Roddick blasts Seppi off court to take AEGON International title

AEGON International
AEGON International

Former world number one Andy Roddick left stormed his way to glory in the AEGON International men’s final against reigning champion Andreas Seppi on Centre Court.

Roddick’s victory, his first title on grass since 2007, was as straight-forward as they come – a two-set rout completed in just one hour and 12 minutes.

World number 24 Seppi will no doubt be disappointed not to have put up a stronger challenge to defend the title he won last year against Janko Tipsarevic.

It looked as if the Italian may get the upper-hand in the tie after breaking Roddick’s opening serve. However, whatever he threw Roddick’s way, the American always had a response – breaking straight back to level the set.

Three more breaks of serve followed, two in favour of the 2003 US Open champ to see him comfortably pocket the first set 6-3 in just 38 minutes.

It was the first set Seppi had dropped so far in the tournament but, as things always do, an absence was followed by two in quick succession.

The second set was even less of a closer contest. While Seppi managed to hold his opening service game, Roddick went on to take the next five to propel himself into a 5-1 lead.

It was then easy work for the three-time Wimbledon finalist. He allowed Seppi to add one more to his tally before serving for game, set and match to take home the trophy.

Not many would have expected such a one-sided contest after Seppi’s blistering form during his route to the final that saw him easily dispatch world number 37 Carlos Berlocq, seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber and semi-finalist Ryan Harrison.

Roddick had an equally smooth route to the final after two of his opponents, Sam Querrey and Steve Darvis, retired injured during their contests, each time while Roddick was comfortably ahead.

The victory will do wonders for the big-hitting crowd favourite’s confidence. Entering the tournament on the back of six consecutive defeats – the longest run in his career – and at one of his lowest ever rankings at number 33, all he was looking for was a bit of confidence heading into Wimbledon this week.

Now, as he claims the $91,000 prize alongside the prestigious title and trophy, he equals Roger Federer’s record total of 12 consecutive years with an ATP World Tour title. How’s that for a confidence booster.

Speaking after the match, he said, “I feel a lot better about my tennis game now. In sports there’s no script. You can draw it up but it rarely works out as well as this week and as I’ve gotten older that’s something that I appreciate more.

“I returned pretty well and I think today I served 90% in the second set. Now I need to try and maintain this form going into Wimbledon.

“There’s a fine line, although it seems like a big line, between hitting well in practice and transfering it to matches but this week I found that cross over.

“I came here on a win of six straight defeats and now I’ve won a tournament, it’s a total 180 degree turn around. I always say you’re never playing as badly as you think you’re playing, or as well as you think either, but now I feel like I can put a scare into anyone I play.”