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ATP MEDIA NOTES - DAY 7

BEAUTIFUL WEATHER ARRIVES AS WEEK TWO BEGINS
With temperatures in the low 80s -- nearly 30 degree celsius -- blue skies,
a warm sun and a slight breeze, the Miami public couldn't have asked for a
more beautiful day for tennis as week two of the NASDAQ-100 Open got
underway Monday at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.
In the featured match on Stadium Court, Andre Agassi notched his most
lopsided victory at Key Biscayne since a second round win here back in 1995,
defeating Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-0.
The match was in fact closer than the scoreline indicated with Agassi and
Nieminen exchanging some fierce groundstrokes toward the end of the first
set and to open the second. But Andre prevailed with his usual attacking
game, putting enough pressure on the Finn to break him three times in the
second set.
"I'm happy to get through. The next thing I assess is how I'm getting
through based on my game," said Agassi. "Today, it was a function of me
really hitting the ball cleanly. You're glad when you see yourself hit the
ball well and the result is comprehensive."
In the other match between seeded players in afternoon action, 19th seeded
Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco defeated Argentina's David Nalbandian in a
tough three-setter 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. El Aynaoui, who had gone just 1-4 in
tournaments since his magnificent Australian Open quarterfinal run as part
of his 7-2 record to start the year, has now won two matches in a row for
the first time in two months.
"I had never played him before so I didn't know exactly what to expect,"
said El Aynaoui. "I had a chance to finish the match in the second set, but
I just lost a bit of concentration. Still, I felt in control throughout the
match."
Wild card entry Mark Philippoussis defeated Thomas Enqvist in a tough match.
After splitting the first two tiebreaks, Philippoussis broke Enqvist early
in the third set to move to 8-2 during the past three weeks including a run
to the final at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale.
Philippoussis now plays Andre Agassi in a blockbuster fourth round match-up.
Since defeating Agassi six years ago in Indian Wells in their first
head-to-head match, Philippoussis has lost the past five meetings against
Agassi, including three times on hard court.
Sjeng Schalken also advanced today with a straight set win over Franco
Squillari. Schalken, who has had a mediocre year to date with just two
quarterfinal appearances is playing some of his best tennis on the year
having yet to drop a set.

FEDERER ENJOYS MIAMI NIGHT
Roger Federer took to primetime Monday night playing in front of an
enthusiastic night crowd at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park and moving
into the round of 16 for the third consecutive year.
Last year's finalist was broken only once, in the second set, and needed
three sets to defeat Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in a match that was not
as close as the scoreline indicated, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Putting Chela on the defensive with his serve, Federer mixed it up from the
baseline with his backhand slice while attacking the short ball. He nows
faces a tough test in Holland's Sjeng Schalken who has yet to drop a set
this week.
One of the most intriguing matches of the day was a late afternoon match
between Chile's Nicolas Massu and Roland Garros champion Albert Costa.
With both playing from deep behind the baseline, making for engaging
rallies, the players had a first set that latest nearly 90 minutes. After
going to a first set tiebreak, Massu had one set point before Costa showed
his experience to take the tiebreak.
"The key to the match was that set point Massu had," said Costa after the
match. "He put an easy volley in the middle of the court in that tiebreak
and that was pivotal. After that I played alot looser in the second set
because the pressure was on Massu."
Costa had to contend with a vocal pro-Chilean crowd that usual emerge during
the two weeks here at the NASDAQ-100 Open.
In two other late matches, Guillermo Coria defeated Davide Sanguinetti and
Nicolas Lapentti, who spends some of his time during the season in Miami,
held off Wayne Ferreira 6-4, 6-2. Ferreira, who reached the semifinals at
the Australian Open, couldn't convert on any of his 10 break points during
the match. Lapentti is one win away from matching his quarterfinal showings
in 2002 and 2000.

TUESDAY PREVIEW

All eight fourth round matches to be played on Day 7 of the NASDAQ-100 Open
at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. For those in the bottom half of the
draw, they are all playing on just one day's rest while the players in the
top half of the draw have had two days since playing on Sunday. With all
singles matches scheduled for either Stadium Court or Grandstand, the
pressure and focuses increases as Championship weekend comes closer.

The featured match of the day is the blockbuster night match on Stadium
Court. Andre Agassi lost his first meeting with Mark Philippoussis six years
ago in Indian Wells, but since then is a perfect 5-0 against the younger
Australian including one month ago in San Jose, as Agassi went on to win the
title at the Siebel Open. Philippoussis has been in excellent form of late
making the final at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale and
winning a round at the Pacific Life Open before losing to Marat Safin in the
second round. The match will pit the Philippoussis serve and net game
against Agassi's return and passing shots.

