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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Ready for Open? Roddick repeats as RCA champion

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posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 03:35 PM
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Andy Roddick defeated veteran German Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets Sunday to capture the title at the $600,000 RCA Championships.

Roddick, the world No. 2, downed the 12th-seeded Kiefer 6-2, 6-3 in a match that lasted just under 1 1/2 hours.

The 21-year-old, who beat Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand in last year's RCA final, claimed $74,250 for his fourth title of 2004 and 15th of his career.

Roddick became the first multiple winner at this event since Pete Sampras collected three straight titles in 1991, 1992 and 1996.

The American, who is the reigning U.S. Open champion, also won the Tennis Masters Series Miami, London and San Jose this season.

Roddick has now reached three straight ATP Tour singles finals with his London and Indianapolis crowns sandwiched between his runner-up finish to world No. 1 Swiss Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

Kiefer, who was looking for his first title of the year, fell to 0-2 lifetime against the hard-serving Roddick. Kiefer is 0-4 in championship matches this season and has not won a title since 2000.


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