Roddick roars to title

Andreas Seppi

Andy Roddick EB winner

Andy Roddick, the world no33, wrestled the AEGON International title off in-form Andreas Seppi with a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 triumph in 72 minutes.

The Centre Court crowd were disappointed that the ATP Tour final failed to produce the drama and fireworks of the preceding WTA Tour when eight match points were required to decide a champion.

American ace Roddick, who arrived at Eastbourne in the worst form of his career with six defeats on the bounce, has reversed his fortunes by dismantling all those before him this week at Devonshire Park – including the hapless Italian in the final.

And no6 seed Roddick reached the final courtesy of two retirements against him, and dropped just one set en route to capturing the crown – his fifth grass court title – culminating in a one-man show to bring down the curtain on no3 Seppi and his reign as 2011 Eastbourne champion.

The last-minute wildcard won over half of his return points, which resulted in Seppi being broken five times. And the American clinched the title on his first point to claim his 31st career title.

Roddick now joins Swiss star Roger Federer as the only two current ATP Tour stars to have won at least one title each season for the past 12 years.

Former world no1 Roddick beamed:

I started off not serving great and then made an adjustment. I think I served 90 percent in the second set, which is pretty strong number.

“I feel really good because I went from a six match losing streak to all of a sudden winning a tournament – it is a 180-degree turnaround.

“I am so thankful that it went my way this week. My returns this week were close to as well as I have returned – I’ll just have to try to maintain this form going into next week’s Wimbledon.

“I really wanted to keep alive winning one tournament a year for 12 years, I know three or four people have done that.

“I need to remind myself of those numbers just to remember this is a what did you do last week type sport? So looking back on that, maybe I need to look at those a little bit more and realise that I’ve done this for a long time pretty well.

“It’s everything I could have asked for. I feel like I can come here and get my work in. The facility and the courts have been great and the community really seems to support this event.

”You’re not dealing with the hustle and bustle of a massive city. I think before a major, that’s nice – a really positive week.

”The thing that makes sports great is there is no script. You can draw it up, and it rarely works out the way this week has.”

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