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Americans Querrey & Fish stumble at the 2012 Aussie Open.


Mardy Fish became the highest men’s seed to fall so far at the Australian Open when he was upset by Alejandro Falla on Wednesday. The eighth-seeded American produced an error-strewn display as he went down 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 7-6 (8/6). Having lost the first set on a tie-break, Fish became distracted by Falla’s use of the trainer – controversially it looked like the treatment was for cramps – and a solitary break handed the world number 71 a two-set lead. Fish rallied in the third, coming from a break down to force a tie-break he simply had to win. However, it was Falla, best known previously for blowing a two-set lead against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2010, who made the running in the breaker. He blew his first two match points – the first with a nervy double fault – but when a third chance arrived Fish sent a backhand volley wide to give the Colombian a fine win. Fish admitted afterwards he “didn’t play great”.

Bernard Tomic delighted the home fans at the Australian Open on Wednesday with victory over Sam Querrey. In what was always a closely-contested match, the Aussie number one emerged a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 victor under the lights of the Rod Laver Arena. Things did not start well for the home hope as Querrey won the only break point of the first set to claim it in just 24 minutes. Seven of Querrey’s 22 aces came in that opening set, but having had a good look at his booming serve, Tomic began to get a read on it. He hit back by taking the second, breaking serve twice, but the match hinged on the third-set tie-break. Tomic palyed some sparkling stuff in it to move ahead for the first time and as Querrey’s errors mounted so did his challenge. An error-strewn eighth game in the fourth set cost him dearly and he handed it away with a double fault when break point down. Tomic duly served out and he will now face another of the ATP’s rising stars, Alexandr Dolgopolov, in the last 32.





Sam Querrey began the defence of his Queen’s title in comfortable fashion with a 6-3 6-4 win over Kei Nishikori.

Sam Querrey

The American’s serve dictated and despite late fireworks from the Japanese star, Querrey, ranked 26, soon set up a clash with Rainer Schuettler.

Feliciano Lopez will play four-time champion Andy Roddick after beating Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

While Andy Murray awaits a late fitness test, British wildcard Oli Golding, 17, lost 6-3 6-4 to France’s Nicolas Mahut. Murray, one of eight seeds to get a bye, is scheduled to play Xavier Malisse of Belgium or German world number 99 Matthias Bachinger. Having practised on Monday afternoon, he will decide later whether to risk his injured ankle. The British number one, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-final, sustained a partial tear to a ligament in his right ankle during his third-round meeting with Michael Berrer at Roland Garros.



Andy Roddick has withdrawn from this week’s Delray Beach Tennis Championships due to flu-like symptoms.

The eighth-ranked American complained of feeling ill before winning the Memphis title over Milos Raonic 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 on Sunday. It was the 30th career title for Roddick, who struggled to overcome mononucleosis throughout the second half of 2010. “I woke up yesterday and felt like I got hit by a bus,” Roddick said Monday while coughing throughout a press conference at Delray Beach. “I woke up this morning and my bed was soaking wet from sweat. It’s just unfortunate timing. “I honestly don’t feel like I can go out there and give it my best. I need to get better before I can play again.”

“I’m very disappointed,” he said. “I’ve waited too long to come back and play this tournament. But with traveling internationally (for Davis Cup) and Palm Springs and Miami coming up on that, it’s just unfortunate timing for this sickness.” Roddick is scheduled to lead the U.S. Davis Cup team into the first round against Chile in Santiago next week. He was planning on heading home to Austin, Texas, to see the doctors who treated him while he had mono.

The top four seeds in the Delray Beach tournament were all Americans, with Roddick followed by 2009 champion Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey and John Isner. Qualifier Marinko Matosevic of Australia took Roddick’s spot in the draw and will face Dudi Sela of Israel in the first round. The third-seeded Querrey moved into the second round with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Dustin Brosn of Germany. Querrey, who is also scheduled to head to Chile next week as part of the U.S. Davis Cup team, was concerned about a shoulder problem following his match. “My shoulder was a little sore so I was lacking some pop on my serve,” he said. “I was just happy to get through it.” Florent Serra of France defeated American wildcard Ryan Harrison 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in another first round match.


Milos Raonic rolls on to the quarter finals by serving 38 aces to defeat Stepanek.

