“He didn’t” – When Andre Agassi’s pinpoint 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 match, Nadal and Agassi shared the same side of the court with the other two on opposite sides. This event captured the lighter, gentler side of these legends, which is a rare sight.

The Hit for Haiti event saw many of the sport’s legends go head-to-head in light-hearted doubles matches. It was a fundraiser aimed at helping people affected by the Haiti earthquake.

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Friendly banter between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi

Throughout the game, eight-time Grand Slam champion Agassi seemed quite cheerful. “Tell me where you want this, Roger.” he said while serving the former world No. 1. “Forehand,” said the Swiss ace. The repartee continued with Agassi asking springer what pace he prefers, to which he replied that he prefers a moderate pace of 183 km/h. The American then served him at a speed of 114 miles per hour. This surprised Federer as he didn’t 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, players played another unique encounter, exchanging balls on a tennis court installed on a helipad at the Burj Al Arab Hotel.

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The camaraderie and rivalry between Agassi and Federer

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Both tennis greats first met 1998 at the ATP Draw in Basel, Switzerland, where Agassi defeated Federer 6-3, 6-2 in straight sets. From then on, the on-pitch rivalry was fueled by Agassi’s on-pitch dominance against Federer in the early stages of their epic rivalry. However, in the final stage, the Swiss maestro gained control, defeating the American ace in 8 of the 11 games they played.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with the fans during an exhibition match 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 building 83 schools for children across the United States. Likewise, Agassi respects Federer and honors the Swiss icon in one tweet following the announcement of the 41-year-old’s retirement. He wrote, “Your game and spirit taught us how beautifully tennis can be played @RogerFederer. Every moment you shared made us all better off. Thank you RF.”

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

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