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Andy Roddick Powers Into Memphis Final
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:39pm PST USA
Andy Roddick Powers Into Memphis Final MEMPHIS--Saturday at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships semifinals, the top seeded Andy Roddick of the USA outhit the unseeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 to reach Sunday’s final.

In the championship match Sunday, Roddick meets the unseeded Milos Raonic of Canada, who earlier in the day topped the fourth seeded Mardy Fish of the USA 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Del Potro was unable to overcome a slow start as he went down a break of serve early in the match 0-3.

Andy Roddick of the USA | Image: AP

Sunday not before 3:00pm CST USA: Andy Roddick (USA) vs Milos Raonic (CAN)

A Roddick ace down the tee on set point sealed the first set after 37 minutes of play.

The South American went up an early break in the second set to post a 2-0 lead before he would then drop the next four games to fall behind 2-4.

Roddick, mixing overpowering forehands and slice backhands to keep del Potro on the run, controlled much of the match as several errors from del Potro would prove costly.

"He played really well. He served really well," del Potro said.

"I think he played much better than me in the important moments, especially on the break points. And that was the key."

A 133 miles per hour Roddick serve down the tee forced a del Potro forehand return error on matchpoint to end the one hour and thirty-four minutes long match.

"This is probably the best match I've played this year including Australia," Roddick said.

"I played one bad game, but besides that. I was making his holds tough ones. I played pretty good defense. I attacked when I had to. I played pretty smart... mixed up some serve and volley. I didn't let him get a rhythm. If he sets up for enough balls and gets a rhythm, he can hit it probably harder than anybody. So I was happy with the way I played today."

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