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Feb
11

Roddick is pushed to the limit as he wins his 30th title in Memphis.

Andy Roddick finally overcame Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 (9-7) 6-7 (11-13) 7-5 to bag a third title in Memphis at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Roddick edged a tight opening tie-break before the 20-year-old wildcard, fresh from his ATP title win in San Jose, hit back to level in a mammoth tie-breaker. The American led 4-1 in the decider but Raonic dished up a 32nd ace to help survive a match point and make it 5-5. Roddick stayed cool to come through in a match lasting two hours, 36 minutes. It was an epic encounter and their first together as the 28-year-old Roddick eventually battled to victory in the $1.1m ATP Tour event he last won two years ago.

He was facing a man in red-hot form who last week became the first Canadian in 16 years to claim an ATP singles title when he won the SAP Open in San Jose. It was a result that steered Raonic up 25 places to a career-high ranking of 59th. On Sunday, after the pair shared two almighty tie-breaks, it appeared the Yugoslavia-born right-hander had met his match with Roddick cruising in the third set when leading 4-1.

But Raonic was having none of it and two service holds and a break later, the match was all level again. After wasting one match point at 5-4, Roddick finally completed the triumph in his 50th ATP World Tour final.

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