Roddick Leads San Jose, Djokovic in Rotterdam; ATP Previews
by Staff | February 7th, 2010, 9:30 pm

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Surface: hard indoor

Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Soderling, Gael “Force” Monfils, Tommy Robredo, Mikhail Youzhny, Ivan Ljubicic, Viktor Troicki
Floaters: Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Marcos Baghdatis, James Blake, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez

Notes: (2) Davydenko opens against F-Lo, who is fresh off his Jo-Burg title on Sunday; other openers of interest are (7) Ljubicic vs. Benneteau, (8) Troicki vs. Tuna Melzer, and Blake vs. Baghdatis; Two Aussie Open “fails” looking for redemption at Rotterdam — Djokovic who lost after struggling with the shits, and Davy-stinko who choked after dominating Federer; only Youzhny (2007) has won the title among the seeds; top seeds Nestor-Zimonjic defend their title in doubles; Llodra, unseeded this year, also won the singles title in 2008.

SAP Open
San Jose, Calif., USA
Surface: hard indoor

Seeds: Andy Roddick, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Tommy “Obviously!” Haas, Tomas Berdych, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Sam Querrey, Jeremy Chardy

Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent, Rajeev Ram, Yen-Hsun Lu

Notes: Wildcards to Americans Ryan Harrison, Devin Britton, German Lars Poerschke (?); Roddick opens against a qualifier then the winner of Gulbis and Leonardo Mayer; other openers of interest are (3) The Worm vs. X-Man, Fish vs. “Iron” Mike Russell, (6) Kohlschreiber vs. Ram, (4) Haas vs. (WC) Britton, and (2) Hot Sauce vs. Lu; the SAP Open is the second-oldest men’s professional tennis tournament in the United States, first held in 1889; the Bryan brothers have never won San Jose in eight appearances; returning champs in the field are Stepanek (2009) and Roddick (2008,’05-04); Monday night exo — Pete Sampras vs. Verdasco — why?

Brasil Open 2010
Costa do Sauipe, Brazil
Surface: clay

Seeds: Juan Carlos “The Mosquito” Ferrero, Al Montanes, Thomaz Bellucci, Igor Andreev, Victor Hanescu, Pablo Cuevas, Horacio Zeballos, Richard “Coke Kiss” Gasquet

Floaters: Nicolas Massu

Notes: Not a lot of floating talent, and Dickie Gasquet buried among the seeds; Ferrero is 0-2 this year; Andreev is 0-2 career in Costa do Sauipe; Bellucci was runner-up to Tommy Robredo last year; Massu (2006) only returning champ in the field; Guga won this event in 2002 and 2004. Yawn.

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32 Comments for Roddick Leads San Jose, Djokovic in Rotterdam; ATP Previews

jane Says:

Go Roddick! Go Novak!

Kimmi Says:

Eventually Soderling wins his first man of 2010, way to go Sod :-)

Kimmi Says:

s/b first match

Long Live The King Says:

Kimmi, quick! we need you in the “whats next for Rafa blog” ;)

Hi Jane – please dont come to that blog jane :D (unless you start your posts with “Hail Federer” ;)

j/k Jane :)

Duro Says:

Long Live, need some money?

jane Says:

Gulbis went out in the first round again at San Jose – sigh, Ernests… Meanwhile, Tipsy was ousted in the first round at Rotterdam. Soderling needed 3 sets but he hit 26 aces in the process. Seems he is always dangerous on indoor hardcourts.

Long Live The King Says:

Duro, sure ;) need to pay my cards. lol

Kimmi Says:

Long live: LOL

just came back home and skimmed thru “What’s next for Rafa” thread…Oh boy, 100 more posts that didn’t see this morning…talk about rafa/fed blogs always brings the worst and best on people! I’m only at 20th post, have my popcorn ready and I have to say, I m enjoying!

Long Live The King Says:


Good! consider your evening gone ;) I will be leaving soon, so I will need you to hold the fort. lol!

