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Tennis: Roddick, Mirnyi Face Off at Cincinnati Masters Semifinals - 2003-08-16


Rising American tennis player Andy Roddick and Max Mirnyi of Belarus play Saturday in the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament in Ohio.

Roddick powered his way into the semifinals Friday, easily beating Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta in 59 minutes 6-1, 6-2. The seventh seeded American is one of only two surviving seeds out of 16.

Roddick is aiming for his fifth title from his last eight tournaments. The American is coming off a victory last Sunday at the Canada Masters.

Mirnyi advanced after upsetting sixth-seeded Guillermo Coria of Argentina in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.

Eighth seeded German Rainer Schuetter and American Mardy Fish will play in the tournament's other semifinal Saturday.

Schuetter defeated American Robby Ginepri in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, and Fish knocked off Argentine David Nalbandian 7-6, 6-3 to advance Friday.

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