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Roddick beats Garcia-Lopez, crafty Stepanek ends Ginepri's SAP Open run

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick advanced to the final of the SAP Open on Saturday night, beating Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (2), 6-1 in a drama-free match.

Roddick, the tournament winner in 2004 and 2005, had his usual aces and backed up his big serve with consistently deep groundstrokes that had Garcia-Lopez working hard for every rare opening.

Roddick made sure there were few openings for his opponent to seize on.

Waiting for Roddick in the final is Radek Stepanek, who had an exciting comeback victory over Robby Ginepri in the first semifinal, winning 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1.

Roddick didn't face any break point's in the first set, and blasted a backhand winner up the line to earn the first mini-break in the tiebreaker.

From that point on, he conducted a power tennis clinic with Garcia-Lopez as his unwitting pupil. The second set found Garcia-Lopez in trouble from the outset. The lanky Spaniard, ranked No. 75 and unseeded in the tournament, was broken early to fall behind 0-1 and never recouped his earlier form from the first set.

In the other semifinal, the crafty Stepanek used a mix of deep groundstrokes and frequent drop shots to beat American Ginepri.

Ginepri couldn't conjure up the same combination that he used to beat fellow American James Blake a night earlier. Ginepri started well, winning first set tiebreaker. But Stepanek turned things around and held serve on a crucial early game in the second set to mount his comeback.

"I was facing two break points. That was, I think, a very important point in the match," Stepanek said, acknowledging that Ginepri had him on the ropes.

After Ginepri lost serve to fall behind 0-2 in the final set, he slammed his racket to the court in disgust, breaking it and getting a code violation warning from chair umpire Norm Chryst.

"At 0-3 I played a couple of flaky points, and you just can't give guys at this level opportunity to take advantage, and they will," Ginepri said.