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Del Potro Reaches First ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Final

Montreal, Canada

Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Roddick© Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro defeated Andy Roddick for the second straight week.

Sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro advanced to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over fifth-seeded Andy Roddick at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 11,490.

The 20-year-old Argentine defeated the American for the second straight week after posting a third set tie-break win at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington last Sunday. Del Potro is 3-0 lifetime against Roddick.

Del Potro, who fired 19 aces, enters his third ATP World Tour final of the season on a 10-match winning streak since losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the second round at Wimbledon. He is 6-1 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals and 1-3 in his career against Andy Murray. If del Potro captures the title he will move from No. 6 to No. 5 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings.

"It will be an important final tomorrow, and I'm very happy," said del Potro. "To beat Andy one more time in two weeks, it's very tough for everyone, and I did. So tomorrow I have my chance to win another tournament.  I hope to do my best and try to win.

"He's playing much better than anyone and will be good for me.  I like to play with players better than me, and I think he has the pressure for tomorrow, but I will try to do my best in my first (Masters) final, and I want to enjoy it."

The top South American on the ATP World Tour held his nerve in the 10th game of the decisive set, saving a match point at 30-40 when he hit a serve up the middle that Roddick hit wide. He then closed out the game with an ace. In the next game, Roddick was broken at 30-40 when he double-faulted for the second time. The Tandil native sealed the two hour and six minute victory by holding at 40-30.

In the opening set, Roddick broke for the only time in the 10th game at 30-40. In the second set, del Potro jumped off to a 3-0 lead by breaking the American in the first and third games. He never faced break point in his final three service games.

Del Potro won 56 per cent of his second serve points compared to Roddick's 36 per cent.  Del Potro is trying to become the first Argentine to win a title on Canadian soil since Guillermo Canas won in Toronto in 2002. David Nalbandian was runner-up in 2003 to Roddick in Montreal.

"Overall it was pretty good," said Roddick, who captured the title in Montreal in 2003. "I thought we were both hitting the ball very well.  Obviously I think I'm going to remember that game at five-all.  I just played a terrible game.  It's the first time I've played a loose game like that in a long time. You know, it's unfortunate that I had to end it that way.

"I feel like I've lost to the best version of him the last two weeks and had very, very legitimate chances in both of them. I'm disappointed but, you know, like I said, as the push towards the US Open comes, I like where my game is heading."


 

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