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Cincinnati: Tsonga, Roddick Out

Posted by gauloises1 on August 20, 2009

Well, the Big Four came through their matches easily enough. Rafa Nadal probably had the hardest time of it in a match against Andreas Seppi that was interrupted by rain perhaps three times, but he maintained his focus and came through in straight sets.


And the world no. 2 won.

I for one cannot believe that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Chris Guccione. That should never happen. And Roddick was upset by Sam Querrey in the last match of the night. I’m a big fan of Querrey and I thought he played really well, moving great, defending brilliantly and – to quote jb – hitting his forehand “like you dream about”. The commentators were speculating that Roddick was sick and he didn’t look in the best of phsyical condition; however, he described it himself as “just a bad night”.


From the looks of things, it might not be such a bad idea to take the rest of the week off. There’s this thing in New York coming up, yeah?


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Thursday’s OOP:

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13 Responses to “Cincinnati: Tsonga, Roddick Out”

  1. AmyLu said

    I thought Sam played a brilliant match, and Andy seemed slightly off to me (I don’t know if he was sick — at one point I thought it looked like he was going to throw up, or just frustration — he definitely didn’t play with the same thought and patience in the second set in terms of point construction that we’ve seen from him recently). I think a “statement” win of this sort is just what Sam needed, after his run in the smaller tournaments earlier this summer. He’s definitely on an upward trajectory, which is great.

    Focus may be about the only thing Rafa maintained in that match. His form was atrocious, and I think can be summed up perfectly with the following statement: he returned a Seppi 81 mph second serve, with his forehand, and it BOUNCED on his side of the court before hitting the net. Just woeful. I’ve wanted to return to Cincy for a while now (in 2006, I was there on the Sunday before the tournament started so I got to watch players practice, but I’ve yet to see an actual match), but I’ve determine if and when I do go, I will avoid watching Rafa play. It’s the tournament where he consistently produces his worst tennis.

    And, WTF Tsonga? I picked him in JJ’s bracket to make the Cincy final. Thank you, for making my picks look even more pathetic. Pfft…

    I thought Murray looked good, Nole looked about the same (playing well enough to beat someone like Ljubicic, but I have no confidence he can beat a “top” player), and I didn’t really pay attention to Fed/Chucho.

  2. irefusetotellyou said

    I went to bed with Querrey up a set, but I didn’t really think he would beat Roddick … but GOOD FOR HIM. Should be an interesting match-up with Hewitt — praises Jesus that ESPN2 is broadcasting today.

    Although I’m a bit worried about the rain / thunderstorm / weather conditions — hopefully they’ll be able to play a few matches before everything gets rained out. And what happens if they don’t complete those matches today? Will they continue tomorrow (and quarterfinals will be moved til Saturday)?

    I’m sort of hoping that’s what happens, because I would LOVE to go to Cincinnati tomorrow. It can happen … although I will be getting the cheapest tickets possible and will have to make up some atrocious lie to get out of my work shiz.

    Now, the more important question: Linz, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS?

  3. Beckham said

    Dude, I’m having the exact same thoughts as you…if the Fed beats Ferru today, I am going to make up a pathetic excuse to watch his day match tomorrow…it will be in the day right?!since he’s playing either PHM or Querrey, it would have been a night match against A-Rod, no?! I really can’t do a night match, this is totally a quickie, in and out…lol, I’m thinking sick day is the best way to goo…I feel a serious tummy upset coming on, files can wait till Monday, no?!

  4. Beckham said

    I obviously meant Lleytsie…meh

  5. irefusetotellyou said

    Yeah, wish I would have been able to go today, Federer / Ferrer is turning out to be a good match (albeit disappointing for le Fed) — and there’s like no one in the stands!!

    And HAHAHH becacuse I too was going to use a “stomach flu” / “food poisioning” excuse … birds of a feather …

  6. AmyLu said

    Have fun tomorrow, Beckham!

    I clearly need to stop watching Rafa play in this tournament. It’s just painful.

  7. linz said


    So early yesterday I said something to the effect of “Andy hasn’t lost early in a tournament all year, and I’m afraid that he’s waiting to lose in the early rounds at the Open. I kinda wish he’d get an early round loss out of the way”.

    Of course, I didn’t really mean it. It was tough to watch him lose, though I’m glad it was to a player I like as much as Sam (who did not hold up his end of the bargain by going out to Hewitt today- UGH). The most concerning thing was how MISERABLE he looked on court. I think he’s just taking the high road by not admitting an illness or anything- it was pretty obvious something was WAY off, and I think it shows his respect for Sam that he’s not saying anything to take away from Sam’s victory.

    But I don’t want to make excuses. Stuff like this happens- injuries, sickness, way off days- everyone has them. Roddick hadn’t really had one all year, and I’m glad it happened in Cincy and not at the USOpen. This shouldn’t effect his confidence at all- I think he’s way above that mentally. He had a terrible day- for whatever reason- and still took a really good player to two tiebreaks. Not a complete disaster.

    The thing I’m most bummed about is the lack of points- I was hoping he’d gain some as he had no points to defend.

    BUT if I had to chose between a bad day and a tight loss to Querrey or him losing to Fed in the quarters tomorrow. I think that would do more mental damage.

    Now if he loses early at the Open…I…I mean it just can’t happen because I don’t know what I would do.

    Cincy officially sucks. I don’t even know if I’m going to pay attention to the rest of it.

  8. linz said

    Okay I’m tired. Lots of grammar errors above. Most of it doesn’t make sense. Too sleepy to fix it.

    Also- you’re going to Cincy IRTTY? EXCITING!!!!!

  9. AmyLu said

    Linz, I highly advise taking the rest of Cincy off. Speaking from experience, it sometimes helps to take a break. *hugs* And, I do think something was bothering Andy last night — he just seemed off. I think that type of loss is easier to digest, as it’s really easy to write off to yourself. I think he’ll be just fine for the US Open. For his sake, I hope he’s not in Fed’s quarter.

    And, I hope this makes you feel better. I’ve seen tennis live in three tournaments, the US Open in 2006, Indian Wells in 2007 and Washington DC in 2007 (and Davis Cup in Winston-Salem last year)– and every time I’ve had tickets, Roddick has played a match. JJ and I have tickets to the final of the US Open so it wouldn’t surprise me at all, for various reasons, if Roddick is in the final of the USO. 🙂

  10. jb (giving teutonic gloom a try !!!!) said

    amylu – if roddick is in the final – i suspect my ass my be travelling to new york! 🙂 seriously though, the guys trying to play 3 weeks straight in tremendous heat? its a tough ask; i’m actually feeling a bit better about him getting a breather.

    sam did play well, really well actually. today i guess he hit the almost inevitable letdown against lleyton. who like ferru, has been playing very well. they’re both experienced enough to do some damage at the open. its easier in a slam to get matches under your belt, these masters are just brutal. no easy matches.

  11. Whitney said

    Yeah everything that Linz said. 🙂

  12. irefusetotellyou said

    OK, slightly off-topic, but — I planned on going to Cincinnati tomorrow, so I bought a ticket online (day session.)

    Unfortunately, my car is in the dumpster as far as brakes go — they’ve just started grinding and squeaking and making me nervous. Nevertheless I want to go so bad that I am potentially going to risk my life … hopefully a couple hundred more miles won’t hurt? [All I can say is JESUS HELP ME! (Or at least give me some more brake power.)]

  13. linz said

    Aaaah- GOOD LUCK IRTTY!!!!!!!! Don’t worry, the tennis gods will take care of you!!

    But you should definitely risk it. Nothing bad could happen. You’ll be fine. Live tennis is worth risking your life over.

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