PARIS, MAY 30 -- After a day of history-making upsets, things returned to normal at the French Open today, with triumphs by Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Steffi Graf.
No one benefited more than Agassi from Tuesday's stunning eliminations of Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, the first time the two top seeds have lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament.
Third-seeded Agassi recovered from a first-set lapse, controlled his temper and scored a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Todd Woodbridge to move into the third round.
"Today I came out knowing that the top two seeds got beat," said Agassi, who played with his old-model rackets flown in overnight from the United States. "I knew I couldn't take anything lightly. The fact that Boris and Stefan lost really helped me in that sense."
On the other hand, Agassi said he would rather have Becker and Edberg still alive. "To be honest, I'm disappointed they got beat," he said. "It would have been good for the tournament. I would have enjoyed playing against them."
Still, Agassi said he's enjoying playing in Paris more than ever. "Last year I had plane reservations before each match," he said. "This year I packed two weeks' worth of socks."
Agassi, who smashed rackets and yelled at officials in Monday's match, today was fined $1,000 by the International Tennis Federation.
In a match reminiscent of hisgrueling victories en route to last year's title, Chang outlasted Marc Rosset, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The 11th-seeded Chang simply wore down Rosset, who's 6 feet 5 and packs a big forehand and first serve. Rosset appeared to tire in the third set, abandoning his power game for lobs and drop shots. But Chang reached most everything and ran Rosset around the court.
"As the match got longer and closer, he got a little tired," said Chang, who ate bananas on the changeovers to ward off cramps. "The physical part of tennis, especially here at Roland Garros where you play three out of five sets on clay, can be a major factor."
"Chang was very fast," Rosset said. "He never missed any balls. People say he's gone down, but I think he's going to make people talk a lot about him in the second week."
Graf has enjoyed an easy start in her bid to reclaim the title she's won twice. The top seed overwhelmed Jennifer Santrock, 6-1, 6-2, in 51 minutes after winning in 39 Monday.
Graf said she is taking "six or seven" medications and special Japanese nose drops for a sinus condition.
"Today I didn't feel good at all," she said. "The doctor said it should be better in two or three days."
Graf has been bothered by various ailments at past French Opens, such as last year's when she was upset in the final by Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
"I'm allergic to something here -- the clay, the air or something," she said.
The woman seeded to meet Graf in the semifinals, No. 4 Gabriela Sabatini, advanced with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 win over Susan Sloane.
Other women's seeds advancing to the third round were No. 6 Conchita Martinez, No. 8 Katerina Maleeva, No. 11 Jana Novotna and No. 15 Nathalie Tauziat.
The men's seedings also held to form, with victories by No. 8 Andrei Chesnokov, No. 13 Jim Courier and No. 15 Guillermo Perez-Roldan.
Courier defeated Milan Srejber, 7-6 (7-3 ), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, and proclaimed himself in better form than when he beat Agassi last year and reached the round of 16. "I'm definitely in better shape," he said. "I'm more confident out there."
Sergi Bruguera, who stunned Edberg Tuesday, squandered a two-set to Jonas Svensson, 2-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0. TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES Court Central
Mercedes Paz, Argentina, vs. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (3), Spain; Helen Kelesi, Canada, vs. Monica Seles (2), Yugoslavia; Thomas Muster (7), Austria, vs. Eric Winogradsky, France. Court 1
Thierry Champion, France, vs. Juan Aguilera (12), Spain; Jennifer Capriati, Saddlebrook, Fla., vs. Cammy MacGregor, Palos Verdes, Calif; Marcelo Filippini, Uruguay, vs. Andres Gomez (4), Ecuador. Court 11
Manuela Maleeva (6), Switzerland, vs. Anne Minter, Australia; Aaron Krickstein (5), Grosse Pointe, Mich., vs. Stephane Grenier, France.