The BB&T Atlanta Open final featured a pair of 29-year-old ATP veterans battling against one another and the sweltering Georgia heat. Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller was in search of his first career ATP title, while Roddick was vying for his 32nd trophy. Coming off a string of impressive wins, Muller was the first to get out of the gate. He combined powerful serves with effective volleys to quickly break Roddick’s serve twice and won the first set 6-1.
Struggling under hot and muggy conditions, the second saw a slew of double faults and unforced errors from both players. Roddick was gifted three set points 6-5 in the second set courtesy of a wilting Muller, but the world no. 63 managed to scrap his way to a tiebreak. The American made sure that it was a one-sided affair, forcing errors of off Muller’s forehand and taking the second set 7-6 (7-2).
By the start of the third set, the heat appeared to have taken its toll on Muller, whose first serve percentage dipped to 36% and was plagued with double faults. Roddick was able to capitalize on his opponent’s condition and converted both of his break point opportunities. Despite his own struggles, the world no. 27 managed to defend his serve and take the come-from-behind victory 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 in 2 hours and 19 minutes.
Atlanta marks Roddick’s second title this year. He won the Eastbourne Championships prior to Wimbledon. In his 12th year on the ATP tour, the American will enter the London Olympics on a high note as he seeks his first Olympic medal.
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