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The match between David Ferrer and Andy Roddick in the third round was expected to be a battle, and it did not disappoint. An intriguing match went one way then the other. But it finally came the right way, Ferrer's way. The Spaniard won the match 2-6,7-6,6-4,6-4. He smashed 45 winners and fired 10 aces.
Roddick claimed the first set easily. The former World No. 1 made a terrific start to the match, as he broke Ferrer in the very opening game and then raced to a 4-0 lead. Ferrer did try to make a comeback but then it was too late for him in the first set. Once again Roddick made the most of his probing serve.
Ferrer responded in the second in the way only Ferrer can. Ferrer is known for his resilience and he did just that that, as he took the second set in a tie break. The Spaniard broke the Roddick serve early, with Roddick looking a bit off focus. The American though gained composure again, and then broke back the Spaniard to get back at 3-3. The only one to see a break point from then was the American, but he couldn't capitalize on it. In retrospect, Roddick must be ruing that missed opportunity as the Spaniard made him pay in the tie-break. The American also missed out on a set point opportunity in the tie break later.
The third set saw Ferrer taking his game up another notch. His serve looks impenetrable now, with Roddick unable to make any kind of impact on the Spaniard's serve. Ferrer had a break point opportunity early on in the set, but the American rose to the occasion that time to hold serve, saving that point magnificently. Two service games later, Roddick saw his serve in trouble once more, he was down 0-40, while he saved the first two he couldn't save the last one as Ferrer broke the Roddick serve for the second time in the match in the seventh game of the third set. The Spaniard then held his serve easily to win the set 6-4. Ferrer fired 2 aces and smashed 11 winners in the set.
Roddick looked tired in the fourth and didn't really put up a fight in it. Ferrer sensing the American's tiring 30 year old legs made him run around as much as he could, moving him side to side. Andy finally succumbed to the tenacity of the Spaniard as he bid adieu to the SW19.
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