We are fighting skorocel and ben – who appear bent on discrediting Roger’s GOAT credentials. Skorocel, I guess got brainwashed by the rafa fanatics during Roger’s 08 slump, we need to hypnotize him with the TMF spell ;) Ben, as you know is trying to be objective and all :D

anyways, get yourself upto speed soon. the battles are RAGING ;)

I am just joking, in case anyone thinks I am serious about ganging up :D

Kimmi Says:

Long Live: The discussion started very well..Rafa injuries, how he will fair up this season, what could be the best for him…then SUDDENLY..Roger/Rafa H2H, GOAT..wrong direction I am afraid.

Go take a break. Sleep, take a walk or something. H2H, GOAT discussions will NEVER end. Never..And..wait a one will win…

Nevertheless, I am enjoying. Its probabbly time to pop some more popcorn!! LOL

Long Live The King Says:


” Never..And..wait a one will win…”

I think tennis-x is the winner. lot of hits ;)


This is for you – Go RODDICK!

Nina Says:


Kimmi Says:

Long Live: I agree, lots of hits..enjoy!

Kimmi Says:

Sampras / verdasco is going right now in San Jose..4-1 up Verdasco

Kimmi Says:

So many threads today, which is good but I have feeling this one will get swallowed up. No one has been talking about the matches today yet, a little quiet.

Jane, did u follow some tennis today?

I see Djoko got a retirement from Stakhovsky..what was it..they say knee injury.

Tough matches for Youzhny and Chiudinelli

Davy opens up with F.Lo tomorrow, I just looked up F.Lo/davy H2H and its surprising to see F.Lo has an advantage 4-1..hmmm! But davy won their last match last year in Barcelona. I bet it could be Lopez slice that is giving Davy a problem. But I think this new davy shouldn’t have too much problems with the slice..afterall he can negate federer’s slice very well now!..Apart from the collapse in the AO ofcourse!

jane Says:

Kimmi, No I couldn’t watch as I was teaching all day. I checked the scores and I see Djoko was up 6-2, 4-1 before Stakhovsky gave up the ghost. So a good start as he got in almost a whole match anyhow. I saw that Youz had quite a battle on his hands. Maybe I can check some San Jose matches tonight.

Oh wow interesting stat re: Davy and F-Lo Kimmi – I had no idea! And F-Lo is coming off his first title in 5 years which might give him a confidence boost (or make him tired??) – that might be a good match.

Kimmi Says:

Oh, there you are jane. So this thread is not lost afterall! There will be a lot of matches to come thruought the week..I hope we can keep it going. i am sure Sar and Duro will be following Rotterdam too. Sar, Duro..did you hear this ?

Yes, I will follow San Jose too. I am also following brasil..Unfortunatly Gasquet pulled out with an injury. He would have made things more intersting but I enjoyed following Belluci last week, so I will see how he does this week.

I like verdasco in San jose!

Polo Says:

Will Verdasco ever win a major? Who else do you think will win a major this year? In spite of Nadal’s health problems, he remains my best bet for the French Open. Wimbledon will likely be Federer’s but I have a feeling something good will happen to Roddick there. The US Open may put Murray to tears again but in a different way. All these are simply my gut feelings. This is how I would like this tennis year to go.

Kimmi Says:

jane, just to be clear, I did not see any live tennis today too..just followed the score once in a while. Rotterdam matches will have to wait till the weekend for me!

“Soderling needed 3 sets but he hit 26 aces in the process.”

Those aces, looks like that shoulder is doing fine.

Kimmi Says:

Polo, anyone without a slam or those players that have waited for a while to get another will be nice to see for me. Roddick, yes..if anyone deserving a slam its him, how many did federer take away from him, 4 is it? Murray is becoming another deserving one. But will not mind at all if Federer bags another, the guy is a genius.

I don’t think verdasco can win one to be honest. Can you believe he has won only 2 titles in his whole career (only one on hard courts, last year)…but he definitely made some major improvement in his game and mentally too.

jane Says:

I have my doubts about Verdasco sauce ever winning a slam too. He’s got the goods but he’s not mentally strong.

