Australian Mark Philippoussis extracted himself from late difficulties, serving his way out of trouble Tuesday to advance into the second round of the $800,000 Queen's club ATP tournament 6-3, 7-5 over fellow Aussie Wayne Arthurs.
The 1997 Queen's champion Philippoussis will next pit his serve against that of three-time Wimbledon finalist Goran Ivanisevic on the fast grass of west London.
Arthurs, a phenomenon last year who complied a 10-5 record on grass, before making his Davis Cup debut at age 28 two months later, took his foot off the gas for a moment late in the second, enough for Philippoussis to close in for the win.
Philippoussis got into trouble as he served for the match leading 6-3, 5-4 against his compatriot. The seed produced his sixth double-fault of the afternoon to face three break points.
He saved the first two, but couldn't manage the third, giving Arthurs hope at 5-5, but Philippoussis broke straight back for a 6-5 advantage.
This time, Philippoussis got it right, moving into the second round on the first of three match points.
Frenchman Anthony Depuis set up a re-play against Andre Agassi Wednesday, defeating veteran Swede Magnus Gustafsson 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Agassi won his only match in Paris at the French Open over the 28-year-old graduate. The American top seed is playing here for the first time and benefited from a first-round bye.
1991 Queen's finalist David Wheaton, now all but retired, still showed enough life to oust Swedish promise Andreas Vinciguerra 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. He next takes on Aussie Lleyton Hewitt.
Last year's winner and finalist were awaiting their turns on Center Court, with 1999 champion Pete Sampras due to face British wild card Arvind Parmer.
British Tim Henman, who lost to Sampras in a tense title match, was to play American qualifier Bob Bryan, who had to beat his twin brother to come through qualifying rounds.
Also due to play, American Jan-Michael Gambill versus fourth seed Cedric Pioline of France - (AFP)
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