Roddick eases past del Potro, advances to 50th career ATP final

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Andy Roddick advanced to his 50th career ATP tournament final on Saturday, defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

Only Roger Federer (67) and Rafael Nadal (43) have more career wins among active players than Roddick.

Roddick will play Milos Raonic of Canada, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 winner over Mardy Fish, in the championship. This victory is a little sweeter since Roddick had lost his first three matches with del Potro, and he also struggled with slow starts. Not Saturday as Roddick reached the finals for the fifth time in six semifinals at The Racquet Club.

He will play for his third title in Memphis today and would join Tommy Haas and Jimmy Connors as the only players to do that here.

Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia won the Cellular South Cup championship Saturday night on the women's side for her second WTA title when Canadian Rebecca Marino, playing in her first final, retired with an abdominal strain after Rybarikova won the first set 6-2.

Open 13

At Marseille, France, Robin Soderling of Sweden will play Marin Cilic of Croatia in the final of the Open 13.

Soderling beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 7-5, 6-1 and Cilic saved a match point before downing Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 in Saturday's semifinals.

The top-seeded Swede now has won 16 of 17 matches this year, clinching titles in Rotterdam last weekend and in Brisbane last month.

Dubai Championships

At Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Caroline Wozniacki, set to regain the No. 1 ranking, beat Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-3 at the Dubai Championships to reach her first final of the year.

The top-seeded Dane downed Jankovic for the first time and will play for the title today against Svetlana Kuznetsova. The 16th-seeded Russian defeated Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal

Wozniacki will supplant Kim Clijsters at the top of the rankings Monday.

The sixth-seeded Jankovic, who rallied in her two previous matches, served for the set at 5-3 but missed four set points and hit long to drop serve. Wozniacki reeled off the next three games to win the set.

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