Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Quest For Four

From the ATP:

Top-seeded American Andy Roddick confidently opened his title defence at the SAP Open, taking just 62 minutes to dismiss Swedish qualifier Michael Ryderstedt 6-0, 7-6(3) on Tuesday in San Jose. Roddick is bidding to win his fourth title in San Jose, having won at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in 2004 (d Fish), ’05 (d. Saulnier) and ’08 (d. Stepanek).

World No. 6 Roddick raced to the set lead in 19 minutes, holding Ryderstedt to five points total and winning all three of his break points. Ryderstedt proved more competitive in the second set as he earned three break point chances, but Roddick saved all of them and proceeded to close out the win in the tie-break.

Roddick has reached the semi-finals or better six times in his seven previous San Jose appearances, and improves to a 26-4 event record. The 26 year old has enjoyed a solid start to the 2009 ATP World Tour season, reaching the final at Doha (l. to Murray) and the semi-finals at the Australian Open (l. to Federer).

Photo: Getty


MMT said...

Looks like Nishikori is on the opposite side of the draw from Roddick, and he'd (likely) have to get past del Potro, but I tell you, I would love it if he played Roddick in the final.

Craig Hickman said...

Me too. It would force Andy to be vicious.

He has a pretty good record against youngsters raised in the American system.

pompelmo said...

There is a pretty good chance that Roddick will be out at second round. He will play against a very talented and attacking player in Gulbis, whose only problem seems inconsistency.

rabbit said...

Congrats, Craig! Andy beat Gulbis in straight sets. I personally had no doubt he would. Gulbis slowly seems to be losing his talent at even creating occasional upsets.

MMT said...

Anybody see Blakes comments after his match with Florent Serra? Apparently they exchanged words after the match and here is the explanation Blake gave:

"“He’s was doing some stuff we used to do in juniors. He’s too good for that. He’s a very good player and I have a lot of respect for his game.

“He was moving when I was looking at him or when I’m tossing the ball. These are things I think don’t really have a place on the pro tour.”

Courier went off on Tracy Austin a couple of years ago at the US Open for saying Radwanska was within her rights to move around on Sharapova's serve.

I have to say disagree with Courier and Blake on this one.

Craig Hickman said...

So much for that "pretty good chance" pompelmo.

Andy didn't drop his serve, saving all 5 break points, and didn't drop a set.

I don't know if Andy will win this thing again or not, but we need to know that when a player feels that a tournament is "theirs" it will take a great effort from an opponent to dethrone them.


MMT, I disagree with Blake too. He's getting grumpy in his old age.