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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 June 2006, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Agassi keeps Wimbledon run going
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Andre Agassi
Agassi missed the last two Wimbledons through injury
Andre Agassi ensured himself at least one more match at Wimbledon after seeing off Italy's Andreas Seppi in straight sets on Court One.

The 36-year-old, playing his last Wimbledon, battled hard for a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 victory to reach round three.

Agassi did not have it all his own way, saving numerous break points before establishing a two-set lead and finally breaking Seppi's resistance.

The 1992 champion will face French Open champion Rafael Nadal in round three.

The Spanish world number two came from two sets down to beat American Robert Kendrick 6-7 3-6 7-6 7-5 6-4.

After his hard-fought victory, a clearly delighted Agassi lapped up another standing ovation from the Wimbledon crowd, later admitting it was an emotional experience.

"It means the world to me," said Agassi.

I felt much better today, I felt pretty good

Andre Agassi

"To miss it for the last two years and to come back and the crowd haven't changed - I want to get out there and do something special for them.

"I want to play well, I want to be at my best and they can bring out the best in me, or sometimes they can make me struggle a bit more than I want to."

Relief was clearly the overriding emotion, and understandably so as there had been signs of his slowing movement and an increased number of errors during the match.

Seppi missed four break points in the opening set before Agassi converted his only chance, and the Italian wasted another three opportunities in the second.

The pair eventually swapped breaks of serve before Agassi raised his game to control the tie-break, racing 3-0 up and going on to take it 7-2.

By now Agassi had established his superiority and, although he missed a break point in the opening game of set three, another chance came along two games later and was taken.

Agassi served out the match comfortably to set up the tantalising prospect of a clash with Nadal in the third round.

"I felt much better today, I felt pretty good," said Agassi. "I was in a better rhythm and the game was a lot slower.

"It's always a good sign when you're seeing things unfold and playing at a tempo that you feel like you're dictating."



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