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November 18, 1994

A. AGASSI/ S. Bruguera

6-4, 1-6, 6-3



Q. First sets you dropped this week, did it worry you at all?

ANDRE AGASSI: No, I felt pretty comfortable. I think Sergi picked up his level of play in the second, put together some key points to break me and then held two service games where he hit, I think, six aces, combined, so the set just got away. I wasn't too concerned. I knew that I could slow things down a little bit and get it under control in the third.

Q. Andre, you hit the heck out of the ball as did he; it was like a real war?

ANDRE AGASSI: It always is when I play Sergi. We both, you know, count on dictating play from the backcourt and, you know, he hits a lot of top. I can drive the ball through the court and it is a great, you know, interaction of a lot of different shots, and it is -- that is pretty much expected, even if the score is, you know, 4 and 4 like in Paris; it is always great tennis.

Q. Thoughts about playing Pete tomorrow.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I am looking forward to it. That is what you come here for.

Q. But you talk about a rivalry as he; developing a rivalry. I mean, you beat him in Paris, what about tomorrow, what will be different?

ANDRE AGASSI: Hopefully, nothing. Hopefully I will beat him again. You know, I have been hitting the ball strong and I am quite confident and, you know, I just -- I couldn't think of a better time to play again, right now, the World Championships. I mean, maybe ideally in the finals, but it is just as with, I think, Boris, you know, has proven on the other side that he is playing the best tennis and so, you know, I played Pete first and I am looking forward to it. You know, 1:00 tee time, I am ready to go.

Q. Andre, are you comfortable with this round robin setup with regard to questions on whom you are going to play next and whether you are, if you win tonight you play somebody; you lose, you play somebody else; should it be more clear cut, a knockout situation?

ANDRE AGASSI: No. You don't come all the way down to the Final 8 just to have single elimination. I don't agree with that. Maybe they should, you know, just flip a coin for who plays who as opposed to one plays two or two plays one - maybe they should flip a coin. If I played Boris or Pete, we don't know that until all the matches are there; something along those lines. There are times when it works out quite well and other times, when somebody can go out there and lose a match just to feel like you get a better draw, and that is -- then it boils down to the competitor.

Q. Did you see Pete's match this afternoon? Did you watch any of it?

ANDRE AGASSI: I saw some of it, yeah.

Q. Do you think that he was playing more to the level that he was playing in the first half of the year as opposed throughout the fall?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I think he is hitting the ball real well. Tough to say where his confidence is because he did miss out on a lot of tournaments and I am sure he was hoping for a better fall, but he looked like he was hitting the ball very strongly today.

Q. Andre, what kind of rapport do you have with Sergi? You seemed to be joking a lot with him imitating his shots and what not?

ANDRE AGASSI: I mean, he is an easy guy to imitate, you know. I mean, Sergi and -- I mean, we are friends; we hang out every now and then. He has made a trip out to Vegas before. He is a good guy. He is just -- there is something, you know, very endearing about Sergi; there is a great spirit to him. So I enjoy playing against him because he fights hard and he is fair and he is just a good guy.

Q. Do you think he can win the tournament?


Q. Yes.

ANDRE AGASSI: I think you would get some real good odds if you were betting that in Vegas. This is indoors and I think that Boris -- the way Boris is hitting the ball and it is going to be very difficult. I think he fights hard enough where you never know what can happen, but I think it is a little too difficult.

Q. After three baseliners you have now got at least one; possibly, two big servers. Restructuring of your tactics or anything?

ANDRE AGASSI: There is always adjustments, you know, you play everybody differently. Quite honestly, I play Chang differently than I play Sergi. They are two different type of baseliners. You are always adjusting your game. I am not too concerned with that. I think that at the Open I had a variety of baseliners, great baseliners and great serve and volleyers, I managed to adjust to it, so I feel pretty comfortable with that.

Q. Do you see any difference in the game of Sergi?

ANDRE AGASSI: Let me guess. You are from Spain?

Q. Yes.

ANDRE AGASSI: Do I see differences in Sergi from when?

Q. From the last time you played him.


Q. Yes.

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I think this court is a little more suitable for his style of play. It is a little heavier, the balls are a little heavier; little slower court, so it is more time for his big swings. He takes very big swings too. The faster the court, the more difficult it becomes.

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