Roddick Dealt Del Potro, Raonic Remains Hot in Memphis
by Staff | February 19th, 2011, 10:02 am
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The semifinals of the Memphis Regions Morgan Keegan Championships Saturday will feature a clash of former US Open champions, top seed Andy Roddick and wild card Juan Martin del Potro, along with fourth-seeded seed Mardy Fish and Canadian phenom Milos Raonic.

In play yesterday, Roddick won his sixth straight over rival Lleyton Hewitt beating the Australian in three sets. Del Potro eased by Michael Russell in straight sets while Raonic went three to oust Robert Kendrick.

Fish eliminated the hopes of Sam Querrey’s bid to repeat at Memphis.

Fish is appearing in the semis for the third time (2004, ’07) and he’s playing in Memphis for the 11th straight year. The 29-year-old American has a 15-10 career mark in Memphis. Raonic is making his semifinal debut here and the 20-year-old Canadian has made the biggest jump in the Top 100 ATP Rankings from last year, climbing from No. 156 at the end of 2010 to a career-high No. 59 this week. He will break the Top 50 (around No. 45) next week.

“My return is one of the best parts of my game,” Fish said. “I’ve played some big servers in my career. He’s going to hit his aces and serve well, but you can’t get discouraged about it.

“I’ve got more experience than him, but he’s got all the momentum in the world right now.”

Raonic, who leads the tournament with 74 aces this week, is off to an 11-2 start this season and he’s trying to reach his second straight ATP World Tour final. Last week in San Jose he captured the title (d. Verdasco) without dropping a set.

He and Fish have never played.

“I’m very proud of my performance here,” Raonic said. “It has been tough after having such an amazing week in San Jose to keep my level up, but it’s something I can overcome. I’ve been working a lot on my fitness and doing the right things after matches.”

In the second semifinal, del Potro, who has not lost his serve this week, takes a 3-0 career mark against Roddick – But the last two meetings did go the distance, with the Argentine winning 7-5 and 7-6 in the third set, respectively.. This will be their first indoor meeting and first match-up since August 2009 when the Delpo prevailed in the semifinals of the in Montreal. Roddick holds a 32-7 career mark in Memphis and he’s appearing in his sixth semifinal (4-1).

Roddick is also seeking his 50th career ATP final. The 22-year-old del Potro is appearing in his second straight semifinal after reaching the semis last week in San Jose where he lost to Verdasco 64, 64.

“It’s going to be a very, very tough match for me,” del Potro said. “I will try to beat him. I’ve beaten him every time, but tomorrow will be a different match. I think it will be a very good match for the fans and hopefully I will win.

“I’m very glad to work through to the semis… I like this country a lot. I’ve won many tournaments. My best memories in my life are in this country. I want to thank the tournament director for giving me a wild card.”

The Marseille semifinals today pit Marin Cilic vs. Mikhail Youhzny followed by Robin Soderling vs. Dmitry Tursunov. Rain has put Buenos Aires a day behind in the schedule with quarterfinal play Saturday.

At WTA Dubai, returning No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki defeating Jelena Jankovic to book her spot in the finals where she’ll await the winner of Flavia Pennetta and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

MEMPHIS SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am (noon ET)
[4] M Fish (USA) vs [WC] M Raonic (CAN) – ATP
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [3] M Knowles (BAH) / M Mertinak (SVK) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM (4pm ET)
[1] A Roddick (USA) vs [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP
[4] E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) vs K Anderson (RSA) / A Fisher (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
M Rybarikova (SVK) vs [6] R Marino (CAN) – WTA Singles Final
[4] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) vs [2] O Govortsova (BLR) / A Kudryavtseva (RUS) – WTA Doubles Final


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133 Comments for Roddick Dealt Del Potro, Raonic Remains Hot in Memphis

Lulu Iberica Says:

Delpo is sooo adorable! I’m not usually all rah, rah USA, but his comments about loving this country warmed my heart. Very difficult to pick someone to pull for among the four left. I’d like to see Roddick have some success where he can get it, I admire Fish’s fitness turnaround and dedication, Milos is a likable canuk phenom, and Delpo’s making such a great comeback. Nice field!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

In Dubai, it will be a final between Wozniacki and Kuznetsova, who BTW beat Schiavone two days ago with seven match points! If that remembers you anything – lol

For tomorrow, go Caroline!!!


Kimmi Says:

gregoire – go kutzy! about time she wins something!


Kimmi Says:

go delpo and meelosh! it is american tournament so american gets lots of support already.

