Roddick Proves He Is Still The American To Beat
Andy Roddick is off to a flying start to the year, now having made 4 finals and won 2 of them. Taking out Tomas Berdych today at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami was by far his biggest title win of the season. After falling at the final stage in Indian Wells to man of the tournament Ivan Ljubicic, there were whispers the same would happen today. Roddick didn’t let down the American public though and stormed to a comfortable 7-5 6-4 victory.
The first set was full of decent but not fabulous tennis from both players. Berdych had held serve comfortably until 5-5 when he served a double-fault to give Roddick his first break opportunity. Roddick capitalised and served out the first set with ease. Berdych lost confidence and was broken to start the second set and that was all it would take for Roddick to seal the match. Berdych never gave up but Roddick never let him back in, serving his way out of any trouble. No one could claim it was a match for the ages, but it was solid tennis nevertheless.
Tomas Berdych played a remarkable tournament in Miami and one can only hope he continues with this kind of form. The Czech plays aggressive, beautiful tennis and is a joy to watch when he is winning. Roddick proved that his time has not yet come and he remains a very real threat to anyone on a hard court. Roddick will most likely make fewer headlines over the coming months with the change of surface, but anyone who counts him out for Wimbledon is a fool. Roddick showed today he is still capable of winning the big ones.