Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Roddick, Cincinnati semi-final, 2004


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Andre Agassi beat Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-6(2) in the Cincinnati semi-final, 2004 on hard court

Agassi would go onto win the event, beating Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Roddick was the defending champion

Agassi won 108 points, Roddick 98

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (65/99) 66%
- 1st serve points won (53/65) 82%
- 2nd serve points won (27/34) 79%
- Aces 17
- Double Faults 3
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (36/99) 36%

- 1st serve percentage (67/107) 63%
- 1st serve points won (58/67) 87%
- 2nd serve points won (21/40) 53%
- Aces 30 (3 second serves), Service Winners 1 (a second serve)
- Double Faults 3
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (54/107) 50%

Serve Patterns
Agassi served...
- to FH 46%
- to BH 54%

Roddick served...
- to FH 43%
- to BH 52%
- to Body 5%

Return Stats
Agassi made...
- 50 (19 FH, 31 BH)
- 3 Winners (1 FH, 2 BH)
- 23 Errors, comprising...
- 4 Unforced (2 FH, 2 BH)
- 19 Forced (12 FH, 7 BH)
- Return Rate (50/104) 48%

Roddick made...
- 60 (28 FH, 32 BH), including 3 runaround FHs
- 2 Winners (2 FH)
- 19 Errors, comprising...
- 10 Unforced (4 FH, 6 BH), including 2 runaround FHs
- 9 Forced (9 FH)
- Return Rate (60/96) 63%

Break Points
Agassi 1/4 (2 games)
Roddick 0

Winners (excluding serves, including returns)
Agassi 25 (7 FH, 10 BH, 3 FHV, 5 OH)
Roddick 24 (19 FH, 4 BH, 1 FHV)

Agassi's FHs - 1 cc, 2 dtl, 1 inside-out and 3 inside-in (1 return)
- BHs - 5 cc (2 passes), 1 cc/inside-in, 1 dtl, 2 inside-in returns and 1 at net (effectively a drop shot, a wide blocked shot, almost a half-volley)

- 2 from serve-volley points - both first volley, FHVs

- 4 OHs on the bounce - 2 from baseline, 1 from no-man's land and 1 at net

Roddick's FHs - 4 cc (1 pass), 1 cc/inside-in, 6 dtl (1 return, 2 passes), 4 inside-out, 1 inside-out/dtl, 1 inside-out/longline return and 1 longline
- BHs - 4 dtl (2 passes)

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Agassi 17
- 12 Unforced (7 FH, 4 BH, 1 FHV)
- 5 Forced (3 FH, 1 BH, 1 FHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 49.2

Roddick 44
- 29 Unforced (12 FH, 16 BH, 1 BHV)... with 1 BH at net
- 15 Forced (12 FH, 3 BH)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 48.3

(Note 1: all half-volleys refer to such shots played at net. Half -volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke counts)

(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...
- 14/21 (67%) at net, including....
- 3/4 (75%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 2/3 (67%) off 1st serve and...
- 1/1 off 2nd serve
- 3/3 (100%) forced back/retreated

Roddick was...
- 4/9 (44%) at net, including...
- 2/3 (67%) serve-volleying, all 1st serves
- 1/2 retreated

Match Report
Top notch match and great showing from both players on a fast court, the kind where even regulation, in swing zone serves are tough to cope with

Roddick serves up an irresistible storm (no surprise) but also engages in excellent shot making off the FH and hits hard and well from the back neutrally. Agassi is exemplary in his power baselining - very secure and beat down strong of shot - to sizably outplay a strong Roddick from the back, while getting his fill of cheap service points too

If there's a difference in play, its on the return. Little to be done against first serves and neither player can. Roddick's second serves are huge too (he has 3 aces, 1 service winner and forces several other return errors with it) but Agassi's able to bop deep, powerful returns off it to gain some counter-play at least. Roddick can't do the same against the much easier Agassi second serve, usually missing his more attacking attempts and taking to falling back to return safely, a starting position from which Agassi can boss baseline rally

Its more accurate to say there isn't a difference. Agassi has better of first set and conjures break points in 2 games, taking one to gain the set. No more break points in the remaining 2 sets and very, very comfortable holds for both players. In 12 holds apiece, Agassi loses just 10 points, Roddick 15

Slim pickings for returner, but fair reflection of Agassi having the comparative advantage, which would tend to give him better chances in the inevitable tiebreaks. As is, both of those fall on Agassi's racquet - he loses the first with a couple of poor errors and wins the second with same number of great, attacking plays

First Serve Points
Similar first serve numbers -
- first serve in count - Agassi 66%, Roddick 63%
- first serve won count - Agassi 82%, Roddick 87%

Roddick's high points won are largely about unreturned serves. He has 30 aces and 50% unreturned rate, but also some great shot making. What Agassi can return, he returns lustily and Roddick hits some amazing, Federer-like FH winners to deep balls or wide balls or from regulation positions. Often, but not exclusively off the third ball. 19 FH winners from Roddick - all the other groundstrokes in the match have 21 (not counting Agassi's 4 OHs on bounce)

When Andre Agassi has 17 aces, you know its a fast court. And a sizable 36% unreturned rate. He serves particularly well out wide to FH, but its kind of court where even balls in swing zone aren't easy to return with authority. The returns Roddick makes are normal, leaving Agassi chance to seize control with his first groundstroke. For most of the match, Agassi does so in his high percentage way. A heavy, firm shot (FH or BH)... not overly ambitious or intended to end point, but to keep him in charge