Hope it is meelosh and delpo final!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

@Kimmi: I would not be devastated if Kuznetsova won. She is a smart player. But she has already two slam trophies at home, she doesn’t need to win “something!” ;-)


Kimmi Says:

early break for meelosh!

jane, where are you, lets cheers for meelosh!

GO GO GO!


Gordo Says:

Verdasco said he expected Raonic to possibly be seeded in the French Open.

If he wins this tournament – and I know it is still a big “if” – he should be around 32 in the world. Quite the year he’s had. So far.

If he beats Fish today it will mark the first time ever a Canadian man and a Canadian woman reached the finals of the same tournament.

Meanwhile – Amother game for Meeeelosh!!!


Kimmi Says:

i cant see too far gordo. one point at a time.

C’mon meelosh..Hold now!


Kimmi Says:

haha so calm and collected this guy. meelosh bags the first set.

Apparently 0 aces for fish..heh, could meelosh be a good returner too?

Now don’t go walk about early in this set like the other matches..concentrate! lets go!


Kimmi Says:

wow! meelosh was trying for chip and charge there..hits the net this time but it shows the kid is not just serve.


Kimmi Says:

wow, fish with a great pass…0-30

c’mon milos


Kimmi Says:

0-40 oh no! i guess he will be broken here!

saved one


Kimmi Says:

saves another


Kimmi Says:

what a fh, DUECE! GO GO GO!


Kimmi Says:

and he holds. wow! nerves of steel!


Kimmi Says:

what a dive volley from fish to hold..excellent stuff!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Kimmi goes wild!


jane Says:

Go Milos!!


Kimmi Says:

haha gregoire, yes, i am going wild. hope meelosh wins. he is doing so well now but the match is too close for my nerves to kick in!

where is everybody, dari, jane, contador..my live match commentary buddies?


Kimmi Says:

ah, there is jane!


jane Says:

Kimmi, yep I am here but also trying to cook breakfast. But I am cheering – Go Go Go!


barron Says:

Whoa, just got home from tennis- 6-4, 4-6… for milos/fish?! And its on the tv no less?! Good stuff!


Kimmi Says:

i went away for a little bit and i see fish has broken and takes the second set..

oh well, maybe his cinderella run will end here..

even if he loses, its all good young man!


jane Says:

Fish levels it; this will be a really difficult match for Milos to win, methinks. Fish has a lot of experience in general and also at this event, and the crowd loves him.

Looking forward to Roddick vs. Delpo too.


Kimmi Says:

I have to go now..good luck meelosh.


barron Says:

barron is dari, kimmi! Can’t you tell? ;) I think I got blocked last night for putting up live stream links to Aravind. Understandable.
Go milos!


Kimmi Says:

barron is dari..haha no-way. I like dari better.

hello darron! welcome.


barron Says:

Just tried again to post under dari, no success, yeah milos! Huge fh, now break em!


barron Says:

Holy- milos breaks- played that ralley perfectly, actually, a few big fh, mixed up with bh slice and just a couple more steady fh’s to force error from fish.
Now to hold…


jane Says:

Ha Milos with the break. Hope he can hold and finish this.

Nester after…the Roddick/Delpo.


jane Says:

Wow – Milos Raonic – Wooot! Nice finish. :)


barron Says:

OMG, I did not see that break coming! Can’t believe milos big the watxh at 6-3, was sure fish would hold and milos have to serve it out. But between that fh pass behind fish and that call against fish at the baseline… luck and form are on milos’ side right now!
Let’s go, delpo!


jane Says:

Hi barron, nice to meet ya. ;)


barron Says:

“big the watxh” = “win the match” whoops!
Hello to you, Jane!
I will be back for the delpo match


Gregoire Gentil Says:

@Kimmi: I think that you can breath now :-)


Gordo Says:

Milos is skipping the 40s and will land somewhere in the wlite atmoshphere where he doesn’t have to qualify for a year at least at any tournament.

Around 39 if he loses tomorrow, and around 32 if he wins.

Do we all agree this is meteoric?


jane Says:

Gordo, indeed.

Djoko in 06 went from 78-16, and in 07 from 16-3 where he has pretty much camped out since. And he was voted most improved for (I think?) two years running.

Raonic has gone from 153-39 (or higher?) already and we’re only about 2 months into the season – it’s insane! Already 114 spots up.


steve-o Says:

Wow! Raonic’s second straight final in as many weeks. This time having to go three sets every match.

It’s a wonderful thing, the strength and invincible confidence of youth. That serve doesn’t hurt, either.


Kimmi Says:

OK, just tuning in and..WOOOOO! while away, i was thinking all along..”did he win, did he not..no, he cant keep winning..” HE DID IT!

gregoire – i am so happy for him. i was nervous earlier but i told myself not to expect too much from this guy..he just doesnt have the experience…YAY!i am happy he proved wrong, AGAIN!

