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A NEW NO. 1 AS SAMPRAS WHIPS AGASSI

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Andre Agassi missed the bottom line, which put Pete Sampras on the top one.

"I care less about the rivalry than I do about just beating him - that's the bottom line," Agassi said after being shelled by Sampras 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Sybase Open.The battle marked the first time since the ATP Tour started using computer rankings in 1973 that the No. 1 ranking would go to the winner of the match. Going into the tournament, Sampras was ranked No. 2 in the world and Agassi No. 3.

The bottom line on the ATP Tour computer rankings being released today will have Sampras No. 1, Thomas Muster of Austria No. 2 and Agassi No. 3.

"If you can't get up for a match like this, you can't get up for anything," Sampras said. "I was absolutely charged up. This is a special rivalry."

In the United Arab Emirates, Goran Ivanisevic overpowered Alberto Costa of Spain 6-4, 6-3 to win the Dubai Open. Serving at nearly 125 mph, the fourth-seeded Croat subdued the Spaniard in just under an hour.

In France, veteran Guy Forget extended Cedric Pioline's losing streak in finals, beating his fellow Frenchman 7-5, 6-4 at the Marseille Open.

In Paris, Julie Halard of France upset top-seeded Iva Majoli 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) to capture the Paris Open and stop the Croatian's bid for a second consecutive tournament victory.