Roddick, 2 Other Seeds Exit at French Open; Bryans Lose
by Staff | May 29th, 2010, 7:08 pm

Andy Roddick, David Ferrer and Ivan Ljubicic were upset victims amidst wet, overcast and heavy conditions on Saturday at the French Open.
Roddick was a temperamental mess is the heavy conditions against Russian qualifier Temiuraz Gabashvili, ranked outside the Top 100. The No. 9-seeded Ferrer was shocked in straight sets by No. 22 seed Jurgen Melzer, while the No. 14-seeded Ljubicic likewise lost in straights to No. 24 seed Thomasz Bellucci.

“I fought through a couple of matches that were a little dicey,” Roddick said of his effort in the tournament, coming in with little preparation due to illness. “Today I got outplayed from the first ball. It was a tough match-up for me in these conditions. He has pretty big swings and gets good length on the ball. I’m a little shorter and wasn’t able to penetrate the court quite as well. He was getting in control of the rallies most of the day.”

Roddick’s departure left Robby Ginepri, who last month was struggling on the challenger circuit, the last American standing after he outlasted former French Open champ Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-4 in the fifth set.

“I was prepared to endure the pain and stay out there all day to do what I needed to win the match,” Ginepri said. “We had rallies of 20, 30 strokes early on, but he still came back at me and got an early break in the fifth. It wasn’t great conditions out there today. It rained a bit and got heavy but I fought hard throughout the whole match, so I am just happy to be in the fourth round.”

No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal led the seeded players with a straight-set dismissal of former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. Other seeded winners were (3) Novak Djokovic over (31) Victor Hanescu in four, (7) Fernando Verdasco outlasting (30) Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 in the fifth, (11) Mikhail Youzhny coming from a set down to defeat Viktor Troicki in four, and (19) Nicolas Almagro seeing off Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. in straights.

“When I walked on the court, I looked at the sky, and I kept looking at the sky because I really wanted to wrap up this match. I did not want to continue playing this particular match tomorrow,” Nadal said. “I really want to have tomorrow off to take a break, and also to work. In the first set I believe I played well, then I believe I had a bit of a dip. The second wasn’t so good, but the third one, until 6-3, I played well, really well.”

The top-seeded Bryan brothers were also losers on Saturday, falling 6-3, 7-6(6) to the Brazilian squad of Melo/Soares.

Sunday’s matches on the men’s side at Roland Garros are (1) Roger Federer vs. (20) Stanislas Wawrinka in an all-Swiss, (11) Mikhail Youzhny vs. (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (10) Marin Cilic vs. (5) Robin Soderling, and (4) Andy Murray vs. (15) Tomas Berdych.

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5 Comments for Roddick, 2 Other Seeds Exit at French Open; Bryans Lose

andrea Says:

unreal results from ginepri….i meam, who would have predicted that? and ferrer gone? week 2 is looking good!

tennismonger Says:

Did I say Roddick would go deep in this tourney? I meant Ginepri!

But seriously, the 1st weekend is considered deep for Mr. Roddick – guess it was just one of those days that he shoulda stood in bed. He can ill afford to have such a day when the grass season rolls around so I do hope he’ll get his head on straight by then.

Ferrer going out was a total shock – I surely thought Verdasco would be the 1st of the Armada to go out early but he hung tough against Special K.

Does anyone else agree w/me that Hewitt was summoning up some certifiable top 5 skills against Nadal but still could not put a dent in him? Some of those point were astonishing – Nadal’s movement appears almost supernatural at times & his defense – scary, scary, scary…

Very cool also the way Sharapova evened thing up against Justine in those brutal conditions that did not favor her at all – would love to see her hit her stride again!

I’ll conclude by saying that if Ginepri can maintain his focus, I like his chances against Nole, especially if the damn sun comes out & heats things up a bit!

NachoF Says:

Federer-Wawrinka should be a good one

skeezerweezer Says:


Agree on all your points. Probably the most surprising guy through is Ginepri though, who woulda thought?

tennismoger Says:

Yup Skeezer, but it’s nice to have at least one Yank on the men’s side by week 2 – but just 3 (soon to be 2) Spaniards?? Mind blowing…where have all the dirt rats gone?

Uh, oh – looks like Sharapova’s on the ropes –

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