Lawn Tennis
Roger Federer Steamrolls Andy Roddick But Both Advance
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Friday, November 16, 2007 8:45am CST USA
Roger Federer Steamrolls Andy Roddick But Both Advance Roger Federer Steamrolls Andy Roddick But Both Advance
Photos by Andrew Wong/Getty, Ng Han Guan/AP
Shanghai--( Friday at the Masters Cup in the final round of round robin play, world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland put on a dazzling display as he defeated American Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-2 in only 61 minutes.

Federer finished the match having hit more than twice as many winners than a visibly upset Roddick. The two players could meet again Sunday's final as both players have advanced to Saturday's semifinals.

Key Statistics:
Winners from Roger Federer: 33
Winners from Andy Roddick: 14
Errors from Roger Federer: 13
Errors from Andy Roddick: 11

Roddick had entered today's match with a plan to attack Federer with aggressive tennis, but it was Federer on the attack straight away. After Federer hit a forehand volley winner into the open court at 1 all in set one, Roddick doublefaulted to lose serve to fall to 1-2.

One break of serve was all Federer would need in the first set as he sprinted to set point. Another forehand volley winner from Federer and the set was his.

Netplay continued to be decisive in set two. In the first game while serving, Roddick netted a forehand volley while Federer made yet another of his almost effortless forehand volley winners. Knowing the early loss of serve to be most likely lethal, Roddick slammed a tennis ball with his racket in anger.

After Federer held serve, Roddick again dropped his serve to fall behind 0-3. Roddick slammed his racket to the tennis court which caused it to break and him to receive a racket abuse warning from the chair umpire.

More vintage tennis from Federer briefly was meet with few aces from Roddick as Roddick held serve to draw the score to 2-5. Almost as if on a dare, Federer in his final service game slammed two aces of his own to close the match. Federer finished the day 3 of 6 on breakpoints while never facing a breakpoint on his serve.

Saturday in the semifinals Federer takes on Spaniard Rafael Nadal while Roddick meets David Ferrer of Spain.

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