Roddick Answers Querrey, Reaches 500; Federer Joins Nadal in Canada
by Sean Randall | August 7th, 2009, 10:00 am

Congrats to Andy Roddick for earning his 500th career match win last night defeating the red-hot Sam Querrey 7-6(4), 6-4 in the 3rd RD at Washington D.C. ADHEREL

Roddick joins Roger Federer, Carlos Moya and Llyeton Hewitt among those active to players to reach 500. He is also the 36th overall to do it and if he keeps up the pace he’ll hit 600 by the end of 2011!

For Querrey, it was a bit of a reality check after having reached his last three finals. But let’s be honest the fields in Newport, Indianapolis and L.A. are no where near the quality that Washington offers this week. And Sam got a taste of that upper level against Roddick.

With Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro (who beat Hewitt in a third set tiebreak), Robin Soderling and Tommy Haas winning the line-up looks promising for the weekend.

Today, Roddick gets the dangerous Ivo Karlovic (think two tiebreaks? Yeah!), DelPo faces Soderling, Haas and Fernando Gonzalez battle in the noon opener and in the nightcap John Isner will meet Tomas Berdych.

In Canada, Rafael Nadal touched down in Montreal Thursday morning. The Spaniard went through a 2-hour hit, and then said that he is “very happy to be back training and playing at a competitive level.”

Prior to his flight, Rafa had this to say at the airport in Mallorca: “I will do the best I can to get a good result. When you play, you always try to give a 100% … I’m prepared to lose as well.”

What of Roger Federer, is he prepared? Is he playing Montreal? Well, yes to the second question, Federer is playing Canada. The new father – see pictures of the twins on his facebook page! – has confirmed his participation for the Canadian Masters.

And in LA, WTA No. 1 Dinara Safina was upset by Zheng Zie last night. So looks like Serena will get a crack at the No. 1 ranking next week in Cincinnati! The quarterfinals today look like Zie v. Stosur, Cristea v. A. Radwanska, U. Radwanska v. Maria Sharapova and Pennetta v. Zvonareva. I should also mention what an excellent and encouraging win by Maria the other night beating Victoria Azarenka.

With the US Open just a few weeks away now, things are heating up!

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19 Comments for Roddick Answers Querrey, Reaches 500; Federer Joins Nadal in Canada

Fed is GOAT Says:

I don’t think either Federer or Nadal will win Montreal. Federer has got to be short on practice, and Nadal has to be a bit out of touch, compared to some red hot hard court players who have been playing in the meantime.

By Cinci it will get more interesting.

I am picking Roddick to win Montreal…..

furqi Says:

Well, I also feel like, that Cinci will be more interesting. However, if Nadal gets out early and Andy Murray reaches the final, then he could be new World No 2.

In that case, Nadal and Federer will play from same pool in Cinci and potentially can meet in Semis, not in Final. Lets see!

jane Says:

If Murray reasched #2 that definitely changes the landscape for the final slam of the year and even for Cinci. So yeah, a lot hangs in the balance in terms of rankings.

Veno Says:

Fed is Goat….

I doubt it, I’ll pick Fed to win Rogers Cup…
He has trained a week with Koubek(from July 27th on) and it was guuuuuuuuud.

He’s on a 19 match win streak and he’ll want to add another Canada Masters Title…

Gonna be a great tourney!!!!!

Dan Martin Says:

The final 8 in DC is really solid. It was nice to see Ram, Ginepri and Querrey win the first 3 North American stops after Wimbledon, but DC is really strong this season and likely to stay that way with this slot on the schedule. Roddick or Isner can win DC and keep the all U.S. summer going.

Veno Says:

That would be fine by me Dan, just hope the Americans can deliver when it really matters….namely at the USO….Sure would be good if they click at the coolest slam of the year

JoshDragon Says:

I think Federer is the favorite for Montreal. He’s been playing better tennis recently and Andy Murray is probably the most likely person to upset him. Still, I think Roger will win Montreal, fairly easily.

I’m especially interested to see how Nadal does in Montreal.

Fed is GOAT Says:

To inject something a bit new in the debate:

Its often mentioned that Laver would have won God lone knows how many slams had he been allowed to play between 1963-67.

that is SO incomplete a statement.

THe most forgotten person in all this is Ken Rosewall. He won 8 slams, but he couldn’t play between 1956-67. Imagine how many HE would have won.

If we exclude the slams both Rosewall and Laver won as amateurs, they have 4 and 5 respectively, instead of 8 and 11.

Then, if you count the number of Pro slams that they won, while being a Pro – and it was very clear in those days that the best players played on the Pro circuit – Rosewall won 15, Laver won 8.

So the total would come to Rosewall 19, Laver 13.

Remember, Laver did not become the top ranked player till Late 1964, early 1965. In fact, Laver was not even a top 10 player in 1960 and 1961 (when he won a few amateur slams) – Rosewall was the undisputed no 1 from 1960-63. laver was soundly beaten in his pro debut in 1963. Rosewall went 11-2 on Laver in 1963 on grass. Only in 1964 did Laver turn it around. So the 1962 slam of Laver is quite suspect.

So by the best available stats, Rosewall should be credited with 19 majors, and Laver with 13.

The guy who made out BIG TIME in all this was Roy Emerson. He probably wouldn’t have won much, but is credited with 12 slams, since he never turned pro. But he used to lose to Rosewall and LAver routinely.

So in all this GOAT debate, I am surprised people talk so much about Laver, and NOT AT ALL about Rosewall.

Perhaps Rosewall is the GOAT, as of now (yes, maybe I need to change my name!). Federer needs a few more to overtake Rosewall. But he does seem to have overtaken Laver.

Holly Says:

I can’t believe they brought the babies. They just got out of the hospital 3 days ago! This is simply foolish.
I get Fed wanting to play…leave the babies at home…for now anyway!

I can’t wait to see what kind of shape Nadal is in.

Dan Martin Says:


I am not typically jingoistic in my tennis cheering, but I do like to see these hard court specialists doing well.

Veno Says:

Wow Dan, isn’t jingoistic a tad strong?(just kidding :-D)

Despite being Dutch, I really like the Americans to do well in tennis, it will increase media coverage and attention which is greatly needed!!!!! Go USA!!!!!!

Kimmi Says:

By the way, DRAW for MONTREAL came out and its WOW !

Veno Says:

Already posted the first comment on the new thread Kimmi…I concur…it is amazing!!!

Veno Says:

Sam gets 1 break back…looks like a good match

Kimmi Says:

Did not realise there is a new thread..thanks Veno.

Kimmi Says:

sam, nowhere near the level when she beat serena. sometimes she makes me feel…aaaaarrrg.

anyway, she seem to be coming back slowly but surely. go sam.

Veno Says:

replied to you on the new thread Kimmi…..

Dan Martin Says:

Veno you know me – the writer on tennis-x prone to verbal excess

Veno Says:

Lol Dan….we need say no more :-D

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