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Agassi Surprises Defending Champ

May 30, 1999

PARIS (AP) _ Sensing he had nothing to lose, an aggressive Andre Agassi jolted the French Open on Sunday by beating defending champion Carlos Moya to reach the quarterfinals.

This was Agassi’s best result at the French Open since 1995, when he also reached the quarters.

After losing the first set and trailing 1-4 in the second, Agassi revived his game against a clay-court master and won 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1.

``Things weren’t going so well, and I just decided what the heck, if I’m going to lose, I’m going to lose (by) executing,″ Agassi said. ``In the first set, he was just beating me.″

Breaking Moya’s serve two straight times, Agassi won six of seven games to take the second set. The crowd began chanting his name.

The third set stayed on serve until Agassi, leading 6-5, broke Moya’s serve again when the Spaniard netted a forehand.

In the third set, Agassi allowed Moya only one game, closing the match with a backhand lob to the corner that Moya could only just touch, sending a forehand into the bottom of the net.

Moya dropped his racket in disgust, then handed it to a fan as he left the court.

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