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No rest for Roddick before Davis Cup begins

By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published April 5, 2004

KEY BISCAYNE - Andy Roddick has no time to rest.

After winning the Nasdaq-100 Open title Sunday, he immediately turned his focus to the United States' Davis Cup match against Sweden, which begins Friday in Delray Beach. "It's a huge goal of mine, you know, to help our team win Davis Cup," Roddick said. "I mean, I've been a fan ever since I went to a (match) when I was younger. It's definitely a priority in my tennis life, that's for sure."

Roddick has kept a busy schedule this year. Thus far, he has played more than most other top players. When asked if he needed a break after Davis Cup, he said, "No, man. That's just tennis. It's what I do."

TWO SIDES: Tournament organizers were pleased to see a competitive men's bracket. That's because the women's draw was hurt by the absence of the top five players in the world rankings. Capping that was a less-than-memorable 50-minute women's final Saturday, which Serena Williams won over Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-1.

"I think we were a little unlucky this year," said Butch Buchholz, tournament chairman and founder. "I think one of the pluses of having combined men's and women's events, when one side is weak, the other side sort of rises to the top."

ODDS AND ENDS: Williams is on a 13-match win streak. She won six here and every match last summer at Wimbledon, her last tournament before missing eight months because of knee surgery. She became the first since Steffi Graf eight years ago to win three straight Nasdaq titles. ... More than 250,000 attended, officials said. Approximately 20,000 hot dogs, 18,000 crepes, 15,000 burgers, 14,000 T-shirts and 8,000 hats were sold. ... Roddick, the reigning U.S. Open champion, improved to 26-5 this year, 2-1 against top-10 opponents, with his win over No.4 Guillermo Coria. His other win over a top-10 player was in the quarterfinals against sixth-ranked Carlos Moya. Roddick will move in today's rankings from third to No. 2 behind Roger Federer.

LAST WORD: "The outfit isn't available for retail, unfortunately. It was just done so quick. It's just to get my name out there, that I am a Nike athlete, obviously, and just to give it some pop." - Williams, when asked where one could purchase what she wore during the tournament.

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