Roddick, Ferrer, Petrova, Paszek Win Weekend Grass Titles Entering Wimbledon
by Staff | June 23rd, 2012, 7:33 pm
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Roddick Quick Turn-around for ATP Eastbourne Grass Title
 
Andy Roddick’s normally-impressive grasscourt game looked adrift last week after an opening-match loss at Queen’s Club. One wildcard and one title later at Eastbourne, it looks like the American is back on track.


On Saturday at the AEGON International in Great Britain, Roddick defeated defending champion Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 for his first title of the year.

“I don’t remember the last time I got broken twice and won 3 and 2,” Roddick said. “I felt real good. My returns this week were close to as well as I have. I was able to close well. I started off not serving great and then made an adjustment…I went from a six-match losing streak to all of a sudden winning a tournament. It is a 180-degree turnaround.”

Roddick was helped during the week by two mid-match retirements, from fellow American Sam Querrey in the first round and Belgian Steve Darcis in the semifinals. It was Roddick’s 31st career title, and he ties Roger Federer’s record of at least one title during the last 12 years.

It was Roddick’s fifth title on grass, and through the first six months of the season he is the only American male to win a singles title.

“The thing that makes sports great is there is no script,” said Roddick, who entering the tournament had lost his last six matches since beating Federer in Miami. “You can draw it up, and it rarely works out the way this week has. I think, as I’ve gotten older, I guess I’ve learned to appreciate this a little bit more.”

Ferrer Wins ATP ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grasscourt Crown

Spaniard David Ferrer followed-up his 2008 ‘s-Hertogenbosch title with another on Saturday, beating German qualifier Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-4 at the UNICEF Open.

“This is special for me because grass is maybe my worst surface,” Ferrer said. “On a claycourt or hardcourt, my game is more adapted…The key was with my serve. I served very good all the match.”

Ferrer improved to 15-15 in career finals, winning his fourth title this year after Auckland (d. Olivier Rochus), Buenos Aires (d. Nicolas Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Fernando Verdasco). Petzschner fell to 1-2 in career finals.

“If I want to beat him, I have to play at my highest level,” Petzschner said. “But I’m happy with the week. I played really good tennis.”

1st Career Grass Title for Petrova in Netherlands

Russian veteran Nadia Petrova captured her career-first grasscourt title on Saturday at the Unicef Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, defeating Polish qualifier Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-3 for her 11th career title.

“I must say I’m happy to win today in straight sets,” Petrova said. “The beginning of the match was a little bit rusty — I lost my serve, even though I was 40-0 up. That put me in a little bit of an uncomfortable situation. But I really controlled my emotions well and broke back to get into the match.”

Radwanska, the sister of No. 3-ranked Aggie Radwanska, was gifted a spot in the final when former No. 1 Kim Clijsters defaulted their semifinals due to an abdominal issue, choosing to play it safe for the beginning of Wimbledon next week.

Petrova improved to 11-11 in career finals, and Radwanska was appearing in her career first. Petrova’s previous best result on grass was a runner-up effort at Eastbourne in 2008.

Petrova almost made it a double Dutch, losing in the doubles final with Russian partner Maria Kirilenko to top seeds and French Open champs Sara Errani and Roberta Vinco of Italy 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.

Paszek Saves 5 Match Points to Win WTA Eastbourne

Unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek completed her Cinderella week at the AEGON International when she saved five match points on Saturday in the final, defeating No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 for the title at Eastbourne.

“I was dead tired in the third set,” said Paszek after capturing her third career title and first on grass. “I could hardly move. I just gave all I had left, and it was just enough. The feelings, I cannot describe them. I was sitting on the couch at home a week ago, drive from Birmingham, played a horrible match there, no confidence. I was like, ‘Just try to get at least one win under your belt before Wimbledon.’”

Paszek trailed 3-5 in the third set when she saved the five match points. The Austrian improved to 3-1 in career finals.

“Tamira was playing very well in the important moments, and also when I had the match points, so I couldn’t do anything,” said Kerber, who fell to 2-2 in career finals. “Well done to her. It’s okay, though. It was a great practice week. I had a lot of great matches, so now I’m ready for Wimbledon. Okay I lost today, but still I was in the final. And it was a good match. I did everything I could today, she was just better.”

