Roddick, Fish Jump for Joy, Clinching Indian Wells Doubles Crown

Posted on March 22, 2009

Andy Roddick was stopped in the singles semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells by world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, but the American still took home some hardware when he and countryman Mardy Fish defeated Max "The Beast" Mirnyi and Andy Ram 3-6, 6-1, 14-12 in the doubles final, saving three match points.

"I'd like to sit here and talk about my doubles prowess, but about 1-all in the second set, Mardy pretty much took over that match," Roddick said. "In the breaker, I didn't do much to help us. I double faulted twice, which was ridiculous. I'm just glad he was able to step up and be clutch."

Fish and Roddick improved to a 13-4 career record as a team with their second ATP doubles title, following a 2002 win at Houston.

"We were excited," Fish said. "We were fired up. It was an unbelievable atmosphere. Even those guys I'm sure had fun. It was a great match, 14-12 in the third."

Mirnyi and Ram had upset the world No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan 6-2, 6-4 in Friday's semifinal.

Fish and Roddick were 3-0 in tiebreaks during the tournament, with Fish jumping on Roddick's back after clinching the third-set match tiebreak in the championship.

"Well, it was only fair," Roddick said. "He carried me for three sets. I only had to carry him for about five seconds."