Roddick Upset; Scary Del Potro Blasts Berdych in Rotterdam, Awaits Federer?
by Sean Randall | February 18th, 2012, 9:40 am
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It was another early loss for Andy Roddick. Struggling with a bad ankle he injured on Wedneday night, Roddick was upset last night in San Jose by Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4.

“It would be abnormal if you weren’t frustrated,” said Roddick, a 3-time San Jose champion. “The question is, ‘How do you figure your way through it?’

“It was pretty ordinary all the way around,” he added. “There’s certainly a significant gap from where I am and where I need to be.”

Roddick will try to move on to Memphis where he will have to defend his 2011 title and a hefty 500 ranking points. Even if the ankle heals the former No. 1 is really on the slide. As Roddick rightly said, the gap is there.

Roddick isn’t the only one under the injury bug in San Jose. Defending champion Milos Raonic has questions about his left knee at the start of the event. The Canadian, though, has still managed to reach the semifinals after easing past big-serving Kevin Anderson 7-5, 7-6 yesterday.

“Obviously, I’m feeling a little bit of discomfort with it but it’s not affecting my tennis at all,” Raonic said. “I’m moving well and I think I’m doing the things I want to be doing.”

Today, Roanic meets rising American Ryan Harrison in the early 4pm ET semifinal. Harrison beat Raonic last year at Indian Wells and as part of his maturation process, the fiery 19-year-old is trying to keep his emotions more in check.

“I’m an emotional person, always have been,” Harrison said. “Whenever you see me grit my face or roll my eyes a bit, that’s kind of my way of saying, ‘Let it go. Let’s move on.’ There are no racquet throws, no profanity, nothing that has to do with embarrassing myself or getting any fines. I feel like that’s a step in the right direction for me. Hopefully, I can get to the point where I can cut out everything in general and be Federer-like, but that’s very tough.”

In the late semifinal Istomin meets Julien Benneteau.

Already In Rotterdam, Juan Martin Del Potro had his way with Tomas Berdych crushing the Czech 6-3, 6-1. Delpo lost just one game to Viktor Troicki yesterday, and today he absolutely blasted Berdych. That’s some very scary stuff from the Argentine, beating both those guys that easily indoors!

In the late semifinal, 30-year-olds Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko collide for the 19th time. Federer has won 16 of them and should get No. 17 despite the Nikolay’s improved play this week. Davydenko just handled Richard Gasquet, so it’s nice to have former Top 5 Russian bad playing decent tennis again.

The semifinals are set on the clay in Sao Paulo. Top seed and defending champ Nicolas Almagro faces Albert Ramos, who upset Fernando Verdasco in the quarters. Then it’s Bellucci and Volandri.

And on the women’s circuit in Doha, the semifinals pit Samantha Stosur vs. Marion Bartoli followed by Victoria Azarenka vs. Agnieszka Radwanska.

Tennis Channel has semifinal coverage all day from Rotterdam, Doha and San Jose.


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118 Comments for Roddick Upset; Scary Del Potro Blasts Berdych in Rotterdam, Awaits Federer?

Kimmi Says:

what, how did delpo crush berdych like that…i wish i had seen the match. is delpo back?


dari Says:

I saw the first set, kimmi. And delpo was playing well and capitolizing on chances. It didn’t look like berdych played poorly, so it was just delpo doing his thing and moving well!

Exciting to see how he will do against fed if Rog wins against nikolay


Humble Rafa Says:

Playstation is back! The only tennis player with charisma.


Aravind Says:

Kimmi, I thought this would be a great test to see Delpo’s level and boy did he impress! I think he is easily the best of the “big” tennis players. So he matches up really well against all of them(solid records against Soderling also). He does everything just a little better than the other person.

Berdych was actually playing well, but Delpo gave him no free points. Returned really well, served like a monster. It is strange to see how much easily Delpo beat Berdych when Berdych gave Rafa all that he could handle for four tight sets at the Australian open. Match ups play such an important role in tennis!


carlo Says:

Almagro got the 1st set 6-4. And looks like he’s up a break in the 2nd set.

