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Andy Roddick beats Radek Stepanek to win Brisbane title

Andy Roddick
Roddick has now won 28 career singles titles

Andy Roddick survived a second-set collapse to defeat defending champion Radek Stepanek and win the Brisbane International title in straight sets.

The American, who has been out for three months with a knee injury, won 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7) after his Czech opponent double-faulted on match point.

Top seed Roddick led 4-0 in the second set and 6-1 in the tie-break, but Stepanek hit back to hold a set point.

Roddick won the next two points before Stepanek's error gifted him victory.

"I don't think I've ever squandered a lead where I've been putting in first serves and making approach shots," said Roddick.

Rio's Right Boot

"The first time I served for it I had a double fault, but I don't know that I missed a ball apart from that. The next one I actually made five out of six first serves and again was coming in.

"Once he got down he kind of loosened up and played more aggressively.

"I certainly don't know if I expected to come and win my first tournament after a pretty extended lay-off."

It is the 27-year-old's first title in Australia in his first event back after recovering from the left knee injury he suffered in October.

After storming through the first set tie-break, he broke Stepanek in the first game of the second set, although much of that was down to his Czech opponent's fallibilities.

Stepanek hit a forehand into the net, double-faulted, mis-hit a backhand and double-faulted again on break point to hand Roddick the first game and an advantage he did not look likely to let slip as he raced into a 4-0 lead.

But Stepanek regrouped and broke twice to level at 5-5 in the Pat Rafter Arena. He also held his nerve in the tie-break after falling behind 1-6, to take the next six points but his composure left him at set point and another double fault handed Roddick the title.

Meanwhile, Croatia's Marin Cilic clinched a second straight Chennai Open crown on Sunday with a 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-3) victory over Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

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