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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Agassi Made to Work Hard at Queen's




LONDON -- Andre Agassi struggled past Frenchman Anthony Dupuis 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 Wednesday to book his place in the third round of the $800,000 London grass court championship at Queen's Club.


The top seed thrashed Dupuis in straight sets at the French Open two weeks ago but looked far less comfortable on Center Court at the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event.


He stormed through the first set, hitting winners with ease, in just 24 minutes but lost his rhythm in the second.


Dupuis, ranked a lowly 105, broke in the 11th game of the second set and duly served out to level the match.


Agassi, Wimbledon champion in 1992, grabbed the vital break in the sixth game of the deciding set and served out with an ace on his second match point.


"I struggled early on with my serve in the second set, that was definitely a concern," Agassi said.


"It was my first match on grass and I was trying to be aggressive on second serve f maybe I pushed too hard.


"The balls were very heavy."


Agassi said he wanted to do well at Queen's to get himself into a groove for Wimbledon.


"I want to do well here, I want to get used to hitting lower-bouncing balls," he said.


Australian sixth seed Lleyton Hewitt wasted no time in dispatching American David Wheaton 6-4, 6-4, while Canada's Daniel Nestor had an easier second round than expected. He beat Michael Hill 6-4 6-3 after the Australian lucky loser replaced injured world No. 2 Magnus Norman of Sweden.


Davide Sanguinetti of Italy beat 14th-seeded Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, while British ninth seed Greg Rusedski eased past Germany's Jens Knippschild 7-6, 7-6.


Slovakia's Karol Kucera, Agassi's conqueror in Paris two weeks ago, came back from the brink of defeat to beat fifth seed Thomas Enqvist 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.


The Swede had been serving for the match at 6-3, 5-4, but Kucera turned things around.


Another seed to fall was 10th seed Todd Martin. The American bowed out in three sets to Max Mirnyi of Belarus 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.


Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic beat 11th seed Mark Philippoussis 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round.


Ivanisevic, three times Wimbledon finalist, needed just 58 minutes to dispatch the Australian, whom he met in the final in 1997.


Three years ago Philippoussis won in straight sets, but on this occasion Ivanisevic was the sharpest.


Despite having fallen in the rankings to 63rd in the world, Ivanisevic's grass-court expertise was on full show. He crunched serves down with pinpoint accuracy and showed a deft touch around the net.


A break in the sixth game was all he needed to steal the first set in a bludgeoning battle of serves.


Philippoussis picked up his game for the start of the second set but Ivanisevic soon gained the upper hand and grabbed two late breaks to secure victory.


"I played maybe one of my best matches in a couple of years," Ivanisevic said. "I was very surprised. It can't be better. Returning his serve was so easy, and I was serving very well and volleying good."