Is Roddick Ready to Beat Nadal? Clijsters Edges Henin to Reach Miami Final
by Sean Randall | April 2nd, 2010, 11:18 am
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It doesn’t happen much anymore. That is, a showdown between two former Grand Slam champions. We had Roger Federer beating an overmatched Lleyton Hewitt in Australia, and today we get by my count the second such showdown of the season with Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick meeting in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open Miami.

This evening, Tomas Berdych successfully backed up his massive win over Federer to arrive in his semifinal against the red-hot Robin Soderling.

First the big day match which begins at 1pm and airs on Fox Sports Net. Nadal leads the head-to-head with Roddick 5-2 and he’s won the last three enjoying straight-set victories over Andy at 2008 Queen’s (grass), 2008 Davis Cup (clay) and last year at Indian Wells (hard).

I picked Nadal over Roddick at this very stage of the tournament and from what I’ve seen thus far there’s little reason to change my mind.

Nadal has been winning but he’s still not the same player we saw a year ago or so. He’s making far too many errors and he’s not playing the big points as well as we’ve seen him do in the past. But he’s still getting the job done with tough wins over David Ferrer and JW Tsonga two days ago. His confidence seems to be growing and importantly his knee, his movement appear to be ok. After some 11 months without a title he’s now just four sets away.

While Nadal’s had his battles, Roddick been largely untested. Heck, you could make the case he’s been playing at a different event. His wins in Miami thus far have come against four guys not even ranked in the Top 35 – No. 38 Nicolas Almagro, No. 39 Benjamin Becker, No. 40 Igor Andreev and No. 72 Sergei Stahkovsky. If there has been a cushier path to a Miami Tennis Masters semifinal I haven’t seen it.

But credit to Roddick, he’s taken care of business shutting down the opposition in straight sets just as he should be doing. So Andy’s playing well, playing confident and playing in a place where he’s won before. All big plusses. Unfortunately, today’s a major step-up in class.

As I’ve been saying for the last year or so, under new coach Larry Stefanki Roddick has changed his game. Instead of playing power tennis – big serve, big forhand- nowadays he’s far more content to keep the ball in play and outrally, outlast his opponent – I asked last summer if Roddick had turned into David Ferrer – and it’s been paying off nicely against the lesser players.

But I still question the tactic against the elite. You cannot go into matches against Federer, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and of course Nadal hoping that they will miss. They might, but more often than not you are going to come out the loser employing such a strategy.

Roddick still has his monster serve but he’s even taken some zip off of of that. More and more I see players handling that once-vaunted delivery with comfort, and to me that’s troubling. Roddick’s serve is his big weapon and for him to be effective against the top players he needs to be firing that delivery, not spinning it in at 90% pace.

A bigger issue for Roddick today will be his backhand. A year ago he was hitting a lot more backhands up the line and it was mighty productive. This year he’s seemed to have lost that ability or confidence in that shot. From what I’ve seen the last two tournaments about 98% of all Roddick backhands go crosscourt, even the passing shots. Fortunately for him the guys he’s played haven’t been that strong from the ad-side of the court with the exception being Ivan Ljubicic who prefers the backhand, and we know how that match turned out.

Against Nadal, of course, Andy’s backhand feeds right into Rafa’s vicious forehand and that’s a mismatch. How do you say “Uh Oh!” in Spanish?

But Andy’s a smart guy and I think he’ll make some adjustments. If he ups the MPH on his serve, pounds his forehand and get that backhand up-the-line working again he’s got a real chance, especially if Rafa’s donating errors (and his wisdom teeth flare up). But if Rafa’s on and he’s hitting his forehand Andy’s in for a long day. And I think Rafa will be on today.

In the second semifinal, Berdych came up big yesterday to turn away Fernando Verdasco in three long, tough sets. Today his rugged draw continues against Soderling who’s arguably been playing better than just about anyone the past month.

Robin went through some patchy tennis last night beating Mikhail Youhzny, but overall the Swede’s been on song. And he’s won five of seven (and three straight) against Berdych and I’ll say tonight he makes it six. The big Czech has to feeling some fatigue – perhaps more emotional – after Tuesday night’s epic over Federer and then the draining battle yesterday against Verdasco.

But maybe that will help take some of the pressure off Tomas and he’ll come out playing loose, carefree tennis. However, the way Robin’s been playing it’s hard to pick against him here.

As for the women, no real surprises. I think most of us thought looking at the draw it would be a Venus Williams vs. a Belgian in the final and that’s what we have. Venus eased passed Marion Bartoli in the afternoon semifinal. The question was which Belgian would oppose her on Saturday?

Kim Clijsters took that honor after beating rival Justine Henin in another third-set tiebreaker (Kim beat Justine in a third-set breaker in Brisbane also) 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-6(6). Both players were prone to errors but I thought in the breaker Clijsters really kept her emotions in check and was all business. Even after she blew that 6-3 lead (and with it three matchpoints) her demeanor and focus never wavered. Credit to her. That should be a good final tomorrow.


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251 Comments for Is Roddick Ready to Beat Nadal? Clijsters Edges Henin to Reach Miami Final

jane Says:

Sean, “nowadays he’s far more content to keep the ball in play and outrally, outlast his opponent… and it’s been paying off nicely against the lesser players. But I still question the tactic against the elite.”

I don’t know if you heard this, but P-Mac said pretty much the same thing at the AO when Roddick was playing Cilic. Eventually in that match Andy did change his tactics and play more aggressively, but his shoulder was also tweaked. I am sure Stefanki will have considered the opponent and discussed strategy with Roddick. Should be a good match.


Voicemale1 Says:

Agree that Stefanki has transformed Roddick’s game. Not sure Roddick ever had a “Big Forehand”. He’s still spinning it in fairly safely like he always has. Roddick’s Forehand has never really scorched through the court. It’s a lot like Ljubicic said after IW – he spent far more time getting fit in his practice time than he did playing tennis working on specific shots. These guys aren’t going to change their shots all that much – by the time you get to the Pro’s what you have is what you have. But Ivan, and now Roddick, through their fitness, are getting to a lot more shots than they were before. And that gives them a lot more options.

