Andy Roddick’s 2012 season isn’t going as planned. The American great is not only struggling with his tennis game but also getting injured at nearly every turn.
After (re)injuring his hamstring in his previous match against Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open, last night in San Jose the 29-year-old Roddick rolled his right ankle during a tight contest with his little-known countryman Denis Kudla.
Roddick, who was down a break in the third, escaped with a gritty 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4 win.
“I stayed out there and did what I could, and I think he let it get away from him a little bit,” said Roddick who turned the ankle at 5-4 in the second set. “Probably the best thing I did was exist out there.”
Still, a healthy Roddick lost the opening set to Kudla and came awfully close to being an embarrassing upset victim. Again, more signs the former No. 1 is really on the decline. If his ankle is OK, next up for Andy on Friday will be the Michael Russell-Denis Istomin winner.
Defending San Jose champion Milos Raonic followed Roddick with a convincing 6-2, 7-6(7) win over German Tobias Kamke. The Canadian was returning from a knee issue he had over the weekend.
Speaking of knee injuries, top seed Gael Monfils had to withdraw from the tournament and from Memphis next week. Given his style of play is it any surprise the frustrating Frenchman can’t keep his knees healthy?
In Rotterdam, Roger Federer brushed off a tough Davis Cup weekend by taking it out on Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4. Federer won the Rotterdam title the last time he played it in 2005.
“To finally come through in 2005 and win the tournament as World No. 1 was a great feeling and I can’t believe I haven’t been back,” Federer said. “I’ve tried for many years to come back so I’m really excited to be here. The buzz is huge, I got a standing ovation walking in and walking out and people are really super-happy that I’m here so it’s a really nice feeling to have.”
Federer was to play Mikhail Youhzny in the second round today however the Russian has withdrawn from the match. Jarkko Nieminen will be Fed’s next opponent in the quarterfinals Friday.
Juan Martin Del Potro was also a three-set winner over Michael Llodra and Tomas Berdych advanced as well.
Today, Del Potro returns against Karol Beck. Richard Gasquet and Berdych have already advanced to the quarters.
In women’s tennis, the big names are in Doha, or were in Doha. Yesterday, Caroline Wozniacki continued to stink it up. The former No. 1 lost again this time to Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
“I just hope I can win some matches in Dubai next week, do better than here,” Wozniacki said. “And of course right now it’s disappointing to have lost 7‑6 in the third, because you feel like you had your chances. You know, I guess it’s tennis, and once in a while you lose, sometimes you win, and you just need to go with it.”
Once in a while you lose? For Wozniacki it’s more than that. The Dane hasn’t been to a tournament semifinal since the US Open and now ranked No. 4, she’ll have the pressure of upcoming title defenses in Dubai and Indian Wells.
I guess being in love with Rory McIlroy will do that.
World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka stayed hot ripping Mona Barthel for her 13th straight win. Radwanska and Stosur are also in the field.
Also, still nursing an injured left ankle Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from Indian Wells. So in this Olympic year the injuries continue to mount.
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