Roddick snatches Memphis thriller
Mon, 21 Feb 01:55:00 2011
Andy Roddick won the 30th title of his career with a diving forehand winner to cap a thrilling 7-6 6-7 7-5 win over red-hot Canadian Milos Raonic in the final of ATP Memphis.
The top seed ended any chance of a third straight tiebreak by winning the tournament with a diving down-the-line forehand pass into the open court that left him with a grazed arm.
"I was very fortunate today," Roddick said after the match during an on-court interview. "I feel like I got got outplayed for the better part of two-and-a-half hours today. I just stuck around and kept trying and that's all I could really do."
The 20-year-old Raonic, coming off his first tournament win last week at the San Jose Open, forced a third set be denying the American three match points in the second set.
Raonic, who burst onto the scene by reaching the fourth round of last month's Australian Open, had 32 aces in the final and set a tournament record with 129 in total.
While his courageous bid to win back-to-back titles fell short, he caught the attention of Roddick.
"Really really impressive," said the 28-year-old Roddick. "Coming from an old guy who has seen a lot of players, you have a very bright future and you have a lot to look forward to."
ATP Memphis - Final