Bartoli retired for some reason, so Stosur is through to the final in Doha.

Vika serving for 1st set. Come on, Aggie

Busy tennis day! I’m cheering for Milos later. I haven’t caught on to Harrison. Should be a good match.
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Agree with your take on Berdych playing well, Aravind. Delpo out-gunned and out-maneuvered Berdych; and that Delpo serve – wow. It’s back.


Kimmi Says:

good, because i think delpo is a top 5 player. he just needs that consistency.

Vika was cruising then she hurt her ankle. Aggie with a chance?


Dave Says:

dari Says: “Exciting to see how he will do against fed if Rog wins against nikolay”

Delpo is more prepared for Rotterdam than Federer, Berdych or Davydenko are. Of the Rotterdam quarterfinalists, only Del Potro and Richard Gasquet did not waste their time and rhythm/form playing Davis Cup. So Delpo was able to spend an extra 7 to 10 days practising on indoor hardcourts to prepare specifically for Rotterdam.
http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/91729/del-potro-and-dulko-we-can-do-without

Federer had the biggest disadvantage of playing on a bad bouncing clay court for at least 8 days as well as playing two DC matches (singles, doubles) last weekend.

Seppi played 2 DC singles matches on indoor hardcourts. Berdych played two DC matches (singles, doubles) on indoor hardcourts. Troicki played one DC singles match on indoor hardcourts. Davydenko one DC doubles match on indoor hardcourts. Nieminen one DC doubles match on indoor hardcourts.


carlo Says:

I love these 2 players -Roger and Kolya :)


Kimmi Says:

davy is not missing and he is playing high risk tennis.


Kimmi Says:

davy missing now, chance for fed


Kimmi Says:

fed missing easy shot.


Kimmi Says:

davy breaks….wow! davy is playing well.


Kimmi Says:

federer backhand with too many errors…shanking too.


Eric Says:

Ah, the traditional “shank away a very winnable match” strategy, good to see Roger is sticking with what he knows best.


Kimmi Says:

ah fed, that FH was there..


carlo Says:

woof. shanks r us…oh Fed. :/


Kimmi Says:

hmm, another FH miss. davy takes the set. good to see davy playing well again though


carlo Says:

Kolya so earned that set.

Now will Federer have an answer in this golden oldie?


Kimmi Says:

fed just needs to serve well, baseline rallies davy is the boss.


carlo Says:

So right, Kimmi


carlo Says:

Definitely see why Gasquet lost interest yesterday. He couldn’t hang with ‘Playstation’ ;)

Delpo will blow either away, I’m guessing


carlo Says:

Some very near-sighted challenges from both guys

Lots of missing the lines from Federer.


jane Says:

Is it 2009? Have I been dreaming? ;)

Didn’t see Delpotro’s match but it sounds like he’s in great form. If Davy wins this, he has a 3-1 record over Delpo. Mind you most of those wins were pre-2009 Delpo.


carlo Says:

Delpo was in destroyer mode, Jane. Can’t see either Davy or Rog winning. okay, maybe Davydenko! ha. oh dear, Federer.


Kimmi Says:

fed cant break davy but keeps gettin’ broken..this match is OVER!


jane Says:

It looks like Davy is taking advantage whenever he gets a second serve; he’s won 63% of those points. But Fed is serving well based on the stats – 68% first serves in, 4 aces and 1 double. By contrast Davy with 0 aces and 3 doubles. What is missing? Better return game from Fed? Too many errors? Am looking for a stream now, out of curiosity. I haven’t seen Davy playing well in a long while it seems.


Kimmi Says:

too many errors. shanking etc jane.


carlo Says:

I really don’t think Federer can handle playing DC, then winning any tournament the following week-end. His recovery time isn’t what it was and seems getting worse fast. He needed the same break that Murray, Nadal, and Djokovic are having, post AO at least.


