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  Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 17:52 GMT 18:52 UK
Gamewatch: Hewitt v Agassi
Game-by-game action from the US Open
All the action as defending champion and top seed Lleyton Hewitt falls to two-time champion Andre Agassi in the US Open semi-finals.


Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 2-6 Agassi
Agassi makes no mistake this time and delivers two aces on his way to a 40-0 lead. Hewitt makes one final stand with two clean winners to save two match points, but one final push by Agassi puts him into a final against Pete Sampras.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 2-5 Agassi
Agassi puts himself on the brink of victory once again by pressing Hewitt into errors. The Australian looks exhausted by his previous efforts and wears a forlorn look when Agassi fires a forehand winner into the open court.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 2-4 Agassi
Hewitt refuses to make it easy for Agassi to consolidate the advantage, forcing the American to get involved in long draining rallies. But an Agassi backhand down the line saves break point before the sixth seed produces a superb drop shot to bring up game point which he duly takes.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 2-3 Agassi
Agassi suddenly rediscovers the form that saw him through the first two sets and stuns Hewitt by breaking. A wonderful drop volley puts Hewitt on the back foot again.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 2-2 Agassi
Agassi finds himself in trouble at 0-30 but he digs deep again to produce two enormous first serves and on game point plays a patient rally before rifling a forehand winner cross court.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 2-1 Agassi
Hewitt holds comfortably to 15, with Agassi struggling to contain his frustration.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 1-1 Agassi
Hewitt lets Agassi off the hook and fails to cement his current dominance by making a string of errors.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 1-0 Agassi
Agassi looks completely shaken and at 15-0 leaves a Hewitt shot that lands well inside the line. The Australian holds to love.


Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) Agassi
Hewitt rescues the set with a brilliant tiebreak as Agassi fails to lift his game when it counts. Hewitt finds his consistency and takes the set when Agassi sends a backhand wide.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-6 Agassi
Agassi does the unthinkable and breaks back, clinching it with a forehand that defies the belief of the crowd.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-5 Agassi
In an incredible turnaround, Hewitt breaks and will serve for set. Agassi saves two break points with some accurate serving but he nets a forehand to allow Hewitt back into the match.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 5-5 Agassi
Hewitt bravely holds serve as the crowd will Agassi onto victory. The Australian holds to love, with Agassi failing to control his groundstrokes.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 Agassi
Hewitt continues to make some unfamiliar errors and he lets Agassi off the hook by allowing the sixth seed to hold with some ease.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 4-4 Agassi
Agassi produces an audacious drop shot to save one game point but Hewitt replies with a brave angled forehand to level the set.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 3-4 Agassi
Hewitt shows admirable spirit by forcing three break points, a forehand winner bringing up 0-40. The Australian is denied twice but Agassi rifles a forehand beyond the baseline to concede his advantage.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 2-4 Agassi
Hewitt steels himself for one final push by holding serve as Agassi takes a breather.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 1-4 Agassi
Agassi holds to 15 with Hewitt still looking shell-shocked and making too many errors.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 1-3 Agassi
Hewitt stems the flow by holding, but it is far from comfortable for the struggling Australian.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 0-3 Agassi
Agassi delivers only his second ace of the match as he holds comfortably and stretches his lead.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 0-2 Agassi
Hewitt is forced to push for greater length and power on his shots but the gamble fails to pay off and Agassi gets the early break.

Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 0-1 Agassi
Agassi holds the first service game of a set for the first time in the match, refusing to allow his grip on the match slip.


Hewitt 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Agassi
Agassi puts the disappointment of losing a set point behind him in the tiebreak with an incredible rally at 1-1. Hewitt looks in control of the point when he reaches an Agassi drop shot and replies with one of his own. But Agassi chases it down and then flicks away a drive volley to send the crowd into raptures. Hewitt is clearly shaken and soon finds himself 5-2 down. But the Australian fights back to 5-5 before Hewitt throws in another error to gift Agassi set point. The longest rally of the match follows and Agassi finally takes a two-set lead when a Hewitt forehand lands in the net.

