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Roddick Into Saturday Grasscourt Final at Eastbourne

June 22, 2012 01:34 PM
Roddick06Andy Roddick won two matches on Friday to make up for rain-cancelled conditions at the AEGON International grasscourt event in Eastbourne, England, gaining the final where he will face defending champion Andreas Seppi of Italy.

After more than an hour rain delay Friday, Roddick took to the court to complete a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 quarterfinal win over Italy's Fabio Fognini. The American former No. 1 then came back on court for his semifinal against Steve Darcis, beating the Belgian 6-3, 3-1 (ret.) to reach the final.

The win over Darcis was Roddick's career 600th win. He is the 19th player in the Open Era to record 600 match wins, and joins Roger Federer as the only active players to have attained the milestone. the 29-year-old Roddick advances to his first final since February 2011, when he defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in Memphis to claim his 30th tour-level title.

Roddick has a 30-20 career record in finals, including a 4-3 mark on grass. He contested his last grasscourt final at the 2009 Championships at Wimbledon, when he famously lost to Federer in a 16-14 fifth set. Prior to this week, the American had not won a tour-level match since defeating Federer in the third round at Miami in March.

Also into the semifinals in their first matches Friday were American Ryan Harrison, defeating Denis Istomin 7-6(5), 6-4, and Seppi who won when German opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber retired trailing 7-5, 2-1.

In the late match Friday, Seppi then defeated Harrison 7-5, 6-1 to reach the final versus Roddick.

The ATP Eastbourne final will be shown in the U.S. on Tennis Channel, check your local listings for broadcast time.






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