Andre Agassi played for the first time in two months and rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory last night over unseeded Jean-Rene Lisnard in the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.
Sidelined by a back injury since losing in the first round of the French Open in May, the 35-year-old Agassi covered the court well against his overmatched French opponent, scurrying crosscourt several times to chase down shots.
Agassi took just 47 minutes to beat Lisnard.
After his back began acting up at Roland Garros, Agassi had to miss Wimbledon for the second consecutive year. He intended to return to competition last week in Indianapolis, but pulled out because he was taking longer than expected to recover from the sciatica nerve injury.
Agassi is the three-time champion and the top-seeded player of the tournament, being played at UCLA.
Defending champion Tommy Haas of Germany played for the first time since tearing a ligament in his right ankle at Wimbledon and also won, 6-4, 6-4, over 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.
Fifth-seeded Taylor Dent and Mardy Fish, scheduled to play last night, both withdrew. Dent pulled out because of lingering effects of heat illness that caused him to retire in Sunday's final at Indianapolis. Fish withdrew because of a sore right wrist.
Third-seeded Nicolas Kiefer retired due to respiratory problems while trailing James Blake, 3-2, in their match.
Second-seeded Dominik Hrbaty advanced, but fourth-seeded Vince Spadea was upset by Zack Fleishman, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
-- From News Services