Tennis: Roddick eliminated in SAP Open

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first_imgFor most of the match, Becker was stuck in between two worlds with his return game – neither of them pretty. When he stood far behind the baseline to return serve, Karlovic would spin in a 109-mph offspeed serve to pull him wide. If Becker dared to creep in and take the ball early, Karlovic would boom a serve up the middle, often topping 140 mph. Andy Murray beat Andy Roddick for the second straight year in the SAP Open semifinals, knocking off the top seed 7-6 (8), 6-4 on Saturday night to advance to the final against Ivo Karlovic. Murray, the defending champion, played tough defense from all corners of the court, consistently making Roddick hit a few extra shots when some points seemed to be in the American’s favor. Murray also showed his power, mixing in 14 aces to Roddick’s nine. Roddick had his chances, but Murray fended off five of six break points. Ivo Karlovic rode a wave of aces to a 7-6 (5), 7-5 semifinal victory over Benjamin Becker on Saturday in the SAP Open, where the 6-foot-10 Croat is looking for his first ATP title. “I was serving really good and it was the key to all my victories here, but also in the crucial moments, I returned also well,” Karlovic said. Big serves continued to be the key for the unseeded Karlovic, who also knocked out seeded Americans James Blake and Mardy Fish. Karlovic had 27 aces against Germany’s Becker, who could do little more than guess at the direction of many of Karlovic’s first and second serves. It’s Karlovic who is comfortable at this tournament, on its lightning quick courts, and his opponents who approach his game with a healthy dose of guesswork. center_img “I didn’t covert them, so I deserve to lose,” Roddick said.Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain will face wild card Guillermo Canas of Argentina in the final of the Brazil Open on Sunday. Ferrero defeated Brazil’s Flavio Saretta 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals for his second win on Saturday. Amelie Mauresmo moved within one victory of winning a $1.3 million diamond-studded racket trophy on Saturday, beating Anna Chakvetadze 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the final of the Diamond Games tournament. Top-seeded Mauresmo will face home favorite Kim Clijsters, who defeated French teenager Tatiana Golovin 6-4, 6-3. The second-seeded Clijsters has said she will retire after this season. Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus remained on course for a second straight title, reaching the Open 13 final with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Saturday. The seventh-seeded Baghdatis, who won the Zagreb Open on Feb. 4, faces Gilles Simon of France in Sunday’s final. Simon beat Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-2, 7-6 (2) in the other semifinal match. BrazilAntwerpMarseilleBangaloreDefending champion Mara Santangelo of Italy justified her top-seeding, outplaying Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 6-1, 6-0 on Saturday to advance to the Bangalore Open finals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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