Google Down the Line!: Roddick + Wozniacki take a tumble out of Wimbledon

Monday, June 28, 2010

Roddick + Wozniacki take a tumble out of Wimbledon

Andy Roddick won't be making a return to the men's final this year after getting stunned by unheralded and unseeded Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 9-7 in the Wimbledon fourth round. He becomes the first Asian man to reach the quarterfinals at a major in 15 years *clap, clap*

Rendy hit 83 winners/34 UEs, 22 aces, 60% first serve and converted 1 of 2 break points - that being in the final game of the match. He'll face Novak Djokovic, who defeated an in-form Lleyton Hewitt, for a spot in the semifinals.

The Taiwanese baller played the match of his life holding his ground on the baseline against A-Rod's blasts and pushing the American back seemingly near the stands in a defensive stance. Rendy also served well in the key moments which he believes was the difference in the match:

Q. You played him twice before. What was the difference?

YEN‑HSUN LU: I think for me I know he's very tough on grass because he has big serve. And I don't think I'm doing different than last time. But I just show my serve when I was in trouble or when I in tough situation, I don't overplay.

So I have to stay with him because last two match, sometimes in the pressure, I overplay because I want to make a winner.

But today I just take a time, serve regular, and stay with him, try to find a chance and to win the set, set by set, set by set, until end, I shaking hand and I win. Yeah, I just don't think.
While Rendy's serving was solid the fourth seed's return of serve was abysmal only breaking his opponent once - in the opening set of the match. He was asked about it in his post-match presser:
Q. There were patches in the match where you felt like he was reading your serve pretty well? You hit a lot of aces.

ANDY RODDICK: I didn't get broken for five sets. It wasn't my serve. It wasn't my service games. It was my returning. That was crap. It was really bad.

I haven't been broken since the first set against Llodra. So I don't think it was my serve.

Q. Back to the returning. Were you not reading him the way you wanted to or the ball wasn't coming off the racquet?

ANDY RODDICK: It wasn't coming off the right way. I was fighting it all day. You know, seemed like games where I got good swings on it, he was playing from ahead. He did a good job, as well. I don't know.

I had I think one second serve on a breakpoint. That was there in the fifth when I hit a decent return. He cold‑cocked one, came in, hit an inside‑out stick volley. That was a pretty impressive volley at that point.

You know, I just wasn't doing a good job of converting.
By the looks of it A-Rod has a really good cry in the locker room before sitting down with the press. And it's understandable: he waited a whole year to get another chance at converting match point in the final on Sunday. Plus, every year his chances get slimmer and slimmer to hoist the trophy. It's too bad he didn't play like any of either of those things mattered today.

Caroline Wozniacki had been playing some of the best tennis on the ladies side until she met up with Petra Kvitova today.

The unseeded Czech baller dismantled the third seed 6-2, 6-0 in a brisk 46 minutes to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. She hit 23 winners/11 UEs, 5 aces, 62% first serve, won 10 of 13 second serve points and made 7 of 8 net approaches. She'll face qualifier Kaia Kanepi, who defeated Klara Zakopalova, for a spot in the final four.

The post-match analysis is pretty straightforward: the Dane was absolutely overwhelmed by the power hitting of Petra, plain and simple. Hopefully Wozzi can take some time off and get rested. She has a tendency to overplay at times so maybe it's a blessing in disguise for the upcoming hard court season where she has tons of points to defend.

There was one mild upset: unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova bested '07 finalist and 11th seed Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-4. She'll face Venus Williams in a rematch of their '06 Oz Open first round meeting when she ousted the American in a huge surprise.

On a side note: JJ went down literally and in the tournament to Vera Zvonareva after retiring with a back injury in the second set of their match.

[Photo(s): Reuters, Getty Images]

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