In the first match on the day, Todd Martin takes on Radek Stepanek for the
first time. That match is followed by a match-up of seeds with former World
No. 1, who's shown tremendous comfort level this week on the hard courts at
Key Biscayne against 13th-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan. Srichaphan defeated
Rios on two occasions last year, outdoors in hot weather at the Legg Mason
Tennis Classic and indoors in Stockholm en route to the title. In Sunday's
match against Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Srichaphan pulled out his lucky red
t-shirt in the second set after winning the first, only to lose the set to
the veteran Russian. Going back to the standard shirt, Srichaphan then
pulled out the match 6-3, fighting off cramps in the last few games.

Rounding out the day session on Stadium, Holland's Sjeng Schalken meets
Swiss star Roger Federer. Federer almost single-handedly defeated the Dutch
squad in their Davis Cup tie last month with two singles victories. The two
played in Rotterdam last month with Federer winning in straight sets.

One match to keep an eye on at the Grandstand court is the match-up of
Roland Garros champion Albert Costa and young Argentine Guillermo Coria.
Coria defeated Costa handily at this event one year ago in straight sets,
but Costa seems to be playing some of his best hard-court tennis this week.
In his first match, Costa defeated Olivier Rochus, who had beaten him in
straight sets in Indian Wells just two weeks ago.

And young American Robby Ginepri looks to advance to his second consecutive
Tennis Masters Series quarterfinal. Ginepri played Tuesday's opponent,
Hyung-Taik Lee, in Indian Wells last week winning in three sets.

INTERNATIONAL ROUND OF 16 -- There are 13 countries represented in the Round
of 16, led by the United States with three players and Spain with two. Here
are the countries left: United States 3, Spain 2, Argentina 1, Australia 1,
Chile 1, Czech Republic 1, Ecuador 1, France 1, Korea 1, Morocco 1,
Netherlands 1, Switzerland 1, Thailand 1.


TOURNAMENT MATCH WINS LEADERS -- Agassi is the all-time tournament match
wins leader with 51 followed by Pete Sampras. Here are the Top 5 leaders:

W-L Titles
Andre Agassi 51-11 5
Pete Sampras 42-10 3
Jim Courier 33-12 1
Stefan Edberg 32-10 0
Mats Wilander 26-7 1


FEATURED MATCHES
Radek Stepanek vs Todd Martin First Meeting

Stepanek FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Is making his NASDAQ-100 Open debut this year. Has
wins over wild card entry Alex Bogomolov Jr., 23rd seed Mikhail Youzhny and
12th seed and Australian Open finalist Rainer Schuettler. Has yet to drop a
set and has lost just 19 games in three matches.
2003 In Review: Reached the third round at the Australian Open with a second
round win over Gustavo Kuerten in five sets before losing to Lleyton Hewitt
in straight sets. Reached his third ATP semifinals at the Copenhagen Open
and lost in first round at Pacific Life Open (l. to Kafelnikov). Arrived in
Miami with a match record of 8-8
Miscellaneous: Initially known as a doubles specialist with eight career
doubles titles and a career-high doubles rank of 13. But Stepanek had a
break-out year in singles last year reaching semifinals in Munich and Gstaad
on clay and qualifying for an ATP-best nine tournaments in 2002. Reached 3rd
Rd in Wimbledon debut. Also upset Gustavo Kuerten indoors at BNP Paribas
Masters in Paris. Had his best Tennis Masters Series result last year in
Toronto with wins over A. Kim and V. Spadea.

Martin FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Has not played particularly well in Miami, going just
6-7 here in seven career appearances. Best result came in 1996 when he
reached the fourth round (l. to Sampras).
2003 In Review: Playing just his fourth tournament of the season (1-2 prior
to NASDAQ-100 Open) after reaching second round in San Jose and losing to
Sanguinetti in Memphis and Blake in Indian Wells. Is 4-2 after three
consecutive wins (d. Zabaleta, d. Pavel, d. Roddick).
Miscellaneous: Became a father for first time on Jan. 21 when son Jackson
Dale Martin was born. Twice a Grand Slam finalist (1994 Australian Open,
1999 US Open), Martin also reached the Tennis Masters Series final in
Montreal 10 years ago. Won the TMS doubles shield with American James Blake
in Cincinnati last year.


