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Five Facts About Andre Agassi’s Remarkable Career For His 50th Birthday

Ubitennis looks back on the record-breaking career of one of America’s most successful tennis players of all time.

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On Wednesday April 29th Andre Agassi will be celebrating a brand new milestone in his life.

 

The former American tennis star turns 50 today and to celebrate Ubitennis has constructed five interesting facts about Agassi’s standout career. Between 1987-2005 he won 60 titles on the ATP Tour with 48 of those occurring on a hard court. On top of that he also made 61 appearances in grand slam main draws, which was nine more than former rival Pete Sampras.

Here are five things you should know about Agassi’s life as a tennis player.

1. His historic 1994 US Open win

At the age of 24, Agassi re-wrote the record books at the 1994 US Open when he lifted his maiden grand slam title. He became the first player in the tournament’s history to defeat five seeded players in a row. Scoring wins over Wayne Ferreira (12), Michael Chang (6), Thomas Muster (13), Todd Martin (9) and Michael Stich (4). Against those five players he lost only three sets. Two against Chang in the fourth round and one against Martin in the semi-finals.

At the same tournament Agassi became the first unseeded player in the Open Era to lift the men’s title and the first since Fred Stolle back in 1966. Since then, the US Open men’s title has always been won by a seeded player.

2. Record against top 10 opposition

Agassi achieved a total of 109 wins over top 10 players throughout his career against 90 losses. Working out as a winning percentage of 55%. Out of the 109, 10 of his victories were against somebody ranked No.1 at the time. Incredibly, there is a 19-year gap between his first top-10 scalp and last. His first was against Pat Cash (No.7) in 1987 and the last was against Marcos Baghdatis (No.8) in 2006.

List of wins over No.1 players
1990 – Defeats Pat Rafter at the ATP World Tour Championships
1992 – Defeats Stefan Edberg in the Davis Cup
1994 – Defeats Pete Sampras in Paris, France
1995 – Defeats Sampras at the Australian Open. Later that same year he also got the better of his compatriot at the Miami Masters
1998 – Three years later he scores two more victories over No.1 Sampras in San Jose and Toronto
2000 – Upsets Marat Safin at the Tennis Masters Cup
2001 – Defeats Gustavo Kuerten in Los Angeles
2002 – Last victory over a No.1 player was at his home grand slam in Flushing Meadows when he stunned Lleyton Hewitt

3. His time at the top

50-year-old Agassi spent a total of 101 weeks as world No.1 between 1995 and 2003. Overall, he enjoyed six different stints at the top with his longest reign being 52 consecutive weeks between 1999-2000.

Agassi has the ninth-longest No.1 reign in ATP rankings history. He is one out of five American men to have held the top spot for more than 100 weeks.

Periods as world No.1

First April 10, 1995 November 5, 1995 30 weeks
Second January 29, 1996 February 11, 1996 2 weeks
Third July 5, 1999 July 25, 1999 3 weeks
Fourth September 13, 1999 September 10, 2000 52 weeks
Fifth April 28, 2003 May 11, 2003 2 weeks
Sixth June 16, 2003 September 7, 2003 12 weeks

4. The record he shares with Nadal

In 1996 the American stuck gold on home soil when he lifted the men’s title at the Atlanta Olympic Games. As the top seed in the tournament, he dropped only six games against Spain’s Sergi Bruguera in the final, which was the best-of-five sets. It was at the same tournament where he defeated Italy’s Andrea Gaudenzi in the third round. Gaudenzi is now the chairman of the ATP Tour.

The victory made Agassi the first man in history to have won all four grand slam titles and a singles Olympic gold medal in their career. An achievement that has only ever been replicated by Rafael Nadal. The current world No.2 achieved the milestone when he clinched his maiden US Open trophy back in 2013.

5. A prize money great

Despite retiring almost 14 years ago, Agassi remains one of the highest earning tennis players of all-time. He made a total of $31,152,975 in prize money during his career in what is the eighth highest amount in the history of men’s tennis. Five out of the seven ranked above him are still playing on the professional circuit. The two exceptions being David Ferrer and Pete Sampras.

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Further 23 Players In Hard Quarantine After More Positive Tests On Charter Flight

More players head into hard quarantine ahead of the first grand slam of the year.

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A further 23 players have been told that they are being placed into hard quarantine after another positive COVID-19 test on a charter flight from Abu Dhabi.

 

Players were notified this evening in Australia that there was a positive test on the Abu Dhabi charter flight. Although it looks it wasn’t a player who tested positive it now means 23 more players will now go into hard quarantine.

This follows the news of 24 players going into hard quarantine after two positive tests from a charter flight from Los Angeles.

It is understood from several journalists that among those who are now being placed into hard quarantine from the Abu Dhabi flight are Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari, Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Marta Kostyuk, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ons Jabeur.

Although there are only 47 players in hard quarantine so far, there is a fear that this number could rise with more COVID test results still waiting to come back.

Before the charter flights, Andy Murray, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Madison Keys and Amanda Anisimova were denied entry into Australia via the chartered flights due to positive COVID results.

The first set of tournaments in Australia are set to begin on the 31st of January with the Australian Open due to begin on the 8th of February.

