Once Again The Last American Left, Roddick Takes A Final Bow
The crowds at day ten of the U.S. Open saw Andy Roddick play his final match, a loss to 7th ranked Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, (6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4). Roddick only had 3 break opportunities after the first set and could not convert any of them. Despite being broken twice in the third set, Roddick continued to play hard. He served in 130MPH range at many points through out the match, and saved a match point on his serve.
He is the last American man to win a grand slam final, winning the U.S. Open in 2003, the same year he achieved his world number 1 ranking. In addition, Roddick has 32 singles titles, 3 runner finishes up at Wimbledon, second place at the 2006 U.S. Open and a 2007 Davis Cup Championship.
6th ranked Czech Tomas Berdych won his first night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium defeating world number 1 Roger Federer, (7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3). Federer hit 27 errors in the first two sets, digging a hole he couldn't climb out of. In addition to serving extremely well, Berdych was competitive in most of the Swiss Master’s service games. He abruptly halted Federer’s comeback in the fourth set, breaking Federer at 4-3.
"There is something in my game that he doesn't like and it makes him struggle a bit...," said Berdych who is 5-11 against Federer. However, two of those victories are in big-time matches, the quarterfinals of Wimbeldon in 2010 and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
The women’s semifinals are all set; Serena Williams (4) demolished 12th ranked Ana Ivanovic (6-1, 6-3). "It feels so good to be able to play like that in the quarterfinals, especially against Ana Ivanovic. She's been been number one and has a grand slam under her belt," said Serena in her press conference.
She will face Italian Sara Errani (10) who defeated her countrywoman Roberta Vinci in straight sets, (6-2, 6-4). The 5’ 5” Errani has managed to fly under the radar for most of this tournament despite winning 52 matches and reaching the French Open Finals this year.
"Yeah, It's been the best year of my life, of course. I'm playing very good. Also, my ranking is very high. I just try to think [about] playing the matches, go on the court, and try to fight the best that I can, that's it," said Errani when asked about this being her breakout year.
Maria Sharapova (3) will face top-ranked Vitoria Azarenka in the other semifinal. Sharapova needed 3-sets to get past Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli (11) to conclude another rain-delayed match. Sharapova was 0-1 in the first set when play began today but she showed her fight, winning the match
Going back to the men’s draw, Andy Murray became the first man in the Men’s semifinal taking down hard hitting Croatian Marin Cilic (12) in four sets, (3-6, 7-6,6-2,6-0). Murray dropped the first set, struggling with the heat as he did his third round match against Feliciano Lopez. However, as day became night, Murray's game picked up to a level that fans are used to seeing this summer.
Second seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarters over the other Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka(18), who retired in the 3rd set.
Serbian Janko Tipsaravic (8) rounds out the Men’s quarterfinal. He defeated German Philip Kohlschreiber (19) in straight sets.