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Roddick aces at Masters Cup

By wire services
Published November 20, 2004

HOUSTON - Andy Roddick pounded 15 aces to become the first player since 1998 with more than 1,000 in a season, helping him beat Guillermo Coria 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 Friday to wrap up round-robin play at the ATP Masters Cup with a 3-0 record.

Roddick, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's semifinals, faces Lleyton Hewitt today. Hewitt high-fived a fan to celebrate a great point in his 6-2, 6-1 victory over French Open champion Gaston Gaudio.

Marat Safin beat Tim Henman 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) and faces No.1 Federer.

With 1,008 aces, Roddick is the third player to surpass 1,000 in a season since the ATP Tour started tracking statistics in 1991. Goran Ivanisevic did it four times, including a record 1,477 six years ago. Pete Sampras had 1,011 aces in 1993.

NO TAX: A London court said Andre Agassi is exempt from British tax on sponsorship money he earns when playing Wimbledon. Agassi had appealed a ruling that ordered him to pay $51,000 for money received in 1998 and 1999.

GOLF: Sorenstam stays ahead

Annika Sorenstam pulled away with back-to-back birdies late in the second round for 4-under 68 in the LPGA's season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach. Sorenstam set the 36-hole record at Trump International with 10-under 134 to take a three-shot lead over Karrie Webb, Laura Diaz and Cristie Kerr.

DUNLOP PHOENIX: Tiger Woods held a three-stroke lead halfway through the Miyazaki, Japan, event. Woods shot 3-under 67 that left him 8-under 132 after two rounds. He has not won since February.

UBS CUP: An international team lead the United States 31/2-21/2 after the first round of the $3-million event, which features teams of 40-and-older players, in Kiawah Island, S.C. The Rest of the World took the lead when Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie won their match 1-up over Tom Kite and Raymond Floyd. The Americans never have lost the Ryder Cup-style competition.

WORLD CUP: Paul Casey and Luke Donald surged to a five-stroke lead in the second round in Seville, Spain, after shooting 8-under 64. The pair has a total of 19-under 125. Martin Wiegele and Markus Brier carded 70, with a half-dozen teams six strokes behind the leaders.

RYDER CUP: Woods reiterated his criticism of the PGA of America for its decision to pass over Mark O'Meara as captain of the 2006 team. Tom Lehman was chosen as the U.S. captain a few weeks ago, but Woods said the PGA's timing was off. "He is a good choice," Woods said. "But he would have been a good choice for America four years from now. Timing-wise, I just thought this was Mark's only chance."

ET CETERA

FIGURE SKATING: U.S. champion Johnny Weir scored a personal-best 75.90 to take the lead in the short program at the Trophee Bompard in Paris while Olympic bronze medalist Tim Goebel withdrew because of a stiff neck.

MLS: CD Chivas USA made Los Angeles Galaxy forward Arturo Torres the first player chosen in the expansion draft.

POWERBOATS: Despite a serious fire, Robert Morgan said his Superboat catamaran will be ready for today's race, the second of three that comprise the Key West World Championship. The fire broke out in the engine compartment of Morgan's boat Wednesday, and his 12-person crew has been working almost continuously since to repair the damage.

VOLLEYBALL: Saint Louis beat USF in five sets during the first round of the Conference USA Tournament in Louisville, Ky.

[Last modified November 20, 2004, 01:06:09]


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