The first point went by in a blur: Andre Agassi tossed a ball into the balmy breeze and whipped a 117-mph ace.
His dominating serve made the rest of the match go quickly, too, as Agassi defeated Carlos Moya, 6-3, 6-3, today in the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open.
The victory gave Agassi a record six Key Biscayne titles, including the past three. One month shy of his 33rd birthday, Agassi may be playing as well as ever -- and said he has never served better.
"Today was certainly a great day for me serving-wise," he said. "I'm really getting up on it well."
Agassi has won 57 tournament titles thanks mostly to dominating groundstrokes and a service return touted as perhaps the best ever. His serve never will be overpowering, but it is faster and more shrewdly placed than when he was younger, which proved pivotal against Moya.
Despite the tricky breeze, Agassi smacked eight aces, lost only seven of 38 points on his first serve and never was broken. That allowed him to defeat the fifth-seeded Moya in 1 hour 11 minutes.
"The key was his serve and my serve," Moya said. "I'm supposed to serve better than him, and today I didn't."
Agassi's serving was all the more impressive because he nearly withdrew before the tournament because of a sore right shoulder. But he showed no signs of the injury in winning his third match in as many days.
With his sixth Key Biscayne championship, Agassi surpassed his wife, Steffi Graf, who won the tournament five times.
"I finally beat her at something," Agassi said with a grin during the trophy ceremony.
Graf watched the match holding their 17-month-old son, Jaden Gil.
"It's nerve-racking at times," she told CBS-TV. "You know exactly what's going on out there. You just hope for the best. It's hard because you can't do anything. You just have to sit here and watch."
Ranked No. 2, Agassi heads into the clay-court season as the player to beat. While No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt lost his opening match at Nasdaq, Agassi won his third title of the year to improve to 18-1, best on the men's tour. The streak includes his eighth Grand Slam title, at the Australian Open.
"It has been incredible," he said. "It's hard to believe it's all still possible out there. It's hard work, and it's a lot of luck and staying healthy. I've been blessed with a body that's holding up."