Andy Roddick [ Images ] won the 30th title of his career with a diving forehand winner to cap a thrilling 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 win over red-hot Canadian Milos Raonic in the final of the Memphis Championships on Sunday.
The top seed ended any chance of a third straight tiebreak by winning the tournament with a diving down-the-line forehand pass into the open court that left him with a grazed arm.
"I was very fortunate today," Roddick said after the match during an on-court interview.
"I feel like I got outplayed for the better part of two-and-a-half hours today. I just stuck around and kept trying and that's all I could really do," he added.
The 20-year-old Raonic, coming off his first tournament win last week at the San Jose Open, forced a third set be denying the American three match points in the second set.
Raonic, who burst onto the scene by reaching the fourth round of last month's Australian Open [ Images ], had 32 aces in the final and set a tournament record with 129 in total.
While his courageous bid to win back-to-back titles fell short, he caught the attention of Roddick.
"Really really impressive," said the 28-year-old Roddick.
"Coming from an old guy who has seen a lot of players, you have a very bright future and you have a lot to look forward to," he added.