Agassi Makes Winning Start in Washington
LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
August 17, 2004
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Top seed and five-time champion Andre Agassi came back from a 1-3 first set deficit against local wild card Paul Goldstein to record a 6-4, 6-2 victory to reach the second round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic and improve his career record in Washington to 42-10.
Agassi, playing in the tournament for the 15th consecutive year, broke Goldstein in the fifth and seventh games to win the first set. In the second set, Agassi broke in the third and fifth games to close out the match in 67 minutes.
Agassi, a winner in Washington in 1990-91, '95, '98-99 and finalist in 2000, will take on Kristian Pless of Denmark in the second round on Thursday. The 34-year-old, who won the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, has now won his last seven matches on the ATP circuit.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Agassi: "I feel really good, coming in with a lot of confidence. I can't be feeling any better. It was a nice evening for me, Goldie played good game to break me and that got my attention early. I felt like I picked it up after that. I came up with a few good shots and got straight back into it from there.
"After Cincinnati, I feel really good and I'm coming in with a lot of confidence. Every event has elements to get used to and you have to make the right decisions on a heavier, slower court. The title in Cincinnati gives me belief going into the Open. I just want to give myself a chance to play my best tennis when it matters the most."
Next will be Kristian Pless (DEN) -
Andre Agassi forever