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Roddick wins second Memphis title

Andy Roddick
Roddick has enjoyed an impressive start to 2009

Andy Roddick secured his second Memphis Championship title after beating Radek Stepanek in straight sets.

Top seed Roddick, 26, triumphed 7-5 7-5 against the Czech fifth seed, with the American breaking the Czech twice in the first set to seize the initiative.

Stepanek had three break chances in the second set, but Roddick pulled through each time, before taking the Czech's final service game to win the final.

Prior to Sunday, Stepanek, 30, had not lost a set at Memphis this week.

The win for Roddick, who lost to Stepanek in the semi-finals of the San Jose Open last week, ended his opponent's bid for back-to-back title wins, as the American clinched his 27th career title.

It was Roddick's fourth final at Memphis, where he was champion in 2002 and runner-up in 2003 and 2007.

In South America, Spain's Tommy Robredo won his second successive tournament when he beat Argentina's Juan Monaco 7-5 2-6 7-6 in the final of the Buenos Aires Open.

"I am very happy for having won back-to-back titles for the first time in my career," said the world number 17.

"I trained hard to be able to play well in consecutive weeks."

Meanwhile world number 66 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain captured her first career WTA Tour title with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Argentina's Gisela Dulko in the final of the Bogota clay court event.



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