(December 1, 2012) Andy Roddick will face No 11 Nicolas Almagro in the final of the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition event on Sunday.
The recently retired Roddick dismantled No. 3 Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals of the event while Almagro topped the hard-serving John Isner 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL, home of the Sony Open.
“I think I felt a little bit more comfortable than him on the court,” Almagro said regarding Isner after the match.
Roddick dominated Murray from the start of the first set, as Murray seemed sluggish around the court, compared to a grunting and aggressive Roddick. Roddick won the majority of his first service points, which gave him a home-court advantage and Murray couldn’t seem to gain any type of lead with breaking Roddick’s serve. Roddick broke two of Murray’s service games in the first set to take a 6-2 lead. Despite Murray’s attempts to out-rally Roddick, the retired American gave fans a taste of his old baseline perseverance as he dug even deeper in to the second set to take it 6-3.
“If we had gone three sets I would’ve had a full body cramp and it would’ve been awkward for all of you,” said Roddick to the crowd during the match against Murray.
“There’s no comeback.
“Andy (Murray) was nice to me tonight.”
Roddick said that he’s happy in retirement but he still enjoys hitting tennis balls. He’s said that he’s put on four pounds, is playing a lot of golf and doesn’t miss the travel.
“I haven’t lost any of the innocent parts of tennis,” Roddick said. “I just do it in front of less people.”
Roddick leads Almagro 2-0 in career meetings as a pro, with both wins coming on hard courts – one on them on the courts of Crandon Park in the 2010.
(MiamiTennisNews.com contributed to this report)