Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Agassi, US Open final, 2005

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
Roger Federer beat Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-1 in the US Open final, 2005 on hard court

Federer was the defending champion and would go onto win the next 3 editions of the event too. This would turn out to be Agassi's last Slam final and the last match between the two players

Federer won 132 points, Agassi 106

Serve Stats
Federer...
- 1st serve percentage (81/107) 76%
- 1st serve points won (60/81) 74%
- 2nd serve points won (15/26) 58%
- Aces 21 (2 not clean)
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (44/107) 41%

Agassi...
- 1st serve percentage (78/131) 60%
- 1st serve points won (45/78) 58%
- 2nd serve points won (29/53) 55%
- Aces 6, Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 4
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (26/131) 20%

Serve Pattern
Federer served...
- to FH 35%
- to BH 63%
- to Body 3%

Agassi served...
- to FH 26%
- to BH 72%
- to Body 2%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 101 (30 FH, 71 BH), including 4 runaround FH & 2 return-approaches
- 3 Winners (2 FH, 1 BH), including 1 runaround FH
- 19 Errors, comprising...
- 12 Unforced (2 FH, 10 BH), including 1 runaround FH & 1 return-approach attempt
- 7 Forced (5 FH, 2 BH)
- Return Rate (101/127) 80%

Agassi made...
- 63 (26 FH, 37 BH), including 2 runaround FHs & 2 return-approaches
- 3 Winners (3 FH)
- 23 Errors, comprising...
- 5 Unforced (2 FH, 3 BH)
- 18 Forced (6 FH, 12 BH)
- Return Rate (63/107) 59%

Break Points
Federer 4/18 (8 games)
Agassi 3/6 (3 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Federer 36 (25 FH, 9 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV)
Agassi 22 (13 FH, 6 BH, 2 FHV, 1 BHV)

Federer's FHs - 6 cc (1 return, 1 pass), 6 dtl (2 at net), 3 inside-out, 1 inside-out/dtl, 6 inside-in (1 runaround return) and 3 longline (1 pass at net)
- BHs - 3 cc (1 pass, 1 at net), 5 dtl (1 return) and 1 inside-out

Agassi's FHs - 6 cc (3 returns), 1 cc/inside-in, 1 dtl, 2 inside-out, 1 inside-in and 1 drop shot
- BH - 2 cc passes, 3 dtl (1 at net) and 1 drop shot

- 2 from serve-volley points (1 BHV, 1 FH at net), both first 'volleys'

- 1 FHV was a swinging shot

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Federer 58
- 36 Unforced (12 FH, 23 BH, 1 FHV)... with 2 BH at net & 1 non-net, swinging FHV
- 22 Forced (14 FH, 5 BH, 3 FHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 45

Agassi 48
- 33 Unforced (17 FH, 15 BH, 1 BHV)
- 15 Forced (9 FH, 5 BH, 1 BHV)... with 1 FH running-down-drop-shot at net
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 44.5

(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
Federer was...
- 11/20 (55%) at net, including...
- 1/3 (33%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 0/2 off 1st serve and...
- 1/1 off 2nd serve
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- 0/2 return-approaching
- 0/1 forced back

Agassi was...
- 10/17 (59%) at net, including...
- 2/2 serve-volleying, both 1st serves
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- 0/2 return-approaching
- 0/1 retreated

Match Report
A fun match and a good, competitive one until the last set on a quick-ish hard court.

Play is baseline, shot-making based, with both players excelling off the FH, Agassi comfortably more consistent off the BH but Federer with a big advantage on the serve and in his movement. All that keeps things about even for most of 3 sets until the third set tiebreak, when Federer takes it up several notches to his very best. From then on, he's at his very best, hitting winners every which way from regulation positions and Agassi's left far behind. Something very similar would happen the following year between Federer and Andy Roddick

Standout stats include Federer with 76% first serves in. That' would be high for even a gentle server. For someone like Federer, it'd likely reduce shut out any opponent. That's not what happens because his first serving is relatively often, conservative. Fairly high proportion of serves to Agassi's swing zone or can be reached with a step. This is different from their matches earlier in the year when Federer seems to go out of his way to serve particularly big, including second serves

Agassi returns anything he can reach with authority, and he can reach more than you'd think with 76% first serves in and it leads to lively rallies. To be clear, Fed serves well - he's got 21 aces, 0 double faults and 41% unreturned rate - just not as well as he's apt to serve to Agassi in particular

Agassi's movements on the return are not good. Anything wider than average stretches him out disproportionately - you'd think the serve was on the line to see him strain so -and even some of the aces aren't too far wide. Court isn't that quick, Federer's serves aren't that fast... he's just not quick not enough to move into place. 18/23 of his return errors have been marked force

On flip side, average serving from Agassi and sure returning from Fed. Fed rarely has to move much to reach ball and when he does, does so slickly, making it look easy. 80% return rate and largely neutralizing Agassi's advantage, if not taking it too often, is very good from Fed's point of view. Agassi winning just 3% more first serve points than second - and a moderate 58% first serve points speaks to Fed's return doing a good job

