Stadium Court at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL. hosted its largest crowd on Sunday afternoon, as fans witnessed Andy Roddick’s Farewell to South Florida in the final of the Miami Tennis Cup.

Roddick and Nicolas Almagro, had only met twice before on the ATP circuit and Roddick won both meetings, the last being in the 2010 Sony Open quarterfinals. Roddick took his final match against Almagro a little more seriously than his semi final match against Andy Murray on Saturday, although he wasn’t able to dominate Almagro at any point in the match. Almagro’s pinpoint accuracy from the baseline seemed to overwhelm Roddick’s defense, as he found himself having to move around the court with far more effort than his opponent.

Almagro looked comfortable with Roddick’s serve throughout the match, after Roddick dropped the ninth game of the first set at 30-40 with an unforced backhand error into the net, losing the set 6-4. Roddick saved a break point in the second set but couldn’t hold on to any type of lead during the twelve games played, despite Almagro allowing one of the ball girls to play a point for him. A close fought second set ended in Almagro’s favor 7-5.

“I enjoyed myself and it’s nice for me to come back in a competitive atmosphere,” said Roddick.

I’ve been happy with how I played and I’m glad they had me here. I think the crowd have enjoyed the tennis they’ve seen.

Almagro discussed his travels to Brazil over the next week to continue with his training, before playing another exhibition tournament in two weeks.

I’m really happy with my game, although I think I can do better, but it’s the end of the season, and I’m a little bit tired. I’m happy to be the first champion of the Miami Tennis Cup and I think it’s a fun and enjoyable tournament. I hope to be back next year

Both players were awarded their runners-up and winners trophies in front of a slew of photographers, after hitting signed balls in to the crowd. Nicolás Almagro took the liberty of lying down on the court among the spicy group of eighteen ball girls who gathered around him for one last crowd pleasing shot.

Photo credit: Getty Images for Miami Tennis Cup

Stadium Court at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL. was buzzing on Saturday afternoon, as fans piled-in to witness the highly anticipated headline match on day two of the Miami Tennis Cup.

Andy Murray and Andy Roddick took part in an afternoon 12 and under coaching clinic before returning to the locker room to prepare for the day’s spectacle. Roddick, known for his on-court antics, taunted the crowd before serving the first point, which set the tone for what was to come. “Are you tired yet?” he asked Murray after the first game.

Roddick dominated Murray from the start of the first set, as Murray seemed sluggish around the court, compared to a grunting and aggressive Roddick. Roddick won the majority of his first service points, which gave him a home-court advantage and Murray couldn’t seem to gain any type of lead with breaking Roddick’s serve. Roddick broke two of Murray’s service games in the first set to take a 6-2 lead. Despite Murray’s attempts to out-rally Roddick, the retired American gave fans a taste of his old baseline perseverance as he dug even deeper in to the second set to take it 6-3.

Shortly after the tournament’s headline match, the top-ranked American, John Isner, took to the court against the world’s number 11 Nicolas Almagro in the other semi final. The Spaniard edged past Isner 6-3 6-4 in roughly 90 minutes.

The final of the Miami Tennis Cup will feature Andy Roddick against Nicolas Almagro on Stadium Court starting at 5:00pm.

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Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, John Isner, Nicolas Almagro and Alejandro Falla are taking part this weekend to the first annual Miami Tennis Cup exhibition.

Here are a few pics (credit: Getty Images) and day 1 results:

Nicolas Almagro def Alejandro Falla 6-4 6-1:

Almagro:

I’m quite happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I’m glad to be in the warmth of Miami for the first year of the Miami Tennis Cup. Hopefully the crowds were treated to an enjoyable game

 

John Isner def Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 6-3:

Isner:

I’m happy to be competing in the Miami Tennis Cup. It’s a good crowd with some top players competing. I’m looking forward to seeing Andy Roddick play Andy Murray and hope to meet one of them in Sunday’s final.

 

 

Day two of the Miami Tennis Cup features the tournament’s headline match between the retired Andy Roddick and the reigning U.S Open and Olympic Champion, Andy Murray, currently ranked number three in the world.

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US Open champion and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray will face the recently-retired Andy Roddick on a white court at the 2012 Miami Cup.
The event will feature six of the top-ranked ATP professionals, including Murray, Roddick, former number one Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicolas Almagro, Alejandro Falla and top-ranked American, John Isner. All matches played throughout the three-day tournament will take place on the stadium court at Crandon Park and will be broadcast live by ESPN3.

Friday, November 30th, 2012
7:00pm: John Isner vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero
8:30pm: Nicolas Almagro vs. Alejandro Falla

Saturday, December 1st, 2012
5:00pm: Winner of John Isner vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero to play Andy Murray
6:30pm: Winner of Nicolas Almagro vs. Alejandro Falla to play Andy Roddick

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
5:00pm: Final on Stadium Court
7:00pm: Trophy presentation on Stadium Court

On Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd, a USTA sanctioned 12 and Under tournament will take place, starting at 8:00am until 3:00pm, as part of a weekend-long Family Day series of fun-filled activity, taking place on courts one and two.

Miami Tennis Cup has formed an inaugural partnership with the non-profit charity organization Shake-A-Leg Miami and a portion of all proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Gulliver schools.

Tickets for the first annual Miami Tennis Cup, taking place November 30th – December 2nd, at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL., are now available through Ticketmaster starting at $50 (general admission). A three-day pass starts at $118 (300 Level – general admission).

More details on Miami Tennis Cup website and Facebook page.