Saturday, June 23, 2012

Andy Roddick wins Eastbourne title

Andy Roddick wins Eastbourne title

Andy Roddick defeated Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 to win the AEGON International title in Eastbourne.

Roddick has been troubled by injury and illness for the past several seasons but may have turned a corner with his win over the Italian.

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

Roddick will be seeded 30 at Wimbledon where he starts against Jamie Baker.

He hit five aces and broke Seppi five times to seal the win in 72 minutes.

Roddick was thrilled with his week in the genteel atmosphere of the English south coast resort.

"It's everything I could have asked for,'' he said. "I feel like I can come here and get my work in. The facility has been great. The courts have been great. There's plenty of practice courts. The community really seems to support this event.

"You know, you're not dealing with the hustle and bustle of a massive city. I think before a major, that's nice. You can kind of come down here under the radar and get my work done and really have a positive week. So it was a really good opportunity for me."

“I wanted to keep alive winning one tournament a year for 12 years. I know three or four people have done that,’ Roddick said. “I need to remind myself of those numbers just to [remember] this is a what-did-you-do-last-week-type sport? So looking back on that, maybe I need to look at those a little bit more and realise that I've done this for a long time pretty well.”

“I don't remember the last time I got broken twice and won 3 and 2. I felt real good,” said Roddick. “My returns this week were close to as well as I have. I was able to close well. You know, I started off not serving great and then made an adjustment. I think I served 90 per cent in the second set, which is a pretty strong number, especially given the conditions.”

“The thing that makes sports great is there is no script,” Roddick said. “You can draw it up, and it rarely works out the way this week has. I think, as I've gotten older, I guess I've learned to appreciate this a little bit more.”

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