Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Haas, Rome final, 2002

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
Andre Agassi beat Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the Rome final, 2002 on clay

It was Agassi's sole title at the event or at Masters level on clay. Haas would reach his career best ranking of 2 shortly afterwards

Agassi won 98 points, Haas 68

Serve Stats
Agassi...
- 1st serve percentage (49/81) 60%
- 1st serve points won (37/49) 76%
- 2nd serve points won (17/32) 53%
- Aces 3, Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (20/81) 25%

Haas...
- 1st serve percentage (38/85) 45%
- 1st serve points won (22/38) 58%
- 2nd serve points won (19/47) 40%
- Aces 4 (1 second serve)
- Double Faults 7
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (17/85) 20%

Serve Patterns
Agassi served...
- to FH 34%
- to BH 66%

Haas served...
- to FH 22%
- to BH 77%
- to Body 1%

Return Stats
Agassi made...
- 61 (13 FH, 48 BH)
- 1 Winner (1 FH)
- 13 Errors, comprising...
- 7 Unforced (7 BH)
- 6 Forced (4 FH, 2 BH)
- Return Rate (61/78) 78%

Haas made...
- 60 (20 FH, 40 BH), including 2 runaround FHs & 3 return-approaches
- 16 Errors, comprising...
- 7 Unforced (2 FH, 5 BH)
- 9 Forced (5 FH, 4 BH)
- Return Rate (60/80) 75%

Break Points
Agassi 7/14 (8 games)
Haas 1/6 (2 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding serves)
Agassi 20 (12 FH, 6 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV)
Haas 19 (10 FH, 7 BH, 1 BH1/2V, 1 OH)

Agassi's FHs - 5 cc (1 return, 1 pass), 3 dtl (2 at net), 1 inside-out, 2 inside-in and 1 drop shot
- BHs - 3 cc, 1 dtl pass, 1 drop shot and 1 net chord dribbler

Haas' FHs - 1 cc, 2 dtl, 2 inside-out, 3 inside-in, 1 lob at net and 1 running-down-drop-shot drop shot/cc at net
- BHs - 1 cc, 5 dtl and 1 net chord dribbler

- 1 from a return-approach point, a BH1/2V
- 1 OH was on the bounce

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Agassi 31
- 16 Unforced (8 FH, 7 BH, 1 OH)... with 1 FH at net
- 15 Forced (7 FH, 7 BH, 1 Back-to-Net)... with1 FH running-down-drop-shot at net & 1 BH running-down-drop-shot at net
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 47.5

Haas 51
- 40 Unforced (14 FH, 25 BH, 1 BHV)
- 11 Forced (7 FH, 4 BH)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 47

(Note 1: All 1/2 volleys refer to such shots played at net. 1/2 volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke numbers)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Agassi was...
- 8/14 (57%) at net, ...
- 1/2 forced back/retreated

Haas was...
- 8/11 (73%) at net, with...
- 2/3 (67%) return-approaching

Match Report
Lively and varied baseline encounter, if not a particularly good one. Agassi is solid and plays freely and without fixed patterns, if not unpredictably. Haas tries a few different things without looking like he knows what he's trying to do exactly, and none of it well

40 unforced errors (25 of them BHs) from Haas is key stat. Agassi has 16 UEs

During this period, Agassi had settled into an almost rigid routine off playing firm BH cc's to draw errors and hitting a bit harder and wider FH cc's to encourage errors. Rarely did he step up and look to hit winners. He tended to stay close to baseline, in center of court and take ball fairly early (certainly for a player hitting neutrally). Solid, maybe bossy. Short of aggressive. Movement not great

He doesn't play that way here though. There's BH cc'ng, but its not persistent or systematic and he goes more attackingly wide than his norm. He backs away (if not runsaround) to play FHs from ad court - the inside-ins are aggressive, point killing shots, the inside-outs less so and more designed to draw errors than hit winners. He falls back behind baseline to play who-blinks first and loops ball in play. He steps in when situation calls for it, but doesn't look to do so. He plays a dual winged game. He plays serve + big FH to dictate play

Agassi with superficially excellent 20 winners, 16 UEs while forcing 11 errors out of Haas. Well played, but its secondary to Haas' UEs

