In 1997, Andre Agassi reached his lowest point and recovered to perform at his peak the following years. Since 1999, the American has won five Major championships and eight Masters 1000 crowns, rising to the top of the world for the first time in three and a half years in September of that same year!
Under the direct guidance of Brad Gilbert, Agassi was still one of the best to defeat even after turning 30 in 2000. Andre fought the younger generation and maintained his position at the top until 2003, when he finally started to slip.
The dynamic star’s final season began in 2006, when he debuted in the top-10 and competed in eight ATP events before emotionalnnouncing his retirement at the US Open. On July 31 of the previous year, Andre won his 60th and last ATP championship in Los Angeles.
In an hour and 28 minutes, the local favorite defeated Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-5 to become the eighth player in the Open era to have 60 ATP titles. Agassi was included on the special list alongside Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Guillermo Vilas.
With a severe sciatic nerve issue that prevented him from playing since Roland Garros, Andre was the top seed in Los Angeles. He lost one set en route to his 88th ATP final. The seasoned player defeated Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-1, 6-0 in the opening round in 47 minutes, and then quickly defeated Kevin Kim to advance to the quarterfinals.
Agassi defeated Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the match that decided the final four in 1 hour and 52 minutes. The seasoned player caused more damage after returning and scored on four of his twelve attempts. He therefore secured a spot in the semifinals and turned in another faultless effort to defeat Juan Ignacio Chela and advance to the championship match.
Against the young Luxembourger who was playing in his second ATP final, Gilles Muller, the 35-year-old put on another flawless performance.
The final ATP championship was won by Andre Agassi in Los Angeles in 2005.
Andre saved both break chances while serving at 70% to keep the pressure on the other team.
Despite his best efforts, Gilles was unable to keep up with the rival’s speed. He lost the match after taking two breaks at the start and at 5-5 in the second set. For Andre, it was his fourth championship in Los Angeles.
As one of the most successful players, he joined Frank Parker, Roy Emerson, and Jimmy Connors after making his debut in 1987 and playing competitively for nearly two decades. Agassi won his final ATP match in front of his home crowd, becoming the oldest champion since Jimmy Connors in Tel Aviv in 1989.
By virtue of this momentum, Andre went on to place in the finals of the next two noteworthy competitions. He became the oldest Grand Slam finalist since Ken Rosewall 31 years earlier when he lost to Rafael Nadal in Montreal and Roger Federer at the US Open.
“It feels fantastic. These moments don’t come around very frequently anymore, so I’m soaking it all in. Letting my game go and being eager to run for shots you’re not sure you’ll get are both fantastic. I had never experienced it before, and it’s frightening when you start looking for a doctor to advise you that you should stop playing.
It makes you feel powerless. It was and still is possible for me to do it to a certain point, but “stated Andre Agassi.