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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 20:12 GMT 21:12 UK
Agassi sets up Rafter clash
Andre Agassi is searching for his fourth win in Miami
Andre Agassi is searching for his fourth win in Miami
Andre Agassi (U.S.) beat Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia) 6-4 6-4

Australian Open champion Andre Agassi has booked himself a place in the Tennis Master Series quarter-final in Miami.

Agassi overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat lucky loser Ivan Ljubicic 6-4 6-4 and now faces Australian eighth seed Patrick Rafter at the US$6.12m ATP and WTA event..

"It's a good matchup," Agassi said. "You will see good tennis from all areas of the court.

Ivan Ljubicic only made the main draw when Dutchman Richard Rajicek withdrew
Ivan Ljubicic only made the main draw when Dutchman Richard Rajicek withdrew
"He's the only serve and volleyer left and he does it with such style and skill. I will definitely have to play my best tennis."

Agassi hopes to play for his fourth Miami title on Sunday against the winner of a late Friday semi-final between Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the seventh seed, and American Jan-Michael Gambill.

"I came out yesterday and it was real tough," Agassi said. "I had a quick one Monday. Then I had a walkover.

"I was four days no matches. I was concerned about that and I didn't know Ljubicic's game too well.

"I wasn't able to find my rhythm out there. I got it together and was executing my shots well."

Ljubicic, who only made the main draw when Dutchman Richard Rajicek withdrew with a right elbow injury, missed his chance to become the first lucky loser in an ATP semi-final since he achieved the feat last year at Sydney.

Hewitt enters the semi-finals after a semi-final berth at Indian Wells.

The 20-year-old who won the Sydney title has a Masters Series best showing of second last October at Stuttgart, when he lost to Wayne Ferreira in five sets.

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