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Roddick beats Berdych to win Sony Ericsson Open

 Andy Roddick returns the ball to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during the final of the Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Su...
 Roger Wood, left, and Cindy Chambless , right,  of Austin, Tx. cheer as Andy Roddick of the United States walks onto the court  before the final agai...

Key Biscayne Tennis

Andy Roddick returns the ball to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during the final of the Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Su...

Key Biscayne Tennis

Roger Wood, left, and Cindy Chambless , right, of Austin, Tx. cheer as Andy Roddick of the United States walks onto the court before the final agai...

Andy Roddick used a dominating serve and a smart baseline game to beat Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4 and win the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday.
Roddick coaxed an errant backhand from Berdych on championship point, and responded to the crowd's cheers with a thumbs-up. He improved to 26-4 this year, the best record on the men's tour. He also won the tournament in 2004. This was his fifth Masters 1000 title, his first since 2006.
Roddick, seeded sixth, varied the pace on his groundstrokes to keep Berdych off balance while committing only 16 unforced errors. He had 13 aces and never faced a break point. Roddick lost only seven points on his serve in the second set and dropped just two service games in the tournament.
Roddick's slice backhand repeatedly forced the 6-foot-5 Berdych to hit the ball at ankle level, robbing his forehand of power. While searching to find a rhythm with his strokes, Berdych also lost track of the score in the ninth game, lining up to serve from the wrong side.
The match turned two games later, when Roddick reached break point for the first time. He broke when Berdych hit a forehand out, then held to love to take the first set.
That was part of a streak where Roddick won five consecutive games. He broke again to start the second set when Berdych hit another errant forehand.
The 16th-seeded Berdych, playing in only his second Masters 1000 final, made just 48 percent of his first serves. He reached deuce on Roddick's serve only once.
The net game that helped Roddick beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals wasn't much of a factor. He won only eight of 16 points at the net.
Roddick earned $605,500. Berdych received $295,500.


Updated : 2021-04-18 23:14 GMT+08:00