Kimmi Says:

davy missed EASY volley. fed breaks. maybe the spark will come back now


carlo Says:

Sometimes, stats just fall short of telling the story.

But Federer breaks back. There is an air of desperation in Kolya’s tennis, imo.


Kimmi Says:

there is the “spark”. what a get from fed. go fed!


jane Says:

Well he broke back so we’ll see. I have a stream now. Looks like Fed is serving very well. Davy’s making some tired-looking errors atm.


jane Says:

Nice backhand there from Fed, also he is using a fair bit of slice, was he before? Maybe it works well to unsettle Davy.


dari Says:

Not in front of the tv now, but see the score on phone- go roger! f*ING fight, please! Don’t see enough of that after he gets down, so hope he can turn it around


carlo Says:

Well, there’s a sniff of a break in this game

one chance now fed


jane Says:

dari, I get the sense momentum has shifted. Fed just broke, and Davy is making errors and taking to himself.


carlo Says:

hahaha Davy’s bark every time he hits the ball! willing it to go in…

but Fed breaks, at last. Free at last!


tennisfansince76 Says:

win lose or draws not sure why Fed is even here. he should have taken a vaca until Dubai


Kimmi Says:

federer wakes up and davy sleeps. what a bH return to force an error from davy..

go fed!


carlo Says:

Sets points Fedfans!


jane Says:

Easy service game from Fed; his serve is strong like at the AO.


Leon Says:

The moment I liked most: after that unbelievable winning pass all Roger’s reaction was a self-restrained fist-pump.


madmax Says:

Hi Jane and kimmi…dari too..

lost the stream, so relying on your guys to ‘tough it out’ with Fed….not placing too much on Rotterdam….I think fed just needs to gain points…there is no reason for him to play here, just match practice and a hope he reaches the finals….so I see what tennisfan says.

go fed…


carlo Says:

The serve is not fine like the ‘best’ of Federer, jane. But it’s good enough. Some other key elements, like his movement and forehand have been way off today. He should avoid baseline rallies.

His luck will be if Davy’s confidence slips away. And I it appears, it has.

As I type, Federer is letting break chances go.

deuce. Davy fighting hard.


Kimmi Says:

davy saves 4 BPs. huh his confidence seem to come back. he is playing well again. fed needs to keep it up here.


Kimmi Says:

davy saving more BP. great get there. c’mon fed


jane Says:

Hi madmax, it’s shaping up to be a good match. Fed played well throughout the last half of the second set and he continues to serve very well. I feel like he has the edge here, he just needs to keep pedal to the metal. Am trying to mark but am sure Kimmi will supply play-by-play. :)

carlo, Bellucci just got bageled in the second set! You called it; I think he is a bit of a choker. But we’ll see. Still on serve in the third it looks like.


carlo Says:

His (Davy’s) confidence is like watching the sea – comes and goes.

Federer looks unflappable but I don’t believe it.

Federer can you please break…..??????????

nope. Davy holds. Massive fight in that body.


Kimmi Says:

davy is going for the kill now. fed needs the serve. c’mon


jane Says:

carlos, from what I have watched (only from second set on) Fed’s serve looks pretty awesome to me. He is hitting his spots, it has speed, etc. Davy can’t do much of anything against those wicked first serves out wide.


carlo Says:

Jane. That is the match I should be streaming! Bellucci will have the Brazilians on their feet trying to pull him through – just like last night! Very fun match.(Much more fun than this :/


carlo Says:

I am a connoisseur of Federer’s serve. It’s adequate today but could be much better, as in LOVE HOLDS great! French wine better with age and maybe some other things like cheese, but not necessarily Roger’s serve or other parts of his tennis game, especially.


Kimmi Says:

davy is well back in this. he is serving first. that is always adv. any slips frm fed it over. fed needs great conc here. c’moon


Kimmi Says:

hmm, bad game? 0-15 not a good start


Kimmi Says:

0-30 this is where fed needs all his reserve


carlo Says:

In fact right now would be a good time for a love service game but, no.

