Federer, Henman and Hewitt reach semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Roger Federer beat Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in a US Open quarterfinal match suspended on Wednesday because of rain.

Federer, Henman and Hewitt reach semis

New York:

Roger Federer posted a huge win in the howling wind, beating two-time champion Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in a US Open quarterfinal match suspended on Wednesday because of rain. Playing in gusts up to 62 kph that made the ball sail in silly fashion, the top-seeded Federer yesterday advanced to the Open semifinals for the first time. After an early 45-minute rain delay at the National Tennis Centre, Agassi and Federer took over the court - and the weather took over at Arthur Ashe Stadium. In fact, almost every shot became a 50-50 proposition. One of Federer's lobs got caught in a gust and floated funnily into the sideline seats, and even routine returns curved crazily. Next up for the Wimbledon and Australian Open winner is No 5 Tim Henman of Britain, who defeated No 22 Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-1, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2. That match also began on Wednesday night and had been stopped in the third set. On the other side of the draw, 2001 Open champion Lleyton Hewitt overwhelmed Tommy Haas of Germany 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. The 23-year-old Federer kept up his bid to become the first man to win three Grand Slam titles in a season since Mats Wilander in 1988. He has lost six of eight matches against Henman. The women's semifinals will be held today with Lindsay Davenport playing Svetlana Kuznetsova while Jennifer Capriati faces Elena Dementieva. (AP)



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