Agassi, Roddick cruise to quarters

Defending champion Andy Roddick overwhelmed 15th seed Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 6-3 in 53 minutes on Thursday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Second seed Andy Roddick stayed on course for a successful defence of his Cincinnati Masters crown after crushing Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 6-3 in the third round on Thursday. Roddick hit 12 aces against the 15th seed and has now won 24 of his last 26 matches, losing only to world number one Roger Federer at Wimbledon and last week in Toronto. Tommy Robredo needed a pair of tiebreaks to get past big-serving Briton Greg Rusedski. The Spaniard won the first set seven points to four and dropped only two points in winning the second tiebreak. Robredo now faces Fabrice Santoro of France. Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt thrashed fifth seed Tim Henman 6-1 6-4 to register his eighth victory over the Briton in as many attempts. Henman was possibly suffering from fatigue following his second round match against Hicham Arazi that finished in the early hours of Thursday morning, and he could never match the energy, intensity and mobility of the Australian. "Yeah, I felt I played pretty consistent out there today. I stepped it up every match throughout this tournament. I knew it was going to be a tough ask for him to comeback after having had such a tough match against Arazi late last night and I tried to get off to a good start and I was able to do that," said Hewitt. The 34-year-old 11th seed Andre Agassi reached his first quarter-final in five months with a revitalised performance that enabled him to overcome 17th-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3 6-3. Agassi now lines up in a battle of former world number ones against Carlos Moya, who had to fight hard to get past lucky loser Wayne Arthurs. "Yeah, it was one of those few days you get where you start in control and you keep the lead the whole match. I felt really good about the way I was hitting the ball and striking it convincingly and going for my shots and served well, so it was all pretty good tonight," said Agassi. Tommy Haas of Germany was forced to dig deep to record a 6-3 5-7 6-4 win over Robin Soderling of Sweden in a night match. (AP)