Federer, Roddick Advance; Agassi Upset

July 29, 2004 06:27 PM

TORONTO (Ticker) - Andre Agassi's difficult year continued on a busy Thursday at the $2.5 million Tennis Masters Series/Toronto.

Agassi, the 10th seed from Las Vegas, was upset by Austrian Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the U.S. Open Series event. The 34-year-old Agassi has lost six of his last nine matches. Also upset was No. 5 Tim Henman of Great Britain, who was bounced by Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, 7-5, 6-4, and No. 14 Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, who was outlasted by Max Mirnyi of Belarus, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Because rain wiped out all but one set of action Tuesday, 16 second-round matches were to take place Thursday afternoon, with eight third-round matches to follow. Among players advancing to the third round were top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland, who defeated Robin Soderling of Sweden, 7-5, 6-1; second seed and defending champion Andy Roddick of the U.S., a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) winner over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez; and No. 4 Carlos Moya of Spain, who beat American Alex Bogomolov, Jr., 6-4, 6-3.