Now, atp says, “who will stop him?” i think roddick or delpo will do :))))


contador Says:

idk who will stop milos but what’s funny is that he has a WC into acapulco. his cute baby face is there in the line-up with verdasco….lol!

didn’t see the draw out yet but fernando verdasco might want to take back some tough guy words.

go rebecca!!


Kimmi Says:

hey contador – nice to see ya!

delpo vs roddick on court. a very interesting match this is:


Kimmi Says:

milos should take next week off. too much tennis so far. probably he didnt know he could go so deep here…he is surprising himself too i think.


jane Says:

Hi contador – hope you get to see Roddick/Delpo. Agree Kimmi – is this Delpo’s first top ten test? Oh no, he played Verdasco. Well if he wins this it will be huge, I mean, in terms of his comeback.


barron Says:

C’Mon JMdP! Hold here.


jane Says:

On the other hand, if Roddick wins, we can have fun with all sorts of alliteration: “Roddick and Raonic finals rocket race” “Roddick and Raonic rock raygun serves” “Raonic and Roddick raise racquets, blast razor serves” and so forth.

Better keep working on these … Delpo starts slowly…


barron Says:

Why does delpo look so lifeless by the time he gets to the semi? And why is roddick deciding to play so well now?!???


Gordo Says:

So – Memphis has 3 Canadians in its 4 finals. That is indeed the first time that has ever happened in a tourney. Nestor in the mens doubles finals (no surprise there), Milos in the mens singles finals against Roddick or DelPo. I think Milos has even chances against Roddick and will be 40-60 against DelPo, but I didn’t think he was going to win his first round match Wednesday against Verdasco, so what do I know?

And Rebecca Marino is in tonight’s womens singles final. She will be a slight favourite and if she pulls it off she will be echoing Milos from last week – winning a first tournament on the big circuit and jumping from the 80s to the 50s in Singles Ranking.

Goodness – what is happening in the land of the Maple Leaf?


Kimmi Says:

delpo starts slow..roddick starts perfect!


barron Says:

What? Hamstring?


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, hope not too serious. he played so well yesterday!


contador Says:

hello tennis ppl!

i found a working stream in time to watch delpo rubdown

is he out of gas?

barron = dari now?


contador Says:

oh not good. maybe delpo will retire?


jane Says:

Feel a little badly for Delpo. Winning vs. a top ten would be good for him. And I hope he doesn’t have another injury. : /
This is Roddick’s turf though, in many ways – court, location, etc.


contador Says:

yeah. roddick starting stronger

BP and….he saved it! c’mon delpo


contador Says:

really, considering milos form, i’d prefer a roddick v milos final.

delpo needs to take it easy. he looks thin. the beef is gone, jane.


dari Says:

barron just for now contador.
I can’t believe I’m.saying it, but f* roddick right now.
delpo let’s go!


Kimmi Says:

bad game from roddick give delpo a break. ok delpo make this a match


contador Says:

oh! roddick broke himself i think there.


stu Says:

conty, curious as I am to see roddick and raonic rumble (tee hee, jane), i hope for a delpo-milos final. at this stage i think it will be enough (=HUGE) for delpo to beat Roddick and make a final. but milos winning an ATP500 event would be awesome and i dont see it happening against roddick in the USA. especially since he’s been playing so much and winning so big lately…


Kimmi Says:

down the line shot from roddick is working today..its hurting delpo too


contador Says:

unless roddick starts to implode. he really has been cranky lately, stu.

boom! delpo can still serve.


dari Says:

after a brief delay due to moderation, I’m back!
Happy for delpo break, but roddick tryna stop him from consolidating!


Kimmi Says:

HOLD HOLD HOLD is a theme of today delpo


Kimmi Says:

dari is much better :) welcome back!

delpo is just not there and roddick is pressing


contador Says:

ahhh no. andy got the break back.

this isn’t over. hm, now roddick getting a shoulder rubdown.

chances for milos tomorrow looking good to me atm


dari Says:

Well which one of these cripples is gonna make it out of this match ad the winner?!


contador Says:

hahahahaha….


jane Says:

Welcome back dari. Was kind of hoping Deplo would take this to three sets anyhow. Tee hee back stu. Never thought of rumble. But yes would be very happy to see the two young guns Delpo & Milos in the final.


dari Says:

Good defense from.delpo on that point and nice backhand!


contador Says:

delpo is stubborn. that was a good rally. 40-0 delpo. but….quickly it’s two goofs later 40-30 delpo. oh no…

deuce….sheesh


contador Says:

not again. really roddick appears the winner here.

