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Roddick tames Djokovic to reach Montreal semi-finals

ANDY Roddick won a battle of former champions, taming fourth seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4 7-6 in a quarter-final slugfest at the Montreal Masters yesterday.

Fifth seed Roddick, the 2003 winner, advances to today's semi-finals where he will face either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.

The other semi-final will feature third-seeded Briton Andy Murray against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who staged a spectacular third set comeback to beat world number one Roger Federer in their quarter final.

"I feel pretty good, the last two weeks I've been playing real well," Roddick, runner-up at the Washington Classic that ended tomorrow, told reporters. "I haven't been serving as well as I normally do so I think that's a good sign.

"If I had to kind of pick and choose, I'm pretty confident my serve will come around.

"So I'm pretty happy with the rest of it.

The two big-hitters spent much of the opening set trading bombs from the baseline, Roddick collecting the only break to take control at 4-3.

With players breaking each other in a tight second set, Roddick again showed his pedigree under pressure, winning the tie-break 7-4, his fourth out of four in Montreal.

Roddick, who leads the ATP with a 33-8 record in tie-breaks, also extended his dominance over Djokovic, who he has beaten in all three quarter finals against the Serb this year.

"Physically I'm quite fit, I'm moving well," said 2007 champion Djokovic, who kicked off his hardcourt season in Montreal this week.

"But there are some things that are just not working out for me lately and I will have to figure out a way to make it better.

"I felt I was close throughout the whole match but yet at important moments I played some quite bad shots and a lot of unforced errors."


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