Marat Safin ended the hopes of a title repeat for crowd-pleasing Andre Agassi, sending the second seed to his first career defeat at the 2.425-million-dollar Madrid &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/sport/2000/12/01/1243.html ' target=_blank>Masters.
The 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) loss was Agassi's first defeat at the Rockodromo having won the inaugural title here in 2002 and he did not play in 2003.
Safin will face off Sunday against fourth seed David Nalbandian, who tamed the big-serve threat of Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-4 to reach his second title shot of the season, says Channel News Asia.
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