sanjose04roddick_fish

Points won by each set: | 48-43, 33-25 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
49 % Roddick – 34 of 69
32 % Fish – 26 of 80

Five months after the Cincinnati final, they played another all-serve battle. The only break occurred at 4-all in the 2nd set, Fish [21] considerably helped in that game with a couple of poor volleys. In the tie-break, Roddick trailed *0:3 when Fish almost passed him, and saved four set points: 5:6 & 7:8 with service winners, 10:11 & 11:12 with forehand winners (the third set point on return, Fish skipped Roddick’s return and the ball landed in the server’s left corner). “We just know what each other’s going to do,” Roddick [3] said. “I found myself going against what I do instinctively because he knows what I do instinctively… I know when I make a joke, no matter how intense it is, he’s going to get it. No stepping on toes.” Roddick’s first tournament since he became a recognizable player, that he didn’t wear baseball cap or visor.

Roddick’s route to his 12th title:
1 Christophe Rochus 6-4, 6-2
2 Kristof Vliegen 6-2, 6-3
Q Joachim Johansson 6-3, 7-6(7)
S Robert Kendrick 7-6(3), 6-2
W Mardy Fish 7-6(13), 6-4

# Comparison of two finals with almost identical scorelines:
San Jose ’04: Roddick d. Fish 7-6(13), 6-4… 1 hour 36 minutes… Total points: 81-68… Roddick saved 4 SPs in tie-break
Dubai ’16: Wawrinka d. Baghdatis 6-4, 7-6(13)… 1 hour 54 minutes… Total points: 80-74… Wawrinka saved 5 SPs in tie-break

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