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Tampa's Mardy Fish upsets Andy Roddick to reach ATP final in Atlanta

Mardy Fish, shown using his backhand, defeated Andy Roddick for the second time in 11 meetings.

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Mardy Fish, shown using his backhand, defeated Andy Roddick for the second time in 11 meetings.

TENNIS

TAMPA'S FISH UPSETS RODDICK, sets saddlebrook showdown

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Mardy Fish keeps winning, even when his opponent is top seed Andy Roddick.

Fish, a Tampa resident, extended his personal-best winning streak to nine matches Saturday night with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 upset of Roddick, the No. 9 player in the world, in the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Fish, the No. 6 seed, hasn't lost a set in the tournament.

Coming off his title last week at the Hall of Fame Championships, Fish heads to the final against John Isner, who lives in Wesley Chapel and trains at Saddlebrook, as does Fish.

After knee surgery last year, Fish has lost 30 pounds, from 200 to 170. "I've worked hard and put away a lot of things I enjoy," he said.

Isner had 20 aces in 96-degree heat as he beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3.

GERMAN OPEN: No. 3 seed Jurgen Melzer beat Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-2 to make today's final in Hamburg. He'll face Andrey Golubev, who beat Florian Mayer to reach his first final.

SLOVENIA OPEN: Anna Chakvetadze reached her first final in nearly two years, beating Polona Hercog 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 in Portoroz. She plays for the title today against Johanna Larsson, who reached her first WTA final when Ksenia Pervak retired with a wrist injury trailing 6-2, 1-0.

Horses

Rachel Alexandra wins by 3 lengths

Rachel Alexandra beat six rivals in the $400,000 Lady's Secret Stakes for fillies and mares at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. It was the second straight win for the reigning horse of the year after two losses to start the season. Calvin Borel was aboard as Rachel Alexandra beat Queen Martha by 3 lengths.

AMERICAN OAKS: Favorite Devil May Care earned a 4-length win in the $250,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. John Velazquez rode the filly to her third straight win over members of her own sex, interrupted by a 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

SOFTBALL

Shutout victory caps eventful weekend

A day after accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Eileen Canney struck out 14 as the U.S. national team defeated the USA Futures 1-0 at the World Cup in Oklahoma City. In the nightcap the Americans (4-0) posted their fourth straight shutout in the tournament, 8-0 over 2008 Olympic champion Japan. Alissa Haber homered for the USA in the opener in a game against the best U.S. players who didn't make the national team. Against Japan, Monica Abbott threw a one-hitter and Jessica Mendoza doubled twice and drove in four runs for the United States.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Manny Pacquiao will next face former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito after his promoters could not get a deal signed to fight Floyd Mayweather. Top Rank chief Bob Arum said Pacquiao will fight Margarito on Nov. 13, though the location is up in the air.

SOCCER: Mano Menezes became the coach of Brazil's national team one day after first choice Muricy Ramalho turned down the job. … In MLS, Milton Rodriguez scored in the 77th minute to give Dallas a 1-1 draw at Toronto. Leandre Griffit scored two minutes into his league debut to cap host Columbus' 3-0 win over Houston.

Times wires

Tampa's Mardy Fish upsets Andy Roddick to reach ATP final in Atlanta 07/24/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 25, 2010 1:01am]

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