Rodiick has been coming to net a lot in this tournament, and he’s looked good doing it. But as Sean correctly points out – it’s one thing to come in against those below Top 35; coming in against the Nadal Passing Shot is a whole different animal. But he has to, though, right? He’s definitely not gonna win staying back and trade from the back court. Last years IW match was close between them, and this one probably will be too.


margot Says:

jane: hi! not tennis at all but a killing item on a satirical prog we have: you Canadians will not let our Queenie climb 17 stairs… becos she is too old!! Laughed and laughed, come on you guys, give Charles a break and MAKE her climb those stairs……back to tennis sort of….
conty, jane, kimmi: apparently Andy does have a shrink after all, worked with him when he was laid off for months with that initial wrist injury. Whodathought it? Roberto Furzoni.
Will be able to see Rafa,Roddick match tonight. Hoping for good things.


jane Says:

margot, well it’s not until July; she may have to climb yet. LOL. And, it’s not an “age issue” apparently; it’s just that the 17 stairs sport a 60 degree angle, have no rails and are dully lit. No one wants the dear Queenie to slip! But there is much debate over “stair gate” in the press here too.

Good show on Andy M. Perhaps he could make a recommendation to Djok?

Am hoping for fireworks in Rafa/Roddick match too.


Dan Martin Says:

I think if Nadal can stay healthy he will make it interesting as to who finishes 2010 #1 or he may even run away with it. It is a big if, but I think he gets through Roddick today for similar reasons to what Sean presented.


Ben Pronin Says:

Since everyone is picking Nadal, I’m going to go against the trend and pick Roddick in… 3 sets.


Voicemale1 Says:

Ben:

Your selection of Roddick would be newsworthy, except you pick against Nadal just about every time anyway. It’s a personal animus thing :)


NELTA Says:

I don’t see Roddick being successful at the net against Nadal with straight up net rushes. Who would be? He should only come in off of shots that are expected to be winners or use the sneak. I don’t know if Andy has the quickness to employ the sneak.

Davydenko who has a winning record against Nadal and beaten him the last 3 times they’ve played has employed the sneak quite well especially considering he’s not that good at the net.

The sneak is a delayed net approach where you wait a split second to assess your shot before moving forward. This prevents the opponent from seeing the approach in time to line up a passing shot. You usually end up volleying a defensive slice. If your timing is off you will look foolish being stuck in no man’s land while the ball goes whizzing by you.

Here is an example. Fast forward to the point starting at 5:49.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgJt6VP-MrE

Davydenko hits a cross court forehand and when he realizes it has a good angle he rushes the net and volleys the slice reply from Nadal into the open court for a winner.


Dan Martin Says:

Update – I have two columns nearly done and they are not really meant to draw away attention from the Miami coverage (one is on Nadal and one is on Hard Courts in general) but I will be posting columns again soon.


Ben Pronin Says:

The sneak? The player assesses the shot before moving forward? Are you talking about Tennis Basics 101?

Voicemale, I don’t pick against Nadal, I root against him, there’s a difference. But Nadal is the logical pick, I agree with both Sean and Dan in that sense. But I’m picking Roddick anyway.


Ben Pronin Says:

Is there a reason Tennis Channel is showing an Odesnik match? Talk about opportune timing…


Ben Pronin Says:

I love it. Cmon Roddick!!!


Jeff C. Says:

I saw them play against each other in Indian Wells a few years ago. Nadal has a few edges against Roddick: the mental edge, the likability factor, and the Miami Latino fans will be in full force behind him.


Dan Martin Says:

Ben I might be tempted to switch picks but after your recent facebook posts I can’t … Ben is quiet a poet :)


Ben Pronin Says:

Oh god… it really is the old Nadal. Oh boy.


Ben Pronin Says:

This is absurd. The forehand is spinning like crazy, the backhand is penetrating perfectly. When did Nadal get back to form? What is this?


jane Says:

Yep -That Rafa forehand is LETHAL when it is on.


Kimmi Says:

huh! Roddick should not get into long rallies..how, I don’t know..the moment he gets into them, there will only be one winner..NADAl


Ben Pronin Says:

Like I said, the backhand is penetrating perfectly. I haven’t seen it that flat since the AO final last year.


Ben Pronin Says:

If there was ever a time for Roddick to revert to his 03 ways, it’d be now. Only blast winners from the baseline, not 10 feet behind it. But click and bang is what Roddick needs to do. None of this pansy spinning the ball back in play nonsense.


rose Says:

go nadal..you can do this kid….consolidate the break.


tenisbebe Says:

Early stat – when the point goes beyond 3 shots each, Rafa is winning 90% of them. Backing up what we all know.


jane Says:

Break point – Roddick holding his own so far, with a little help from Rafa on that error.


Ben Pronin Says:

Is that Gimelstob? Either way he’s right, Roddick doesn’t have one big weapon to disturb Nadal with and he better develop one fast.


Dan Martin Says:

I think Murray’s plan of attack on Nadal is to get a lot of quality returns in play. I think Roddick would be wise to employ this to the best of his ability (He is not the returner Murray is, but still I think if guys hurt Rafa’s serve it does undermine his grinding strategy).


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t remember the last time I got so pissed at Roddick errors.


jane Says:

Rafa’s been missing on his serve up the T today.


Kimmi Says:

where is the biiiiigggg FH roddick, that is the only way he can win this match..

C’moon..bring that FH


Ben Pronin Says:

It doesn’t exist, Kimmi.


Ben Pronin Says:

Greatest commercial ever.


Kimmi Says:

Goodall said nadal winning 2 out 3 rallies at the moment.


Kimmi Says:

should be “nadal winning *every 2 out of 3″

Comon Roddick, nadal is leaking a little here..attack


rose Says:

great chance for roddick to get the break back..this match i think will go the distance..


tenisbebe Says:

Ben “Voicemale, I don’t pick against Nadal, I root against him, there’s a difference.” You are either picking on him or picking against him – not a new phenom since you are such a hardcare Fed fan & cannot bring yourself to credit his nemesis. I think that’s the point.


jane Says:

Rafa mixed his serves up right when he needed to, or Roddick would’ve had another very good chance with Rafa down love-30.


