The 2005 US Open at Flushing Meadows came down to the Legend Andre Agassi vs. the current and reigning champion #1 in the world Roger Federer. In Federer’s half of the draw, he breezed his way taking out Ivo Minor of the Czech Republic, Fabrice Santoro, the entertaining Frenchman, #27 seed Oliver Rochus of Belgium in 3 close sets, German’s Nicolas Kiefer in 4 sets, and surprising veteran Davide Sanguinetti of Italy in the quarters, before deposing of Aussie Lleyton Hewitt in 4 sets to meet Agassi in the Finals. There he was tied one set all and Agassi up a break in the 3rd before he took over and dominated the rest of the match to capture his second straight title.
Agassi had a great run himself starting and after a first round win, he faced Ivo Karlovic of
Other notable players didn’t fair as well. Andy Roddick lost in the first round to Gilles Muller of
On the women’s side, Kim Clijsters dominated Mary Pierce to win her first Grand Slam title. Clijsters defeated Venus Williams in the quarter finals and Maria Sharapova in the semis (both in 3 sets) to advance to the finals.
In the men’s doubles, the #2 seed Bryan Brothers finally came through in the end by defeating Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi, the #1 seed, convincingly in 2 sets to win their first US Open title. They had reached the finals of the 3 previous Grand Slams this year losing them all so this was very gratifying. They also took over the #1 position in the world.
I interviewed Agassi during the tourney and he said he felt really good and he had been preparing and training hard for the Open. He also seemed confident he would be back in 2006 since he was playing so well. He may reduce the number of tournaments as he is 35 yrs. old but still atop the rankings in the world. He has qualified for the year end Masters Cup tourney where the top 8 players compete. He has made it the last few years and is looking good if his injuries don’t peak up. I also talked to Blake and he was thrilled about his game and ecstatic about how things have turned around despite his tough loss to Agassi in the quarters. I asked who his toughest opponents would be and he seemed to finally say Safin (who dropped out because of injury), and Rafael Nadal who beat him at the French and has won about the same amount of tournaments this year as Sir Roger! Ivan Ljubicic was a great guy to talk to. Very humble and even in defeat vs. the young Gasquet, he said he is having his best year and looking forward to raising his game even more. He dominated Roddick and Agassi in the Davis Cup first round and has helped
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