posted on Apr, 26 2003 @ 01:21 PM
April 25 - ATP US Claycourt Champs
Olivier Mutis (Fra) bt (3) James Blake (USA) 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-1
(2) Andy Roddick (USA) bt Fernando Meligeni (Bra) 6-3 4-6 6-4
Jurgen Melzer (Aut) bt Mardy Fish (USA) 7-5 2-6 7-5
Roddick made it threw to Semi's struggled a little bit but he is still their!!!
Roddick continued his quest for a third straight Houston title Friday night with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Brazil's Fernando Meligeni.
Meligeni broke Roddick twice to force a decisive set, but the second-seeded American capitalized on his eighth break point chance in the third to take
a 5-4 lead.
"It was a tough match," Roddick said.
"I don't think that I played particularly well at the end of the second set, but I wasn't (ticked) off or throwing my toys around."
More interesting is....
Andre Agassi continued to roll towards the top of the ATP rankings, but fellow American James Blake wasted an early advantage on Friday in the
quarter-finals of US Men's Clay Court Championships.
The top-seeded Agassi crushed Brazilian qualifier Ricardo Mello, 6-0 6-1 in just 43 minutes and advanced to his second straight semi-final at the
Westside Tennis Club.
Blake, the third seed, stumbled in the quarter-finals here for the second straight year, falling to French qualifier Olivier Mutis, 6-4 6-7 (3-7)
Agassi turns 33 on Tuesday but remains in sensational form. The Australian Open champion raised his 2003 match record to 21-1.
If he reaches the final, he will become the oldest player to become number one in the 30-year history of the ATP rankings.
"I feel like I am committed to always getting stronger and always getting better," Agassi said.
"In that process, you give yourself the advantage of being determined and being focused and being strong mentally. As a result, I have gotten better,
which is always my goal."
The winner of 60 ATP titles, Agassi has *yet to have his serve broken* and has *dropped just five games* in his first three matches this week.
The Las Vegas native hopes to improve upon last year's semi-final performance here, where he lost in straight sets to long-time rival Pete Sampras.
Agassi will face Austrian Jurgen Melzer, who outlasted American Mardy Fish, 7-5 2-6 7-5, to reach his second semi-final of the season.
Thing's are hotting up it could be Agassi v Roddick Final