MELBOURNE – The Associated Press
Andre Agassi upped his tempo, evened an old score and advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-3 win on Friday over Thomas Enqvist.
Agassi has won 24 consecutive games at Melbourne Park, spanning championships in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The 33-year-old American pulled level at 5-5 in head-to-heads with Sweden’s Enqvist, a finalist here in 1999.
Agassi wrapped up the first set in 21 minutes with a second-service ace.
Agassi surges on
In a decisive fifth game in the third, Enqvist had three break-point chances but failed to convert.
Agassi held when he got the benefit of an over-rule from chair umpire Gerry Armstrong, who judged that Enqvist’s forehand was out.
Enqvist complained about the call, saying Armstrong “would never have done that” if it wasn’t Agassi at the other end.
Unsettled, Enqvist dropped serve to fall behind 4-2 and lost his last chance of getting back into the match.