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Tomas Berdych© Getty ImagesTomas Berdych is the first Czech-born Miami finalist in 21 years.
No. 6 seed and 2004 Sony Ericsson Open champion Andy Roddick looks to become the fifth man in tournament history to capture at least two titles in Miami as he takes on No. 16 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

Roddick has won five of the previous seven meetings, including the past three (two this year). The 27-year-old American, who leads the ATP World Tour with a 25-4 match record this season, is appearing in his fourth ATP World Tour final (1-2) in 2010.

He is 4-4 lifetime in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals and he’s coming off a runner-up effort at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells two weeks ago (l. to Ljubicic).

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Berdych is making his 10th appearance in an ATP World Tour final (5-4) and the second in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. He won the biggest title of his career at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris in November 2005.

He is the first Czech-born player to reach the final here since Ivan Lendl won the title in 1989. He also won in ’86.

Winner: $605,500 and 1,000 South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $295,500 and 600 South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking points

Appearing in his 48th ATP World Tour level final. He is 28-19 in finals
Appearing in his 9th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. He is 4-4 in finals
Appearing in his 10th ATP World Tour final. He is 5-4 in finals
Appearing in his 2nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. He is 1-0 in finals

Sony Ericsson Open Title Winners – Roddick is trying to become the fifth man in the history of the tournament (since 1985) to win the singles title at least twice:
Andre Agassi 6
Pete Sampras 3
Roger Federer 2
Ivan Lendl 2

(16) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. (6) Andy Roddick (USA) Roddick Leads 5-2 (3-2 on hard)
06 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-6(7) 6-3
07 CZE v. USA WG 1st RD (Czech Rep.)Clay RR Andy Roddick 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-6(4)
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andy Roddick 7-6(6) 2-0 ret
08 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Tomas Berdych 6-7(3) 7-5 7-6(3)
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R16 Andy Roddick 7-6(4) 6-4 6-3
10 Brisbane (Australia) Hard SF Andy Roddick 1-6 6-3 6-4
10 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard QF Andy Roddick 7-6(5) 7-6(5)

Age (Birthdate): 24 (September 17, 1985)
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
ATP Ranking (Career-High): No. 20 (No. 9  – August 20, 2007)
2010 W-L Record (on Hard): 17-6 (16-6)
2010 Finals W-L: 0-0
Career Finals W-L: 5-4
Last ATP Final/Last ATP Title: ’09 Munich/’09 Munich
2010 Tie-Break W-L: 4-6
Miami W-L (Best Result): 13-5 (Final –  2010)
Coach: Tomas Krupa

Age (Birthdate): 27 (August 30, 1982)
Residence: Austin, Texas
ATP Ranking (Career-High): No. 8 (No. 1 – Nov. 3, 2003)
2010 W-L Record (on Hard): 25-4 (25-4)
2010 Finals W-L: 1-2
Career Finals W-L: 28-19
Last ATP Final/Last ATP Title: ’10 Indian Wells/’10 Brisbane
2010 Tie-Break W-L: 15-4
Miami W-L (Best Result): 30-9 (Winner – 2004)
Coach: Larry Stefanki

Tournament Highlights:
* The 24-year-old Czech Republic native is the first Czech-born player to reach the final here since 1989 when Ivan Lendl captured the title (also won in ’86)…His previous best result was the semi-finals two years ago (l. to No. 2 Nadal 76(6) 62)…He has a 13-5 career mark
* The last player outside the Top 10 to reach the final here was No. 31 Nadal in ’05 (l. to Federer)…The last winner outside the Top 10 was No. 18 Jim Courier in 1991
* En route to the final, has beaten Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 63 64, Argentine Horacio Zeballos 64 75, World No. 1 Roger Federer 64 67(3) 76(6), saving one match point, No. 10 seed Fernando Verdasco 46 76(5) 64 in a two hour, 51-minute battle and No. 5 seed Robin Soderling 62 62…Has saved 24 of 30 break points in the tourney (holding 56 of 62 service games)
* Since retiring in the 1st Rd. in his debut in 2005, has reached the 3rd Rd. or better five times…Lost to No. 3 Nalbandian in 3rd Rd. in ’06, Chela in 3rd Rd. in ’07 and 4th and last year fell to No. 3 Djokovic in 4th Rd.

