Nadal, Federer Win, Sick Roddick Rocked; Hot Djokovic Returns in Miami
by Sean Randall | March 27th, 2011, 9:41 am
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Defending champion Andy Roddick was sent out early at the Miami Tennis Masters yesterday courtesy of a 6-4, 7-6(4) defeat to little-known Pablo Cuevas in the second round.

The loss, however, was not without cause according to Roddick who complained of an illness afterward.

“I had a little trouble breathing out there today,” Roddick said. “I’ve had something for a little while, but I’m going to have it checked out when I get home.

I didn’t feel good all day. … I have had it dating back to Memphis off and on. That’s a little too long, I think. I don’t know. I don’t have anything more than that for you guys. … I mean, I have been coughing, but it hasn’t been affecting my or breathing or energy levels until last couple days. Cough is fine as long as you feel fine, you know, running and breathing and all that stuff.”

I’ll or not, Roddick has dropped his last two matches now after collapsing to Richard Gasquet at Indian Wells. The loss also means he’ll surrender 1,000 ATP points from his win a year ago which will send his ranking downward to 15 or lower. It also suggests he will need another Miami-like win to move back into the Top 10!

So have we seen the last of Andy Roddick in the Top 10? My guess is he’ll be back. As he said before, he has very little to defend in terms of points the rest of the year. However, he is sick again and he’s just not the player he once was.

The American does has one bright spot to come out of the month of March. After helping to beat Chile, his hometown of Austin was selected to host the July Davis Cup quarterfinal against Spain and Rafa Nadal.

With the last two defending champions now out – Roddick and Andy Murray on Friday – the odds that one of the top seeds Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will walk away with the Miami title only increases.

Last night, Nadal took care of youngster Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4 to move into the third round where he’ll meet his buddy Feliciano Lopez.

“Was a difficult one for sure, yeah,” said Nadal who has never won Miami. “Nishikori is a very, very good player. Is one of these first rounds that you don’t want to see, I think. I’m very happy about how I played today. I think I played at high level tonight. The feeling was better than last week, so that’s important thing. The serve worked very well at the end of the match. In general, I think was a really complete match, because Nishikori for a moment was really good and was difficult.”

In the afternoon Federer dusted Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3. The victory was Federer’s 762nd of his career which equals him with Pete Sampras.

“Look, sure, yes, it’s nice tying Pete, but he could have played for many more years,” Fed said. “He could still win some matches on tour now if he wanted to. Yeah, it’s a funny stat, but it shows how long I have been around already, how much I’ve won, you know, all around the world and all the different surfaces, and that I have played whatever, over 10, 12 solid seasons, you know. I’ve never missed big chunks of seasons. That’s how you end up with so many wins, I guess.”

Tomas Berdych, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Nicolas Almagro and Mikhail Youhzny were among the other second round winners on a busy Saturday.

Today, Djokovic will try to extend his win streak to 22 against James Blake in a night match. Blake, who could very well be playing his last Miami event, had a good win over Tomaz Bellucci in the first round but I don’t think he has the consistency to trouble Djokovic.

In the match of the day, Juan Martin Del Potro will battle Robin Soderling. As I said at the start of the event, the Miami tournament has a heavy South American appeal so I’m sticking with Delpo to get the win. The Argentine also leads 2-1 over Soderling beating the Swede twice on hardcourts in 2009.

Mardy Fish is also on against Richard Gasquet and Sam Querrey meets Victor Troicki in a good one.

The women’s field today is highlighted by Kim Clijsters and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Matches are again on the Tennis Channel with live streaming on the official ATP site.

MIAMI SUNDAY SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[14] M Fish (USA) vs [17] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[5] F Schiavone (ITA) vs L Dominguez Lino (ESP) – WTA

Not Before 3:00 PM
[27] M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) vs [2] K Clijsters (BEL) – WTA
J Del Potro (ARG) vs [4] R Soderling (SWE) – ATP

Not Before 7:30 PM
[8] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [25] D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA

Not Before 9:30 PM
[WC] J Blake (USA) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
K Anderson (RSA) vs P Andujar (ESP) – ATP
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) vs S Devvarman (IND) – ATP
[Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) vs [30] J Isner (USA) – ATP
[28] J Groth (AUS) vs [3] V Zvonareva (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) / J Sock (USA) – ATP

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
[8] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) vs S Aspelin (SWE) / J Knowle (AUT) – ATP

Not Before 11:30 AM
V Razzano (FRA) vs [19] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) vs E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) – ATP
[6] I Benesova (CZE) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [WC] A Ivanovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) – WTA
[17] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [12] P Kvitova (CZE) – WTA


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49 Comments for Nadal, Federer Win, Sick Roddick Rocked; Hot Djokovic Returns in Miami

grendel Says:

“However, he [Roddick]is sick again and he’s just not the player he once was.” What? Steady – not the “D” word…Careful, now. Oh, but wait a minute – it’s permissible for certain players to feel the effect of age…


Jean Palmer Says:

Useful info. Especially for we Canadians who get very poor service from Rogers feed via Shaw etc..
schedule and results at least keep us in touch…Only weekend coverage for Key Biscayne…which includes repeat matches…so many good new players who are young and challenging. Let,s see more of Milos Raonic ,Harrington etc. My fave is Nadal and always will be. Courage, courage and more courage…he epitomises all that is good in life.