but delpo fighting….avoids a breakpt


contador Says:

ad roddick hahaha nice passing shot delpo! deuce


jane Says:

Roddick had a good chance to break there, but shouldn’t have come in; he left one entire side of the court open. but he is returning Delpo’s first serves pretty well, I gotta say. Dalpo’s hanging in, but Roddick the fitter one, retrieving all those bomb forehands. Why doesn’t Delpo come in and finish the point. We know he can; we have seen him do it. Deuce again.


contador Says:

delpo dont shoot yourself in the foot again. ad delpo


contador Says:

but he does give it back. deuce again

delpo really “heaving”

ad roddick


jane Says:

Come on and hold Delpo – arrgh. Deuce again. Yep conty, I think Rod’s just the better player so far, much more patient (kind of ironic calling Andy that, given his hyper activity, but he had become more patient on the court and it is paying off.

Oh god. Delpo proved me wrong, flubbing that volley. Sigh. Not his day is it.


jane Says:

The slice is working well against Delpo. I wonder if Roddick will use that against Milos – keep the ball low for those tall boys to scoop up.


dari Says:

&@?#/*-!
Que lastima, polito!


Kimmi Says:

break..bye bye delpo. isnt it strange that u see him play very well against lesser players but once he meets a top players he looks average.

he has a long way to go yet..


contador Says:

no jane. not delpo’s day but he’ll move up the ranks…just sad he can’t get to the final. roddick already in top ten.


jane Says:

yes, sad for Delpo. But Roddick has the right strategy against him. I think Kimmi’s right; Delpo has a ways to go. He doesn’t seem super fit, too many errors, etc. This will be a good experience though. He can see what he needs to work on. I still worry he is going to be an injury prone one though… :/


dari Says:

roddick playing great today, no doubt. But delpo having his own bad luck. He was really opening his fh up, though, just missing some, too!


Kimmi Says:

haha funny commentators. they say roddick vs milos (USA vs Canada) a rematch of that gold medal match in the olympics..haha


jane Says:

haha Kimmi, not quite the same caliber methinks. ;)


contador Says:

he was out an entire season. no, can’t expect him to shoot right to the top ten. and remains to be seen how his wrist and body holds up. he’s playing like ….still above what he’s ranked. better than EG!! lol…..i give up.


jane Says:

yeah, he’ll work his way back. and two semis in a row is a good start!


contador Says:

meanwhile in other tennis, boredo and nico are playing a semi-final in argentina. looks like a tie break for 1st set on the way.


Kimmi Says:

true contador, i think i had too much expectations for delpo. we should give him time. one tournament after the other..one match after the other. lets see how he goes from here.

a semi in memphis not bad at all


contador Says:

switching to argentina tennis, kimmi. tommy about to choke and give nico the 1st set….i think.


dari Says:

All the guys in Buenos Aires play two matches today because of the rain out yesterday. Great efforts for them down there, hope stan gets through his second match a little later.


contador Says:

yeah….u r right. buenos aires is a fight of the fittest, dari.

congrats to andy roddick. tomorrow in memphis will be interesting.

soderling v cilic…cilic made a 250 final! major comeback?


dari Says:

awww, well sorry polito. I suppose its good to be in two semis in a row, but I bet he still feels disappointed cause he didnt play as well as he could.
I don’t care about a 500 for roddick- for delpo I do. For milos I do.
Battle of the north Americans tomorrow, I cheer for the younger one from the other country.


dari Says:

I care about a 250 for cilic! I was stoked he made it to the final!


contador Says:

was up at i think 4 or 5 am to watch marseille semi’s, dari.

youzhny choked he was serving for match. then cilic really stepped up like he used to….i like both players but it was great to see marin play like that! soderling and tursunov played one good set and mr dimplepop prevailed. then old tursunov gave up 2nd set.

i think cilic might have a chance. soda has had a virus today. he looked beatable.


contador Says:

going skiing in the morning so will miss watching milos and andy.

i’ll check the scores though.

have to say go milos!! (not patriotic of me, i know ) just like seeing a new star rising

later…..


dari Says:

Good for marin! I’ll cheer him.for the final.
Enjoying the powda then hitting the dessert in a couple weeks, contador? Nice.
Way to go nico getting that first set. Sour taste for robredo after the fognini episode.


Kimmi Says:

congrats roddick, he will be happy to win this one i think..he is been struggling for a while too.


Kimberly Says:

Come on Americans, with state of american tennis roddick is the Luke skywalker last hope. Go Andy!


