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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

davenport, graf to meet


KEY BISCAYNE, Florida -- Lindsay Davenport, who nearly beat Steffi Graf earlier this month, will get another shot Thursday.

Davenport and Graf set up their rematch with quarterfinal victories Tuesday at the Lipton Championships.

Graf, after her fifth Lipton title, beat No. 5 Kimiko Date 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Davenport eliminated No. 3 Anke Huber, 6-0, 6-1.

In the semifinals at Indian Wells, California less than two weeks ago, Graf rallied to beat Davenport 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

"A great match," said Davenport, who is 0-3 against Graf. "It gave me confidence that I could win."

"We played for two hours and 45 minutes," Graf said. "We probably know each other's game pretty well."

In men's singles, won by a U.S. player every year since Ivan Lendl took the 1989 title, Americans earned six of the eight quarterfinal berths.

Defending champion Andre Agassi advanced by beating Canadian Sebastien Lareau 6-4, 6-4. It was the third-seeded Agassi's first straight-set win in three matches at Lipton.

No. 2 Pete Sampras eliminated No. 16 Todd Martin 6-3, 6-4.

"This is the best match I've played in a couple of weeks now," said Sampras, 24, shooting to regain the top ranking with a tournament victory here. "I was keen to play well this match, got off to a really good start and, as the match went on, started playing better and better."

Date erased seven set points in the first set before the top-seeded Graf took charge in a match that lasted an hour and 47 minutes. That's exactly one hour longer than Graf's rout of Mary Joe Fernandez the previous night.

"I don't think it will change my confidence," Graf said with a smile.

Davenport, seeded eighth, looked sharp in beating Huber.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)