Kimmi Says:

Too bad Roddick got broken early..this set would have gone to the tie breaker and then he would have great chance with his serve..oh well!


rose Says:

Roddick is holding his serve game to love most of the time..only one mistake and sneaky nadal took advantage of it..but i gotta said i love to see healthy nadal playing and any real tennis fan that love this sport should appreciate his game


Ben Pronin Says:

That’s not true at all. When have I ever not credited Nadal?

That sucks so much for Roddick. 3 love holds and one shitty game and he’s losing. It’s absolutely unreal how Nadal generates exactly the pace he wants no matter what position he’s in.


tenisbebe Says:

Interesting, on that last pt at 4-3 30-0, Rafa went right up the middle at Andy for 3 shots.


Ben Pronin Says:

Matches like these really make you question who the GOAT is.


tenisbebe Says:

He missed it but I like how Rafa went for that 2nd serve at 5-3 30-all.


jane Says:

Andy’s first serves have been great but he could vary his second serves a little more maybe; Rafa seems to expect the kicker and backs up for it every time.


contador Says:

Kimmi-

yeah, that was bad for roddick. i didn’t see it but just looking at the scorline from work.

seems like roddick has no answer at this point other than serving well. but that’s not going to win the match, as we know.

c’mon andy! get rafa sorted, you need a lotta luck here. do go near deuce….oops too late.

where’s delPo when we need him? hope he’s watching, wrist all better and practicing like crazy on clay, i hope.

c’mon roddick, need an ace here, buddy!

yesss.


jane Says:

tenisbebe – I think we’re on the same wavelength. : )


rose Says:

it is crunch time for roddick ..c’mon nadal hold your serve kid..thats all you have to do.


Kimmi Says:

this is how the challeneg should done, like roddick..not messing around before challenging!


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – yes I saw your post a la Andy’s second serve after I posted mine LOL. Oops Rafa misses another down-the-line serve again. Andy is looking up at his box.


rose Says:

game nadal..first set in his pocket..lets get ready for the second set peeps


Kimmi Says:

Roddick pls at least take it to the tie breaker here..


contador Says:

nadal serving for second set. was going to say, ” i doubt rafa gives andy a look at winning a point”

45 minute set is fairly fast for nadal, isn’t it?

how one-sided is this match? i am not watching here….

anyone care to say?


tenisbebe Says:

after that missed challenge. Why is he challenging again? 2nd serve into the body is working well for him.


jane Says:

Good set of tennis – competitive. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a tiebreaker in this second set though.


contador Says:

no, no that was the first set…..opps.

is there any hope at all for roddick?


stu Says:

all of a sudden “rafa”‘s prediction from yesterday (that the original rafa would win everything and then some on clay, and jump to #1) does not seem all that improbable…


Ben Pronin Says:

LMAO. I love you, Roddick.


tenisbebe Says:

Contador – Andy’s serving games have been fairly solid except for the 3rd game (I think it was) when Rafa read his serve well. But on any of the rallies, Rafa seems to be pulling Andy around like a puppet on a string (sorry Von). I’d like to see the 1st set stats re: winners/UE’s


Sean Randall Says:

A few things…

Roddick has made ZERO impression on Rafa once the rally begins. If not for his serve – which Rafa can’t get a read on – that would have been a 6-1 or 6-0 set.

I don’t think Andy was in control of a single rally that set. His forehand has no sting.

For Rafa, he’s playing well, not great. He’s still making a few errors, missing serves and as I said he has no clue on Roddick’s first serve.

So if Andy can keep serving big he can push a breaker and hope something happens.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t know if tiebreakers really help Roddick anymore. He needs to “roll the dice” and make things happen, for a change. Just go for it. He’s serving first and he’s holding well, so far. He needs to go for broke on a few shots. Go Gonzo.


jane Says:

contador, Rafa is dominating from the baseline, but Roddick has been in with a shot in a number of his service games, whereas Rafa hasn’t made much of a dent in Roddick’s service games, particularly with regards to Roddick’s first serves. But I gotta say, Rafa is looking “on” – his passing shots and forehands have been great. So in that sense it’s been tough for Andy to get any kind of momentum. Roddick’s tried different things, coming in, staying back, scrambling. So he’s still giving his all, as is Rafa. Good match thus far!


rose Says:

here is roddick chance ..let see if he come through ??..the nerves


Ben Pronin Says:

11 to 0 forehand winners. That tells you everthing.


Kimmi Says:

I lost the picture..whaaaat happened!


jane Says:

Good comment just made by Goodall – that although Rafa’s made some errors on the FH side, it hasn’t stopped him from going for it the very next shot. True. Rafa hasn’t played conservatively. He’s been making things happen.


contador Says:

c’mon stu, leave some room for nole to win a clay tournament, , maybe? he could give rafa some competition, delPo could too, maybe, only a maybe.

yeah, it’s hard to tell right now about djokovic…murray…federer.


Sean Randall Says:

Rafa again making a few errors, letting Roddick get a break point.

Credit to Roddick for coming up with big serves and trying to be aggressive.


margot Says:

Gr*!! kimmi Tennis tv just bummed! Back to jane’s commentary …


Kimmi Says:

yeh margot no feed, what the heck???#@#%


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – very keen observation from Jason, thanks for posting it as I am stuck with Gimbelslob. Perhaps Rafa is finally learning this lessen for the NA HC’s.


stu Says:

contador, what i want and what i believe will happen are entirely different :). more so of late…


tenisbebe Says:

I liked those Roddick FH’s at 2-1 30-0, although he didn’t win the pt….


Kimmi Says:

FH winners

15 Nadal

0 Roddick


tenisbebe Says:

Yes, a little serve and volley from Andy.


contador Says:

thanks everybody for the descriptions.

in sum:

roddick is serving well, but has no forehand weapon or any other weapon and is being pulled around like a puppet on s string in the rallies.

so, roddick can’t even make headway on rafa’s second serve, eh?

no more weakneses in nadal’s game = ” HE”S BACK”

too many winners for rafa and not for roddick

andy’s serving arm is at risk…oh no….seriously i hope he doesn’t injure his shoulder again. save yourself, andy!


