The championship match of the BB&T Atlanta Open will be a test of power between Gilles Muller and Andy Roddick.
The heat, both natural and from Sunday’s serves, may remind Atlanta old-timers of the steel mill that was on the grounds before Atlantic Station was constructed.
Fans got a glimpse of what was to come during the humidity of Saturday’s semifinals, in which Muller hammered Go Soeda with 17 aces to win 6-4, 6-3. Roddick, wearing red, white and blue sneakers, fired seven aces to beat John Isner, who fired 26 of his own, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Their first set was delayed by rain for 44 minutes, the fifth weather-related stoppage in six days. The championship match is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.
Roddick has a chance to win in the city where he won his first professional event 11 years ago on clay at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Returning recently from injury, Roddick is playing well. He has won 10 of his past 11 matches, including a tournament in Eastbourne, England, as he
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