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Murray upsets Roddick to set up final with Hewitt

Britain's 18-year-old upstart Andy Murray beat top-seeded Andy Roddick 7-5 7-5 to book his place in the SAP Open final.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 17:46 IST

Britain's 18-year-old upstart Andy Murray beat top-seeded Andy Roddick 7-5 7-5 to book his place in the SAP Open final.

Murray, ranked No 62 in the world, hit his groundstrokes deep throughout the match yesterday and got key points against Roddick's big serve when he needed them.

"I have so much respect for a guy like Roddick. He's achieved so much," Murray said after the match. "It's great just to be on the court with him. To beat him is amazing."

For Murray, it's on to face third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt in the final. As for Roddick, it's back to the drawing board.

"It just seemed like I couldn't get the ball to go through the court like I would have liked," Roddick said. "It was difficult. I wasn't getting much bite on my service action. It was frustrating."

Hewitt used a dazzling array of angles on his serves and groundstrokes to defeat Vince Spadea 6-3 6-4.

Hewitt, the 11th-ranked player on the ATP tour, dominated Spadea, especially from the backcourt where the Australian's foot speed gave him a huge advantage on the indoor court.

"You need a weapon to beat him or you have to out-tough him. That's his game, being tough," Spadea said.

Murray's first break of serve was the only one he would need on the way to claiming the first set. It came in the 11th game when Murray flattened out a forehand winner to set up three break points.

He converted the second one and then held serve in the next game to win the set.

The second set was close near the end, but Murray's consistency forced Roddick to go for big shots that he couldn't keep in the court.