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Agassi Wins French Open

June 6, 1999

PARIS (AP) _ Andre Agassi became the fifth man to complete a Grand Slam when he recovered from a two-set deficit to beat Andrei Medevedev for the French Open title Sunday.

Agassi battled back in a stunning comeback to win 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, after appearing to be on the verge of defeat.

The 13th-seeded American became only the fifth man to win all four major events. He also won the 1992 Wimbledon, the 1994 U.S. Open and the 1995 Australian Open.

The others to accomplish the feat were Fred Perry, Don Budge, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver. Budge and Laver (twice) did it in the same year.

Medvedev, at No. 100 the lowest-ranked player ever to reach the French Open final, and Agassi hugged after the match.

``I’m so proud,″ Agassi said. ``I’ll never forget this.″

Medvedev ruled the first two sets before Agassi found his old fire in the third and turned the match around by coming more to the net.

``It’s been a lot of years since I’ve had this opportunity,″ Agassi told the crowd at Roland Garros. ``I never dreamed would see this day. ... I just want to say thank you to the people who have never stopped believing in me. ...

``To be assigned a place with some of the game’s greatest players is an honor I’ll have the rest of my life.″

Twice a loser in the French Open final, in 1990 and 1991, Agassi raised his game as the sun reappeared and the wind died down on the red clay.

He hit a backhand winner down the line and Medvedev blasted a forehand long to put Agassi a break up with a 3-2 in the fifth.

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