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Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 09:21 GMT
Agassi crashes again

Agassi showed no signs of his early-season dominance
World number one Andre Agassi collapsed to another ignominious defeat in the ATP Tour's new prestigious Tennis Masters Series, with a first-round exit at the hands of Hicham Arazi.

The flamboyant Las Vegan, who lost to unfancied Spaniard Francisco Clavet in Arizona last week, was beaten 6-3 3-6 6-3 by his Moroccan opponent in Indian Wells, California.


Philippoussis hit the fastest serve of the year
Defending champion Mark Philippoussis secured a 6-3 6-4 victory over American Chris Woodruff in the night match.

During the match the 12th-seeded Australian recorded a 142-mph (228.5 kph) ace that is the fastest serve of the year so far, while another 145 mph (233 kph) that appeared good was called out.

Agassi had produced the best form of his career at the start of the season, as he secured a stunning victory at the Australian Open.

But all of sudden he is looking a shadow of the player who won three of the last four Grand Slam events.

Arazi took advantage of Agassi's lethargic and sloppy play as the American was unable to find any rhythm, overplaying his opponent's backhand and rarely taking advantage of midcourt openings.


Arazi: "The best win of my career"
"It was the best win of my career," Arazi said. "It was great to beat him after what happened in Australia where he played so great and there was nothing I could do.

"Today, he double faulted a lot and made a lot of unforced errors. I took my chances."

Agassi did not attend the post-match interview, invoking an automatic $1,000 fine.

An ATP spokesman said Agassi had told him: "I'm incredibly frustrated right now. That was a pitiful performance."

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