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Agassi-Blake quarterfinal a compelling matchup

Updated: September 6, 2005, 12:46 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- On Monday, ageless Andre Agassi scuffled and shuffled his way into the 34th Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career. About three hours later, James Blake arrived dramatically in his very first.

At the U.S. Open, Agassi dispatched Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-2, while Blake took out No. 19 seed Tommy Robredo 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.

For Agassi and Blake, both matches were very much in doubt, and afterward it was impossible to gauge who was happier.

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