MONTREAL (AP) Andy Roddick beat Wimbledon champ Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) Saturday to gain the Canada Masters final for the second straight year.
''It definitely wasn't looking good out there, but to win a match where I was down and fought back and clawed and scrapped feels good,'' Roddick said.
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.''
Roddick, seeded sixth, will meet 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian for the title at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S Open.
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 an 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 leads 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.
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