TENNISREPORTERS: Agassi, Kuerten predictions

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(2), U.S. vs. Brian Vahaly, U.S.

Thus begins 's possibly last assault on the Grand Slam title he has the best chance of winning. The 32-year-old father has had remarkable success here, winning the title three times, including a standout victory over archrival in the 1995 final. With Sampras out of the field and hurting, No. 1 is the only player in the draw who can beat Agassi if the Las Vegan is on, and Agassi won't have to see Hewitt until the final — should he get there. Agassi has a decent draw that begins with the 23-year-old Vahaly, a former top player at the University of Virginia who actually graduated from that prestigious institution with a double degree in finance and business management. It's taken Vahaly a year and a half to crack the Top 100, but he's grinded with determination behind a fine two-handed backhand and reasonably good serve. However, he'll have to play the match o his life against Agassi, who knows the clock is ticking and has a much better handle as to how to negotiate matches under the bright lights. Vahaly simply doesn't the weapons to hurt Andre. Agassi in straight sets.

(30) Brazil vs. , Morocco

The last time these two played a notable match was in the final of 2001 Monte Carlo on clay, which was won by red-dirt master . The innovative has reached the quarters of the Australian Open before and has enough variety in his game to be successful on any surface, but the 29-year-old let him get out of shape last year, and it's questionable whether or not he put in enough time during the off-season hitting the track and lifting weights. Given that he had hip surgery last February, Guga has a very decent 2002, but his results certainly weren't up to his standards. He can match strokes with anyone when he's on and at least in his three runs to the Roland Garros crown, he's has shown himself to be as mentally tough as anyone in sports. Kuerten is a much more patient and gustier player than Arazi and is relishing a third round match against Hewitt. He'll take down Arazi in four sets.

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