Federer wins Tennis Masters Canada
World No. 1 Roger Federer continued his mastery of American rival Andy Roddick.
The Swiss star defeated Roddick 7-5, 6-3 to capture the $2.5-million US Tennis Master Canada event Sunday.
The victory was Federer's 23rd straight and improved his lifetime record against Roddick, ranked No. 2 in the world, to 7-1.
``Andy, I'm sorry you didn't win another final,'' said Federer. ``But in the future I'm sure we'll play many, many more great matches and you'll get your fair share of them.''
Roddick defeated Federer in the semifinals of this event last year en route to capturing the tournament. But since then, Roddick is 0-3 against Federer, including a four-set loss to Federer in the Wimbledon final.
``I'd like to congratulate Roger,'' said Roddick. ``You're certainly becoming very annoying.''
Federer was definitely the more solid of the two before a sun-drenched sellout gathering of over 12,000 spectators at centre court in the new Rexall Centre. Roddick often came to the net, attempting to dictate the match, but all too often was thwarted by solid Federer returns or passing shots.
``I thought I played the big points pretty well,'' said Roddick. ``He just made great shots.''
Federer, who dropped only one set the entire tournament, started Sunday's match much stronger than he did in his semifinal win over Sweden's Thomas Johansson on Saturday. In that match, Federer looked shaky and mishit numerous shots.
But that wasn't the case Sunday as Federer earned his third straight tournament victory and eighth of the year. His 23-match win streak is the longest on the men's tour since American Pete Sampras earned 24 straight victories five years ago.
Roddick came into the match with the reputation of having the cannon serve, but it was Federer who unofficially registered 14 aces, compared to just four for Roddick.
After inconsistent weather throughout the week - rain forced play to be halted Tuesday and two rounds to be played Thursday - the conditions were stellar Sunday with 26 C temperatures, a light wind and brilliant sunshine.
This marked the first time the top two seeds in this event have met in the final since '95 when American Andre Agassi defeated Sampras. And Roddick was attempting to become the first champion to successfully defend his crown in Canada since Agassi accomplished the feat in 1994-'95.
Federer took the opening set 7-5, thanks to a break in the 12th game. After gaining the advantage thanks to stellar backhand that handcuffed Roddick at the net, Federer captured the win when Roddick's forehand went long, prompting the American to hurl his racket into the nearby photographer's pit in frustration.
It marked just the second time in the tournament Roddick had been broken.<
Federer had another break chance in the fourth game, but Roddick managed to save that and tie the match 2-2. Federer faced a 40-0 deficit before going to deuce on three straight aces and going ahead 5-4 when Roddick's forehand was just long.
The two continued on serve in the second, but Roddick required medical attention on his lower back after Federer went ahead 2-1. It seemed to work as Roddick held serve to tie the match 2-2.
But Federer took control of the match with a crucial service break to go ahead 5-3. After falling behind 40-0, Roddick saved two of the break point but had a shot sail wide to give Federer the victory.
From there, Federer served out the match to earn the title.