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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sacred or Profane, Agassi Meets Bruguera

ATLANTA -- With Andre Agassi, you get the sacred and the profane.


There's the occasional profane outburst, as he demonstrated by drawing a point penalty in a quarterfinal match a few days ago.


And then there is the sanctity of a medal. He will win either the gold or the silver Saturday when he faces former French Open champion Sergi Bruguera in the Olympic final after a not-so-easy 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 semifinal victory Thursday over India's Leander Paes, the world's 127th-ranked player.


None of this second-place-is-for-losers stuff for Agassi.


"If silver is a disappointment, you're [a jerk]. That's ridiculous," said Agassi, who has put together a string of victories in what has been a distressing season.


As for whether a medal of any metal is tarnished because only three of the world's top-10 players entered the tournament, "I'll let you feel my medal tomorrow," Agassi said. "You can tell me how it feels."


Agassi, looking ahead to the gold-medal match, said he is thankful for the hard-court surface at Stone Mountain Tennis Center.


"He's beaten me on clay, but I've gotten him on hard courts," Agassi said. "He's a guy who's been at the top, won Slams, so at any time he can play that kind of tennis."


Bruguera, the French Open winner in 1993 and '94 who has battled injuries and fallen to No. 69 in the rankings, also needed a first-set tiebreaker to get past Brazil's Fernando Meligeni, beating him 7-6 (11-9), 6-2, in the day's first match, which was delayed 1 1/2 hours because of rain.


Bruguera reacted to his victory with striking emotion, clenching his fists and falling to his back on the court.


In other matches, Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain won the bronze in women's doubles, defeating Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Manon Bollegraf of the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-3.


In the men's doubles bronze-medal match, Marc-Kevin Goellner and David Prinosil of Germany defeated Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands, 6-2, 7-5.