Agassi shoots down the Scud, easy passage for Fed Express

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  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2003

SAN JOSE: Andre Agassi continued his domination on the court on Thursday, defeating Australian Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the San Jose Open. 

The American number one seed, fresh from his Australian Open victory last month, lost just four points on his serve and won five service games at love to dominate Philippoussis and improve to 9-0 this year in tournament play. 

Philippoussis, a wild-card entry and two-time winner of the event, struggled throughout the match. He double-faulted three times in two games in the second set and was no match for Agassi's aggressive style. 

In other matches on Thursday, American Vincent Spadea upset fourth-seeded compatriot Jan-Michael Gambill 6-3, 6-3 for his fourth win of the year. Spadea reaches the quarter-finals of a US tournament for the first time since making the final in Indianapolis in August 1999. 

Third seed American James Blake advanced to the quarter-finals of the event for the second straight year with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea. 

Eighth-seeded Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark held off American qualifier Paul Goldstein 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, while Nikolay Davydenko of Ukraine eliminated American Robby Ginepri 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 

Italian sixth seed Davide Sanguinetti fought hard to beat American Mardy Fish 7-6, 7-5, and American Justin Gimelstob easily dispatched fellow American Zack Fleishman 6-1, 6-4. 

MARSEILLE: Swiss Roger Federer overcame the Davis Cup backlash that struck other seeds when he qualified for the quarter-finals of the Marseille Open at the expense of Finn Jarkko Nieminen on Thursday. 

Federer, the top seed, dismissed his opponent 6-3, 6-3 and was the only seed to survive the second round. 

Six seeds had stumbled at the first hurdle and local favourite Sebastien Grosjean, seeded third, in turn crashed out, losing to Slovak Karol Kucera 7-6 6-1. 

"The result may look easy but I had to fight," said Federer, who will meet Dutchman Raemon Sluiter in the last eight. – Agencies 

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