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Agassi v Becker -USO 1995 Semifinal (9/9)


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Comment by Tim Prapong on December 25, 2012 at 2:41pm

Agassi sought sweet revenge at the US Open, where the players met again in the semis. The tension was so high in the tunnel before the match that Agassi told the security guard to keep them apart: “I don’t want this fucking German in my sight,” is how he put it.

But there was no escaping Boris’s antics on the court. Down two sets to none, Boris brought out the big guns. And Andre didn’t mean his serve:

“He’s seen me lose my cool before, so he does what he thinks will make me lose my cool again, the most emasculating thing one tennis player can do to another: He blows kisses at my box. At Brooke (Shields). It works.”

Agassi won the match in four sets, but the mental and physical effort left him too drained to stand up to Pete Sampras in the final. When the Australian Open came around, Agassi claims he tanked his semifinal against Michael Chang to avoid another “holy war” against Becker in the final. “Given a choice between Becker and Chang, I’d rather lose to Chang.” Becker won the Australian Open that year.

Something tells me Boris read Andre’s book. He’s quoted this month in Der Spiegel:

“Every tennis player in our generation liked Steffi Graf: great woman, great body, sexy, always winning. Everyone in the locker room found Steffi hot”

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