With the match locked at 4-4 in the deciding third set, Roddick elected to drop deeper behind the baseline to return the Belgian's serve. He was rewarded with a break and he then served it out to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
"I wasn't returning well close in," Roddick said. "I just didn't have my timing or whatever. He missed eight of his first nine serves when I stood back and did that.