Roger Federer recalls: 'I was 17 when I faced Andre Agassi in Basel'



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Roger Federer recalls: 'I was 17 when I faced Andre Agassi in Basel'

Roger Federer was among the players to beat in 2013 after claiming his first Wimbledon crown. Roger qualified for his second Masters Cup despite spoiling his chances of becoming world no. 1 that summer. Federer experienced early exits in Basel and Paris before embracing the Houston trip, hoping for a good run at the season's last event.

In his first match at the elite ATP event, Federer prevailed over Andre Agassi 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 after two hours and 25 minutes. The Swiss dropped the opening set and fended off those two match points in the decider's closing stages to notch the triumph and make a winning start.

Federer led 5-3 in the decider before Agassi performed a comeback. The American pulled the break back following a double fault from the Swiss and stayed in contention in front of the home fans.

Roger Federer and Andre Agassi met for the first time in Basel 1998.

A forehand winner gave Agassi the first match point at 5-5 in the tie break.

Roger denied it with a service winner before spraying a forehand error to find himself 7-6 down. A brave forehand down the line winner in the 14th point kept the youngster alive, taking another point on the return and sealing the deal with a forehand crosscourt winner.

Roger recalled the first clash against Andre in Basel in 1998, when he was still 17. The American claimed that one in no time, and the Swiss had improved his game by a mile in the next five years to become one of the world's best players.

"Andre and I have not played that much. I could not do much against him in Basel when I was 17, and I came close to beating him in Miami this year. It's nice to score a win against a player of his caliber. I missed many forehands in the opening set.

Agassi makes you run around the baseline, and when you have a chance to be aggressive, that's when you overhit. I had to stay calm and wait for my forehand to start working again. The group is tough, and my record against those guys is not great.

I'm happy with how things went for me today, hoping for more of the same in the upcoming encounters. It's never easy to stay focused in the deciding tie break; it's always 50/50. You hope for a good start, and I was not that confident after losing the first one.

I had a break advantage in the opener, and he came back, playing better than me in the tie break," Roger Federer said.