Roddick Pushes Ahead at US Open; Federer, Djokovic, Serena Today
by Sean Randall | September 1st, 2011, 9:53 am
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After watching Andy Roddick push his way into the second round at the US Open, you have to begin to wonder how many more Opens the American former No. 1 has left in him. Last night, Roddick needed four lackluster sets to knock out fellow American Michael Russell 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the first round.

Roddick was back to his usual ways of playing defensive tennis, well behind the baseline and it nearly cost him. Russell, a capable, steady journeyman, was up a break in the fourth before Roddick was able to put the 33-year-old away.

“It was okay… I’m still trying to find myself,” Roddick told ESPN2. “I’m certainly still short on match play this year. I’ll keep fighting because it’s what I do. I don’t care if it’s ugly. I’ll try to get through.

“I’m not going to pretend that I am in championship form right now [but] people have worked their way into tournaments before and I’ll get that opportunity. I don’t have to win the tournament tomorrow, I just have to win my next match.”

The 21st-ranked Roddick moves on to play 18-year-old Jack Sock tomorrow.

Other big results Wednesday was the smashing return of Juan Martin Del Potro who ripped through Filippo Volandri.

“I feel really glad,” he admitted. “[It] was a short match, but I served well. I was improving my game during the match. It’s my favourite tournament, so I’m really happy to take the opportunity to play here again. I’m feeling really glad to see the crowd again, to see the Argentinian fans come to see me specially play here [at] the US Open.”

Andy Murray, John Isner and Gilles Simon, who went five sets, were also winners.

For the ladies, the sad news was the withdrawal of Venus Williams with an auto-immune disease. Younger sis Serena suffered a pulmonary embolism in early March and now Venus gets diagnosed with this?

Young Americans did well as 19-year-old Christina McHale pulled a huge win upsetting No. 8 seed Marion Bartoli. Irina Falconi also stunned a seed sending out Dominika Cibulkova.

Serena is back on the court today against Michaella Krajicek. World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is on tonight along with Serbs Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.

For the men, it should be another light, straightforward day with Roger Federer against Dudi Sela, Novak Djokovic tonight takes on Carlos Berlocq.

My man Gael Monfils celebrates his 25th birthday against former US Open finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero and his countryman JW Tsonga and Richard Gasquet are also in action.

In maybe the best match on the card 18-year-old Bernard Tomic tackles Marin Cilic for the likely right to play Federer on Saturday.

Tennis Channel has coverage at 11am with ESPN2 picking it up at 1pm.

THURSDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 Start Time
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[7]
Not Before:13:00
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. Dudi Sela (ISR)
Michaella Krajicek (NED) v. Serena Williams (USA)[28]
Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00 Start Time
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Arantxa Rus (NED)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 Start Time
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[11] v. Jelena Dokic (AUS)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[7]
Malek Jaziri (TUN) v. Mardy Fish (USA)[8]
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[4] v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)

Grandstand 11:00 Start Time
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[9] v. Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Andrea Petkovic (GER)[10] v. Jie Zheng (CHN)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[11] v. Sergei Bubka (UKR)
Shahar Peer (ISR)[23] v. Sloane Stephens (USA)


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108 Comments for Roddick Pushes Ahead at US Open; Federer, Djokovic, Serena Today

van orten Says:

waiting for tennis-x.com to predict federer losing to tomic or cilic lol….

fed will smash and rip everyone in his way till the semis..where the day form will determine who is going to prevail..fed or djoker


alison hodge Says:

@van orton who do you think will prevail in the other half of the draw,rafa,andy or delpo.


van orten Says:

alison i really believe that nadal will come through and only an in form murray and devastating in form delpo could take him out…


van orten Says:

nadal seems super beatable though but he is so tough in big points situation..he has like a cat 7 lives per match


billyboy512 Says:

cats have nine lives


van orten Says:

9′??? wow ok nadal has nine lives per match then ..thanks billyboy


jane Says:

yes, alison: Berdy crushed Fognin in the final two sets; also, Anderson blew away Llodra. So the courts are serving the big hitters well thus far. I am curious to hear what Fed says about the courts after playing in the day, because maybe that will make a difference. Nole seemed to think the ball was moving quick when he played Niland.

Monfils vs. Ferrero first set has been quite entertaining.


