Agassi wins first match at Stoke Park exhibition

06-21-2006, 02:26 AM

Andre Agassi completed a comfortable straight-sets victory over Jamie Baker in the opening match of the Boodles Challenge at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.

Agassi beat the young Scot 6-4 6-4 as he steps up his preparation for Wimbledon following his spell on the sidelines.

The 36-year-old opted to miss the clay-court season to rest his troublesome back and, after losing to Tim Henman at Queen's, was pleased to record a win.

"The tournament is the ideal preparation for Wimbledon as you are guaranteed three matches on grass so I am looking forward to the next few days play," he said.

"The court was playing real good and I was seeing the ball well, so I enjoyed it."

Baker added: "It has given me a lot of confidence to play such a big name, even though I lost. Now I know that if I get a big name at Wimbledon, then I can compete and play well."

Meanwhile, Mikhail Youzhny caused the first upset on the tournament by beating the defending champion Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 6-3.

James Blake, Nicolas Massu, Luis Horna and Mardy Fish will all play tomorrow when play continues.

06-21-2006, 02:43 AM
Good to see Andre back and winning regardless of who he plays.

06-21-2006, 02:44 AM
Misha :D

06-21-2006, 02:59 AM
Andre and Misha:banana:

06-21-2006, 05:52 AM
Go Blake! Win this one for the Gipper!

06-21-2006, 10:06 AM
Andre :D
Gonzo :o