Davy is munching on anything less than stellar. And has BP


Kimmi Says:

PHEW! hope that is the ONLY bad game.


carlo Says:

*sigh*

Federer held. Davy means to win this. And his ability to change direction in a rally maybe only exceeded by Djokovic? I’m thinking…


Kimmi Says:

true about changing direction carlo, he is amazing when he is on..


Kimmi Says:

federer is not done with bad games..can he get out of this..

0-40 aaaargh


carlo Says:

this is what I mean… Federer needed his serve. Instead we have a 0-40 HOLE!


jane Says:

I see your point carlo, and am not an expert, but Davy is a good returner too, and he’s been able to munch only on second serves. He has not made a dent in Fed’s first serve – too tough. Fed’s been getting in a good percentage of firsts, overall, although it’s been up and down and less in this third set (danger time? 3 bps as I write). If there is a weakness maybe it’s in the second serve? And the errors.

Bellucci is broken in the third…


carlo Says:

Oh god, somehow luck intervenes and Federer needs and ace to save this


carlo Says:

ACE it is. Champion moment


Eric Says:

Wow, thought it was curtains for Fed there. Great hold, plus a timely backhand error from Davydenko…


carlo Says:

Thanks to a couple aces and a senior moment from Kolya and Federer holds serve. Phew..


Kimmi Says:

GEEEEZ! davy missed easy..I mean EASY backhand. fed comes with big serves…

Please fed, no more


carlo Says:

LOL!!!!! what a rally


jane Says:

That was a huge hold and confidence builder; Fed will break now and serve it out – maybe at love. ;)


carlo Says:

Cue the drumroll.

Federer has 3 BP’s


carlo Says:

oh snap. poor davy at net! he hands Federer the Break, thank you very much…


Kimmi Says:

this is UNBELIVABLE. fed gets the lifeline and takes it.

davy must be mad.

Great shot to get a 0-30 on that game.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon fed, NO MORE BAD GAMES!


carlo Says:

Okay time for some fine wine, fed


carlo Says:

Game SET MATCH!

Kimmi, gotta enjoy this somehow… :D


Kimmi Says:

YAY! go fed! Phew! what a match. Feel sorry for day now.

I feel federer needs these kind of matches.


Eric Says:

Wow… that’s all I can say about that. Felt like just a matter of time before Fed snapped again, then he did, but somehow got out of the game alive and that was just an outstanding effort in the final two games. I expect Delpo will smack him around, but we’ll see…


dari Says:

Home in time to see the lqst few games of fed-nik icluding that incredible hustling for fed!
Way to fight, Rog!!!


jane Says:

Well, not quite at love, but still quite a straightforward finish. Congrats to Fed. He has a good record versus Delpo (8-2 H2H) and handled him easily at the AO. So it’ll be an interesting final. I think Fed has the edge. Hope it’s not too early, i.e., middle of night for me. I’d like to watch it.


Kimmi Says:

federer break points changes 3 of 13. not very good. Great to see him winning. davy was tough as a nail today.


jane Says:

See some of you later for Harrison and Raonic.


Kimmi Says:

3:59 pm break point chances not “changes” duh


carlo Says:

Who would you pick in Harrison v Raonic, Bracketeers??


carlo Says:

I love Raonic’s serve. He is more than a serve, just expressing my appreciation of a great serve.


carlo Says:

Isn’t anyone watching Milos and Ryan?


jane Says:

Oh crap, can’t get work done – assumed Harrison/Raonic was later! :/ Tennis, arrrgh. Major distraction.


carlo Says:

hahaha…what were you thinking? This is a blockbuster, double-header, triple popcorn day, jane.


jane Says:

I guess I should get the popper out, lol.


carlo Says:

Ive been up since 4 am. Jane. Working hard making coffee ;) and wathing Lindsay Vonn skiing downhill on a brand new course in Sochi, Russia ( course made for 2014 Olympics), then Tour of Oman ( where is Skorocel – want to brag about Slovak cyclists)

And now tennis. Go Milos!


carlo Says:

oops my lisp… watching not wathing


jane Says:

Didn’t know lisps come out in type, ha ha. Not much separating these two right now.


carlo Says:

Thankfully I don’t bet. I would have bet on Berdych and…Milos. Not at all clear which one wins atm.

