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Posted on: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Roddick reaches San Jose final


Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. Andy Roddick was outplayed for most of the night by Sam Querrey. But when the match got to the tiebreakers, Roddick took charge.

The top-seeded Roddick beat the seventh-seeded Querrey, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), last night in a protracted semifinal at the SAP Open that featured a combined 53 aces.

Roddick reached the final of the event for the fourth time. He will face Spain's Fernando Verdasco, who reached his first final since October by beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, earlier in the day.

"I'm not going to say I wasn't fortunate or lucky," Roddick said. "Sam pretty much outplayed me the entire match. When I'm not hitting the ball as well, I use my serve to get me some points. I figured if I get to the tiebreak in the second set it could turn real quick."

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ABN Amro: Robin Soderling will face Mikhail Youzhny in the final of the ABN Amro tournament at Rotterdam, Netherlands, aiming to become the first Swedish winner in 17 years. Soderling defeated second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, 7-6, (3) 6-4, and Youzhny upset top-seeded Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (5) 7-6 (6), in yesterday's semifinals.

Brazil Open: Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated Ricardo Mello of Brazil, 6-4, 6-2, yesterday to reach the Brazil Open final at Costa Do Saupie. The Spaniard next plays Poland's Lukasz Kubot, who upset fourth-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to just his second ATP final.

Open GDF Suez: Top-seeded Elena Dementieva defeated American teenager Melanie Oudin, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, yesterday to reach the final of the Open GDF Suez for the second straight year. Dementieva will face Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, who upset second-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Pattaya Open: Fourteen years after she last made the championship round in this event, Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn advanced to the final of the Pattaya Open at Pattaya, Thailand with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Sesil Karatantcheva. She will meet top-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who beat Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.