Roddick Wins in Three
Andy Roddick strengthened his grip on the year-end World No. 1 ranking after firing 14 aces to defeat Carlos Moya 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Roddick's win eliminated Roger Federer from No. 1 contention and moved the American 46 points clear in the now two-horse race with No. 2 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Andy Roddick withstood an assault from Spain's Carlos Moya Tuesday night to thin the ranks of year-end world No. 1 contenders by one with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory to open his Red group campaign at the Tennis Masters Cup. Roddick, who lifted the top ranking spot from Juan Carlos Ferrero less than a fortnight ago at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, claimed victory in one hour, 35 minutes, striking 14 aces and 27 winners.
The victory ended all chances for Wimbledon champion Roger Federer to possibly claim the No. 1 title. Federer, third in the chase behind Roland Garros holder Juan Carlos Ferrero, needed to win all of his matches with Roddick winning none.
Moya piled the pressure on the American Idol, who was defeated by Brit Tim Henman in the Paris Bercy semifinals one day after moving to the top of the table. Roddick avoided the fate of compatriot Andre Agassi, who led Federer by a set but lost a tight match on Monday.
Roddick is quite at home in Houston, winning titles at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship here in 2001-02. The 21-year-old lost the final at this year's event in April to Agassi. The American now stands 17-1 at the venue, having also won both his singles matches in the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal tie against Spain, staged on grass here in 2002.
...Great Job Andy