Andy Roddick showed he still has it at the Miami Tennis Cup at the weekend, defeating Andy Murray in two sets in the semi final at the event in Key Biscane. The recently retired American was a part of the exhibition tournament that also included John Isner, Alejandro Falla, Nicolas Almagro and another recently retired player in Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Admittedly, Murray was not playing with the intensity of an important match and was punished for it by the ever competitive Roddick. Two breaks in the first set saw him fall to a 6-2 defeat in the first, including one as he served to stay in at 2-5. The all important break in the second would come at 4-3 up for Roddick who converted the third of three break points. It was slightly nervy stuff as he served the match out but he would do so from 15-30 to move to the final where he faced Nicolas Almagro. After his opponent defeated a Spaniard in Juan Carlos Ferrero in his first match, Nicolas Almagro ensured that John Isner would not repeat the feat in the next match with a 6-3 6-4 defeat over the tall American.
In the final, Roddick had a much more difficult time of it as Almagro looked comfortable on return through out. It would remain close though with Almagro needing just one break in each set, both coming at the business end of the set. The 6-4 7-5 victory was a fun end to a tournament that allowed fans to say goodbye one more time to an excellent player in Roddick.
QF John Isner d. Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6(2) 6-3
QF Nicolas Almagro d. Alejandro Falla 6-4 6-1
SF Andy Roddick d. Andy Murray 6-2 6-3
SF Nicolas Almagro d. John Isner 6-3 6-4
F Nicolas Almagro d. Andy Roddick 6-4 7-5