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Sunday, 12 May, 2002, 14:43 GMT 15:43 UK
Agassi reigns in Rome
Andre Agassi stretches to return a shot
Agassi put in a classic performance
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Andre Agassi proved much too strong for German Tommy Haas with a straight sets victory in the Rome Masters final.

Agassi, the ninth seed, triumphed 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and 56 minutes for his 53rd career title.

The victory made up for Agassi's defeat to Alberto Mancini in the Italian Open back in 1989.

Agassi raced into a two sets to love lead with some delightful tennis which thrilled the Rome crowd.

Tightly-contested

His relentless pressure forced Haas into making mistakes which the American was able to capitalise on.

Agassi made the first breakthrough of a tightly-contested first set breaking Haas in the fifth game after an overrule by the umpire.


I've waited a long time and today is very special
Andre Agassi

He broke again in the last game of the set after Haas twice double faulted and Agassi took the set 6-3.

A double fault again cost Haas dear in the fourth game of the second set and he threw his racket to the ground in disgust.

Big impression

But after breaking Agassi in the seventh game to bring it back to 4-3, he immediately lost his serve again and Agassi was able to take the set.

Haas needed to make a big impression in the third set but things didn't start the way he would have wanted.


He played some unbelievable tennis
Tommy Haas

Agassi claimed a break in the opening game with a rasping cross court forehand past the helpless German after Haas had led 40-0.

Things got worse for Haas when he lost his serve again in the third game, finishing on a double fault.

Haas needed treatment from the trainer on a leg muscle problem and Agassi continued to make him move throughout the court.

Agassi broke the German for the third time in the set to lead 5-0 and the American easily held his serve to win the title.

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