Friday, August 07, 2009

The 500 Elite

Legg Mason

Andy Roddick
beat back Sam Querrey in straight sets for his 500th career victory. Seems like just yesterday he reached 400.

“It’s a pretty small number of players who have gotten there, an elite group,” said Roddick. “I’ve done it with enough time [in my career] to add to it. It is validation of consistency in my career.”

Andy is the 15th player in the Open Era to achieve the feat and the fourth among active players. Roger Federer, Carlos Moya and Lleyton Hewitt have also passed that elite threshold.


Legg Mason Classic

Singles - Third Round
[1] A Roddick (USA) d [16] S Querrey (USA) 76(4) 64
[2] J Del Potro (ARG) d L Hewitt (AUS) 64 36 76(2)
[4] F Gonzalez (CHI) d W Odesnik (USA) 62 64
[5] R Soderling (SWE) d M Gicquel (FRA) 75 57 63
[8] T Berdych (CZE) d P Petzschner (GER) 46 63 63
[10] T Haas (GER) d J Ferrero (ESP) 75 26 61
[11] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 75 61
J Isner (USA) d [Q] S de Chaunac (FRA) 62 64

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[5] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 64 75


LA Women's Tennis Open

Singles - Third Round
(14) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (1) Dinara Safina (RUS) 75 46 64
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 76(5) 46 64
(10) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (5) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 63 63
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (6) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 63 62
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 63 62
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (12) Li Na (CHN) w/o (right knee injury)
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (17) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 10 ret. (shoulder injury)
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 46 60 63

Doubles - Quarterfinals
Kirilenko/A.Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. (1) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) 63 76(3)
Chuang/Yan (TPE/CHN) d. (2) Hantuchova/Sugiyama (SVK/JPN) 16 63 10-7
(4) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) vs. A.Bondarenko/Vesnina (UKR/RUS) w/o (Vesnina: low back strain)
King/Niculescu (USA/ROU) d. Garbin/Schiavone (ITA/ITA) w/o (Schiavone: right hamstring strain)


oddman said...

Love his comment about it being validation. Yay Andy! Congrats on your 500th win.

edma1022 said...

At first look, I thought it was a hat!

Karen said...

with all the baby pictures that I have been seeing today I was wondering how your little niece is doing? Trust that she is doing well in the sort of way no news is good news

sG said...

Way to go, Andy!

pompelmo said...

This is only an indication of long careers. Anybody can win 500 if they play long enough. Some would need to play longer.

Matthew said...

Hey pompelmo, you're just wrong. If it was just an indication of long careers, more players would reach that number.

pompelmo said...

Matthew, it means nothing. 500 second round exits in that many ATP 250(preferably grass court) events will keep your body young through your late 40's if you decide to do so.

I am not saying this to be against Roddick. It is just irrelevant. Santoro can also make it either if he wants to. 467 wins, never been a top player.

Craig Hickman said...

A milestone is a milestone. That Andy has already reached it and joined an elite list is more than an indication of a long career.

Some simply refuse to see the forest for the trees.

Enjoy nitpicking on the "umimpressive" foliage. Don't let the insects bite you.

I'll continue to enjoy the expanse.