Roddick Sidesteps Ram, Meets Malisse Today in Atlanta; Del Potro Return?
by Sean Randall | July 23rd, 2010, 9:06 am

A month after beating Rajeev Ram in straight sets at Wimbledon, Andy Roddick went three sets again with his fellow American, only yesterday in Atlanta it was in a best-of-3 format match. Roddick was rocky, but won 6-1, 6-7(1), 6-3 in his 2010 summer hardcourt opener. ADHEREL

“If he breaks in the first game of the third, then it’s a long way back,” said Roddick who is just 36 ranking points from falling out of the Top 10. “That was probably the key, the pivotal moment of the match. Then being able to break was huge. But the break doesn’t mean as much if you’re down a break to begin with.”

Roddick won Atlanta back in 2001 for his first career title, and who did he beat for that victory? He defeated his opponent today, Xavier Malisse.

“It’s a little bit coincidental, especially given the history of this tournament,” said Roddick who leads X-Man 8-0. “But we’ve played each other plenty of times since then. A lot’s happened since then. I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of surprises out there. I think we both know each other’s games pretty well.”

Other winners yesterday in Atlanta were Luckas Lacko who upset Lleyton Hewitt and Kevin Anderson, a wnner over Donald Young.

Today in the quarterfinals – which I believe are on TV via Tennis Channel at noon and ESPN2 at 4pm – we have Roddick v. Malisse, Mardy Fish v. Taylor Dent, Anderson v. Lacko and Russell v. Isner.

Isner of course did what he does best in his opener saving match points to survive Gilles Muller in what else, a third set tiebreaker.

For Hamburg fans, the final eight include Melzer v. Starache, F. Mayer v. Ferrero, Bellucci v. Seppi and Golubev v. Istoim. Golubev upset top seed Nikolay Davydenko.

The biggest news in tennis the last 24 hours has centered around Juan Martin Del Potro and a possible early return to tennis.

The USTA announced yesterday that they “expected” Del Potro to defend his US Open title. The USTA also said Del Potro has resumed hitting.

Is this reveal a ploy to sell a few more tickets and generate some extra buzz, or the plain truth?

While nothing official has come from the Del Potro camp regarding New York, the Argentine did enter the Thailand Open which begins on September 25.

Said Del Potro: “I am looking forward to playing the PTT Thailand Open on my return from injury. I really enjoyed myself on my last visit to Bangkok and hope for good results at this year’s tournament.”

DelPo said earlier in the week he was hopeful on returning for Argentina’s Davis Cup tie against France played the week before Bangkok.

So will he or won’t he? As much as I want to see him play, right now I’d be stunned if he did comeback at the US Open. Wrist injuries can be very complex and mentally challenging to overcome. And at his age and a fragile psyche to match, making that return such a lengthy layoff at a best-of-5 hardcourt Slam with zero preparation just seems to risky to me.

STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon
K Anderson (RSA) vs L Lacko (SVK)
J Erlich (ISR) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs R Bopanna (IND) / K Vliegen (BEL)
Not Before 4:00 PM
M Russell (USA) vs [2] J Isner (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] [WC] A Roddick (USA) vs [7] X Malisse (BEL)
T Dent (USA) vs [6] M Fish (USA)

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18 Comments for Roddick Sidesteps Ram, Meets Malisse Today in Atlanta; Del Potro Return?

contador Says:

this hamburg fan is not happy.

my pick is losing.


checking in on livestream and seppi has bellucci on the ropes.

seppi matchpoint, his second in the decider.

i strike out. seppi won. bellucci’s groundshots were missing and first serve was lacking.

congrats to seppi. he was better.

i quit if starace beats melzer. : (

contador Says:


US Open would be a terrible place for delpo to return. seems impossible he would get far and even more impossible to defend his title.

i’m sure he has to be anxious to return, having been sidelined this long.

contador Says:

i say it has to be an announcement to sell tickets and generate the buzz.

thailand would be a good start.

Jake Willens Says:

Roddick better win this tourni to get some confidence going for the summer hard stuff!

