'Beating Rafael Nadal is not my favorite Miami memory,' Andy Roddick recalls

“Beating Rafael Nadal is not my favorite memory from Miami,” recalled Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick won two Miami Open titles in 2004 and 2010. The American made his Florida debut in 2000 and has competed in front of home fans for 13 consecutive years. When asked about his greatest triumphs at the Miami Open, Andy mentioned two encounters from different phases of his career.

Placed at No. 8, Roddick delivered his last notable Masters 1000 finish at Miami 2010 and reached his last title match at that level after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over the world No. 1. 4 Rafael Nadal in two hours and six minutes. It was their eighth encounter and the American came down from a set to cross the finish line first.

Andy fired 15 aces and saved three out of four break chances. He kept the pressure on Rafa, who couldn’t take it in sets two and three. The Spaniard was broken three times from six opportunities offered to Roddick, hitting more winners than unforced errors but falling behind.

With his booming serve and first groundstroke, Roddick had a massive advantage on the quickest rallies up to four shots. As expected, he lost ground in the longer changes, but crossed the finish line first with a double break in the decisive set.

That wasn’t Andy’s favorite triumph in Miami after beating his idol Pete Sampras in 2001 when he was 18! Roddick debuted in Miami in 2000 and returned to Florida a year later as a promising star with a smashing serve.

Andy defeated Pete in the third round 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 18 minutes, earning his first top-five triumph and cracking the top-100!

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Roddick served 72%, hitting 26 service winners and dropping just 13 points behind his initial shot to give Sampras a break chance.

Pete had 27 unreturned serves and 12 winners from the field while Andy counted to 19, six of them with his backhand that worked like a charm on the day. Roddick had 45 winners and just 17 errors, while Sampras was at a 39-31 ratio, decent but not enough for at least one set.

As expected from two big servers, it was a fast and smooth match. 40% of all points ended with a serve winner and almost 85% ended up in the shortest range of up to four strokes! Only three substitutions lasted over eight strokes, while 17 had between five and eight strokes.

Almost nothing could separate them there (11-9 for Roddick), and Andy distanced himself from Pete in those briefest changes and developed a 65-47 advantage to topple the Grand Champion and advance into the last 16. “The Davis Cup title we won in Portland in 2007 is probably my favorite, we worked hard for it.

I beat Rafael Nadal in Miami in 2010. However, my most valuable win in this event came in 2001 when I was 18 when I defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets. It was my first time on national television and you only play your idol for the first time once,” said Andy Roddick.

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