Friday, April 4, 2008

Roddick Snatches Long-Sought Victory Over Federer In Miami

The past 10 days in Miami have stunned the tennis world with a range of events whether it being Novak Djokovic's early bow out to South African qualifier Kevin Anderson or Mikhail Youzhny's head-to-racquet smashing fit against Nicolas Almagro, but nothing is as huge as Andy Roddick ousting Roger Federer from the Miami quarterfinals on Thursday.

Roddick finally snapped his 11-match losing streak to the world number one as he edged past the Swiss ace 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

The sixth-seeded American had shown incredible tennis earlier this season as he captured the Dubai title without dropping a single service game, however doubts were cast over Roddick's performance following his second round exit from the Indian Wells Masters last week.

The former world number one however seemed undetered with his early exit as he fired 18 aces on Thursday, to deny Roger Federer yet another title this season.

Federer has shockingly NOT reached a single final this season as he suffered a straight sets semifinal loss to American Mardy Fish last week on the Pacific Coast, and bowed out of the Dubai Open first round to Britain's Andy Murray.

Roddick however didn't seem to be counting on Federer's recent form to win him any free points Thursday night as he was well aware of his dismal record against the Swissman. "Our history goes a lot further back than three tournaments he's played this year. I didn't really think about it at all," said Roddick after the match.

The 25-year-old American clearly stated his hopes of adding a second Grand Slam title to his sole 2003 US Open title, especially after he cracked the mystery of Federer. "I don't think I ever gave up on having a chance to win a Slam. That's why I came to work even in the rough moments of the, you know, the days after Roger had beaten me. I told you guys I'd get up and keep going, and that's so you give yourself an opportunity to, you know, for feelings like tonight after you win. That's, you know, definitely not going to hurt my chances."

Roddick next faces fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the semis whom he comfortably leads 5-0 head-to-head.

As for Federer, I seriously think he should come up with a better excuse than "the lights" on the court and how low they are. Take it like a man for crying out loud, cuz correct me if I'm wrong, hasn't Federer won 2 titles under those same "lights" in 2004 and 2005??!?!?!

To end this on a high note, best of luck to Rafa in his semi against Tomas Berdych.

Cheers :)

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