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Agassi waltzes into third round of Legg Mason

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Latest: Tuesday August 15, 2000 11:02 PM

  Andre Agassi After taking it easy due to a back injury, Agassi seems to back in full force, defeating Fernando Meligeni 6-2 6-1. AP

WASHINGTON (AP)-- Andre Agassi got another easy workout at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Tuesday night.

One night after a rare doubles appearance lasted nine games when his opponent was injured, Agassi overwhelmed Brazil's Fernando Meligeni 6-2, 6-1 in 52 minutes to advance to the third round of singles.

The top-seeded Agassi overpowered the 29-year-old Meligeni, who was making his first tournament appearance in Washington.

"I try and walk that fine line between being aggressive enough to control the point, but not so aggressive that I miss," Agassi said. "I felt as long as I had him stretched, he couldn't hurt me."

Agassi broke serve six times in eight return games and was helped by Meligeni's five double-faults.

Third seed Nicolas Kiefer had a much more difficult time joining Agassi in the third round. Kiefer won 10 of the final 12 games against wild-card entry Guillermo Coria to advance, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The German was down 2-3, 30-40 in the second set, but was able to break Coria's serve to even the match and win six straight games to take control.

"I think I got a good fight," said Keifer, upset in the first round of last week's tournament in Cincinnati by Todd Martin. "I didn't play well last week. I need matches, matches, matches."

Local favorite and 16th seed Paul Goldstein needed three sets to advance. After winning the first set with relative ease, Goldstein had to battle back from a break down in the third to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

In other matches involving seeds, No. 6 Byron Black was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Italy's Davide Sanguinetti, No. 10 David Prinosil of Germany beat Martin Damm of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3 and Australian Andrew Ilie, the 11th seed, advanced by beating Ronald Agenor 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

In other matches, qualifier Alex O'Brien beat South Africa's Marcos Ondruska 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3; Andre Sa defeated Britain's Arvind Parmar 6-1, 6-2; Italy's Laurence Tieleman defeated Bohdan Ulirach of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3; and Lorenzo Manta beat Sargis Sargisan 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-4.

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