Agassi advances to semifinals at Legg Mason tennis

August 20, 2004 09:35 PM
- Top-seeded Andre Agassi moved into the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Friday night with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu of France.

A five-time champion here, Agassi has yet to drop a set this week and ran his winning streak to nine matches overall.

Seeking his second title in three weeks, Agassi will meet either Gilles Muller of Michel Kratochvil in one of Saturday's semifinals.

The 34-year-old Agassi won his first title in 16 months two weeks ago with a victory over Lleyton Hewitt in Cincinnati.

Hewitt, the second seed from Australia, joined Agassi in the semifinals here with a hard-fought 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory over No. 7 Cyril Saulnier of France.

With his latest victory, Hewitt improved to 46-13 this year. He has reached six semifinals and is seeking his third title.

In the semifinals, Hewitt will take on fourth-seeded American Robby Ginepri, who posted a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) triumph over unseeded Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands.