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Agassi beaten by German Phau in Dubai

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DUBAI, March 1 (Reuters) Andre Agassi slumped to a 7-5 7-5 defeat against Germany's Bjorn Phau in the second round of the Dubai Open today.

Playing only his second tournament of the year after injury, the 35-year old American looked second best against his 80th-ranked opponent, who played solidly from the baseline and showed astonishing speed at the net.

His aggressive play against an opponent who never really found his rhythm allowed Phau to break for 3-2.

Agassi levelled at 4-4 when Phau netted a forehand, but the German struck a glorious backhand pass on the run to break again for 6-5 and he served out the set to love.

Both players earned break point opportunities in the second set and it was Phau who broke first to lead 4-3.

Agassi again drew level at 4-4, held for 5-4 and held two set points which Phau saved with an ace and by forcing Agassi into a forehand error.

Another forehand error gave Phau a decisive break for 6-5, and a fine serve allowed him to hold off a break point in the next game as he served out the match.

REUTERS SRS PM2308

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