After holding serve in 61 of his 63 first service games of the week, Andy Roddick got broken three times in the span of four service games during Saturday afternoon’s semifinal at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, allowing Mardy Fish to reach his second Cincinnati final with a 4-6 7-6(3) 6-1 win.
Coming into Saturday’s match, Roddick and Fish had combined to hold serve in 100 of 103 games this week, and had hit a combined 105 aces.
Both players suffered through patches of bad serving in the three-set semifinal Saturday.
Fish had the first chance gain an advantage when Roddick fell behind 0-40 in the fifth game of
the match. Roddick, however, saved all three break points to hold.
While sitting for the changeover after the ninth game, the skies opened and rain began falling, sending the players off the court.
Fish served at 4-5 coming out of the hour delay and was broken to give Roddick the set. It was the first time Fish had lost serve this week since the opening round against Gilles Simon.
In the fourth game of the second set Roddick earned another break to open up a 3-1 lead. He maintained that edge, going up 5-2, until a very light rain forced the players away from the court again.
After 10 minutes, they returned to court, where Fish got a hold then managed to get his first break of Roddick in the ninth game, as Roddick was serving for the match at 5-3.
Holds from each player leveled the second set at 6-all.
After the first two points of the tie-break went to the server, the returner took the next four points, making it 3-all as they switched ends of the court.
Fish then rattled off four straight points with an ace, two Roddick errors followed by a passing shot winner to force the third set.
In the first game of the final set, Fish saved a break point, then broke Roddick in consecutive service games while gaining three straight holds to open up a 5-0 lead before closing out the match.
Federer Advances in Night Semifinal
Roger Federer needed just 70 minutes to down Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday in the second semifinal of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.
A three-time champion in Cincinnati, Federer advanced to his fourth final here without facing a break point while winning 40 of the 51 points on his serve.
Federer scored the win with a break in each set. In the opening set, Federer took with the set in the 10th game, while the Swiss got the break in the eighth game of the second set.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion needed just two break points to earn those two breaks.
Baghdatis struggled mightily with his serve, only getting 28 percent of his first serves in during the second set.
Federer will be appearing in his fifth final of 2010 and is in pursuit of his second title of the season.