Roddick upsets Federer at Key Biscayne
By Steven Wine ,AP
March 28, 2012, 12:01 am TWN
KEY BISCAYNE, Florida -- Andy Roddick beat Roger Federer for only the third time in their 24 meetings, dominating with his serve to win 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4 on Monday in the third round at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Roddick broke serve only once but held every service game in the first and last sets. After falling behind 15-30 in the final game, he closed out the victory with an ace and two service winners.
"There is no script in sports, you know. I think that's what makes it the best entertainment in the world," Roddick said. "Nights like tonight are why you play the matches. You don't know what's going to happen."
On paper, it looked like a mismatch between former No. 1s, each a two-time champion in the event. The third-ranked Federer began the night 40-2 since the U.S. Open, while Roddick was ranked 34th, the lowest he has been since 2001.
Roddick ended Federer's streak of 77 consecutive wins against players outside the top 20.
"I feel like I lost against a former No. 1, not that I lost against a guy ranked 30 in the world," Federer said. "I'm happy to see Andy play really well. He's a great champion, and enjoy him while you have him. It was a great night for him and America's tennis."
Also dominating with the serve were Serena and Venus Williams, who both reached the quarterfinals.
Serena matched a career high with 20 aces to beat Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-3.
"My serve was hot," Williams said. "I was like, 'That's pretty cool.'"
She avenged a loss to Stosur when they last met in the U.S. Open final in September.
"That wasn't in my mind," Williams said. "I just thought, 'This is a new game.'"
Older sister Venus won her third consecutive three-set match, hitting 13 aces as she outlasted No. 15-seeded Ana Ivanovic 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2. Williams is playing in her first tournament since withdrawing from the U.S. Open last August after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
"I come out on court knowing I can play well, but almost with no expectations," Williams said.