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Agassi Advances in Legg Mason Classic - 2003-07-30

American tennis star Andre Agassi has easily advanced to the second round of the Legg-Mason Tennis Classic, which is being played here in Washington. Agassi scored a straight-sets win over Ivo Heuberger of Switzerland Tuesday evening.

Playing on the stadium court, the top-seeded Agassi needed exactly one hour to end the tournament for Heuberger, beating the Swiss player, 6-3, 6-1. The world number one, Agassi took advantage of Heuberger's inconsistent service game to break him twice in the opening set. Agassi then closed out the match by dropping just one game in the second set.

"I got out to an early break, and then managed to convert on a second break, then got up in the second set, too. This match did not boil down to one or two shots," he said. "I felt like it boiled down to him missing some first serves and me executing some good groundies [ground strokes] on some crucial points. And you know, I served pretty well."

Agassi was glad to get off to a good start with a win in his opening match, but says there is a long way to go. "That's what it was tonight - it was a start. So, there will be a lot of matches this summer, hopefully, and I look forward to getting better as I go along."

In the second round, Agassi will play the winner of Wednesday's match between 13th-seeded Sargis Sargsian of Armenia and Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic. Other winners Tuesday included number eleven Mardy Fish and Paul Goldstein of the United States, Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, and 14th-seeded Greg Rusedski of Britain.