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Retiring Agassi Impacts Game of Tennis

Andre Agassi, who is retiring at the end of the 2006 U.S. Open, entered the third round after winning a grueling match Thursday night. Tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe discusses Agassi's career and his chances of winning one last title.

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    At 36, his body in pain, and the end of a glorious career coming at any moment, it was perhaps too much to expect from Andre Agassi. But last night in the second round of the U.S. Open, he did it again, with spectacular shots and plenty of grit, in a grueling five-set match that lasted almost four hours and took an obvious physical toll on both players.

    In the end, more than 23,000 fans rose to their feet to cheer Agassi as he upset his 21-year-old opponent, eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

    Agassi has announced he'll retire after the Open, ending a 20-year career that's taken him from rebellious and flamboyant young talent — famous for wild hair and bad boy behavior — to a place as one of tennis's great champions and gentlemen. He's won eight grand slam singles titles and is one of five players ever to win all four grand slam events on the tennis circuit.

  • ANDRE AGASSI, Professional Tennis Player:

    If you're not there to win, you're a tourist.


    He's been a celebrity off the court, as well, a leading ad and ladies man. He's now married to Steffi Graf, another tennis great, and the father of two children. After last night's match, Agassi reflected on what the win meant at this stage in his career.


    It's never been easy, you know? It's difficult now for so many reasons. But it's also more inspiring now for many reasons. I mean, I don't get to feel this — you know, I haven't felt this. My whole career, I've been striving to achieve things I never believed I could do, you know? And I'm here now just taking it all in, and that feels real special to me and really worth it.

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