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m curious as to how a Nadal-Soderling final would play out based on their current form.


rose Says:

how many aces roddick has so far?..geez i lost count


Kimmi Says:

ben, at least Soda has a weapon. FH and BH, so it will be interesting.


jane Says:

It’s 30 all now; Rafa giving Roddick some half chances in this set. Another missed serve up the T, and now a second serve into the body. Longer rally, error by Roddick. 40-30. Rafa’s really going for the lines, angles, he’s NOT playing safely. Ace. 3-3.


Kimmi Says:

few short balls from nadal on that point, Roddick just push the ball back!


jane Says:

Roddick just won a longer rally for 40-15 on his serve and yelled “come on!”


contador Says:

from what i have seen of rafa’s recent matches…

dropping a match, not winning indian wells….that’s the last match rafa will lose for a long time.

it’s true, sodapop or the new birdie will be interesting against rafa..seems there is enough bad juju with either one and rafa.

tension always helps…

god, i wish i was watching…..andy is hanging on to his service games.

i’d pick rafa to avenge his FO loss. maybe the bird has a better chance…hard to imagine, tho.


stu Says:

haha…rafa and his obsession with bananas


margot Says:

Rafa’s looking fierce isn’t he, but Andy’s holding his own in this set. Let’s see a third chaps!


Kimmi Says:

C’MOOOON Roddick, hold to the tie breaker please..do it for Brooklyn


contador Says:

roddick 13 aces and rafa 4, so far.

what’s the chance a tie break will disturb nadal, if they get that far?


Kimmi Says:

YEAH 1st FH winner..great roddick


Sean Randall Says:

Has Roddick’s forehand awakened?


rose Says:

this is it… i have a feeling …if roddick doesnt convert this one ..he doesnt deserve to win ..period


contador Says:

lol…stu…..give rafa some cookies with the banana. hehehe


Kimmi Says:

Roddick FH is working these 2 points..0-40 C’mooon Roddick


jane Says:

That “come on” rally changed things – and now love-40 for Roddick, which will mean the set AND a decider.


Kimmi Says:

OOOOOOOOOOWWW Another FH winner. Roddick break. WOW!

Serve it out now A-Rod!


contador Says:

shocking!! can andy hold? arrrrrrgh!


Dan Martin Says:

Business is picking up


Sean Randall Says:

Ha. Now where’s that forehand been hiding? Where as that the first set. Was he playing possum? Strange.


jane Says:

At this point, the match has swung in momentum. Be very interesting to see what happens in the third!


blah Says:

Roddick making it a match, nice! 3rd set should be great.


tenisbebe Says:

The crowd is loving it. We’re going to a third. Who would have thought it 10 mns ago.


Kimmi Says:

GOOD stuff from Roddick..Where did all that come from..Nadal was taken by surprise.

Keep it up A-Rod


contador Says:

WOOOOOOW!

oh…i am leaving for lunch. i MUST see the decider!


margot Says:

Brilliant play last two games! Come on Andy!!


jane Says:

I am telling you – it was the “come on!” yell that did it people. LOL.


Ben Pronin Says:

RODDICK!!!!!!!!!!!


rose Says:

i knew this one is going the distance..at least is more entertaining to watch roddick actually play and not only rely on his serve..i wanna see crazy FH spinning and lethal backhand causing damage from both sides..this set can go either way..let the best win..oh i just love tennis


Kimmi Says:

C’mon Roddick don’t get broken here..C’mmon!


tenisbebe Says:

I’m so glad Andy got that 2nd set but I don’t see him sustaining it when Rafa’s ups his level. What a great 1st serve % for Andy!


blah Says:

serve and volley on 2nd serve? wow.


stu Says:

Roddick is the king of clutch serves


jane Says:

Crucial hold – Roddick good at the net there.


Kimmi Says:

Great game to eventually win for Roddick, serving break point on the way…


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m knocking Federer down on my list. I want Djokovic and Roddick to win slams this year. They’re getting the majority of my support.


Dan Martin Says:

Great for the fans to see these guys leaving it all out there.


Kimmi Says:

RODDICK!!!!


blah Says:

wow. aggressive return. would love to see roddick go on the attack more often against top players. And what about that last point? Three aggressive forehands close to hitting the line that led to a winner. love it when he plays like this.


blah Says:

WOW! Great defense


jane Says:

Roddick has some serious momentum here – he’s hitting that forehand well right now. What a point!


Ben Pronin Says:

CMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON
RODDDICKKK
OMFG
THAT WAS CONNORS-ESQUE
CMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


contador Says:

well, good thing i didn’t rush home.

i had another look at the score and think the same about this match as tennisbebe.

unless a miracle…

rafa won’t lose, nah


tenisbebe Says:

Great pt!


Ben Pronin Says:

Unbelievable. This is just the highest of quality tennis. I love it. Days like today make me love being an overly-obsessed tennis fan.


Karthick Says:

Come On Rafa… You can Make it.. You are going to win this match…


Kimmi Says:

That was soooo close for Roddick..C’MOOON one more here!


blah Says:

bREAK!


tenisbebe Says:

Well what the hell do I know. Andy breaks.


Kimmi Says:

RODDICK BREEEEEAAAAKS Unbelivable! I don’t believe it..

CONTADOR! No way!

Roddick please hold here!


stu Says:

cool, they’re playing gypsy!


stu Says:

cool, they’re playing gypsy!


margot Says:

Bloody hell! Andy’s playing brilliantly!


contador Says:

wwwwwhell?

i shoulda gone home! at least my dvr is recording this one.

ANDY!!! wooooooohoooo

c’mon hold, buddy….hold puhleeese

his serving arm has to be getting tired.


jane Says:

Break from Roddick – that could be the match if he keeps his first serve % high because Rafa has not made a dent on it all day. Plus he’s got momentum right now. Too bad he doesn’t go from here to grass instead of clay; you get the sense he could carry this over.


