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Last Updated: Friday, 5 September, 2003, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Gamewatch: Agassi v Coria
Game by game analysis as world number one Andre Agassi defeats fifth seed Guillermo Coria in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Final score: Agassi 6-4 6-3 7-5 Coria

Third set:

Agassi 6-4 6-3 7-5 Coria
A seventh ace down the middle gives Agassi a fifth match point and he makes no mistake this time, powering away a forehand to see off the fifth seed.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 6-5 Coria
The effort appears to have been too much for Coria who immediately faces two break points. He saves the first with a winning forehand and the second with a stinging first serve. He cannot repeat the trick on a third and overhits a backhand to face imminent defeat once more.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 5-5 Coria
Agassi has three more match points but Coria is still not ready to give in. The American smashes an easy forehand into the net on the second and Coria pounces to break back.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 5-4 Coria
Agassi forces his first match point as he looks to avoid serving out the win, but Coria is in no mood to lie down. The American goes wide with a backhand to keep Coria's hopes just about alive.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 5-3 Coria
Agassi edges closer to the semi-finals, frustrating Coria's attempts to outhit the American.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 4-3 Coria
To his credit, Coria will not give up despite the mountain facing him. He holds but it is Agassi who remains in complete control.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 4-2 Coria
Agassi makes it three love service games in a row as Coria once again relies on finishing points quickly.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 3-2 Coria
Agassi has an opportunity to earn a break point but can only slap a routine forehand into the net. However he gets the better of a dubious line call and forces the break.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 2-2 Coria
Agassi makes it 11 points in a row on serve.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 1-2 Coria
Coria stays in the hunt but he needs to make an impact on his opponent's serve.

Agassi 6-4 6-3 1-1 Coria
Agassi replies with an easy service hold. Can he close it out in three sets?

Agassi 6-4 6-3 0-1 Coria
Coria is forced to battle in his first service game but from deuce he takes command with some accurate serving.

Second set:

Agassi 6-4 6-3 Coria
Coria battles hard to avoid a two-set deficit but Agassi is equal to everything. The American wins the best point of the match so far with a perfectly weighted lob to take complete control.

Agassi 6-4 5-3 Coria
Agassi earns a break point when Coria goes wide with a forehand and he takes advantage in fine style. The American changes the pace with a drop shot which Coria can only plant long.

Agassi 6-4 4-3 Coria
Coria's fitness remains the key to the match. He looks sprightly as he chases down a series of angled drives from Agassi but the American moves ahead to put the pressure back on his opponent.

Agassi 6-4 3-3 Coria
Coria has a spring in his step now, despite the injury, and leaps into a backhand to take control of the game.

Agassi 6-4 3-2 Coria
Agassi ventures forward again for a volley to clinch a comfortable game.

Agassi 6-4 2-2 Coria
Coria lifts himself and plays a superb game, holding to love with some stunning hitting.

Agassi 6-4 2-1 Coria
Coria is reduced to trying to win points on the first shot, but the tactic fails and Agassi holds to 15.

Agassi 6-4 1-1 Coria
Coria looks to have given up altogether as Agassi easily earns two break points, but the Argentine proves he has some fight left in him and holds on.

Agassi 6-4 1-0 Coria
Coria is unable to make any impact on the Agassi serve and appears to be increasingly bothered by his thigh injury.

First set:

Agassi 6-4 Coria
Agassi steps up his game and plunders the first two points before Coria goes agonisingly wide with a backhand to gift his opponent two set points. He cannot take either but earns a third by chasing down an ill-advised drop shot from Coria. Amazingly, the Argentine tries another with the same result and Agassi takes the set.

Agassi 5-4 Coria
Despite the apparent injury, Coria is the more impressive player - an outrageous backhand down the line putting Agassi on the back foot straight away. The top seed staves off a break point with his second ace and clings on.

Agassi 4-4 Coria
Coria produces a stunning lob over the advancing Agassi to take control of the game and goes on to hold easily once more.

Agassi 4-3 Coria
Coria goes on the attack, standing well inside the baseline and whipping away a backhand winner to move to 0-30, but Agassi replies with four perfectly contructed points to survive.

Agassi 3-3 Coria
Coria appears to be struggling slightly with a thigh injury, but his serve holds firm and he levels the set.

Agassi 3-2 Coria
Agassi holds comfortably to get back on serve in the set.

Agassi 2-2 Coria
Agassi shrugs off the delay to break back immediately, using his heavy groundstrokes to thwart Coria.

Coria receives treatment from the trainer on a cut to his thumb.

Agassi 1-2 Coria
Coria is already beginning to trouble Agassi with his speed around the court, and under pressure the American double-faults to hand his opponent a break point. Agassi nets a backhand to put Coria in charge early on.

Agassi 1-1 Coria
Coria is upset by a line call which puts him down 15-30 but he responds with his first ace of the match and produces a brilliant passing shot to see off the danger.

Agassi 1-0 Coria
Agassi is off to a flying start, approaching the net to put away an easy volley before serving out for an easy hold.

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