Roddick Wins Second ATP Title
HOUSTON (AP) _ Andy Roddick overpowered Hyung-Taik Lee 7-5, 6-3 to win his second title in as many weeks Sunday at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships.
The 18-year-old Roddick, from Boca Raton, Fla., whose serve has been clocked at 141 mph, won his 10th consecutive match, counting last week’s victory in the Verizon Challenge in Atlanta _ his first pro tournament title.
Lee, South Korea’s top player, matched Roddick with a much weaker serve through most of the first set, but he was broken for the first time in the 10th game at love.
Roddick, who earned $46,000, served three straight love games to close out the first set.
After holding serve in a close second game of the second set, Roddick didn’t lose another point on his serve and broke Lee in the fifth and ninth games to close out the match.
Lee, who reached the final with victories over No. 2-seeded Andrew Ilie in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Michal Tabara, fought off the first match point following a long rally at 15-40. But Roddick closed it out on the second match point when Lee’s ball sailed beyond the baseline.
Lee, reaching his first ATP final, earned $24,000.