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Roddick meets Nalbandian

MONTREAL AUG. 10. Andy Roddick will meet 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian in the final of the Canada Masters tennis tournament, a hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.

Roddick beat Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3) on Saturday to reach the title match at Montreal for the second straight year.

Federer lost a chance to overtake Andre Agassi at No. 1 in the rankings. ``It's a pity,'' Federer said. ``I've never been No. 1, but I've never been No. 2, either, and now I'm No. 2. So let's take the positive side of the story.''

Nalbandian beat eighth-seeded Rainer Schuettler 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Roddick — who lost to Guillermo Canas in the 2002 final here — went into Saturday with a 0-4 career record against Federer, including in the Wimbledon semifinals last month.

Roddick was down a break in the third set, but fought back to force the tiebreaker, in which he grabbed lead of 4-0 and 6-2. The match ended on an errant forehand by Federer.

Roddick is seeking his fourth tournament victory of the year after wins on clay at St. Poulton, on grass at the Queen's Club in England and on hard courts in Indianapolis two weeks ago.

He is 23-2 since hiring coach Brad Gilbert after a first-round exit at the French Open.

Doubels results (semifinals): Doubles: Mahesh Bhupathi & Max Mirnyi bt Martin Damm & Cyril Suk (walkover); Jonas Bjorkman & Todd Woodbridge bt Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (4-7), 7-5.