Top seed HEAD Partner Andre Agassi captured his 60th career ATP title on Sunday, 31st July after competing a 6:4, 7:5 victory over Giles Muller of Luxembourg in the final of the Mercedes Benz Cup at Los Angeles.
It was Agassi’s first title since winning the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati one year ago. The 35-year-old Agassi came back to the ATP circuit since the French Open at Roland Garros, having missed the last two months with a sciatic nerve injury.
Now he has a 60 – 28 record in ATP finals, the most among active players, and an 849-253 career win-loss record, which ranks him fifth in the Open Era since 1968 behind Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Vilas and John McEnroe – who all are not active anymore.
Agassi could win the first set in 34 minutes after breaking left-handed Muller’ s serve already in the first game and losing just two points on his serve. The second set was much closer, as Muller was able to save four break points in his first two service games, while Agassi saved one to level at 1:1. Finally the American could break his opponent at 5:5 coming back from 0:40 to win the next five points. With a forehand winner on his second championship point after 1 hour 28 minutes, Agassi finished the match.
‘It feels amazing. This is why you work so hard. These moments don’t happen very often anymore. I’ m taking it in, and it’s feeling pretty good,’ Agassi commented happily after his triumph. ‘I am just thinking about my game right now. My recovery is great. I’m moving well and making a lot of good decisions. It leaves me hopeful for doing what it is I love to do and how it is I love to do it.’
This title, Agassi was winning with a new developed racquet, the HEAD Flexpoint.Radical OS. In Agassi’s opinion, ‘the new racquet exceeded all of my expectations. The power is incredible and I have better control over the ball – even in extreme situations. I have longer contact with the ball that results in better feel. I love when I know what will happen in the next moment. It’s new tennis. I love it.’