|Milos Raonic reacts to a lost point during his match against Andy Roddick in Memphis on Sunday. (QMI Agency/Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)
Memphis, TN - Top-seeded American Andy Roddick downed Canadian Milos Raonic in the final of the $1.227 million Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Sunday.
It wasn't easy for the former World No. 1 Roddick, though, as he was taken to all three sets, two of which went the distance. In the end though, Roddick grabbed his 30th career title with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (11-13), 7-5 victory.
"Winning tennis tournaments I don't ever take for granted," Roddick said. "I've won 30 of them now, but I think every one of them is just as exciting. I get just as much joy today as I did my first one."
Roddick, the 2002 and 2009 winner of this event, fired 20 aces, compared to 32 for Raonic, and won thanks to winning 29 percent of his return points. It was the first time these two met.
The 20-year-old Raonic, who will break into the ATP's Top 40 next week, was looking for his second straight title. He topped Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in last Sunday's title match in San Jose.
"It's tough playing when you're in a final, you're playing a top-10 player and you're not at your best, but all you can do is fight, keep fighting and hope things turn around," said Raonic.
Roddick claimed $264,000 with the win.