Paszek entered the event with just two WTA-level victories all year and 11 first-round losses. Kerber after the final leads all WTA players with 40 wins in 2012.


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61 Comments for Roddick, Ferrer, Petrova, Paszek Win Weekend Grass Titles Entering Wimbledon

jane Says:

For bracketeers (I’ve been avoiding the bracket – when’s the deadline?), here are some pundit’s picks

si.com picks:
Wertheim: Federer and Sharapova
Price: Nole and Sharapova
Jenkins: Federer and Azarenka
Nguyen: Federer and Sharapova
Graham: Nole and Clijsters

tennis.com picks:
Bodo: Rafa and Sharapova
Mcgrogan: Rafa and Sharapova
Pagliaro: Nole and Serena
Tignor: Rafa and Serena

In articles I’ve read:

John Lloyd picks Nole
Becker sort of picks Nole but also Fed (he’s vague methinks)
Johnny Mac picks Fed


Kimmi Says:

i didn’t think roddick would win a title so soon. this is good news just before wimbledon and olympics. And didn’t know ferrer had a grass title already, he is not just a clay guy after all. He has titles in all surfaces now. Congrats to all winners.

Hope clijsters can recover before her first round match.


Kimmi Says:

lots pick fed, I wonder why jane. he hasn’t won a slam since 2 years ago. we will see.


Kimmi Says:

haven’t done my bracket either. I will try to get it in before deadline. Normally the deadline is just before the first ball is hit. So I reckon 11am British time?


jane Says:

Thanks Kimmi, that gives me time. I think I’ll make two brackets this time, maybe ever three! Probably lots of folks are picking Fed because of his grass pedigree. His draw is good too. He should be rested if he faces Nole. We’ll see soon enough. :)


mat4 Says:

Hi, jane. Long time no write.


jane Says:

Hello yourself mat4. So are you excited to watch Wimbledon? Any predictions?


jane Says:

New Player council elected: interesting to see Stakhovsky on there after his comments eariler this year!

1-50 Singles: Kevin Anderson, Roger Federer, Jarkko Nieminen, Gilles Simon
51-100 Singles: Robin Haase, Sergiy Stakhovsky
1-100 Doubles: Mahesh Bhupathi, Eric Butorac
At-Large: James Cerretani, Andre Sa
Alumni: Brian Gottfried
Coach: Claudio Pistolesi (also served 2010-12)


mat4 Says:

I don’t think I will have time to watch WB. Too much work for the summer.

The only prediction I could make is that Federer and Nole will be in the same half.


mat4 Says:

And they are…


Kimberly Says:

Time flies! Don’t forget to choose brackets!


mat4 Says:

I forgot to watch France-Spain this evening. Lucky me. My team lost.


jane Says:

Well, it’s good that you’re busy mat4, but too bad you’ll miss WB. I will be away for most of the second week, so I’ll probably be able to check scores only intermittently.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly or anyone else – do you have a link for wimbledon bracket, I can’t seem to get through. can you please post bot ATP and WTA when you get a chance. Thanks.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Sorry to tell you, but France was really bad, and they still have some internal problems. Spain did it without sweating.
I hope Portugal and Ronaldo can give them run for the money, and win:)
Please, don’t make any prediction, you did it for FO;(

BTW, do I owe you ( and Polo) bottle of grog, what is your verdict about French cheering Nole and Rafa?


mat4 Says:

I am always busy, unfortunately, but I usually manage to find some time for tennis.

Here are my picks for the semi:

Djokovic-Federer
Del Potro-Tsonga

I pick, of course, Novak to win the title. Against Tsonga, perhaps?


mat4 Says:

WB:

Don’t even mention the FO. This wound isn’t healed yet.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Same here, even I took jane’s advice and try to kill the pain with brandy, it worked in the evening but when I wake up in the morning the FO pain is still there;(
We will get over it …………. one day:)


Kimmi Says:

thanks jane.


mat4 Says:

I joined the bracket challenge. Someone has got to be the worst.


