Pete Sampras, the world's top-ranked player, stretched his winning streak to a 1996 best of 20 matches, beating Andre Agassi, 6-4, 6-1, today in a quarterfinal match of the $1.2 million Eurocard Open.
Sampras needed only 57 minutes to beat his old rival for the third straight time.
"I knew from the first ball contact today, the first exchange that I felt good," Sampras said. "He just wasn't in the match today."
Agassi, behind his powerful passing shots, broke Sampras' serve twice in the first set. But Sampras stormed back each time to break back.
Sampras was up 5-0 in the second set before Agassi won a game.
"I think he suffered a letdown," Sampras said. "I've played at this level before, but today Andre just wasn't there."