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Old 12-13-2007, 05:18 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by ACS View Post
I'm not sure that I remember this match too well (as an Agassi fan, it's too painful to go back and watch), but I also do not remember a change in tactics by retrospect, the famous baseline-to-baseline forehand winner really stands out as the turning point

what I do remember was that, coming in to the match, Becker had to go to 9-7 in the fifth to beat Pioline in the quarters - no shame in that, but Agassi was looking so strong that I felt Agassi would likely win in straight sets (remember, Agassi owned Becker at that point)

and it certainly looked like Agassi was on his way to an easy victory early on - as i recall, he played about as well as I ever saw him play up to 4-1 in the second set...then, Becker played a good game to break him, and Andre was never the same...his passing shots (which had been razor sharp) were sitting up for Becker to put early in the third set (or maybe earlier), Agassi's eyes had that "deer in the headlights" look, while Becker was walking like he owned wimbledon

(that's how I remember it...but my bias is obviously slanted towards Agassi)
I'm definitely a Becker fan, and the whole rivalry was painful for me

Seriously, it's ironic being a Becker fan, that I didn't bother to watch this match because I expected Agassi to win; and I was not that into tennis anymore. Becker's win revived my interest for bit; and then Agassi's rivalry with Sampras got me just as interested as everyone ... until Andre went away.

But it's ironic that I saw all of Andre's victories over Boris in Slams -- including the 95 USO, which I sat down hopefully to watch -- but I have not seen the one that Becker took, until now.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly how the match got turned around. Sometimes a single moment can have great impact, and that first break seems to have been a psychological turning point; until then I think that mentally, Agassi's 8 straight victories were still on the minds of both men; after that it just became a dogfight.

Agassi was in the zone through 4-1 in the second, no question. He'd had a non-taxing QF and was having a great year. Becker was still stiff from the Pioline quarterfinal (something McEnroe noted too). I think it took him a while to get on fire; that baseline rally that got him the break point at 1-4 amazed me, the way he was moving then, with so much vigor despite getting spanked.

But I'm a fan, so that's my bias.
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