2003 Nasdaq-100 Open Info

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ATP  NOTES - DAY 12 .... Men's Finals

AGASSI LOOKING FOR SIXTH MIAMI TITLE
Andre Agassi broke Albert Costa in the first game of the match and never
looked back en route to a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the semifinals Saturday at the
NASDAQ-100 Open.
Agassi and Costa played a 17-minute opening game, with 10 deuces, to start
the match, and when Agassi broke Costa, he rolled to the first set with
another break at 5-2.
"You don't normally start off the match with that sort of intensity," said
Agassi. "If anything, it showed how intense we were both going to be out
there. It was important to get that first break."
Costa fought valiantly in the second, trying to match Agassi shot for shot
from the baseline. And he had triple break point midway through the second
set. "I think I only made one real mistake. It was at this moment, I had a
chance to break and I would have had chances to win the match maybe," said
Costa. "But I made a mistake and Andre was just playing too well."
The aggressive, approach-the-net-game that had worked so effectively for
Costa in the previous rounds, including wins over Roger Federer and
Guillermo Coria, never got going against Agassi.
The eight-time Grand Slam champion simply went one better than Costa in
almost every important rally from the baseline, coming up with crosscourt
and down-the-line-winners from all parts of the court.
"I think today you need to feel good about your overall execution. I needed
to return well, I needed to serve well," said Agassi. "If I didn't do that
it would have been tough to take control of the point. I needed to be
dictating points, I needed to be playing well to beat a guy like Albert."
On match point, Costa hit several cross-court backhands pushing Agassi wide,
but Agassi responded each time before Costa's shot landed wide.
Agassi now looks to win his the tournament in Miami for the sixth time in
his career, that would be a first for the 32-year-old, who has also won five
titles at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington and Siebel Open in San
Jose.
Agassi has not lost in Miami since a semifinal defeat to Brazil's Gustavo
Kuerten three years ago.
"To win for a sixth time here would be special," said Agassi, whose wife
Stefanie Graf won five titles in Miami during her career. "It means that I'd
let Stefanie display all her trophies."

FEDERER/MIRNYI WIN FIRST MASTERS SERIES DOUBLES CROWN TOGETHER
Making up for a disappointing singles quarterfinal in which Roger Federer
lost to Spaniard Albert Costa despiting holding three match points, Federer
and partner Max Mirnyi won their first Tennis Masters Series doubles title
Saturday at the NASDAQ-100 Open, one year after reaching the semifinals
here.
It is the most prestigious doubles title to date for this particular pair,
who won ATP titles in Rotterdam and Moscow last year and reached the final
at the 2002 Pacific Life Open, while going 16-4 on the year as a duo.
Mirnyi also won the US Open doubles crown with partner Mahesh Bhupathi in
2002.
The 6-foot-1 Federer and the 6-foot-5 Mirnyi overpowered the smaller team of
Leander Paes and David Rikl, breaking Paes/Rikl at 6-5 to win the first set
and breaking again early in the second en route to the straight set win 7-5,
6-3.
Paes and Rikl were fortunate to reach the final, having come back from down
a set and a break to Mike and Bob Bryan in Friday night's semifinal.
To reach the final, Federer/Mirnyi defeated the top seeded team of Mark
Knowles and Daniel Nestor 6-3, 6-4, and later in the day on Friday, Fernando
Gonzalez and Tommy Robredo by the same score.
"Having a partner like Roger is a big deal. He's a guy who understands what
you need to do to win, even if it means playing two matches in one day like
we did on Friday because of the rain," said Mirnyi. "We were both fit enough
to play three matches in two days and we didn't exert ourselves too much
since we won both in straight sets."
"It's great for us to win because it's one of the biggest tournaments on
tour and it's Roger's first Tennis Masters Series win. It's great for me
too, it's the big ones like this that you always remember," said Mirnyi.

FINAL PREVIEW

THE TITLE MATCH -- The NASDAQ-100 Open championship matches No. 2 seed and
two-time defending champion Andre Agassi against No. 5 Carlos Moya of Spain
at 11 a.m. Sunday. The winner of the best-of-three sets final earns 100 ATP
Champions Race points and $500,000, while the finalist collects 70 points
and $250,000. Moya is the first Spaniard to reach the final since Sergi
Bruguera lost to Thomas Muster in 1997. Agassi, who is playing in his eighth
career final here (5-2), is attempting to surpass wife Stefanie Graf's five
tournament titles. Agassi is looking to win his third ATP title of the
season (Australian Open, San Jose) and Moya his second crown (Buenos Aires).


FINAL PREVIEW -- Here is a look at the finalists of the Pacific Life Open:
Player Age ATP Champions 2003 Tournament
Career Finals
(seed) Race + / ATP Rank + W-L + W-L
(2003)
(2) Agassi 32 1st / No. 2 17-1
54-11 56-26 (2-0)
(5) Moya 26 22nd / No. 5 18-4 12-6
12-14 (1-0)
+ All W-L records include this week; ATP Champions Race as of March 17, 2003

UPDATED ATP CHAMPIONS RACE -- Here is a look at the updated ATP Champions
Race going into the final:
Points
1) Andre Agassi 306 (336 if wins title)
2) Rainer Schuettler 233
3) Roger Federer 192
4) Lleyton Hewitt 166
5) Andy Roddick 161
6) Gustavo Kuerten 150
7) Carlos Moya 142 (172 if wins title)
8) Wayne Ferreira 118
9) Younes El Aynaoui 105
10) Paradorn Srichaphan 103

Boldface indicates players remaining in tournament

2003 MATCH WINS LEADERS - Here are the 2003 ATP match wins leaders going
into Sunday's play:
W-L
1) Roger Federer 24-6
2) Carlos Moya 18-4
Gustavo Kuerten 18-6
Rainer Schuettler 18-8
5) Andre Agassi 17-1

