2005 Washington DC Open
ANDY RODDICK v JAMES BLAKE
Hitting 18 aces and showing the form he hopes will carry him far at the U.S. Open, Roddick beat James Blake 7-5, 6-3 Sunday to win the Washington hard-court title for the second time.
Roddick is the third straight American to win a tournament in the U.S. Open Series, the summer circuit leading up to the year's final Grand Slam.
"To have three Americans win in the first three weeks of this series is great," Roddick said. "I feel like it's on an upswing from a month ago, with the younger guys stepping up and playing well."
In the second set against Blake, Roddick took control by breaking for a 5-3 advantage. He then served the match out with three aces -- one at 144 mph -- to join Andre Agassi and Robby Ginepri on the list of U.S. Open Series titlists this year. Blake was pleased with his performance, coming back from a career threatening neck injury and a bout of shingles that hampered his vision and hearing. Blake is now back to playing his best tennis.
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