Roger Federer and Andy Roddick pulled out three-set victories yesterday to set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 final at the Thailand Open in Bangkok.
Top-ranked Federer got past Thai star Paradorn Srichaphan, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, in the first semifinal. Roddick outlasted Marat Safin, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (7-0), 7-6 (7-2), in a matchup between past U.S. Open champions.
There were no service breaks in the Roddick-Safin semifinal, and each player only faced a single break point. Both pounded 18 aces and put in nearly 60 percent of their first serves.
"I tried to be aggressive, but he was more aggressive than me in the first set," Roddick said. "So I just went for my shots and got lucky in my second serves. I tried to serve well, because he played better from the baseline.". . .
Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters's comeback from left wrist surgery stalled after she quit in pain while losing to Elena Bovina in the Gaz de France Stars semifinals in Hasselt, Belgium.
At 2-2 in the second set, after about an hour of play, Clijsters decided her wrist was bothering her too much to continue. She lost the first set 6-4.
The third-seeded Bovina will meet top-seeded Elena Dementieva in an all-Russian final today. Dementieva, the U.S. Open and French Open runner-up, beat unseeded Maria Elena Camerin of Italy, 6-3, 6-3. . . .
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova routed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, 6-0, 6-2, to advance to the Korea Open final in Seoul.
* SOCCER: Arsenal extended its unbeaten streak in the English Premier League to 48 games, getting two goals from Thierry Henry in a 4-0 victory over Charlton and bouncing back from a Champions League tie.
Freddie Ljungberg and Jose Antonio Reyes scored the other goals in the home victory, a big turnaround from the 1-1 result against Norway's Rosenborg on Wednesday. Arsenal has scored 26 goals in eight league games; second-place Chelsea has only seven in seven games. Seventh-place Newcastle has the next highest, with 14 goals.
"I take extra pleasure when you score goals because it gives you a more relaxed game," Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said. "When the players play with freedom in their minds, the game becomes really enjoyable to watch." . . .
American DaMarcus Beasley scored a breakaway goal as PSV Eindhoven brushed aside FC Groningen, 3-0.
Beasley escaped down the left side and drove in the game's second goal midway through the first half. He shrugged off an attempted shirt pull to head straight for the goal, and beat goalkeeper Bas Roorda.
PSV is in first place in the Dutch Premier League, with 17 points. . . .
Michael Ballack scored a goal and broke an opponent's nose in Bayern Munich's 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen in a meeting between two of the German league's best teams. Ballack accidentally elbowed Germany defender Frank Fahrenhorst in the nose, sending him to the hospital in the second minute.
* RUNNING: Germany's Jens Lukas won a 154-mile race from Athens to Sparta, along the route of an ancient Greek messenger who inspired the marathon. Lukas completed the run in 25 hours 49 minutes 56 seconds. The race, known as the Spartathlon, featured about 185 competitors from 30 countries.
-- From News Services