Andy Roddick earns 600th win

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 20, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Andy Roddick of the United States of America plays a backhand in his fourth round match against Fernando Gonzalez of Chile during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Andy Roddick claimed the 600th singles win of his career to reach the Eastbourne final on Friday when Belgian Steve Darcis retired after receiving treatment to his back. Roddick was leading their semifinal 6-3, 3-1 when Darcis stopped, leaving the American to face defending champion Andreas Seppi of Italy in his first final since winning Memphis in February 2011. The third-seeded Seppi defeated American Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-1. Unseeded Tamira Paszek of Austria rallied to beat women's defending champion Marion Bartoli 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, and in the final will play fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, who beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-3. Players had great difficulty in gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph). Sixth-seeded Roddick always held the upper hand against Darcis, and after an exchange of service breaks midway through the opening set he broke to lead 5-3 when Darcis made a forehand error. The Belgian then dropped his serve at the start of the second set after leading 40-0, and retired after playing three more games. ''I can't remember much tougher conditions that I've played in,'' Roddick said. ''That wind out there is frightening. It's tough. It's not as much as about tennis today as just kind of getting through it. ''This week has worked out. Regardless of what happens (in the final), I'll go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I'm very comfortable on, you know, so I feel like I got my game back a little bit this week.'' Harrison earned the first break to lead 2-1, but Seppi immediately broke back and broke again for the set. After Seppi broke to lead 2-0 in the second set Harrison became increasingly frustrated and several times bounced his racket or hit the net. Paszek will be playing in her first final since winning at Quebec City late in 2010. ''It was very, very tough conditions,'' said Paszek, who was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year but had won just two matches this season, losing 11 times in the first round. ''I just had to try to keep moving, keep my focus, and just try to stay in front of the line or like shortly behind the baseline.'' Fourth-seeded Bartoli led 4-0 in the second set before Paszek dug deep to turn the match around. After leveling the match at one set each, Paszek dropped her serve in the opening game of the final set. But she broke back in the next game, and after Paszek held serve to lead 3-2 Bartoli called for medical attention and had her left thigh heavily strapped. Games then went with serve until Paszek broke in the final game to reach her first grass-court final. Bartoli said the conditions contributed to her injury, but she believes it should not hinder her at Wimbledon next week. ''It was a nightmare to play in these conditions, honestly,'' she said. ''Yeah, it (the leg) just got really pretty tight and then tired, but I think in two or three days it will just be back to normal. ''I felt like I got chances in pretty much every single game and ended up losing them.'' In earlier quarterfinals postponed from Thursday, Roddick defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, Seppi advanced when Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany retired with a left ankle injury as Seppi led 7-5, 2-1, Harrison beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Darcis ended the run of Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 7-6 (4).
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Is Serena Williams the most important modern athlete?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Josh Gordon will be restricted free agent after 2016

Chargers release statement on Joey Bosa situation

Yoenis Cespedes says he will not opt out of Mets contract

Zach Johnson unloads on Olympic golf

Drew Brees says players do not trust league office, Goodell

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lawsuit over Hall of Fame Game refiled after McAfee comments

Report: Griffin plans to re-sign with Clippers, won't be traded

Report: Wentz unlikely to see any playing time this season

Minnesota Wild names Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ official goal song

Gabby Douglas joining judges for Miss America pageant

Recruit decommits from Michigan after mail mistake

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

Revisiting the 10 biggest mistakes of the NFL offseason

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

Washington's Josh Norman speaks candidly about multiple NFL talking points

Derrick Rose: Knicks have chance to win every game

Ranking the MLB divisional races

Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

QUIZ: Name every player to win a championship with Kobe Bryant

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker