Agassi charges into Miami round of 16
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Six-time champion Andre Agassi was an easy third- round winner Monday, while 2004 runner-up Guillermo Coria went by way of the upset at the lucrative NASDAQ-100 Open.
The ninth-seeded Agassi breezed past Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-4 at Crandon Park Tennis Center. The speedy Clement also lost to Agassi in the 2001 Australian Open final.
The 34-year-old Agassi handled Clement in 69 minutes, with the help of 12 aces and four service breaks.
Agassi's fourth-round opponent will be 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, an easy 6-2, 6-3 victor against 27th-seeded Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, the 1999 Miami runner-up. The Argentine Gaudio is seeded seventh at this 12-day Masters Series tournament.
The fourth-seeded Coria was ousted by 31st-seeded American Taylor Dent 6-3, 6-4 on Day 6 here. The clay-court specialist Coria, who lost to Gaudio in last year's all-Argentine French Open final, bowed out against American favorite Andy Roddick in last year's Miami championship match.
Another upset occurred when capable German Florian Mayer knocked out 15th- seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-3. The hard-hitting Gonzalez captured singles bronze and doubles gold at last year's Olympic Games in Athens. Mayer will meet Dent in the round of 16.
Sixth-seeded Englishman Tim Henman avoided an upset by belting 28th-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-1.
The winner of this $3.45 million event will pocket $533,350.
03/28 17:04:24 ET
Andre Agassi forever