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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Agassi Fells Kafelnikov To Set Up Semifinals

LISBON, Portugal — Andre Agassi stayed on course Thursday for a place in the semifinals with an impressive 6-1, 6-4 victory over Yevgeny Kafelnikov at the $3.7 million Masters Cup in Lisbon.

"It was certainly the best I've played in a long time," Agassi said. "My game started really firing on all cylinders today." Agassi is now 2-0.

Kafelnikov, the Olympic gold medalist in Sydney, fell to 1-1 after losing his 100th singles match of the year.

Agassi came into the tournament following a three-week layoff because of a hip injury. But he has played strong tennis and is close to clinching a place in the semifinals in the event he won in 1990.

"To win it here, you have to play like that every day. Guys know how to win here. Unless you play great again at the right time, it's not going to happen," Agassi said.

The eight players are divided into two groups, with the top two advancing into the semifinals from the round-robin portion.

He got off to a jump start and rolled through the first set, hitting winners off seemingly unreachable balls that had Kafelnikov shaking his head in disbelief.

The Russian put up more of a challenge in the second set but fell a break down at the start and never managed to recover. He had 37 unforced errors, with Agassi making only 11.

"It's been a long time since I've put together two good matches back-to-back," Agassi said.

"I don't think I played a terrible match," Kafelnikov said. "He didn't give me a chance to play my game because he was solid, he was sharp. His groundstrokes were very effective.

"What impressed me the most is that he was holding his serve very comfortably, which quite surprised me. I only had one break point in the whole match. That's very unusual for me," the Russian said.

Agassi has now won the last five meetings against Kafelnikov and leads 7-4 in their career showdowns. Agassi beat Kafelnikov to win the Australian Open in January, when Kafelnikov was defending the title.