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Roddick eases to title

Montreal: Andy Roddick captured the biggest title of his career with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Argentine David Nalbandian in the rain-interrupted final of the Montreal Masters on Sunday.

The sixth seeded American cruised to his fourth tournament victory of the season and first Masters crown with a fair amount of assistance from his unseeded opponent, who committed 27 unforced errors.

“It’s my biggest title so far and hopefully it will be a good stepping stone to the Open”, said Roddick, who remained fifth in the ATP Champions Race but moved to within eight points of third-placed Andre Agassi.

Nalbandian got a break point in the opening game of the first set but Roddick’s trademark cannon serve saved it. The 20-year-old American then broke Nalbandian twice.

In the second set, the players swapped breaks on unforced errors, but Roddick broke the 21 year-old Argentine twice more to win the $2.45 million tournament a year after losing in the final to Guillermo Canas. “He didn’t have to do many things today. I couldn’t play my game,” Nalbandian said.

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