Andy Roddick defeated Dudi Sela 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 to capture the China Open championship.
"At the end of the day, a win is a win and I'm happy with that,"
Roddick commented. "I had in the back of my mind that I'd played 30-40 finals and that this was his first one, so I knew that would count for something."
"I've always enjoyed my time playing the Masters Cup (in Shanghai) and I came here (to Asia) even as a junior,"
said Roddick. "It's a place I've always felt comfortable and maybe this year just translated into some wins, which is really nice."
The loss prevented Sela from becoming the first player from Israel to win an ATP singles title since Amos Mansdorf did so at Washington in 1993.
"Overall I feel very good,"
said Sela. "I played a good match and I had some chances but I hope next time I'm going to do better. It gives me a lot of confidence. I showed myself that I can play with the big players and hopefully I'll continue like that and improve my game a little bit and improve my ranking of course."
(source The Sports Network, photo/China Photos/Getty Images, Guang Niu/Getty Images)