Roddick Rolls Blake for 4th 2005 Title at ATP Washington

Posted on August 8, 2005

Andy Roddick continued his power serving exhibition Sunday in the final at the ATP stop in Washington, throwing 18 aces past fellow American James Blake in a 7-5, 6-3 win for his fourth tournament title on the year.

The win signaled a much-needed resurgence for American tennis, with Roddick winning the third title for an American for the third consecutive week after Robby Ginepri's win in Indianapolis and Andre Agassi's victory in Los Angeles. It was the first time since 1998 that three different Americans have won consecutive ATP titles.

"James was patient today. He usually tries to fire instead of using his speed," Roddick said. "Today he made me earn my points. We both know that once you get between the lines you have to put your friendship on the backburner."

Roddick improved his career mark against Blake to 6-0, displaying a confident swagger throughout the match, and frequently yelling at himself to maintain his focus.

"Andy plays at a different level than the other guys I played this week but I know it's not impossible to beat him," Blake said. "I was going for too much (on my serve) because I didn't want him to get my second serves and sometimes that backfires."

Roddick tossed in an amazing 78 percent of his first serves in the second set, where he knocked out eight aces and fought off a break point in the final game.

For Blake it was his first final in approximately two years, returning to form after, in the last 17 months, suffering a neck injury after sliding head-first into a net post, contracting an illness that left part of his face paralyzed and blurred his vision, and pulling a groin muscle, among other injuries.

"I needed to show everyone else that I'm confident and show everyone what I'm made of," Blake said. "I feel like I've been back in the game for a while."

In the doubles final, top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan won their third title of the year, defeating No. 2 seeds Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe 6-4, 6-2.