Huffpost Sports

U.S. Open 2006: Andre Agassi Tops Macros Baghdatis For Final Career Win (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated:
Andre Agassi acknowledges the crowd as they cheer after he defeated Marcos Baghdatis at the US Open in New York, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006.
Andre Agassi acknowledges the crowd as they cheer after he defeated Marcos Baghdatis at the US Open in New York, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006.

By Richard Pagliaro, Tennis.com

August 31, 2006: Andre Agassi d. Marcos Baghdatis, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 (Second Round)

Two showmen stood toe-to-toe on the baseline, ripping eye-popping drives in a night clash that was tennis theatre featuring exceptional shotmaking, improbable comebacks, choking, cramping, and a rowdy crowd of more than 23,000 exhorting Agassi through one final finish line.
 
It began on a Thursday night, ended on a Friday morning, and will likely remain eternally embedded in the minds of those fans who screamed their lungs out as Agassi fought off three break points at 5-5, then broke Baghdatis in the next game to close his final professional triumph.
 
“Listen, I've lived a dream for 21 years. I've lived a dream,” Agassi said. “It's gonna be impossible for me to be disappointed with a result when you have that sort of support and feeling out there. This is why I chose here.”
 
The 36-year-old Agassi was giving the people what they wanted when he took a two-set lead and appeared in command, given his 58-0 record at the Open with such a cushion. The outcome appeared a formality when Agassi opened a 4-0 fourth-set lead, but Baghdatis caught fire and Agassi tightened. 
 
At the 25-second mark of the video, see Baghdatis hit a running shot then teeter on his toes, leaning on his racquet like a can for balance, before cramps in right legs cause him to tumble to the court at 4-4 in the fifth set.
 
“I just wanted to fight, you know?” Baghdatis said. “Playing Andre in Arthur Ashe, the last thing I want to just die on the court. I will do anything to win. That's all. That's what I did.”
 
The unseeded Agassi arrived in New York for his U.S. Open farewell burdened by a bad back that required cortisone shots and feeling unprepared with a 9-7 record on the season as he faced the Australian Open finalist. Then, he turned back time, giving fans a night to remember in his final win. 
 
“You play for those moments,” Agassi said. “Would I have been disappointed if I had lost? Yeah, I would have been disappointed not to come back again. At the same time, how can you be disappointed when it's all sort of surreal?”

Around the Web

USATODAY.com - Agassi falls in four sets at U.S. Open, putting end ...

Agassi vs Baghdatis - classic match! - YouTube

US OPEN 2006 - Agassi v. Baghdagtis - YouTube

Andre Agassi Interview US Open - September 3, 2006

2012 U.S. Open -- Andre Agassi selected for Court of Champions ...

Andre's giant: Agassi wins epic match vs. Baghdatis - Tennis - ESPN

Agassi Survives Three Tie Breakers - New York Times

2-Time Winner Andre Agassi Joins US Open Court Of Champions

Roddick's career ends with Open loss to del Potro

US Open Capsules: Errani looks for upset over Williams

US Open Glance

Andre Agassi will be inducted into US Open Court of Champions before men's ...

Rain gives Roddick at least 1 more day

Andy Roddick to retire after US Open

Blake turns back clock with US Open 2nd-round win

Federer, Roddick fashion 2 different kinds of endings at US Open

Tennis Greats And Time: Agassi And Graf

 
From Our Partners