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  Monday, 3 September, 2001, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Awesome Agassi crushes Federer
Andre Agassi
Agassi was in no mood to let his guard down
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Andre Agassi showed some of the best form of his career to sweep aside Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 6-4 at the US Open.

Agassi now faces old friend and rival Pete Sampras in the last eight after he defeated Australian Pat Rafter in four thrilling sets.

It was an uncompromising display from Agassi as he took advantage of every small mistake made by the young Swiss player.

The first set took just 20 minutes as the 1994 and 1999 champion demoralised Federer with some sweeping ground strokes.

He signalled his intent by breaking the Swiss in the second game and again in the fourth.


I felt great about every part of my game
Andre Agassi

Federer managed to get his name on the scoreboard for 5-1 before Agassi cantered to the set in the seventh - the highlight of the game being a drop shot which span back over the net.

It was more of the same in the second as Agassi managed to grab a triple-break point in the third game - taking the first by forcing Federer to play into the net.

Federer was only winning 40% on his first serve and 29% on his second as Agassi once again broke the Swiss for a 4-1 advantage.

It was a matter of when rather than whether the American would win the second. He took the set 6-2.

It seemed that Agassi was in third gear in the third but he finally found his rhythm in the ninth game to break Federer.

Agassi gave himself three match points and took the first. In this form, it is a brave man to bet against Agassi lifting his third title.

Sampras looking good

Pete Sampras beat Pat Rafter 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 in a display similar to that shown by Agassi.

Australia's Pat Rafter
Pat Rafter waves goodbye to the US Open

Sampras looked at his imperious best as he raced to a two set advantage, before Rafter clawed back a set in a tight tie-break.

But the American dug in deep to stop a brave comeback, which seemed on the cards, to win the fourth set with an emphatic smash.

The Argentine Mariano Zabaleta, conqueror of Greg Rusedski in the previous round, advanced to the quarter-finals, after overpowering Xavier Malisse of Belgium.

Zabaleta cruised to a straight-sets victory over Malisse, who had knocked out the other British hope Tim Henman at the third round stage.

The day's matches were completed with reigning champion Marat Safin's four-set win over Thomas Johansson.

Safin beat the Swede 6-2 2-6 6-4 7-6.


Fourth round:

Mariano Zabaleta (Arg) bt Xavier Malisse (Bel) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-5
Pete Sampras [10] (US) bt Patrick Rafter [6] (Aus)
6-3 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-4
Andre Agassi [2] (US) bt Roger Federer [13] (Swi)
6-1 6-2 6-4
Marat Safin [3] (Rus) bt Thomas Johansson 6-2 2-6 6-4 7-6

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