Kimmi, yes, Fed took 4 from Roddick in finals (3 wimbys 1 USO), but there were also several semis and quarters losses to Fed when Andy landed on his side of the draw. I mean, really. Roddick could have at least won a few more slams were if not for his bad match up with Fed. So I want to see him get one more.

Fot Says:

I’m greedy…I wouldn’t mind seeing Roger get 3 more this year. (I said I was greedy)!

Polo Says:

To all the Federer fans who are greedy just like Fot who would like him to win three more majors this year, I hope that all your greedy wishes be granted.

Polo Says:

Greediness aside, if Federer loses any of the three remaining majors, I would not mind if Roddick and Murray are the ones who would do it. And Davydenko too. I would be happy for Nadal also if he gets his fifth French Open. In fact, I would be happy for anybody else specially those who has none yet to win one. But of course, I will be happiest if Federer wins them all. Greed is infectious.

jane Says:

Kimmi, looks like Davy had no trouble with F-Lo. Missed the match but just checked the scores. Blake is currently down a set vs. Baggy.

Kimmi Says:

Jane, I saw some of the matches today. This is a new Davydenko for sure. No problem with the slice at all. F-Lo was running everywhere for the balls..OUCH!

Bagdatis played excellent vs Blake, sometimes it looked like he was toying with him. Lobs, wrong-footing passes. It was great performance but abysmal from Blake. I think davy/baggy should be a good match!

Poor Robredo, he is a set down vs mayer already!

Kimmi Says:

And Robredo lost!

contador Says:

so here is where the rest of you are, eh?

only my survival instinct to eat could pry me away from the “other” blog!

i couldn’t watch anything but live scores today. and i lost track of those too, so entranced was i with the fun going down on “what’s next for rafa” blog, turned infinite GOAT debate. lol..

Fot and Polo, you shameless, greedy federites, you! ;-)

i doubted fed would make the semi at AO the way he played Andreev. he is the federer.

here’s my dream: fed v rafa at FO and RF wins-teehee!. much as i want roddick to get a deserved wimbledon trophy, i do feel for the muzza and our british ‘friends.’ and though i doubt rafa can be in-form for the us open, hey he could have the career slam he needs. vamosss

but….davy, nole, delpo, and cilic too, are all slam contenders, right? they got the goods, i think. haas? haas is my personal wishful thinking

and i have my doubts about tsonga, soderling, verdasco ever wining a gs event. i think verdasco’s best career performance in a gs was AO 09 v nadal.

Jane- no wonder i couldnn’t find ernie today. he went out in 1st round, san jose you say, oh heavy *sigh* . and yet, i can’t seem to ‘quit’ him.

Kimmi Says:

Contador, I am glad you found this blog..there is nowhere to post current tennis eh..everything can be swallowed up in the middle of Rafa Roger (though I enjoy them) debates. I love to watch any tennis, ofcourse good tennis is a plus…like what jane said “tennis rocks!”

I read you will be watching some Roddick tonight..I watch some Roddick and some Verdasco yesterday, verdasco match was enjoyable. That young Taipei guy Yen-Hsun Lu looks to have a lot of potential. You know in 2008 he beat both Nalbandian and Murray. I also thought he also gave federer a good run at wimbledon 09 1st round.

contador Says:

i am going to try, kimmi. the schedule says: not before 7pm which is in less than an hour! roddick v mayer, i may have to wait and watch this week-end.

i have been severely slacking and have work to catch-up, like now.

such a tennis junkie here.

and there is the rotterdam benny v soderling match which will be going on at 4:30 a.m. not a chance i can watch that one.

for sure i will be here this weekend to catch a davy v djoko? i hope?

Kimmi Says:

Yeah davy v Djoko is what I am hoping too..should be a good match

Growltiger Says:

Looks like the Davy V Djoko ain’t happening. Both lost. Didn’t see the Davy match but Soderling is somebody to watch. He can have a hot tournament and do some damage (just ask Nadal). Djoko’s coach should fine him $100,000 (to be given to the Haitian relief fund) every time he tries one of those stupid drop shots that always get him into trouble. How many did he try against Youziny? How many worked? Zilch!

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