Roddick Leads Five Americans into Memphis 2nd RD; Verdasco v. Raonic Rematch Tonight
by Sean Randall | February 16th, 2011, 10:18 am
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The Americans had a great day Tuesday in Memphis. No fewer than five yanks were in the win column led by Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey who both came from a set down to win last night.

I though Roddick would be in for a struggle against Richard Bernankis and he got one. Roddick won in the end 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 paced by 23 aces.

“I know I didn’t play well, but there are two options going into a day, one is winning and one is losing,” said Roddick. “I’m happy I was able to win today.”

I didn’t watch the match – I’m not sure anyone outside of the stadium saw it – but it sounds like Roddick took a more aggressive approach than what we have seem from him lately.

“It was one of those days where I felt if I made a first serve the point was done, I didn’t have to do much work after that,” Roddick said. “That gave me a chance, and I played a little bit more aggressive in the third set.”

“I don’t think we got a true sense of what kind of player he is because I provided zero rhythm out there,” Roddick said of Berankis. “Which may have worked to my advantage in third set. He hadn’t hardly played any points besides my serve and then all of a sudden on a big point he had to put a ball in play. That’s tough.”

Roddick’s win moves him into a US Open rematch against Janko Tipsarevic tomorrow.

Also last night, Sam Querrey avoided a seventh straight loss by sneaking past Denis Istomin 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4.

“Sometimes all it takes is one match to kind of get the ball rolling,” said Querrey who is defending his title points from a year ago. “Last year I kind of started off similar, I lost my first three matches of the year and then kind of toughed a match in San Jose and things started to get going.”

James Blake, Mardy Fish and Michael Russel (who beat Ivo Karlovic) were also winners yesterday.

Today’s lineup boasts two great night matches with Fernando Verdasco v. Milos Raonic in a reprise of their San Jose final Sunday, and then Juan Martin Del Potro will slug it out with John Isner.

First to the Vedasco match. After that disappointing loss Sunday for Verdasco I have to think Milos is a little in the Spaniard’s head – something not terribly hard to do! So a mental edge to Raonic, but I think the second time around seeing the Canadian’s serve should give Nando a nervy win here.

As for Delpo v. Isner, I have to give the edge to Delpo. Remember with his height and wingspan he can neutralize the Isner serve far better than smaller guys, and of course he has his own monster serve. And even though he’s not back at full strength he showed some good form last week in San Jose, so I think he’ll get the win in a tight match.

Roddick is also back to play doubles with Ryan Harrison and Lleyton Hewitt and Fish are also in action on Stadium court.

Across the way in Marseille, we have a couple of good matches with JW Tsonga v. Sergei Stakhovsky and Nikolay Davydenko v. Gilles Simon.

WEDNESDAY MEMPHIS SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 10:00 am
C Vandeweghe (USA) vs A Stevenson (USA) – WTA
L Hewitt (AUS) vs [7] Y Lu (TPE) – ATP
X Malisse (BEL) / J Murray (GBR) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) / A Roddick (USA) – ATP- After Suitable Rest
L Lacko (SVK) vs [4] M Fish (USA) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] M Raonic (CAN) vs [2] F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP
[WC] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [6] J Isner (USA) – ATP


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73 Comments for Roddick Leads Five Americans into Memphis 2nd RD; Verdasco v. Raonic Rematch Tonight

Tennis Vagabond Says:

A few random thoughts:
*Gulbis is stinking up the year; any promise he showed in 2010 is erased.
*Ljubicic is playing himself back into top twenty form, at least.
*Roddick held off Youth. But for how long? I can’t help thinking ROddick will be one of those Youth knocks out of the top ten this year unless he gets aggressive. I mean, his serve is still first rate, his athleticism is totally undiminished. Its just his game plan that keeps him out of the top echelon, so he could really go either way.
*Verdasco has to have the edge tonight. He’s a top tenner for a reason. MIlos is due for a little letdown.
*If DelPotro can beat Isner, then he is establishing himself as a top 20 guy 2 months into his comeback. That should really bode well for him.


jane Says:

Also, that was an important win last night for Querrey in particular. He has had a poor showing this year, and winning that tight one in a final set tiebreak had to feel heartening for him. I hope Sam can keep it up.

Agree with you T.V. that Roddick could go either way. Funny about the gameplan as he has Stefanki. I wonder if it is also a lot of stopping and starting for Andy? He was sick last year so that set him back. But he has also taken more time off to be with his wife in Hawaii last year, and again last week for her premiere. This is totallu great in my books, but i wonder if it means Roddick’s rhythm or groove is just interrupted more? Not sure. Just a thought.


jane Says:

Oops read that wrong, guess the final set for Sam wasnt a tiebreak, but he still won a close one, which is the main thing.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Li lost her first match in Dubai after having 4 match points in a row. Karma flip from Australia semi-final? Or perhaps she ate too much ice cream before the match!


Kimmi Says:

ah, li lost..wozniacki is laughing.

congrats to wickmeyer, she always fights so hard in her matches. i think she is due to make one more step to the top 10.


