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Tennis: Henman Ousts Roddick, Gonzalez Beats Agassi in Legg Mason Tournament - 2003-08-03


Britain's Tim Henman and Fernando Gonzalez of Chile have advanced to the finals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. Henman made the final by ousting second-seed Andy Roddick while Gonzalez beat his boyhood hero and world number-one Andre Agassi of the United States.

Henman dropped the first set to Andy Roddick, 6-1, but the British player, who last won a tournament more than a year ago, was able to bounce back and win the match 6-3, 7-6, allowing Roddick only one point in the tiebreaker.

The British player is looking for his first tournament win since coming back from shoulder surgery. Henman said he looks forward to taking on Gonzalez and does not have any plans to change his game against the Chilean.

"Whoever I play I just worry about my own game and go out there and continue to the way I have been playing. And have fun. And that is certainly what I did today and hopefully it can be a similar result," Henman said.

Mr. Henman will take on fourth-seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, who was able to hold off a determined comeback by world number-one Andre Agassi of the United States, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. Gonazlez led the third set 5-2 at one point, but Agassi was able to draw even, only to lose in the tiebreaker.

Gonzalez has played Henman three times and beaten him twice. The Chilean said he does not plan to make any major changes for Sunday's final. "I have more chances if we play on the baseline. Today I have less chances with that, and that is why I tried to make Andre [Agassi] come to the net. So tomorrow I have to try to put a lot of my first serves in and then 'let's play'," Mr. Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez and Henman last met at the Tennis Masters Series in Cincinnati, Ohio last year. Gonzalez won the match in straight sets. The winner of Sunday's match takes home more than $74,000.

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