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TENNIS ROUNDUP : Agassi Shows He’s Still Tough on Hard Courts

From Associated Press

Even after fending off two match points and rallying to defeat Richard Krajicek, Andre Agassi refused to give himself much credit for winning the Volvo International title.

“I just got a little lucky, that’s all,” he said, after beating the Netherlands’ Krajicek, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, in Sunday’s final at New Haven, Conn.

“There’s no excuse for me to win this match,” Agassi said. “I was down match point twice against a guy serving bombs.”

Agassi has won four consecutive titles and seven this year, a career best. The $150,000 prize pushed his 1995 earnings to $1,992,946.

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The victory also improved Agassi’s record on hard courts to 46-2 and came eight days before the start of the U.S. Open, in which he will defend his title in the year’s final Grand Slam tournament.

He has reached the final in every hard-court event he has played this year and hasn’t lost a match on the surface this summer.

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Sweden’s Thomas Enqvist won his fourth title of the year, defeating Bernd Karbacher of Germany, 6-4, 6-3, at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis.

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The victory improved Enqvist’s hardcourt record this summer to 18-4, and lifted him into the Top 10 in the world rankings.

Karbacher, ranked 27th, fought his way into his first hard-court final with victories over second-ranked Pete Sampras and No. 17 Todd Martin.


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