Venus Williams Wins in Thriller; Federer v Roddick Monday at Sony Miami
by Staff | March 25th, 2012
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Wildcard Venus Williams and fellow former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic advanced to a Monday blockbuster meeting, one of many, on Sunday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Williams, playing her first event of the year, shaved off some rust in surviving a meeting with Canadian Aleksander Wozniak 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) where both players exhibited nerves (and numerous double faults) in the end. The No. 15-seeded Ivanovic battled past No. 20 seed Daniela Hnatuchova 6-2, 7-6(2).

“I tried not to let anything discourage me today,” Williams said. “I kept thinking about how I really need this match and I need these points. I keep thinking about the Olympics and I need my points.”

Ivanovic said the match was not as easy as it looked.

“It was a very tough match for me,” Ivanovic said. “I knew from the beginning that it will be, you know, very tough third round I think for both of us. We played a lot of times in the past. We always have tough matches. Even in practice, it’s always, you know, tight. So I really tried to stay calm and work and concentrate on what I was doing out there.”

On the men’s side Sunday Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov was the highlight, upsetting No. 7 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

“I didn’t expect to play that well,” Dimitrov said. “I didn’t make enough first serves, though. Got a bit lucky at 4-4 in the third, and I was happy to close the match.”

Andy Murray advanced when Canadian Milos Raonic defaulted their match.

“Yesterday, at the end of practice, we finished doing an hour-long practice, and I was just moving back and I rolled over my ankle and ended up spraining it,” Raonic said.

Spanish wildcard Garbine Muguruza Blanco continued her unheralded destruction through the Miami draw, upsetting No. 24 Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(6).

Other women’s winners Sunday in the third round were No. 5 Aggie Radwanska, No. 7 Marion Bartoli, No. 16 Dominika Cibulkova, and No. 22 Maria Kirilenko.

The remaining men’s matches went according to seeding with winners No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, No. 13 Gilles Simon, No. 22 Jurgen Melzer, and No. 16 Kei Nishikori.

In the late match world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka defeated Brit Heather Watson in straight sets.

Highlights of play on Monday are an embarrassment of riches in (2) Maria Sharapova vs. Ekaterina Makarova in an all-Russian match-up, (10) Serena Williams vs. (6) Samantha Stosur, an all-Serb match-up in (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (27) Viktor Troicki, (11) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. (23) Marin Cilic, in the 7:30 p.m. slot (3) Roger Federer vs. (31) Andy Roddick, in the 9 p.m. slot (WC) Venus Williams vs. Ana Ivanovic, (8) Mardy Fish vs. (28) Kevin Anderson, an all-Spanish in (12) Nicolas Almagro vs. (20) Fernando Verdasco, (8) Na Li vs. (12) Sabine Lisicki, (1) Victoria Azarenka vs. (16) Dominika Cibulkova, (4) Caroline Wozniacki vs. (23) Yanina Wickmayer, and (7) Marion Bartoli vs. (22) Maria Kirilenko.

STADIUM start 11:00 am
E Makarova (RUS) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] S Stosur (AUS) vs [10] S Williams (USA) – WTA
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [27] V Troicki (SRB) – ATP
[11] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [23] M Cilic (CRO) – ATP

Starting at 7:30 PM
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs [31] A Roddick (USA) – ATP

Not Before 9:00 PM
[WC] V Williams (USA) vs [15] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[28] K Anderson (RSA) vs [8] M Fish (USA) – ATP
[12] N Almagro (ESP) vs [20] F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP
[8] N Li (CHN) vs [12] S Lisicki (GER) – WTA


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263 Comments for Venus Williams Wins in Thriller; Federer v Roddick Monday at Sony Miami

Steve 27 Says:

poor Roger, his toughest opponent in his carrer:
21 to 2 I think


Steve 27 Says:

career, I mean


Kimberly Says:

No mention of Rafael nadal


Eric Says:

Kimberly, good point. That was a really interesting match, too. Steps played fantastic and gave him quite a bit of trouble for the first five or six game. Then Rafa remembered he can be aggressive as well and it was all over… Definitely one of the better Rafa displays in recent months.


sar Says:

Here is another sad story. Poor Australia first had Dokic and now Tomic.

Bernard Tomic asks to have his father removed from court

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hy9plVA7SI&feature=youtube_gdata_player


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly

Agree with Eric….although I have been hammering Rafa’s weak draw he is still showing Fantastic form here early on…..look out!


Michael Says:

Nobody is giving a whiffer of a chance to Roddick in his match against Roger. Considering the law of averages, I think Roddick could make a match out of this. But law of averages didn’t work in the past when it is concerned with Roger Vs Roddick. My gut feeling tells me that this would be a tough match where Roger will ultimately prevail as usual.


contemperory Says:

Agree with you, Michael. Its my gut feelilng like yours…may be Roddick might even stretch this to a three setter which he might win in a 3rd set tie-breaker.


Stella Says:

Anything can happen in tennis…Dimitrov takes out Berdych and big John Isner falls to Mayer.


Brando Says:

@ skeez, eric, kimberly: thanks for mentioning rafa and his match. Watching the match just made me think why doesn’t rafa play aggressively from the start? The way he played against berdych in set 3/4- especially on his returns- against fed from midway of set 2 at AUS, and against stepanek Last night was the way he should play, going forward. IF he could play like this from the 1st point until the last then his life will be made alot easier going forward. Even against fed at IW- the difference for me was fed went for his shots regardless of the conditions, rafa on the other hand didn’t. By the time he did, it was already too late. Hence, rafa needs to go for his shots since he has the big shots when he goes for them.


Humble Rafa Says:

Here is another sad story. Poor Australia first had Dokic and now Tomic.

That is one reason to get “real Australians” to play tennis at the highest level.


Humble Rafa Says:

Hence, rafa needs to go for his shots since he has the big shots when he goes for them.

I am a moonballer. Moon ballers don’t go for shots. Keep hitting balls back and the guy will make a mistake. That’s what uncle Toni says.


Ajet Says:

Thanks to berdych and mayer to spoil my bracket predictions!


Kimberly Says:

Ajet, i know, i am in the cellar. Am wondering why I picked Isner to the semi finals? Isner and Nalbandian both apparently can’t string together two tournaments.


the_mind_reels Says:

@Michael, contemperory:

I hesitate to call any loss that Federer had in 2008 not legitimate because of his mono that year, but it does happen to be true that the last time Roddick beat Federer (coincidentally in Miami) was four years ago in 2008. The last time they played in Miami, however, Federer was the victor (though hard-fought, I believe).

