By Mike McIntyre
A forty year old Andre Agassi showed he can still keep-up with the younger generation as he defeated 30 year old Marat Safin 2-6, 7-6(7), 13-11 during an exhibition match in Taiwan on Thursday.
Prior to their match, local tennis product Lu Yen-Hsun, ranked 35th in the world, defeated No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(5) in a one-set encounter.
Agassi and Safin reunited two days later in Kaohsiung (also in Taiwan) and again the older of the two retired tennis champions came out on top by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
During their time together on the ATP World Tour, Agassi and Safin each won three times against each other between 1998 and 2004.
Safin defeated Agassi at Roland Garros in 1998 in the first round, a year before the American claimed his first and only Grand Slam in Paris.
Agassi will be back on a tennis court on February 28th at Madison Square Gardens in New York where he will face his old nemesis Pete Sampras in another friendly exhibition match.
Prior to playing Safin, Agassi said that todays rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was "more compelling" than the one he once shared with Sampras.