Roddick displays good sportsmanship

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Andy Roddick did his moral duty on the tennis court at the Rome Masters.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:51 IST
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Last year, Andy Roddick helped about a dozen people escape a fatal hotel fire. This year, Roddick did his moral duty on the tennis court at the Rome Masters. The American's act of good sportsmanship cost him a spot in the quarterfinals yesterday, allowing Fernando Verdasco to rally for a 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 victory. The top-ranked Roddick was leading 5-3 in the second set and had triple match point when Verdasco appeared to hit a double fault. Close match The line judge called the ball out but Roddick said the ball was in after checking the mark left in the clay, giving Verdasco an ace. "I didn't think it was anything extraordinary," Roddick said. "The umpire would have done the same thing if he came down and looked. I just saved him the trip. He's working hard up there." Verdasco then saved two more match points, held serve, and broke Roddick to even the second set at 5-5. The 21-year-old Spaniard broke to win the first game of the third set and maintained the lead to close out the match in 2 hours, 32 minutes. (AP)

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