Given their head-to-head, is it just your gut that Roddick may have a chance this evening? Clearly, on paper he is the overwhelming underdog. I think people’s predictions for tonight are certainly being informed by the H2H, but recent form is also probably a big factor. When Federer has been at his most confident, he’s generally ripped Roddick to shreds in their matches. Federer has been on a tear the last few months, while Roddick’s ranking has reached a 10-year low (July ’01 was the last time he was ranked lower than 34). If the two of them are competing, I’m not going to rely on the law of averages when placing my bets.

I admire Roddick for his fighting spirit, but I’d be amazed if he brings enough fight to give Federer a hard time this evening. As a Federer fan, let’s hope I don’t eat my words.


Kimberly Says:

I have gone two days to the tournament and my husband one and my son 3 days. Troicki gave Colino6 one of his practice balls which is a atp sony ericsson ball and i hit with it and it felt pretty heavy, however the court appears to be playing faster.So the balls feel heavy but the court speed appears faster than last year. Of course the humidity has a large roll in that. We will see how the weather pans out.


Ajet Says:

If Fed has to lose to anybody out of all the guys in tour, for me, let it be to Roddick!
It’s least sad for me if roddick beats federer.


Ajet Says:

Kimberley:

At least I didn’t pick Isner for semifinals! ;)


Kimberly Says:

Roddick always shows up mentally and fights the valiant fight against federer. The fact is however that Federer is and was always a far superior player. Only a few of their matches have been blowouts. THe generally story is Roddick comes close, but not close enough.


Kimberly Says:

AJet, my son picked him to win the tournament!


Ajet Says:

Wow kimberley, troick gave balls to practise to your son, you’re lucky! :D


Ajet Says:

”Kimberly Says:
AJet, my son picked him to win the tournament!”

Lol, your son is very sentimental about big john, haha! ;)
but he must be unhapy about him losing right now though. :(


Ajet Says:

Kimberley, I think the match-up works very bad for roddick against federer, that’s why the losing streak. otherwsie roddick imo isn’t at least that much worse to have such a bad record. roddick’s tennis is quite decent and he’s way better imo than guys like soderling/berdych etc.


Humble Rafa Says:

THe generally story is Roddick comes close, but not close enough.

You are right. It is not close enough to be called choking though.


contemperory Says:

@the_mind_reels:

How do we demarcate what losses can be attributed to mono and what not to mono? If we accept that losses in 2008 are due to the after-effects of the illness, how do we account for the bad patch in 2009 until May (inc against Nadal in the AO’09)? How about the worse patch from 2010 Feb – Wimbledon?


andrea Says:

not surprised isner lost early. although his game has improved a lot and his serve is still a free points weapon, the rest of his game needs some work. after watching harrison against federer, especially in the second set, i think he has the potential for a more complete, all around game over isner. both are late bloomers, but harrison is still only 19 (i think) so time is on his side. he showed some good composure against fed.

i agree with most people here re: roddick. he’s the original isner – big serve but never had the fully rounded out game to sustain real damaging form against the top players. could go three sets depending on serving, but still pick fed to win.

serena and sam should be a good one!

if tsonga and nadal make it thru, that should be a match to watch. tsonga has had nadal’s number in the past. first real test for nadal by the looks of it.


Kimberly Says:

sharapova playing deplorable, 10 dfs already


Bella Says:

Does anyone know if its true that nadal resigned from the player council because of lack of support?


Kimberly Says:

sharapova wins ugly but sometimes thats what its got to be.


the_mind_reels Says:

@contemperory:

I’m not really a proponent of earmarking particular patches as due to this or due to that — I was merely bringing that up to mention it since many fans here do read a lot into Fed’s 2008 results by framing them in the context of mono. If it makes a Fed fan sleep better at night knowing that the last time he lost to Roddick was when he was in the eye of the mono storm, so be it. For me, the H2H and indicators of recent form are enough to think that he’ll roll Roddick this evening.

Fwiw, I happen to think that a decent chunk of the 2008 season was pretty positive for him after the AO: he played Nadal very tight on clay in both MC and Hamburg (but got clobbered at the French), won Halle, lost an extremely tight 5-setter at Wimbledon to Nadal, played awesome doubles with Wawrinka to win gold in Beijing, and dismantled both Djokovic and Murray at the US Open. Not bad, all things considered, and in some ways, better results than what we saw in much of 2010.

As for the other two periods you mention, I guess my response is that I don’t “account” for them. He just didn’t win in the clutch moments. In early ’09 he lost tight matches to Nadal (AO, and I wouldn’t consider that match to be particularly bad form from Federer), Murray (Doha, Dubai), and Djokovic (Miami and Rome) before beating Nadal in Madrid and then taking the French/Wimbledon double. None of those losses really “surprises” me. Re: 2010, see my comments above.


Humble Rafa Says:

Does anyone know if its true that nadal resigned from the player council because of lack of support?

Yes it is true. No one was supporting my 2 year ranking system. So, I resigned.

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Nadal-quits-ATP-Player-Council-articolo3865.html


Sienna Says:

Bella Says:
Does anyone know if its true that nadal resigned from the player council because of lack of support?

March 26th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I think it is true. Did he announce the retirement earlier. I have missed it. It seems like he is running away for the problems they will have to face. Such a drastic move. He will now look lik the young adolescent who can take aim but no responsebility.
This men should get his priorities in check because I am starting to dislike the way he operates.

SO hopefully he’ll give Fed his second straight sets victory in a row.


Jeanius Says:

My three favourite players at the moment:
1. Roger Federer
2. Grigor Dimitrov
3. Nicolas Almagro

What is evident is that Dimitrov has modelled his entire game on Roger’s. Some might differ but it is true. Almagro in my opinion has all the shots and I would like to think his bh is just as potent as Roger’s. With a bit more variety and fine tuning do I see him going far. Big problem is that he doesn’t believe he belongs right up there. Don’t be surprise if dimitrov wins his first Slam in the next two years. He seriously is a Roger wannabe.


Jeanius Says:

Sienna you have serious dislike in Nadal right. I hope its for his unsportsmanlike behaviour towards Federer and some other players through his gamemanship and bad approach. A real fake


Mark Says:

Sienna & Jeniass. Two nutters on this forum!!!


Jeanius Says:

Mark=Nadal=Hooligan


alison hodge Says:

roddick has always had a problem with fed,and i dont see anything thats likely to change that,however it would be nice to see more of a contest for a chamge,and nice to see a.rod pushing roger,such respect roddick has for roger,that i dont think sometimes its done him any favours,he seems to look intimidated before the match even starts alot of the time.