Kimmi Says:

ah, meelosh getting lots of spotlight on atp website. :)

OK, maybe i am expecting too much for him but go meelosh tonight!

lacko beat querrey last week. he is up a set against fish a.t.m. he bageled nadal in doha, i think the guy has got it, no?


jane Says:

Neither Querrey nor Fish have shown much form this year, though, so beating them isn’t a huge feat at the moment. Especially Querrey, who finally won a match yesterday! Not sure about Lacko. Maybe he is one of those streaky players?


jane Says:

Hoping Delpo gets the win over Isner. Milos, would love to see him win again, but will be happy for Hotsauce too, if that happens.


Kimmi Says:

the only few time fish had BP against him..he was broken. but lacko saved abt 11 break pointsof his own, surely fish will take his chances if he keeps on getting them!


dAri Says:

fish came out alive in that third set tb. Not a huge fish fan buy I want the home boys to win lots of matches at Memphis, so- wait, that would have to exclude inner cause I want delpo to win! Seriously, though, do they not have cameras in Memphis, I couldnt find a live stream in my earlier search and isner/delpo, milos/nando rematch is something I would want to see!


dAri Says:

I have however been able to find endless streams of the wawa/Hanescu match in Buenos Aires. Hope Stan can come break from losing first set tb.


Kimmi Says:

good for fish to fight back..that was a looong match.

dari – tennstv is monopolizing TV coverage for memphis. they start tomorrow, unfortunately that is the only time you can see memphis streams. they did that in few tournaments last year too..looks like they will contunue this year as well.


dAri Says:

Is tennis tv something you pay for, kimmi?
Stan up 5-0 in the second!


Kimmi Says:

yes, i do but most of atp500 and atp1000 TV coverages are done by them


Kimmi Says:

hanescu saving himself for third set?


dAri Says:

Sorry, I made it sound so personal with the “you” but I meant general “you”, as in ” is it a pay site?”
you answered my question, though, thanks!
I have tennis channel, which covers the masters extremely well with repeats, and the last couple rounds of the 500′s. The rest I have no problem with the live streams usually! Just the occasional early round I’m missing. I’ll live. Hopefully delpo will make it to later rounds on the tv!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Espn3 will show Dubai (ATP500) next week. But it’s only the men side. Arghhh!


Kimmi Says:

ah, i get it..it is a pay site :)

i hear tennis channel is pretty good. lucky you! here in canada we dont have this channel. our sport channel dont show much of atp tournaments even if they show some matches, they are always delayed..hence i got tennistv. slams are very good though!


dAri Says:

Whew, Stan held for 4-4.
Now break Hanescu!


dAri Says:

Tennis channel is the reason for my tennis watching addiction. I already played a lot and watched the slams and the cincy tournament they put on ESPN, but until a few years ago, I just played and followed fed’s scores-
Shoot, c’Mon Stan!


Kimmi Says:

meelosh vs nando on court…goodluck nando. go meelosh!

wawa/hanescu becoming a slugfest


dAri Says:

Ladies Dubai is on live stream now, GG, no?


Kimmi Says:

hanescu is serving first, wawa under a lot of pressure to hold!


Kimmi Says:

let me guess, another tie breaker sets for meelosh/nando


dAri Says:

Yeah, this match is really tense every service game. And now the tb! Go stany!


dAri Says:

I meant this set.


Kimmi Says:

the aggressive player win. i say wawa!


dAri Says:

Yeahhhh! Both these guys’ one handers are great to watch, and when Stan finishes the point with one down the line…


Kimmi Says:

bad error for hanescu..stan with an insurance point..


Kimmi Says:

congrats stan!


dAri Says:

Way to go Stan! Three bad misses from Hanescu and a couple nice points from Stan gives him the set and match. He has had tough road in just first two matches, hope its a nice warm- up for him. First time on clay in a long time can’t be easy.
Now, go milos!


Kimmi Says:

meelosh with 2 break points!


dAri Says:

Looks like milos has Chance to keep this from a tiebreak if he can hold a couple games in a row.


Kimmi Says:

Meelosh BREAKS..wow! just needs to hold. bring that serve young man.


Kimmi Says:

oh no looks like nando is breaking back..c’mon hold


jane Says:

Milos with set one. Wow, I didn’t expect this. Mind you, it’s still only one set, but what a nice start. If he can back up his win from last week, that bodes well.

Kimmi, I see Fish squeaked by Lacko, but Blake got knocked out. Poor James – it’s just not coming together for him.


Kimmi Says:

yeahhhh! one more set meelosh, one more!


Kimmi Says:

too nervous for meelosh. hope he keep it up


Kimmi Says:

30-30 second serve, hmmm danger time. nando would want to break here

DF, what! definetly a nervous DF


jane Says:

Ah, Nando draws early blood, breaking to start the second. That’s experience for you! He probably knew Milos might have a letdown to start the next set, so he raised his game. I don’t know, though, *since there is no stream* >: ( GRRRRR.


