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Sunday February 20, 2011


Milos Raonic losses to Andy Roddick

By LadyDragon

MEMPHIS, United States--( winning run is over he lost against Andy Roddick in the Final at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

The championship of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships is a first-time meeting between two-time Memphis champion Andy Roddick and rising Canadian star Milos Raonic, a wild card entry.

Both players have been broken four times each this week Roddick is appearing in his fifth final here, winning titles in 2002 and ’09 while reaching finals in 2003 and ’07. He owns a 34-7 career mark here. The 29-year-old Roddick is making his 50th final showing (29-20). Roddick is trying to extend his title streak to 11 consecutive years by earning his 30th career crown.

Raonic is making his final debut here and last week in San Jose he captured his first ATP World Tour title (d. No. 9 Verdasco). He is trying to become the first player to win his first two career ATP World Tour titles in backto- back weeks since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008 (Stuttgart, Kitzbuehel).

The 20-year-old Canadian has made the biggest jump in the Top 100 South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings from last year, climbing from No. 156 at the end of 2010 to a career-high No. 59 this week. He will break the Top 50 (around No. 37) next week and will climb to around No. 32 with a title. He will become the highest-ranked Canadian man in ATP Rankings history (since 1973). Greg Rusedski was No. 41 in June 20, 1994. Raonic, who leads the tournament with 97 aces this week, is off to a 12-2 start this season, has played four straight three-set matches.

Andy Roddick

- Roddick, 28, the top American and two-time champion here (2002, ’09), is appearing in his fifth final in Memphis (2-2)…This week, rallied to beat Richard Berankis 46 62 63 in the first round on Tuesday, Janko Tipsarevic 61 76(8) on Thursday, rival Lleyton Hewitt 46 63 64 in the quarter-finals and Juan Martin del Potro 63 64 in the semi-finals

- He is playing here for the 11th straight year (34-7 mark) and the two-time winner (2002, ’09) also was runner-up in ’03 (l. to Dent) and ’07 (l. to Haas)…In his previous 10 appearances, only lost once before the quarter-finals, in his 2001 debut (l. to Haas in 2nd Rd.)

- He is playing in his 50th career final on the ATP World Tour (29-20 mark)…He opened the season by reaching the final in Brisbane (l. to Soderling) and then followed with a 4th Rd. showing at the Australian Open (l. to Wawrinka)

- Ranks No. 2 in aces (71), No. 3 in first serve pts. won (82%) and No. 5 in service games won (92%, 45 of 49 games held) this week

- He and Federer are the only active players to win a title for at least 10 straight years (Federer has 11)

- Last season finished in the Top 10 for a ninth straight year, joining Federer as only active players to accomplish the feat...Posted a 48-18 match record (42-15 on hard)

Milos Raonic

- Raonic, 20, is appearing in his second straight ATP World Tour final in only his ninth career tournament…In his Memphis debut this week, he has won four straight three-set matches, including back-to-back third set tie-break wins over No. 2 seed Fernando Verdasco and ’09 finalist Radek Stepanek…He hit a career-high and tournament record (since 1991) 38 aces on Thursday…On Friday,he beat Robert Kendrick 64 36 63, hitting 20 aces

- He leads the tournament in aces (97) and is No. 3 in service games won (93%, 56 of 60), break points saved (80%, 16 of 20) and first serve pct. (67%)…The most aces hit here (since ’91) is Mark Philippousis, who fired 106 in 2001

- The Thornhill, Ontario resident has made the biggest jump from last year’s year-end South African Airways ATP Rankings, improving from No. 156 to No. 59…He will move to around No. 37 thus far and around No. 32 if wins the title

- Last week in San Jose the top Canadian captured his first career ATP World Tour title over Verdasco in two tie-breaks…He was broken once during the week and led the tournament with 58 aces

- He became the first Canadian to win an ATP World Tour title since Greg Rusedski captured the title in Seoul in April 1995 (he also won in Newport in July 1993)

- At last month’s Australian Open, he qualified and posted wins over Bjorn Phau, No. 24 Michael Llodra and No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny before losing to No. 7 David Ferrer in four sets

- At this time one year ago he was ranked No. 361 and lost in the first round of qualifying at the Belgrade Challenger




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