Andre Agassi jokes with Rafael Nadal: ‘It was great to play you before you retired’

Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi met in the 2005 Canada Masters final

Andre Agassi reached his last Masters 1000 final in Montreal 2005, competing for the title at 35! The veteran met the young gun Rafael Nadal in the title clash and suffered a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 loss in an hour and 58 minutes, missing a chance to add the 18th Masters 1000 crown to his tally.

Agassi praised Nadal after the match and cracked a joke, saying he enjoyed playing against Rafa before the 19-year-old Spaniard retires! Andre wished to return to Montreal two years later, but he retired at the 2006 US Open in front of the partisan crowd.

Nadal was the second-strongest player in 2005 behind Roger Federer, winning 11 titles and competing in Montreal as the top seed. Rafa started all over in the decider versus Andre and lifted his third Masters 1000 trophy at 19.

Also, Rafa became the first teenager with nine ATP titles in a single season since Mats Wilander in 1983!

Rafael Nadal ousted Andre Agassi in Montreal 2005 to claim the title.
The Spaniard suffered only one break in set number two, losing it but restoring the order in the decider.

The youngster got broken once and secured three return games to control the pace and emerge at the top. They had a similar number of winners and forced errors. At the same time, Agassi made too many unforced mistakes to plague his chances despite a solid effort in sets one and two.

Rafa had a slight edge in the more extended exchanges against one of the greatest baseliners ever. Also, he scored ten points more in the shortest range up to four strokes and forged the triumph in that segment.Andre got broken in the encounter’s fourth game to send the rival 3-1 in front before Rafa fended off a break point at 4-2 to remain in front.

The American saved a set point in game eight, but it was all he could do. Nadal closed the opener with a hold at love a few minutes later for 6-3 and a boost. Agassi raised his level in the second set. He served well and delivered a late break at 5-4 when Nadal sprayed a forehand error to force a decider and remain in contention.

Starting all over, Rafa controlled the pace behind his serve in the final set and kept the pressure on the other side. He earned back-to-back breaks that carried him over the finish line and toward his third Masters 1000 trophy at 19.

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