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November 15, 1994

A. AGASSI/ A. Berasategui

6-2, 6-0



Q. Andre, I think you couldn't wish a better start?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I mean, I am hitting the ball very strong and I am playing very confidently.

Q. What do you think about your opponent, strange for you to meet somebody who has played -- (Inaudible.)

ANDRE AGASSI: I mean, I think that Berasategui's best surface is clay, but I mean, he still hits the ball well. I still got to play well to win, and I felt like today when I am hitting the ball like that, you know, I feel very confident against anybody. But I think it was a little uncomfortable for him.

Q. You must like your form? You must feel good?


Q. It seems at times you were playing with your opponent, is that an accurate statement?

ANDRE AGASSI: Come on, man. ATP ranking system, he is the 7th best player in the world.

Q. That is the second point. This is a case in point, in your opinion, how the ratings are compiled?

ANDRE AGASSI: I personally don't feel like he should be able to play a bunch of small clay court tournaments to get your ranking high enough to come into an event. I know a lot of guys that I'd rather not play over Alberto on a surface like this, but I mean, it is easy to bitch about the problems. To come up with the solution is something that I think the ATP is responsible for, and hopefully they are making some progress. I think they are talking about a new way of ranking, so it is not quite as easy just to play 35 tournaments.

Q. Do you have a suggestion for the way they could change things?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, but it is kind of a whole package of a bunch of things that --

Q. We can talk about it--

ANDRE AGASSI: -- I don't care to discuss right now.

Q. Andre, can you remember what you were doing this exact week last year? Was it just after the operation?

ANDRE AGASSI: No, the operation was the 17th of December. I was just in a cast. I wasn't doing anything of the -- I was attempting my second cortizone hoping it would work and get rid of the problem.

Q. You really feel he doesn't have a place here, Andre, in a sense?

ANDRE AGASSI: He has a place here under the system because he is here - period. He does have a place here. He has a 7th place here. But I am just saying that, you know, you shouldn't be playing small clay court tournaments right before you come here. I don't believe that that is the way the Tour should be structured. There is something not right about that. Todd Martin I played twice in Stockholm and in Paris, and, you know, a guy like that is out there, you know, playing the big tournaments; playing all the surfaces and doing as best, you know, to make it, and I mean, I think it is great that Alberto is great on clay and I know he is, but there should be some stipulation as to the different surfaces that you have to play, and certain penalties for, you know, you just can't play 35 tournaments and take your best 14. I don't like that.

Q. They do have lower points in a lot of those small clay tournaments; you are not going to win as much as you are going to win if you play a hard court tournament; more money?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I understand that, but still, you know, everybody is going to have bad results if you go play enough and to me, every time you step on the court it should count. I mean, has nothing to do against Alberto. I think he has done an incredible job. I think he has worked very hard to be here and deserves it. I don't think you should be able to take your best 14 tournaments.

Q. Anymore questions?

ANDRE AGASSI: You guys are too easy, man.

Q. Fast match; fast interview.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I guess so.

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