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed! Shhaaammmooon!


alison hodge Says:

@jane feds also sailing through,hes hitting some sublime shots,and is now serving for the match,dismally one sided,although i suppose its to be expected,i know how you love the flamboyant french man,is he a potential dark horse,do you think.


jane Says:

alison, didn’t see much of the tennis today so far, except that first Ferrero/Monfils set. I am not sure if la Monf is a dark horse; he is so inconsistent that it’s difficult to say. If he could play aggressively and stay focused, perhaps.

Just tuned in to see Serena annihilating another opponent, and I see Monfils is stuck in a tight battle with JCF.

Did Petkovic lose to Zheng, another upset? She was down a set and a break when I turned it off to get some work finished.


alison hodge Says:

jane no petko won,she took the next two sets 6 3,6 3,zheng is another player once in the top 20,but seemed to go down hill,serenas having a cake walk i am looking forward to seeing her when shes really tested,sciavoni cruised today shes someone i love to watch,has done really well on clay,but not so on other surfaces,i would love to see her make a mark on other surfaces and to become an all court player,i think shes fabulous to watch,such a unique style of play.


alison hodge Says:

ana ivanovics oponent has pulled out,she will play jj next.


jane Says:

oh wow alison: thanks for the updates on the ladies’ draw. Agree about Frannie.

Speaking of interesting players to watch, Monfils and Ferrero is amazing, and I am beginning to believe that, yeah, most certainly la Monf could be a dark horse. He’s got so much talent and athleticism. And wasn’t this the slam he won as a junior? Or was it the FO? Going to check…


jane Says:

Actually, the USO is the only slam Monfils *didn’t* win as a junior according to Wiki:

“In 2004, the French teenager finished as the world’s number 1 junior, winning three of four junior Grand Slam events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon).”


jane Says:

Power rather than finesse players continuing to do well today; Cilic overpowered Tomic in set one, 6-1. Commentators think it’s partly due to Bernard not handling the wind as well as Marin.


alison hodge Says:

your welcome jane i agree about the monfils jcf game very exciting,the more players that can break through all the better for the game,all adds to the excitement,by the way who is your favourite player or the one your rooting for,is it monflis.


jane Says:

alison, Nole is my fave, then Murray, then I have a million following thereafter. Just love tennis a lot: have followed it casually since I was a young girl (watched mainly just slams) and closely in the last 10 years or so.

Fifth set! Match of the tourney so far for me, this la Monf v. JCF. Fabulous point for JCF to cinch the 4th set. Both are playing so well! Impressive.


Kimberly Says:

monfils ferrero the match of the day


jamie Says:

Y’all, the online psychic told me today she sees Djokovic winning the US Open.

Poor Murray….. Feeling sorry for him already….


jane Says:

Tsonga’s outfit is, erm, interesting, but quite busy, with the burgundy, white, red, and pink(?) or red (?) shoes. He seems to be playing well.

Meanwhile Cilic has been routing Tomic – am surprised as thought this would be an exciting match, but so far a breadstick and a bagel for Tomic. Hope for Tomic’s sake he can make it a little more competitive in the third set.

Dolgo is routing Cipolla too (5-0 serving for set one).

Tommy Haas is though, and now maybe JCF? (though it is still early in the 5th, la Monf could break back). Clearly experience is paying off for these “over-30″ guys. :) I think Ljub and Steps are both still in it too.


alison hodge Says:

jane i love tennis too,would watch it morning,noon and night if i had the time,masters,slams,olympics anything,hubby says i do his head in as i hog the tv when its on.


jamie Says:

She did the charts for the top 4 plus Del Potro and apparently Djokovic’s chart is absolutely perfect. She sees either a Djokovic-Murray final or a Djokovic-Del Potro final. In either case with Djokovic winning the final. Anyway, Fed’s, Nadal’s, Del Potro’s and Murray’s charts are not favorable at all to become US Open champion for the next fortnight. Djoko’s chart has US champion written all over it.


alison hodge Says:

@thanks jamie but if its all the same i think we would like to find out for ourselves,a psychic told me id have twins,funny that as i havent even got any kids,people will believe want they want to believe,yeah i agree nole is the favourite to win the us open,but we already new that,we didnt need a psychic to tell us.


jane Says:

I have such mixed emotions about this match, which has been amazing! On one hand, I am so THRILLED for JCF, whom I love as a player with such style, but on the other hand, Monfils was really playing some of his best tennis these past couple of weeks (in Cincy and in his matches here at the USO), so I feel sad for him. Ugh, someone has to win; someone has to lose. No ties. But this was close for me. Awww, great match. :)))


jane Says:

ha ha, funny what JCF says about Monfils. : D

alison, of course you love tennis. And it’s great to have a place we can natter on about it too.


alison hodge Says:

jane yeah great for jcf sad for monflis,i will most likely feel the same way if or when rafa and andy meet in the semis,should they get that far.


jamie Says:

@ alison hodge

This is the same online psychic that told me Djokovic had the perfect chart this year for the Wimbledon fortnight and that he was going to win Wimbledon.

