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Federer earns final date with Agassi

Houston: Wimbledon champion Roger Federer overwhelmed world No. 1 Andy Roddick 7-6, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of ATP Masters Cup and a showdown with Andre Agassi.

Earlier in the day, Agassi produced yet another magical comeback to beat Germanyís Rainer Schuettler 5-7, 6-0, 6-4 and leave himself on the brink of capturing his first Masters title since his debut at the year-end finale 13 years ago.

The 22-year-old Swiss needed just 62 minutes to crush hopes of an all-American final, humbling a helpless Roddick in front of his home fans.

A perfect 4-0 heading into Sundayís final, one more win will not only give Federer his seventh title of the season and the winnerís purse of $1.52 million but will push the Swiss up to No. 2 in the world rankings ahead of Spainís Juan Carlos Ferrero.

ďIím playing for something, Iím not stuck at number three, I still have room to improve,Ē Federer said.

Federer will carry a considerable age advantage on the 33 year-old Agassi. But Agassi has displayed unparalleled determination this week as he looks to end the season on a high note.

Doubles title for Bryans

Top-ranked American twins Bob and Mike Bryan outlasted Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 on Saturday to capture the ATP Masters Doubles Cup.

The Bryans needed a tense three hours and 15 minutes to complete a breakout campaign that also included their first Grand Slam win at the French Open. (Reuters)

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