Tijana Says:

Maybe Rodick now will understand better Djokovic`s breathing problems a while ago? Not that I`m satisfy he got it, but he should learn not to be judgemental and take care of his own business…


Sean Randall Says:

grendel, Roddick’s “D Philosophy” is not helping his cause.


billyboy512 Says:

Roddick should get off his lazy ass and play the clay court season instead of cavorting around on the beach. He opted out entirely last year, and IMHO, never returned to the Key Biscayne 2010 level of playing. He lost his momentum.


grendel Says:

sorry to be off topic, but the tennis hasn’t started yet. A thought popped into my head last night as I was listening to the BBC World Service. Apparently, there has been some attempt in Kenya to recruit among the Masai, a hunting people, for cricket. One of the Masai remarked: the same action required for throwing a cricket ball is used when throwing a spear – such recrutiment, then, might prove fruitful. Well, my son’s tennis coach was always trying to impress upon him that the throwing action actually forms the basis of the serve. So perhaps the Masai can be enjoined upon to consider the possibilities of tennis…The Africans who have made it to France have been very exciting tennis players. It would be good to see the sport take root in Africa.


blank Says:

Is the corollary also true grendel, that successful cricket and tennis sportsmen will make great hunters? :-)

Anyways…kidding aside, appreciate your insight.


Fred Says:

to Grendel
what Africans do YOU know of that have been great tennis players out of France?

Tsonga? He was born in France!but his father is from the Congo and was a former Handball player and chemistry teacher;his mom is also a teacher

Monfils? Also born in Paris to parents born in Guadeloupe(dad) and his mom from Martinique in the Caribbean

Ouanna is also French born in Tours;Guadeloupe

Noah was born in France as well.Dad was born in the Cameroon;former French colony and his mom is French.

as for Andy Roddick he better get healthy fast and get ready for Monte Carlo instead of going to Hawaii like he did last year.


leo vixen Says:

Like it or not, IMHO, Roddick’s career days are slowly coming to an end. Too many injuries, illnesses, lack of form, and/or perhaps motivation to battle on. At least he said that once he fell out of the top 20 he would retire; it is a difficult decision for any athlete to make but the key is to not be delusional that you will play forever.


Wheeler Says:

Rawdick. Good riddance. All serve and no game dumb American.


Mila Says:

What’s wrong with Roddick this time?
SARS, bird flu, pneumonia, mono?

He kind of limped at the end of the match too… could be a foot issue.

Or just a case of “what_goes_around_comes_around_itis”?


Kimmi Says:

Was a tough match for Kim. so glad she tough it out! Go get them Kim


Kimmi Says:

kim clijsters 500 career wins today :)


scineram Says:

Nadal will have that many wins in a month.

Luckily RAndy has all the clay season to heal himself.


Kimmi Says:

could this be the first top 10 win for delpo? go for it delpo!


Kimmi Says:

gooo delpo


Kimmi Says:

soderling is playing like an armature. error after error…

go delpo, finish him


steve-o Says:

Fantastic stuff from Del Potro, really heavy artillery from both guys.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Delpo hiiting deep balls, and a harder FH than Sod can handle so far….


Kimmi Says:

i think easy straights set this, delpo just needs to hold hold hold! then done.

ha-ha not easy, i know. but soda just cannot string two point together


Kimmi Says:

soda waking up…


Kimmi Says:

it will do delpo good to get an easy match here..kohls was over three hrs.

skeezer – delpo must had some red bull today. looking good :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

HA! Guess he got untired….


steve-o Says:

The biggest difference is that Del Potro is making his first serves when he needs them. He’s at 10 aces so far!


Kimmi Says:

yayu! what a game to hold


Skeezerweezer Says:

Love to see some emotion from the big guy …GoDelpo


Kimmi Says:

wow! very poor by soda. does not look like a top 5 player at all.

smashing racquet soda, yap, definitely needs that..

finish him delpo


Nina Says:

Good match Delpo!


Dory Says:

WHAT A PERFORMANCE BY DELPO!!!!


Kimmi Says:

what a performance, against a top 10 player too..
now he can say he is beaten a top 10 since his return. did not face break point. easy straights set..he needed that.

Fish next..very winnable! go delpo..


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Del Potro!


Dory Says:

Today’s JMDP performance nails it for me. I was so worried whether he’d be back to his former form.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WOW!
That sound you just heard was the rest of the tour sh*tting themselves.
DelPo just demolished the world #4. How much further can he go? Only 1 more match before we find out against #2.
What an impressive, comprehensive victory. His return of serve was amazing. Excepting, perhaps, grass, he will be a force for the rest of the year.
Wouldn’t it be something if Nadal’s reign was cut short by Nole, and Nole’s was over before it started because of this guy?


grendel Says:

Fred – is that right about Noah? I’d always heard that Arthur Ashe had discovered him in Africa. Where do these romantic stories come from.

