Roddick retains Kooyong title

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Andy Roddick snapped his losing streak against Roger Federer, with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 win in the final of the invitational Kooyong Classic on Saturday.

Roddick retains Kooyong title

Melbourne:

Andy Roddick snapped his losing streak against Roger Federer, with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 win in the final of the invitational Kooyong Classic on Saturday.But he remains 1-12 officially in his career against Federer, who looked good in patches in the second set before he begins his Australian Open title defence. Asked after the match if he'd prefer to trade the win for one at Melbourne Park, Roddick walked toward Federer holding up the trophy and asked: "Can we do that?" Hot favourite Federer is a hot favourite to win the Australian Open, which would be his 10th Grand Slam title.He compiled a 92-5 season in 2006, losing only to No 2-ranked Rafael Nadal - in four finals - and Andy Murray. Murray placed third in the Kooyong event, beating 2005 Australian Open champion Marat Safin 7-6 (2) 6-2 in the previous match.Early dominationRoddick had less trouble than Federer in the hot and windy conditions.The 24-year-old American dominated early on the back of his powerful serve, not conceding a point on serve between the second game of the opening set and the second game of the second set.He broke Federer in the fifth and seventh games and finished off on three consecutive backhand errors from the Swiss star.Federer rallied in the second, breaking Roddick in the second game. He missed two set points at 5-2 and then won his next game at love to pull even, serving an ace at set point.Federer wasted five breakpoint chances in the third and fifth games, but Roddick held and then made the decisive break himself to lead 5-3.He made no mistake serving out, firing back-to-back aces to get two match points and clinching it when Federer put a backhand out.



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