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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 September, 2003, 00:22 GMT 01:22 UK
Gamewatch: Agassi v Dent
Andre Agassi goes through to the quarter-finals of the US Open as Taylor Dent retires hurt with the match two sets to one in Agassi's favour.

Current score: Agassi 6-7 6-4 7-5 Dent (Dent retires hurt)


Third set:

Agassi 6-7 6-4 7-5 Dent
Dent serves up his 12th double fault and lets in Agassi at 30-30. The top seed slams the ball in to the net to miss out on his first set-point.

It is the 22-year-old's turn to shoot it in to the net and he surrenders the second set.

Dent immediately goes to the umpire's chair and retires from the match hurt two sets to one down.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 6-5 Dent
Dent gets in to the net more as once again Agassi has to rely too much on his second serve but the top seed is able to hold to 30.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 5-5 Dent
The two players engage in a thrilling rally which Dent wins by cutting off Agassi's cross-court forehand at 30-30. The young American holds.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 5-4 Dent
Agassi gets Dent moving around the court again to test out his injured leg and the young American cannot respond winning no points.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 4-4 Dent
The young American limps back onto the court and he too mixes up the good with the bad. After a double fault he stabs over a neat backhand volley before tucking away more points at the net to hold.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 4-3 Dent
Agassi seems unable to play any sort of consistent tennis as he hits a string of mis-hits to go to deuce.

The top seed stands his ground to hold but it is not easy going out there.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 3-3 Dent
Dent double faults and then Agassi produces a stunning return of serve at 30-30.

The pressure might be telling on Dent as he serves up another double serve before Agassi goes down the line to break back at a crucial time.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 2-3 Dent
Agassi seems troubled on his serve and wracks up another double fault to go to deuce.

The top seed is able to hold but that is more because of Dent's errors than his own consistency.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 1-3 Dent
Dent receives more treatment on his right thigh and this time he gets it taped up, all inside the 60-second changeover.

The 22-year-old does try to get forward more and as Agassi makes some uncharacteristic mis-hits, Dent holds to 30.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 1-2 Dent
The momentum of the match seems to be swinging between the two players as Dent now grabs three break points.

The 33-year-old staves off two but his first serves are letting him down again and Dent breaks again.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 1-1 Dent
Agassi feels it is his turn to up the pace as he lashes down some forehands at full stretch to break to 30.

Agassi 6-7 6-4 0-1 Dent
Agassi gifts Dent two points to slip 0-30 down and the 22-year-old moves into the net to make it 0-40.

The top seed is easily broken in the first game as Dent drops a shot down the line as Agassi goes the wrong way.

Second set:

Agassi 6-7 6-4 Dent
Agassi conjures a perfect lob to steal the first point from the Dent serve. Some immaculate tennis from the top seed sees him move to three set-points.

Dent shoots wide to hand Agassi the set but it seems clear that the young American is carrying an injury.

Agassi 6-7 5-4 Dent
The young American's tactics have clearly changed as he is no longer attacking Agassi's serve.

That plays into the top seed's hands as he makes short work of the game, holding to love.

Agassi 6-7 4-4 Dent
Dent looks to have found his rhythm again as he holds comfortably.

Agassi 6-7 4-3 Dent
The top seed makes a struggling Dent dash around the court, spraying his forehands all over the court and he holds to 15.

Agassi 6-7 3-3 Dent
Dent receives some treatment on his leg during the changeover and Agassi tries to take advantage by grabbing a break point.

Dent saves for deuce but he is limping around the court and a double fault hands the top seed a break straight back.

Agassi 6-7 2-3 Dent
Last year's finallist is made to work hard particularly as his own serves are nowhere near the strength of Dent's.

His lack of power combined with Dent's energy on the court hand the young American a vital break in the fifth game.

Agassi 6-7 2-2 Dent
Dent continues to frustrate Agassi with his powerful serves and Agassi is having to dig deep to find the passing shot. The young American holds to 30.

Agassi 6-7 2-1 Dent
The top seed produces a strong service game to hold to love.

Agassi 6-7 1-1 Dent
Agassi looks back to form as he fires down some pinpoint passing shots to take the game to deuce.

But Dent produces some stunning serves to hold.

Agassi 6-7 1-0 Dent
Agassi does well to hold serve on the first game after the second rain-break as Dent continues to look threatening.

First set:
Agassi 6-7 Dent
Agassi serves up another double fault to hand Dent a mini-break at 2-1.

A wonderful lob by Agassi sails over Dent to see it go back on serve.

The young American snatches another point from Agassi to go 5-3 up before smashing to grab a second set point.

Agassi saves the first while Dent wildly flays another chance wild at 6-5. But a solid second serve sees him win the first set.

Agassi 6-6 Dent
The world number one double-faults for the second time in the match to give Dent a glimmer of a break.

The 22-year-old looks lively and manages to take Agassi to a second deuce.

He gets the better of the top seed in a long baseline rally for set-point but Agassi fires a backhand winner down the line to save. Another brilliant shot by the world number one sets up the tie-break.

Agassi 5-6 Dent
The young American produces some strong serves and gets in to the net to try and frustrate the great baseliner Agassi.

Dent's serves are up around the 130mph-mark and the top seed struggles as Dent holds to edge a 6-5 lead.

Agassi 5-5 Dent
The players return after a little over an hour off court and Dent seizes the chance to break him straight back for 5-5.

Agassi 5-4 Dent
Agassi's returns fly past Dent in the blink of an eye as he raises his game a notch to secure the first break of serve at the crucial point in the first set.

The drizzle returns though and the players leave the court.

Agassi 4-4 Dent
The top seed sends a couple of backhands into the net early on to give Dent a chance of a breakthrough.

But Dent is unable to capitalise and Agassi regains his composure to seal the game.

Agassi 3-4 Dent
Dent's volleying at the net is faultless with the 23-year-old looking comfortable against Agassi's returns.

Agassi 3-3 Dent
Agassi recovers well after saving break point with an exquisite cross court forehand, but Dent's chip-and-charge tactics are certainly causing him some concern.

Agassi 2-3 Dent
Dent finds his rhythm and gives Agassi little chance with some huge serves.

There is an eerie atmosphere in an almost-deserted Arthur Ashe court after the rain delays.

Agassi 2-2 Dent
Agassi holds serve well and is placing the ball well with his passing shots on the forehand.

Agassi 1-2 Dent
This is shaping up to be a classic confrontation between the big server against the master returner.

Dent holds serve with the help of some thunderous aces, but some of Agassi's returns will give him food for thought.

Agassi 1-1 Dent
Agassi hits the ground running and holds serve without difficulty although Dent's powerful groundstrokes look likely to be a major feature.

Agassi 0-1 Dent
Dent looks rusty after a seven-hour rain delay and serves four double faults before eventually securing the opening game of the match.




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