Eric Says:

There is no “law of averages” in tennis. Victory isn’t random. Playing tennis is not a stochastic process. Roddick loses to Federer because he is just not nearly as good and on top of that, his game matches up terribly with Roger’s. Fed needs an off day for it to even be close (as in tiebreakers). Their matches are always competitive, though, and who knows, Roger might have an off day. (It’s been known to happen.) But that has nothing to do with it being Roddick’s “turn to win” or something by the law of averages.


alison hodge Says:

Eric yeah i completely agree,rogers the much better player,always has been,and his playing style is much easier on the eye,anything can happen on any given day though,tennis can be unpredictable at times,so the best thing to do is wait and see i suppose.


the_mind_reels Says:

Eric Says:

“Their matches are always competitive, though…”

Mostly agree, although the scoreline has not always reflected this. For example, AO ’07, when Roddick was nothing but a punching bag and which the scoreline reflected pretty clearly.


Eric Says:

Well I make a distinction between “close” and “competitive.” Entirely subjective, of course. I consider a match “close” when it seems like the loser could legitimately have won if a few points here and there had gone their way. Roddick-Federer matches are almost never particularly close, at least the ones I’ve seen. But they are often pretty competitive in the sense that the scorelines are usually respectable since Roddick is good at holding serve.

For example, Nadal’s match with Steps was really competitive. Stepanek totally outplayed him for the first five games — facing no break points on his serve (never being behind, in fact) while earning several on Nadal’s. And even after Nadal started playing better and quite aggressively, Stepanek was a threat. But it wasn’t “close” in the sense that I never thought to myself “wow, Steps might take this after all!”


the_mind_reels Says:

@Eric:

Yep, totally hear that. 2 hours ’til game time. I’ll lob in a prediction: 3 and 4 for Federer.


Wog boy Says:

OK, Novak did it in two, a bit patchy game but job is done.
Lets see where Cilic stands now….well just got broken by Delpo. I don’t really think this is going to be big test for Delpo, Delpo in two…. easy.


Eric Says:

Azarenka lost first set 1-6… unexpected.


tfouto Says:

Cibulkova is playing too much… Incredible…


Dave Says:

News alert: Rafael Nadal resigns as ATP players’ body vice-president after lack of movement on changes to ranking system from one year to two years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/9168264/Rafael-Nadal-resigns-as-ATP-players-body-vice-president-after-lack-of-movement-on-changes-to-ranking-system.html

It’s about time Nadal resigned as VP of the ATP Player’s Council. There are 2,000 ATP players, not just the few dozen we see at big tournaments. The 2,000 ATP players need to find a vice president who selflessly seeks to protect the interests of all players… not just the self-interests of himself and a few elite players.


tfouto Says:

Amazing, Azarenka is just being completly outplayed…


Wog boy Says:

I am switching to Azarenka to see that and you are right, just got broken in second set, Wow.


tfouto Says:

Cibulkova is playing soo good!

She would beat Djokovic, Nadal and Federer with their eyes closed.

Well i am kidding, but she’s playing flawessly.

So many winners, so many confidence. So Focus. Every point she pumps and feeds herself with confidence and energy…


Nelson Goodman Says:

Sharapova should be taking notes courtside…


Ajet Says:

Did nadal not get a better issue than this one for resigning??!!!
crazy!

but the good thing is that may be being cornered on this issue will motivate nadal to focus more than ever before on his game, who knows!


Ajet Says:

someone please thrash azarenka, she’s repeatedly thrashed my 2nd girl masha(first girl being venus) so many times already! i would love to see some girls including venus and serena crushing azarenka a few times! kick her out cibu!


Kimmi Says:

cibulkova playing a match of her life. crushing the ball and they are going in. one more game to stop the streak.


tfouto Says:

she choked…


Kimmi Says:

back on serve lol


tfouto Says:

interesting game…


tfouto Says:

tie-break…


Dave Says:

In other news, Djokovic had a nice practice match with his buddy Toricki as I predicted. [However Steve 27's speculation that I am from the island of Pekin is dead wrong. When Wawrinka plays Federer he gives his body to try to beat Roger. And Roger helps his buddy Wawrinka with points -- see this clip of Federer correcting the umpire and denying himself a matchpoint:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHwuz_woPOk ]

After what happened at the Harrison match, Federer normally plays with more focus at his next match. However, since 2007 Australian Open, Federer doesn’t want to whip his buddy Roddick (whose own game has been recently improving) in front of his American fans. Which Federer will show up? Federer with his ‘A Game’ or Federer who will do just enough to win without making Andy look bad in USA? I wish Federer would revert back to the ruthlessness of his 2005-2006 years.

Sienna: check the Top 100 Greatest Of All Time blog for my list… coming soon I hope

Okie-dokie, gotta go. No hard feelings Ajet.


tfouto Says:

what a point to 6-6


Eric Says:

What a comeback…


Kimmi Says:

what a comeback..azarenka cant lose. she will take this one now. i think.


tfouto Says:

yes, azarenka should take the game now…


Eric Says:

yeah wow, I am not watching the match. (got spoiled by the high quality ESPN3 streams… can’t stand the barely-watchable pirated ones anymore!) but I am in awe… who comes back from 1-6, 0-4 to take a match? Azarenka will, I bet.


Eric Says:

At least Wozniacki avoided choking away her match against Wickmayer, at least for now…


Wog boy Says:

It looks like a beautifull day in Miami. Almost as nice as in Sydney:)
If Azarenka wins, and I hope she will, this is going be one of the bigest comebacks I have seen, being 1:6 and 0:4!
Meanwhile Cilic is hanging on.


tfouto Says:

Eric, you should see that…
Great game… 1-1 break back…


Wog boy Says:

Break……DAVAJ AZARENKA


sar Says:

Dave, I would think Troicki Tipsy and Zimonjic will have nice coaching careers in Serbia after they retire. I could see them helping run the djokovic tennis school too or even becoming Davis Cup captains later on.


tfouto Says:

break back… amazing points…


Wog boy Says:

All credit to Cibulkova, breaks back.


tfouto Says:

double fault on break point…


Eric Says:

This is becoming quite the tense match!


tfouto Says:

wow… break-back again…

cibulkova just dont give up…


Kimmi Says:

good for her..one more game. now she can go for it to break.


tfouto Says:

not again… double-fault…

Federer playing…


Eric Says:

another df… Cibulkova would have wrapped this up by now if she were serving better. Looks like Vika will pull off the epic comeback


Ajet Says:

Dave:

No hard feelings here either. things just got out of way a bit with you. I am not at all glad about it.
Though differences at some points may arise between you and me at times, but it’ll be handled politely henceforth from my side. Catch u later.