LOOKING FOR SIX PACK -- Agassi is attempting to surpass wife Stefanie Graf's
five
tournament titles. Here are the men with the most finals/titles in
tournament history:
Finals Titles
Andre Agassi (USA) 8* 5
Pete Sampras (USA) 4 3
Ivan Lendl (CZE) 3 2
Thomas Muster (AUT) 2 1
Mats Wilander (SWE) 2 1

* Includes this year

AGASSI IN "KEY" FINALS -- Agassi has a 5-2 career record in finals here in
Key Biscayne:
2002 -- Andre Agassi d. Roger Federer 63 63 36 64
2001 -- Andre Agassi d. Jan-Michael Gambill 76(4) 61 60
1998 -- Marcelo Rios d. Andre Agassi 75 63 64
1996 -- Andre Agassi d. Goran Ivanisevic 3-0 40-0 Ret.
1995 -- Andre Agassi d. Pete Sampras 36 62 76(3)
1994 -- Pete Sampras d. Andre Agassi 57 63 63
1990 -- Andre Agassi d. Stefan Edberg 61 64 06 62

ALL-TIME TITLE LEADERS -- Agassi is attempting to tie Ilie Nastase for
seventh place in the Open Era (since 1968) with 57 career singles titles:

No.
1) Jimmy Connors 109
2) Ivan Lendl 94
3) John McEnroe 77
4) Pete Sampras 64
5) Bjorn Borg 62
Guillermo Vilas 62
7) Ilie Nastase 57
8) Andre Agassi 56
9) Boris Becker 49
10) Rod Laver 47

TENNIS MASTERS SERIES TITLES -- Agassi is looking to win his ATP-leading
16th career Tennis Masters Series title. Here are the Top 5 title TMS title
leaders:
No.
Andre Agassi 15
Pete Sampras 11
Thomas Muster 8
Michael Chang 7
Four players with 5

THE CHAMPIONSHIP --
(2) Andre Agassi (USA) vs. (5) Carlos Moya (ESP) Tied
1-1
99 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Andre Agassi 4-6 7-5
7-5 6-1
02 Paris TMS (France) Carpet QF Carlos Moya 6-4 6-4

Agassi FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: The 32-year-old Las Vegas native is playing in his
17th year here in Miami, having won the tournament a record five times
(1990, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002). Wife, Stefanie Graf holds the women's record
of five titles. He is the youngest (19) and oldest (31) champion in
tournament history. Accomplished the Indian Wells/Miami double in 2001. He
is appearing in his third straight final and eighth overall (5-2 in F).
Became the oldest winner here when he captured the title last year. Comes
into Sunday's final with a 54-11 match record in Key Biscayne. Has won 17
consecutive matches here, tying the record of Pete Sampras from 1993-95. His
last loss came to Gustavo Kuerten in the 2000 semifinals.
2003 In Review: Started out with a 12-match winning streak on the year with
titles at the Australian Open (d. Schuettler) and indoors in San Jose (d.
Sanguinetti). His streak ended with a three-set opening round loss to Thomas
Enqvist in Scottsdale on Mar. 3. He then withdrew from the Pacific Life
Open in Indian Wells on Mar. 9 due to a sore right shoulder. Has a 17-1
match record on the season, all on hard courts. Has played in 987 career
singles matches (755-232) and should reach the 1,000 match milestone during
the upcoming clay or grass court circuit.
Miscellaneous: Has captured the most Tennis Masters Series titles (15)
since 1990. With 500 points to defend in the ATP Entry Rankings, Agassi
cannot overtake Lleyton Hewitt for No. 1 in the ATP Rankings even if he wins
the title. Here with coach Darren Cahill, wife Stefanie Graf and son Jaden
Gil.

Moya FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: The 26-year-old Spaniard is trying to become the
first Spaniard to win the title here in the tournament's 19-year history. He
is making his seventh appearance in Miami (12-6 lifetime) following his five
wins over Spadea, Verdasco, Escude, Ginepri and Srichaphan. His previous
best result was 1999 when he was the top seed and reached the fourth round
(d. Sanguinetti, d. Stoltenberg) before losing to Frenchman Sebastien
Grosjean and 2001, when he also reached the fourth round with wins over
Ivanisevic and Clement before losing to Ljubicic. Was upset last year in the
first round by Fernando Gonzalez.
2003 In Review: The Spaniard has an 18-4 record so far this year (9-3 on
hard, 9-1 on clay), losing two of his matches to Mardy Fish in the second
round at Sydney and the Australian Open. After his loss at Melbourne Park,
went on a 9-0 run, winning both Davis Cup matches in 1st RD tie vs. Belgium,
capturing his 12th career ATP title in Buenos Aires (d. Kuerten in SF, Coria
in F) and reaching SF in Acapulco (l. to fellow countryman Mantilla). At
Indian Wells, lost in the second round to James Blake after notching win
over Arnaud Clement.
Miscellaneous: Has won two Tennis Masters Series titles (1998 Monte Carlo,
2002 Cincinnati) and also won Roland Garros in 1998 (d. Corretja). On hard
courts, reached the final at the Australian Open in 1997 (l. to Sampras) and
has won two titles on the surface (1997 Long Island, 2002 Cincinnati). After
losing to No. 1 Hewitt in first round in Indian Wells in 2002, defeated the
Australian in all four of their next meetings later in the year without
dropping a set: In TMS events in Monte Carlo, Rome and Cincinnati (final)
and at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai (round robin). Was one of three
Spaniards to qualify for season ending championships along with Ferrero and
Costa (l. to Ferrero in SF after going 3-0 in round robin).

 

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