Roddick Bests Isner To Reach Atlanta Final; Tipsarevic, Haas Seek Sunday Titles
Andy Roddick is back into his second final is as many months. After a poor start to 2012 Roddick will seek his second ATP title in three events Sunday when he meets Gilles Mullar in the Atlanta final.
Earlier Saturday, the Eastbourne champ Roddick beat the rains and beat American No. 1 John Isner 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 in the semifinals.
“Winning is contagious,” Roddick said of his recent rebound. “And sometimes so is losing. It’s been a nice tournament for me so far. I’m excited. I went through a real bad stretch there and now I have a chance to win my second tournament in three tournaments.”
The top-seeded Isner outaced Roddick 26-7, but Roddick’s two breaks of Isner proved the difference. Roddick improves to 4-2 against his countryman.
In Sunday’s final, Roddick will face Gilles Muller. The World No. 63 Muller reached his first tour final since 2005 after beating No. 8 seed Go Soeda 6-4, 6-3. Roddick bids for his 32nd career title, Muller his first.
“That was seven years ago,” Roddick said about losing to Muller at the US Open. “I’m going to have to put a lot of returns in play against him. He will probably try and come to the net more often than John (Isner). And his serve will be coming from a different angle.”
In Hamburg, Tommy Haas continued his dominance in Germany. The 34-year-old veteran ousted an in-form Marin Cilic to reach the finals and set up a clash with Juan Monaco. Haas, who won Halle in June, has won 10 of his last 12 matches.
“Tommy is an old player but very experienced and he will be the hero of the crowd,” said Monaco after beating Nicolas Almagro. “So, it’s going to be a difficult match.”
The Argentine has won three of four meetings against Haas. This will be their first clash on the clay.
Janko Tipsarevic will try to keep his hot streak going Sunday against Tomaz Bellucci in the Gstaad final. Tipsarevic just won his maiden clay title last week in Stuttgart, the third overall of his career.
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