Spadea ousts Roddick in Franklin Classic

March 7, 2004 at 8:43 AM
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 7 (UPI) -- Vince Spadea came from behind to upset top-seeded Andy Roddick and reach the final of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The fourth-seeded Spadea rallied for a 6-7, (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 triumph over his fellow American Saturday night.

Spadea will try for his first ATP career title, going against Germany's Nicolas Kiefer, who advanced with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Romania's Victor Hanescu.

The win was the biggest for Spadea since he upset another U.S. star, Andre Agassi, at the 1999 Australian Open.

"Looking back, I haven't been back since 1999, so it's a great relief now to be able to know I'm still there and contending for titles when I play well and have my mind into it," he said. "I can't cherish it yet, I have to focus on tomorrow (Sunday)."

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