Just saying.


Lou Says:

Here is an analysis for tennis fans after today’s game:
Roger Federer- Signs of Improvement Over US Open 2010 http://bit.ly/nBcpVo


alison hodge Says:

@jamie no offence but i think we would all rather find out for ourselves,or otherwise there woudnt be much point watching,just saying.


mat4 Says:

I had a look at the JCF-Monfils match at the beginning of the fourth set, watched a few games, and the first thing I thought was that if Ferrero can hang on he will probably win. They were already playing for three hours and a half, and Monfils’ stamina is not as it should be.

I am not surprise by the Cilic win, though the result looks impressive. (Unfortunately, didn’t watch the match.) I think there is a bit of overhype about Tomic, although he is still young enough to improve his game.


alison hodge Says:

gasquets struggling against ivo,lost the 1st set and is 4 o down in the 2nd,daveys two sets up but a break of serve down in the 3rd set.


alison hodge Says:

its almost midnight hear in the uk,and i have to go to bed,unfortunatly i am going on my holidays in the morning for a fortnight so i will miss the next week of the tennis,i will read newspapers to keep me up to date on all the scores,and ill record all the action while im away,ive enjoyed all your posts,especially jane,kimberly,kimmi,margot and nina,not to mention all the guys,especially duro whos such a gentlemen,take care and illchat to you all when i get back,over and out.


Kimmi Says:

alison – enjoy your holiday. yes, bad timing to go away now. I am sure your rafa will be at the business end of the tournament..then who know what can happen!

so, what happened today?

more upset on the ladies side. Great to see new faces making names for themselves.

Roger…what was roger like? The recording i have have been cut-off a lot. but like the results today.

congrats to ferrero, thumbs down to la monf!!


Kimmi Says:

C’moon gasquet, just remember dr.ivo has not won a five set match


Kimmi Says:

ah gasquet was 4-1 in the 4th set, he let dr.ivo back in the match..now back on serve.

dolgo was up 2 sets to love. cipolla is making a come back with a break on the 5th. it must suck to lose after being up 2-0. In ATP tournaments he would have won the match already.


Kimmi Says:

well, dolgo made a come back in the fifth..great win!

ah gasquet went down to dr. ivo… congrats dr.ivo


Kimmi Says:

wow! this is early for the second match at night to start. good for djoko he didn’t have to wait for too long…


Kimmi Says:

djokovic serve clicking already


Kimmi Says:

berlocq is trying to go for broke. that is the only way he can win this match..if they go in.


Kimmi Says:

bagel? look like it!


Kimmi Says:

poor berlocq, he is looking for a game while djokovic is looking for a bagel. who will get waht they want?

DF!! donating a point to djokovic..not the way to do it.

BAGEL..with cream cheese!!


Duro Says:

Nole, that was impolite…


Kimmi Says:

the guy is starting to play better…I hope he wins a game in this set.


Duro Says:

Kimmimmissimo,

Yaaaaayyyy!!! He did. Naaaah…


Kimmi Says:

Nole is very good right now! Duro, just enjoy him!

sliding on HC too..hmmm! how does he do that?


Duro Says:

Raised in the mountains… Snow and everything.


Kimmi Says:

ha ha johnny mcEnroe says nole will give the guy a game at the end. it would not be nice of him to beat him too badly. he is human after all. lol

Looks like there is no triple bagel durosssimmmo!


Duro Says:

Alison Hodge, enjoy you holiday and thank you, my fair lady… :-)


Kimmi Says:

ah, nole is spraying errors. berlocq needs to win this game.


Duro Says:

Kimmi, wanna bet?


Kimmi Says:

ohhhh nooooo! another bagel!


Kimmi Says:

noo duro..no betting.

But i think he will win a game soon. he got to do it.


Kimmi Says:

what will he have the second bagel with durossimmo?


Duro Says:

Well, I don’t like bagels. It’s a bad luck. But it doesn’t count unless three times 6-0, so it won’t happen, hopefully.


Kimmi Says:

c’moon nole give the guy a game


Kimmi Says:

who said it is bad luck? there is no bad luck about the bagel. only shows how good he is!


