Roddick F Bombs Out of Madrid; Del Potro, Raonic Tomorrow
by Sean Randall | May 2nd, 2011, 8:47 pm

Andy Roddick made his 2011 clay debut quite a forgettable one. Playing in his first match in over a month, expletives aside Roddick failed to make any impression during a 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3 loss to against qualifier Flavio Cipolla in the Madrid Tennis Masters first round.

“There was a lot of frustration,” Roddick said of losing to the 160th ranked Italian. “It wasn’t a ball-striking thing, it was just a movement thing. The part where I was terrible tonight was moving forward and winning some of those awkward points.”

Given Roddick’s questionable emphasis on keeping the ball in play, I thought he would have a decent clay season. But today Andy was making far too many errors and his volleying was awful.

“It’s difficult,” he added of playing on the dirt. “I still enjoy the challenge but it’s no secret that pretty much everything that I typically do well is nullified by the surface to some extent, so it does make it a little bit of an equalizer. Tonight that was the case.”

No, Andy, the dirt doesn’t nullify everything. Today you lit up the stat sheet with more “F Bombs” than groundstroke winners, so well done! When it comes to dropping those bombs, the surface doesn’t matter!

Roddick now has a good amount of time to kill before Rome, then on to Nice and Paris during his extended European vacation.

Roddick’s compatriots didn’t fare much better. The slumping Sam Querrey fell to Michael Llodra in straight sets while Mardy Fish was eliminated by fellow American John Isner in what else, a third set tiebreaker.

Gael Monfils was also a winner beating Ivo Karlovic as was Marcos Baghdatis who will play Rafael Nadal on Wednesday.

Tomorrow, fresh off an Estoril title Juan Martin Del Potro will have be in top form against Mikhail Youhzny. The Russian is a very tricky opponent and if Delpo is feeling any hangover from Estoril it might be a short week for the Argentine. I hope not because Nadal could await on Thursday.

Milos Raonic, who is said to be okay after injuring his back during the Estoril semifinals against Verdasco, plays Fernando’s good buddy Feliciano Lopez. If he is 100% I give the Canadian a slight edge. We’ve already seen some “no shows” from the Spaniards this week – look what happened to Nicolas Almagro yesterday (who picked him to get to the SFs?), and today Juan Carlos Ferrero was unable to put Thiemo de Bakker away. So the Spaniards, like Lopez, do face some added pressure playing at home and right now it’s getting to them. And Verdasco is also on Tuesday against Lu.

With another slow day tomorrow, Wednesday will be huge with Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all on court in the completion of the second round.

Federer will play the Raonic-Lopez winner.

“Once you reach a good level as a tennis player or for that matter win Grand Slams or become No. 1 in the world, it really fuels you with a motivation and energy,” said Federer who is seeking a third Madrid Masters title. “Clearly wanting to get that feeling back of how it feels winning big tournaments and how it feels to be right at the top of the game [is something] that I´ve been able to do it for so long.”

In the women’s field, World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki joins seeds Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone in action tomorrow.

Tennis Channel has live coverage all week and tape in the evening.


MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
D Hantuchova (SVK) vs [5] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs B Jovanovski (SRB) – WTA

Not Before 4:00 PM
Y Lu (TPE) vs [15] F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] A Mannarino (FRA) – ATP
S Errani (ITA) vs [3] F Schiavone (ITA) – WTA

J Del Potro (ARG) vs [13] M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP
M Raonic (CAN) vs F Lopez (ESP) – ATP
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] T de Bakker (NED) – ATP
J Monaco (ARG) vs [9] G Monfils (FRA) – ATP

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23 Comments for Roddick F Bombs Out of Madrid; Del Potro, Raonic Tomorrow

contador Says:

great title….sean. that’s was truly an awful match from roddick! did you see the part when he smashed his racket and dropped the “f” bomb and “s” bomb right by the umpire? he asked layani if he got a warning yet? asked before he got the warning…that was funny. maybe he was asking while getting the warning but he knew…sounded like he said it before. like “that was a warning, right?” (finally)

mohammed layhani (sp) is the most patient, good humored ump in tennis. he waited through…i lost count of how many “f” bombs before giving that warning. i don’t blame roddick…he really did play some frustratingly horrible tennis. terrible volleying…serve abandoned him when he needed it. couldn’t hold after he broke cipolla.

montanes was cursing away in spanish during his match too. didn’t help him either.

yep, i picked raonic hoping that his back retirement was precautionary and strategic….hoping. go milos!

finally on the draw there’s a couple words about the missing gulbis: “respiratory infection.” glad it wasn’t, “no show” as i saw how far he dropped in rank…..minus 31 places to 60 something and his best tourny was rome! hm…curious to see what he does.

jane Says:

I picked F-Lo on the strength of his lefty serve and Serbian run, and keeping in mind Milos’ back. But it is a toss up. Both were in form last week and should take some confidence from that.

Yeah, bad bad day for Roddick, and his wife wore an awful dress to the Met gala too, lol. I know, I know: she’d probably look good in a sack (the sack?!) to some, but this was so blindingly bright pink and full length that I had to shut my eyes.

billyboy512 Says:

Watching Roddick, I am getting that icky feeling of embarrassment for someone else, like the feeling i get watching people on reality TV.

Melinda99 Says:

Watched Roddick’s match on Tennis Channel – he also told M Lahyani to f*** off. At first had trouble believing my ears, but it was confirmed by J Goodall. But no consequences whatsoever for Roddick except for 1 warning. His behavior was off the wall.

grendel Says:

When it comes to the f-word, the tv commentator always feel obliged to apologize to the viewers. Why? Did he say “fuck”? So what’s it got to do with him? I always find that incredibly irritating. It’s also kind of counter-productive, since you don’t catch it(or I don’t – but then they tell me I need a hearing aid, which I resolutely refuse to believe). Although Roddick was in splendid voice last night, and we all caught it loud and clear.

