Roddick, Hewitt Renew Rivalry in Memphis; Roanic Blasts 38 Aces in Win
by Sean Randall | February 18th, 2011, 9:32 am
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How mentally tough is 20-year-old Milos Raonic? How does back-to-back third set tiebreak wins over two formidable players sound? In his Wednesday opener the Canadian took out Fernando Verdasco 7-6 in the third, and he did it again yesterday afternoon toppling Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-7(10), 7-6(1) in Memphis.

The near-unstoppable Raonic now meets qualifier Robert Kendrick in just a few hours in the quarterfinals. The pressure has slightly shifted for Roanic against Kendrick as the youngster will assume the unfamiliar role of being the favorite. Kendrick, who beat Raonic in Canada last year, has a huge serve himself and we could very well see a few more tiebreaks.

Tonight in the main event, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt meet for a 13th time. The two former No. 1s have split their prior 12 encounters but Roddick has won the last five, and I give him the slight edge tonight in what could be a matchup of two guys unable to hit winners off the ground! Roddick got through Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 7-6(8) yesterday while Hewitt needed three to beat Adrian Mannarino.

“I think I’ve won six in a row, but they’ve all been brutal,” said Roddick. “We had 6-4 in the third here, 6-4 in the fifth in the quarters of Wimbledon, 6 and 6 somewhere along the way, so they’ve all been very, very tight matches.

“I think we have a lot of respect for each other. There are not a lot of guys out there that have accomplished and been around for as long as we have. I respect him and I think we always look forward to playing some good matches.”

America will be assured of at least one semifinalist in either Sam Querrey or Mardy Fish (the American girls all lost in the WTA event). The two are even 1-1 in their head-to-head. Querrey, the Memphis defending champion, just snapped a 6-match losing streak on Wednesday. Fish is recovering from a thyroid infection.

And in the last match of the day, Juan Martin Del Potro battles Michael Russell in what could be a much tougher test than most think. Be warned!

Over in Marseille, Marin Cilic is already a set up on Tomas Berdych. Robin Soderling v. Michael Llodra, Dmitry Tursunov v. Jurgen Melzer and JW Tsonga v. Mikhail Youhzny are still to come.

The Buenos Aires QFs feature the Top 4 seeds including Nicolas Almagro and David Nalbandian.

And with her win today over Shahar Peer in the Dubai quarterfinals, Caroline Wozniacki will return to the No. 1 ranking next week. Kim Clijsters took it back Monday, but only for a week.

MEMPHIS FRIDAY SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 10:00 am
[Q] R Kendrick (USA) vs [WC] M Raonic (CAN) – ATP
[5] S Querrey (USA) vs [4] M Fish (USA) – ATP
Not Before 12:00 PM
M Rybarikova (SVK) vs L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA
E Rodina (RUS) vs [6] R Marino (CAN) – WTA
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] A Roddick (USA) vs L Hewitt (AUS) – ATP
[Q] M Russell (USA) vs [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP


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Roanic Roughs Up Verdasco (Again) in Memphis; Roddick, Del Potro Return Today
Roddick, Roanic Set Up Powerful Clash for Memphis Title Today
Roddick Dealt Del Potro, Raonic Remains Hot in Memphis

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101 Comments for Roddick, Hewitt Renew Rivalry in Memphis; Roanic Blasts 38 Aces in Win

skeezerweezer Says:

Seeing Milos warm up here against Kendrick. Milos has great volley prep and technique, kinda like Nole’s great form from the Back court. It’s called Volley Feet, which is barely seen on todays tour.


jane Says:

^ Interesting tidbit skeeze; so glad you posted, because, thinking I was still on San Jose time, tennis-wise, I’d've entirely missed Milos’ match! He’s got the break, serving for set one. Go Milos!


jane Says:

Oh, Kendrick is up a break (almost two breaks) in set two; looks like this is going 3 sets. Kendrick is smartly coming in a lot and moving Milos all over the court. He seems to have a good understanding of how to play him, which is not from the back of the court.


jane Says:

Raonic’s movement is pretty good, though somewhat exploitable at this point, but against top guys, I just think his defense will have to be a bit better. You can see evidence of that even in this match.

