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Agassi first unseeded man to win U.S. Open
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 11, 1994

Maybe image isn't everything when it comes to Andre Agassi. The Las Vegas native, known more for his commercials and flashy outfits than for his formidable skills on the court, notches a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 victory over Michael Stich in the U.S. Open final.

Agassi is the first unseeded man to win the Open. The last non-seed to win the U.S. title was Fred Stolle, who captured it in 1966, two years before the championship became open to pros.

Agassi dominates from the start, breaking the German at love and plowing through the opening set in only 24 minutes. Agassi is stingy with his mistakes, making only 14 unforced errors in the one-hour-and-56-minute match, and allows Stich just two break points, both of which he saves.

It is Agassi's fifth Grand Slam final appearance and second title. His first came in a storybook run at Wimbledon in 1992.

Previously known for his impatience and lack of focus on the court, the popular star is finally able to complement his impressive topspin return and blazing ground strokes with mental composure. "There were times when I might have found a way to lose a Grand Slam match like this," he says. "But those days are behind me."

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