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TENNIS : Agassi Takes Care of Becker, Then Takes Shot at Bollettieri

March 15, 1994|From Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Boris Becker and Nick Bollettieri never had a chance Monday against Andre Agassi. His game and tongue were simply too sharp.

After completing a 6-2, 7-5 victory, Agassi took aim at Bollettieri, who severed their 10-year player-coach relationship last summer. Bollettieri now coaches Becker.

"Nick is insignificant, to be quite honest," Agassi said. "His knowledge of the game is limited, there's no question about that. If you're ever wondering how much he knows, go play him." But he can sell himself pretty well."

Sixth-seeded Michael Chang joined Agassi in the fourth round by rallying to defeat Alberto Berasategui of Spain, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Chang was serving and trailing in the second set, 0-3, 15-40, and overcame three break points.

Jim Grabb upset No. 4 Sergi Bruguera, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, and top-ranked Pete Sampras defeated David Wheaton, 6-0, 5-7, 6-1. Jim Courier, ranked fifth in the world, defeated Andrei Cherkasov, 6-3, 7-5. No. 3 Stefan Edberg defeated Jason Stoltenberg, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

Among the women, top-ranked Steffi Graf extended her winning streak to 29 matches by defeating Amy Frazier, 6-3, 6-0, and No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario swept Lori McNeil, 6-2, 6-1.

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