Was Agassi mentally weak?

serve

Rookie
Looking back at the rivalry of Sampras vs Agassi. Can someone explain to me why Agassi was so devastated by the one loss against Sampras at the USO 95? It is not like he was owned by Sampras back then, the H2H was 8:8 and he had beaten him at AO earlier in the year. How can one loss against another ATG have such an effect? Playing the “what happened if” game a little bit here, but if if he would just have stayed mentally strong, I feel 1996 could have been his year! AO was there for his taking (always looked good against Becker!), FO as well, chance missed to hand Sampras a beating instead of Kafelnikov, even WIM had an opening after Sampras exit! I know guessing game is always shaky, but still. Hats off to the big 3 in comparison, how many potentially devastating defeats did they have, but they just soldiered on and were massively rewarded for that! Or am I missing something here, an injury maybe?
 

toth

Semi-Pro
I think Sampras was better on faster surfaces, Agassi on slower.
4 us wins Sampras
2 wimb wins Sampras
2 ao wins Agassi
1 fo win Agassi
 

NicoMK

Professional
From what I remember, I think that Agassi had a great pre-US open season, he was world number one at that time and was also the favorite for the USO title. That could explain why he was so disappointed after that loss against his greatest rival -- not his best friend.

Mentally weak no, but I've always thought that Sampras had a kind of mental advantage when facing Agassi. Might be wrong but it's how I feel it. That was the same with Agassi over Boris for many years too.
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
From what I remember, I think that Agassi had a great pre-US open season, he was world number one at that time and was also the favorite for the USO title. That could explain why he was so disappointed after that loss against his greatest rival -- not his best friend.

Mentally weak no, but I've always thought that Sampras had a kind of mental advantage when facing Agassi. Might be wrong but it's how I feel it. That was the same with Agassi over Boris for many years too.
You hit the first part. He had a great summer leading up to the tournament and had every reason to think he could beat Pete this time. He then got beaten.

Pete was a bad matchup for Andre. Pete was an excellent attacking player beyond his serve and Andre was not a good defender. Andre simply could never do to Pete what he did to others which was move them back and forth and tire them out.

I don’t think Andre was mentally soft. His life story was one of being forced into tennis and then deciding to make the best of it when he realized he didn’t know how to do anything else.
 
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