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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Agassi Whistled Off Court After Losing in 54 Minutes

MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Andre Agassi joined the growing number of seeded players out of the Monte Carlo Open as Spaniard Alberto Costa routed the second-seeded Agassi, 6-2, 6-1, Thursday in the tournament's third round..


Agassi became the 11th seeded player to lose since the start of the $2.2 million tournament and at the end of the match was whistled and jeered at for his disappointing play.


Defending champion Thomas Muster also gained the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Spanish teenager Carlos Moya in another early match.


Agassi lost in just 54 minutes to the 16th-seeded Costa, ranked 26th in the world. An early indication of things to come was in the first game when Agassi lost his service at love, double-faulting at game point. Half of Costa's first-set points came on unforced errors by Agassi, 16 of 32.


The second set went much the same as the first, Agassi dropped the initial game on serve to give Costa a quick lead. Costa added another break as the crowd started turning against Agassi for his mediocre play.


Agassi ended the match with 30 unforced errors and three double faults out of Costa's 60 points. He served less than 40 percent, barely 20 percent in the second set.


The top-seeded Muster won his 32nd consecutive match on clay, a streak that stretches back to last August. He has won six tournaments on clay in a row, three this year.


Wednesday, eight seeded players went out in the second round.


Michael Chang perhaps said it best.


"It was just one of those days. Everyone will have those days where things go well and things don't go well,'' Chang said. "Obviously it was one of those days that didn't go very well for top seeds.''


Third-seeded Chang and the fifth through ninth seeded players -- Goran Ivanisevic, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Thomas Enqvist, Jim Courier and two-time champion Sergi Bruguera -- all were eliminated.