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John Lloyd
"Even if Rusedski doesn't play, he's good to have around"
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Friday, 30 June, 2000, 20:47 GMT 21:47 UK
Lloyd: Agassi was phenomenal
Andre Agassi
Agassi survived two match points before he rallied to beat Martin
BBC commentator and former British number one John Lloyd hails Andre's Agassi comeback against Todd Martin and looks forward to seeing Pete Sampras in action.

Agassi's comeback was phenomenal. At 5-2 in the fifth set and against a big server like Martin, I'd have given him a 20 per cent chance of winning. But it was amazing how he came through.

Agassi is the best returner of serve in the game bar none and the worst person to have to serve to, especially if you get a little bit nervous, and I think Todd did.

Agassi is also the second most popular player in the draw next to Tim Henman, so Todd knew the crowd was going to be against him and the pressure showed. I'm sure he will have a few bad dreams about that match.

Ecstatic

Pete Sampras must have been ecstatic that the committee put him fourth in the Centre Court schedule.

He must have known there was a decent shot he wasn't going to play. And as he didn't play, he's had another 24 hours to recover.


Pete Sampras
Sampras has had time to heal
Obviously he doesn't want to get involved in a long match against Justin Gimelstob. It will be interesting in the first set and a half to see how he reacts and moves.

If he can somehow get through the match, then he'll have Sunday off and another 24 hours to recuperate.

It would have to be something pretty bad for him to withdraw because, let's face it, he's odds-on favourite to get through the final with the decimation of seeds in his half of the draw.

Tests for the top seeds

With the seeds dropping as they are, Wayne Ferreira jumps out at me as the player to test Sampras now. He has the equipment to come through and he could test anybody on a good day.


Martina Hingis
Who will test Hingis?
He's an excellent grass-court player and has been around a long time and knows what it's about.

He hasn't fulfilled his potential but he's making a sustained effort now and has hired Mats Wilander to coach him. I'm sure he's looked ahead and thought 'this is a good opportunity for me'.

In the women's draw, Lindsay Davenport should be the test for Martina Hingis. She's the best player on grass, but she really hasn't looked very comfortable and I don't think she'll win it.

The biggest dangers are the Williams sisters. They have enough power and if they play well they can overpower Hingis.

Looking at the Davis Cup squad, I don't have any problems with Roger Taylor's selection.

With all due respect to Ecuador, we should win it 5-0.

Tim Henman shouldn't lose his games and even if Greg Rusedski isn't looking right and Roger picks Arvind Parmar, I still think we'll win it.

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See also:

30 Jun 00 | AudioVideo
Agassi fights to the bitter end
30 Jun 00 | Wimbledon2000
Agassi gives thanks to Martin
11 Jun 00 | AudioVideo
Andre Agassi
29 Jun 00 | Wimbledon2000
Injured Sampras will play on
11 Jun 00 | Sportstalk
Can anyone stop Sampras?
30 Jun 00 | Wimbledon2000
Parmar makes Davis Cup squad
28 Jun 00 | The BBC Team
Lloyd: We must not go overboard
27 Jun 00 | The BBC Team
Lloyd slams seeding committee
28 Jun 00 | The BBC Team
Lloyd understands outbursts
29 Jun 00 | The BBC Team
Lloyd reflects on mixed fortunes
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