“He Ain't Got This' - When Andre Agassi's Pin-Point Accuracy Shocked Swiss Maestro Roger Federer

“He Ain’t Got This’ – When Andre Agassi’s Pin-Point Accuracy Shocked Swiss Maestro Roger Federer

On March 13, 2010, tennis legends Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras came together for the “Hit For Haiti” event. In this doubles clash, Nadal and Agassi shared the same side of the court with the other two on the opposite side. This event captured the lighter, more enjoyable side of these legends, which is a rare sight to see.

The “Hit for Haiti” event saw many legends of the sport competing against each other in lighthearted doubles matches. It was a fund-raising event that was aimed at helping people affected by earthquakes in Haiti.

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Friendly banter between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi

Throughout the match, the eight-time Grand Slam champion, Agassi, appeared to be pretty joyful. “Tell me where you want this one, Roger,” he said as he served the former World No.1. “Forehand,” the Swiss ace said. The repartee continued, with Agassi asking Federer what tempo he preferred, to which the latter replied that he preferred a moderate pace of 113 mph. The American then served him at a speed of 114 miles per hour. This took Federer by surprise as he failed to return the serve.

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 12: (LR) Roger Federer of Switzerland, Pete Sampras, former tennis player Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose at Hit for Haiti, a charity event during the BNP Paribas Open on March 12, 2010 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

On February 22, 2005, the players played another one-of-a-kind encounter, exchanging balls on a tennis court installed on a helipad at the Burj Al Arab hotel.

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The friendship and rivalry between Agassi and Federer

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Both tennis greats first met in 1998 in the ATP Basle draw in Switzerland, where Agassi defeated Federer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. From then on, the on-court rivalry was fueled by Agassi’s dominance on the court against Federer during the early stages of their epic rivalry. However, in the latter stages, the Swiss maestro gained control and defeated the American ace in 8 of the 11 matches they played.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Federer has always admired Agassi and enjoyed spending time with him. In a throwback interview, the 20-time Grand Slam winner praised the American legend for constructing 83 schools for children in the United States. Likewise, Agassi respects Federer and honored the Swiss icon in a tweet following the 41-year-old’s retirement announcement. He wrote, “Your game and spirit taught us how beautiful tennis can be played, @RogerFederer. Every moment you shared has left us all better off. Thank you, RF.”

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Similarly, other legends of the sport, like Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Andre Agassi, among others, expressed their gratitude for the Swiss Maestro’s contribution to tennis and the sporting world.

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