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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK
Agassi crushes Corretja
Men's round-up - day two

Andre Agassi
Agassi is going for his third US Open title
Andre Agassi produced a stunning performance to thrash former world number two Alex Corretja in the first round of the US Open.

The world number one sent an ominous warning to the rest of the field with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over the Spaniard.

Agassi went into the match with a 4-3 career record against Corretja but having lost their last three meetings.

Any thoughts of an upset were quickly forgotten, though, as the top seed completely dominated the baseline exchanges, moving Corretja all over the court.

The American wrapped up the match in one hour 26 minutes and looked understandably delighted after setting up a second-round clash with Andreas Vinciguerra of Sweden.

"Corretja knows how to win big matches so I just wanted to step up my game and make sure I executed well," said Agassi. "Today I got through it."

There was plenty of emotion in Arthur Ashe Stadium before Agassi's arrival,.

Following hot on the heels of Pete Sampras's retirement, Michael Chang played his last competitive match.

Chang went down in four sets to 15th seed Fernando Gonzalez but received a standing ovation from the Flushing Meadows crowd.

When the guy started talking to me in a bad way, I talked to the umpire and let him know what he'd said to me
Gustavo Kuerten

Gustavo Kuerten had a spectator ejected after coming under fire during his first-round match with Russia's Dmitry Tursunov.

The fan started yelling obsceinities, promopting the Brazilian to speak with the umpire.

"I was a little bit scared," said Kuerten, who ended up losing 7-5 2-6 6-2 4-6 7-6.

"When the guy started talking to me in a bad way, I talked to the umpire and let him know what he'd said to me. I didn't feel comfortable at all."

Paradorn Srichaphan needed several medical timeouts before fighting back to beat Frenchman Cyril Saulnier.

He was treated several times by the trainer in the first set and, when breathing heavily, was given an inhaler with the maximum medication possible.

"I had trouble breathing a little bit in the first set," said Srichaphan. "After that I tried to pick it up, tried to come back."

Srichaphan will take on Dominik Hrbaty in round two after the Slovakian beat Justin Gimelstob of the USA 6-3 6-4 6-2.

It will be the third successive Grand Slam in which Srichaphan has met Hrbaty.

The Thai won in five sets in the first round of Wimbledon after the Slovakian had won at the same stage at Roland Garros.

Eighth seed Rainer Schuettler also recovered from a slow start to come through a tricky first-round encounter with Wayne Arthurs.

Sjeng Schalken, seeded 12th, defeated Julien Boutter of France 6-2 6-3 6-2, while 28th seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov beat Kristof Vliegen of Belgium 3-6 7-6 6-2 6-2.





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