could be three matches away from signing a million-dollar paycheck.|
Players of Armenian heritage continue to achieve successes at the last
of this year's Grand Slams, the US Open, which began August 25 in Flushing Meadows,
Andre Agassi and David Nalbandian have passed four rounds, to reach
the quarterfinals and are now among eight players fighting for the ATP points,
the trophy and $1 million.
After beating Alex Corretja from Spain and Andreas
Vinciquerra from Sweden in the first and second rounds Andre Agassi (seeded first)
from USA met with Yevgeni Kafelnikov from Russia (seeded 28) in the third round.
Agassi beat Kafelnikov 6-3, 7 (7)-6 (4), 6-4.
In fourth round Agassi defeated
American Taylor Dent 6 (5)-7 (7), 6-4, 7-5 victory over Dent, who retired after
the third set (injury).
Agassi meets No. 5 seed Argentinean Guillermo Coria
in his quarterfinal match.
Nalbandian, of Argentina, (seeded 13) gained
a 6-4, 7 (7)-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany in the
Nalbandian survived a tough second-round match against Jarkko
Nieminen of Finland, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 7(7)-6(3).
In the third round the
Argentinean Armenian beat Mark Philippoussis (seeded 20) from Australia 7-5, 6(10)-7(12),
6-3, 6-2, to enter the fourth round where he overcome the hardest obstacle of
his trip to the quarterfinals by gaining a 3-6, 7(7)-6(1), 6-4, 6-3 victory over
No. 2 seed Roger Federer from Switzerland.
In the quarterfinal match Nalbandyan
will be playing against Younes El Aynaoui from Morocco.
Unlike Agassi and
Nalbandian, Sargis Sargsyan, representing Armenia, (unseeded) managed to pass
only first round of the competition by beating American Amer Delic 4-6, 6-3, 6(3)-7(7),
In the second round he suffered a 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6(6)-7(8) defeat
from American James Blake.