Congrats to Andy Roddick for earning his 500th career match win last night defeating the red-hot Sam Querrey 7-6(4), 6-4 in the 3rd RD at Washington D.C.
Roddick joins Roger Federer, Carlos Moya and Llyeton Hewitt among those active to players to reach 500. He is also the 36th overall to do it and if he keeps up the pace he’ll hit 600 by the end of 2011!
For Querrey, it was a bit of a reality check after having reached his last three finals. But let’s be honest the fields in Newport, Indianapolis and L.A. are no where near the quality that Washington offers this week. And Sam got a taste of that upper level against Roddick.
With Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro (who beat Hewitt in a third set tiebreak), Robin Soderling and Tommy Haas winning the line-up looks promising for the weekend.
Today, Roddick gets the dangerous Ivo Karlovic (think two tiebreaks? Yeah!), DelPo faces Soderling, Haas and Fernando Gonzalez battle in the noon opener and in the nightcap John Isner will meet Tomas Berdych.
In Canada, Rafael Nadal touched down in Montreal Thursday morning. The Spaniard went through a 2-hour hit, and then said that he is “very happy to be back training and playing at a competitive level.”
Prior to his flight, Rafa had this to say at the airport in Mallorca: “I will do the best I can to get a good result. When you play, you always try to give a 100% … I’m prepared to lose as well.”
What of Roger Federer, is he prepared? Is he playing Montreal? Well, yes to the second question, Federer is playing Canada. The new father – see pictures of the twins on his facebook page! – has confirmed his participation for the Canadian Masters.
And in LA, WTA No. 1 Dinara Safina was upset by Zheng Zie last night. So looks like Serena will get a crack at the No. 1 ranking next week in Cincinnati! The quarterfinals today look like Zie v. Stosur, Cristea v. A. Radwanska, U. Radwanska v. Maria Sharapova and Pennetta v. Zvonareva. I should also mention what an excellent and encouraging win by Maria the other night beating Victoria Azarenka.
With the US Open just a few weeks away now, things are heating up!
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