Roddick downs Sela in Beijing final
Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick edged Dudi Sela in three sets to win the final of the China Open at Beijing Tennis Center on Sunday.
The second-seeded Roddick picked up his 26th ATP title and third this year with a 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 victory over the Israeli Sela, who played in his first ATP final.
"I've always enjoyed my time playing the Masters Cup (in Shanghai) and I came here (to Asia) even as a junior," said Roddick. "It's a place I've always felt comfortable and maybe this year just translated into some wins, which is really nice."
Roddick appeared to be in line for a straight-set victory when he held two match points at 6-4 in the second set tie-break. However, Sela won the next four points, forcing a third set. The American regrouped, though, and improved to 9-0 in finals against players challenging for their first ATP title.
The 26-year-old Roddick improved to 41-13 for the year. The 92nd-ranked Sela, a 22-year-old upstart, defeated top-seeded world No. 5 Spaniard David Ferrer on Thursday.
"Overall I feel very good," said Sela. "I played a good match and I had some chances but I hope next time I'm going to do better. It gives me a lot of confidence. I showed myself that I can play with the big players and hopefully I'll continue like that and improve my game a little bit and improve my ranking of course."
For winning the title, Roddick earned $85,000.
09/28 12:26:03 ET