Roddick, Del Potro Tangle Today in Washington
by Sean Randall | August 9th, 2009, 10:56 am
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We have a good one today in my nation’s capital. Top seed Juan Martin del Potro and second seed Andy Roddick meet for the Legg Mason title in Washington D.C. The match, which is scheduled to begin in about four hours from now, is the first big blockbuster showdown of the summer hardcourts, and its outcome may shed some light as to what’s ahead.

For me, there’s more at stake than just a trophy today. I have to think both these guys will reach the last eight at the U.S. Open a month from now, but I’ going to say the winner today gets to the semifinals. That’s my feeling.

Handicapping the match is a tough one. Both players are past D.C. champions – DelPo last year, Roddick three times prior – and they’ve each had their share of struggles this week. DelPo needed three sets in wins over Lu and Hewitt while Roddick had to scratch out a tough three-setter last night over the vastly improving John Isner.

Head-to-head, they only met once that a year ago in L.A. which went to DelPo. So slight edge to the Argentine in knowing he’s done the deed before.

I also like how DelPo’s already backing up his results from last year showing that he’s not a fluke. If healthy, this guy will be a force for the next few years and hopefully much longer than that.

At the start of the summer I questioned how would Roddick recover from than gutting loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, and so far so good. As I said he hasn’t looked great, but he’s winning. And that’s what counts.

I will say, though, that Roddick in the two matches I’ve seen against Ivo and Isner, was not playing that brand of attacking tennis that we saw in the Wimbledon final. As I’ve said all year, it really seems like Roddick is transitioning away from the power player of his early days – big serve, big forehand – into a more thoughtful, get the serve in and work the point kind of guy.

That said, I give the power edge to DelPo. And if the courts are as quick as ESPN said on TV, I actually think that benefits the big guy more than the American. But, I also hear the temperatures are expected to hover around 100F and even though Andy’s playing his first day match of the tournament, I give the edge to Roddick in conditioning and fitness.

As i see it, the key will be how well Roddick can stay with Del Potro from the baseline. I think both guys will get some breaks of serves, but Roddick will have to be on his “A” defensive game, blunting DelPo’s powerful groundies. If Andy can do that he’ll be in good shape.

And of course the match is in the U.S. and part of a US Open Series that is already three-for-three in crowning U.S. champs, so I’ll stick with the trend and take Roddick 7-6, 6-4.


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79 Comments for Roddick, Del Potro Tangle Today in Washington

joe Says:

roddick for the win!!!!


Kimmi Says:

I though Del potro played poor yesterday, he was helped but a subpar Gonzo. He needs to bring his A game too, I thought Roddick was very consistent with Isner..I think this match depends on which Del potro will turn up….


Steve@TennisNewz Says:

I don’t think either have looked that great so far but I’ll give the edge to Roddick as well. Del Potro looked pretty worn out yesterday even though he didn’t need to play his quarter, not as much as Gonzalez but Roddick should be fresher. Andy has been broken a surprising amount this tournament (twice against Karlovic was a surprise), but I think he’s looked better than Juan Martin overall and will be able to serve his way out of trouble a little more often. Del Potro has also been starting really slow in his matches and Roddick could get out to an early lead and go from there. We’ll see. Whoever really shows up to play should be able to take it today. Roddick looked the better of the two in the previous round and actually started to control his service games for the first time this tournament. I think he’ll keep that up and take the final.


Kimmi Says:

Roddick on fire here…


Veno Says:

Hey Kimmi, yes he is. I have no doubt he’ll win the title. Good for him!!!!!


Veno Says:

Hahahaha, classic Andy again on the silent let-court….

Nice assessment by Darren in saying that Roddick’s serve is impressive because next to the boomers he has a good slice and a good kick serve. “His 1st serve percentage this year has been so high and that’s because he’s an intelligent server.”

I agree with that. Looks like he took 5 miles off but he uses it even more varied and keeps his opps guessing….


Veno Says:

Pity, Soderling has pulled out of Rogers Cup because of his elbow injury….


Kimmi Says:

Good comeback from 0-30 down by roddick. Del potro serving better in this set


Kimmi Says:

Too bad for soderling, all the best to him..


Kimmi Says:

BREAK…do we have the third set ?


Veno Says:

OMG…..a double on break point serving for the second set…..

I doubt there’ll be a third set now!!!


Kimmi Says:

OOOH No..what a let off for Roddick…
Del potro can never get another chance like this..WOW !


Veno Says:

What a point!!!! Only Andy 2.0 could have made that 1 :)


Veno Says:

WoW!!!!!! We’re going the distance!!!!

