Andy Roddick rolled past an uncomfortable-looking Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the ATP event at Indian Wells, where he will next face world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Nadal likewise had an easy advance, defeating Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2, 6-4.
Djokovic never found the consistency to stay with Roddick, who had to do little more than keep the ball in play.
“It was all me making an incredible amount of unforced errors,” said Djokovic, who compiled 30 unforced errors. “This was one of the worst matches I have played. It’s just one of those days when you really don’t feel comfortable on the court.”
It was a sweltering afternoon in Indian Wells, but not as bad as the temperatures in January in Australia when Djokovic retired against Roddick at the Australian Open, citing the heat. Djokovic will now lose a chunk of ranking points as the defending champion.
“I don’t think he had his best day by any means,” Roddick told reporters. “I mixed up the pace pretty well and the chip was a pretty good neutralizing shot for me. I was hitting it pretty firm and I didn’t really miss any returns. I thought I played pretty well.”
Nadal was happy after coming off a difficult win in the previous round over David Nalbandian.
“I happy about the beginning, the first set and then leading 2-0 but later I stop a little bit,” he told reporters. “I played bad against David but today I go on court with more clear ideas. I am playing well.”
Nadal is 4-2 career against Roddick, but the American won their previous meeting on hardcourt last year in Dubai.
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