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(January 11, 2010) Andy Roddick’s serve was at its booming best as he defeated champ Radek Stepanek in the Brisbane International Final.

The American defeated the second seed from Czech Republic 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7) in a closely-fought match.
Key to victory was Roddick's serve.

An impressive 77 per cent of first attempts were in and he hit seven aces. Roddick, who has won 28 singles titles, admits he expected to secure the second set sooner. He said: "I don't think I've ever squandered a lead when I've been putting in first serves and making approach shots.

"The first time I served for the match I had a double fault but I don't think I missed a ball apart from that."

This tournament served as a tune-up for the Australian Open, which begins January 18 in Melbourne.


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