Okay it appears I am the only one on this blog talking to myself. LOL.

Raonic up a break in the third. Since of his “temper” in this match too. Interesting to see all sides of this young gun.


TC Says:

Querry vs. Fish will be a good match up – not sure if Fish is recovered from his illness though.


stu Says:

Milos just. keeps. on. going!


dari Says:

Fun point, nice pass for milos even though kendrick pretty much gave it to him after a long ralley.


Gordo Says:

ANOTHER WIN FOR MILOS!!!


dari Says:

Well that’s how you respond when you get a bad call on match point! Great stuff from milos to be getting through these tough matches with a variety of players.


Yakov Says:

Bravo, Milos !


Gordo Says:

What is frighteningly eerie is how Canadian Rebecca Marino is exactly one week behind Milos on the womens side of things. She has mirrored Raonic’s jump up the standings, and should she win Memphis as Milos did in San Jose last week she would be where he is now – in roughly 58th spot. Of course with his win today Raonic is going to climb even higher.

The difference this week is that with the top ranked women in Dubai Marino is now the top ranked woman left in the running, and she is in the semis right now.

It’s another good week for Canadian tennis!


jane Says:

Great job Milos!

A little feisty at the end there re: line calls – did he not shake the ump’s hand? Didn’t look like it. I know his current coach works with him on his on-court demeanor. In one of his post-match interviews, Milos said that after he had “lost it” mentally during one of his matches in South Africa (post-AO), his coach threatened not to come with him to San Jose! So it is something he is still working on, and doing great so far (overall) obviously! Into another semi!

Woot!


stu Says:

Ranoic ruined the possibility of an all-American SF, I hope he prevents an all-American final too, but the next round will be tricky!

Might we get to see Raonic vs Roddick this week? For Milos’ sake, I hope they meet a little later in the year, coz Milos might be exhausted by then!


jane Says:

Ah Gordo – I love Rebecca! I hope she keeps moving up. She has a lot of power/finesse. This is just so good for tennis interest in Canada! :)


stu Says:

Milos must be exhausted by now I mean…


dari Says:

Yeah-stu, not to mention with this early morning match today! 10 am is about as early as it gets.
Meanwhile, with all the delpo milos hubbub in Memphis, ive completely forgotten about Marseille.
Cilic beat berdych! I really don’t want cilic to fade away, i hope he can move up again.


Gordo Says:

First time ever Canadians are in the semi finals of 3 of the 4 events; Milos in the mens, Marino in the womens and the always reliable Nestor in the mens doubles.

What the hell is happening?????


dari Says:

Watching woz and peer on television. Peer making it really difficult for herself to get on the board at 4-0 serving in the second. There’s no reason why woz should bagel her. There! She got it.


jane Says:

Fish is all over Querrey thus far – Mardy’s serving at 4-0. Guess I won’t get my Sam & Milos semis. But I can still hope for Roddick vs. Delpo.


dari Says:

Jane, where’s your buddy grendel/dunbar?


jane Says:

haha dari, funny you should call him that: grendel and I have had some rows in the past, although lately it seems we’ve both mellowed out and seem to get along well. I am not sure where he’s been but maybe he’s taking a break until Fed plays again. Though he is definitely a long-time tennis fan, he does follow Fed most closely.

Too bad about Sam but at least he got a couple of wins in. : /

Also I see Youz has knocked out Tsonga in France. So only one semi-finalist still to be decided there.


dari Says:

I kinda remembered that Jane, that’s why I asked YOU ;)
Buenos Aires rained out :( that was turning into some competition with almagro, nalbandian, chela, Monaco, Stan… clay fan’s dream.


skeezerweezer Says:

@jane

Sorry had to leave the virtual for a while. Yeah Milos is got some backcourt footwork to do but he has natural footwork in preparing for volleys ( most of the time, lol ). Go Milos!

