March 19, 2010 |
The ball is popping off Andy Roddick's racket. His serves are hitting the hard court at the Indian Wells Tennis Center with nice, solid thwacks, and now the 27-year-old American is into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open after his 6-3, 7-5 win over Spaniard Tommy Robredo on Friday afternoon. Besides his big serving, Roddick hurt Robredo with solid returning, with a competent backcourt game and with confidence. As Roddick said afterward, he would enjoy winning this tournament, the only major U.S. event the top American men's player hasn't won. But now it gets tougher.
September 8, 2010 |
Reporting from New York Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep Roger Federer from his appointed rounds. Which is to perform majestically at the U.S. Open. Except for the one unexplainable burp in last year's final, when Juan Martin del Potro won the last two sets and the title, Federer has virtually owned the center court and the center stage here since 2004. That encompassed five straight titles and 40 straight matches until Del Potro did the unthinkable.
June 22, 2011 |
Seedings in parenthesis Centre Court Play begins 5 a.m. PDT: Robin Soderling (5) vs. 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt; Li Na (3), the first Chinese winner of the French Open vs. Sabine Lisicki; six-time champion Roger Federer (3) vs. 55th-ranked Adrian Mannarino of France. Court 1 Play begins 5 a.m. PDT: Kevin Anderson vs. Novak Djokovic (3); Grigor Dimitrov vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12); Laura Robson of Britain vs. 2004 champion Maria Sharapova (5). Court 2 Play begins 4 a.m. PDT: Defending champion Serena Williams (7)
April 23, 2010 |
Dark clouds rolled in hours before the rain started at the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La., on Friday. However, even the brisk winds before the storm did not seem to hamper those who teed off early. Lightning forced play to be halted at 10:57 a.m. PDT, and heavy rain continued for hours. Play was officially called for the day at 3:21 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain had fallen by noon. Forty-seven players had finished their rounds when play was halted, and three — Lee Janzen , Alex Cejka and Brian Davis — were atop the leaderboard at seven under par after two rounds.
June 26, 2011 |
It is lonely for Mardy Fish . He's the only American man left in the singles draw as Wimbledon resumes Monday with all the fourth-round matches for men and women on the schedule and 90-degree heat forecast. "It doesn't feel great," said Fish of the fact that, as happened at the French Open, before a two-week major is half finished, the U.S. is not representing. "I want the guys here," Fish said. "So that's a bit of a bummer I guess. " Fish is married to former UCLA player Stacey Gardner and is so unfamous that Fish, the 10th-seeded man at the world's biggest tournament, was asked who gets recognized more when they're out and about in Los Angeles, which is where he and Gardner live.
November 27, 2009 |
Juan Martin del Potro squeaked into the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Roger Federer , 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, on Thursday -- the slimmest possible margin to advance and knock Andy Murray out of the tournament. That result means Del Potro and Federer advance after a three-way tie in Group A. All three players finished the round-robin stage with two wins and identical 5-4 set records. However, Murray was eliminated after winning the lowest percentage of games.