- 20 winners is an excellent figure. there are more cc shots than any other off both sides which speaks to an essential, soundness. No wild attacks, but sustained taking his shots as chances come up (or are created)

Fewer UEs than winners is usually a sign of outstanding play, especially from baseline and on clay. Agassi plays well, but 'outstanding' is a couple of bridges too far. He's not particularly rock solid and has his share of missing routine groundies. Its just that Haas has a lot, lot more. More credit for the 20 winners than the low 16 UEs than

He's got 15 FEs, just 1 less than his UEs. That's usually a sign of being rock solid off the ground (i.e. UEs are very low, so whatever errors are made are FEs). Here, that's not the case. He's not overly error prone but nor is he rock solid. What he is is not too quick and so, not too difficult to 'force' an error out of. Agassi reaches admittedly well struck balls a bit late, so when he misses, they get marked FEs. With better movement, he could play the ball from stable position (and they'd be marked UEs if he missed). He's pushed to defend a good deal and isn't particularly good at it - neither in moving wide or in the late 'get' to put balls back in play defensively

Haas for his part does a bunch of things. Early on, he follows whatever Agassi's doing and it turns out Agassi's just more solid than him at it. Rallying from behind the baseline or on it, Haas is the one to make the errors first off both sides. He utilizes drop shots and Agassi usually runs them down. He goes for attacking, wide and hard hit FH cc's and Agassi's up to hitting back just as well, without strain. He's more apt to go for the third ball winner, missing more often than not, but some glorious shots when he makes 'em

And double faults. 7 of them. 3 are on break points - in 1 case, the point before was a double too (and the point before that a 2nd serve ace, go figure)

Second set, Haas goes more aggressive. He hits some fantastic and memorable shots, but again, more errors than is worth it. 14 winner attempt UEs and 19 winners is a losing game when bulk of neutral errors are also coming from his racquet. The attacks aren't wild. He tries to work the rally, but Agassi is steadier off shot and more in control, so Haas can't move him out of position to set up his kill shots. Still, he doesn't go all out wild and most of his winners attempts (successful or otherwise) are at least there for the shot, if on the ambitious side

Breakdown of UEs read -
- Defensive - Haas 1
- Neutral - Haas 23, Agassi 10
- Attacking - Haas 2
- Winner attempts - Haas 14, Agassi 6

Very low attacking errors from both players. Haas' attacking shots more often than not end up drawing error - as noted earlier, Agassi's defence and movement are ordinary. The opposite is also true. Haas is caught out by moderately attacking shots... Agassi with 0 attacking UEs is one of the best things he does all match

Neutral errors tells the story of bulk of match. Whether slicing, taking ball late and blocking or driving, Haas can't keep ball in play for too long. Agassi typically hits firmly, but far more discredit to Haas than
Winner attempts and winners tell rest of story. Out steadied, moved around more than he can move Agassi around, pushed back more than he can push Agassi back and rallies not even going for long before he blinks, Haas turns to going for risky winners from positions better suited to a moderate attacking shot. It doesn't pay

Haas has the stronger serve, but dishes out a low 45% in count. Agassi serves quite strongly. 9/16 return errors he draws have been marked forced... for him on clay, that's high.
Thumping but toned down returning from Agassi. For him, this is almost neutral returning. Firm and not looking for initiative snatching return, but just a neutralizing one. At 78% return rate and with large advantage of the ground, its more than enough

Some memorable shots in the match. Against a deep return down the middle, Agassi falls back and jabs the ball FH cc for a winner. Haas comes up with a very difficult wide BH1/2V drop winner after return-approaching. A Haas, touch FH lot at net to finish a play where he'd drop shotted Agassi forward

Summing up, baseline match where Agassi is simply better than Haas at keeping the ball in court. Action is fluid - Agassi playing dual winged game from orthodox, behind baseline position and willing to drop back and loop balls in or step in and be more pressuring. He looks to attack with FH to a greater extent than his norm in this period. Haas looking to attack after his strong serve without much success, finds himself outsteadied from the back in short-ish rallies, can't outmanuver Agassi so turns to amibitious shot-making that usually fails

Good showing from Agassi, not a good one from Haas. More the latter
 
Last edited:
Top