Kendrick’s name always seems to come up with the big players, and always makes a good showing against them more than not. He is from Cali, wish he would have made more of a presence on the tour….:(


contador Says:

gee, wish there was a tennis player atp or wta to cheer for from idaho skeezer…..lol…

have to miss all matches tonight :/ have fun everyone!

go polito! go!

tomorrow will be able to kick back and watch tennis : ) go soda!

milos, milos, milos! and rebecca ( i see on livescore )


jane Says:

contador, I am wondering if Rebecca’s second serve needs work; looks like her powerful first serve is not firing today and her opponent is exploiting her second serve. just checking scores, though, so don’t know. Anyhow, good luck to her. Hope she can hold on and win this set!


jane Says:

Rebecca won! Yay!


jane Says:

Hewitt with the first break, but still early goings.


Kimmi Says:

OK, roddick is struggling in this match. hewitt is returning his serves well, every game is going to duece..but i thought roddick was playing better yesterday..what is happening?

C’mon says hewitt?

Congrats for another win MEELOSH! Keep it up young man!


Kimmi Says:

I meant..hewitt with the C’MON!


Kimmi Says:

Lob! hewitt is known for great lobs during his old days!

the serve is saving roddick


jane Says:

I wonder if Roddick’s serve will “come back” like it did yesterday. Seems to be banging down the aces now, whereas when he started he was at around 50% firsts. Also, he’s had a few more doubles lately, 4 in this match already. Hmmm. Well, he lost the first set the other day and that didn’t stop him. Tough to say…


jane Says:

Kimmi, any predictions on this match? I am guessing 3 sets, Roddick winning.


Kimmi Says:

roddick needs to do more of that! great return!


Kimmi Says:

roddick is starting to open up his shoulder..cant count hewitt out though jane. he is fighter. if roddick takes this set..why not!


jane Says:

True re: Hewitt Kimmi.

Seems like Roddick’s putting more pressure on his service games and/or Leyton’s serve fading.


Kimmi Says:

aaah, missed big point roddick..

is it 4 BP now..


Kimmi Says:

break! ok, do we have a third set?


dari Says:

A-rod coming up with some great moves to the net- and he gets the break! I don’t care for hewitt, of course im cheering for roddick, but I am not a fan of roddick tennis too much right now, so I don’t really care too much the outcome, I just want roddick to be playing tennis he can be proud of.


Kimmi Says:

roddick definetly upped the ante in this set..hewitt struggling to hold. its like the reverse of first set


jane Says:

Seems like Roddick’s finding some form now. Almost had two breaks there…


Kimmi Says:

ok, decider!


Kimmi Says:

WOW! bad game..very bad game for hewitt. one error after another!

jane – now i am ready to say roddick will sure win. cant see hewitt challenging this..not enough. roddick playing much better now.


jane Says:

And Roddick with the break; to me, that’s the match. i suspect he’ll cruise through this match now.

Is Delpo on right after? Sean seems to think Russell could be a problem?? I can’t see it, but I guess ya never know!


Kimmi Says:

Raonic said, “I’m very proud. I haven’t played many tournaments on tour and it’s tough after having such an amazing week to come back and keep up the same level. I was able to stay there mentally and do what I needed to do to get the wins. I’m not playing the brightest of tennis, but the W is what matters.”

********************************

if you can win not playing your best, this is what champions are made up of.


jane Says:

Kimmi, agree with you. Hewitt’s first serve is now below 50%; he’s got a good second serve, but I can’t see him getting it done like this. Not while Rod’s serve is just getting stronger.


Kimmi Says:

i hope delpo wins jane..he is coming good now.

go delpo


Kimmi Says:

OK, lets not jinx roddick..the match has plenty to go yet.

i like hewitt, want to see him fighting! on second though, let them finish..i want delpo!


jane Says:

Me too Kimmi; I want to see Delpo /Roddick, and then potentially a Milos vs. Delpo final; wouldn’t that be fun?! :)

Is Delpo’s match right after this one?


Kimmi Says:

yes! right after.


jane Says:

Good quote by Milos; thanks for posting that.


jane Says:

Oh good, will still be awake for Delpo.


