Federer, Agassi win opening matches

Indian Wells, March 13:

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi won their opening matches while top seeds Justine Henin-Hardenne and Lindsay Davenport took another step toward the Pacific Life Open women’s final on Sunday.

World No 1 Federer and a two-time defending champion in the Pacific Life Open, turned back Nicolas Massu of Chile in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-3, 7-6 (4), while Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the second seed, rolled to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic in their second-round match.

World No 3 seed Maria Sharapova opened the Sunday night session with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Lisa Raymond, and men’s World No 3 seed Andy Roddick defeated Jose Acasuso 7-6 (5), 6-0.

World No 8 seed Agassi won the final six games in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Paul Goldstein in the second round. Nadal and Agassi could meet in the semi-finals.

Henin-Hardenne overcame Tszvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, and Lindsay Davenport beat Laura Granville 6-4, 6-0. Martina Hingis beat Sybille Bammer of Austria 6-0, 6-3 to move into the fourth round against Davenport.

David Nalbandian and Nikolay Davydenko also registerded the second-round victories over Justin Gimelstob and Andy Murray, respectively.

But Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, ranked No 94 in the world ranking , upset tenth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-2, 6-2, and No 64 Robin Soderling of Sweden beat No 13 Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-4, 6-0.