.
There was less pressure. Many great people showed up on the court. Federer is one of a kind. I watched the game and the post-game interview several times. I shed a tear. Icon and legend,” Radwanska said. “He is a great man on and off the court.
A class of its own on every level. May we soon have a similar talent in the world of tennis, although it will be extremely difficult to achieve,” she added.