Vonnie….get another drink, you’ll be stuck to the couch for at least another 40 minutes….


Kimmi Says:

We have the third set. Good concentration from Del potro after what happened earlier. Great tennis.


Kimmi Says:

Norm Chris was a little late to call a let there…bizzare


Veno Says:

my goodnessssssssssssssssssssssssss


Kimmi Says:

Another DF on break point..incredible


Veno Says:

overhead horror and a double on break point….AGAIN…

Roddick faught hard to let DelPo hit just that extra shot….

Vonnie probably knibbling at her shoes by now(not biting or touching anything in the face though…)


tenisbebe Says:

Juan definitely pciked it up in the 2nd. I was saying to myself “Uh oh, he’s growing accustom to the heat & humidity & is swinging freely which spells trouble for Andy”. Nor surprised he won the 2nd but am that he stuggled with it.

Woo hoo – Andy breaks in the 3rd! It’s all about being able to chase down more balls and make him hit another that has made the difference.


Veno Says:

break confirmed 3-1…


tenisbebe Says:

Wonder what they will do about the start time for the women’s? They were scheduled to begin right now, 5pm EDT. Hope they realize that TV coverage is crucial & wait til the end of this match.


Veno Says:

Like Andy’s slice turning away from DP’s forehand in the deuce court


Veno Says:

Juan Martin’s FH on the run cross court is absolutely a killer


Kimmi Says:

Tenisbebe, the women are on the court warming up..they are not waiting for the other final for sure..


tenisbebe Says:

Veno Says: “break confirmed 3-1…” ??? What does this mean? You needed to confirm my post? LOL


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – Crap! I want to see Sam’s match in it’s entirety.

Andy in trouble here 0-40….AHHHHH


Veno Says:

Hahahaha bebe, thanks for stickin’it to Veno for not writing in his first language….What’s the normal expression used when breaking an opp and then holding serve? Educate me please….


Veno Says:

8 points in a row for DelPo….C’mon Andy!!!!


Kimmi Says:

WHAT HAPPENED, I went away a little and del potro has broken back….This could go either way now.


Veno Says:

Play is starting in LA


Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe, lets hope another 30 minutes this will end…


Veno Says:

good game from Roddick…he has to hang tough now, DelPo has the advantage…


Veno Says:

I’m lucky…I have men’s final on HD streaming and the LA final live on the tele…

It’s a tennis frenzy here in da house Venissimo :)


Kimmi Says:

ha ha ha Veno..you are funny LOL LOL


Veno Says:

Interesting battle between these 2 for 5th place in the rankings:

If DelPo wins he’ll have 5155 pts and Andy has 5530
If Andy wins he’ll pull away: DelPo’ll have 4955 and Andy’ll have 5730 pts….
And next week Andy doesn’t drop any points but DelPo drops another 350 for winning Legg Mason last year..So then it would be Andy 5730 and DelPo 4605 pts….


Veno Says:

What a fantastic tournament it has been. The organizers must be over the moon….They should try and get it moved to a better slot on the agend(also because it’s a 500 tourney now) for the next season…


Veno Says:

Vonnie, you’re little guy is putting you through the wringer yet again….Tiebreak time!!!! Here we go….Go Andy!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

TIEBREAK…yes, this match deserves it. With the record you posted earlier Veno..It looks like to be Roddicks.


Kimmi Says:

Gatsy second serve from del boy


Veno Says:

OMG, what a shank!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

BIG return from Roddick..WOW


Kimmi Says:

WOW, Del potro defending a title for the first time in his career. congratulation.


Veno Says:

Fantastic match!!!

Congrats to DelPo….and Andy played a great tourny too!!!

Man, he returned a 144 mph serve at match point down!!!

DelPo really arrived now. Impressed by his stamina too…playing in that heat!!!!


margot Says:

von: oh what a shame for you and all Roddick fans, and what a tight, tight, match.


Veno Says:

DelPo is 6-1 in finals…that’s impressive for such a young guy!!!!

Andy drops to 27-17….Not too bad eitjer…but losing back to back finals now…Hope it won’t affect Andy(I think not)

Commiserations Von


Veno Says:

Sam lost the first set to 4. Pennetta is playing well!


blah Says:

Wow, great match, last shot was only a couple of inches in.

I think Roddick might have won if he went to the Del potro forehand less often. Saw him get passed a lot and Del Potro was moving toward that side too, but Roddick had lost the break by the time he started going to the backhand wing.