Baseline play is dual winged. In general, Agassi liked to plays BH cc's continuously to draw errors from Fed's BH. Not too much of that here. Agassi plays above himself to hold near even FH-FH (other than last set)

This hasn't come out well in stats. Fed leads FH winners 25-13 and trails UEs 12-17 making the FH duel look anything but equal. Those numbers are influenced by the last set where Fed has 7 winners (Agassi has 3). More than that are the FEs

Very large 14 FH FEs of Federer's are almost all drawn by Agassi's FHs. He hits wide and hard and Fed misses running FHs. While Fed hits winners, Agassi forces errors with the FH... and Fed hits a lot of winners and doesn't need short balls to do it off. Fed's movements are excellent and he's not easy to force errors out off... great job by Agassi on the FH. He's not quite at Fed's level, but within touching distance, which is a relative win because Fed's FH is in top form

25 winners to 12 UEs and forcing most of of Agassi's 15 FEs by Fed's FH. Top notch numbers and a fair reflection. He's hitting winners from regulation positions in all directions (5 cc, 6 dtl, 4 inside-out based, 5 inside-in, 3 longline) all match. From neutral position, he's able to take charge about as often as not. The high winner count is somewhat helped by Agassi not being quick enough to reach balls. A small number of shots that go for winners to Agassi probably wouldn't against the much quicker Federer. They do however, force errors. 4th set is a different story with Fed zoning, but in general, Fed leading FH play by slight amount while at his best on it

Situation is reversed on the BH. UEs read Fed 23, Agassi 15 along expected lines, but Fed is +3 on winners. There isn't an undue amount of BH-BH rallying - unlike the typical match between the two where that's what Agassi leads with. Fed's BH is loose, but more dangerous than usual. If Agassi's done a good job hanging in on the FH, Fed's done the same on the BH. Unlike Fed on the FH though, Agassi isn't at his best on the BH. There are matches where he barely misses a BH while hitting firmly. This isn't one of them

The other thing Agassi does particularly well is dealing with Fed at net. Just 11/20 net points won by the winner, with just 1 volley UE (+ 2 groundstrokes). He doesn't look to come in much, independent of how well Agassi is passing, because he doesn't need to. Seems to enjoy the challenge of the attacking, hard hitting baseline rallies
 

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
Match Progression
Hard hitting, dual winged play in first set. Agassi doesn't go in for much BH-BH rallies and switches to hitting more powerful FH inside-outs when he can. Fed hits his BH quite well, near as firmly as Agassi's, almost never slicing. Agassi does lots of damage with wide FH cc's, while Fed dispatches FH winners to near regulation balls. Anything not particularly deep or hard hit is not unlikely to get dispatched. Fed has a big advantage on the serve. He's able to return comfortably, while sending down aces and tough serves regularly

Just the 1 break. From deuce, Agassi misses a couple of regulation groundies to go down 2-4. He comes out of 0-40 to hold next game to. Very nice, deliberate short return in the game that Fed approaches off and forces Agassi in. Agassi wins that one with a BH dtl at net. Difficult serve-out for Fed that lasts 10 points. Couple of good error forcing shots from Agassi and couple of easy groundstroke misses from Fed from at or near net, but he comes through, finishing with a non-clean ace

Some ordinary first serving from Fed in second set. Though he lands 15/21 of them, they're in reach and Agassi pounds them back hard. Agassi dominates the FH-FH rallies with wide cc shots and pulls out a few surprise net visits - including a couple serve-volleys (both ending with winners) and a return-approach. He wins it comfortably with 2 breaks

Better, wide serving from Fed in third set and Agassi struggles on BH return in particular. FH play is about equal. They trade breaks - Fed making 3 third ball UEs to get broken (good returns from Agassi on 2 of them), then breaking back to 30 with 3 winners in last 4 points (including a rare BH inside-out)

Agassi has to save 4 break points to hold game 11 in a game of tough baseline rallies. A couple good serves at end of game sees him over

Agassi starts the tiebreak with a perfect BH drop shot winner. And that's the last piece of good news for him in the match. Fed raises his game and wins 27 of the next 32 points, including 8 winners + 5 aces

Serving placement improves and he forces errors (when not hitting aces). Some strong deep returns - in tiebreak, he forces error with BH dtl return and ends the game with a winner off the same shot. And remarkable shotmaking, dispatching winners from regulation positions... and not just off the FH. Agassi's movements, which have been reasonable for most of match, drops a bit too.

