Roddick to face Federer in final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Second seeded American Andy Roddick defeated Croatia's Mario Ancic 6-4 4-6 7-5 7-5 at the Wimbledon semi-final today.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Second seeded American Andy Roddick crushed the brave resistance of Croatia's Mario Ancic 6-4 4-6 7-5 7-5 and set up a Wimbledon title showdown with defending champion Roger Federer. The 21 year old Roddick becomes the first American to reach the men's final since 2000 when Pete Sampras won the last of his seven titles and on Sunday will go in search of his second Grand Slam title to add to his US Open crown. But he had to battle against the fickle English summer weather as well as Ancic before he carved out his 21st win in his last 22 grasscourt matches. Roddick led the semi-final 6-4, 4-3 yesterday before rain brought a premature finish with Ancic, who knocked out Tim Henman in the last eight, coming out firing on resumption today to level the tie. However, the American was saved by today's first rain stoppage and, from that point, he never looked back. Ancic, ranked 63 in the world, had been trying to emulate his boyhood hero Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 winner, by making the final and he started well today. The 20 year old Croatian was reborn breaking back to go 4-4 in the second set, holding impressively to sneak ahead and then levelling the match with a confident, deep backhand to take the set 6-4. It was the first set Roddick had dropped in the tournament. (PTI)

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