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  • Top two seeds vie for SAP Open championship title

    2/14/10 9:26 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Top two seeds vie for SAP Open championship title Top seed Andy Roddick is set to square off against second seed Fernando Verdsaco in the San Jose final Sunday afternoon. The winner will be crowned SAP Open champion.

    Andy Roddick needs one more victory to secure his fourth championship title in San Jose. The World No. 7 has a clear advantage heading into Sunday’s clash, as the American leads opponent Fernando Verdasco 9-2 in the head-to-head series. The three-time SAP Open title-winner posted his seventh consecutive win over the Spaniard at the 2009 Masters 1000 Canada. Verdasco last handed Roddick a defeat in 2005, when the pair met on clay at the Masters Series Rome.

    Roddick makes his second finals appearance this season, having taken home the Brisbane title in early January (def. Stepanek). The 27-year-old has contested 45 ATP World Tour finals since his professional debut in 2000. Roddick holds a solid 28-17 record in championship matches, and has won at least one Tour crown every year for the past decade.

    The Austin native came through a tough semifinal with seventh-seeded compatriot Sam Querrey late Saturday. Roddick withstood 32 aces from the Querrey racquet, rallying to notch the win in three sets, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6. The top seed had not surrendered a set prior to his meeting with the 22-year-old, as he took out early-round combatants Ryler DeHeart, Leonardo Mayer and fifth seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets.

    Roddick has served well throughout the week, tallying 55 aces as he heads into finals Sunday.

    Verdasco is competing in his 10th ATP World Tour final. The 26-year-old Spaniard has compiled a 3-6 mark in championship matches. Verdasco pocketed his third title in 2009, having won top honors in New Haven.

    The Madrid native advanced to the SAP Open final after dismissing first-time semifinalist Denis Istomin early Saturday, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Verdasco earned previous match-wins over Yen-Hsun Lu, Benjamin Becker and qualifier Ricardas Berankis.

    Like Roddick, Verdasco has showcased his serve this week. The Spaniard struck a half-dozen aces during the semifinal, raising his tournament total to 42.



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