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  Sunday, 26 January, 2003, 04:33 GMT
Rampant Agassi claims title
Andre Agassi
Agassi needed 76 minutes to win his eighth Slam


Andre Agassi was in supreme form as he destroyed Rainer Schuettler to claim his fourth Australian Open crown.

The second seed was a strong favourite going into the final but his astounding performance had the crowd gasping in awe as he ran out a 6-2 6-2 6-1 winner.

Days like this are very rare so this means the world to me

Andre Agassi

The 32-year-old's victory equals the most one-sided in the event's 98-year history.

Schuettler, in his first Grand Slam final, began nervously and showed only a few glimpses of the form which saw him beat Andy Roddick and James Blake in previous matches.

But even in top form, the German would have needed a miracle against a rampant Agassi.

The world number two broke his opponent's serve eight times to win in just one hour 16 minutes, more than an hour quicker than Saturday's women's final between Serena and Venus Williams.

Agassi got out of the starting blocks in spectacular fashion, stringing together a run of eight points to lead 2-0.

The American broke Schuettler's serve again before the shell-shocked German steadied himself and broke back in the fourth game.

However, a relentless Agassi engineered two more break points in Schuettler's fourth service game and broke when the German overhit a forehand.

I tried my best but Andre was simply too good for me today

Rainer Schuettler

Agassi was down 0-30 as he served out for the set but Schuettler responded by throwing in two forehand errors and the second seed took the first set in just 29 minutes.

He pocketed the second set by the same score in three minutes less to leave Schuettler reeling.

And the German's game unravelled under the might of Agassi's assault and he was broken three further times in the third set.

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