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“But then at the end we still both wanted to win. It’s a fun time and I’m glad we brought pro tennis back to this area.”
Net cords played a role in deciding each of the sets. Roddick rallied back from down 40-15 to get to deuce twice, then clenched both of his fists and bent over to kiss the top of the net after getting one to go his way. He went up 5-4, then closed out by holding serve.
Fish got an early break in the second set when his shot on break point clipped the net and popped over Roddick’s head before falling in to give him a 3-1 lead. He finished it out 6-3.
Roddick, the world’s 14th-ranked player, fell behind 3-1 in the tiebreaker before winning the next four points _ three on errors by Fish. The eighth-ranked Fish was able to save Roddick’s overhead on match point, but Roddick then put it away at the net.
“You’re a little bit more relaxed than an actual match but we obviously wanted to win out there,” Fish said. “You saw the last tiebreaker was pretty high quality.
“That’s why we’re here, to bring some big-time tennis into this area.”
The exhibition reunited the two Roddick brothers with a pair of their longtime friends who once lived at their house in Florida. John Roddick formerly coached all three of the others, and traveled with them on junior tours.
“Having coached all those guys, and playing with them now as those guys are getting into the twilight of their career _ and I’m well past mine _ but it’s just fun to come out and have a great tennis event for the Oklahoma City community,” John Roddick said.
Andy Roddick called the event “an excuse to visit” and also a way to ignite some tennis interest in an area where the ATP Tour doesn’t usually stop.
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