US OPEN 2003
Roddick Clinches First Slam Title
New York, U.S.A.
by James Buddell|
Fourth seed Andy Roddick broke down in tears after he stormed to his first Grand Slam championship title with a 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 win over third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain at the US Open on Sunday.
The 21-year-old American immediately headed into the stands to find his parents, Jerry and Blanche, and his coach, Brad Gilbert, after completing victory in one hour and 42 minutes. It was Roddick’s sixth title of the season and he is now 37-2 since teaming up with Gilbert.
"I knew I was going to cry," said Roddick, after he received the trophy and $1 million in prize money. "I was just so happy and wanted to share the moment with everyone who has supported me. I have my friends and my family here, everyone I know is here supporting me and I couldn't have a better day."
Roddick completed his 19th straight win with three straight aces and showed no signs of fatigue after a five-set marathon semi-final against David Nalbandian. Ferrero, 23, was playing his fourth match in four days.
"I'm in disbelief right now," said Roddick, who rises to World No. 2. "It's so far-fetched for me. I came here as a fan so much when I was younger. It is an absolute privilege to have my name on the trophy."
Roddick started with a bang, breaking Ferrero in the fourth game to ease to the opening set. The American dominated on serve in the second set, which was decided on a tie-break. Ferrero make three uncharacteristic errors on his forehand to hand the initiative to Roddick, who won six straight points, finishing with a forehand winner to take a commanding lead.
Ferrero missed two break point opportunities at 3-3 in the third set and hit at double fault at 3-4 to give Roddick the chance to serve for the championship. Roddick finished with a forehand winner down the line and three aces in a hold to love.
"I didn't play so well but Andy played so good," said Ferrero, who rises to World No. 1. "He served unbelievably; there was nothing I could do. Right now, I am a little bit sad, but I have to think I did a great job these two weeks."