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  Monday, 14 January, 2002, 09:19 GMT
Agassi and Kuerten out
Gustavo Kuerten drives in a forehand on his way to defeat by Julien Boutter
Kuerten will undergo medical tests on his hip injury
Click here for Monday's men's singles results from Melbourne.

The Australian Open lost two of its biggest draws on Monday, with defending champion Andre Agassi withdrawing before play had even started because of injury.

He was soon joined on the sidelines by second seed Gustavo Kuerten, who was dumped out in the first round after a long-standing hip injury flared up.

However, Goran Ivanisevic overcame his long-term shoulder problem to beat Martin Damm.

Agassi picked up his wrist injury playing Pete Sampras in the Kooyong Classic on Saturday, while Kuerten's hip problem contributed to his five-set defeat by Julien Boutter.


There's a lot of pain and it's no pleasure for me to play like that
Second seed
Gustavo Kuerten
There was better news for the British contingent as Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski both moved into the second round.

However, British number three Martin Lee lost to Spaniard Francisco Clavet.

Australian Mark Philippoussis made up for lost time with a 6-3 6-4 7-5 win over Spaniard Galo Blanco in his first Grand Slam match since the 2000 US Open.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, seeded four and Sebastien Grosjean, seeded five, both won, but number 14 seed Alex Corretja was beaten by young American James Blake.

For Kuerten the defeat was a familiar tale.

The popular Brazilian has never advanced beyond the second round at the Australian Open.

He took a two-set lead against the 53-ranked Boutter but began to struggle with his hip and the big-serving Frenchman seized control, blasting down 37 aces on his way to victory.
Goran Ivanisevic puts his finger to his head during his victory over the Czech Republic's Martin Damm
Ivanisevic enjoyed being on centre court

"I've been having problems for eight months," said Kuerten.

"After the third set, I couldn't move. I feel like I couldn't play my game.

"There's a lot of pain and it's no pleasure for me to play like that."

Tenth seed Ivanisevic, who still has a shoulder injury that requires surgery, beat the Czech Republic's Damm 4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4.

A year ago Ivanisevic's long career appeared to have hit rock bottom when he lost in the opening round of the qualifying for the Australian Open.

However, the passionate Croat's Wimbledon victory breathed new life into his career and he can now look back with amusement at last year's Australian Open.

"Last year I played on court 15, which I didn't find for 10 minutes. It was the furthest court you could imagine, out by the railway tracks," Ivanisevic said.

"This year I play on centre court, which is huge. Maybe next year I play on the MCG," he joked.


Australian Open - men's singles, first round:

(12) G Canas (Arg) bt P Srichaphan (Thai) 6-1 6-1 6-4
(24) T Enqvist (Swe) bt N Thomann (Fra) 2-6 6-3 6-1 6-2
F Clavet (Spa) bt M Lee (GB) 7-6 (7/3) 6-1 6-0
K Pless (Den) bt M Mirnyi (Belarus) 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 6-0
F Vincente (Spa) bt K Carlsen (Den) 2-6 2-6 6-4 6-4 10-8
J Boutter (Fra) bt (2) G Kuerten (Bra) 3-6 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-3
V Voltchkov (Bel) bt C Mamiit (US) 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-3
(16) T Johansson (Sweden) bt J Diaz (Spa) 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4
(4) Y Kafelnikov (Rus) bt M Kohlmann (Ger) 6-3 6-3 6-2
(6) T Henman (GB) beat Todd Larkham (Aus) 7-5 6-2 6-2
(26) J Novak (Cze) beat N Kiefer (Ger) 6-1 6-0 6-4
(21) Y El Aynaoui (Mor) bt J Vanek (Cze) 6-3 6-3 6-3
(5) S Grosjean (Fra) bt J Balcells (Spa) 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/2)
D Hrbaty (Svk) bt L Burgsmuller (Ger) 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-3 7-5
(22) H Arazi (Mor) bt I Heuberger (Swi) 6-4 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7/1)
(10) G Ivanisevic (Cro) bt M Damm (Cze) 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7/4) 6-4
F Gonzalez (Chi) bt S Sargsian (Arm) 6-1 6-3 7-6 (7/5)
A Gaudenzi (Ita) bt R Fromberg (Aus) 1-6 6-0 7-5 6-3
J Golmard (Fra) bt W Arthurs (Aus) 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 7-6 (7/5)
A Kim (USA) bt D Sanguinetti (Ita) 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4
J Blake (USA) bt (14) A Corretja (Spa) 5-7 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 6-2
32-T Robredo (Spa) bt M Russell (US) 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-3 6-4
M Philippoussis (Aus) bt Galo Blanco (Spa) 6-3 6-4 7-5

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