Milos Raonic recorded his sixth straight win Thursday as he hit a staggering 38 aces to beat Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-7(10), 7-6(1) and reach the quarter-finals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. The Canadian showed his mental steel as he held strong to win in two hours and 32 minutes, having squandered four match points in the second-set tie-break. His career-high 38 aces was the most struck in Memphis and the fifth most in a three-set match, since the ATP World Tour began keeping serving statistics in 1991. It was the eighth time in his career on the ATP World Tour that he had hit 20 or more aces in a match.

The 20 year old defeated World No. 9 Fernando Verdasco twice in four days to win his first ATP World Tour title in San Jose last week and advance through the first round in Memphis on Wednesday. World No. 18 Sam Querrey won back-to-back matches for the first time since the US Open when he defeated Argentine Brian Dabul 6-3, 7-6(3) to reach the quarter-finals.

The fifth-seeded Querrey, who is the defending champion at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tennis tournament, broke serve twice from two opportunities and won 89 per cent of points behind his first serve to wrap up victory in 80 minutes. The American ended a six-match losing streak with his opening win over Denis Istomin on Tuesday.


Roddick, Fish, Querrey & Blake all advance in Memphis.

Andy Roddick recovered from losing the first set to see off Lithuania’s Richard Berankis at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. The American sent down 23 aces, including 11 in the final set, as he battled back to claim a 4-6 6-2 6-3 success in just over one-and-a-half hours. Roddick wasted three break-point chances in the opening set as Berankis made the most of his solitary chance to break the home favourite’s serve, but the former US Open champion took his two break opportunities in the second and one in the third to turn the match around. Berankis’ cause was undermined by his poor serving, the Lithuanian managing just 38% of first serves.

Fourth seed Mardy Fish recorded a straight-sets win over Teymuraz Gabashvili. The American wrapped up a 6-1 7-5 win over his Russian opponent.

Sam Querry, the fifth seed, had a rather tougher test as the American finally saw off Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 in two hours 21 minutes. It was a match dominated by the serve, with Querry claiming the only break in the final set.

Former world number four James Blake defeated Brazil’s Ricardo Mello 6-4 6-3.


Shades of the ‘old’ Del Potro on dispay in San Jose.

Juan Martin Del Potro was in impressive form as won his first-round clash at the SAP Open in San Jose. The Argentinian got the better of Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3 6-2, indicating that he is getting back to his US Open-winning form following his lengthy injury lay-off.

Elsewhere, three big-name seeds were dumped out on a day of shocks. Home favourite Sam Querrey, the number three seed, was beaten 7-6 (7/6) 6-3 by Lukas Lacko. Xavier Malisse, one seed down from Querrey, put up less of a fight as he lost 6-3 6-4 to Milos Raonic, and the sixth seed, Benjamin Becker, went down 6-3 7-6 (7/2) to Lithuania’s Richard Berankis.

There were also wins for Kei Nishikori over Jan Hajek and Brian Dabul over Alejandro Falla.


Roddick impresses as both Querrey and Harrison lose.

Four-time semifinalist Andy Roddick blitzed Jan Hajek 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round after No.18 Sam Querrey fell in five sets to Luckasz Kubot and 18-year-old Ryan Harrison went down to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Roddick swarmed all over the Czech, nailing 31 winners and only committing 23 unforced errors, while his foe managed only 18 winners and committed 37 unforced errors. Roddick, who has become a cagey player at the age of 28, adeptly mixed up his shot selection, serving big when he needed to and winning all 11 of his net approaches. “I thought he liked the ball to come through pretty quick and flat, so I was trying to keep it out of his hitting zones,” Roddick said. “I served well; I put a lot of returns in. He was having trouble creating off of a chip and off of other things. So it was a little bit more cat and mouse than I think you would normally find certainly on a hotter day here.”

Roddick has been a second week fixture at the Australian Open for the past 10 years, compiling an impressive 35-9 record in Melbourne, but has never been able to make it to the final dance, losing tough semifinals to Rainer Schuettler in 2003 and to Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, but being crushed by Roger Federer in 2007 and 2009. Last year, Roddick reached the quarters and, while he put up a valiant effort after getting injured mid way through his match with Marin Cilic, he went down in five sets. While former No.1 Roddick fell out of the top 10 for a brief period last year, largely due to a bout of mononucleosis he was contending with, he still managed to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals again. He considers most of 2010 a wasted year. “The last time I was healthy I feel like was May last year,” he said. “Up to that point I had great results. Same with ’09 through when I got hurt, I had really good results. The biggest thing for me was getting right, getting healthy, feeling strong. That was the focus. [My coach] Larry [Stefanki] said, ‘Listen, I don’t care if you hit up until a certain point; I want you working; I want you strong. I don’t want us having to adjust our game plans around what you may or may not be able to do physically.”

