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AGASSI ENTERS SEMIS

Andre Agassi was greeted by a banner before his quarterfinal match at the Madrid Masters saying: "Agassi, thanks for keeping on playing. Spain loves u!!!"

Then he assured fans of having at least one more chance to watch him, rallying from a set behind and fighting off six break points early in the second set to knock out the last Spaniard in the field.

Agassi, seeded second, defeated Tommy Robredo, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2, and will play No. 3 Marat Safin of Russia in one of today's semifinals.

Safin beat Peru's Luis Horna, 6-4, 6-4.

Ivan Ljubicic, an unseeded Croatian, and David Nalbandian of Argentina will meet in the other semifinal.

Ljubicic edged No. 7 Joachim Johansson of Sweden in three tiebreakers, while No. 4 Nalbandian beat American Taylor Dent in straight sets.

Agassi is playing in his first tournament since reaching the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Sept. 9, when he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in five sets. Agassi is one of five players battling for a spot in the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston next month.

Clijsters, Hewitt split

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt called off their wedding, according to her Web site.

"Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt jointly decided to put an end to their relationship for private reasons. The announced wedding has been canceled as well," a statement on www.kimclijsters.com read Friday.

The couple -- both are former No. 1 players -- planned to get married in February in Australia. They got engaged last year.

Clijsters has been injured for most of the season while Hewitt reached the U.S. Open final.

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