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By Rohit Sharma
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With an entry to the consecutive masters series final, American Andy Roddick has announced his full-fledged return to top form. Czech Tomas Berdych, a surprise entry and a giant killer in the draw, too is looking for his maiden masters triumph. Who will walk away with the big prize? Find out with us...!
Andy Roddick vs. Tomas Berdych
Roddick leads series 5-2
Last Meeting - 2010 San Jose QF
Roddick won 7-6(5), 7-6(5)
Both Roddick and Berdych are in great shape from the past few weeks. The American has been victorious in four Masters series event, the last one, going back to 2006 in Cincinnati. But ever since his surprisingly good performance in Wimbledon last year, Roddick has emerged as a strong competition to the 'fabulous foursome' Federer-Nadal-Murray-Djokovic. In the semifinals, the American registered a come-from-behind-victory over former world number one Rafael Nadal. The mental toughness absent from the past few years seems to have taken Roddick to a kind of form which is worthy of pulling win over the best in the business.
Czech Tomas Berdych is considered by many as the 'dark-horse' of the tennis fraternity. Almost five years ago, the Czech star stunned all with his maiden Masters series title tirumph in Paris. Ever since the career-altering win, Berdych has managed to shine in just the Davis Cup matches where some of his significant wins eventually got the Czech Republic a place in the final last year. With a new, improved match play and game strategy, Berdych is looking stronger than ever. Despite his struggle in the quarterfinals and semifinals, his win over Federer in the R16 remains his best performance in a really long time.
Where Roddick is bidding for his second Miami title, following his win in 2004, Berdych is hoping to return to the game's elite with a much needed win in today's final. It seems with a hard-fought win today, Roddick will take his title tally to a whopping 29.
Tennis-Earth's Pick - Andy Roddick in three gruelling sets.
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