Eric Says:

Ugh…what a way to lose.


Kimmi Says:

WOW!

OK, to federer now. c’mon


tfouto Says:

i feel bad for cibulkova…

great effort…


jane Says:

is that a big deal, that Rafa resigned; I mean, have other players resigned from that position or similar?


Kimmi Says:

bad game from fed..needs concentration


Wog boy Says:

What a match…,,What a match.
All credits to Cibulkova for her game, she is pocket rocket from Slovakia, just fell short. You wonder why is she not top20 player already.


Eric Says:

wog boy…she is… 16th seed? she’s no. 16…


tfouto Says:

yup… what a match…

Let’s hope Cibulkova can step in now…


Eric Says:

Federer not playing that great…


Kimmi Says:

federer is a little sloppy today i feel.


tfouto Says:

yup… seems rusty…


Eric Says:

Not really rusty, just impatient maybe. He’s overhitting a lot. Maybe Roddick is just playing with a lot of pace?


the_mind_reels Says:

Incredible drop volley from Federer on the full stretch. Perhaps he’s warming up.


tfouto Says:

Roddick is serving well, too. Yes Federer seems to slowly warming up…


skeezerweezer Says:

Roddick brought his world class serve today….uh…oh. TB predictions? Seems that is where we are headed……..BTW…Nice to see these 2 playing at such a “normal” pace. 30 minutes at 5-4…..lovin it!


Kimmi Says:

apparently roddick is giving federer no pace balls, maybe they are distracting his rhythm


Kimmi Says:

roddick slices are working. fed making errors


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed looking very uncomfortable in Roddicks service games ….mmmm


Kimmi Says:

roddick very uncomfortable in federer game as well. who will crack first.


Eric Says:

Roger’s serve ain’t bad tonight, either. Roddick is playing quite well. More consistency than usual, I’d say. But I would still like to see Federer show a bit more patience… no need to try to hit every ball to the baseline if you are going to end every other rally with an overhit shot…


Kimmi Says:

tie break..


Kimmi Says:

ah, horrible horrible FH


Wog boy Says:

Eric, typos… meant top10, my fingers are to big for iPhone.


tfouto Says:

yes, Federer is not patient at all…


Eric Says:

wowwwwwww! This is just a day for crazy tennis results haha. Time to see if Fed can up his game…


tfouto Says:

Too bad, from Federer…

He’s playing really sloppy… unpatient….


racquet Says:

Wow! Roddick takes the 1st set. Who saw that coming? He’s playing rather well.


jane Says:

Right now Fed and Roddick have exactly the same first serve percentage 65%, and Roger has 6 aces and no doubles, to Andy’s 3 aces and one double. But Roddick is winning considerably more points on his second serves (85% to Fed’s 58%) and doing much better than Fed on the second serve return, winning 42% to Fed’s 15%. Fed’s having trouble on the return so far going by numbers. Only half watching match as working too…


tfouto Says:

With whom Roddick loose in Indiana?


El Flaco Says:

I don’t see it as a patience issue. He simply isn’t returning Roddick’s 1st or 2nd serve. The few that do make it in the court are very weak. You can’t beat anyone if you can’t put a few decent 2nd serve returns in play.


Eric Says:

Roger is just playing like he wants to lose now…

Sorry to be so cliched, but he needs to get his head back in the game!


tfouto Says:

El Flaco… Federer lost really easy balls on Tie-break… UE…


Eric Says:

great rally from both of them there.


andrea Says:

hmmm. just caught the breaker. sloppy of fed not to cover that final approach shot. i think he felt that andy, even if he got to it, wouldn’t be able to do anything. andy fired up. but great get from fed for break point!


El Flaco Says:

3 excellent forehand returns and 2 good slice returns(one deep to the backhand and the other was a chip and charge) and surprise surprise he broke.


Kimmi Says:

he breaks but on roddick error..roddick going to the BH too much, he runs out of room.

fed not confident enough to go for his shots so far. hope he can now relax.


El Flaco Says:

It probably helped that it was the last game before a ball change so the balls were coming a little slower off Roddick’s racquet.


Eric Says:

Yes, Federer is up a break and playing more patiently. (Several long rallies, which he won, in that game, instead of losing them on horrible UEs like in the first set.) But I still feel that he should be doing better… I guess though as long as his serve holds up, he should get this set and then hopefully the third, but we’ll see.


the_mind_reels Says:

Federer starting to come over the Roddick serve a bit (and on the backhand), which would suggest he’s feeling a little more confident on the return game. Roddick in a 0-30 hole.


skeezerweezer Says:

Hey kudos to Roddick…when is the last time we all saw him play this good?


andrea Says:

cue the double break.


Kimmi Says:

much better from fed


El Flaco Says:

Fed put every return in play that game and started the rally neutral. He broke.


tfouto Says:

Just hope Federer wins the game fast… i need to sleep…


El Flaco Says:

Roddick’s forehand has looked good, but he was doing damage off some really weak returns by Fed in that 1st set.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger starts to slice his BH more and gets 2 breaks. A minor change in the tactic and works like charm.


El Flaco Says:

I don’t know if it is a good thing to break Roddick so many times in this set. You want to save some of that for the 3rd.


jane Says:

The return stats show the difference: Fed is now at 25% first serve returns, and 37% second serve returns. That’s more like it. I assume he will take the last set rather easily. Quite the turn-around from set one. Andy must feel rather deflated.


Kimmi Says:

El Flaco lol, that is a good one


Eric Says:

Nice way to respond to losing the first set!


andrea Says:

nice…serve first for the third set and add more pressure to roddick


Kimmi Says:

roddick is mad to umpire..what happened? I cant understand why he is mad.


Eric Says:

Haha nice quip from the commentator. “Roddick is giving the chair umpire some grief because he made a few mistakes……and Roger has made like, no mistakes.”


steve-o Says:

He wanted to break the third time so as to start serving first in the final set and be able to pressure Roddick’s serve even more if it gets to 5-4 or 6-5.

The third set will definitely be a lot closer.


Eric Says:

WHAT. You know, I know I’m not especially good at tennis, but I don’t even understand how it’s physically possible to hit that backhand volley shot like Roger just did. The angle and pace, to say nothing of how he somehow managed to target it right to the line… it defies my understanding of how tennis physics works. Unbelievable.


El Flaco Says:

Roddick back in it if he can survice this triple break point.


El Flaco Says:

Fed challenging everything which is a sign of nerves.


andrea Says:

good grief…stop with the challenges already!


