Roddick defeats Federer

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andy Roddick whacked one last thunderous serve to finally beat Roger Federer, then slowly walked to the net with his head down, as if unsure how to celebrate such a rare achievement.

With an almost flawless performance, Roddick ended a streak of 11 consecutive losses against his nemesis Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open. Roddick dominated with his serve and took advantage of Federer's suddenly shaky play down the stretch to win 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

"I came in knowing that nobody has beaten me 12 times in a row," Roddick told the delighted capacity crowd afterward. "So I had that on my side."

He improved to 2-15 against Federer, who came into the tournament hoping to quell talk that his game is in decline. Slowed by mononucleosis early in the year, the top-ranked Federer has yet to reach a final in 2008, making this his worst start since 2000.

In the women's semifinals, Serena Williams overcame a slow start to outlast Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Williams needs one more win for her fifth Key Biscayne title and second in a row. Her opponent Saturday will be No. 4-seeded Jelena Jankovic, who beat No. 19 Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-4.

Roddick's opponent in the semifinals tonight will be No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, who beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-1.

In beating Federer for the first time since 2003, Roddick trailed love-30 serving at 3-3 in the final set, then won the next 11 points, five of them thanks to unforced errors by Federer.

College Basketball

A year removed from a loss in the national title game, Ohio State has a championship trophy to carry home. Never mind that it's from the NIT. Jamar Butler had 19 points and eight assists in his final college game, leading the Buckeyes to a 92-85 win over Massachusetts. ... Cal sophomore forward Ryan Anderson has decided to test his NBA value by declaring for the draft without signing with an agent. ... All-American Candace Parker (dislocated shoulder) was cleared by Tennessee team doctors to play against LSU in the women's Final Four.


David Beckham scored his first goal in a Major League Soccer game and assisted on another to help the Los Angeles Galaxy win their home opener, 2-0 over the expansion San Jose Earthquakes.

Beckham took a pass from Landon Donovan at the top of the box in the ninth minute, and fired the ball into the back of the net. Donovan, the Galaxy's biggest pre-Beckham star, added his own goal from virtually the same spot late in the first half.

The Galaxy defeated their former coach Frank Yallop, whose Earthquakes returned to MLS after a two-year absence. The team's previous incarnation became the Houston Dynamo. ...

Tomasz Frankowski scored two first-half goals to help host Chicago beat New England 4-0. ... West Ham of England's Premier League will play in Major League Soccer's All-Star game at Toronto on July 24. Last year, MLS won its All-Star game 2-0 over Glasgow Celtic.


Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry lost his job while in jail awaiting arraignment on assault charges in Cincinnati. The Bengals cut him after his fifth arrest since 2005.

Motor Sports

NASCAR Nationwide qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway was canceled because of rain, so the field for Saturday's O'Reilly 300 was set by owners' points. Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer, in Chevrolets, start on the front row.