NEW YORK, N.Y. -- No. 1 seed Andre Agassi ended up taking bows on Stadium Court and advancing to the third round of the US Open last night, but he faced a major scare and needed five sets to do it.
Agassi the defending champion seemed to have little to fear from 28th-ranked Alex Corretja, a clay- court specialist, going into this match.
But Corretja, 21, played as if he intended to pull off the biggest upset of the Open before finally leaving the scene, 5-7, 6-3, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.
"If you're not on your rhythm, nothing separates you from guys like Corretja," said Agassi. "He got on top of me early and got the confidence to believe he could win. I felt like I was fighting up hill all night."
Agassi next will face two-time former Open champion Stefan Edberg.