2010 Highlights:
SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal)

2010 In Review:
* The No. 2 player from the Czech Republic (behind No. 18 Stepanek) is appearing in his first ATP World Tour final in seven tournaments this season and owns a 17-6 match record, with all but one match coming on hard courts…This is his 10th career ATP World Tour final (5-4), his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title match (won ’05 Paris) and his first final in the U.S.
* He will move from No. 20 to around No. 15 by reaching the final and around No. 13 if he wins the title
* In his last tournament in Indian Wells, he reached the quarter-finals (d. No. 12 Verdasco in 3rd Rd., l. to No. 3 Nadal)
* He helped his country to a 4-1 first round Davis Cup win over Belgium (on clay), defeating O. Rochus in straight sets in the opening rubber and winning the doubles (w/Stepanek) in similar fashion
* He opened the season by reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to eventual champ Roddick) and followed with opening round loss in Sydney (l. to Luczak after bye) and 2nd Rd. at Australian Open (l. to Korolev)
* In February he reached back-to-back quarter-finals in San Jose (l. to Roddick) and Memphis (l. to Gulbis)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
* Has a 64-45 career match record and his best result was the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets)…This is his second final…Also a semi-finalist three other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo and ’08 Miami and quarter-finalist on five other occasions
* In 2009, finished in Top 20 for fourth consecutive year at No. 20 and helped his country to its first Davis Cup final since 1980 (l. to Spain 5-0)…Went 3-2 in singles matches
* Has a 16-44 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents and broke an eight-match losing streak vs. Federer in 4th Rd…This is the third time he’s beaten two Top 10 opponents in same tourn. (’06 Madrid – d. No. 6 Roddick in 3rd Rd., No. 2 Nadal in QF & ’05 Paris – d. No. 7 Coria in 2nd Rd., No. 10 Ljubicic in final)
* Has a 5-4 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and this is his first ATP World Tour final on U.S. soil

Tournament Highlights:
* The 27-year-old American comes into his second final with a 30-9 career record…In 2004, he captured the title (d. Coria, who retired) and he also was a semi-finalist two years ago (d. Federer in QF, l. to eventual champ Davydenko)
* He has dropped one set and his serve twice (holding 50 of 52 games) en route to the final, posting wins over Russian Igor Andreev 64 64, Ukraine native Sergiy Stakhovsky 62 61, German Benjamin Becker 76(4) 63, No. 33 seed Nicolas Almagro 63 63 and No. 4 Rafael Nadal 46 63 63…Has saved 12 of 14 break points and leads the tournament with 42 aces (hit 15 vs. Nadal)
* Five of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents (has a 5-5 mark)
* Made his breakthrough here in 2001 when he defeated former No. 1 Marcelo Rios (2nd Rd.) and No. 4 ranked Pete Sampras (3rd Rd.) before falling to No. 7 Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter-finals

2010 Highlights:
W: Brisbane (d Stepanek); F: San Jose (l Verdasco); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Ljubicic); QF: Australian Open (l Cilic); Memphis (l Querrey)