Would think Milos but Harrison playing tough. I guess these two go back to junior days.

Milos with a beauty cc forehand!

Something about Ryan reminds me of Stanley.


jane Says:

Yep, I can see the Stan the man comparison. But agree: hard to say who’ll win here.


carlo Says:

Taller than Stan. Harrison holding easy, Milos too.

Come On, Milos!

Hoping he can defend his title … or, I guess this would be a big opportunity for Harrison, Benneteau, or Istomin – all of whom have no titles :/

Benneteau…wow, have to hope he gets one in his career.


jane Says:

Tiebreak: seemed inevitable, inexorable, utterly predictable.


carlo Says:

lol, is it that bad? It is. Why is it? I find myself falling asleep.

But during Delpo v Berdych, none of the utterly predictable feeling.


jane Says:

I guess it happens when you have a server who simply will not be broken and yet who struggles to break the other player. I do get bored watching great serve after great serve, but I don’t like endless grinding rallies either. Needs to be a happy middle ground, with lots of winners in rallies rather than them ending in errors. Fed/Nole matches are some of my favourite for that very reason. Milos went from 4-0 in the tiebreak to 5-4. Okay he cliched it, but is Harrison the new Ferrer? If so, he could be like Milos’s kryptonite. :)


carlo Says:

Certainly no time for blinking during Federer-Davydenko , or even what I watched of Almagro- Ramos.

But you just feel this will go to Raonic because he’s too good serving and in a tie break and Harrison not good enough picking that off, if it’s at all possible, even if he holds serve.

I’m not making sense anymore, sorry, jane.


jane Says:

carlo, you may just be falling asleep because you’ve been up since 4:00 am, lol!!


carlo Says:

Actually, I think we just basically said the same thing. Your just better at saying it!

A grinding match can be good. Even if it’s tiring, if there is some element of drama, like it’s a GS final in the 5th set! It’s exciting.

Federer – Nole can be great. But I do get tired of the same outcome or winner every time ;)


carlo Says:

It really is as they say, mostly anyway, about the match-up. But I like to think, even in the case of Roddick – Federer or Nadal – Almagro, there is hope of some kind of reversal. ( no mention of Fedal)


carlo Says:

jane, I am reduced to rambling. time for a nap!!


jane Says:

“Night” carlo. Nice chatting. Fed/Nole is pretty much 50-50 proposition.

Looks like Milos has a chance to break here: 15-40.


jane Says:

Milos gets a chance to defend his title – good for him!


Kimberly Says:

at this point i wouldnt even call some no name beating verdasco an upset. its more expected than not.


jamie Says:

Remember the prediction from the psychic that Del Potro will win a slam in 2012 or in 2013 at the latest but he is definetely winning one of the next 7 slams.


Humble Rafa Says:

at this point i wouldnt even call some no name beating verdasco an upset.

Going forward, we can say that about a player whom I shall not name.

Age bypasses no one. Including Verdasco.


rogerafa Says:

@ jane

About the anti-Novak tone yesterday, I accept I consciously overreacted. I hope you understand it in the context of what has been going on for some days on this blog. It has been a pet peeve for me when off-court issues of any player are unduly exaggerated. I have defended Rafa and Novak on doping/cvac issues. I remember praising Novak’s game highly during the French Open and other occasions. I have frequently been at the receiving end of some strong responses when I have shown some reality to Roger’s fans. I also don’t like character assassination and try to downplay it no matter who the player is. I try to be the contrarian to infuse a sense of balance.

