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Scud beats Agassi

By Paul Mulvey 01/07/2003 05:18:55 AM Comments (0)

Australia's Mark Philippoussis produced some of the best tennis of his career to move into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon with a five-set win over world No.1 Andre Agassi.

Philippoussis, ranked No.48, came back from a set down to win 6-3 2-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-4 to reach the last 16 where he will meet unseeded German Alexander Popp who beat Olivier Rochus.

Philippoussis played brilliant tennis throughout the match of the tournament and although he failed to convert many of his chances, his superior serve and continual assault on Agassi's service took him home.

He sent down a Wimbledon record equalling 46 aces and took Agassi to 21 break points, only converting three.

The big Australian blasted some astonishing winners, many off a flying forehand at full stretch while Agassi's counter-punching produced some stunning knock-out blows.

In a tense final set, Philippoussis saved two break points in the sixth game when he pulled out his 40th and 41st aces and then immediately broke Agassi for a match winning 4-3 lead.

He saved another brace of break points in the next game, holding serve with his 46th ace which equalled Goran Ivanisevic's 1997 record.

Philippoussis broke Agassi's second service game after a one hour rain delay in the first set, racing to 0-40 with the point of the match.

Twice Agassi had the chance to put him away and sent him wide out of the forehand court only for Philippoussis to drag the ball back across court.

When the American gave his drop shot too much air, Philippoussis reached it with ease and sent a backhand winner down the line.

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