Anthony Edwards Says:

Great to see Roger in the player council again. This fellow sure is a leader. The passion he has for the game and his respect for it’s traditions is unmatched and you have to admire his professional approach to tennis administration.

Good on you fed. You sure have a lot of arrows in your quiver. Your abilities off-the-court are as diverse and unique as your game.


jane Says:

mat4, good – glad you joined. You mean the WTA one right? ;)


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Don’t feel bad, I am fighting with sweetpatrick for a wooden spoon on the other (masters) bracket.


mat4 Says:

jane:

What’s the WTA?


Steve 27 Says:

12 years in a row winning at least one title per year! Congratulation, Mr Roddick. He has no chances in Wimbledon but in the Olympics he could be very dangerous for everyone.


Margot Says:

Kimberly: Andy is a Miami Heat fan….do you and Colin like him a teeny weeny bit now…..;)


Lisa Says:

I found this two(2) points very intresting….But correct me if Im wrong….

1) Federer has Never played against Novak in Wimbledon….ever!

2) Federer has never played against Nadal in US OPEN….ever!


mat4 Says:

@Lisa:

You’re right. Strange, isn’t it?


Brando Says:

@Lisa:

there’s nothing to it.

1- federer has never played djokovic at wimbledon- reason: they could NEVER meet at wimby in any manner prior to the SF, novak was not good enough to meet federer at that stage, except 2007 when he meet rafa and retired, until 2010 and 2011 when fed went out in QF- NOTHING STRANGE THERE.

2- federer has never played nadal at USO- reason: until last year rafa and fed could only be seeded to meet in the finals. Rafa was never good enough to reach finals until 2010.

so long story short, it’s been a case of someone not being good enough to meet the other.

nothing suspicious.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Nobody wrote that there was something suspicious in it. Are you suspicious?


Brando Says:

@mat4:

Not at all. It raised your curiosity though didn’t it? Mentioning the word suspicious, lol!

Like i said, they didn’t meet since usually the other wasn’t good enough at the time. Especially with rafa- at the time he could only meet fed at USO final, and he wasn’t good enough for that at the time.


Kimberly Says:

Submit your bracket here:
http://www.tourneytopia.com/RacquetBracketWimbledonATP/tennisxfans1/default.aspx.

The deadline to enter is 6/25/2012 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

LESS THAN 24 Hours left to enter the hottest contest in town!

Margot—i knew he supported the heat, actually saw him sitting on the floor seats at a game. He is slowly growing on me and actually colin encouraged “grandmajoan” my mother, to pick him to win the tournament, which she did. And he signed Colin tennis ball so he is slowly growing on us. Nite Owl has not registered. If you can check with her if she intends to? Otherwise I will be spending all tomorrow adding brackets.


Kimberly Says:

Brando-in fact, IMO opionion their matches on clay courts will become few and far between. This is no dig at fed fans but at this point in his career I think Federer has little interest in the clay court season and Nadal is determined to rack up points. Maybe they will meet in Madrid but at this point I think their clay meetings, once 4 times a year will become less frequent from here on out. Perhaps the head to head will start to reflect it too as Nadal’s improvement on faster surfaces will likely place him in Federer’s path on surfaces less favorable to him more often.


Brando Says:

@Kimberly:

i completely agree. i also see rafa facing fed more often on grass, HC. Fed’s still going strong on those surfaces, rafa has improved alot- so it should be a good contest if it happens.

PS: i have joined the bracket, but as of yet see no one else in the tennis-x group: is it that after the deadline we can see one another and comment then?

Hope i have registered correctly!


Kimberly Says:

Brando-yes just checked, you have. Only me as the adminstrator can see registered users, and registered users with brackets although I cannot see what the bracket it. You will be able to see the standings and other users with brackets when the submission window opens tomorrow.


