Friday, August 09, 2002

Where are you going? Roddick: Final 8

12th seed wins quickly, makes DMB concert

By Neil Schmidt,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Andy Roddick makes a fist as he reacts to winning a point against Wayne Ferreira.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        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.

        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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