It’s interesting that it tends to be a certain kind of commentator who goes in for the apologizing. Can you imagine John McEnroe apologizing, for example? Perhaps the apology would go something like this:”sorry, folks, that’s the A-Rod with the old “f” word again, you’ve got to say it’s a bit monotonous, I mean he could swing the verbals around a bit, doncha think? Now in my day, I gave the “f” word respect. Yep, I did, see I hedged it around with all the other words – you know, sunova bitch, muvverfucker – well, that’s variation on a theme you might say – and then I’d bring in bits of the female anatomy (know what I mean?), and so on. Way I feel, folks pay a lotta of the old frank sinatra to witness these events, and they’re entitled to a show! No good just repeating some dumb word over ‘n over again, kinda loses its resonance, you know, you gotta learn to hit that atmosphere. Now I don’t wanna sound complacent, but I think I did my bit to keep you folks awake, alive an’ stirrin, and I confess to being a bit disappointed in Andy – I mean, he’s supposed to be my successor in this department, and quite frankly he’s giving me a bad rep-u-tation. Think I might have a word with him afterwards, suggest a bit of tuition, p’raps…..”

Colin Says:

And yet it’s Andy Murray whose on-court behavior gets called, I think, “putrid” by Jon Wertheim, a journalist I used to respect.

El Flaco Says:

I picked F-Lo to Jane for the same reason. It worked out this time, but it seems in these early rounds I would do just as well if I flipped a coin.

Both guys have to get right back on the court and play against each other in doubles.

El Flaco Says:

Oops I meant “I picked F-Lo too”

contador Says:

roddick v cipolla was a fun, entertaining match, not for the tennis, the tennis was awful really. but to me, grendel the entertainment came from roddick not even attempting to check himself! those were well-placed “f” bombs, lol…

the entertainment factor is what i’ll miss when gulbis disappears. even when he played horrible, i like to hear his muttering in latvian, see him mocking himself, and tossing the racket. a real brat or two is good on the atp, imo.

murray’s cursing himself never bothered me either. i’d support the cursing if i thought it helped him win. but he plays better when he’s positive.

watching livescore from work. i see ferrer down a break to mannarino. mannarino is really a hottie in person. not that, that matters. just saying.

vamos ferrer! ( puleeeze win! )

jane Says:

El Flaco ” I would do just as well if I flipped a coin.” Yep, ain’t that the truth!

contador Says:

yap. i thought i sucked picking montecarlo. but this is a new low. might have helped for 2 more points had i known the qualifiers and their placement but…ooh well.

the best news is del potro so far : )

what is ferrer doing? is he going to lose to mannarino, lol….that would be my luck..

jane Says:

contador, Ferrer about to eat a bagel…. of clay! Who would’ve thunk it? And he’s playing an unknown french quallie, too. Maybe I’d better tune in and see what’s up. 0_o

madmax Says:

disappointed that roddick lost. I expected more from him. I know that he repeatedly says that clay isn’t his thing, but you would think he would at least give it a go – still, he is too good a player not to re boost his racquet on vacation and try and sort out what went wrong this time.

Miss Roddick’s A game. He lost his mojo yesterday.

Ferrer needs to wake up right now. What the…is going on? Almost a bagel in the second set?

People are saying he has played a bit too much tennis. Daveed is not playing great tennis today.

Looks as if it’s going to be a third setter.

contador Says:

yes tune in at let me know, jane! please…..

i can’t stop to get a stream today. is ferrer injured? seriously? was not worried that qualifier mannarino would beat ferrer…just joking abt that. i can’t believe livescore.

jane Says:

Looks like Ferrer took a while to get going, but he may be about to feed that quallie, Mannarino, his bagel right back! He’s up 5-0.

jane Says:

Also Monaco kicking La Monf’s butt a.t.m. – Up 5-1 in set one.

contador Says:

i was wondering about old ferrer maybe playing too much tennis recently, madmax.

weird match? strange looking score. better luck next time, eh, mannarino? phew, ferrer made it.

but now, score says my man lemonf is in trouble vs the beast monaco :/

Kimmi Says:

delpo says he has pain on his hip but he can still play. well, i hope he can coz there will be plenty of tennis to come.

here is a quote from his interview..

“I feel good, happy because of winning. Now it’s just my hip is bothering me a bit. It’s a pain that I’ve had since Estoril and maybe it could be because it has been a long time since I played on clay. I always want to win and I think of winning no matter the amount of pain and it’s a type of pain that allows me to play. It’s a Masters 1000 where there are lot of people looking at me to do the best I can and that’s why I continued on the court, because I knew I could win the match.”

jane Says:

Hmm … not sure what to make of that statement Kimmi. Sounds like if he didn’t think he could’ve won the match he would’ve retired. Not good news for those who picked him to upset Rafa, maybe?

Kimmi Says:

players normally don’t tell they they are injured if they are still on the tournament..delpo should learn something about that.

If the pain does not stop him from playing, why tell? i am sure players like djoko, federer, rafa don’t give away these secrets.

Djoko has been playing with a knee issue, he only mentioned it when he had to pull out of monte carlo.

Hope delpo injury is not too bad. he has cilic tomorrow who should be difficult.

Lulu Iberica Says:

Very random scorelines today. There are so many great matches tomorrow — hope I can catch a few!

Kimmi Says:

hmmm, think more about this…unless delpo calls for a trainer during the match and they were asking him why he did that!

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