Andy Roddick had three match points against Kevin Anderson, a 6-foot-8 South African with a massive serve, but it was not enough to get the local favorite to the semifinal of the Delray Beach International on Friday.
Roddick, returning to the venue of his first pro match 12 years ago when he was still a student at Boca Prep, felt he made some progress this week after an injury-ravaged 2011, but still lost to Anderson 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.
The second-set tiebreak provided most of the drama and high quality tennis in this bruising battle that left Anderson battle-weary but triumphant. Roddick led 3-1 in the tiebreak, but let the advantage slip when he hit one of his sliced backhands an inch long.
Then Anderson erred to give Roddick the first match point at 6-5, but the South African thundered down a huge first serve and Roddick returned it wide. Match point No. 2 saw Anderson go to the backhand and score again with a first serve.
Then, at 9-8, Roddick stood one point from victory on his ...