Agassi saves 2 break points to avoid being bagelled, but Fed serves out to love easily after that. Same thing with happen in following year's final with Andy Roddick

Summing up, good match of court attacking and shot-making baseline action. For 3 sets, Federer is spectacular of the FH while retaining consistency and Agassi isn't far behind. Some solid BH hitting from both players, with Agassi having advantage. Federer good serve and sure returning gives him slight lead against Agassi's average serve and slow-to-move returning, though whatever he can reach, he thumps. Federer with large movement advantage too, though Agassi gives it his all

End of match is a rot with Federer raising his game to sublime and leaving Agassi in the dust

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BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
I recorded this match when it was played and still watch it sometimes. Amazing ball striking from Andre, but limited movement due to his back issues. It was a curiously flat and nervous match from Fed, who was the overwhelming favorite. Fed shanked BH's were outrageous in patches, but Andre ran out of gas and couldn't do much with no forward movement and poor lateral movement, especially to his FH. Since this was peak Fed, he really should have won it in straights, but possibly the partisan crowd rattled him a little bit.

As always, fantastic analysis and stats, Wasp. Thank you for all your hard work.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
I recorded this match when it was played and still watch it sometimes. Amazing ball striking from Andre, but limited movement due to his back issues. It was a curiously flat and nervous match from Fed, who was the overwhelming favorite. Fed shanked BH's were outrageous in patches, but Andre ran out of gas and couldn't do much with no forward movement and poor lateral movement, especially to his FH. Since this was peak Fed, he really should have won it in straights, but possibly the partisan crowd rattled him a little bit.

As always, fantastic analysis and stats, Wasp. Thank you for all your hard work.
I think it's only fair Andre grabbed a set considering his level in sets 2 and 3.
 

ForehandCross

G.O.A.T.
Federer's FH footage in this match is addictive. It's near as good as it can be for any player, like Djokovic's returning in 2015 WB F.
 

RS

Talk Tennis Guru
Match Progression
Hard hitting, dual winged play in first set. Agassi doesn't go in for much BH-BH rallies and switches to hitting more powerful FH inside-outs when he can. Fed hits his BH quite well, near as firmly as Agassi's, almost never slicing. Agassi does lots of damage with wide FH cc's, while Fed dispatches FH winners to near regulation balls. Anything not particularly deep or hard hit is not unlikely to get dispatched. Fed has a big advantage on the serve. He's able to return comfortably, while sending down aces and tough serves regularly

Just the 1 break. From deuce, Agassi misses a couple of regulation groundies to go down 2-4. He comes out of 0-40 to hold next game to. Very nice, deliberate short return in the game that Fed approaches off and forces Agassi in. Agassi wins that one with a BH dtl at net. Difficult serve-out for Fed that lasts 10 points. Couple of good error forcing shots from Agassi and couple of easy groundstroke misses from Fed from at or near net, but he comes through, finishing with a non-clean ace

Some ordinary first serving from Fed in second set. Though he lands 15/21 of them, they're in reach and Agassi pounds them back hard. Agassi dominates the FH-FH rallies with wide cc shots and pulls out a few surprise net visits - including a couple serve-volleys (both ending with winners) and a return-approach. He wins it comfortably with 2 breaks

Better, wide serving from Fed in third set and Agassi struggles on BH return in particular. FH play is about equal. They trade breaks - Fed making 3 third ball UEs to get broken (good returns from Agassi on 2 of them), then breaking back to 30 with 3 winners in last 4 points (including a rare BH inside-out)

Agassi has to save 4 break points to hold game 11 in a game of tough baseline rallies. A couple good serves at end of game sees him over

Agassi starts the tiebreak with a perfect BH drop shot winner. And that's the last piece of good news for him in the match. Fed raises his game and wins 27 of the next 32 points, including 8 winners + 5 aces

Serving placement improves and he forces errors (when not hitting aces). Some strong deep returns - in tiebreak, he forces error with BH dtl return and ends the game with a winner off the same shot. And remarkable shotmaking, dispatching winners from regulation positions... and not just off the FH. Agassi's movements, which have been reasonable for most of match, drops a bit too.

Agassi saves 2 break points to avoid being bagelled, but Fed serves out to love easily after that. Same thing with happen in following year's final with Andy Roddick

Summing up, good match of court attacking and shot-making baseline action. For 3 sets, Federer is spectacular of the FH while retaining consistency and Agassi isn't far behind. Some solid BH hitting from both players, with Agassi having advantage. Federer good serve and sure returning gives him slight lead against Agassi's average serve and slow-to-move returning, though whatever he can reach, he thumps. Federer with large movement advantage too, though Agassi gives it his all

End of match is a rot with Federer raising his game to sublime and leaving Agassi in the dust

Stats for pair's Australian Open quarter-final - (4) Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Agassi, Australian Open quarter-final, 2005 | Talk Tennis (tennis-warehouse.com)
Stats for '04 final between Federer and Lleyton Hewitt - (4) Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Hewitt, US Open final, 2004 | Talk Tennis (tennis-warehouse.com)
Stats for '06 final between Federer and Andy Roddick - (4) Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Roddick , US Open final, 2006 | Talk Tennis (tennis-warehouse.com)
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