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Madison Keys latest player to test positive for Coronavirus

Madison Keys ruled out of the Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19.

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The American tested positive for the first time and will miss the first grand slam of the year.

Madison Keys has officially tested positive for the coronavirus. She announced the news on social media and says she will, unfortunately, miss the Australian Open.

 

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I, unfortunately, tested positive for Covid-19 before I was suppose to fly to Australia. I’m very disappointed to not be able to play in the coming weeks after training hard in the off-season and knowing Tennis Australia and the tours did so much to make these events happen.

I am self isolating at home and will continue to follow all the necessary health precautions. I look forward to be back on tour next month.

“Thank you for all your support.

Stay Healthy and safe.

Madison

Keys is the latest player to have tested positive after Andy Murray revealed he had a positive test while Tennys Sandgren had tested positive but was given the green light to travel.

Two players in men’s qualifying in Doha tested positive and were immediatly removed from the draw. Apparently if you test positive for the first time you are not allowed to travel but if you already tested positive and show no symptoms there is a chance you will continue to test positive before the effects go away.

Players are traveling this week to Australia and will be mandated to follow the 14 day quarantine with the exception of training five hours a day. The Australian Open begins on February 8th.

While most players will be quarantining in Melbourne both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have confirmed they will do their quarantine in Adelaide.

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ANALYSIS: Daniil Medvedev’s Run At The ATP Finals – Win Against Nadal Was The Turning point

Using two types of graphs, UbiTennis takes a closer look at the five matches won by Daniil Medvedev at the 2020 ATP Finals.

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Let’s analyse the five matches won at the ATP Finals by Daniil Medvedev, using the graphical representations provided by Federico Bertelli. We have renamed the graphs as “The ride”, recalling the famous Wagnerian composition. The first series of graphs is made up of decision trees and illustrates the trend of Medvedev’s and his opponents behind their respective serves, from the first round robin match to the final won against Dominic Thiem.

 

These are the details of his debut match against Zverev. The graph is easy to read: on the right (in blue) the times he held his serve are represented, while the time he broke his opponent are on the left (in red). The thicker the segment that connects two scores, the more frequently that ‘path’ of play has been covered.

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Medvedev’s solidity holding serve is undeniable, because he performed best in deuce receiver and deuce server situations. It can also be observed how the Russian got broken just once in his first three matches, against Zverev at 30-40, while against Nadal he was particularly in trouble with his own serve, as the Spaniard was the only one who broke him several times, taking advantage of some favourable scoring situations such as 0-40, 15-40 and deuce receiver.

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However, against Thiem, although Medvedev found himself tangled in a decider, the trend reverts back to that of the round matches: the only chance that Thiem had to snatch the serve was on the deuce receiver. He had no other chance from 40-40. 

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The graphical analysis, corroborated by the thickness of the oblique blue lines, also shows the growing solidity of the Russian from match to match, winning the opening two points in his service games. This is a sign of a growing confidence in his game as the Russian advanced towards the final stages of the tournament, e.g. the semi-final and the final.

As for the situations in which Medvedev was particularly proficient on his opponent’s serve, the deuce receiver stands out, a circumstance that was present in all five matches, followed by the 30-40 – he broke on this situation against Zverev and Schwartzman.

AN OVERVIEW

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The second series of graphs on Medvedev’s Valkyrian ride consists of radar graphs illustrating the classic statistics shown at the end of each match, which are equivalent to the following percentages – starting from the top and going clockwise: percentage of first serves in play, percentage of points won with his first and second serve, break points saved and converted, points won on the return against first and second serve, total points won, total points won on the return and on serve. What you see above is the diagram of Medvedev’s debut match: it is easy to see that he did better than Zverev in all statistics except for the percentage of first serves in play.

From the analysis of the first three matches of the group stage, even though the yellow area is predominant in almost all the statistical percentages, it’s clear that Medvedev was more effective in saving break points than his opponents (more than 80 percent against Zverev and 100 percent against Djokovic and Schwartzman), as well as in converting them. Against Schwartzman, he was actually bettered in the percentage of points won with the second service and in points won on the return against the opponent’s second serve.

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However, in the next two matches the percentage profiles of break balls saved and converted change because Nadal’s and Thiem’s numbers are higher than the Medvedev’s. So, ultimately, it means that Medvedev conceded fewer break points and managed to convert those that his opponents offered him during the match. 

That shows a great solidity.

If the general statistical profile of the Medvedev’s match against Thiem is similar to that of the matches won against Djokovic and Zverev, and in some ways to the one against Schwartzman as well, the statistics outline against Nadal is totally abnormal and should be considered as an outlier. The percentage of points won returning Nadal’s second serve and on his own second serve were the crucial ones. We will analyse this aspect in another article that will deal with Medvedev’s positioning on the return.

In conclusion, from the analysis of the statistical profiles, it appears that the semi-final bout against Nadal was the toughest obstacle that Medvedev had to overcome in his ride to success in a tournament in which he turned out more than anyone to be able (perhaps naturally) to give the match the desired direction, even when the numbers were not completely by his side.

Article by Andrea Canella; translated by Alice Nagni; edited by Tommaso Villa

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