Roddick wins second Miami Masters

Eurosport - Sun, 04 Apr 19:55:00 2010

Andy Roddick outclassed Tomas Berdych to beat the Czech 7-5 6-4 and clinch the 29th title of his career in the final of the Miami Masters.

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Two breaks of serve in three games gave the 2004 champion control of the match as he clinched the first set 7-5, then immediately stamped his authority on the second in ruthless fashion.

A fervent atmosphere was generated on the Stadium court, and both players looked very fired up as they traded blows from the outset, each settling into their serving rhythm with ease as Roddick, who went to high school in South Florida, was given a raucous reception at every opportunity.

Neither player encountered any early alarms as the first five games of the opening set passed serenely with each holding serve with the utmost efficiency.

The last time the pair met on the hard courts of San Jose, the 27-year-old prevailed courtesy of two tie-breaks, but Berdych was finally broken in the 11th game as the American seized the initiative.

The Czech survived a break point at 30-40, but the relentless Roddick forced the error after deuce as the 16th seed went long with a forehand, and he sealed the crucial break.

Roddick served out for the first set with consummate ease, holding to love and clinching the set in the most emphatic fashion: a booming ace down the T.

The American immediately seized control of the second set as Berdych was broken from 30-40 as the Czech overhit a forehand under immense pressure from his opponent, and the ruthless Roddick rammed home his advantage.

Berdych pushed his opponent all the way in the following game as the 16th seed took Roddick to deuce with some intense harrying at the back of the court, but the home favourite consolidated his break with a clenched fist.

The Czech saved two Championship points on his serve with a huge first serve and a forehand down the line, respectively, and the crowd appreciated his efforts in forcing the sixth seed to serve out for the title at 5-4.

Roddick duly completed the job with a clinical service hold to close out the win, and clinch the Miami Masters title at Key Biscayne for the second time as Berdych's fine run was finally brought to a shuddering halt.

"Obviously it's a big title for me. I felt a little bit of pressure to win this one, because I had a pretty good opportunity in Indian Wells and didn't come through there," said Roddick, who also triumphed in Brisbane in January.

"I think just the last month has been real good for me."

Berdych said: "He was really good today. He was really strong, serving well I was looking to get one chance or maybe one is enough.

"But he held pretty well. I didn't get a chance during the whole match."

Roddick agreed.

"I've played well on the big moments. Haven't had an off day mentally. I've been able to execute. I've been able to have a game plan and execute it regardless of what kind of shots it takes. So it's all good." said the world number eight.

Dan Quarrell / Eurosport

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