Roddick, Grosjean advance to final in Houston

HOUSTON: Top-seeded Andy Roddick was broken twice in the first six games before charging back to dominate Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-4, 6-2 and reach his fifth straight final at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships. In title match, Roddick will face France’s Sebastien Grosjean, who almost stumbled in the second set before rallying at the end for a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Ecuador’s Nicolas Lapentti. Roddick’s string of five stra-ight finals is the longest on the ATP tour since Russia’s Yvegeny Kafelnikov reached the championship match at Moscow six times between 1996-2001, winning the last five. — AP