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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 22:36 GMT 23:36 UK
Roddick claims US Open title
Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick stormed to his first Grand Slam title with a crushing win over Juan Carlos Ferrero at the US Open on Sunday.

The 21-year-old American gave an awesome display of serving, thrashing the helpless Ferrero 6-3 7-6 6-3 in one hour 42 minutes.

"I'm in disbelief right now," he said afterwards.

"It's so far-fetched for me. I came here as a fan so much when I was younger. It is an absolute privilege to have my name on the trophy."

Roddick went into the match as a strong favourite after a run of 18 straight victories.

The only question mark was over his physical condition after a marathon five-set semi-final with David Nalbandian the previous night.

But escaping from that match looked to have boosted the American's confidence and he began the final in blistering style.

He served unbelievably, there was nothing I could do
Juan Carlos Ferrero
He broke the Spaniard in the fourth game and eased to the opening set, before the second went to a tie-break after being totally dominated by serve.

Ferrero made three uncharacteristic errors on his usually stronger forehand to hand the initiative to Roddick, who rattled off six straight points to go two sets up.

Break points were more frequent in the third set but Ferrero missed two at 3-3, and when he handed Roddick a double fault at 4-3 down the American capitalised.

Serving for his first Grand Slam title, the fourth seed sent down three huge aces, including one on match point, to secure the title with a nerveless love game.

A tearful Roddick immediately headed into the stands and made his way through the spectators to find his coach, Brad Gilbert, and his parents.

"I knew I was going to cry," said Roddick. "I was just so happy and wanted to share the moment with everyone who has supported me.

"I have my friends and my family here, everyone I know is here supporting me and I couldn't have a better day."

Ferrero admitted that Roddick's serve had left him struggling to make an impression on the match.

"I didn't play so well but Andy played so good," said the Spaniard. "He served unbelievably, there was nothing I could do.

"Right now, I am a little bit sad, but I have to think I did a great job these two weeks."



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