Ben Pronin Says:

Roddick just hit a Nadal-like forehand. Cmon. First serves, Roddick. First serves! Enough with the choking!


Kimmi Says:

C’moon Roddick DF..Too nervous..C’moon


rose Says:

good for roddick..too bad i dont think he is gonna win this tournament considering the many times he shocked on finals. i hope he proves me wrong this time :)


blah Says:

wow. Look at how aggressive he’s being. Seriously, if he plays like this all the time, he could be in the top 3 convo.


Ben Pronin Says:

I want Roddick to win this event. He deserves a heart-pleaser. Too many heart-breakers in the past year.


Kimmi Says:

RODDICK Hold Phew!


Kimmi Says:

Not yet ben..fingers crossed.!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Roddick can’t afford to relax on Nadal’s service games. That’s weak sauce, Roddick. Keep pressing. Nadal can’t be allowed to regain his confidence.


contador Says:

i can’t believe it.

ANDY! HELD SERVE

but…rafa is not going down without a battle….

a measly one break up is nothing to rafa to solve…

andy can’t let up on one point, rafa will chase this match down to the wire.


jane Says:

Yep: if Roddick wins this, he should win the tournament. He can definitely beat Berdych, and he beat Soderling last weekend in three. Plus, Soda’s leg is strapped up.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal getting pissed in the chair? I have never ever seen that.


Kimmi Says:

C’mooon Keeep pressing! Two more game ONLY!!


tenisbebe Says:

It’s on Andy’s racquet. That’s for sure.


blah Says:

Wow. Nadal being visibly frustrated in the change over.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think Soderling can still beat Roddick. Their match in IW was really close. I wouldn’t mind Soderling winning but I would mind Roddick losing a lot more. Cmon Andy!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Jane and BEN..Please the match is not over yet…C’mooon Roddick!


Ben Pronin Says:

Not the worst idea for Roddick to conserve energy, perhaps, but still.


jane Says:

Ben agree with this muchly: ” I wouldn’t mind Soderling winning but I would mind Roddick losing a lot more.”


janadev Says:

Sean jinx working to its best ;-)


jane Says:

Who said the match is over Kimmi? I have made no predictions about THIS match – am only speculating about possibilities for rest of tourney.


Ben Pronin Says:

Second serve, serve and volley, THAT’S HOW RODDICK ROLLS!!


tenisbebe Says:

Let’s face it, serve and following on his second serve has paid off big time.


Ben Pronin Says:

Yeah, same here.


tenisbebe Says:

meant “serve & volleying”


tenisbebe Says:

Ben – we were thinking alike.


tenisbebe Says:

Wow – ANdy gave Rafa too many chances on that pt


Ben Pronin Says:

Stupid stupid man.


tenisbebe Says:

Brain cramp.


Ben Pronin Says:

THERE IT IS!! CMONN ANDY!!


Ben Pronin Says:

No offense to Nadal or anything but I’d love to see him break his racket.


Kimmi Says:

So close that game was for Roddick.

One more game only! Roddick is good into serving out matches, is he?

One more game!!


Dan Martin Says:

1 game away. I hope Andy wins it. This is the type of victory that could shake up the tour and have implications for the grass and hard court seasons to come in 2010.


Ben Pronin Says:

I love it. I want Roddick to play like that all the time.


Ben Pronin Says:

Oof. Ugly backhand from Nadal. I like that Roddick is putting pressure on Nadal here. Smart move.


tenisbebe Says:

Sweet return from Andy. Von has too be going nuts about now…

Rafa has been playing too far back since that berak in the 2nd.


Kimmi Says:

Match point Roddick..unbelivable!!


contador Says:

OH GOD, please….

i am only watching livescore….i appreciate you guys.

but, if andy loses this one…..i will cry…like i did after wimbles.

but nadal and federer can find ways to win

roddick with a break chance ? match point, rather?


Ben Pronin Says:

Andy Roddick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

YEEEEEEAAAASSSS, Roddick! Who would have thought.

Congrants Roddick. Go get it all.

VON, Congrats to your man!


blah Says:

omg, if roddick plays like this all the time, theree’s nobody that he cant beat, not even the rog.


jane Says:

Congrats to Roddick!! Great rally and great win for him.

Another good run for Rafa on hard court, but he came up short in the end today.


tenisbebe Says:

Wow! Great victory from Andy!!Is he crying? Good for him. Rafa has to be crushed, thank God the clay season is here. CONGRATS TO ANDY!! Woo hoo!


Dan Martin Says:

3 breaks to 1 wow


contador Says:

YAY!

sorry rafa fans…

now….c’mon roddick!! so proud of YOU!!! tears of joy..

sappy tennis junkie that i am


Mitch Says:

I hope this doesn’t kill Nadal’s confidence. How long has it been since he’s had a top 10 victory other than Tsonga?


ThyGodisTennis Says:

Wow! He freakin’ did it. Shades of TMF. Push wide on forehand and get in to cut off point.

Nice job! Win the title!!


blah Says:

Roddick, go to the flatter option more often! grats von.


margot Says:

Andy was BRILLIANT! Many, many congrats von. and Commiserations to Rafa fans, must admit after fiirst set I thought he’s win.


Kimmi Says:

The way Roddick started this match, I thought no way he is gonna win this..but something clicks at 3-3 second set, after his 1st FH winner. He never look back since.

Go get the whole shabang!


contador Says:

both players needed this win. a confidence win for rafa and a huge turning point for roddick!

just maybe. clay court season….just get through it, andy.

get to the grass!

GO!


Ben Pronin Says:

I love it. Roddick. Awesome win. Awesome play. Nadal, well, his poor record against the top 10 continues.

Interesting trend for Nadal: From Madrid 09, he lost every match in straight sets. In 2010, with the exception of the AO, he completely controls the opening set and a half, and then he relinquishes control to his opponent. Davydenko, Ljubicic, and Roddick all looked like they were going to be routed. Is Nadal incapable of sustaining his great form for more than a set or so? Troubles continue.


