Agassi Earns Timid Win

Published June 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Andre Agassi managed a patchy win to progress to the third round at the $800,000 Queen's club event in London on Wednesday and admitted that the farther away he stays from grass, the better it is for his game. 

"Really at this point, I can use any victory," Agassi told the AP after coming through for victory over Frenchman Anthony Depuis 6-1, 5-7, 6-3. 

Australian Lleyton Hewitt, seeded fifth, beat 31-year-old semi-retired American veteran David Wheaton, the Queen Club finalist one decade ago, 6-4, 6-4. 

That win balanced a loss by Australia's 11th seed Mark Philippoussis, who despite second-hand coaching advice from Boris Becker, couldn't beat the grass-loving Croatian Goran Ivanisevic. Philippoussis went down 6-3, 6-3. 

"It was obviously not a great day for me," Philippoussis said of his match. 

"The one that I'm worried about is Wimbledon. I'm going to do some hard training to get ready. I need to build up confidence," he added. 

Ninth seed Briton Greg Rusedski kept the home flags flying as he came through a tougher-than-expected victory over German Jens Knippschild, winning 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (11/9) - (Several Sources) 



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