I am sure you will agree that mat4 is a very very good poster. In my opinion, he is the finest Novak fan on this blog and by a country mile. However, many of his recent posts have been extremely disappointing. The immediate provocation was his rather avoidable comments yesterday. He has every right to believe that primal roars are poetry and he is entitled to his definition of aesthetics. Even then, it was shocking to see a seasoned veteran like him dismiss finesse or reduce it to just volleying ability. I guess he is looking too much for primal qualities(and misses the subtle nuances in the process) as that is what pleases him most. He comes up with many theories and I guess this one is very close to his heart. He can believe in what he wants to but I somehow could not stop myself after reading the finesse or “model of modesty” comments. The second one was suffixed with an emoticon but was in very poor taste nonetheless. Hence a reminder about Novak’s “modesty” and other great attributes. I have never brought up these issues before but I thought a reality check was needed(I am thinking of doing it now periodically whenever any player’s bashing becomes excessive) even though I am personally irritated by very few of Novak’s antics.

If you noticed, I tried to defend the grinding style in a way because that is the most effective style today in most tournaments and players can’t really be blamed for it. I personally prefer a more offensive game with my sense of finesse. Both Novak and Rafa obviously can do more on the court than just grind from the baseline but the context was their recent match(I was responding to Dave’s post and the two articles he talked of) and the style they employ against each other.

I rarely react to Novak fanatics’ posts. I can even understand the extreme views of many of the Serbian posters. mat4 is a poster I respect and the disappointment is much greater when posters like him start sounding silly.

Sorry for the long post.


Polo Says:

jamie says: “Remember the prediction from the psychic that Del Potro will win a slam in 2012 or in 2013…”

Wasn’t that psychic you? How can I forget? It was in almost every thread. del Potro is very good and has already has one slam in his career. It would not be a surprise if he gets one (or 2, as predicted) by the end of 2013.


jamie Says:

Polo: I’m not a psychic. She is a woman I met last year who made those predictions. She told me that for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013, that would be the next 7 slams, Nole will win 3 of the next 7 slams, Murray will win 2 of the next 7 slams, Nadal will win 1 of the next 7 slams and Del Potro will win 1 of the next 7 slams. Federer will win 0 of the next 7 slams.


jane Says:

Thanks for the reply rogerafa. I agree mat4 is a great poster, and given that I am a Nole fan too, of course I enjoy most of his posts. But you’re always a fair poster too, and I recall your praising posts towards Nole in the past; thus, I was a little taken aback yesterday. Anyhow, I get what you were doing: provocation to answer provocation. Perhaps, based on an earlier post I saw from mat4 to skeezerweezer, mat4 wrote what he did in response to Dave’s posts and their tone. However, I should leave mat4 to clarify his own intentions, if he wishes to do so. I was simply curious about your posts as they seemed out of character. Anyhow, enough said from my end.


Michael Says:

The finals will be very interesting. Del Potro is in tremendous form whereas Roger is not at his best. I expect a Cliff hanger of a match. Although I am a Roger Fan, I would like Del Potro to win this tournament. He is an unbelievable talent and I think he need such wins to boost his confidence and compete with the top four of Men’s Tennis. If there is another player who plays flamboyant Tennis like Roger, it is only Del Potro.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@rogerafa,

A worthy post @8:22. Not going to add what has already been said ;)

Is that another final Fed is in? Shaaaamoooon!

And hey Davy, when you decide to play, you can play, when you don’t, you don’t. I will never ever bet on a match with you in it. Nice run dude.


Polo Says:

Got it Jamie, I did not know about that. It must have been from an earlier post. I may not remember all the numbers but I will keep in mind the 2 predicted for Murray. I hope your psychic friend is correct, at least about that one. I want Murray to win at least one major. The zero prediction for Federer makes me feel bad, though. It there is any error on her prediction, I hope it that will be that on Federer. I would like to see him win at least one in his 30s.


Steve 27 Says:

Federer is done in slams, poor Polo, sorry fed fans.


Polo Says:

Steve 27, don’t feel sorry for me or any of Federer fans. If Federer does not win another slam, I can live with that. 16 sounds like a very good number to me. Who has more anyway?


Steve 27 Says:

Take it easy Polo, you have to smile more.

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