Roddick into Eastbourne final, scores 600 match win
Andy Roddick beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the AEGON International and he led Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-1 in the semi-finals when the Belgian retired with a back injury givin the American a ticket into the final.
Roddick recorded his 600 match wins and joined Roger Federer as the only active players to have attained the milestone.
"It was tough, some of the toughest conditions; I can't remember much tougher that I've played in," admitted Roddick. "That wind out there is frightening. It's tough. It's not as much as about tennis today as just kind of getting through it. There's going to be some lucky points. There's going to be some that you have no business losing.
"My favourite thing, I had one double fault in four sets in this stuff today. It was just shocking in this wind. I wouldn't have bet on myself for that at the beginning of the day."
"Regardless of what happens, I'll go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I'm very comfortable on, you know, so I feel like I got my game back a little bit this week."
About his his 600th match win.
“There's a lot of times when you make plans where you draw the perfect scenario and you draw up a script and it doesn't work out,” said the American. “That's probably 80 per cent of the time in sports, 90 per cent of the time in sports. This week has worked out. Regardless of what happens, I’ll go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I’m very comfortable on, so I feel like I got my game back a little bit this week.”
“My whole career I've been very good about winning matches I'm supposed to win and winning close matches and getting through them somehow. As good as I have been in my career so far, I have been that bad in those scenarios this year for whatever reason, so it’s not fun in the moment. There weren’t a lot of fun points out there today, but it has value. It definitely has value as far as going forward. So frustrating, sure; but rewarding, too.”
Roddick will face Andreas Seppi in the final after the Italian beat Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-1.
Harrison lead 2-1 in the first set, but Seppi immediately broke back and broke again to win the set.
After Seppi won the first two games of the second set, Harrison became increasingly frustrated and several times bounced his racket or hit the net.
Earlier Friday, Seppi led Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 2-1 when the German was forced to retire with an ankle injury.
Harrison overcame Denis Istomin 7-6(5), 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes.
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