In Roger Federer's words: 'Andre Agassi is among the best players in the world'


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In Roger Federer's words: 'Andre Agassi is among the best players in the world'

In one of the most anticipated matches of the fourth round at the US Open 2001, world no. 2 and former champion Andre Agassi took down the young Swiss Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in swift an hour and 23 minutes to advance into the quarters.

Playing for the first time since July, Roger won three matches in New York to set the clash against the home star who proved to be too strong, fending off all nine break chances and delivering five breaks from six opportunities to leave Roger far behind and advance into the next round.

"Agassi hasn't got that unbelievable serve that would leave you without a chance; on the other hand, his groundstrokes are incredible, you have the feeling he never misses. It is very tough to endure crosscourt rallies with him, from either wing; I had to risk a lot from the baseline or try to come in after the return, trying to finish the points at the net while he was keeping me on the baseline.

When I finally found some rhythm, it was too late to make a change. Andre had an unbelievable comeback from being ranked 120th or whatever he was, back to almost No. 1. Yeah, maybe he's the best player out there with Kuerten right now, Rafter and Sampras.

Agassi has done an unbelievable job and I definately have to give him credit for that. The way he is playing, it is impressive how he can stay at the top without having that luxury to win quick points like Sampras, working really hard from the baseline for over ten years now. If every player were as good as Andre, it would be very tough to reach the top."