Agassi cruises into quarters

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Andre Agassi tried to get this over in a hurry. He wanted a fast day at the US Open, just like Roger Federer.

Agassi cruises into quarters

New York:

Andre Agassi tried to get this over in a hurry. He wanted a fast day at the US Open, just like Roger Federer. Agassi made short work of marathon man Sargis Sargsian on Labour Day, sweeping out his longtime friend and occasional practice partner 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. The win came after Federer advanced in a walkover, and set up an incredibly attractive matchup in the quarterfinals: the tournament's top-seeded player vs the popular two-time champion. "Should be a lot of fun," said Agassi, who won in 1994 and 1999. "I mean, there's nothing more you ask for than to play a big event against the best player in this environment. It's time to bring the best tennis." Tim Henman and Dominik Hrbaty also advanced. Still, all the anticipation surrounded the upcoming Agassi-Federer matchup. Fderer reached the Open quarterfinals for the first time when No 16 Andrei Pavel withdrew because of a herniated disc in his lower back several hours before their match started. Pavel missed six months last year with a bad back and wrist. "It's always an awkward feeling. Don't call it a win," Federer said. "That's how it is." Next up, a trip to Arthur Ashe Stadium tomorrow to face Agassi. "That's definitely something I'm looking forward to. I've never played the big matches at the Open. Not at night sessions," Federer said. "This is a big occasion for me to prove myself, to be deserving to be on the big stage. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
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