Brando Says:

Thanks Kimberly- im sure you won’t disagree with my choice of the winner :-)


Margot Says:

kimberly, I rather suspect naughty little Colin’s motives….;)
Glad Andy is growing on you, no cutting him off now.
Have “messaged” niteowl so hope she does a pick.
Cheers for organising it again. The world and his wife seems to be going with Fed, may have to do a second bracket, eek!


jane Says:

Here are the ESPN picks:

2 of 11 pick Nole
5 of 11 pick Rafa
4 of 11 pick Fed

All pick Serena or Sharapova except one, who picks Kvitova

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/picks/_/tournament/11


madmax Says:

Brando Says:
@Kimberly:

i completely agree. i also see rafa facing fed more often on grass, HC. Fed’s still going strong on those surfaces, rafa has improved alot- so it should be a good contest if it happens.

PS: i have joined the bracket, but as of yet see no one else in the tennis-x group: is it that after the deadline we can see one another and comment then?

Hope i have registered correctly!

June 24th, 2012 at 11:11 am

Brando! Just joined today!


Fleischer Says:

Brando Says:
“i also see rafa facing fed more often on grass, HC.”

I dont see that way…Rafa has made 8 out of the last 9 GS finals….but Federer got knocked out early in all those non clay slams (except one) before meeting Rafa.
Federer IS just not good enough to get to Rafa on grass and HC and clay….let alone beating him.


Dave Says:

Kimberly, I have discovered the dark horse of Wimbledon. Federer, Djokovic and Nadalbetter start sweating. He has a perfect record on all surfaces.

His name is Adrian Menendez-MacEiras. With a name like Mac’s, you feel he has pedigree on grass.


Kimberly Says:

Dave—did you join the bracket! I am excited to see your picks.


Wog boy Says:

Brando,

What is going on, not another penalty shootout ?


alison Says:

Wogboy,Brando the usual story England are cursed when it comes to penalty shootouts,say no more,no comment.


Wog boy Says:

Sorry Brando, penalty shootout is lottery;(


Wog boy Says:

Alison, sorry I thought it was time for England to get lucky, but was’n meant to be;(


alison Says:

Wogboy thanks but its like you say penalties are a lottery,TBH Ashley Cole did not look confident the minute he stepped up to take that penalty,somehow i just had that feeling then that he was going to miss (sigh).


Humble Rafa Says:

His name is Adrian Menendez-MacEiras. With a name like Mac’s, you feel he has pedigree on grass.

Huh?


Wog boy Says:

Alison,

Very same feeling I had when I saw Nole stepping on the court second day, somehow I new Rafa is going to break back stright away;( though I was hopping I was wrong..but I wasn’t, I know Nole too well;( so my GP does. She thinks that Nole is more danger for my health than brandy:)


Brando Says:

@wog boy, Alison: thanks- but again England go out on penalties:-( the ONLY consolation is that the better team won. Qtr finals was about as far as this team could go.


alison Says:

Wogboy im a Rafa fan,but been a Brit i root for Murray too,anyway as a Rafa fan i know it must hurt,but if its any consolation to you,thats the most nervous ive ever felt watching Rafa in a FO final,and i really thought Nole was going to win,my late father used to say to me that footballs more enjoyable if you dont give a fig who wins,same for tennis i suppose,having said that i suppose that would take the edge off it some what,tennis and football are deffinetly not for the faint hearted,but then again thats the whole point,the extacy of triumph or the agony of defeat.


jamie Says:

Spain will beat Italy in the Euro2012 final.


Wog boy Says:

Portugal will beat Germany in Euro2012 final.


Jatt Says:

Jamie,

What does your psychic predict about Wimbledon? Who is going to win ?


jamie Says:

@Jatt

She will tell me tomorrow.


Dave Says:

Kimberly, yes, look for ThatDave. Already in a hole with Nalby’s loss.


Philippe Says:

@Jamie: I really hope she will change her first prediction and predict Federer as winner


Tennis fan Says:

To Philippe

I do hope that she will say Federer will be the winner of Wimbledon. I will be upset if she doesn’t say Federer. I can’t bear to see Nadal with another title and Djokovic as well.


Tennis Fan Says:

@Jamie

Has your psychic friend said anything yet who is going to win Wimbledon? We are all waiting for what she said.

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