Andy Roddick has reached the final of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament by beating three-time former champion Lleyton Hewitt.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
London:Title-holder Andy Roddick reached the final of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament by beating three-time former champion Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (7), 6-3 yesterday. Roddick, the top-seeded player at this Wimbledon warmup event, will play Sebastien Grosjean in a repeat of last year's final. Earlier, the fifth-seeded Frenchman defeated South Korean qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-2. Roddick twice matched his own record for fastest serve with aces at 153 mph, including one at 4-3 in the final set. He set the record with an ace on Friday against Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarterfinals. Tie-breaker Hewitt served for the opening set at 5-4 but Roddick broke. Hewitt led 6-5 in the tie-breaker before Roddick won four of the next five points. The victory was Roddick's first over former Wimbledon champion Hewitt in their four meetings. He closed out the match when the sixth-seeded Australian double-faulted. The 21-year-old Roddick, ranked second in the world behind Switzerland's Roger Federer, is bidding for his third title this year following wins in San Jose and Miami. He reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year where he lost to Federer, the eventual champion. Tough match Grosjean, also a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2003, looked like making a quick exit yesterday after losing the first set and falling behind 4-1 in the second. But he won the next four games and clinched the second tiebreaker when Hyung hit a long forehand. Wearing his baseball cap back-to-front in trademark style, Grosjean sealed victory when his opponent sent a forehand into the net. Grosjean, 26, is seeking his first title of the year and the fourth of his career. He enjoyed his best ever showing at Wimbledon last year but lost in straight sets to eventual runner-up Mark Philippoussis in the semis. (AP)