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Agassi rallies to beat Delgado

The American advanced to the next round at ATP Delray Beach championships.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 15:02 IST

Top-seeded American Andre Agassi rallied to a 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 triumph over Paraguayan Ramon Delgado on Wednesday at the ATP Delray Beach Championships.

The 35-year-old Agassi skipped the Australian Open because of a nagging ankle injury suffered playing racquetball late last year.

He made his 2006 debut at the $380,000hardcourt event on Monday, dispatching Brazilian Ricardo Mello, 6-4, 6-4.

Agassi faced a much more difficult challenge in Delgado, who beat American Bobby Reynolds in the first round.

After winning the opening set, Delgado was one game away from the upset, taking a 6-5 lead in the second set.

But Agassi won the 12th game of the second set and won the tiebreak before cruising to the victory and setting up a meeting with Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the quarterfinals.

Garcia-Lopez posted a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over American qualifier Todd Widom, who had upset No. 5 Wesley Moodie of South Africa in the first round.

Also Wednesday, No. 3 Xavier Malisse of Belgium reached the round of eight with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over American veteran Justin Gimelstob.

The defending champion, Malisse awaits No. 6 Florian Mayer of Germany, who dispatched Austrian Oliver Marach, 7-5, 6-3.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 15:02 IST