The last thing you want to do entering a Slam like Wimbledon where you are among the favorites is get injured. Unfortunately for Andy Roddick, that’s just what happened to the World No. 6 in his semifinal match today against James Blake at Queen’s Club in London, England.
On game point for Blake serving 1-1, Roddick chased down a lob in the back court, tried a between-the-legs response, then took a few more steps toward the back screen where he turned his right ankle.
Good news for Roddick fans, Andy didn’t appear to be in serious pain as he shook it off and walked back to his chair under normal power.
Roddick later received treatment at 3-4 and kept playing until 4-4, 15-0 with Blake serving before retiring from the match.
From Queen’s Website:
“Obviously we’ll know more tomorrow,” said Roddick afterwards. “I met with my trainer and with the doctors. They don’t think anything is torn. I was just going back after I hit the shot, and there’s a difference in height between where the grass court ends and where the concrete goes, and I just unfortunately stepped at a bad angle. It kind of just twisted a little bit. Running straight ahead I was all right; side to side was suspect.”
The 26-year-old said he will undergo more scans on Monday, but revealed that early signs were positive. “We’re scheduled to get it looked at again tomorrow and do some scans on it and see where we’re at, but initial tests showed the stability was okay. Strength was okay.”
He added: “I was hoping I could walk it off and it would go away, but that wasn’t the case. So to kind of walk out of a match, I don’t like that feeling at all. Obviously with the bigger picture in mind, I could only make it worse out there. I wasn’t going to help my prospects at Wimbledon at all by going through the motions out there and moving at, you know, 20 or 30 percent of what I can.”
In the Sunday final, Blake meets top seed Andy Murray who was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. Murray will try to become the first Brit to win the Queen’s Club since Bunny Austin in 1938. Tim Henman was the last Briton to reach the Queen’s final in 2002. Blake was a finalist at Queen’s in 2006 where he beat Roddick before losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the final.
Roddick was appearing in his seventh straight Queen’s Club semifinal, having won the title on four previous occasions. Before his retirement, Roddick had not dropped a set nor service game all week.
In Halle, Tommy Haas booked a spot in the final where he will await the winner between the ongoing Novak Djokovic v. Olivier Rochus match. Haas overcame a 5-2 third-set deficit to beat fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3). It’s Haas’s first career final on a grass court and first final of any kind since his 2007 Memphis title.
The Wimbledon Championships begin a week from Monday. Seeding will be announced next week with the draw released on Friday. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Murray and Djokovic are expected to be the top four seeds in that order.
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