Roddick Struggles Past Bjorkman to Win at ATP Miami



Posted on March 31, 2004


Next week Andy Roddick will represent the U.S. in Davis Cup play against Sweden, and Monday night in Miami he got a taste of how difficult that might be when he struggled to edge Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a tense stadium court battle.

"Obviously, you can't help but think forward a couple of weeks to the Davis Cup," Roddick said. "But winning tonight really doesn't do anything to help our chances." Roddick and Bjorkman were 3-3 in the third set before the American steamrolled the next three games.

Roddick was joined by two more Americans in the winners circle Monday in (2)Andre Agassi (d. (28)Max "The Beast" Mirnyi in under an hour) and unseeded Vince Spadea (d. Stepanek 7-6 in the third).

"It was a good match for me, certainly," Agassi said. "I mean, Max has a big game, comes forward. He makes you hit targets. You have to hit your shots early. If you hit your shots, you can sometimes sneak an early break and you're not going to have long points. But if you don't hit those targets, he could just run all over you. So I was pretty fortunate the way it went today. Days like this are few and far between."

Other winners were (5)Carlos Moya (d. (27)Dominik "The Dominator" Hrbaty in three), (9)Paradorn Srichaphan (d. (Q)Monaco in three), (19)Tommy Robredo (d. (Q)Hernych 7-6 in the third), (20)Agustin Calleri (d. (WC)Reid), and unseeded Guillermo Canas (d. Malisse in three).

Today's schedule on the men's side includes three former No. 1s in action in (3)Coria vs. (Q)Benneteau, (20)Calleri vs. (4)Agassi (Agassi leads meetings 2-0), Canas vs. (2)Roddick (Canas leads 1-0), Spadea vs. (9)Srichaphan (Spadea leads 2-1), (12)Grosjean vs. Kiefer, Pavel vs. T.Martin (Martin leads 1-0), (32)Rafael "The Prodigy"  Nadal vs. (21)Gonzalez, and (5)Moya vs. (19)Robredo (Moya leads 2-0).

Serena and Venus, Sisters Doing It For Themselves in Miami

Serena and Venus both advanced Monday at Miami, looking sharper as the event advances and bringing about the possibility of the "coveted" all-Williams final. Serena dispatched of No. 17 seed Maria "Grunt-o-matic" Sharapova in straight sets, while Venus did the same to No. 15 Francesca Schiavone.

"Today and yesterday I was a bit sloppy but confidence-wise I feel like I'm getting better with every match," Serena said. "You don't understand how happy I am. Just to be out there competing is a really big step for me."

Serena sported a white sports bra and white Daisy Duke shorts during her match, of course with plenty of bling-bling jewelry in her typical understated fashion.

"This is my Wonder Woman outfit," Serena said. "I feel real powerful in this suit, like a superhero."

Other seeded winners into the quarterfinals were (5)Elena Dementieva (d. (12)Dokic in three), (8)Nadia Petrova (d. Molik), (21)Nathalie Dechy (d. Dulko), (25)Eleni Daniilidou (d. (WC)Golovin), (29)Karolina Sprem (d. (10)Kuznetsova in three), and one un-seed in American Jill Craybas (d. (9)Suarez 7-6 in the third).

On court Tuesday are two face-offs in (1)Serena vs. Craybas in an all-American, and (25)Daniilidou vs. (29)Sprem.

800 WINS CLUB
Andre Agassi is attempting to capture his 800th career match victory on Tuesday and become the sixth player in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach that plateau:

Jimmy Connors 1222-269 win-loss
Ivan Lendl 1070-238
Guillermo Vilas 920-281
John McEnroe 867-192
Stefan Edberg 806-270
Andre Agassi 799-244

2004 SINGLES TITLE LEADERS
(through March 28)

4--Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
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3--Roger Federer (SUI)
3--Dominik Hrbaty (SVK)
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2--Kim Clijsters (BEL)
2--Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
2--Carlos Moya (ESP)
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1--Iveta Benesova (CZE)
1--Guillermo Coria (ARG)
1--Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)
1--Lindsay Davenport (USA)
1--Anthony Dupuis (FRA)
1--Nicolas Escude (FRA)
1--Amy Frazier (USA)
1--Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
1--Joachim Johansson (SWE)
1--Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)
1--Anastasia Myskina (RUS)
1--Nicole Pratt (AUS)
1--Andy Roddick (USA)
1--Vince Spadea (USA)
1--Paola Suarez (ARG)
1--Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
1--Fabiola Zuluaga
1--Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

2004 DOUBLES TITLE LEADERS
(through March 28)

3--Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)
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2--Cara Black/Renee Stubbs (ZIM/AUS)
2--Mahesh Bhupathi/Fabrice Santoro (IND/FRA)
2--Svetlana Kuznetsova/Elena Likhovtseva (RUS)
2--Virginia Ruano Pascual/Paola Suarez (ESP/ARG)

MIAMI USA BROADCAST SCHEDULE (EST)
Tues., March 30, ESPN, 1-5pm (live)
Wed., March 31, ESPN, 1-5pm (live), ESPN2, 12:30-2:30am (tape)
Thurs., April 1, ESPN, 1-5pm (live), ESPN2, 11pm-1a, (tape), 12:30-2:30am (tape)
Fri., April 2, ESPN 3-5pm (live), ESPN2 7-9pm (live)
Sat., April 3, CBS, noon-2pm (live)
Sun., April 4, CBS, noon-3pm (live)

WTA TOP 10 IN MIAMI
1. Justine Henin-Hardenne -- not playing (rest)
2. Kim Clijsters -- not playing (injury)
3. Amelie Mauresmo -- not playing (injury)
4. Lindsay Davenport -- not playing (rest)
5. Anastasia Myskina -- not playing (injury)
6. Serena Williams -- QF vs. Craybas
7. Jennifer Capriati -- l. 3rd rd. to (25)Daniilidou
8. Elena Dementieva -- QF vs. (2)Venus
9. Chanda Rubin -- not playing (injury)
10. Ai Sugiyama -- l. 2nd rd. to Vento-Kabchi

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