posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 11:39 AM
Defending champion Andy Roddick twice equalled his own fastest serve record as he finally ended his Lleyton Hewitt hoodoo in the Stella Artois
Championship. Roddick recovered from a break down in the opening set to record a 7-6 6-3 semi-final victory over the former Wimbledon champion at
Defending champion Andy Roddick will face Sebastien Grosjean in a repeat of last year's final at Queen's after the pair came through tricky
semi-finals. The US Open champion also recorded two aces at 153mph to match the mark he set in the quarter-finals on Friday, which surpassed his
previous best of 152mph achieved in the Davis Cup tie against Sweden earlier this year.
Hewitt had won all three of the previous meetings between the pair and 20 of his last 21 matches at Queen's Club, and looked set to take the opening
set when a forehand winner gave him a break of serve and 3-2 lead.
But under the guidance of coach Brad Gilbert, Roddick has improved considerably since those three losses back in 2001, and broke back as Hewitt served
for the set, the Australian's backhand slice drifting wide to level the scores at 5-5.
Roddick was a strong favourite for the tie-break and took advantage of another unforced error from Hewitt to take it 9-7 with another service winner.
The 21-year-old world number two then broke Hewitt's serve in the opening game of the second set and the first 153mph ace consolidated the break at
Hewitt, who won the title three years in succession between 2000 and 2002 and was attempting to join John McEnroe and Boris Becker as the only
four-time winners of the tournament, refused to give in and saved one match point at 3-5 down. But he then double-faulted on the second match point to
give Roddick victory in 75 minutes.