Dan Martin Says:

I think we are in for a unique season, but great for Andy! He has had so many matches that have turned on a point or two that to win after losing the first set and falling into a hole on his serve in the 3rd set is really impressive.


jane Says:

And congrats to Von and TD (Tam) – Rod’s longtime fans around here. Andy really turned it on from the middle of the second set and looked to be playing near his best tennis! : )

Sorry to Rafa fans, but his time is coming on clay, and the FO, and on grass. He just needs to work on his serve a bit more and cut down on errors. But for most of the match he played brave tennis, his forehand was great, and so on. Maybe the movement is not quite what it was yet.


Tone Says:

Wow, I love it when Andy plays like that with good execution and approach shots! A good day for his fans. As for Nadal, onto the clay season! By the way, I love this site and you guys are great.


skeezerweezer Says:

“Is Roddick Ready to Beat Nadal?”

YEEESSSSSSSSS!:)

Congrats Von and all the AR fans. NO EXCUSES HERE. Andy took it to him. Great win!


Ezorra Says:

Congrats Von! I am very happy for you. I hope A-Rod will win Miami and make America proud.

To Sean… WOW, I’m speechless… You’re GREAT! lolest…


Kimmi Says:

For those who believe it: “SEAN, ITS ALL YOUR FAULT. YOU JINXED NADAL”


Ben Pronin Says:

Forget about getting through the clay, I want Roddick to make some noise on the clay, too. Too bad he’s only playing Madrid and the FO, though. I’d love to see him build on his FO performance last year. A QF or better would be awesome.

Roddick frustrated the crap out of Nadal. So strange to see that from Nadal. I’m particularly interested in what he’ll say in the press conference.


Ben Pronin Says:

Not only did Sean jinx Nadal, but I was the only one who called this match :)


Sean Randall Says:

That Roddick forehand is still there. Why he kept it locked away in the closet until 4-3 in the second is anyone’s guess. But once it came out Nadal had no answer.

Impressive turnaround from Andy.

Nadal looked as pissed as I’ve seen him. He might be out on the practice court later today!

Interesting!


Polo Says:

Where’s Von? Did she pass out?
Von, let’s high 2.5 this Roddick win. The remainder we’ll save for the finals.


skeezerweezer Says:

Ben,

Yes anyone who can grab a link to the interview or highlight/repeat of the match please post…I missed some of the match….tx


Gannu Says:

skeez, kimmi..Damn happy that roddick won… After TMF it has always been roddick for me.. and i hope he goes onto win this masters… heck i say that i dont mind even if roddick defeats fedex to win wimbledon,,, Really tears of joy for me..And i am so happy that i have u guys to share my happiness ;-)


Sean Randall Says:

Glad to be of service. I hope betting against me has proved fruitful!


tenisbebe Says:

I believe Von called it. Congrats Von!! Ezzora – once again Sean jinxes it. LOL


skeezerweezer Says:

“Polo Says:

Where’s Von? Did she pass out?”

Classic :), lol

Yes Von… come out come out wherever you are! :)


Ben Pronin Says:

Real credit to Roddick. He did everything I said he should’ve done: revert to bashing style of 03, develop a weapon to disrupt Nadal, go for broke, everything. In something like 2006, Mardy Fish said Roddick was one of the smartest tacticians on tour. I laughed out loud at the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. But today, it’s as true as can be. Stefanki has probably had the most profound affect on Roddick’s tactics and it really, really shows. I’m starting to think maybe Roddick thought rallying would Nadal would pay-off but once he saw that it was useless, he changed his strategy.


NELTA Says:

I picked Roddick to beat Nadal in the challenge draw, but that is of course before you can see the player in the tournament. I didn’t have much confidence in him winning this match after the way Nadal dismantled Tsonga, but WOW what a win for him. Congrats Andy!


contador Says:

i have fallen for the sodapop, my mr. dimples. but tomas has shown some real class for a change.

soda has the strapping on the knee. i can’t pick a winner.

who did sean randall pick to win the next semi? they are doomed.

and i don’t believe in jinxing but if i did, sean, you are right up there with the best ever jnxers!

please don’t pick roddick to win. please. or at least remain neutral?

thank-you


Ben Pronin Says:

Another interesting thing is that, after Roddick got the first break in the third set, Nadal had no trouble holding. Roddick didn’t really try to do anything on Nadal’s serve. But at 3-5, Roddick decided to apply the pressure and it paid off. Against another player, that makes sense but it’s surprising for Nadal to succumb to the pressure. Whether his form is on or not, I think it’s clear Nadal is struggling mentally a lot more than physically.


skeezerweezer Says:

Gannu,

Very well deserved win. I am happy for you:). Can’t wait to hear his interview. GOAT with the tennis media :), ha


Ezorra Says:

tennisbebe, for a very strange reason, Sean should be appointed as our new astrologer. LOL…


jane Says:

Dan Martin @3:22 is correct – we are in for an interesting season. There is shifting going on, nothing at this point seems to be a sure bet, players like Berdych, Baggy and Ljub, Soda and Roddick are fighting and their talents are highlighted in the battles. Loving the unpredictability, and I hope it carries on through the season. Maybe Murray and Djoko could wake/shake up a little and get in the mix too.


contador Says:

so c’mon, who is the pick for tonight?

robin soderling or tomas berdych?

can’t wait to go home and relish the nadal v roddick match.

sounds like roddick started dazed and confused then held his nerve, his serve and found a forehand. can’t wait to watch!


tenisbebe Says:

Ezorra – yes maybe I can get Sean to do my chart….

OK y’all, I’m off to play tennis. See ya at the 2nd SF.


Gannu Says:

skeezerweezer Says: “GOAT with the tennis media”.. there can be debates abt Fedex being overall GOAT but no debate abt Roddick being GOAT with Tennis Media.. he wins hands down;-) and i must say that was a very witty remark ;-)

Really happy for roddick.. i think for all the effort that he puts in life he deserves one more Grandslam in life…and i guess he will get it in life… He never ever gives up trying… There has been so much filth surrounding him and the constant bickering by media could have really put him down but i really admire him for standing up and believing for what he is…

Well done Andy… I love you and keep up the good work


Sean Randall Says:

As I wrote it’s Soderling tonight. Move your money accordingly.


contador Says:

LOL!…..i shall, i shall

poor soda. he’s done.


