posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 08:59 AM
Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Andre Agassi aced fellow American Andy Roddick to win a third-set tiebreaker Saturday and advance to the finals of the
$2.45 million Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.
The 11th-seeded Agassi, who is chasing his first ATP singles title since Houston in April 2003, improved to 5-1 lifetime against Roddick with a hard-
fought 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-2) victory. He improved to 30-10 all-time in this tournament and is looking for his first title here since back-to-back
wins in 1995-96.
The second-seeded Roddick missed an opportunity to become only the third player to successfully defend his title at the Cincinnati Masters. He fell
for only the third time in his last 28 matches, having advanced to five straight finals before this week.
Agassi advanced to face 10th-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who needed just 54 minutes to dispose of Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-2.
Hewitt avenged a loss to Robredo in the third round of last year's French Open and will be making his first appearance in a Masters Series final this
year. He is in search of his third victory of 2004 and first since February.
This marks the seventh of nine Masters Series tournaments this year, with the winner set to take home $400,000.