Then they rally. Agassi barely misses a ball. Roddick plays solidly too. There's nothing wrong with his hitting - he hits back nearly as hard as Agassi off the BH and the BH rallies look competitive. Agassi though can keep doing it for longer. BH UEs read Agassi a tiny, match-low 4, Roddick match high 16. These are 'beat-down' errors. Good from Roddick, better yet from Agassi

Off the FH in particular, Roddick's able to hit extra powerful shots from regulation positions to end points or seize control of them while being more error prone. FH UEs read Agassi 7, Roddick 12. Particular at tail end of match, Agassi's apt to up his attacking, wide FH cc to genuinely force errors out of Roddick rather than beat them out of him. Note Roddick's 12 FH FEs... all other shots from both players combined have 8

As rallies go on, its Agassi who tends to gain ascendency, pushing Roddick back and to the side mildly (mildly moving opponent to side with power hitting is a tough ball in these conditions). He prefers looking to break down Roddick's BH, including with more-than-usual for him FH inside-outs. He rarely looks to finish with BH dtl point ender. Rather, his occasional BH dtl's are on par with the wider hit FH cc's... error forcing, severly testing Roddick's defence, but shy of winner attempt strong

Some strong counter-hitting by Agassi too has a hand in is very low 5 FEs. His court coverage isn't particularly good, but he's able to hit hard from mildly defensive positions. That and Roddick tends to hit clean winners well off to the side, rather than an less wide, error forcing shot

Agassi's also more apt to come to net to finish points. He rallies there 17 times to Roddick's very small 6. He of course, has more scope to since he's more often in command from back, but plenty of chances for Roddick to have done so to on his own service points. Agassi's approaches include quick-dashes from neutral positions... not something he does often in general. Also serve-volleys 4 times (once off a second serve), with a few 'delayed' serve-volleys too (stepping in after serve, ready to run up and volley if return is floated back)
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Second Serve Points
Differences emerge in second serve points won. Agassi wins huge 79%, Roddick 53%

Roddick's second serve would make a decent first serve. Some huge ones (he has 3 aces and a service winner), some wide ones and body serves are fast enough to be forceful. Agassi takes the returns early - consequently missing healthy number, which wouldn't be easy to return even from normal positions. The ones he gets stuck into though, he gets stuck into good - bashing them back to near the baseline and/or wide. Good scrambling to the third ball by Roddick and even some great, point ending shots or inititiative re-gaining attacking shots off them

The only serve on show that's reasonably comfortable to return is Agassi's second. Roddick isn't able to do so with much heat. When he tries taking them early and bashing them a'le Agassi, he misses regularly. He takes to to returning from well behind baseline. Still misses a few and can at best, hits regulation returns that leave Agassi with chance to seize control of rally

Rest of play is about the same as for both players first serves... Agassi gaining the ascendancy in hard hitting rallies, with Roddick hitting hard too

Good play from Agassi - doing just enough to win points and not more, while remaining dominant. He has more winners than total errors 25-17, which is very rare and a sign of outstanding play. It usually happens when the player is giving up a large lot of unreturned serves, as is the case here.

Match Progression
Roddick 'bots his way through first set, including with big second serves but is also able to overwhelm Agassi with the occasional big FH from regulation position in a way Agassi doesn't to him. Agassi meanwhile outlasts Roddick from the back, pushing him back, occasionally coming in to finish points and using a fair amount of back-away FH inside-outs as well as BH cc's to breakdown Roddick's BH

Agassi gains the break late in set. There's a thundering, BH inside-in return winner (he has an identical 1 later in match also) taken on the up and a double fault brings up 2 break points. Roddick 2nd serve aces the first away but misses a neutral FH on the second

Roddick's serve drops from wholly unreturnable to just very strong in second set. Agassi makes most of it with some great deep returns. Roddick responds with great third ball shot making

Roddick complains about a number of close line calls, at 1 point, setting the crowd against him a bit. In every case, he's spot on and he doesn't overdo it. In 1, he points out the linesperson isn't standing in proper position, although her call off out was correct. On another, his ace on game point is called out (it was inside the service box, not even on the line) and he points out that Agassi right after the serve had started running to his chair thinking the game was over. He's right. Agassi, (somewhat comically), aborts his run and makes like he was running to inspect the line. Match is played good naturedly on the whole, with both players applauding each others shots and occasionally enjoying a light moment

Poor tiebreak from Agassi as he misses easy FHV and a FH winner attempt to go down 0-3 and doesn't recover. He does a hit an excellent third ball BH cc/inside-in third ball winner off a deep Roddick return later

Third set goes on serve comfortably. Few good shots form both players. A Roddick body second serve seems to shoot through for an ace. Roddick obliterates a first serve return for a winner just a couple of steps away from Agassi, which makes both players smile. Agassi is a bit more aggressive and looks for and makes third ball BH cc winners and late in set, starts hitting FHs more aggressively wide cc to win points

Excellent tiebreak from Agassi to take the match. He gains first mini-break by drawing Roddick to net after being stumped in his own attempt to come in and whacking a BH cc pass winner. Another great deep return sets up his second mini-break and he finishes match with an ace

Summing up, great match with both players playing well. Agassi dominates the play with consistent and hard hitting groundies that he's able to up to attacking ones when needed, while getting a few powerful deep returns off to gain some counter-play on return. Roddick's serve is almost untouchable and he backs it up with some terrific shot making off the FH, while rallying tough off BH but finds no way to attack Agassi's second serves. Little in result - couple of poor service points loses Agassi one tiebreak, couple of great returns and return points wins him the other

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17 aces for Andre is huge. In the 2001 USO match against Sampras he hit the same number and I remember in his book he states that this was his personal best. Did not know he did it another time but this time in a best of three.