Roddick Bests Isner To Reach Atlanta Final; Tipsarevic, Haas Seek Sunday Titles
by Staff | July 22nd, 2012, 1:28 am
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Andy Roddick is back into his second final is as many months. After a poor start to 2012 Roddick will seek his second ATP title in three events Sunday when he meets Gilles Mullar in the Atlanta final.

Earlier Saturday, the Eastbourne champ Roddick beat the rains and beat American No. 1 John Isner 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 in the semifinals.

“Winning is contagious,” Roddick said of his recent rebound. “And sometimes so is losing. It’s been a nice tournament for me so far. I’m excited. I went through a real bad stretch there and now I have a chance to win my second tournament in three tournaments.”

The top-seeded Isner outaced Roddick 26-7, but Roddick’s two breaks of Isner proved the difference. Roddick improves to 4-2 against his countryman.

In Sunday’s final, Roddick will face Gilles Muller. The World No. 63 Muller reached his first tour final since 2005 after beating No. 8 seed Go Soeda 6-4, 6-3. Roddick bids for his 32nd career title, Muller his first.

“That was seven years ago,” Roddick said about losing to Muller at the US Open. “I’m going to have to put a lot of returns in play against him. He will probably try and come to the net more often than John (Isner). And his serve will be coming from a different angle.”

In Hamburg, Tommy Haas continued his dominance in Germany. The 34-year-old veteran ousted an in-form Marin Cilic to reach the finals and set up a clash with Juan Monaco. Haas, who won Halle in June, has won 10 of his last 12 matches.

“Tommy is an old player but very experienced and he will be the hero of the crowd,” said Monaco after beating Nicolas Almagro. “So, it’s going to be a difficult match.”

The Argentine has won three of four meetings against Haas. This will be their first clash on the clay.

Janko Tipsarevic will try to keep his hot streak going Sunday against Tomaz Bellucci in the Gstaad final. Tipsarevic just won his maiden clay title last week in Stuttgart, the third overall of his career.


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13 Comments for Roddick Bests Isner To Reach Atlanta Final; Tipsarevic, Haas Seek Sunday Titles

Kimmi Says:

That picture does not look like roddick to me :) great win over isner.

Congratulations to belluci, better player today. he should win more titles especially on clay imo. his game is big but not enough mentally. He showed he is capable in gstaad this week though. Good for him.


Kimmi Says:

I was hoping Haas will win but congrats to pico. first 500 win i think. apparently he will be in the top 10 come monday.


jane Says:

I actually thought Haas and Tipsy would win, but there you go. Monaco got one, after losing the final last week, and Bellucci wins a title. Congrats to them. Still sticking with Roddick for the win in Atlanta.


jane Says:

Well Roddick won, but it wasn’t as straight-forward as I thought – was kind of shocked when he lost the first set 1-6, and then the second went to a tiebreak. If Muller could have pulled that out he’d be the one with the trophy… Anyhow congrats to Roddick.


dari Says:

congratulations to andy roddick. very tough year for him, but he manages to gobble up the tiny tournaments when the opportunity arises!

meanwhile domi and Kimberly’s fave bartoli are hitting hard, and loudly celebrating every point!


Kimmi Says:

cibulkova wins!!

especially cibulkova dari, such a small body but so much power. surprising it is only her second title. needs to win more.


sar Says:

Rafa out of Toronto and maybe cincy?How many points is he defending?


jane Says:

sar, I know he’s out of the Olympics, but didn’t know about the other two masters. He’s not defending much anyhow. He lost early last year at one of them to Dodig, and then I forget in the other one. But he didn’t go that deep. Too bad. Hope he is well soon.


sar Says:

He’s already got the gold so that’s good for him and he won’t lose too much at the other two events. I read someplace that Toni said the earliest he would come back is Cincy. But if he’s injured, why bother.


Brando Says:

@Sar:

i agree with you. as a rafa fan i would much rather he return at USO, fully fit only, and get back into the game from there.

- Olympics: He’s got a gold medal already. nothing to prove there.
- Canada: 2 times winner. LESS than 50 points to defend. nothing to prove there.

- This year end rank: FORGET IT- he could conceivably, fitness permitting of course, take No.1 next year based on how much he could potentially gain (Wimby, Canada etc).

So there is NO POINT for rafa to rush back for ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING!

he should just return at USO:

- That would give him maximum time to r and r.

- Practise.

- The 5 set format would aid him.

IF he were to get to week 2, then he would be fresh enough to make a run for the title!


skeezer Says:

2 edged sword. Rafa needs rest but to compete at a Slam, he needs match play prior. Fans that follow him closely know this.


Brando Says:

@Skeezer:

valid points.

I think health has to, and is being, prioritized first and foremost- so based on that, depending how long it takes, maybe skipping cincy would be a wise move.

Re USO challenge: It is a great long shot, but IF he somehow gets to the 2nd week (good draw is a key here), then 4 matches in to qtrs, past experience, plus full fitness should- in theory- make a challenge possibility.

right now though, it’s way too early to even think of this. very premature to even actually discuss.

Only thing i would say regarding rafa right now is that IMO it’s best he return at USO as opposed to cincy.

ultimately, all depends on how he recovers. wish him all the best.


Mark Says:

Rafa is defending 10 pts in Toronto and 180 in Cincy. No big deal, he can afford to miss both. R @ R more important! Vamos Rafa, get well soon. We are missing you!!

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