Agassi advances, Haas retires in Madrid

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Second-seeded Andre Agassi went through to the third round in straight sets, but top-seeded Tommy Haas had to retire in his opening match on Wednesday at the Ma

Agassi advances, Haas retires in Madrid

Madrid: Second-seeded Andre Agassi went through to the third round in straight sets, but top-seeded Tommy Haas had to retire in his opening match on Wednesday at the Madrid Masters. Agassi, playing for the first time in the Spanish capital, beat fellow American Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-4 on the Pabellon de Cristal's center court. Haas retired because of blisters in his right hand when trailing Fabrice Santoro of France 7-6 (7), 4-1. Earlier, rising star Paradorn Srichaphan beat fourth-seeded Tim Henman in three sets for his second upset win in 24 hours. The 23-year-old from Thailand, who ousted former world No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten on Tuesday, beat Britain's top player 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first center-court match of the day. In the decisive set, Paradorn broke Henman to lead 4-3 and held serve the rest of the way. Two other seeded players, No. 10 Andy Roddick and No. 13 Guillermo Canas, also lost. Roddick fell 6-3, 6-4 to Mikhail Youzhny while Canas lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to fellow Argentine David Nalbandian, this year's Wimbledon finalist. Paradorn, who won his first ATP title at Long Island, New York, before the US Open, had lost all four previous matches on three different surfaces to Henman and was also outplayed by him when Britain beat Thailand in a Davis Cup tie last month. Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson, who also is trying to secure a Masters Cup berth, also came from behind to win his second round match, beating fellow Swede Magnus Norman 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Johansson, the No. 15 seed, will next face another giant-killer, Argentine qualifier Agustin Calleri, who ousted third-seeded Marat Safin in a match that ended early Wednesday morning. No. 12-seed Roger Federer, who is also chasing a Masters Cup berth, improved his chances by beating Marcelo Rios 6-4, 6-2 to gain a spot in the third round. (AP)
Topics : Tennis
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