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banner Wednesday, 24 January, 2001, 17:19 GMT
Audio/Video: Men's singles closing stages
Thirty-year old Agassi broke Clement's serve early on and never looked back
Champion Andre Agassi and runner-up Arnaud Clement
BBC Sport Online charts the latter stages of the Australian Open men's singles tournament as the event comes to a thrilling climax.


Final

Andre Agassi (US) bt Arnaud Clement (FR) 6-4 6-2 6-2

Agassi is now the tenth most successful player in the history of men's tennis
Agassi always looked comfortable

Andre Agassi claimed his seventh grand slam, beating Frenchman Arnaud Clement in straight sets to win the Australian open. Agassi's comfortable win made him the first man to retain the Australian title since Jim Courier in 1993.

  • Click here to listen to Agassi's comments on his plucky young opponent.


    Semi-finals

    A Clement (FRA) beats S Grosjean (FRA) 5-7 2-6 7-6(7/4) 7-5 6-2

    Arnaud Clement celebrates beating Grosjean
    Clement was in blistering form

    Arnaud Clement provided the fightback of the tournament to beat fellow Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean in five sets. He was forced to save two match points in the third set before recovering his poise to eventually reach the final.




    Andre Agassi (USA) bt Pat Rafter (AUS) 7-5 2-6 6-7 6-2 6-3

    Andre Agassi has dropped one set on the way to the semi-finals
    Agassi was at his brilliant best

    Andre Agassi proved the more resilient as he wore down a cramp-ridden Pat Rafter in the final set. The home favourite had the lead at two sets to one but suffered from Agassi's punchy groundstrokes which eventually took their toll.



  • Click here to listen to Agassi reveal his punishing tactics.

  • Click here to listen to Rafter vent his physical frustrations.


    Quarter-finals

    Arnaud Clement (FRA) bt Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 6-4 5-7 7-6 7-6

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov has featured in the final for the past two years
    Kafelnikov sturggled to get going

    Arnaud Clement set up an all French affair in the semi-final and proved delicate stroke play can win over power. Despite appearing in the last two year's finals, Yevgeny Kafelnikov could not find his rhythm and came up against a Frenchman clearly in form.

  • Click here to listen to Clement describe his match-winning tactics.

  • Click here to listen to Kafelnikov make his excuses.

    Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) bt Carlos Moya (SPA) 6-1 6-4 6-2

    Sebastien Grosjean celebrates victory over Moya
    Sebastien Grosjean outplayed Moya

    Sebastien Grosjean, seeded 16 because of retirements, outclassed Moya from the back of the court and stormed into the semis. His previous best was the third round where he was knocked out by Britain's Tim Henman.




    Patrick Rafter (AUS) bt Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-0

    Pat Rafter in action
    Crowd favourite Pat Rafter is still on course

    Rafter shrugged off the weight of expectation to romp home to victory after Hrbaty gave him a battle during the second and third set. The Slovakian changed his game in an attempt to combat Rafter's serve but the home favourite proved his prowess on the hardcourt.

  • Click here to listen to Rafter confirm he was content to beat off Hrbaty.

    Andre Agassi (USA) bt Todd Martin (USA) 7-5 6-3 6-4

    Andre Agassi was by far the fitter of the two
    Agassi reaped the rewards of his fitness regime
    Agassi produced a near faultless display as he proved too hot to handle for fellow American Todd Martin. Two more wins will give Agassi back-to-back titles, last completed in 1993 by Jim Courier.




  • Click here to listen to Agassi admit his confidence is rising.

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