Andre Agassi won a rain-suspended quarterfinal match over Jan-Michael Gambill of Colbert, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), then needed only 59 minutes to defeat Germany’s Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to reach the finals of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Agassi, leading 4-3, came out strong against Gambill, winning the opening game and breaking his opponent’s serve to capture the first set. Gambill fell into his rhythm, recording 10 of his 15 aces in the second set and breaking Agassi’s serve in the ninth game after three deuce points to go ahead 5-4.
Agassi returned the service break in the next game, using pinpoint corner placement to force Gambill away from his unorthodox two-handed forehand.
Agassi picked up the first three points of the tiebreaker and led 6-3 before closing it out on the third match point.
Despite twisting his right ankle twice, Jason Stoltenberg advanced to the finals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Sjeng Schalken.
Steffi Graf, trying to get back to the No. 1 world ranking she held before knee surgery, beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-0 in the second round of the Evert Cup tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. The third-seeded Graf needed 68 minutes to advance in the $1.25 million tournament.
Top-seed Martina Hingis needed just 61 minutes to eliminate Sarah Pitkowski of France 6-2, 6-1. Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated Amy Frazier 6-3, 6-1.
Defending champion Richard Krajicek lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Jan Siemerink in a semifinal of the ABN AMRO indoor tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In the final, Siemerink will face Thomas Johansson, who defeated Brett Steven 6-3, 7-5.
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