Duro Says:

Absolutely impolite. Shame on you Nole. If he doesn’t give guy a game I won’t follow him anymore.


Kimmi Says:

break point..c’mon berlocq


Kimmi Says:

ha ha ha i dont believe nole just fist pump after he saved that break point. fist pumping for what???


funches Says:

Why the hell should he give him a game? It’s Berlocq’s job to win one on his own. Screw him if he doesn’t.


jane Says:

Just got home – sad to hear about Gasquet going out. :/ That’s two Frenchies upset by over-30s.

I am glad Nole’s outfit is a little less colourful than it was with all this swirls. This one is more subdued but very nice and sleek looking. Double bagel! I hope Berlocq gets some games in this third set; he is so happy for a break point. I guess Berdych also gave a double bagel today didn’t he? I think I recall that. Love that Nole is rolling, but can’t help but feel for the opponent. I’m just not cut-throat enough. LOL.


jane Says:

funches, no freebies eh?

OMG What a point!!! LOL!


Kimmi Says:

OH DEAR!!!

Berlocq needs a game..all that effort!!


El Flaco Says:

Fish looked very good today. I’m looking forward to a potential Tsonga/Fish match in the R16.


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha ha, priceless…


Kimmi Says:

yay berlocq!


jane Says:

Aww, Berlocq broke Nole.


El Flaco Says:

funches Says:
Why the hell should he give him a game? It’s Berlocq’s job to win one on his own. Screw him if he doesn’t.
——————————–
That’s what I said to my state rep after he voted to raise my taxes again and his aid said I need to pay my “fair share”.


Blah Says:

Didnt know he would throw his service game… Guess it was right, after toying with him the last point to break him lol


Duro Says:

Relieved… And he didn’t give it. Berlock won it.


Kimberly Says:

wow, what a match….jk


jane Says:

Did Woz win?


mat4 Says:

@Jane: She won 62 60.

Berlock makes another break. Will we see a fourth set?


jane Says:

And again Berlocq breaks, this third set is more dicey. But Berlocq is good, has some power and obviously is good in doubles so good touch too.


Kimmi Says:

beelocq cant hold serve but can break..ha ha ha! Even if it is a rout, i enjoyed this match,

glad barlocq won couple of games


jane Says:

Thanks for answering mat4: just got home and tuned into Nole so I haven’t had a chance to catch up on the news, well, what I didn’t read here anyhow.

No fourth set by the looks of it.


mat4 Says:

Berlocq is unleashing his strokes. If it’s in, it’s almost unstoppable. It is the only way for him to play.


Kimmi Says:

TWEEEEENER! hahaha


jane Says:

Finally Nole gets to hit a tweener against someone, lol.


Kimberly Says:

a the tweener


Duro Says:

This match will make Berlock recognizable. The whole tennis world is watching, Arthur Ashe and everything… Lucky him to lose like this and gain a lot.


Kimmi Says:

great match! congrats djokovic


jane Says:

Cahill said this is the one of the most entertaining 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 match he recalls watching. I taped it because I knew I would miss the start, so I will have to watch.

Berlocq was sweet to watch.

Davy will be a tougher match for sure. He came out REALLY gangbusters versus Nole in Canada.


Kimmi Says:

MAN TO BEAT!! we will seeeee!


mat4 Says:

I feel Berlocq didn’t play bad.

@Jane: I was joking about the fourth set.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa fans seeing Nole play like this are saying uh oh….maybe he will slip on a banana?

Unlike others, Nole seems very comfortable with #1, and wears it well. Someone is gonna have to make Nole feel he can’f beat the Top 2. Wait…he as done that. Sorry but Nole is starting to look like Feds dominant years, and that is scary.


scoreboard66 Says:

Thus far, the match of the tournament is/was Monfils/ferrero. Juan Carlos was terrific. I hope he won’t be too tired for the next round, coz he had to do some serious running. La Monf looked disappointed.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Alison

Have a nice holiday!


jane Says:

^ Yeah alison, ditto what skeezer said!


Skeezerweezer Says:

@ jane

Hi jane. Any news on if/when milos will return? Missing him in USO. Feel he would have done some damage here….:(


jane Says:

^ No haven’t heard a peep since the announcement he wouldn’t be playing the last slam. Agree: here, he could have made some noise. We still have Pospisl in it, though; remember the young dude who played Fed, quite well actually, in Canada? Anyhow, he has F-Lo tomorrow. I know it is unlikely but I am hoping he can beat F-Lo and get a chance to play Muzza on a bigger stage. It would mean a lot to him. He is the guy who played doubles with Milos a year ago in Canada when they beat Rafa & Nole in doubles.