Kimmi Says:

aahh milos in the final..again. on atp500, no way! i am shaking! it will be unbelivable.

even if he loses tomorrow, the kid is on another level now. But hoping and hoping he wins!


Kimmi Says:

“Oh good, will still be awake for Delpo.” haha its me who is fighting to stay awake jane. it is after 10pm here


Kimmi Says:

match point a-rod. hewitt trying to fight but i think he just delaying the inevitable


dari Says:

Is this a super long game or something? I’m not watching anymore, but I thought it was 5-3 like 10 mins ago


Kimmi Says:

apparently hewitt will be 30 in 6 days. the commentator said next thursday to be precise.

with all the injuries..surgeries, i think he could hang up the racquet and enjoy life with his beautiful wife and kids.

he must enjoy tennis so much to keep coming back. hip operations are very major and serious..so many players never come back to the top. he does not move very well a.t.m, especially the end of this third set. Goodluck in the future hewitt.


Kimmi Says:

yap dari, he saved 4 match points hewitt!


jane Says:

lol, yes dari, Hewitt fought hard to make A-rod serve it out, but like Kimmi says “just delaying the inevitable” – 20 aces now for Andy.


jane Says:

Yep Andy wins; now Delpo has to hold up his end of the bargin. All credit to Hewitt though; he fought until the last, last point.


Kimmi Says:

great fight from hewitt..too bad he played a bad game in the begining of the third set to be broken..well, that is the way tennis goes!

congrats roddick!

go delpo!


dari Says:

Fed is 6 MONTHS from 30. Can’t believe it. That credit Suisse video freaked me out, it felt like an end of career, I’m giving speeches on corporate success now that I’m retired type vibe and as good as it was, I felt sad. But he will be playing next week.
As for now, go delpo!


dari Says:

Missed the first few games, but commentator said that delpo hit a tweener, didn’t go right, worthy of blooper reel. Glad i missed that. Let’s go, JMdP!


Kimmi Says:

russel holding his own so far..c’mon delpo!


dari Says:

Russell apparently not faced a break point this whole tourney so far, delpo needs to change that now :)


Aravind Says:

Where is the live streaming?


Kimmi Says:

delpo must be superstitious..he kisses/touches his chain before every serve


Aravind Says:

Link for Delpo match at atdhe.me still showing Roddick Hewitt match !


Kimmi Says:

breaking at the right time..go delpo! serve it out!


Kimmi Says:

YAy! one more!


barron Says:

Maybe I’m being moderated for puttin in livestream links.
Russell as fast as i thought but also hits harder than I thought. Good of delpo to get that first set!


Kimmi Says:

delpo looking g-o-o-d. his form is getting better everyday..

i have seen couple of his biggest FH..lethal!


Aravind Says:

Delpo looking extremely good.. Roddick has a tough match ahead. Won’t be surprised if Delpo put one past Roddick, he matches up well against him.


Kimmi Says:

Aravand – delpo was looking good in san jose too but he lost badly to nando.

I have my fingres crossed for him..


Kimmi Says:

turned out to be a tough last game but hewas up for it. congrats delpo..great perfomance today.

goodluck in the semi

GO GO GO!


barron Says:

Yay, JMdP!
Improvement everyday is all you can ask for. Hope he can beat roddick tomorrow. I think if he picks up his serve just a tiny bit he can. And if he is not too tired as seemed the case in the verdasco match last week. Time to step it up and beat a top tenner, delpo!


steve-o Says:

Some great tennis today, first in the Roddick/Hewitt match and then from Del Potro/Russell.

Roddick/Del Potro is tough–their matches have been close, though Del Potro is 3-0 win/loss against Roddick. I like both players, but Del Potro needs it more, so I would be slightly less unhappy if won.


jane Says:

steve-o, feel more or less the same as you re: Delpo/Roddick. I am not sure Raonic will get past Fish – tough to call that semi too.

I am picking Soda to win again in France, although I think (?) Youz is tough for him, so if it’s Youz in the final, who knows. i suppose Cilic could beat Soda, but I would be surprised!


