Originally Posted by Mustard
Come on, kishnabe. It was a big upset. Andre Agassi was the world number 4 and had been in the semi finals or better at Wimbledon in the previous 3 years. Agassi had a new coach on board since February 2002 in Darren Cahill, having parted from his previous coach of 8 years, Brad Gilbert. Also, Agassi's first round match against Harel Levy at 2002 Wimbledon was chosen to be the first match on centre court in the absence of reigning champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Paradorn Srichaphan was ranked at number 67 in the world at the time, so wasn't considered anywhere near Agassi's level before their second round match. In the match, Srichaphan totally outplayed Agassi to win 6-4, 7-6, 6-2. This was one of many upsets at 2002 Wimbledon. In that second round alone, there was Olivier Rochus beating Marat Safin (then world number 2), and George Bastl beating Pete Sampras.
I know he was still good in his 30's. Yeah he was the favorite in that match.
He could have adapted on the slower grass in his 20's.....maybe Sampras couldn't hurt him on their early Wimbledon encouters if it were slow.
Agassi baselining has to help on the slower stuff....even though Faster courts suit him. The SanV guys were too strong most of the time....so it would hurt them more than it hurts him.
Hewitt preferes the faster grass but did better at Wimbledon after it was slowed.