Eric Says:

Yeah, he’s definitely a bit frustrated with Roddick’s serving, haha. This is becoming a key game, methinks.


Kimmi Says:

4 bp went begging. c’mon fed!!


racquet Says:

Wow! Two scorching forehands from Roddick.


andrea Says:

might rue the day that you blew those break chances roger…andy huffing and puffing and putting mega juice on everything..since when did he become serena williams with the moaning and groaning


Eric Says:

Worst net approach ever. Fed needs to stop sucking.


El Flaco Says:

Fed has definitely lost patience in this game. 3 ill-advised net approaches in a row.


Kimmi Says:

federer going to net like that..oh lord! he is losing it. c’mon fed wake up.


tfouto Says:

this could be the end for Roger…


racquet Says:

Roddick breaks! I can’t remember seeing him this fired up.


Eric Says:

WOW that was great from Roddick to get the break. But look for Roger to respond…


van orten Says:

wow fed totally gave it away…roddick as dead as one can be…typical


Kimmi Says:

break..oh dear. with that serve, fed is in trouble.


El Flaco Says:

4 forehand winners for Roddick in that game. I’ve seen him go a whole match and not hit that many forehand winners.


van orten Says:

a pity if feds loses this..i mean he plays roddick who is not really in form


steve-o Says:

A mindless game from Federer, Roddick takes his chances, and gets the break.

I knew if Federer didn’t break at 1-0 he would have trouble.


Kimmi Says:

roddick running away with this now..mmm


Eric Says:

holding serve is hardly running away with it…it’s still early in the set


racquet Says:

Apparently Fed complained about Andy’s grunts during the game where he was broken. Odd.


van orten Says:

but this is a typical fed..0:40 + 1 more bp…and he fails to take his chances…then roddick breaks the next game???? come on!!! this is so chlicheeeee


contemperory Says:

@Michael – Looks like our gut feeling is winning :(


Daniel Says:

The power of a good serve. Roddick was 0-40, recover and than pumped up start going for his shots and deep returns helped by Fed choosing some bad approaches, now with a break up.
Fed seems a little in an “I can’t believe I am losing to him after the second set look”. But, things can change in a minute, unless Roddick keeps flawless serve for 3 more games.


tfouto Says:

Federer cant loose that points… easy points


Kimmi Says:

it was not the grunt racquet, he was complaining about a point that wasnt called out or something. at least that is what commentators on my stream said.


the_mind_reels Says:

Neither guy really looks too confident at the moment.


van orten Says:

well fed 2 forehand errors…


Eric Says:

yeah, Roger is back to looking like he wants to lose. This is depressing…


contemperory Says:

Federer getting Isner’s medicine which upset Djokovic..


racquet Says:

@kimmi, a reporter who is courtside tweeted the conversation between Rog and Mohammed.


van orten Says:

and roddick wins this we all know he ll lose the next one…


van orten Says:

every point that is not 1st serve by roddick is on feds racquet


van orten Says:

man gave the break away…he has the upper hand in almost every ralllyyy…he needs to put back some serves in play now…roddick nothing against him..but his games seems pretty limited..fed shouldnt lose tonight


El Flaco Says:

Roddick is very good at serving out matches. He doesn’t feel pressure on his serve. If you get in a rally than he can feel the pressure, but you have to get returns in play.


Daniel Says:

The problem is Roddick doesn’t a shot in the tourney, and Fed actually is a contender for the title. It will be more interest if Fed wins, well not for Roddick fans:)


jane Says:

Funny: the comments range from “Wow Roddick is so wicked” to “Roddick is out of form” lol.

Both players a little testy. Typical from Andy, he usually gives it to the umps. But untypical for Fed, who doesn’t usually complain much.


andrea Says:

fed not believing…his face says it all.


van orten Says:

this will hurt roger…why always vs roger they have to crawl out under the stone ..why..roddick will lose the next match…this is sure he wont make it till semis..


Daniel Says:

Roddick is serving 77% in the third set. It’s hard to return against a guy who serves above 220 kmh and he is fired up. Fed needs to hold and it will all depend if Roddick feels the nerves and if Fed can magically return some first serves, or if Roddick serves some seconds. Fed shouldn’t be in this position.


Daniel Says:

FEd is nervous. Not single first serve in this game so far


Eric Says:

jane, yeah… not sure what match whoever said Andy is out of form is watching


van orten Says:

number 2 ranking on the line


Kimmi Says:

federer easy draw?#$%@?? you never know until they play out the game guys.

too sad to see fed lose like this. it was a fun ride nevertheless.


van orten Says:

every blind man on earth sees fed s been the far better player today…one more chance to break


contemperory Says:

Roddick is pumped up, and not out of form. It is Fed who is out of form. Fed gave away this match, and some good first serves from Roddick..


andrea Says:

oi vey. if roger pulls this out it will be a miracle. credit to roddick for going for broke to get that first break in the third.


racquet Says:

^^no words. lol


y Says:

It seems going for broke is a good strategy against fed. Tsonga, Djokovic, now even Roddick are finding success when they do so.


jane Says:

Match point for Roddick – did not expect this!


Eric Says:

disgusting


van orten Says:

hats off roddick…fed this will hurt you..man u beat urself today…clearly


y Says:

GG roddick! shows what can happen when you cast off your demons and go for broke.


racquet Says:

He did it! All credit to Andy, he turned back the clock and raised his game when it mattered. He needs this win more than Roger. Fed will bounce back.


Kimmi Says:

congrats to roddick. poor fed. he wasnt in it today and roddick serve was not easy to crack. big server are always tricky.


tfouto Says:

oh boy…

Federer confidence is going to sink now…

how the hell did he loose?

3 break points opportunities failed…


Daniel Says:

DISASTER for Fed’s prospects. The guy beat Nadal the tourney before to lose to Roddick…


van orten Says:

number 2 was on the line ..and he screwed it..impossible to lose like that..i mean roddick all pumped up…and a pity..he served like he ll never serve again this tournament…fed very dissapointing performance…really dont give a damns who wins this now…but roddick wont win this…he had his upset the only upset possible vs and autobeating federer…


dari Says:

Andy played great! You can see how much it means to him. So long Roger, get some rest and get ready for clay.
The draw is doable for Andy to get to semis


jane Says:

Awww, nice win for Andy. I think he needed that more than Fed. obviously. That’s really good to see.

van orten, I don’t necessarily agree: it’s possible, of course, that Roddick will lose next round, but this could be the momentum he’s needed. We’ll see. I think he’s got a good chance to get to the semis. He just has to beat la Monf (probably) and then Fish (probably).


jane Says:

Sucks for my bracket though, lol.


