- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2000

After playing doubles until 1 a.m. that morning, Paul Goldstein didn't get much sleep Tuesday night and was, by his own admission, "a little cranky" for his second-round match yesterday at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. Considering that he's playing in his hometown against world No. 1 Andre Agassi tonight, he might not get any sleep at all.
The 16th-seeded Goldstein advanced to quarterfinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic by defeating Jiri Vanek 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to earn a matchup against Agassi. Goldstein upset world No. 8 Alex Corretja in reaching the quarterfinals of the Legg Mason last year, and now he has an even bigger match in front of him.
In other action, No. 4 seed Mark Philippoussis was ousted in straight sets by Brazilian Andre Sa, who is ranked No. 99 in the world. Phillippoussis came out flat in losing quickly in the first set, 6-1, then lost 12-10 in a second-set tiebreaker.
Goldstein described Agassi as "arguably one of the greatest players of all time." He added, "From an entertainment standpoint, there's no better. From an electricity standpoint, there's no better. To be able to do it at night in front of my home fans, there's no better place to play him."
While in Zimbabwe for the U.S. Davis Cup team's quarterfinal tie in February, Goldstein received some advice from Agassi, the six-time Grand Slam champion.
"Spending the time with him was great," Goldstein said. "He had some really good insights into my game. Getting over the awe and getting to know him and the aspect of getting down to business, he said, 'Look, Goldie, this is what you need to do.' And it's helped."
Yesterday Goldstein locked up with Vanek in a baseline grudge match. Goldstein played more consistently throughout, but in the second set he lost the first four games, all of them at deuce.
Goldstein didn't hold back his emotions. At one point, he slammed his hat and tossed his racket after a missed line call in the second set.
He jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third set by breaking Vanek's serve in a deuce game but allowed Vanek to break back, and the two were tied at 4-4 with Goldstein on serve. The local product held, then quickly broke Vanek at love to take the match and reach the third round.
"It's so great to see familiar faces in the crowd after traveling 40 weeks a year," said Goldstein, 24. "To be able to come home, see family, see friends, receive the incredible support that I receive here it's special."
In his upset of Phillippoussis, Sa, who had won all of five matches on the ATP tour coming into this year, stayed with the Australian, who boomed serves in the low 130s. But too often Philippoussis went for his shots when he shouldn't have, and Sa stayed patient to record the upset.
"It just wasn't there tonight," Philippoussis said. "There are times when I should go for it and when I shouldn't."
In addition to Goldstein, two other young Americans won their second-round matches as well, 17-year-old Andy Roddick and Jan-Michael Gambill, 23.
In the second Stadium Court match, fifth-seeded Gambill staged a startling comeback against tournament qualifier Alex O'Brien, rallying from a 5-1 third-set deficit to win 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.
Gambill erased four match points in a momentum-turning ninth game and punctuated the match by smashing four aces. O'Brien had cruised to a 5-1 lead over the hard-serving but erratic Gambill before he faltered.
Serving for the match at 5-1, O'Brien lost the game, and Gambill held serve to get to 3-5. Gambill erased four match points before finally breaking O'Brien, then held at love to forge a five-all tie.
After breaking O'Brien again, Gambill whizzed four first serves past his stunned opponent to complete the improbable comeback.
"You've got to come out and play your best, and I didn't feel like I was playing my best in those first two sets," Gambill said. "I knew I had to come up with something more."
Roddick upset No. 8 seed Fabrice Santoro 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and will face No. 8 Karol Kucera in the third round. Seven of yesterday's 10 matches required three sets to complete.
Note The Agassi-Goldstein match, which cannot start before 7 p.m., is scheduled as the third match on Stadium Court. At 4 p.m., No. 2 seed Alex Corretja faces Paradorn Srichaphan on Stadium Court, and Roddick plays Kucera. In the second set of matches, which cannot begin before 5:30 p.m., No. 3 seed Nicolas Kiefer takes on Lorenzo Manta.

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