Kimmi Says:

WOW! the old Cilic is coming back..play with lots of confidence.

very happy for cilic..took him a year to find his game back. go cilic


Kimmi Says:

OK, i should reserve my judgment. he is still making a lot of UEs…needs to hold here to maintain his adv.


Kimmi Says:

Youz gave away that 2nd break..simple slice to the net. cilic says thanks you.

Now cilic concentrate and serve out the set


Kimmi Says:

clic with first set 6-2! this match is not one sided as the score tells. cilic had to work very hard on 2 service games. he saved BP on the way.

I think 2nd set will be close


Kimmi Says:

another BP against cilic..aaargh, he hits a good shot, does not follow to the net..makes an error.

how many BP can cilic save,youz so many opportunities goes begging. cilic survives again!


Kimmi Says:

youz on the roll oh his serve..hold to 15 on both serve so far.

c’mon cilic, dont struggle too much


Kimmi Says:

cilic 0-30 on his serve again

now 15-40, ok youz will take them now and he breaks..i knew it. youz better player in this second set.


Kimmi Says:

another break for youz. this match now is all youz, unless cilic does something it does not look good :(


Kimmi Says:

very important hold to start the third set for cilic. saved 2 BP, gets a game after losing 5 games in a row.

But but but..he needs to play better to have a chance in this match


Kimmi Says:

ha ha youz hold his serve in like less than a minute..ouch! back to serving again cilic


Kimmi Says:

cilic with a love service game! great to see.

now keep going


Kimmi Says:

oh noo, another break point for youz..he breaks! thats it for cilic i think..


Kimmi Says:

CILIC! c’mon break


Kimmi Says:

in the 3rd BP chance cilic breaks..ah, to break back when youz serving for the match, must be satisfying. now win the match..


Kimmi Says:

IT IS A LOVE SERVICE GAME FOR CILIC! i have the belief!

C’mooon Cilic!

5-6 youzhny service to stay in the match


Kimmi Says:

match point cilic..OMG, dont believe it. GO GO GO!


Kimmi Says:

WOOOOOO CILIC, beat youzhny for the first time in 4 meetings, what a come back..saved a match point on the way too.

GOOO CILIC, great come back.


Kimmi Says:

was i the only one watching this match? looks like it..and i enjoyed it!

Go Cilic, go get them in the final…needs to play better than this though!


Kimmi Says:

actually cilic beats youz for the first time in 5 meetings…getting the monkey off his back..finally.


steve-o Says:

No, Kimmi, you weren’t. I caught most of the last set. I felt that if he just kept fighting he would get a chance to come back and he did. He played better than I’ve seen him play in a long time.

Very happy for Cilic, defeating two opponents he had never before beaten (0-2 against Berdych previously, and 0-4 against Youzhny). Mentally he seems to be in a lot better place than he was at the end of last year.

The chances are he’ll be meeting Soderling, and that’ll be very tough. Still if he continues to play well I think he can take it.


Kimmi Says:

steve-o – i like cilic, but he is VERY DISSAPOINT. so happy for him he finally finds something. still very erratic though, he lost 5 games in a row in the second set..

the third set was like trying to hold all the time…good to see he never stop fighting, he kept giving it till the end, luckly his chances came.

ah, listening him on the on-court interview..such a soft voice for a big guy. keep working hard cilic, he has the talent, just his head is what is setting him back at the moment.


steve-o Says:

@Kimmi: He’s a very cerebral player. One commentator pointed out that his forehands are very wristy because he seems to change his mind about what he wants to do with the ball even as he executes the shot. Sometimes he loses track of what he’s trying to do, or tries to do too much, and then those horrible errors start coming.

He has trouble with opponents who hit hard and move better than him, so beating Youzhny is a very good sign.

I hope he can keep improving, as I like him a lot.


jane Says:

Oh this is great news about Cilic; missed it but Kimmi your commentary made me laugh as it was so in keeping with the ups and downs. Maybe Cilic does have a chance versus Soda. He has come through Berdy and Youz. Either way, he has to feel good about getting to this final.

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