Win or lose in last night's final against his compatriot Todd Martin, Agassi's semi-final victory meant that he, rather than Yevgeny Kafelnikov, would rise to the top this morning.
Agassi recovered after a dreadful start to overwhelm Kafelnikov, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, hitting 11 aces in the process. The more ground Agassi gained, the more his Russian opponent appeared to be disappearing into a hole.
Kafelnikov, who was unable to take his chance to rise to No 1 at the Battersea tournament in February, later complained at the criticism which greeted his elevation to the top after six consecutive opening-round defeats, a quirk of the ATP Tour rankings system.
"The season isn't over yet," the third-seeded Kafelnikov said. "I have still six, seven tournaments to play. Maybe I'll take my chances there."
Martin looked eager in dismantling the unseeded Cedric Pioline, of France, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. "Todd was reading the ball very well today," Pioline said. "He was catching everything, making few unforced errors, serving big, playing much better than me."Reuse content