Roddick has been a mentor to both Querrey and Harrison – among other American players – so hearing that they both went down didn’t sit well with him. While much has been made of those two’s potential as well of that of John Isner, it may be Roddick and fellow veteran Mardy Fish who make it the furthest in the tournament. “Sam will rebound,” Roddick said. “Last time everyone was kind of disappointed in him, he had his best results after the French last year. Hopefully we can look for a rebound like that. He came back, won Queen’s, got to this day what is his best result in a slam, fourth round in Wimbledon, and played well at the US Open.”


Federer and Roddick move on in Basle.

Roger Federer sealed his place in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basle. Home favourite Federer beat Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-4 to safely progress through to the last eight.

Andy Roddick continued his push for a place in the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Sam Querrey in the first round. Returning after a fortnight on the sidelines with a knee injury, Roddick beat fellow United States player Sam Querrey 7-5 7-6 (8-6). Both players fired in 16 aces in a hard-fought encounter.

World number one Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling and Federer have already booked their places at the ATP World Tour Finals, when the world’s top eight players will lock horns at London’s 02 Arena from 21-28 November – leaving three slots yet to be filled. Roddick is currently ranked third among the players yet to qualify, behind Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer.

Federer needed just an hour to defeat his Serbian opponent and was delighted with his performance. “That’s two perfect matches in a row,” said Federer. “How much better can it get? “I played well, served well and had hardly any errors. This is about as good as it gets. If I can keep it like this for the whole event, that would be amazing.”

But at the same time the 29-year-old does not want to risk over-confidence either. “I don’t want to get used to this, that could be a danger,” he stated. “Beating Janko [who took him to five sets in their last match at the 2008 Australian Open] is a good win. He’s on a Davis Cup finals team after all. “I’m happy to get this win, but nothing is guaranteed.”


Berdych, Verdasco and Querrey ousted in round 1.

Tomas Berdych was a surprise first-round casualty at the China Open today. The fifth-seeded Czech, who reached the Wimbledon final in a breakout year on the ATP Tour, was beaten 4-6 7-5 6-4 by German qualifier Michael Berrer in two hours and 21 minutes. It proved to a good day for Germany with Philipp Kohlschreiber also accounting for sixth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-2 7-5.

There were mixed fortunes for the United States, with Mardy Fish and John Isner progressing but Sam Querrey going out. Fish was an impressive 6-2 7-6 (7/5) victor against Janko Tipsarevic while Isner was too strong for Tsung-Hua Yang, winning 7-6 (7/5) 6-3. Querrey battled hard but went down 6-3 3-6 6-2 to in-form Frenchman Gilles Simon.


USA held to a 1-1 tie by lowly Colombia.

Colombian No. 2 Santiago Giraldo overturned a 40-place ranking difference to score a vital 62 64 75 win over World No. 21 Sam Querrey. The win draws Colombia level with USA 1-1 after the first day of its BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie in Bogota. Earlier American Mardy Fish made his first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas appearance since the 2009 quarterfinals worth waiting for by defeating Colombia’s Alejandro Falla 46 61 64 36 64 in Bogota.

It was not pretty tennis, but at an altitude of over 8,000 feet, it never promised to be. With seven breaks of serve in the first set, it looked as if neither Mardy Fish nor Alejandro Falla could hold a loaf of bread without dropping it. There were more errors than winners and a combination of pressure-less balls and tight hands contributed to a mountain of unforced errors on both sides.

Tied at three games each, Fish dropped serve for the third time and sent his racket flying and team USA’s personal stringer scrambling to get the racket’s tension right. Finally, it was Falla who managed to hold his nerves and serve and it was now Colombia who took the first set 64.

On a bright sunny day, the Plaza de Toros in Bogota was draped in the tricolor of the Colombian flag; yellow, red and blue. Even the potted carnations that ringed the court were red and yellow. The crowd sang chants of, “Vamos Alejo.Vamos Alejo. Vamos Alejo.”

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