Friday, August 09, 2002
Where are you going? Roddick: Final 8
12th seed wins quickly, makes DMB concert
By Neil Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MASON Either Andre Agassi or Lleyton Hewitt will emerge from a titanic quarterfinal tonight as the favorite to win the Western & Southern Financial Masters. But there are intriguing challengers lurking in the draw.
Andy Roddick makes a fist as he reacts to winning a point against Wayne Ferreira.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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Play went according to form Thursday, putting five seeded players in the quarters. The best challenge to the Agassi-Hewitt winner would seem to be 12th seed Andy Roddick.
Roddick, who leads the tour this year with 47 victories, is living a charmed life. He beat Wayne Ferreira so quickly Thursday night 6-3, 6-2 in 55 minutes that he was able to hurry to Riverbend to catch his favorite act, the Dave Matthews Band.
I went in with the mind-set that I wasn't going, but I played well enough (to make it), he said.
Matthews had come to see Roddick play tennis a day earlier. Roddick will meet Fernando Gonzalez tonight after the Agassi-Hewitt match, which begins at 7 p.m.
Roddick beat Gonzalez 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) in their only previous meeting, earlier this year on clay.
No. 16 seed Carlos Moya will face Rainer Schuettler at 1p.m., followed by No. 8 Juan Carlos Ferrero against qualifier Wayne Arthurs.
Schuettler, a 26-year-old German, leads his series with Moya 4-1. Moya, a former No.1 player who struggled for years with a back injury, is returning to form. The 25-year-old Spaniard beat American Michael Chang 6-4, 6-3 Thursday.
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