Fifteen years in the past, Andy Roddick received the fourth Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati, changing into the third American champion in Ohio within the earlier 4 years and the final one from the house nation earlier than the Europeans took cost.
After successful 5 titles a yr in the past, Andy misplaced floor in 2006, with Cincinnati as his solely title after dropping finals in Indianapolis and the US Open. The American needed to give a walkover to Tursunov in Los Angeles two weeks earlier, and his opening match in Cincinnati was something however simple, ousting Daniele Bracciali in three tie breaks after over two and a half hours to keep away from an early setback.
Roddick began to play higher after that, barely dropping serve in opposition to Kristof Vliegen, Juan Ignacio Chela, Andy Murray and Fernando Gonzalez to arrange the title assembly with one other former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero on August 20.
It was their third conflict and the second in a row in Cincinnati, with Andy prevailing 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 in 2005. This time, Roddick grabbed a 6-3, 6-4 triumph in 70 minutes for probably the most important title since Miami 2004, firing 17 aces and dominating on the return to seal the deal in straight units.
Nothing might separate them within the extra prolonged factors with 5 strokes or extra, and Roddick solid the essential lead within the shortest vary as much as 4 pictures to emerge as a winner in entrance of the house followers. The American delivered extra environment friendly numbers on the second serve, received damaged twice from the Spaniard’s 4 alternatives and transformed 4 out of seven break possibilities to maintain the scoreboard below management.
Juan Carlos received solely 5 out of 18 factors behind the second serve, needing greater than that to problem the hard-hitting server who thrilled the house followers for the second time in three years. Andy held with an ace after deuce within the opening sport and broke Juan Carlos at 15 within the subsequent one after a well-constructed assault and a volley winner on the web.
In 2006, Andy Roddick claimed the second Cincinnati title in 4 years.
The Spaniard pulled the break again within the subsequent sport after Roddick’s double fault earlier than giving serve away for the second time in a row when his backhand landed lengthy in sport 4, sending Andy 3-1 up.
The American fired 4 winners on serve to extend the lead and created one other break likelihood in sport six that Ferrero saved with a lob winner, heading off one other with a forehand winner and decreasing the deficit to 4-2 with an ace.
A service winner pushed Roddick 5-2 forward, and the set was in his palms after a cushty maintain in sport 9, bringing the opener house in 38 minutes. As an alternative of accelerating his degree, Juan Carlos suffered one other break in the beginning of the second set when his backhand landed lengthy, permitting Andy to substantiate the break with two service winners in sport two.
In these moments, Ferrero was removed from his greatest, netting a forehand within the third sport to fall additional behind and going through a mountain to climb if he needed to get again on the constructive facet. 4 service winners despatched Roddick 4-0 up, and he blasted three extra at 4-1 to maneuver nearer to the end line.
The American served for the title at 5-2 and couldn’t wrap up the victory, with Juan Carlos breaking at 15 after a horrible volley from the American to delay the match and maintain himself in rivalry after a maintain at love in sport 9.
Roddick made no errors at 5-4, sealing the cope with 4 winners and changing into the fourth American a number of Cincinnati champion since 1990 after Michael Chang, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.