Sunday, September 11, 2005


The big one-the final of the US Open is to be contested between Andre Agassi and the defending champion Roger Federer. In the semifinals, Agassi had to fight off a determined challenge from Robby Ginepri. For a second match in a row, Agassi had to go all the distance over five-sets. On the other hand, Federer got home in just four sets. Of course, it was not a cakewalk for the world number one, with Hewitt offering a good challenge, though not consistently enough. It was more tight than what many expected.

Kim Clijsters won the womens' crown by brushing aside Mary Pierce. There was no need for any injury break this time round for the Frenchwoman. The Belgian was in command right from the start to take home her first Grand Slam title.

Few would bet against Federer in not extending his hold over the trophy for another year. But Agassi remains the sentimental favourite and also the crowd favourite. A great match is in prospect with both men expected to raise the level of their game. Will it be a repeat of the Australian Open where Federer simply blew away Agassi off the court or will the American just do it for a last time.

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