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Playing in his last tournament, former World No. 1 Andy Roddick of USA advanced into the pr-quarterfinals of the 2012 US Open on Sunday after registering a 7-5 7-6 (1) 4-6 6-4 victory over Italian Fabio Fognini. Roddick took exactly three hours to win this duel.
After 42 minutes of play, Roddick clinched the first set. The American earned the easy breakthrough early on in the first set but then lost the advantage by making ill-timed unforced errors. Finally, the American earned the decisive breakthrough in the twelfth game of the first set and won it.
Both contenders traded breaks early on in the second-set and then it reached the tie-breaker. Roddick showed his true class in the tie-breaker and served beautifully. While his opponent Fognini served badly and paid the price by losing the second-set in a tie-breaker.
Fognini raised the level of his game at the right time in the third-set and earned the breakthrough - just at the right juncture to take this battle into the fourth set. Both contenders held on to their serves but the Italian earned the breakthrough in the penultimate tenth game to won the third-set. Both contenders exchanged breaks in the fourth set and then Roddick earned the decisive breakthrough in the seventh game. The American held on to his serve in the next games and won this duel.
Andy Roddick became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the finals. Roddick has reached four other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009, and the US Open in 2006), losing to Roger Federer every time.
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