For the young American, it was his or her first Masters 1000 final. Nevertheless, he was unable to finish first after suffering three breaks. Canas controlled his shots well, avoided errors, and outperformed Andy in both the briefest rallies and the longest ones.
Nine aces were maintained by Roddick, who also won seventy percent of the points after the first serve. To defeat a fit rival and win the title, he needed more than that. Right away, both players were in the zone when serving, dropping just seven points in the first eight games to keep the score tied at 4-4 after 25 minutes.
In the ninth game, Roddick abruptly lost control of his initial shot and suffered a break, giving Canas the advantage. At 5-4, Guillermo served for the opening point, and he hit three winners to clinch the set. After his serve failed to accomplish the job, the American’s situation only got worse because he was unable to penetrate his opponent.
At the start of the second set, he was broken, giving Guillermo a sizable advantage. Canas maintained her serve with no problems in the first game, but she lost some ground in the second. It appeared to be finished, but he made a double fault to take a break and put Roddick back in the game.
In the following eight games, both players served effectively to maintain a tie before the anticipated tie break. At 5-5, Guillermo’s break at love following Andy’s simple volley fault proved to be crucial. In game 12, the Argentinean hit three service winners to advance and win his most illustrious victory to date.