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Roddick, he deserves this after such a long time struggling with injuries.

Hope Roger will get some much-needed R&R after that long run of tournaments and come back for clay season.


andrea Says:

0-40 on roddicks serve first game…must convert situation. too bad. whoever is rooting for andy, congrats. fed’s first serve out to lunch in third set. quel drag.


Eric Says:

Yes, Roger a bit better overall. 3/10 breakpoints vs 1/2. Did better on both serve and return. Just not when it counted. Something a bit sad about winning one set 6-1 and losing the match anyway. (The curse of Cibulkova is on this day…)


dari Says:

Yes, it would have been better for Rog to win this match, but why so doomsday, tfouto, daniel, van ?!


van orten Says:

it was this typical off game fed had after failing to convert bp chances the game before..he then attacked badly roddicks forehand and he went for broke on all 3 net rushes


jane Says:

Oops, forgot number 2 was on the line for Fed here, so I guess that loss does hurt. But he’s been on quite a run, so I guess you take the good with the not-so-good.


Wade Says:

Well Done Roddick! Do that 20 more times against old Rog and you’ll be even with the head to head record. Now since you won the match keep it going and win the title! It was only 3rd round after all.


y Says:

I think the doomsday attitude is because Fed really needed to do well in Miami to have a serious shot at #2 at or before Roland Garros. Now he’ll have to do the brunt of catching up to Nadal on Nadal’s favorite surface.


tfouto Says:

dari,

Federer needed to win points…

Now going to clay he should not win many points…

I guess No. 1 is just a dream now…

Federer confidence will sink. How can he regain no.1 if loose games like this against Roddick?

Roddick will loose in SF against Djokovic. Now doubt about that…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Hmmm.. Milos out. Rog out. I guess I’m for DelPo now.


steve-o Says:

One man had full trust in his game plan, the other didn’t. Usually it’s Federer who knows exactly what he wants to do, today it was Roddick.

After such a long run of success, I don’t think it does that much damage to Federer’s progress. Mentally he had to get a little fried after winning so much. Now he can take a break and recover for clay season.

Number 2 and number 1 will come if he wins more majors. It’s more important that he do well during clay season than win Miami, even if it would’ve been nice.


jane Says:

andrea, yeah, love-40: I assumed the match was Fed’s at that point, and went back to marking only to find Andy held. Was quite surprised actually, considering the momentum Fed had going into the third too. But then when Roddick fought that off clearly he seized momentum as he broke right afterwards.


dari Says:

Yes, Y, that’s all true, I just am that happy for roddick I guess, and don’t mind if fed has to do it all the hard way, no. 2, no. 3, whatever.

Keep it going Andy!


Eric Says:

no. 2 wasn’t really on the line… except in the theoretical sense that Rafa losing before the semis and Roger winning the tournament (or whatever the exact details were) would have gotten him there. I doubt he knew or cares. It’s not like winning this match meant he would ascend back to no. 2. What does suck is that he loses almost 300 points now, which does set him back a bit. But since no. 2 was only theoretically in contention anyway, big deal. He can pick up a lot of points going into RG, although I don’t know if he can defend his finalist points there… it’s so hard to have faith in him these days.


tfouto Says:

Did Roger won any tournment at all with Paul Annacone watching on the stands? For what i remember Roger always won with Annacone absent from the stands. Not sure for the wtf, but i guess it wasn’t there…


van orten Says:

i prefer him losing to djoker or nadal in semis after a good fight than to roddick


tfouto Says:

the problem is he played really well in the 2nd set… And he’s was in such a great form.


van orten Says:

we all know next time they play fed will demolish roddick…so i always hate when they play..never know when roddick will come up with crazy stuff…but from a practical ppoint of view..it is almost impossible losing to a.-rod nowadays if ur a top 3 player


El Flaco Says:

tfouto Says:
the problem is he played really well in the 2nd set… And he’s was in such a great form.
——————————————
When Fed was threatening to break Roddick’s serve for a 3rd time in the 2nd set I said it was a potential problem. You don’t want to use up all your good fortune in one set and have Roddick get rid of all his crap in the 2nd which is pretty much what happened. Things were so easy in the 2nd that Fed tightened up in the 3rd and Roddick relaxed and just let it rip.


dari Says:

That was not “nowadays” a rod, though!


john Says:

roddick was in god like form today, i have never seen him play that well against roger ever,roger played great but roddick was just untouchable today,gotta give him credit for his win today
but why on earth these type of players only play extraordinary against roger,just look at tsonga(wimbledon2011),jurgen melzer(monti carlo 2011),richard gasquet(rome 2011) etc
and after their win against roger they went on to lose against some lower ranked players.
wtf


El Flaco Says:

tfouto Says:
Did Roger won any tournment at all with Paul Annacone watching on the stands? For what i remember Roger always won with Annacone absent from the stands. Not sure for the wtf, but i guess it wasn’t there…
———————————————-

I’m pretty sure Annacone was at the WTF London last year, but that might be the only tournament he has won with Annacone watching in the player’s box.


tfouto Says:

Roddick won this game because of his mental transe.

Playing against Federer was a way of getting back, and cast the demons of the past and his no.30. So i guess Roddick was just hyper-motivated against Roger.

But Federer didn’t looked near confident as he looked against Nadal.

I guess that Roddick had the right mindset, and Federer dont. And as steve-o said, Roddick won the tactics game tonight. How weird that is…

Roddick almost won Wimbledon against Federer. After that lost he start loose and sinking… I guess tonight he might cast some ghosts….

Hope Federer plays well on Madrid. Rome is not a good court for him… I am off to bed…


jane Says:

But Fed almost broke to start the third – he had love-40 and at least one advantage after that. What he needed to do was hold next game. Considering how well he was serving, it’s kind of surprising how that slipped away at the start of the third.

But credit to Roddick, as he really hung in there and played well when it mattered.


El Flaco Says:

This happens from time to time John. Melzer and Mayer played the matches of their life and beat Nadal a year or 2 ago. Isner did it to Djokovic last week.


dari Says:

If you wanna talk about “not using up all your good fortune” then we can let this fed loss go and say he got out some Willie’s now before the clay season :)


y Says:

I feel like the reason we see players win extraordinary matches against Fed more often than against players like Nole and Rafa is because Fed is more likely to get rattled out of his comfort zone than they are. In fact, several times when Nole and Rafa have faced opponents playing lights-out tennis, they simply tamp down their games and will themselves to a win. 2011 French Open Isner and 2011 Madrid Bellucci come to mind.


steve-o Says:

There are two key moments, if you like: the first-set tiebreak, which was a fairly vacant performance from Federer. When he lost that I knew it was going to be trouble.

