2006 US OPEN

2nd Round


6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5





Andre Agassi is determined to leave a legacy in tennis that few surpass.  Tonight, he extended his farewell tour by beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in 5 amazing sets. Andre, always a fast starter, was on fire and seemed to have an easy night ahead of him.  But, he was due for several more

hours of work as Baghdatis raised his level of play.  Andre, who was in the hospital just a day earlier receiving cortisone injections for his ailing back, had to trade countless heavy groundstrokes against a young player who seems to have modeled his game after the US star that is 15 years older.

Agassi was hitting the ball as hard and clean as he ever has, and seemed to aim every ball to bounce ON the baseline.  His timing and accuracy were impeccable.  As  Baghdatis came storming back from an 0-4 hole in the 4th set, the entire 23,000 plus crowd could feel that this was not going to be an ordinary match.  Late in the 5th set, the Cypriot began to suffer anew from cramping in his legs and looked like he might have to retire.  But he

played on and almost broke Agassi.  It looked like a tiebreak was inevitable, but Andre sealed the match to the roar of the crowd.

Andre continues his amazing run and hopefully his body can recover in time to play more matches after his first 2 grueling encounters.

Baghdatis meanwhile, has undoubtedly gained new fans for putting up with all of the fans cheering against him as well as playing through the pain of an injured wrist and leg cramps.  The Cypriot was also very classy in congratulating Andre for his marvelous career after his loss.  Total Class!

``I feel like I've been living a dream for 21 years,'' Agassi said  after the match. ``Tonight has been another example of moments you're not guaranteed in life and believe me I take it all in.''