Marcelo Rios vs. Paradorn Srichaphan Srichaphan Leads 2 - 0
02 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard SF Paradorn Srichaphan 3-6 6-2
6-2
02 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard F Paradorn Srichaphan 6-7(2) 6-0
6-3 6-2

Rios FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Is playing for the ninth consecutive time in Miami,
with a career record of 20-7 here including his first round victory over
Taylor Dent and second round upset of Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets.
Was the champion here in 1998, defeating Andre Agassi in the final and
leading to his World No. 1 ATP Ranking that Monday. Held No. 1 for six weeks
during the year. Also reached semifinals here last year (ret. vs. Agassi),
his best Tennis Masters Series result since a semifinal in Hamburg in 2000
2003 In Review: Didn't start his season until February with an appearance in
Davis Cup play. Played two clay court events, reaching the final of his home
country tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile (l. to D. Sanchez). Reached
semifinals in Delray Beach two weeks ago before losing to Mardy Fish in
straight sets. Was scheduled to play Andre Agassi in the first round in
Pacific Life Open last week until Agassi withdrew with an injured shoulder.
Miscellaneous: Became first South American to reach No. 1 in the history of
the ATP rankings on March 30, 1998. Was married in late 2000 to wife Juliana
and baby daughter, Constanza, was born June 2001. Accomplished the Indian
Wells/Miami Tennis Masters Series event double in 1998. Won three TMS titles
in 1998, including the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome. Is tied for fifth in
career Masters Series titles behind Agassi, Sampras, Muster and Chang with
five. Has won five of nine Tennis Masters Series events, tied for second on
the ATP.

Paradorn Srichaphan
Tournament Highlights: Went 1-1 in NASDAQ-100 Open debut last year with a
win over Michael Chang in a third-set tiebreak. Lost to top seed Lleyton
Hewitt in next round.
2003 In Review: Started the year off with third ATP title in Chennai at Tata
Open (d. Vacek, d. Van Lottum, d. Sargsian, d. Lisnard, d. Kucera). Reached
quarterfinals in Sydney at adidas International and lost to Mark
Philippoussis in five sets at Australian Open second round. Went 1-4 since
Australian Open at ATP events until winning his first two matches here at
Key Biscayne. Is now 13-6 on the year after wins over Acasuso and
Kafelnikov.
Miscellaneous: Winner of ATP's Most Improved Player award last year,
Paradorn Srichaphan rose from a year-end No. 126 to 16 in the ATP Rankings
last year as a resultof winning his first two ATP titles in Long Island and
Stockholm and finals in Washington and Chennai, India. Shocked Agassi in the
second round of Wimbledon for his biggest career match win to date. Was 12-9
in Tennis Masters series events prior to Miami including a semifinal run at
BNP Paribas Masters where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in three sets after
having him on the ropes with break points to go up in the third set.


Sjeng Schalken vs. Roger Federer Federer Leads 2 - 1
01 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-4 7-5
7-6(3)
02 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) Grass QF Sjeng Schalken 3-6
7-5 6-3
03 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-2 6-4

Sjeng Schalken FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Came into Miami just 3-6 at this event and 0-2 the
past two years and is playing this event for the seventh time in eight years
have missed the tournament in 1998. Previous wins came against Mark Knowles
(1996), Jiri Novak (1999) and Markus Hipfl (2000) before defeating Lisnard
in second round and Squillari on Monday.
2003 In Review: Was just 7-6 coming into NASDAQ-100 Open with quarterfinal
appearances indoors in Rotterdam (l. to Federer) and outdoors in Dubai (l.
to Novak). Lost in second round at Australian Open to Croatian Mario Ancic
in five sets.
Miscellaneous: Reached semifinals at US Open last year (l. Sampras) and
quarterfinals at Wimbledon (l. to Hewitt), the first time in 28 previous
attempts that he got past the third round at a Grand Slam. Won his seventh
career ATP title in 's-Hertogenbosch and reached final in Moscow (l. to
Mathieu). Has reached the quarterfinals at a Tennis Masters Series event
five times including most recently at the BNP Paribas Masters in 2001. Was
12-2 on grass last year with both losses to Hewitt.

Federer FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Is 10-4 at this event since first playing in 1999.
Reached quarterfinals in 2001 (l. to Rafter) and finals last year with wins
over Morrison, Portas, Henman, Pavel and Hewitt. Lost to Agassi in four sets
in his first Tennis Master Series final.
2003 In Review: Leads the ATP circuit with 22 match wins on the year.
Captured two titles in February with victories indoors in Marseille (d.
Bjorkman) and on hard courts in Dubai (d. Novak). Also reached semifinals in
Rotterdam (l. to Miryni) and fourth round at the Australian Open (l. to
Nalbandian). Started off the year with a quarterfinal showing in Doha (l. to
Gambill).
Miscellaneous: Has talked of his desire to be No. 1 this year to the Swiss
press and is currently a career-high No. 4 in the ATP Rankings and No. 3 in
the ATP Champions Race. Won his first Tennis Masters Series title last year
in Hamburg on clay.

