PARIS -- Andre Agassi strutted off court tapping his heart, a gesture to show he still has all the desire it takes to win a Grand Slam championship.
His passion for tennis had waned a few years ago, and his ranking plummeted, but on Saturday the old fire burned for everyone to see as he reached the French Open final.Seven games in 24 minutes is all Agassi needed to deliver a quick knockout of Dominik Hrbaty, completing a rain-suspended match 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4.
Now only Andrei Medvedev, ranked No. 100 but playing the best tennis of his own resurrected career, stands between Agassi and tennis history.
Medvedev has spoken all week about how his game is a reflection of his peace of mind now that he's in love again with the German tennis player Anke Huber.
"I'm happy to hear that," Agassi said. "I prefer if he lets his girlfriend play for him instead, with all due respect to her game."
For his part, Agassi said he doesn't believe the breakup of his marriage to actress Brooke Shields has made him more motivated or more focused in tennis.
"I would hate to give the impression that that's the case," he said, "because that would mean that the beautiful years I shared with Brooke somehow interfered with my tennis.
"I think we constantly make choices in life. The choice that I made in my personal life was a very important personal decision. But the one I made with my tennis was also a very calculated specific decision, and that's just to continue maximizing the things I still feel I can accomplish."
If Agassi wins the French title Sunday he will complete a career Grand Slam and become the first man to win all four majors on three different surfaces.
Only four other men have won the four majors -- the Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open -- but they did it when the tournaments were played on either clay or grass, not hard courts.
"It would be an incredible achievement," said the 29-year-old Agassi.