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He outplayed me, says Andre Agassi

The eight-time grand slam winner admitted he had been outplayed after being dumped out of the Australian Open by Roger Federer.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Melbourne (australia)
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2005 01:00 AM IST

Andre Agassi admitted he had been completely outplayed after being dumped out of the Australian Open by world number one Roger Federer.

The 34-year-old eight-time grand slam winner was left shellshocked by Federer, who highlighted his dominance of the men's game with a clinical 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Agassi said he had paid the price for having his serve broken early in each set, and once trailing had always been struggling to get back in the match.

"I dropped my serve early in set. I mean, you're just asking for pain. And I felt like I got what I deserved in that regard," Agassi said.

"He just outplayed me... It was too good."

Agassi refused to speculate on whether he would be back in Melbourne for another crack at the Australian title, which he first won in 1995 and effectively annexed between 2000-2001 and 2003.

"It's disappointing," Agassi said. "I've spent a lot of years coming down here and having some real memorable matches and leaving with the trophy. I'd wanted tonight to be memorable but it's one I'd probably prefer to forget."

Asked if he knew whether he would return next year, Agassi was non-committal. "No. That would be my plan, but a year's a long time," he said.

Agassi was reluctant to get drawn into making comparisons between Federer and some of the tennis legends that have crossed his path in a career spanning 20 years.

"It's not really something that's fair to do, to compare sort of greats," said Agassi. "Everybody brings their own strengths and weaknesses to the table.

"But he plays the game beautifully. The expectation for him to be one of the greats is certainly understandable."

Agassi could offer no advice to fellow professionals trying to work out a means of beating Federer.

"I would suggest that his next opponents don't look to me for advice," Agassi said ruefully. "That would be my advice."

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