Blake overpowers Agassi to reach Legg Mason final

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

James Blake upset top-seeded Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4 to reach the finals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. He will now play Paradorn Srichaphan, who beat Marcelo

Blake overpowers Agassi to reach Legg Mason final

Washington:

James Blake upset top-seeded Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4 to reach the finals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. He will now play Paradorn Srichaphan, who beat Marcelo Rios 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal.One day after falling behind 3-0 in both the first and second sets againstAlex Corretja before rallying, Blake broke Agassi in the second game of the match on Saturday on his way to a 3-0 lead. From that point, Blake hit winner after winner - 25 in all - to overpower Agassi from the baseline. Agassi, who came back from a set down to beat Thomas Enqvist on Friday night, didn't show much fight against Blake in the second set.Agassi's serve was broken twice in the set's first three games, and Blake went ahead 4-0. He tried to mount a late comeback, breaking Blake's serve to get within 5-3, but Blake held his serve and took the match with a forehand winner.Srichaphan upsets Marcelo RiosMeanwhile 14th-seeded Srichaphan, who upset Agassi in the second round at Wimbledon this year, made it a day of upsets in the first semifinal.Srichaphan, who had 18 unforced errors in the first set, broke Rios twice in the second and three times in the third to reach his first final in theUnited States.The fifth-seeded Rios broke twice in the first set. He won 28 points in the opening set, but just 30 points in the final two sets.The 23-year-old Srichaphan lost just one point on serve in the second set. "I think he was moving slower than he was in the first set. Maybe the heat go to him," he said.Rios admitted that he felt a little tired and was trying to save his energy for a third set.(AP)



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