Jake Willens Says:

Potro is going to take a long while to get back into the form he was in last summer!

Kimberly Says:

If del potro does attempt to defend my guess would be third or fourth round out, which is not a bad re-introduction, but you never knopw, clijsters came back and won it cold…..however, much more depth to the men’s tour…

wonder if Roddick will get into form or if he’s just done.

My guess is Nadal, Federer or Murray for USO 2010. I know, way to pick the underdogs.

margot Says:

Anybody watching Golubev whopping Istomin at the mo? Looking very impressive, has wicked kicking serve, very tidy one handed backhand and very powerful forehand. Looks like Dennis is gonna walk, shame.

margot Says:

Bye, bye Dennis, Golubev just too good. I’ve noticed Dennis’ forehand is just too erratic and disintegrates under pressure, shades of Gulbis. Time to sack ma and get a new coach.

Von Says:

I don’t think Roddick will get very far in Atlanta as he has a pinched nerve in his foot. This is bad timing for this injury to pop up. I thought there was a problem with Roddick when he played vs. Ram, as he was unable to get to the balls, and seemed to be limping. It’s not normal for Ram to take Roddick to a tie-break. Luckily Andy didn’t lose his serve. I can only remember one other occasion where Roddick lost a tie-breaker 7-1.

Jankovic has rolled her ankle which is too bad as she has Roger’s Cup looming in the not too distant future.

Ivanovic was forbidden a wild-card for roger’s cup in favour of a Canadian player, which is only fair, considering Ivanovic’s form since she won the FO.

Additionally, it was revealed that Hewitt’s loss to Lacko was due to an injury. I mentioned when he played at Wimby that he was playing injured and in great pain which began in Halle with his his hip, and Djokovic was able to beat him fairly easily. Well, that was due to the Halle problem, which seems to be still lingering and is now even worse. Too bad for Rusty, as the USO is right around the corner and this injury could be a big problem that might keep him out of the tournament.

Here’s the link on the three above-mentioned players if anyone is interested:

Von Says:

For those who post on TennisTalk, including myself, and like Ricky Dimon’s posts, here is a link to Ricky Dimon’s twitter “What happened to Nole’. There’re a lot of pics. Djokovic fans might find it interesting:

Kimmi Says:

Contador – grrrrrrrrr!! grrrrrrrr again for bellucci!!!

Seppi is tough but bellucci should have more weapons. shoulda woulda..Hope he is learning.

melzer still on a roll. and who is this guy Golubev..never heard of him before but he is posing some good results so far.

checking on atlanta:

Isner on a roll…6-1 6-2 wow!

Roddick vs melzer on serve. very close match. nervous match for roddick and melzer fans.

Kimmi Says:

ah roddicks breaks, just at the right time.

Kimmi Says:

Von – thanks for the news on JJ, Ivanovic and Hewitt. i was suprised why hewitt lost so easily to lacko..too bad. too many injuries for hewitt.

Roddick got thru.

Kimmi Says:

AT{P has a small article on delpo. And it does not look like he will be back at the USO.

delpo wrote on twitter “I haven’t picked up a racquet yet so I can’t tell an exact date,” del Potro wrote on his Twitter account. “When I know I’ll tell you the news here. I’m improving, that’s a good thing.”

grendel Says:

makes you wonder where people get their info from. chinese whispers. meanwhile, steady as she goes, that’s the stuff. now feel more optimistic about delpo. guy not in a rush – means business.

Rick Says:

I like Berdych, Del Potro. These rookies helped to put Fed Allstop behind bars! lol

Rick Says:

It would takes Del Potro awhile, to play like he was when he returns. He might gets beat up by the top 10 players very handily. Just like what happened to Nadal.

Huh Says:

Someone here is hallucinating about Berdych putting Fed behind bars, lol! It was so realistic to see Nadal whacking him in the WIM final in 3 quick sets, that’s what Berdych deserved! BTW, Berdych and rookie? One must be quite new to the sport of tennis as a fan, to make such a statement.

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