Roddick Battles Berankis in Memphis; Querrey, Fish Blake Also in Action
by Sean Randall | February 15th, 2011, 1:01 pm

The big match of the day in men’s tennis is tonight in Memphis where Andy Roddick takes on youngest Richard Bernakis. Roddick had a tough go it in Australia losing meekly to Stan Wawrinka before returning to the loving arms of wife Brooklyn Decker for her movie premiere last week (can’t blame him for skipping San Jose). But tonight it’s back to work for the top ranked American and I’m interested to see who he fares tonight because I think he’s in for a test.

We saw Roddick resume his defensive, backcourt game in Australia and we saw it fail against the better players. Berankis, who brand new on the tour, might is not at that upper level yet but the 20-year-old has the Ferrer-like ability to get a lot of ball back and make his opponent work. Roddick has the power off ground to blow Berankis away, let’s see if he uses it or if he tries to out rally the kid.

After his loss to Wawrinka in the Australian Open fourth round Roddick said, “I was frustrated. Couldn’t get the rallies to go my way. I was trying to stand up in the court and, you know, I just felt when I adjusted my positioning up in the court he was opening up the lines and making it a shorter line if that makes sense.”

Yeah, Andy, it does make sense. When you push against guys with big strokes inevitably you are at their mercy.

Roddick’s serve should be enough for him to get the win, but if Berankis is able to return his bombs the match could get interesting.

This is a real big 45 days ahead for Andy – remember he was a finalist at Indian Wells and he won Miami – so he really needs to be on his game.

Also today, his American buddies Mardy Fish, who is on court right now against Gabashvili, Sam Querrey and James Blake are also scheduled. Querrey, who’s stuck in a 6-match losing streak plays after Roddick against Denis Istomin. Sam’s also the defending champion so pressure is on. (Might losses by both Roddick and Querrey tonight result in coaching changes?)

Blake, who’s seems to be playing out of his final season on tour, is up against left claycourter Ricardo Mello. Fish is just returning from a thyroid problem.

Tomorrow we’ll have a couple of great matches in Fernando Verdasco v. Milos Raonic and John Isner v. Juan Martin Del Potro.

Down South in Buenos Aires Nicolas Almagro, David Nalbandian and Stan Wawrinka are featured. And in a light Marseille schedule, Marin Cilic is already a winner with JW Tsonga ahead early in his match.


STADIUM start 10:00 am
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs [4] M Fish (USA) – ATP
R Mello (BRA) vs [WC] J Blake (USA) – ATP
A Wozniak (CAN) or A Keothavong (GBR) vs M Rybarikova (SVK) – WTA
M Krajicek (NED) vs [Q] A Glatch (USA) – WTA
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] A Roddick (USA) vs R Berankis (LTU) – ATP
[5] S Querrey (USA) vs D Istomin (UZB) – ATP

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28 Comments for Roddick Battles Berankis in Memphis; Querrey, Fish Blake Also in Action

Mitch Says:

Would not be surprised if Roddick fell out of the top 10 for good after Miami.

Kimmi Says:

yap, lots of points to defend in IW and miami for roddick..but i dont think he will lose to berankis.

Kimmi Says:

gregoire – i see wozniacki path is now becoming easier, she has a chance to regain her numero uno.

dari Says:

where’s the memphis live stream?

Kimmi Says:

i dont think there is one dari..tennistv starts memphis on thursday..

carzy, they have ATP250 stream for marseille and bueno aires but not 500 which is a bigger tournament..they have lost it!

dari Says:

yeah, kimmi, ive checked all the places i know and nada! berankis roddick intrigued me, im just outta luck

Kimmi Says:

just following the live score on roddick vs berankis..berankis up a break. ooops, not a good start for a-rod

Kimmi Says:

dolgo losing!

dari Says:

well, berankis took the first set from roddick. wish i could see if roddick is giving it away or if berankis is really showing his stuff!

jane Says:

Anyone watching Roddick/Berankis? I am curious what happened in the first set. May tune in now…

Dolgo is losing to whom? I am so out of the loop… lol

Kimmi Says:

me too dari, i thought roddick would overpower berankins but it looks like berankis is holding his own..easily actually.

Kimmi Says:

dolgo lost to acasuso jane. no roddick.berankis stream..

jane Says:

Does anyone know of a stream that is not “seized” by homeland security!? lol!!

jane Says:

Kimmi, oh thanks – just saw your reply. It’s weird because fromsport has streams of every other event but memphis! Bummer. I wanted to see this match.

dari Says:

roddick breaks berankis now! i want to see what’s going on!!!

jane Says:

Maybe it just took Roddick a while to figure out Berankis’s serve? It looks like he’s back on track now; Roddick is a fighter.

Kimmi Says:

roddick back on trank

as Says:

anyone has the link of the game?

Kimmi Says:

i has a feeling berankis wont trouble roddick, i was right. looks like roddick was trying to find his range..hasnt played for a while so understandable.

meelosh would have been a tough first round due to his serve..

ron Says:

didn’t roddick’s career basically tank after he got married?

dari Says:

looks like it was just a “getting to know you” type first set for roddick, and he played well the next two! good luck to him this early spring time, especially!

Kimmi Says:

roddick was OK in the beginning of last year..then he got sick, he lost some confidence. he is trying to get it back atm…

dari Says:

i don’t think so, ron. i mean, what was his best year besides when he won uso in 2003? or the closest he got to winning a major? probably 2009 wimbledon, and he was married then. he seems as hard-working as ever, i don’t see it as a problem of distraction/motivation, just no real offense . more to do with coach or stubornness than wife, i think.

Kimmi Says:

querrey on court next. he has 500 point to defend here, another one who is struggling.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

@Kimmi: About Wozniacki: yup :-) She will probably get it back this week or next week. But the only thing that matters is to eye towards Saturday June 5th… Can’t wait for the red season. Need to be patient.

M Says:

Go A-Rod!

Sasha lost today, but at least it was to Chucho.

I miss Juanquí and Ferru. Even though David N. is doing well, it’s not as much fun without them.

Andrew Miller Says:

Trillby said something about hoping no one refers to Raonic as a “North American” player, thereby being able to claim him as a U.S. player. HOWEVER, he was wearing a jersey from the San Jose Sharks of the NHL at the trophy ceremony after beating Verdasco in California, even though Canada has way better hockey.

I’m hoping this is a Rusedski situation where the U.S. drafts Raonic into its orbit….

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