Ezorra Says:

If so, poor soderling then! seriously, i am literally cannot stop laughing! seriously… LOL…


skeezerweezer Says:

“Ben Pronin Says:

Since everyone is picking Nadal, I’m going to go against the trend and pick Roddick in… 3 sets.

April 2nd, 2010 at 12:39 pm”

This was pre-match………Lets here it for Ben!

Spot on! :)


Kimmi Says:

Murray got a WC to play Monte Carlo..great news for Murray. I was hopping he would.

What about federer?


Elwin Says:

Also, this Nadal loss is a great boost for Federer to beat Sampras’ 286 weeks at nr.1 record.


Elwin Says:

Federer is 50/50 to play MC I think, you could suggest that it’s better to play MC and skip Estoril but he does like to have a good and long practice leading up to the clay season.

But maybe the early losses in the States will make it too tempting to let MC pass by!


Fot Says:

Well Roddick came through. It was good to see since he’s part of the “Federer generation”. He finally figuerd out how to beat Nadal – you have to ‘out-hit’ him and he started flaten out those forehands in that 2nd set and went on from there.

Yes Ben you called it, but going back reading some of your messages after Nadal won the first set – seems like you were wondering who Nadal would play in the final? lol! But good ‘initial’ call! *wink*

2 finals in a row. Can Roddick pull this one out? We will see.

Congrats to Von on your boy getting to another final and beating Nadal.


margot Says:

jane: I so agree, just love the unpredictability!
whoever said Sean is resident astrologer, gr8, you made me laugh out loud!


Stefani Germanotta Says:

Great win for Andy.

Soderling, who I think will win tonight, will also beat Roddick. Soderling is just too hot at the moment.

Of course, Fed is happy too because none of his main rivals for the #1 spot are going to capture too many points. (Of course, Fed has to get his game together soon but that’s another story). Rafa’s confidence is shot, and so will Roddick’s after he loses to Soderling! Hope Fed is practicing hard for the dirt because he really has a chance this year if Rafa can’t dominate.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – thought you would appreciate this article:

http://blog.oregonlive.com/tennis/2010/04/miami_masters_why_you_should_put_money_on_andy_roddick_over_rafael_nadal.html

OK – now I really am outta here..


Von Says:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

WOW, puddles, you did it!!!!

Thanks to all for their good wishes and shouts of jubilation. It’s heart-warming to see so many rooting for Roddick today.
________________
Blank: You gave me hope two nights ago when all seemed grim after Tsonga’s loss to Nadal. MWAH. That’s a big one for you.

________________
Polo: No, I didn’t pass out, I was being chilled, as in cold. LOL. Sorry you didn’t get to see the animated bleached blonde, but I think the tennis today was worthy of her absence. My stomach was very calm today. Thanks for the 2 of 5. Hopefully, that will increase on Sunday to a high 5.
________________
Skeez: Glad to see you made it here and gave your support.
________________

Margot: I’m happy you finally got to watch some matches. Did you get Easter Monday off? I know it’s a big holiday in the UK.
________________

And, special commiserations to Ezorra, the most gracious of Nadal fans, and all of his other fans. He played a great first set. Rafa’s close to his old form again, and just in time for the clay season. I think he should be able to defend most of his titles and probably win the FO.
________________

I think the turn-around in the match began when Roddick started serving to Nadal’s BH, and stayed clear of his FH, while employing the use of his own FH with some zing. He kafuffled Nadal on hios serve also, and then Rafa began losing his calm, as the frustration mounted.

Sorry to be so happy Nadal fans, but I’m giddy with joy!!!!! YAHOOO.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: Enjoy your match and win, will ya!!


Voicemale1 Says:

enisbebe Says:
Von – thought you would appreciate this article:

http://blog.oregonlive.com/tennis/2010/04/miami_masters_why_you_should_put_money_on_andy_roddick_over_rafael_nadal.html

————————————————-

It’s be a great theory this article poses, but it’s a huge stretch. Nadal just got out maneuvered by Andy Roddick. It’s that simple. Until Nadal actually wins a big event again, his head will never be back to what it was. Even if he wins again on clay, none of the other guys will lose much fear of him since clay is the only surface he still has some confidence in himself. Mentally speaking, he’s been toast since he lost at the French Open. Until his head is back to what it was – he may go a very long while before he wins a big one again.


Von Says:

Fot & tenisbebe: thanks for the links you posted on rRddick — very interesting read, and much appreciated.


bstevens Says:

After watching the first set, I thought that Roddick had no chance to win the match, especially the way he was being dictated to by Nadal. But it sure was surprising to see Roddick win – huge win for him.


skeezerweezer Says:

Since it’s “Roddick day” thought you all would enjoy this. For those of you that have already see it, see it again, Funny & witty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsyWIVmROJ0&feature=related


Twocents Says:

Good jinxer again, Sean. But thanx. LOL.

I love these two b2b TMS events:
1) Fed, along with our hot young guns, got piss off or wake up calls whatever you call it(and more rest, before clay & grass;
2) Roddick is on a roll! Way to go!
3) Good old Liubo did great;
4) Lovely Baggy & Birdy got good wins.

Happy Easter, everyone.


Von Says:

Who said: “It’s not if you win or lose, but how you play the game that matters”?


Von Says:

Two Cents:

It’s nice to see you around. Your homeboy did it!!

A Happy Easter to you also!


Von Says:

STAFF: PLEASE FIX THE WORD-WRAP ON THIS THREAD.

THANKS.


Twocents Says:

Thanks, Von. Good to see OUR boy nailed it!

Had a quick trip to Andy’s hometown last week: who said Texas’s ugly?! LOL!

Get your champaigne ready for Andy’s 1st Wimbledon this summer. I have.


skeezerweezer Says:

Von,

The original finding:

Henry Grantland Rice (1880-1954)

“For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks – not that you won or lost -
But how you played the Game.”

