Roddick Defeats Berdych for Sony Ericsson Title

by John on April 5, 2010

Andy Roddick defeated Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4 in Miami yesterday to win the Sony Ericsson Open. The big-serving American kept Berdych off balance with sliced backhands, change-of-pace forehands, occasional forays to the net and 13 aces. Roddick, the No. 6 seed, had Berdych so befuddled that at one point the big Czech lost track of the score while serving. The title was Roddick’s second of the year, 29th of his career and fifth Masters Series shield. Roddick, who improved to an ATP Tour best 26-4 in 2010, edged Rafael Nadal in the semis on Friday in a masterful three-set match. Berdych, seeded No. 16, blitzed Robin Soderling in straight sets in the other semifinal, two days after defeating top-seed Roger Federer in the fourth round. The win was especially sweet for Roddick, since he lost in the final at Indian Wells two weeks ago. “The last month has been real good for me,” Roddick said. “I’ve played well on the big moments. 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. It’s all encouraging.” Roddick never faced a break point on his serve, while varying the speed and not just relying on the big heater. “He was just too strong today,” Berdych said. “He’s not just serving the big bombs. His variations of the serve are a really big improvement. I was really looking for maybe to get one chance, but he held pretty well. I didn’t get any chances during the whole match.” Roddick hit 62 percent of his first serves, while Berdych had a sub-par day, connecting on just 49 percent of his first deliveries. Berdych was broken twice — in the 11th game of the first set and the opening game of the second. The 27-year-old Roddick moved up one spot to No. 7 in Monday’s new ATP Rankings. “It was a pretty good day,” Roddick said. “But it wasn’t really serving — the rest of it was pretty clean.”

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