When Roger Federer said: "I was young when I faced Agassi in Basel"



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When Roger Federer said: "I was young when I faced Agassi in Basel"

In the amazing 2003 season, after winning the first Grand Slam of his career at the All England Club of Wimbledon, Roger Federer will also triumph in the autumn at the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy, in Vienna, defeating Carlos Moya in the final.

Qualifying for the second time at the Tennis Masters Cup at the end of the year, the Swiss Maestro should face in the first match of Round Robin the American Andre Agassi, 5th seed of the tournament.

The challenges with Andre Agassi

The match lasted almost two and a half hours with Rooger Federer's final victory with the final score of 6-7 6-3 7-6.

He also saved even two match points. Roger Federer talked about the challenges against the American tennis legend: "Andre and I have not faced each other so many times in the past. I couldn't do much against him in Basel when I was 17, then I went close, to defeating him this year in Miami."

The match which Federer referred to was the one staged in the first round of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors 1998. That time Andre Agassi prevailed over a very young Federer for 6-3 6-2. The Swiss said: "It's nice to score a win against a player like Andre.

In the first set I made many mistakes. Agassi makes you run around the baseline and when you have the chance to be aggressive, you're wrong. I had to stay calm and wait for my forehand to start working again. The group I came across is very difficult and I don't have a good balance against these players.

I'm happy with how things went today, I hope I can say the same for the next games. It is never easy to stay focused on the tie break of the decisive set, it is always a 50 and 50. You hope for a good start and I was not so confident after having already lost the first one.

I had an advantage break in the first part but he recovered me, playing better than me in the tie break " Federer will also overtake David Nalbandian, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick in subsequent matche, getting the final.

Waiting for him once again Andre Agassi: this time Roger Federer prevailed clearly with the final score of 6-3 6-0 6-4. It was the first of Federer's six triumphs at the ATP Finals (as they are called today), of which the latest came in 2011.