2008 MIAMI OPEN
ROGER FEDERER v ANDY RODDICK
7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Andy Roddick crushed one last thunderous serve to finally beat Roger Federer, then slowly walked to the net with his head down, as if unsure whether to scream for joy or break down in tears.
After years of tinkering and toiling to try to defeat Roger Federer, who always seems to raise his game even when Roddick has improved his own skills, Roddick finally was able to notch a victory.
Federer has not been himself this year after battling a stomach virus and mononucleosis.
Still, when Roddick has played Federer in the past, his main weapon - his huge 140mph serve has seemed to disappear.
On this night, Roddick has his serve clicking and Federer was not able to block them back to neutralize it as he has done in the past.
Federer raised his game in the second set, but in the 3rd set, Roger returned to his recent mishitting mistakes.
Instead of blasting a forehand winner, it would shank of his racquet and loop long and out over the baseline.
With an almost flawless performance, Roddick ended a streak of 11 consecutive losses against his nemesis Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Roddick dominated with his serve and took advantage of Federer's suddenly shaky play down the stretch to win 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
The ever cheeky Roddick recalled the struggles of Vytis Geralaitis in his press conference:
"I came in knowing that nobody has beaten me 12 times in a row," Roddick told the delighted capacity crowd afterward. "So I had that on my side."