Two-time Cincinnati champion Andy Roddick battled to a 6-4 6-7(7), 7-6(5) win over World No. 5 Robin Soderling on Thursday night at the Western & Southern Finacial Group Masters.
Roddick fired 26 aces in the match that featured just three breaks of serve. On his serve, Roddick was explosive, winning 73 percent of the points and facing just one break point.
In the opening set, Roddick's serve was definitely on. The American fired 13 aces while scoring a break of Soderling's serve in the fifth game.
The players exhanged breaks midway through the second set before battling through a very tense tie-break that Soderling claimed 9-7.
Roddick had chanced to finish the match off during the third set. In the eighth game alone, Roddick had five break chances. In all, Soderling saved eight break points during the final set.
In the decisive tie-break, Roddick prevailed 7-5.
The win earns Roddick a Cincinnati quarterfinal berth for the sixth time in his career. He's now tied with Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Mats Wilander for the most quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era.
Roddick is now 28-7 all-time in Cincinnati, making him the winningest active player and placing him seventh among all players during the Open Era.