The second was Federer blindly bull-rushing the net after he failed to convert on 40-0, 1-0 and giving Roddick easy forehands. And not satisfied with one blind rush, he did it like three times in a row, just to make sure that Roddick had a big chance to break.

Federer played well, except he made mistakes at the crucial moments and Roddick was there, fully prepared to seize the advantage.

With Federer the margins are thin. More than any other player, he has to make the right moves at the right times. Otherwise he can lose even if he plays well.


dari Says:

This is the first match I have seen Venus play in so long. It’s early going, but she looks great. Moving better than I would expect.


van orten Says:

we all know that fed will survive this loss ..we will survive..but its a shame that he lost because really wanted some djoker vs fed action going this friday…
as for a-rod thats i why i dont want him play roger anymore except for potential semis or finals..you want a rod to do well on tour…but when he plays roger you say ‘ come on roger should win..makes for a more entertaining semi vs rafa or djoker’
so the chance rod will reach semis and give nole a fight are not great but i will try to stay positive..it is the least you can do


jane Says:

“but why on earth these type of players only play extraordinary against roger,”

I think players try to bring their best against all the top guys. Look how Isner played Nole last week; it was outrageous. Dodig got Rafa last year by playing in the zone. Murray was beat by a doing G-Lo at IW.

Players have “nothing to lose” – so to speak, of course – when they play the top guys, so they can sometimes swing more freely. The opposite can happen and they just fade. But if their game is clicking and/or they happen to catch one of the top guys on an “off” night upsets happen, not only to Fed, imo, but to the other “big four” as well.

In Roddick and Fed’s case though, there is so much history, that it’s a loaded match in a way every time, especially for Roddick.


john Says:

@jane
you are absolutely spot on,fed had some great chances,but man those bazooka like forehands were just out of this world
is this the return of the great andy roddick we used to know years ago?? who knows,just look at Andre aggasi for example.


andrea Says:

and just so i can get my mind off of this loss, congrats to serena for blowing out stosur with 20 aces!!! can you believe it?


jane Says:

I see El Flaco already beat me to it at 10:10.


El Flaco Says:

That’s exactly right Steve-O. I made a comment right after Fed did that. He lost his nerve and prematurely rushed the net 3 times in a row to Roddick’s forehand. It was not getting the break in the previous game. He started throwing out challenges in that Roddick serve game in an act of desperation hoping it would help him get the early break. That was the 1st sign of trouble in that 3rd set.


john Says:

And the beautiful streak is broken with a sluggish loss. 3/10 BP conversion. He looked dull just like last year when he played against Rafa. This match so reminds me of that match (Rafa Miami 2011). He never looked fresh. Did not play aggressively. I am still confused. Roger is more aggressive than this even in his dreams. Bet you he had some fatigue today (not meant to be an excuse).

Now he should leave this open quickly and rest well. Since he has time, he should think of playing Monte Carlo for making up for this loss.


dari Says:

I don’t like seeing the huge lineup tomorrow and favorite player missing from it :/
Rod ought to make the most of this!


dari Says:

Why would you put odesnik on a commercial???!!!


Eric Says:

Roger should definitely play MC if he can pick up points there. It would be great to be the second seed in Paris if he can manage that — he might get drawn to play Murray instead of Rafa or Djokovic, which would be a big boon, I suspect. (or maybe not — they’ve never played on clay!)


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed was doing so well against the Big servers as of late…takin em down like dominos. Tonight…he was struggling with return of serve all night, ugh……looked like a burnout lost to me from Fed…the wins and matches caught up with him. Time to rest up for the Clay season, and bring that confidence with you Fedster!

Roddick, congrats!!!! Are there any ARod fans left? Just hoping you take this can of play into the next few matches and don’t go under a rock. Your serving was sublime, and tactics, well done!

Don’t forget Roddick has played well in Miami, bringing down the Beast ( Rafa ) in his banner year( 3 Slams ) right here in Miami ( 2010 ). So it should be of no surprise that Andy can bring it in Miami!!


Eric Says:

Great point! Miami has been a very good tournament for Andy R. Two titles here. Quite, quite surprised if he makes it a third, but if he plays this well for the rest of the week, anything could happen…


El Flaco Says:

Monaco is serving for the mach against Monfils. Roddick matches up very well against Monaco so I like his chances. Monfils would be tougher for him.


El Flaco Says:

Even though Roddick may be a tough match for Monaco I am sure he would rather face him than Federer.


Kimberly Says:

Roddick played in the last set how everyone has wondered why doesn’t play like for years. He hit big. He did it against rafa two years ago here as well. He just doesn’t seem to play every match that way. When he hits big, good things happen.


Wog boy Says:

I am not going to comment about match, you all did it from all angles but I am saying what I said on the other thread few days ago. Federer is overplaying himself and that is catching up with him. He is desperate to get to #1 and beat Sampras’s record and get one more GS. There is no chance he can play MC, he overestimated his abilities to go tournament after tournament without decent winter-spring break that he use to take regulary until this year. As simple as that. He payed price for that today and if he keeps doing that he will be done by FO. Just wait and we will see.
I feel sorry because I wanted to see him and Nole in SF, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Congrats to Rodick, did he look to heaven to dedicate win to his friend who died few months ago?


Kimberly Says:

Monaco will have benefited from great crowd support. There is a huge Argentinian population here and they come out with flags and colors to support their players.


Dave Says:

sar, I’ll bet that Troicki, Tipsy, Zimonjic and Djokovic will be doing much bigger things than just “nice coaching careers” (though coaching may be one of the jobs they’ll be doing).


Dave Says:

My take on the Federer-Roddick match was that Federer played distracted. It’s quite likely that Nadal’s public resignation from the Player’s Council distracted Federer — as president the Players Council he has to deal with council resignations, problems and publicity issues — just before this match and at critical moments during the match. Nadal could have quietly resigned in 10 days’ time after Miami is over. Instead, why did Nadal leak his resignation as Player’s Council VP’ just hours before Federer’s match against Roddick? Federer, as Council President, would have wasted his mental energy trying to convince Nadal to change his mind and to deal with the fallout from Nadal’s public resignation. Federer was voted to the presidency of the players council in June 2008 – how much of a liability has his involvement in the Players Council cost Federer’s tennis?

In any case, Federer was stupid to play that New York exhibition just before Indian Wells and give Roddick confidence to do better.


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly, I noticed that today during Delpo’s match, but I always thought that Cuban population is by far the biggest one in Miami?


