Tommy Haas recounts stunning his idol Andre Agassi at 1998 Wimbledon

A 20-year-old Haas beat Agassi at 1998 Wimbledon.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Tommy Haas recounts stunning his idol Andre Agassi at 1998 Wimbledon

Tommy Haas admitted he felt "very nervous" before walking out on the Wimbledon Centre Court in 1998 to play his idol Andre Agassi. As a kid, Haas idolized Agassi and followed the American's run to his first Grand Slam title at 1992 Wimbledon.

Six years later, a 20-year-old Haas got a chance to play against Agassi at The Championships. In the 1998 Wimbledon second round, Haas upset Agassi 4-6 6-1 7-6 (4) 6-4. Going into the match, Haas felt nervous but he was also determined to deliver a big performance and introduce himself in a big way to the tennis world.

Haas recalls upsetting Agassi at 1998 Wimbledon

"First time for me to play Andre Agassi, and I remember when he won Wimbledon in 1992, he was so pumped to win that match, and I got all the pictures and you know his signature.

And you know, quick six years later, you know, me walking out there on Center Court playing, you know, literally one of my idols. It was like, wow, you know, I was very nervous and kind of like thinking to myself that I have finally arrived.

I want to play well. So you know, I know he didn't play the best match, and then there was getting late at night, so we had to come back the next day. And I heard that he flew in rackets. You know, for the next day for the next match to go play with a different racket.

So lots of things, lots of drama going on," Haas said on the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, via Sportskeeda. Between 1998 and 2006, Haas and Agassi met 10 times. In those 10 meetings, Haas claimed four wins over Agassi.

The final meeting between Haas and Agassi came at the 2006 Indian Wells Masters - in which the German beat the American 7-5 6-2.

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