Kimmi Says:

another BP!! nando can never miss this now..yap, he did it.

now we have a match, definetly going to third set.

Will check the score after the match is finished!


dAri Says:

Haha, jane!


Kimmi Says:

nando is starting to get into meelosh service games. starting to read the serve better? or maybe meelosh is saving himself for the third set..


dAri Says:

Holy moly meelosh and nando going to a tb in the final set. This is some rivalry made over just a few days.


jane Says:

dari – can you believe it!? He won! Miloooooos!!! :)


El Flaco Says:

pobrecito Fernando

ANOTHER GAME FOR MEELOSH!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUaMzsNKR7Q


rognadfan Says:

And Meelosh own verdasco now!!!!!!doesn’t he???


rognadfan Says:

sorry “Meelosh own’s verdasco now!!!!!”


Kimmi Says:

yay! meelosh won. unbelivable!

congrats for backing up the final results last week. was too nervous to watch the score move..very happy for him :)))))


Aravind Says:

Any links for live streaming?


dAri Says:

OMG, el Flaco! Muchas gracias!
No lo creo, meelosh wins again. I bet nando hates milos now. Haha
The people in Memphis tonight have a hott ticket. First that match which was probably really good, plus isner delpo next. So jealous.


Kimmi Says:

Go delpo!


stu Says:

Wow I can’t believe it! I wish it hadn’t come at Nando’s expense but Milos must be feelin goooood right now!


Kimmi Says:

yap, nando hates meelosh now. two close matches he lost..only one point difference on that tie breaker, those matches hurts a lot.

You can have your revenge next time nando..today is meelosh day!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, in a month he’s beaten Youzhny and Verdasco twice, and took a set off a red hot Ferrer. Milos is definitely playing as a de facto top 10!
He’s taken out the second seed- he won’t face as tough an opponent until the finals… still, not easy: he gets Stepanek next, then maybe Blake who he beat last week, then Fish or Querry.
If he makes it that far, he’ll be in the top 30s! He could be a seed for the French.


dAri Says:

Blake is out, Querrey fragile, I could see steps giving trouble.


Kimmi Says:

blake is out TV. r.kendrick beat him.

roddick gets tipsarevic next..haha i always find this match up interesting. i dont think roddick like tipsy either!


Kimmi Says:

yap, stepanek will be tough..but who knows? the kid never stop surprising us!

Ok, back to sleep..for the second time. gooo delpo!


dAri Says:

Aravind- no stream to be found!


dAri Says:

Let’s go JMdP!


Aravind Says:

Aargh.. Love watchin delpo in action.. Fav player after Federer!!


Kimberly Says:

tennis vagonpnd, Raonic may be a seed for the French but i don’t think it matters. I cant see him making a deep run on clay. However, his seed may suit him nicely to go deep in grass. His game should do well on grass yes?


Gordo Says:

Ahhhh Milos!!!

This win over Verdasco seems to prove if nothing else that he has nerves to go along with that forehand and that serve.

He may indeed land in the top 32 before the French Open and be the first Canadian male ever seeded in a Grand Slam singles event.

For those tracking the woeful history of mens’ tennis, before he decided to completely focus on doubles and become a future hall of fame player in that discipline, Daniel Nestor once was ranked 58 in singles. With today’s win Milos will rise above that, and it will be interesting to see him in action down the road. Two more wins and he is not likely to have to qualify for a Masters 1000 tournament or a slam anytime soon.

Congratulations, Milos. Now go get Radek tomorrow!


dAri Says:

delpo up a break 5-3 :)


jane Says:

Looks like JMDP has this match in the bag! Unless he breaks himself, tee hee. :)


jane Says:

Gordo, I take it you are not counting Rusedski, or was all his success after he “defected” ;) ?


stu Says:

way to go juan marteeeeeeeen!


dAri Says:

delpooooooooooo


Polo Says:

Juan Martin del Potro, I’m impressed!
Milos Raonic, I’m impressed!
Fernando Verdasco, I’m depressed!


Kimmi Says:

ok, time to check results.

yeaaah delpo another great win. steady improvement, way to go.

eventually we get to watch some live matches in memphis today..way overdue! excited!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great night for tennis, too bad NO ONE IN IN THE WORLD outside Memphis could see it!

The two most interesting stories of the year keep on choogling: DelPo is now, ranked in the 200′s but clearly playing consistently as a top 20, Raonic ranked in the 50′s but playing consistently as a top ten. It is definitely realistic to expect that they are only going to get better as the year goes, though yes, I think Raonic may sputter on clay (though probably not TOO bad as he trains in Spain with Gallo Blanco).

We’ve begged for new blood, and we got it!


Cherry Says:

I enjoyed reading the comments. It was just like watching the real game between Raonic and Verdasco! What a match! http://www.tennisround.com


stu Says:

“We’ve begged for new blood, and we got it!”

Oh please bring our live streams back!!

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