Kimberly Says:

Wog boy, the Cuban population is the largest but the south American population is huge as well. During Murray’s match he wasn’t getting any love, they were all rooting for falla. The Argentinas here are beautiful fun loving people and still very patriotic. On Saturday when delpo played in the grand stand which has no assigned seating there was a line a mile long and a mob scenes. Wisely, tomorrow he has the night match as the south American crowd prefer later times and in the stadium there will be no drama about getting a seat. Interesting that he plays the stadium while fish will play the grandstand two days in a row? It’s all about what the fans want and here they want delpo, Monaco, nalbandian! Last year when roddick was playing Pablo cuevas the crowd was going for him.


NachoF Says:

All i can say is I have nothing but hatred for Roddick :s. I had bought airplane tickets and semifinals, finals tickets just to see Roger. Im from Venezuela so a flight to Miami is not cheap at all…. now I wont get to see Fed…. Im thinking i’ll just resell the tickets to get some of my money back…. unbelievable


andrea Says:

oh no….nachof…that’s horrible news. my tactic is trying for the first week at any event…not only do you get to see way more players, but you don’t get these bummer situations. i feel for you…


rave Says:

Congratulations to ROddick. He played lights out today. The desire to win was so strong. Sad for Fed. He will bounce back, like he always does. Mary Carrillo asked Mary Jo Fernandez if ROger stays down after his lossess. She laughed and said, you don’t know how this guy is built.

THis fed fan will never give up, sad, dissapointed but will always be a die hard fan.

I hope ROddick wins this tournament. I am rooting for him. He deserved the win today.


NachoF Says:

@andrea,

yeah. it really sucks spending all that money and not get to see Fed…. my parents are going to the Olympics so now I am determined to find a way to go along with them…. this time I guess I’ll enjoy Miami without the tennis.


rave Says:

NachoF, so sorry for your dissapointment. Life is crazy. You win some and you lose some. ROger also wanted to win so bad. It was not meant to be. I prayed so hard for Roger, I guess Roddick’s prayers were louder than mine. You wonder sometimes when both sides are praying (if you believe in God) who and why does God listen to this person and not that. Hope you get most of your money back.


Eric Says:

Venus is beating Ana pretty easily… 6-7 6-2, up a break in the third… Not sure I expected that, especially since Ana seemed to be playing better in the portions I caught. Cool to see Venus doing so well though.


NachoF Says:

@rave,

I know. Life’s like that I guess… Many people are having such a hard time just living in this world that I guess I just need to realize Im feeling sad for a pointless reason.. Im still gonna get to visit a great city like Miami and maybe see some great tennis in the semifinals(although I will definitely sell the tickets for the final)…. I have had the privilege to watch Federer twice in my life so it’s not something that I will have as regret…
still sucks though.. just gotta suck it up and realize it’s not the end of the world.


Daniel Says:

andrea,

I am with you. Did that in Wimby and US Open and will do it again for RG, first Tuesday and hope Fed and Nadal are in the same half and in this day. 50% chance!


steve-o Says:

Sorry to hear it, NachoF. Hope you can still enjoy Miami.


jane Says:

NachoF, too bad, but I think you will still have fun in Miami, and maybe the tennis will be worth keeping your tickets for anyhow. Yeah, things could be worse indeed! Enjoy yourself. :)


sar Says:

Hi Dave, I said Tipsy Troicki and Zimonjic-I don’t include Djokovic. Nole is destined for something much greater, but what???


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I just felt Roger was physically present, but mentally absent in the match. In second set, he shows what he can do with Roddick’s serve. Roddick served at 70% but won nothing.

It’s more to do with mind than skills today at 3rd set and 1st set. This looked more like tanking the match, but it would be a shame on Roddick to say it that way. He too played great, hitting some wonderful Running FH.


King Federer Says:

It was a combination of Roddick wanting this win bad (2-21 before the match) and fed not wanting it as bad as he would want to win against rafa/djokovic.

Fed will need to keep the good work of the last few months going when the clay season starts and make sure he peaks in time for fo/wimbledon something he has had trouble the last 2 years. he needs to win one of those 2 to give himself a shot at the no.1 around USO.

Keep the Federer Express running, mr. swiss genius!


Ajet Says:

MIGHTY HAPPY!!! :D
As I said, if federer has to lose to anybody of all the guys, for me the loss should come only to roddick! :)

A-Rod’s not only one of my all-time faves, but also one of the most unfortunate guys ever to play tennis who faced his worst match-up in his career in the form of the greatest ever player in tenis history, i.e. roger! If not for federer, roddick would have been a multiple slam winner, coz nobody has really troubled a prime roddick too much except federer. Roddick has always shown that he can beat anybody on his day(except generally federer).
I am most glad to see roddick win, he deserves much beter h2h against fed than he currently has!

BTW, I’m seeing a lot of concern for federer hee, as if he would never regain no.2 just coz of this loss! Buty you know what, if federer is to regan, he’lm regain! And tennis ranking in men’s tennis these days is not gained by waiting for opponents to lose, but by stepping up his own play. Thus, I’d say we can’t wait for nadal to keep losing for federer to pick up no.2, but rather federer has to earn it!
And it’s not too bad for fed either to lose a match after so many consecutive victories! I can’t blame him for losing to a champion player like rodick!


racquet Says:

^^It’s quite likely that Nadal’s public resignation from the Player’s Council distracted Federer ^^

LOL.


Brando Says:

@Dave: LMAO, let’s just cut to the chase here, no more beating around the bush- EVERY loss federer has had in his career is due to nadal in 1 way or another! It just cannot be that roddick played better on the day, could it?


Brando Says:

P.S: this loss will seriously affect federer’s bid to be no.2 by FO. He was defending SF points here, he’ll lose 180 qtr points at MC by not playing. He has SF points a Madrid to defend, the only place he can gain big pre RG is now at the Rome masters event. Either way, this lose is certainly bad news for him.


Steve 27 Says:

I’m happy for Roddick a gentleman on the court, one of the few who applaud the contrary when he makes a good point.

So Fed’s a bit on the tired side ? these 3 setter­ weeks with a day off in between to rest must be getting­ to him, maybe its time for him to invest in a Zimmer­ frame, to help him on and off the courts!


alison hodge Says:

Brando yeah completely agree while its fair to say,what nadal did, could have affected roger,i suppose none of us knows one way or the other,all i can say is beware of the Dave backlash lol,like you say it could be quite possible that fed lost because A.Rod was simply the better player.


jamie Says:

Federer lost because of Nadal’s resignation. No more Fedal rendezvous.

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