Roddick Beats Kiefer to Defend ATP Indianapolis Title

Posted on July 26, 2004

Top-seeded Andy Roddick made good on surviving three match points in his semifinal at Indianapolis, on Sunday steamrolling No. 12 seed Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-3 to defend his win from 2003.

It was the fourth title of the year for Roddick, who is second behind world No. 1 Roger Federer with an intimidating seven titles. Indy is a positive start for the American, who will try to duplicate or better his amazing 27-1 U.S. summer hardcourt record from last year that also began in Indy.

"I came ready to play today," said Roddick, the first player to repeat at Indy since Pete Sampras in 1991-92. "Yesterday (Ivan Ljubicic) was the one who took it to me early. Today, I forced my game."

In the doubles final, the Aussie-American team of Jordan Kerr/Jim Thomas upset No. 2-seeded Zimbabweans Wayne Black/Kevin Ullyett 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 6-3 for their second title as a team after Newport this year.