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Agassi Wins First Title in 17 Months

August 09, 2004|From Associated Press

MASON, Ohio — A resurgent Andre Agassi defeated 10th-seeded Lleyton Hew- itt, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, on Sunday to win the Cincinnati Masters tournament.

"This certainly gives me a new life," Agassi said. "I came into this week with a lot of questions. So for me to end up winning was beyond what I could have expected."

Agassi, seeded 11th, beat 21-year-old Andy Roddick in the semifinals, then wore down Hewitt, a 23-year-old Australian, on Sunday.

"It's been a tough 24 hours, but my body held up great," said Agassi, 34.

He broke Hewitt's serve three times, after Hewitt had been broken only once in five matches.

Agassi is the oldest ATP Tour winner since Jimmy Connors won consecutive titles when he was 37 in 1989.

The win is Agassi's first in 17 months. He hadn't reached an ATP final since November at the Tennis Masters Cup.

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