Blank – oh, absolutely. It is a well attested fact that certain cricketers and tennis players, disillusioned with the modern world, have retired to the hinterlands and found themselves mysteriously well equipped for the whole hunting scene. Whereas research in this area is in its infancy,anthropologists (largely from Africa) have been visiting the European and North American sites, and initial findings do indeed suggest that it is the throwing action – so instinctive to the ex cricketers and tennis players – which has facilitated the emergence of some fearsome spear wielders. The native wildlife has every reason to deeply resent the presence of these erstwhile sportsmen, whilst ecobiologists are worried about the disturbance they constitute to the delicate balance of nature. The ex-cricketers and tennis players, by the way, are always on the look out for auxilaries, and it is said that Andy Murray has been approached with some enticing offers.

Oh, what a lovely throwback, watching delPo. Poor old Soderling, he never had a chance.


jane Says:

Great form by Delpo today; he was in the zone, not to be stopped. He looked like a world beater. Soda made a lot of errors though: 4 u.e.’s for Delpo set one; to 16 for Soda. But Delpo looked scary-good anyhow.


contador Says:

“It is a well attested fact that certain cricketers and tennis players, disillusioned with the modern world, have retired to the hinterlands and found themselves mysteriously well equipped for the whole hunting scene. Whereas research in this area is in its infancy,anthropologists (largely from Africa) have been visiting the European and North American sites, and initial findings do indeed suggest that it is the throwing action – so instinctive to the ex cricketers and tennis players – which has facilitated the emergence of some fearsome spear wielders. The native wildlife has every reason to deeply resent the presence of these erstwhile sportsmen, whilst ecobiologists are worried about the disturbance they constitute to the delicate balance of nature. The ex-cricketers and tennis players, by the way, are always on the look out for auxilaries, and it is said that Andy Murray has been approached with some enticing offers.”

LOL..grendel. that whole story makes me laugh! but there is enough info in there that some or all of it might be true, ha! are you or are you not, having a laugh while writing that?

pardon me, if i am out to lunch on the topic! hahaha….


blank Says:

grendel, ROFL :-)


Lulu Iberica Says:

Wow, Novak’s at it again! Can he be stopped?


jane Says:

Go Nole! :)


goat galz Says:

Medical miracle
Did they transplant Djokovic’s old lungs into Roddick?


Thomas Says:

In del Potro’s press conference: “I enjoy good forehands”

LOL dont we all!


skeezerweezer Says:

Delpo has the hardest most powerful FH in the game, and when he wants to crank it, look out. IMHO it wasn’t all Sod making errors but Delpos brute force with unrelenting pace causing Sod to hit quicker than he wanted.

It’s going to be very interesting from here on out. Not just this tourney but the rest of the year as well how Delpo matches up with Nole, rafa and Fed.

Lookout out top 3, there might be a new Sheriff in town this year, and me likes it.


skeezerweezer Says:

TOMORROW/TODAY

[3] R Federer (SUI) vs [32] J Monaco (ARG) – ATP
KINDA INTERESTING MATCHUP
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs F Lopez (ESP) – ATP
BOOORRRING…RAFA IN AN HOUR

Not Before 7:30 PM
[21] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [15] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP
BEST MATCHUP OF THE DAY :)


margot Says:

Well played in Miami Andy, now back to No 4 ;)
grendel did u know Akhtar can bring down a cheetah with just one throw….


tennis coach Says:

Karma is biatch, is it not Andy, remember US open 2009 !!!??


grendel Says:

I agree with Skeezer’s take. In a strange way, delpo and Sod matching up – they must feel like they’re looking at themselves in the mirror. But whereas Delpo sees a slightly diminished form of Sod, poor old Sod sees the huge form of Delpo looming menacingly out towards him. Leif Shiras pointed out that Delpo had a definite strategy in mind – namely to limit the opportunities of Sod to use those immense levers of his by depriving him of the angles.

Like a lot of people, I thought Djokovic would be taking a sort of involuntary breather in this tourney. Not a bit of it. So now the prospect of a Delpo/Djokovic encounter impends. This is a more exciting prospect than one might have thought – after all, the Delpo/Nadal match was a damp squib. But the rate of Delpo’s improvement is astonishing, and – assuming there are no annoying natural interventions (such as a Fish victory) – i think it is safe to say Djokovic will know he’s been in a match. He’ll still be big favourite – but by the time of US Open, any match between these two should be a mighty one.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Grendel, I agree. The rafa match is history. Look back to 2009: DelPo bagelled by Fed at Oz, gives him all he can handle at French, beats Nadal and nearly beats Murray over the summer, then destroys an injured Nadal and beats Fed at USO, then rolls the field to the finals of YEC.

The rate of improvement over that year was astonishing. We have yet to see the top level DelPo can reach, but if history is a guide, he will continue to get better with every tournament.

I am very much looking forward to the Nole match. I just hope they aren’t, or they’ll get knocked out first and never get there!


The fighter Says:

get well soon A-Rod…will miss u

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