Roddick Survives Malisse Scare in Atlanta; Del Potro Improving, Not Playing

by Sean Randall | July 24th, 2010, 12:16 am

A day removed from a three-set win over Rajeev Ram, top seed Andy Roddick went the distance again on Friday with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Xavier Malisse to reach the semifinals in Atlanta Tennis Championships. ADHEREL

I caught most of the match and I though Roddick played pretty bad overall. He upped his serve after the first set but his groundstrokes, court positioning and even thought process looked weary, and even he agreed with some of that.

“Larry wanted me to work on getting the first strike in this week and quite simply I wasn’t able to execute that strategy tonight,” Roddick said. “I think my legs won me the match. I just grinded out the second set and then in the third set I just toughed it out. There wasn’t anything great about my execution tonight. I started serving a lot better and in the third set I got my forehand to come down a bit. I wasn’t spraying it as much. And that’s what turned it for me.”

Malisse served at 4-4 in the third set before the Belgian donated a couple miscues giving Roddick the final break. It wasn’t pretty, but Roddick does get the W.

Andy now faces his good friend Mardy Fish in the night semifinal on Saturday. Fish, who’s been bothered by an ankle injury, blitzed fellow American Taylor Dent 6-3, 6-0.

The way Roddick has looked – remember he lost a set to Sampras-clone Rajeev Ram – I might give the edge to Fish in this one. Mardy has the bad ankle but he’s won eight straight matches including Newport. It should prove a good test for both players.

And for Roddick, he as to know he’ll need to play a lot better than what he’s shown this week if wants to make any kind of impact this summer and/or at the US Open.

In the early semifinal John Isner meets Kevin Anderson in a true battle of giants. Isner stands at 6-foot-9, Anderson at 6-foot-8. They way these two trees and former college rivals serve the match could easily be decided in a third set tiebreaker.

In Hamburg, the semifinals feature Jurgen Melzer v. Andres Seppi and Andrei Golubev v. German Florian Mayer.

And it does look like Juan Martin Del Potro will not be ready to defend his US Open title. Yesterday, the USTA said that they expected him to play and revealed the Argentine was back hitting on the practice courts.

However, Del Po has set the record straight:

From his twitter: “I haven’t picked up a racquet yet so I can’t tell an exact date. When I know I’ll tell you the news here. I’m improving, that’s a good thing.”

Robin Soderling has also announced that he has pulled out of Washington.

And rumor is another Top 10 star will also withdraw from an upcoming US event with another star taking his place in the barn.


STADIUM COURT start 1:30 pm
K Anderson (RSA) vs [2] J Isner (USA)
S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA) vs J Blake (USA) / J Isner (USA) – After Suitable Rest

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] [WC] A Roddick (USA) vs [6] M Fish (USA)
R Bopanna (IND) / K Vliegen (BEL) vs S Huss (AUS) / A Sa (BRA)

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24 Comments for Roddick Survives Malisse Scare in Atlanta; Del Potro Improving, Not Playing

Kimmi Says:

Isn’t fish confident or what. demolishing dent 6-3 6-0 helps.

Contador – melzer looks in control against seppi. It could be his tournament to lose.

Kimmi Says:

I like Golubev game, great one handed backhand, great serve not too bad FH. Hope he wins

Kimmi Says:

Oh god..4 setpoints went down tha drain. C’mon Golubev, concentrate.

Kimmi Says:

eventually got it on the 6th set point. wow he got very tight in the end. anyways, all ends well in this set.

contador Says:

hi Kimmi!

i’m just checking in to check scores and say hello.

i think i flunked my first bracket practice, ah well. thought our bellucci had a chance. it was clay. end of clay. earlier in the season ferrero would have beat florian, no doubt. but the score looks like golubev will be in the final.

yeah, i watched some of his match with davy and agree, he has a great one-handed backhand and reminds me of youhzny’s style.

hope he wins too.

would be great for him to win hamburg!

excited LA starts this week! not wise to get too excited tho about gulbis return, i keep reminding self.

in atlanta, i did see roddicks match against malisse and agree with sean. roddick hasn’t looked that sharp. he should have ruled malisse and ram.