Andre Agassi vs. Mark Philippoussis Agassi Leads 5 - 1
97 Indian Wells (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Mark Philippoussis
7-6(5) 7-6(5)
99 Stuttgart Indoor (Germany) Hard R32 Andre Agassi 6-2 6-4
99 Paris Indoor (France) Carpet QF Andre Agassi 6-4 6-1
00 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Andre Agassi 6-4
7-6(4) 5-7 6-3
00 Wimbledon (England) Grass QF Andre Agassi 7-6(4) 6-3 6-4
03 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andre Agassi 6-4 6-1

Philippoussis FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: The 26-year-old Australian is making his ninth
appearance in Miami, having reached the fourth round in both 1997 and 2000
and going 9-8 prior to this year's event.
2003 In Review: After a second round loss in Chennai to start the year,
Philippoussis reached the third round at the Australian Open (d. Verkerk, d.
Srichaphan, l. to Sargsian) before helping the Aussies reach the
quarterfinal of the Davis Cup with a straight sets victory over Britain's
Alan Mackin in the first rubber. Lost to Andre Agassi in the second round in
San Jose, Taylor Dent in the first round in Memphis and Lleyton Hewitt in
the final in Scottsdale last week, with all three losses going to the
eventual champions. He is 13-6 on the year after reaching the second round
at the Pacific Life Open (l. to Safin) and winning matches against Feliciano
Lopez and Fernando Gonzalez here at the NASDAQ-100 Open.
Miscellaneous: The Aussie is trying to win his first ATP title since
February 2001 in Memphis and his last five ATP titles have come on U.S.
soil. He has won a total of nine career titles, including his one TMS shield
at the Pacific Life Open in 1999. He also reached the final in Paris Bercy
in 2000 (d. Kafelnikov, d. Kuerten, l. to Safin).

Agassi FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Is playing in his 17th tournament here at Key
Biscayne having won the event five times (1990, 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2001).
Accomplished the Indian Wells/Miami double in 2001. Became the oldest winner
here when he captured the title last year for a record fifth time.Comes into
Tuesday's match with a 51-11 record at Key Biscayne.
2003 In Review: Started out with a 12 match winning streak on the year with
titles at the Australian Open and indoors in San Jose. Lost to Thomas
Enqvist in three sets in Scottsdale before withdrawing from the Pacific Life
Open last week with a sore right shoulder.
Miscellaneous: With 500 points to defend in the ATP Entry Rankings, Agassi
cannot overtake Lleyton Hewitt for No. 1 in the ATP Rankings no matter how
well he does here.


TUESDAY'S HEAD-TO-HEADS
Hyung-Taik Lee vs. Robby Ginepri Ginepri Leads 1 - 0
03 Indian Wells TMS (USA) Hard R64 Robby Ginepri 7-6(2) 4-6
6-4

Nicolas Escude vs. Carlos Moya Series Tied 1 - 1
95 Budapest (Hungary) Clay SF Carlos Moya 3-6 6-3 7-6
99 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Nicolas Escude 6-1 6-4 0-1
RET

Marcelo Rios vs. Paradorn Srichaphan Srichaphan Leads 2 - 0
02 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard SF Paradorn Srichaphan 3-6 6-2
6-2
02 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard F Paradorn Srichaphan 6-7(2) 6-0
6-3 6-2

Guillermo Coria vs. Albert Costa Coria Leads 2 - 1
01 Kitzbuhel (Austria) Clay SF Albert Costa 7-5 6-3
02 Miami TMS (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Guillermo Coria 6-2 6-3
02 Estoril (Portugal) Clay R32 Guillermo Coria 7-6(5) 7-6(6)

Sjeng Schalken vs. Roger Federer Federer Leads 2 - 1
01 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-4 7-5
7-6(3)
02 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) Grass QF Sjeng Schalken 3-6
7-5 6-3
03 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-2 6-4

Nicolas Lapentti vs. Younes El Aynaoui El Aynaoui Leads 2 - 1
96 Long Island (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Younes El Aynaoui 6-4 6-3
00 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Nicolas Lapentti 3-6 6-3
6-3
01 Lyon (France) Carpet R16 Younes El Aynaoui 6-2
7-6(5)

Wayne Ferreira vs. Younes El Aynaoui El Aynaoui Leads 3 - 1
96 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R32 Wayne Ferreira 6-1 RET
96 Lyon (France) Carpet R32 Younes El Aynaoui 5-7 6-4
6-4
02 Hamburg TMS (Germany) Clay R32 Younes El Aynaoui
7-6(11) 6-3
02 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Younes El Aynaoui 3-6 7-5
7-5 7-6(3)

Andre Agassi vs. Mark Philippoussis Agassi Leads 5 - 1
97 Indian Wells (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Mark Philippoussis
7-6(5) 7-6(5)
99 Stuttgart Indoor (Germany) Hard R32 Andre Agassi 6-2 6-4
99 Paris Indoor (France) Carpet QF Andre Agassi 6-4 6-1
00 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Andre Agassi 6-4
7-6(4) 5-7 6-3
00 Wimbledon (England) Grass QF Andre Agassi 7-6(4) 6-3 6-4
03 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andre Agassi 6-4 6-1

First Meeting
Radek Stepanek vs. Todd Martin
 

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