Roddick wins San Jose semifinal

Feb. 24, 2008 at 12:30 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 Saturday to advance to the final of the SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif.

The No. 1 men's player in the United States rolled in the second set after a 7-2 advantage in a first set tiebreaker against his Spanish opponent.

Roddick goes after his third SAP crown in Sunday's title match when he faces fourth-seeded Czech Radek Stepanek, a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1 winner against American Robby Ginepri.

"I had more chances on his serve in the first set and I thought I was the better player," Stepanek said. "When the tiebreak slipped away, I wasn't happy, but I knew it was only one set and if you want to win a match you have to win two."

Roddick won this event in 2004 and 2005, and has a 3-0 lifetime record against Stepanek, the latest in 2007 at the Legg-Mason Classic in Washington.

Sunday's winner earns $68,800.

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