Skeezerweezer Says:

^ will have to check out popsi ;) tx


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer says: Sorry but Nole is starting to look like Feds dominant years, and that is scary

I was thinking the same thing last night. In fact, watching the match I asked my husband, was Federer actually this good (i admit to a short memory for details) and he said Yes.

He just looks completely unplayable. My only hope for Rafa is he is peaking too early? Can he sustain this level throughout the tournament. If he can then no one else his even half a chance.


Kimberly Says:

or the banana peel skezzer mentioned?


Humble Rafa Says:

I hate eating bagels. Good thing, I am on the other side of the draw.

I haven’t given my book to Roger because I am still waiting on the gold plated Roger page marker. You know, he sleeps on RF pillows, wears RF shirts…I thought I might as well give him his RF page marker. Otherwise the Arrogant One might be offended.


Brando Says:

Completely agree with skeezer. Nole is looking like federer at his peak. He also does seem more comfortable being No.1 than rafa seemed to be when he was numero uno.

I feel the only person who can stop is federer- no one else has a chance in my mind. Federer is the best hardcourt player of all time that i have seen and his hardcourt is better than nole’s when both are at their absolute best.

But i feel for this federer it shall be too big of an ask for him to beat nole. I think nole is going to do what rafa did at FO 2008- win without dropping a set and completely demolishing the competition whilst he is at it! Whoever faces him, i do feel sorry for :-(


Brando Says:

Correction:

his hardcourt>his hardcourt game.


jane Says:

Nole generally plays his best matches at night and on hard courts. He hasn’t really faced stiff competition yet, though Berlocq fought valiantly. The road now is (or could be) Davy, then Dolgo (or Dr. Ivo), then Berdych (who also handed out a double bagel, to Fognini, yesterday), then Fed /Tsonga/ Fish. Davy was beating Nole in Canada, Berdych pushed Nole hard for the first set at Cincy, Dolgo troubled Muzza at AO and can mix it up loads, and Fed already beat Nole at the FO and a few times at the USO. Plus neither Fish nor Tsonga are easy match ups for Nole. If he gets there, likely Rafa or Murray in the final; both have an excellent shot at winning.

I’m just trying to be realistic about the challenges becoming more difficult now, that’s all. Obviously I hope Nole can keep on playing at a really high level. It is so fun to watch the way he is able to cover the court, and he really has gotten more comfortable and effective at the net, I think.

One thing I did notice about yesterday was how many “dominant” performances there were: Nole, Berdych, Cilic, Anderson, Wozniacki, Serena – none of them gave up more than 5 games in their wins.


stu Says:

Haha what is this ridiculous (clearly untrue) article?
Murray to be Nole’s best man?
http://asia.eurosport.com/tennis/us-open/2009/murray-to-be-best-man_sto2932944/story.shtml


margot Says:

stu: it’s a good story but does seem a tad unlikely :) When, and if, Nole gets married and wants a fellow tennis player as best man, surely he would be Serbian?
But there again, Andy’s scrubbed up so well lately, perhaps he’s really impressed Nole ;)


jane Says:

As long as Muzza wears red and Nole wears black, I am good with this. ;)


stu Says:

jane, they don’t mean best man at the USO :). altho that would be just fine by me!


margot Says:

Noooooo, Andy for bridegroom…:)


jane Says:

I know stu, was just joking around. It doesn’t seem true, does it? I mean, would Nole get married in Kosovo? Probably Belgrade, i’d imagine. Anyhow, it’s fun for me to picture these two favorites all suited up and looking handsome off the court too. ;)


stu Says:

Haha yes, and he has 2 brothers! Fun to picture it, yes, until he’s back on court!

Margot, let’s revisit this next weekend ;)


Kimberly Says:

Oh sh-t Maria lost the first set. Off to the gym. Often when my favs are losing they turn it around while I am working out! Hope this is the same.


Nina Says:

My favorite matches so far…

Monfils – Ferrero
Nadal – Gobulev
Murray – Haase
Falla – Troicki

Very entertaining USO 2011, great. A lot of 5 set epics already.

Nole in cruising mode, Nadal starts to be scary again, haven’t seen Fed yet, Muzza seems, well, just Muzza, very up and down.

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