Andy Roddick Won’t be in Rome; Tsonga v. Almagro in Barcelona
According to the website of the Italian Tennis Federation, Andy Roddick has decided to withdraw from next week’s Rome Tennis Masters.
No reason that I can discern is given, though Roddick usually doesn’t play many clay events leading up to the French Open anyway – I’d be really surprised if he skipped Madrid also.
EDIT: Looks like Andy and wife Brooklyn Decker are having some fun in Hawaii. Must be nice, as they say.
Brooklyn is there to shoot scenes for her upcoming movie “Just Go With It” which also stars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. Brooklyn and Andy just celebrated their first wedding anniversary Saturday.
Before I turn into a gossip blogger, back to tennis and more injuries.
Nikolay Davydenko has also pulled out with his bad wrist as has Dr. Ivo Karlovic. The report also mentions Tommy Haas but he’s out for a long time. David Nalbandian is also injured as is Juan Martin Del Potro.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still expected to be the top seeds. (Fingers crossed.)
As for live tennis action, tomorrow in Barcelona it’s a full Sweet 16 slate including David Ferrer, JW Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Carlos Ferrer and Robin Soderling. Incredibly we could have an all-Spanish quarterfinal!
Almagro and Tsonga battle again is what will likely be the best match of the day. The two have played twice before, both this year, with Tsonga winning both, 9-7 in the fifth set at the Australian Open and in straight sets last week in Monte Carlo. Tomaz Bellucci and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez has my interest as well (strange?).
PISTA CENTRAL start 10:30 am
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs J Kerr (AUS) / R Lindstedt (SWE)
[Q] S Bolelli (ITA) vs  D Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:35 PM
 N Almagro (ESP) vs  J Tsonga (FRA)
 J Melzer (AUT) vs  [WC] F Verdasco (ESP)
 F Lopez (ESP) vs  R Soderling (SWE)
PISTA 1 start 10:30 am
 L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs L Hewitt (AUS) / M Knowles (BAH)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs  T Bellucci (BRA)
 J Ferrero (ESP) vs T de Bakker (NED)
[Q] A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
N Almagro (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs  F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
PISTA 3 start 12:00 noon
[LL] I Navarro (ESP) vs E Schwank (ARG)
F Polasek (SVK) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs  B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)
 L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) vs J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR)
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