2014/07/30

Andre Agassi Beats James Blake To Win PowerShares Series Title In Houston

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(February 21, 2014) HOUSTON –- Andre Agassi and James Blake played one of the most memorable U.S.
Open matches of all time in 2005, Agassi coming back from two-sets-to-love down
to win in a fifth-set tiebreaker in an epic quarterfinal. On Thursday night at
the Toyota Center, Agassi and Blake faced each other for the first time since
that U.S. Open classic, producing some familiar refrains from their defining
confrontation, albeit with considerably less tension, as Agassi again emerged
victorious 6-4 in the one-set championship match at the Camden Wealth Advisors
Cup, the sixth event on the 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit.

Agassi, playing in his first PowerShares Series tournament of the year, won a
furiously-fought final game of the match, breaking Blake’s serve in a 12-deuce
game and clinching the victory on his sixth match point. On Agassi’s first match
point, he stepped around a forehand return of serve and went for a winner
up-the-line, the exact shot he took on the ad-side of the court when up 7-6 in
the fifth-set tie-breaker from their famous 2005 match. While Agassi’s forehand
landed on the line for a winner to close out his win in 2005, his first attempt
Thursday landed in the net, causing Blake to shout to Agassi “Why didn’t you do
that at the Open!”

Agassi tried the exact same shot on his second match point two points later,
missing it wide. After he missed one other forehand return-of-serve on a match
point, Agassi finally closed out the win 18 points later when Blake netted a
forehand. The win was Agassi’s sixth of his career on the PowerShares Series,
the U.S. tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30.

Following the win, Agassi explained to reporters his motivations for continuing
to play competitive tennis on the PowerShares Series, that features one-night
events with two one-set semifinals and a one-set championship match over a
six-week season.

“I like not having as much drama and being able to take it in and enjoy it,”
Agassi said. “I like the format because it allows you to balance your life but
come out for one good go and sort of not worry about the training and the
how-far-can-I-push-myself kind of thing. It’s a nice contained evening and being
around the guys who you fought with for decades.”

In the semifinals earlier in the night, Agassi beat Jim Courier 6-4. Blake beat
Andy Roddick 6-3 in the other semifinal, avenging his loss the previous evening
in the tournament final in Denver.

With the tournament win, Agassi earned 400 points in the PowerShares Series
rankings. John McEnroe leads the rankings with 1200 points followed by Courier
with 900 points and Roddick with 500 points. Agassi sits in a tie for fourth
place with 400 points with Blake, who earned 200 points with a runner-up showing
for the second straight night. Michael Chang, Ivan Lendl and Mark Philippoussis
each have 300 points to rank in a three-way tie for sixth place.

The PowerShares Series continues Tuesday, February 25 in Salt Lake City when
Pete Sampras makes his 2014 PowerShares Series debut, joining Blake, Courier and
John McEnroe in the field.

The remaining 2014 Power Shares Series schedule with field of players are as
follows:

Tuesday, February 25, Salt Lake City, Energy Solutions Arena – Pete Sampras,
John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, February 26, Sacramento, Sleep Train Arena – Pete Sampras, John
McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Thursday, February 27, Portland, Moda Center – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim
Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, March 12, Nashville, Bridgestone Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl,
Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash

Thursday, March 13, Charlotte, Time Warner Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl,
Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash

Friday, March 21, Surprise, Surprise Stadium – Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Todd
Martin, Michael Chang

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