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Roddick faces old friend Fish for place in Atlanta final

| 24.07.2010

Andy Roddick will face his good friend Mardy Fish for a place in the final of the Atlanta Tennis Championships.

Having steamrollered his way into the semi-final with a string of typically powerful performances, Roddick is priced at 2/5 to beat Fish.

Fish, however, was clinical in his 6-3 6-0 drubbing of fellow American Taylor Dent, and the world number 49 could surprise Roddick, priced as he is at 7/4 to win their semi-final.

At evens, Roddick is the favourite to win the tournament, and he continued his good form as he dismissed Xavier Malisse in three sets.

Should Fish win this clash, at 9/2, he would also be a very tempting bet to be crowned champion of the Atlanta event.

This will be the 11th meeting between the former roommates, and Roddick holds the upper hand with nine wins, while Fish has only tasted victory against his friend on one occasion.

Roddick won the last hard court clash between the two players, easing past Fish in straight sets in Memphis in 2008, and Roddick is 11/10 to win in two sets again this year.

As the Atlanta event nears its climax, Roddick’s big tournament pedigree could give him the edge against Fish.

While Fish has four career titles to his name, Roddick has amassed a massive 29 tournament wins, and his greater experience of playing in the latter stages of events could be a telling difference.

Another American, John Isner, has also reached the semi-finals, where he is the 1/3 favourite to beat the South African Kevin Anderson.

Who do you think will be lift the trophy in Atlanta? Isner is 15/8 to win the event. See the full Atlanta Tennis Championships market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.