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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Agassi Struggles Against Unseeded Challenger


SAN JOSE, California -- Andre Agassi got both a win and a workout in his return to tennis after a nearly three-month layoff.

"Tonight wasn't about winning. It was about getting that first match in," said Agassi, who struggled past unheralded Mark Knowles of the Bahamas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Wednesday in the Sybase Open.

"It's nice to have three sets to play in your first match back," Agassi said, "and now I get to play another match. My ability will take over at some point."

Pete Sampras was much more methodical in his second-round match Wednesday, beating Justin Gimelstob 6-2, 6-3.

Down a break at 2-4, Agassi held serve and then broke back in the eighth game after Knowles fought off five break points. Agassi then won eight of the next 11 points to take the set.

Knowles made it 1-1 by breaking Agassi in the fifth game of the second set. But Agassi took control of the match in the fourth game of the third set when Knowles double-faulted on break point.

"I want to use this time to get the foundations of my tennis game set," Agassi said. "The goals become clearer as the year goes on. It's still within my ability to pull off the big matches at the right time."

Dubai Open. Veterans Goran Ivanisevic and Boris Becker secured second round spots, while Austria's Thomas Muster claimed the first quarterfinal place in the Dubai Open on Wednesday.

Top seed Ivanisevic sailed past Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui 6-3, 6-4, while Germany's Becker needed three sets, and some adjustments to his serve-and-volley game, to get past compatriot Marc-Kevin Goellner 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.

Muster, seeded second, demolished Germany's Martin Sinner in a second round match 6-4, 6-4.

Fifth seed Spaniard Carlos Moya made a hasty exit from the tournament after suffering a three-set defeat at the hands of Czech Jiri Novak 6-2, 0-6, 7-5.

Paris Open. Swiss teenager Martina Hingis, who has yet to lose a match this season, extended her unbeaten run by defeating Italian Silvia Farina 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Open.

Top seed Hingis, ranked second in the world, recovered from a slow start to beat Farina 6-3, 6-4 in 67 minutes.

Farina, who beat Hingis in the second round of this tournament last year, broke her opponent to open up a 3-2 lead in the first set.

But Hingis, who won this year's Australian Open as well as tournaments in Sydney and Tokyo, then took seven games in a row to take control of the match. ()

(For other results, see Scorecard.)