Third-seeded Brad Gilbert beat top-seeded Andre Agassi, 6-1, 6-2, in a 59-minute match yesterday to advance to the Volvo-San Francisco tournament final. Gilbert had 12 aces in beating the 20-year-old defending champion.

Agassi called it his worst loss since falling to Pete Sampras in the U.S. Open final.

"He steamrolled me," said Agassi, who had beaten Gilbert in two of three previous meetings. "He has never served that well. Even the big servers in the game don't serve that well."

Gilbert will face the winner of last night's semifinal between sixth-seeded Darren Cahill and No. 7 Wally Masur, both of Australia. Cahill defeated No. 4 John McEnroe, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3, in a quarterfinal Friday night.

"I never got rolling," Agassi said. "There's not much you can do when he's playing that well. My second serve was a little weak. If he had given me a chance to get in {the match} it might have been different."

Gilbert faced only two break points in the match and broke Agassi twice each set.

"You have five days a year that no matter who you play you win," Gilbert said. "And you have eight days you can't beat anybody."

Milan Indoor ATP:

Eighth-seeded Alexander Volkov defeated fifth-seeded Jakob Hlasek, 6-3, 6-4, and Cristiano Caratti beat Carl-Uwe Steeb, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. In the third set, Caratti broke Steeb's serve in the sixth game and held his own to 6-3. Caratti, an unseeded 20-year-old Italian, upset top-seeded Ivan Lendl in the second round.

Down 0-40 in the ninth game of the first set, Volkov -- a baseliner -- charged the net and hit consecutive winning volleys to survive three break points and move ahead, 5-4. He then broke Hlasek to win the set.