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Roddick Tops Isner In Atlanta SF Clash; Muller Reaches Final

Atlanta, U.S.A.

Roddick© Getty ImagesAndy Roddick improved to 4-2 against John Isner.

Fourth seed Andy Roddick knocked out top-seeded compatriot John Isner 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 in a Saturday evening semi-final clash at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

Though the two-time defending finalist Isner cracked 26 aces, Roddick was more effective on serve, winning 78 per cent of his service points to Isner’s 71 per cent success rate.

In the final set, after missing out on four break point opportunities when leading 4-3, Roddick capitalised in his next return game. He converted his second match point to clinch the victory in two hours and 28 minutes.

With the win, Roddick defeated Isner for the fourth time in six meetings. All have come on U.S. hard courts. The 27th-ranked Roddick is looking to add to his triumph at the AEGON International in Eastbourne, where he won his 31st career title (d. Seppi).

In Sunday’s final, Roddick will face Gilles Muller. The World No. 63 reached his first tour-level final since 2005, beating No. 8 seed Go Soeda 6-4, 6-3.

Muller commanded the match with his serve, firing 17 aces and winning 94 per cent of his first serve points. He broke Soeda once in each set to advance in 74 minutes.

The left-hander from Luxembourg is aiming to lift his first ATP World Tour trophy, having finished runner-up twice on U.S. hard courts in 2004 at Washington D.C. (l. to Hewitt) and 2005 at Los Angeles (l. to Agassi). Coming into Atlanta, the 29 year old had lost three straight matches.

Roddick holds a 3-1 edge in their FedEx ATP Head 2 Head series, winning three encounters in a row after Muller pulled off a stunning upset in the first round of the 2005 US Open.

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