Tennis: Agassi on a roll after second triumph in a row

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ANDRE AGASSI won his second tournament in a row when he clinched the ATP Tour title in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Sunday.

The American won the event for a third time by beating Australian Jason Stoltenberg 6-4, 7-6, taking the world number 50 to 16 wins for the year against just two defeats.

The win, coupled with the one last week in San Jose, will move Agassi at least 10 places up the ATP Tour rankings and leaves him in good shape for his next event, the Champions Cup in Indian Wells, California, the first Super 9 event of the year.

"It's no miracle cure, just a lot of hard work," Agassi said of a post- Australian Open winning streak which has stretched to 10 matches. "I'm out there getting better and playing well."

Tim Henman, the British No 2, has moved up one place from 20 to 19 in the latest world rankings without hitting a ball. Henman was not involved in a tournament last week but has been promoted because Croatian left- hander Goran Ivanisevic lost nearly 100 points and has slipped to 21 from 19.

Greg Rusedski, the British No 1 who reached the quarter-finals at Rotterdam, remains at six in the latest ATP list announced yesterday.

Both Rusedski and Henman were injured at this time last year, Rusedski with a wrist injury and Henman with elbow trouble for which he had an operation. So until June neither British player has any points to defend.