posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 12:40 PM
LONDON (AP) - Andre Agassi, a first-round loser at the French Open, was beaten in his opening-round match at the Queen's Club tournament Tuesday by a
player making his debut in a grass-court event.
Agassi lost 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in one hour, 56 minutes to 20-year-old Russian Igor Andreev, ranked 60th.
In the third-set tiebreak, the third-seeded Agassi rallied from a 4-0 deficit to 4-3 but then committed three straight unforced errors. He sent a
forehand into the net on match point.
Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam winner and Wimbledon champion in 1992, was defeated by Jerome Haehnel at Roland Garros following a first-match loss
at St. Poelten, also on clay.
It's the first time since August 1997 that Agassi has lost three straight opening-round matches.
Andreev, who had 18 aces, beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero - the defending champion - in the second round at the French Open. He went on to lose to
eventual champion Gaston Gaudio in the fourth round.
"It's amazing," Andreev said. "It's a dream for me. I beat Ferrero at the French Open and the first time to play on grass I beat Andre Agassi, my