Djokovic a Winner in Madrid; Nadal, Roddick v. Haas Later
Novak Djokovic continued his winning ways pounding Oscar Hernandez 6-3, 6-3 moments ago to cruise into the third round at the Madrid Tennis Masters.
Also today, we saw Stan Wawrinka knock out Jeremy Chardy, Andreas Seppi turn away Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych retire giving Juan Martin Del Potro the win.
Still to come on the last day of the second round are Rafael Nadal, James Blake v. Ivo Karlovic, David Ferrer v. Juan Monaco and the match I eye got my eyes on Andy Roddick v. Tommy Haas.
First to yesterday. For a few minutes things got rather scary for Roger Federer. Federer looked well in control of his match against Robin Soderling, hammering the Swede 6-1 in the opening set. But once again things unraveled for Federer in the second set. Fed fans were holding their collective breath as their charge found himself suddenly down 4-2 in the second (sound familiar?). This time, though, Federer managed to recover and get the win in straights.
Andy Murray was also a notable winner Tuesday while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga unfortunately took one on the chin losing to Ivan Ljubicic. Tsonga has really been in a tailspin of late.
As for the rest of today, I think Jurgen Melzer will provide Nadal with some study opposition. Because he’s lefty Melzer should be better equipped than most to handle Nadal’s heavy spins to the ad-court corner and the Austrian possesses enough variety to bother the Spaniard if only for a little bit.
The big showdown tonight is Roddick v. Haas. After coming off a honeymoon with new wife Brooklyn Decker, Roddick is playing his first match as a married man and he has to do it against an arch rival in Haas who has beaten the American seven of 11 times including all four meetings on clay.
Do I have to pick a winner in this one? Well, entering the week Haas had beaten one guy in the Top 50 all year, that being his then-No. 30 countryman Rainer Schuettler in Indian Wells. Haas picked up No. 2 in that column Monday with a three-setter over Ernests Gulbis. But I’ll take Roddick here.
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