Roddick sends Federer packing in Miami

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{image-roddick new_04042008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Miami, April 4: Andy Roddick dumped world number one Roger Federer out of the Sony Eriksson Open quarter-final in Miami on Thursday night.

The American blew Federer away with a scintillating performance to claim a 7-6 4-6 6-3 success, and with it his first victory over the Swiss in 17 encounters. The defet for 12 times Grand Slam winner means he has yet to reach a final this year, while Roddick now plays world number four Nikolay Davydenko in the last four after the Russian breezed past Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 6-1.

It took Roddick until the eighth game of the final set to force a break, having taken the first set on a tie-breaker, but he never looked back and closed out the match in typical fashion on his third match point with a ferocious service winner.

"He hasn't missed a ball against me for about six years," Roddick told reporters after the match. "I figured the law of statistics had to work for me eventually.
“I was saying to myself 'Please hit a big serve and let this be done. I have an opportunity for this to be done in two-and-a-half-seconds.'
"I just tried to stay there, stayed in there mentally...didn't want to get discouraged."

Federer, for his part, ran into a run of form in the final two sets, but admitted his opponent was probably due the win.

He said: "I think I did well to hang in there. Maybe this is one of the matches I should have won against him because he's had some other ones where I think he was supposed to win. This time around it went his way."

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