TORONTO (Ticker) - Roger Federer and Andy Roddick had little difficulty winning twice at the $2.5 million Tennis Masters Series/Toronto on Thursday. Andre Agassi could not even accomplish half that feat.
Agassi, the 10th seed from Las Vegas, was upset by Austrian Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the U.S. Open Series event Thursday afternoon. The 34-year-old Agassi has lost six of his last nine matches. Also upset in the second round were No. 5 Tim Henman of Great Britain, who was bounced by Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, 7-5, 6-4, and No. 14 Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, who was outlasted by Max Mirnyi of Belarus, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Because rain wiped out all but one set of action Tuesday, 16 second-round matches took place Thursday afternoon, and eight third-round matches followed. The Swiss Federer, the top seed and world No. 1, defeated Robin Soderling of Sweden, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round, then edged Mirnyi to claim the first quarterfinal berth, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4). Federer will meet Fabrice Santoro in the round of eight after the Frenchman upset No. 9 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in the third round, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Roddick, the second seed and defending champion from the U.S., beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the second round, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), then defeated Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina Thursday night, 6-1, 6-4. Roddick awaits Czech qualifier Jan Hernych, who beat Autralian Todd Reid in the second round in straight sets before outlasting Kuerten, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
Fourth seed Carlos Moya of Spain was unable to win twice Thursday, falling to German Nicolas Kiefer in the third round, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Kiefer, a finalist the last two weeks, will meet Melzer in the quarterfinals after the Austrian followed up his victory over Agassi with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Chilean Fernando Gonzalez.