i don’t think fish can beat andy. still going with the isner giant.

have a fun weekend. a friend flew in from oregon so, i am taking him to yellowstone, just over an hour drive from here. so i won’t get to see a final tomorrw. (unless i sneak away and find a wifi spot. ) ; )

wooooot! contador scraped by to win his 3rd TDF! it was tough, he had to fight with andy schleck for three weeks and contador didn’t even actually win a stage. first time ever a winner has not won a stage. also i doubt he would have won this year if schleck hadn’t had mechanical trouble on one mountain climb. contador only won by 20 seconds, or something, very close.

phew. glad that was just hype about delpo coming back for US Open. he to be back to all he was before US Open and more to rival nadal anytime soon. imo.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! World # 82 Golobev wins to move to his first final this year. I think there is a lot of potential on this guy. melzer will be another matter though. Wishing him all the best.

grendel Says:

why can’t fish beat andy? specially a not looking sharp andy? whilst looks like fish is very sharp and brim full of confidence. some h2h’s are skewed thru happenstance.
davydenko’s current travails are a reminder how tough it is to stay at the top.

contador Says:

i dunno grendel. just a guess.

fish really could beat roddick, depends on which one is injured worse, reading the rumors of a foot thing with andy and a ankle problem now with fish.

means neither will likely knock out big john though.

gotta go look at a geyser and some bears….


Kimmi Says:

Hi conty . nice to hear from you. i am kind of busy too this sister is visiting so there will be plenty to do.

Enjoy your trip.

WOOT for Contador. i would have probably prefer the other guy “schleck” to win. nice to see new faces once in a while. but big congrats to your guy contador. not winning a stage? i am surprised! Always feels good if you get to win a stage but this shows his consistency..

cant wait for LA too, especially now my buddy muzza is playing…and gulbis ofcourse. have to check the draw.

i agree roddick has not looked sharp. I read from Von that he has and injury on his foot. That will definetly make it tough. but he also said he did not expect the injury to cause him problems against melzer. We will see…

i am starting to believe on your Isner pick. But my head still says Roddick.

Kimmi Says:

“fish really could beat roddick, depends on which one is injured worse, reading the rumors of a foot thing with andy and a ankle problem now with fish.”

So, they are both injured..mmmmh.

Andrew Miller Says:

Fish can definitely beat Roddick. Fish has collected wins against most top ten players save Nadal (he has a “defeated” record, 0-5 vs Nadal)

sar Says:

I hope Nole pulls out of DC

sar Says:

Oops sorry, he’s not playing in DC. Good.

jane Says:

I guess it’s brutally hot in Atlanta; Isner apparently had to really struggle to beat Anderson.

Fish looks very lean and fit, more so than I’ve seen him in a while. But if both he and Roddick are injured the edge should go to Andy.

dari Says:

Ahhh, finally some time to watch some tennis, let’s see how roddick/fish are doin..

Kimmi Says:

fish was super aggressive on that set point.deserve that set

Kimmi Says:

Fish breaks. Is this it for fish to take the match?

This is the best he has played Roddick imo. he is oozing confidence.

Kimmi Says:

WOW what a get from Fish..he is really playing soooo well. Good luck to him.

Kimmi Says:

Fish beats his nemesis roddick 7-6 6-3. great aggressive game from get go. If he carries on like this, he can make some noise this Hc season.

Tommorow he has a big chance of taking out Isner imo.

jane Says:

Well, Fish did win. Fish versus Isner is tough to call. Maybe it depends on how well either is serving, and/or who withstands the conditions better? I don’t really have a preference, but maybe Mardy because he’s older. Mind you, he just won Del Ray whereas I don’t think Isner has a title yet this year. So then, best man and all that …

Kimmi Says:

jane- isner has one title. haineken open, auckland new zealand.

jane Says:

Thanks Kimmi; didn’t know about (or remember anyhow) that one. Still I say, let the best man win tomorrow. Except i want Melzer to win in Germany.

kimberly Says:

What’s up with roddick, I think he simply doesn’t play aggressive enough.

Andrew Miller Says:

Roddick slumping. No question about it, since Miami hard road for Andy.

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