With defeat one curse word away, Andre Agassi staged a heck of a comeback.
Agassi overcame two code violations for profanity in the third set Tuesday and won the final four games to beat Wayne Ferreira 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.
The top-seeded Agassi tempered his tongue in the final 11 games, aware that a third code violation would mean defaulting the match.
"He should have been kicked off the court for the things he was saying," Ferreira said.
Responded Agassi: "That was about the only way he was going to beat me."
While Agassi got in the last word, U.S. teammate MaliVai Washington blew a late lead and lost to Sergi Bruguera of Spain 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 7-5.
Top-seeded Gigi Fernandez and Mary Joe Fernandez advanced to the doubles semifinals by beating Valda Lake and Clare Wood of England 6-2, 6-1. The Americans play Manon Bollegraf and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of Holland today.
Agassi argued about several calls, and after mis-hitting a shot in the first game of the final set, he shouted an obscenity in frustration. Chair umpire George Rustscheff gave Agassi a warning, his first code violation. He drew a second for berating Rustscheff with a stream of profanities during a changeover.
The chance of an all-American men's final evaporated when Washington blew a 5-3 lead in his final set. Washington, seeded fourth, served for the match at 5-4 but double-faulted on break point.
"Obviously, when you serve for the match and you've been holding pretty good throughout the match, you've got to do it, and I wasn't able to," Washington said.