Hewitt 4-6 6-6 Agassi
More precision play from Agassi brings up his first set point but the sixth seed double faults and Hewitt needs no further encouragement. He fires a forehand passing shot to bring up break point and gets himself back into the set when Agassi sends a forehand into the net.

Hewitt 4-6 5-6 Agassi
A shaken Hewitt slumps to 0-30 when he puts an easy overhead into the bottom of the net. He gets himself further into trouble when he plays what looks like a winning drop volley but Agassi races to reach it and puts away a forehand which sends the crowd into a frenzy. The stadiumn erupts when Agassi breaks at the first opportunity with another winning forehand.

Hewitt 4-6 5-5 Agassi
Agassi levels the set, wearing Hewitt down with quality of his hitting. The power on Agassi's groundstrokes pushes Hewitt way behind the baseline from where the Australian can make no impact.

Hewitt 4-6 5-4 Agassi
Agassi's fighting spirit sees the American engineer two break-back points. The Australian saves the first with a superb backhand down the line and Agassi nets a backhand of his own to concede the second. However, the pressure tells on Hewitt and going for a big second serve on a third break point, he double-faults.

Hewitt 4-6 5-3 Agassi
Hewitt emits his first cry of "C'mon" as he clinches a break. Agassi makes a couple of unforced errors brought on by the Australian's ability to chase down everything and Hewitt pounces on the opportunity to serve for the set.

Hewitt 4-6 4-3 Agassi
Hewitt is coming back into the match, dictating the points more often. The quality of the rallies remains astounding.

Hewitt 4-6 3-3 Agassi
Agassi rifles another backhand down the line to move to 30-0 but a typically scrappy rally from Hewitt brings the Australian back into the game. Agassi simply refocuses and a deep backhand elicits a mistake from Hewitt.

Hewitt 4-6 3-2 Agassi
Hewitt holds comfortably as Agassi's intensity drops slightly.

Hewitt 4-6 2-2 Agassi
Agassi levels the set with a punishing service game, taking it to love.

Hewitt 4-6 2-1 Agassi
The errors that blighted Hewitt in the first set come back to haunt him and when the Australian sends a forehand wide, Agassi breaks back.

Hewitt 4-6 2-0 Agassi
Hewitt takes advantage of a dip in Agassi's form to break early in the set, as he did in the first.

Hewitt 4-6 1-0 Agassi
Hewitt steadies the ship by holding serve to love.


Hewitt 4-6 Agassi
The perfect game from Agassi who races into a 40-0 lead by dictating the points from the baseline. An ace clinches the set.

Hewitt 4-5 Agassi
Hewitt's error count now exceeds his winners and the Australian gets himself into trouble at 15-30. Agassi sends a return deep to Hewitt's feet to bring up two break points. Hewitt saves the first with an ace but after a long baseline rally, Agassi sends a forehand down the line and will serve for the first set.

Hewitt 4-4 Agassi
Hewitt produces a desperate lob which bounces in to win the first point but a couple of forehand errors allow Agassi to hold his serve.

Hewitt 4-3 Agassi
Hewitt holds serve with ease, stopping a run of games for Agassi. The atmosphere is already electric in the Arthur Ashe stadium, with Agassi commanding the vasy majority of the support.

Hewitt 3-3 Agassi
Hewitt again piles the pressure on and Agassi is forced to come up with some outrageous winners to hold onto his serve.

Hewitt 3-2 Agassi
Hewitt delivers his first double fault to fall to 0-30 and a scintillating forehand return from Agassi brings up three break points. The Las Vegan takes the first with another deep return which Hewitt cannot contend with.

Hewitt 3-1 Agassi
Agassi gets his name on the board, holding to 30, but it is far from easy as Hewitt demonstrates his usual fight.

Hewitt 3-0 Agassi
Hewitt survives a break point as Agassi begins to show glimpses of his best form but the top seed shuts the door.

Hewitt 2-0 Agassi
Hewitt produces a stunning forehand down the line to clinch a break at the first opportunity, with Agassi yet to find his familiar intensity.

Hewitt 1-0 Agassi
The first game looks like a taster of things to some, the two players engaging in some fascinating baseline rallies. Hewitt holds.

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