Roddick Deflects 3 Match Points to Reach ATP Indianapolis Final



Posted on July 25, 2004


Andy Roddick saved three match points to beat Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 1-6, 7-6(12), 7-6(3) in the semifinal at Indianapolis Saturday.

The top-seeded Roddick won in two hours and 20 minutes, his third consecutive final after winning the Queen's Club title and losing in the Wimbledon final to Swiss Roger Federer.

"He outplayed me for two sets, plain and simple," Roddick said. "I found a way to win the second set breaker and I
actually felt like I had more chances in the third set than he did. I wasn't converting but I just got through it
somehow."

In the final Roddick will face No. 12 seed Nicolas Kiefer, who beat France's Gregory Carraz 6-2, 6-2. Roddick leads the career head-to-head 1-0. The doubles final will be Kerr/Thomas vs. (2)Black/Ullyett.

No play in Kitzbuhel on Saturday due to rain, so the (1)Schuettler vs. (3)Massu and (8)Verdasco vs. (2)Gaudio semifinals will be played Sunday, followed by the final which has been reduced to best-of-three sets.

Carlos Moya's quest for a fourth consecutive Umag title came to an end Saturday on the dirt when the top-seeded Spaniard was surprised by No. 4-seeded Italian Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-2.

"I knew Moya would be a tough opponent, but I somehow had a good feeling from the very start. This is sweet revenge for last year," Volandri said.

In the final Volandri will meet No. 6 seed Guillermo Canas (d. Garcia-Lopez), who is shooting for his second title in two weeks after winning in Stuttgart. Volandri leads their career meetings 2-1. The doubles final will be Levinsky/Skoch vs. Acasuso/Saretta.

WTA REVIEWS/PREVIEWS

Lindsay Davenport reached her second consecutive final in two weeks Saturday at LA when she defeated countrywoman Venus Williams when the elder sister retired at 7-5, 2-0 with a wrist injury.

Venus had been wearing a wrist wrap the entire week for tendinitis, but said the injury occurred two hours before the match.

"It's something I did this morning going to practice," Venus said. "I was tying my shoe and just pressed up on my arms and when I pushed off of my wrist, I kind of tweaked it there."

In the final Davenport will face the younger Williams sister, Serena, who beat Russian (4)Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-6(2).

The Palermo final will feature No. 2-seeded Anabel "Funky Cold" Medina Garrigues (d. (3)Denisa "Hanging" Chladkova) against No. 5 seed Flavia "Of the Day" Pennetta (d. (4)Srebotnik).

NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Carlos Moya
is a sparkling 12-0 against fellow Spaniards this year...Next week's WTA Carlsbad event has seven of the Top 10...Notables in the ATP MS-Canada qualifying for next week are Michael Llodra, Karol Beck, Cyril Saulnier, former 2000 runner-up Harel Levy, Nicolas Lapentti, Aussie comer Todd Reid, Julien "United Colors of" Benneteau, and Brit footmat Arvind Parmar...American men have won 53 Canadian Open titles since 1892, with title leader Ivan Lendl winning six of them...A Canadian man has not won the Canadian Open since the onset of Open tennis in 1968...Tina Pisnik pulled from San Diego next week with a neck strain...Nice cut-off for the WTA San Diego draw next week at No. 61...Serena on getting a souvenir bobblehead doll created in her likeness: "It's amazing. But I guess that happens when you become overly famous. Every week now, I get more famous." 'Overly famous,' who says young people don't need college?...Judging from the Indy semifinals shown on Saturday, the vaunted US Open Series will consist of taped matches where larges parts of the matches are skipped? That's weak...Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick have agreed to play an exhibition match in October at the UC Irvine as a benefit for Elton John's AIDS charity. John and Billie Jean King will host the 12th annual World Team Tennis All-Star Smash Hits on Oct. 11 at UCI. John and King also will play in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. All money raised at the tennis fund-raiser will support the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Fund...What was up with NBC commentator Jim Courier going on and on about how professional and together Andy Roddick is? We thought he was going to whip out his guitar and compose another love-ode to him on-air like last year.