Roddick Foils Federer at Sony Ericsson Open

by John on March 27, 2012

Andy Roddick stunned world No. 3 Roger Federer 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4 in a third-round matchup at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami last night, defeating the Swiss for just the third time in 24 career meetings. Two of Roddick’s wins over the 16-time Grand Slam champion have come at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. Since the U.S. Open, Federer has merely been the hottest player on the tour, winning six tournaments, including three this year, and posting a 40-2 record prior to last night’s loss. Roddick’s fortunes have been trending in the opposite direction. The hard-serving American has dropped from No. 8 in the world a year ago to a current No. 34. Roddick broke serve only once in the match, but held every service game in the opening and final sets. After losing the first set tiebreaker, Federer dialed in on his return, breaking Roddick three times to even the match at one-set all. Federer held to open the final set, but then squandered an opportunity to squeeze the vise grips on the American. Roddick, down 0/40 in the next game, saved four break points with clutch serving in what proved to be the turning point of the match. The 29-year-old American got the crucial break in the ensuing game. “It was kind of a game of chess,” Roddick said. “I stayed back on the returns, which is something I have not done with him often early on. I think he might have been a little surprised by it. He made the adjustments like he does because he’s Roger. He started coming in a lot and putting pressure on me, and it was 6-1 in the second and 0/40 early in the third. It was apparent that that wasn’t going to work much longer. So I said, ‘Well, all right. Let’s go over the top aggressive.’ I was able to get out of that game and play that really good game to break, and then my serve held up from there.” Roddick didn’t face a break point the rest of the way. After falling behind 15-30 in the final game, he sealed the win with an ace and two service winners. “I had my chances. I thought Andy did well to get the first, and then to put me in the situation I guess in the third,” Federer said. “I could have been up a break early in the third, but he did well also to fight off those break points. He served really well.”

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