Credit to Del Potro though, his Huge serving in the tiebreak won the match. Roddick really couldn’t do anything more in that tiebreak. Both guys will definitely be major players in the summer hardcourt season.


Veno Says:

Lol Blah, last shot was not even a half inch from being out :-D


Veno Says:

Gimmel shouldn’t persue a career as a stand-up, he just doesn’t have it lol


Cindy_Brady Says:

Roddick was out served by Del Potro in the tiebreaker.

Del Potro is mentally tougher. Roddick wilts in the final stages of tournaments now. Maybe age is starting to creep in. Anyways, I don’t see Andy winning in Canada, Cincinnati, or New York. Not strong enough upstairs to get it done against the top players.


Veno Says:

My goodness, I know the sponsors, education centre and Washington are important for the tourney but c’mon move it along please!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Sam has been starting slow is a lot of her matches..she needs to pick it up here..


Veno Says:

Andy truly is brilliant!!!!

“Thanks for bringing up that great memory.”
“And now I’ll stand back here thinking about that great Wimbledon loss.”


Kimmi Says:

Roddick is classic…he is gonna stand back there and think a little about wimbledon final !!!! ha ha… the guy is a comidian.


Veno Says:

Gotta love JMDP too…

Very humble and trying hard to speak English well…


Veno Says:

Darn, Sam’s dropped serve in the second….So frustrating to see Sam not being able AGAIN to bring her A-game in a final…


FoT Says:

Congratulations to the Del Potro fans on your boy’s win and defending his title.

Next week will be very interesting with just about everyone playing.

Oh and congrats to the Roddick fans for your boy at least making the finals in his first tournament back.


Veno Says:

Kimmi, Sam’s all over the place at the moment…hard to watch….


Dan Martin Says:

JMDP is growing in stature. Both he and Andy really are closer to the top 4 players in terms of quality and consistency than to the bottom 4 of the top 10. The Big 6?


Kimmi Says:

Veno, I know..I am just hoping she can get back. Back it does not look good. She is 0-4 in finals..what a record.


Veno Says:

I agree Dan.

But I’m still inclined to think that this description of the big 6 holds primarily for best of 3 sets.(Andy Roddick’s great Wimby excluded)
Until Murray and DelPo can really get that 7 straight best of 5 wins needed to win a slam, Djokovic finds back his Ozzie open ’08 confidence, Andy R. can continue his great season and Nadal is healed properly I would have to give Roger the edge at the USO this year……but for sure it’s big 6 for now and tennis couldn’t be in better shape than it is now!!!


Veno Says:

COME ON SAM!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

RE-BREAK!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

BREEEEEEAAAAAKKKK. GO sam


Veno Says:

Sammie is making my toe nails curl….Why oh why does she torture us so much?


Kimmi Says:

mmm, look like its O-V-E-R


Veno Says:

Flavia wins 4 and 3 and deserved it…What a shame for Sam falling to 0-5 in finals…


Kimmi Says:

Panetta good win.. congrats. Sam…good tournament but it must hurt to lose so many final.. O-5 in finals….


Kimmi Says:

Veno…now to Montreal…so exciting. Fed will probably play tues night.


Veno Says:

How much I like Sam….it’s another testament why I really not follow the WTA…Too many players are to fickle and a lot of the matches are disappointing(just think about the past 30 slam finals….if there were 5 close and good matches among those it’s a lot….)

Ah well, I always have Sorana…Hope she’ll have recovered before the USO starts…


Veno Says:

Onto Montreal indeed Kimmi, bed time for me…Up early tomorrow for work…

Later all!!!

Have an entertaining day bebe!!!

Bye maman…Talk to ya laterzzz


Kimmi Says:

Good night Veno


jane Says:

Congrats to Delpo – missed the final, unfortunately. I was hoping for Roddick to win, but it looks like it went right down to the wire, so it could’ve gone either way. Take heart Von!! I saw until Roddick broke in the first set, and at that point it definitely looked like he’d win the title. Oh well, there are a couple more tournaments on the way, so lots to which to look forward.


Dan Martin Says:

tenisbebe – did you get my email?


tenisbebe Says:

Dan Martin – Gor one and responded. Will look again right now. Had to leave and watch the end of the Roddick/Delpo & the Stosur/Pennetta matches offline as I was bringing them not so good luck :-(


tenisbebe Says:

Oops – shud read “Got your”

Dan Martin – sent you an email 9am Sunday am. Assume you received it.


Ty Says:

Any live streams for tomorrow’s matches including a possible schedule?

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