Originally Posted by Kalin
Agassi at his best was the best ballstriker I have seen, including Fed whom I personally consider the GOAT, by the way. When Andre was still young (his long hair and fluorescent spandex 'image is everything' years) he could hit every shot in the book with winners out of nowhere no less outrageous than the ones Fed is known for. But it didn't win him many tournaments so he toned it down a notch going for the extra consistency.
During his most successful years Agassi had perfected his tactics to a point where his game was indeed quite boring to watch- heavy serve intended not to hit an outright winner but to pull the receiver out of position and then take him apart with precision groundies. During this period you always had the feeling that Agassi still had an extra gear which he very seldom used rather preferring to stay in the zone of utmost control. He would still hit the occasional out-of-this-world return when he was himself out of position but he always chose to stay in balance whenever possible and make the opponent run instead.
Needless to say, I much preferred watching the young Andre, that was so much more fun.
On a side note, yes, his volleys always looked a bit awkward compared to the supreme stylists like Edberg and Boris and even Pete but he had excellent hands, good coverage and the luxury of being able to come back behind the best groundstrokes in the game
This helps a lot!
if i could bronze this post i would and hang it in my home next to my agassi shrine
what you said about agassi in his early (i.e long hair) days was dead on the money! you didn't dare take your eyes off one of his matches for a second because you might miss aa hitting the most insane winner ever (until the next time he did it
)! didn't win a whole lot of titles those days but it was alot of fun to watch. back then, his groundies where his whole game. his serve wasn't a weapon itself, he just used it to start the point on his own terms. i remember he used to like serving wide in the ad court to open up the court for a crosscourt forehand. his volleys might have been uglier than roddicks but the difference is aa only came in on sitters and would usually end it with a swinging forehand volley.