But depends on what your applying it to, for example, someone could say in response to that, in playing tennis:

“Then why keep score?”

However, in the game of Life….well that is probably what he was applying it to….

“End of Lesson”
Untouchables-Sean Connery

LOL! :)


Von Says:

TwoCents:

I think George Bush luvs Texas.

I still have my bottle of the bubbly from last year’s wimby just waiting to pop the cork. I hope it will be this year.


Von Says:

Skeezer: I think Howard Coselll often used a part of that quote. Thanks for all of it.


Von Says:

For those interested, I think the Hit for Chili is being played today, or should be around 5:00 pm.


Twocents Says:

There we go, Von. We’re as ready as Andy!

Well, we only have satellite tournaments in Texas, even though old Bush played good tennis. And you get this 5th slam in Miami. Shame Mattress Mac lost YEC host right to Shanghai, with those tilted corts in Houston. :-((! And Roddick never had good luck in Shanghai.


Von Says:

Sorry, that’s tomorrow, Saturday.

One win from Roddick and my head is all discombobulated. LOOL.


tennisfansince76 Says:

win or lose I loved seeing AR play the right way against Nadal in the 2nd half of the match. lock and load. sometimes I wonder if he thinks he is Michael Chang or something. if he is going to go down go down swinging.


Von Says:

TwoCents:

It’s Stumps all the way if he win s Wimby.

That’s true, now that you mention it. Roddick always got injured in Shanghai. sheesh. He should avoid that place as though it were the plague. LOL.


Ben Pronin Says:

I hope Roddick can avoid end of the year injuries and show up for the WTF in London. It’d be nice to see him play there and he’d have a crap load of fan support.


Von Says:

Tone: Welcome to Tennis.X. It’s like a marriage here at times, but all’s good. Hope to see you posting and enjoy!
________________
Ben: LoL, ” he’d have a crap load of fan support.”

You certainly have a way with words. LOOOOOL


NELTA Says:

Watching the 3rd set now on FSN. They didn’t have it live in the Northeast. Never seen this before. Nadal through a temper tantrum on the 3-2 change over. He was really flustered.


tennisfansince76 Says:

as for Rafa’s confidence a FO could do wonders for that. let’s remember that RN started out 2008 the exact same way. he fought hard to get deep in the draw of the hard court tournies and then got whomped. AO straight sets demolition by Tsonga. semifinals destruction at the hands of Djoker and then a complete beat down at the hands of Davy in the Miami finals plus he lost to somebody at Dubai i think. he then proceeded to roll thru the Clay court season as he has every year and take that momentum thru Wimby. I actually think he is better on grass than hard court. his spinny serve seems harder to handle on grass. well we’ll see what he has in the tank this year. at least he is healthy this year. and for my money the French this year is where Fed’s unbelievable GS semi streak will come to an end. might depend on the draw. we shall see. should be interestinng


skeezerweezer Says:

Nelta,

Link?


NELTA Says:

Skeez,

FSN is Fox Sports Net(cable TV), not an internet stream. The coverage was 4-6PM EST. It just ended. They didn’t show the match live.

Also, loved the way Roddick was stepping over on 2nd serves and ripping forehands especially on the deuce side. It’s a little harder to do on the ad side.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal lost to Roddick in Dubai in 08.


Kimmi Says:

“Anytime we got neutral [in the point] he was pushing me around,” Roddick said. “I knew I had to be more aggressive. My heavy forehand doesn’t work against him, so I had to hit it flatter, which is higher risk… I took really, really ridiculous cuts at a lot of forehands. They found the purple part [of the court].”

Exactly. He had to bring back that FH which was lost for a while. That is the only way to win against Nadal. Great Job!


skeezerweezer Says:

Interesting….Rafa has not won 1 singles title of any tournament since….now let’s see….. next month will be 1 year?

I know he has had injuries…that is a given :(

But do the Rafa fans really think he will be back at FO and plow through everyone? It’s next month, no? Mmmmmm…

Has he lost his intimidation factor? Is it due to the layoff? Or is it some players finally figuring out his game style? Or both?

Lets face it, it (rafa’s game) is pretty one dimensional, and an awesome one dimension it is! But it seems like more of the top ten ‘ers have strategized wins over him. Congrats to Andy in “thinkin” this one through.

Flatter hitters taking away Rafa’s time to hit the huge buggy whip FH is not something we haven’t seen before,, but that is harder to do on clay. We’ll see…as the world turns…


skeezerweezer Says:

Nelta,

Thanks. I went on tennis tv but they just had highlights…dang?


Michael Says:

Sean, both the picks have gone wrong once again.


tenisbebe Says:

Voicemale1 – re article and your post April 2nd, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I agree, this article was pretty lame. I saw it and was running out the door for a match so didn’t read it before posting the link for Von (which was a mistake). The premise basically was that Roddick should win because he’s capable & that this tournament means more to him than to the other (European) top players. This is a weak argument when you are 27 & haven’t won a MS event in 4 years. I don’t think Andy gives a crap at this point whether a MS event is in the US or not, he wants to win one! Does the location make it easier? Perhaps but he is a globetrotting tennis nomad at this point & the local language doesn’t seem to be a deterrent to his determination.

I also agree that Nadal just got out maneuvered in this match, plain and simple, as you so aptly put it, & that Rafa needs to WIN a “big” event to restore his confidence. I disagree that a win on clay for Rafa will not have the significance of a HC victory for him as this would be similar to the start of his 2008 season. Although he says that he did well on the NA HC circuit with 2 SF’s (his “worst” surface), he certainly must be PO’d with his end results. I think he will be a force to be reconned with during this ever shirking (6 wks) clay court “season”. Let’s face it – HC’s surfaces monopolize the tour at this point, and Rafa knows he must master this surface.

It’s always a pleasure VM1 – as I will be away this weekend and probably not posting, HAPPY EASTER & HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!


tenisbebe Says:

Oops…. should be:

“force to be ‘reckoned’ with during this ever ‘shrinking’ (6wks) HC season”

sorry


Huh Says:

I loved the FH of Rod in the second set against Rafa.

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