Kimmi Says:

wawa lost to chela 2-6 2-6. how is that possible ? on clay?


dari Says:

I couldn’t believe it really either, kimmi. But that was the second match for both, so… maybe anything goes. Stan is there without a team, so maybe he couldn’t do the turn around without some support?
Chela is clay court specialist, though, no?
Hope Stan can do well in the next one!


dari Says:

Or a little injury from match #1?


dari Says:

just did a little reading on the atp site, while Stan played a full match, chela was just picking up his match at 3-3 in the third. In my mind, i thought it was 3-3 in the first. So while chela played only three games to finish up, Stan played a full match. oh well. I was really hoping for Stan to at least to get to final. that’s just tough nuts with the rain though, nothing you can do about that! Buen suerte in acapulco, Stan!


Kimmi Says:

Could be injured, i saw a trainer on the court at one time. didnt have a full concentration though as i had only one eye on it.


Kimmi Says:

just tuning up merseille. Cilic wins first set tie breaker..

YES! go cilic!

he has never beaten soda before too!


Kimmi Says:

oh man..match is tense..soderling is mad!

cilic hold pls

soderling another break point


Kimmi Says:

break! soda breaks

Cilic pls concentrate!


Kimmi Says:

Cilic with bad start in the second set..or maybe soda is starting to play better..dont know.

c’mon cilic! hold!


Kimmi Says:

Cilic breaks back…YES! Now back on serve!

Hold now cilic!


Kimmi Says:

Cilic with errors!

hehe, first time i hear cilic shouts C’MON! he is always emotionless on the court!

DUECE! Hold cilic


Kimmi Says:

WWOW! a tense game..big shots back and fouth. error from cilic..back to duece!

Hold pls!


Kimmi Says:

oh no! adv soderling..to break right back!


Kimmi Says:

cilic very nervous on his shot selection
soderling breaks. soda jumping up and down. very happy!


Kimmi Says:

oh no! 0-40
soderling breaking again..tough tough!

going to decider!


Kimmi Says:

soda looks the better player now. cilic lost 4 games in a row!

needs to get back into it!


Kimmi Says:

OMG a very tough game to hold. saved 2 BP on the way!

Go cilic


steve-o Says:

aaah…if only he had held at 5-3. Now Soderling serves first in the final set, big advantage. And winning 4 straight games all the momentum is with Soderling.

This is not Youzhny, if Cilic gets behind he will not get a chance to come back.

Hold for 1-all.


Kimmi Says:

steve-o i dont have too much hope.

Cilic games are a struggle, while soda pops his serve for few second.


Kimmi Says:

what a shot by soda..

0-40 and soda breaks.

bye bye cilic! soda popping to the title. he is a steady one today!


Kimmi Says:

cilic just trying to hold his final game.

two dueces already!

soda want to win here


Kimmi Says:

SODA pops his way to the title! CONGRATULATION soda

soda lost only one match this year, 4th round AO against dolgo!

3rd title so far

good try for cilic, good to see him playing well again. hope he improves even better. we want to see that talent.


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Soderling, he’s been one of the most consistent players this year.

I hope Cilic can keep improving. He seems to be regaining confidence, this is better than he’s played in months.


Kimmi Says:

Wozniacki vs kutzy

i think woz wins this unless kutzy brings FH and minimize her errors.

go kutzy anyways!


Kimmi Says:

i am talking about reducing the errors kutzy..definetly not listening!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

First set for Caro!


Kimmi Says:

there is no way kutzy is winning this. woz just too good for her!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Kimmi: I like you today! It’s starting to look very good. Caro plays very well.


Kimmi Says:

haha, i just have to admit woz is good. i think she will win a slam soon, her defence is magnificent. its just that i dont like her style gregoire.

kutzy is fighting, maybe we will see a come back but i doubt it.


jane Says:

Congrats to Soda again; he should find a sofa for a week or two now. :)

Not sure I will be here for Rod/Milos as have to meet a friend. Enjoy people, if I get back I will be here cheering.


Kimmi Says:

kutzy with 11 winners and 31 UE..you cant beat woz with that amount of UE..


Kimmi Says:

enjoy jane. meelosh has a very tough task…i have my doubts. will always cheer ofcourse.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Brilliant evening and outstanding week for Wozniacki. Victory, and #1 back. As a reminder, everybody in the top 20 was in Dubai except Clijsters.


Kimmi Says:

woz wins. congrats woz! good to be back to no. 1 and win a tournament gregoire.

back to drawing board for kutzy. too many errors.

they go to doha now..i think woz will win again out there. no-one else who is playing is consistent enough.


stu Says:

if soda had won the 5th set against sasha at AO, he might have made the final..

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