Agassi fails to join Hewitt in Legg Mason final

August 21, 2004 09:18 PM
Gilles Muller© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Lleyton Hewitt of Australia did his part to set up a clash with American Andre Agassi in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic final. The top seed could not follow through.

Hewitt, the second seed from Australia, defeated American Robby Ginepri in the semifinals of the $500,000 hardcourt event on Saturday, 6-3, 6-4.

But Agassi -- who beat Hewitt in the final at Cincinnati two weeks ago for his first title in 16 months -- was upset by unseeded Gilles Muller of Luxemburg on Saturday night, 6-4, 7-5.

The 34-year-old Agassi, who had a nine-match winning streak snapped, converted 2-of-10 break opportunities but saw Muller succeed on all four of his break chances in the 85-minute match.

Hewitt, who is seeking his third title in 2004, converted 2-of-7 break points against Ginepri and did not face any breaks on his serve as he improved to 47-13 this year.

First prize is $69,200.