There's nothing like Paris in the springtime, they say. As these 10 epics—the 10 most memorable French Open matches of the Open Era—show, there's also nothing quite as stirring or sensation as tennis in Paris at this time of year.
Agassi and Medvedev had spent the spring of 1999 trading conspiratorial smiles whenever their paths crossed. Andrei the Russian was playing some of the best tennis of his career, and Andre the American could take more than a little credit for it.
That April in Monte Carlo, Agassi had come across Medvedev drinking himself into a stupor after a defeat. The 24-year-old Medvedev told Agassi he was through, he was old, he couldn’t play “this f---ing game anymore.”
Agassi sat down and said, “How dare you? Here I am, 29, injured, divorced, and you’re [complaining] about being washed up at 24? Your future is bright.”
Medvedev asked for a few tips, and Agassi obliged. Whatever he said worked. Medvedev spent the next month, in Agassi’s words, “on fire.”
Now, as he sat in his hotel room in Paris, Agassi realized that he may have done his job a little too well. The next day he would play in the French Open final for the first time in eight years; it was the only major he had never won. To do it, he would have to beat Medvedev.
“He has my game,” Agassi thought to himself nervously. “I gave it to him. He even has my first name. Andrei. It’s going to be Andre versus Andrei. Me versus my doppelgänger.”
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