2010 in Review:
* The Austin, Texas resident is appearing in his ATP World Tour-best fourth final of the season and the second in as many tournaments…He enters with a 25-4 match record on the ATP World Tour (most match wins and matches played) and he’s coming off a runner-up effort two weeks ago in Indian Wells (l. to Ljubicic)… He also leads the ATP World Tour with a 15-4 mark in tie-breaks
* In mid-February he reached the final in San Jose where he lost to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 36 64 64 and followed with a quarter-final in Memphis (l. to eventual champ Querrey)… The top American opened the season by capturing his 28th career ATP World Tour title in Brisbane (d. Stepanek) to extend his title streak to 10 consecutive years (tied w/Federer among active players)…Then followed by reaching the quarter-finals at the Australian Open (l. to Cilic in five sets)
* He came into the tournament No. 2 on ATP World Tour in aces (321, 13.4 avg.) behind Karlovic (385) and leader in service games won (91%) and No. 2 in first serve points won (80%)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
* Has a career record of 140-57 since playing his first Masters 1000 tournament in Miami (falling second round to Agassi) in 2000…Owns a 4-4 in finals, winning his last Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati in 2006 (d. Ferrero)…Also won there in 2003 (d. Fish)…His other titles have come in Montreal in 2003 (d. Nalbandian) and Miami in 2004 (d. Coria, ret.)

* In 2009, the top American finished in the Top 10 for an eighth consecutive season at No. 7…He and Federer have the longest streak among active players on the ATP World Tour
* Has a 33-56 career record against Top 10 opponents and has won three of past four Top 10 meetings
* His 28 career titles is No. 3 among active players on the ATP World Tour, behind Federer (62) and Nadal (36)

PLAYERS OUTSIDE TOP 10 TO REACH FINAL – The 20th-ranked Berdych is trying to become the first player outside the Top 10 to capture the Miami title since No. 18 Jim Courier in 1991 (d. No. 46 David Wheaton). Since then, nine players outside the Top 10 have finished runner-up:
2010 – Tomas Berdych (20) vs. Andy Roddick
2005 – Rafael Nadal (31) lost to Roger Federer
2002 – Roger Federer (14) lost to Andre Agassi
2001 – Jan-Michael Gambill (19) lost to Andre Agassi
1999 – Sebastien Grosjean (74) lost to Richard Krajicek
1998 – Andre Agassi (31) lost to Marcelo Rios
1997 – Sergi Bruguera (35) lost to Thomas Muster
1994 – Andre Agassi (31) lost to Pete Sampras
1993 – MaliVai Washington (18) lost to Pete Sampras
1992 – Alberto Mancini (24) lost to Michael Chang

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Title Leaders (since 1990) – Roddick is trying to become the fourth active player to win five or more ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. Here are the leaders:

1) Andre Agassi 17
2) Roger Federer 16
3) Rafael Nadal 15
4) Pete Sampras 11
5) Thomas Muster 8
6) Michael Chang 7
7) Boris Becker 5
 Jim Courier 5
 Novak Djokovic 5
 Gustavo Kuerten 5
 Marcelo Rios 5
 Marat Safin 5

No. 3 seeds Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Leander Paes of India take on No. 4 Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Max Mirnyi of Belarus on Saturday in the doubles championship. Both teams have lost only one set en route to the final.

Dlouhy and Paes are appearing in their third ATP World Tour final of the season after runner-up efforts in Brisbane and Dubai. They are 3-6 lifetime together in finals, winning Roland Garros and the US Open last year. Bhupathi and Mirnyi are making their first ATP World Tour final showing of the season.
Coming into Miami, Bhupathi-Mirnyi had a 1-4 match record on the season. This is the first year they are playing together since 2004. They played from 2002-04, winning seven of 15 finals.

Dlouhy is 7-10 in his career in finals while Paes is 42-30. This is the 15th year Paes is playing in Miami and he’s trying to capture his first title. He was runner-up in 2003 (w/Rikl) and ’07 (w/Damm)

Bhupathi is 45-33 in his career in finals and this is the Indian’s second final in Miami in 11 appearances. Two years ago he was runner-up (w/Knowles). Mirnyi is 36-29 lifetime in finals and he’s 4-0 in Miami finals, winning with three different partners – 2003 (w/Federer), 2005-06 (w/Bjorkman) and last year (w/Ram).

Watch a FREE live stream of the men's doubles final from Miami between Bhupathi-Mirnyi and Dlouhy-Paes Saturday. The final is second match from 4:30pm GMT/12:30pm ET.

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