In the clash of former and future US Open champions, Andre Agassi defeated Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round in 2001, securing a place in the semis after just an hour and 23 minutes. It was the first tournament for Roger after Gstaad in July, struggling with a groin injury since Wimbledon and needing six weeks off the court to recover and start competing again.
When it mattered the most, the more experienced player produced his best tennis, repelling all nine break chances and stealing Roger's serve five times from six opportunities. Agassi clinched 14 out of 15 most notable points to wrap up the victory in straight sets and stay on the title course.
After the match, Roger said he did not make a good start and could not use his chances when he got them, which determined the winner. From the middle of the second set, the Swiss started to play better, but it was not enough to make an impact, struggling a bit with an arm injury and finishing his campaign in the fourth round.
Roger Federer faced Andre Agassi at the 2001 US Open.
"Andre started off playing very well. I did not feel I was playing terribly initially; I was simply one shot behind and missed too many strokes. I did not serve as well as I did in my first matches, and Andre put pressure on me; that made things very tough for me.
I'm always disappointed when I lose, but I had my chances in the first two sets. At 4-1 down in the second, I started to climb back into the match a bit, but two sets were already gone, and there was no chance for a comeback.
When I began to play better, the encounter was already over. It would have been a good match if I had served well today, hitting only a couple of aces, which is disappointing. Also, my arm was sore; I felt it already against Schalken, which did not help me either.
Still, I had the feeling in the second and third set that, when I served well, I felt I was in contention. Despite that, I missed too many chances, and that's why he beat me in straight sets," Roger Federer said.