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Roddick warms up with victory

2012-06-23 18:34

Eastbourne - Andy Roddick won his first title in over a year when he defeated defending champion Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Eastbourne grass court title, a perfectly-timed boost ahead of Wimbledon.

The American, a three-time finalist at the All England Club, was joined as a new champion on the south coast by Austrian Tamira Paszek, who saved five match points to beat world number eight Angelique Kerber 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in the women's final.

Former world No 1 Roddick, aged 29 and ranked 33rd, has been troubled by injury and illness for the past several seasons but may have turned a corner with his 72-minute confidence-building win over the Italian.

He came to the event as a wild card after losing his sixth match in a row last week in an early Queen's club exit.

Roddick's victory means that he has won at last one title for the past 12 seasons.

The American now owns 31 trophies from 51 finals having won his last grasscourt title at Queen's five years ago.

Roddick will be seeded 30 at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, where he starts against Briton Jamie Baker.

The American had a modest five aces on Saturday, but broke Seppi five times as he played his first final since winning in Memphis in February, 2011.

"The thing that makes sports great is there is no script," said Roddick. "You can draw it up, and it rarely works out the way this week has.

"As I've gotten older, I guess I've learned to appreciate this a little bit more.

"I feel better about my tennis. It's just such a fine line but it seems like a big line between playing well and hitting the ball well in drills in practice and getting that to translate to matches.

"I was able to kind of find that crossover this week. Now it's just a matter of taking care of myself the next couple of days and just trying to maintain what I started this week."

AFP