Wimbledon: With an overhead slam on match point, Andre Agassi punctuated a polished performance in the second round at Wimbledon. Agassi dominated the baseline rallies, lost his serve only once and beat Lars Burgsmuller 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3. The second-seeded Agassi had 31 winners and just 14 unforced errors. He won 11 of 12 points when he came to the net. "A good horse is going to jump as high as they need to," three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker said. "Andre is doing that".
Agassi will next play No. 27-seeded Younes El Aynaoui, who beat Nicolas Massu.
Other winners included Tim Henman, the lone British player left in the tournament, and three-time quarterfinalist Mark Philippoussis.
French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and Jennifer Capriati also won.
Greg Rusedski was fined $2,500 by the tournament for his profane tirade during the final set of his loss Wednesday to Andy Roddick. Tantrum expert John McEnroe found the punishment surprisingly lenient.
"They cannot be serious," McEnroe said. "I'd be in jail for that".
Agassi, who overtook Lleyton Hewitt for the No. 1 ranking earlier this month, improved his record this year to 32-4. The 1992 Wimbledon champion is favoured by London oddsmakers to reach the final against fellow Roddick.
Agassi lost his serve in the opening game of the second set against Burgsmuller, then broke back in the eighth game when the German made three unforced errors. Agassi quickly took charge of the tiebreaker and breezed through the final set.
Henin-Hardenne beat Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (2), 6-1. Capriati hit nine aces, including one on match point, to beat Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian 6-2, 6-1.
"I served well on big points," said Capriati, seeded eighth. "It makes things a little easier when you can come up with big serves".
No. 18 Conchita Martinez, the 1994 champion, swept Barbara Schett 6-2, 6-4 and No. 11 Jelena Dokic defeated Emmanuelle Gagliardi 6-1, 6-3.
In men's play, No. 26-seeded American James Blake lost to Sargis Sargsian 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Henman beat Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. He'll next play qualifier Robin Soderling, who eliminated Gilles Elseneer 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-3.
Philippoussis, who is unseeded, beat Cyril Saulnier 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (2). El Aynaoui defeated Massu 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
No 6 David Nalbandian, the men's runner-up last year, beat fellow South American Andre Sa 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. No. 11 Jiri Novak reached the third round for the first time in eight years at Wimbledon, beating David Ferrer 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. (AP)
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