Agassi overwhelms Meligeni in Washington

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Andre Agassi got another easy workout at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Andre Agassi got another easy workout at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

One night after a rare doubles appearance lasted nine games when his opponent was injured, Agassi overwhelmed Brazil's Fernando Meligeni 6-2, 6-1 in 52 minutes on Tuesday night to advance to the third round of singles.

The top-seeded Agassi overpowered the 29-year-old Meligeni, who was making his first tournament appearance in Washington.

"I try and walk that fine line between being aggressive enough to control the point, but not so aggressive that I miss," Agassi said. "I felt as long as I had him stretched, he couldn't hurt me."

Agassi broke serve six times in eight return games and was helped by Meligeni's five double-faults.

Alex Corretja of Spain also advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over 22-year-old American Kevin Kim. Corretja was down 4-5 in the first set, but fought off two set points on Kim's serve and rallied to win the next three games.

Eighth-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia was the only upset victim of the day. Wayne Arthurs of Australia outlasted Hrbaty 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Third seed Nicolas Kiefer had a much more difficult time joining Agassi in the third round. Kiefer won 10 of the final 12 games against wild-card entry Guillermo Coria to advance, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The German was down 2-3, 30-40 in the second set, but was able to break Coria's serve to even the match and win six straight games to take control.

"I think I got a good fight," said Keifer, upset in the first round of last week's tournament in Cincinnati by Todd Martin. "I didn't play well last week. I need matches, matches, matches."

Local favorite and 16th seed Paul Goldstein needed three sets to advance. After winning the first set with relative ease, Goldstein had to battle back from a break down in the third to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

In other matches involving seeds, No. 6 Byron Black was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Italy's Davide Sanguinetti, No. 10 David Prinosil of Germany beat Martin Damm of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3 and Australian Andrew Ilie, the 11th seed, advanced by beating Ronald Agenor 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

In other matches, qualifier Alex O'Brien beat South Africa's Marcos Ondruska 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3; Andre Sa defeated Britain's Arvind Parmar 6-1, 6-2; Italy's Laurence Tieleman defeated Bohdan Ulirach of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3; and Lorenzo Manta beat Sargis Sargisan 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-4.

Results from the $725,000 Legg Mason Classic ATP Tour hard-court tourament:

Singles - First Round

Laurence Tieleman, Italy, def. Bohdan Ulihrach, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-3. Andre Sa, Brazil, def. Arvind Parmar, Britain, 6-1, 6-2. Kristian Kapalik, United States, def. Michael Russell, United States 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. David Prinosil (14), Germany, def. Martin Damm, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3. Alex O'Brien, United States, def. Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3. Paul Goldstein (16), United States, def. Julien Boutter, France 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Barry Cowan, Great Britain, def. Ivo Heuberger, Switzerland, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4. Lorenzo Manta, Switzerland, def. Sargis Sargisian, Armenia, 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-4. Andrew Ilie (11), Australia, def. Ronald Agenor, Haiti, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Second Round

Nicolas Kiefer (3), Germany, def. Guillermo Coria, Argentina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Andre Agassi (1), United States def. Fernando Meligeni, Brazil 6-2, 6-1. Byron Black (6), Zimbabwe, def. Davide Sanguinetti, Italy, 6-3, 6-4. Wayne Arthurs, Australia def. Dominik Hrbaty (7), Slovakia, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Alex Corretja (2), Spain def. Kevin Kim, United States, 7-5, 6-3.

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Doubles - First Round

Andrea Gaudenzi, Italy, and Ivan Lubicic, Croatia def. Jocelyn Robichaud, Canada, and Kyle Spencer, Britain, 7-6 (7), 7-5. Julien Boutter, France, and Fabrice Santoro def. Lars Burgsmuller, Sweden, and Eyal Ran, Israel 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, and Mitch Sprengelmeyer, United States def. Paul Rosner and Jason Wier Smith, South Africa, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3. Antonio Prieto and Alexandre Simoni, Brazil def. Paul Goldstein and Chris Woodruff, United States, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

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