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Resurgent Roddick Rocks Lefty Lopez for Dubai Title


Posted on March 8, 2008

The Top 7 players in the world entered this week's Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and No. 6-seeded Andy Roddick emerged the winner, on Saturday coming from a set down to defeated unseeded Spaniard Fernando "F-Lo" Lopez 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-2 for his second title of the year.

Roddick topped world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and world No. 3 Novak Djokovic en route to the final. World No. 1 Roger Federer, who has since reveal he has been struggling with mononucleosis, was upset in the first round by Andy Murray.

The 25-year-old American turned back the clock this week to the days of uninhibited forehand trigger-pulling and crackling serving, not losing his serve the entire week in 55 service games.

"I am excited and I stated a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to get a shot at the top players and I was able to do that," said Roddick, who also revealed during the week that his coach Jimmy Connors had tendered his resignation. "The success here made it look like it was a good idea. I am just happy to be playing good tennis right now...Every point I was confident I was going to play the next point the way I wanted to. I don't know if I missed a ball in the tiebreak but I lost it."

Lopez won the opening set 10-8 in a tiebreak, then Roddick broke in the ninth game of the second set when Lopez doubles-faulted on game point, and in the third set the American broke in the first game.

Roddick was making his career debut in Dubai, collecting his second tournament title of 2008 after San Jose.

Lopez had a 1-4 win-loss record in 2008 entering the event.

"I think I played almost perfect the first two sets," Lopez said. "Two mistakes at 5-4 cost me the second set and in the third I was feeling a little bit tired and he was returning my serve much better and playing better from the baseline. It was tough to win points in the third set and I got broken twice."

In the doubles final, No. 4 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Bahamian Mark Knowles won their second consecutive title after Memphis, defeating third-seeded Czechs Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner 7-5, 7-6(7).



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