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Oct 25, 2012 9:28pm
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Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) – American Andy Roddick still has some gas
left in the tank, posting a second-round victory Friday at the U. Sheldon Brown Jersey .S. Open. Roddick, who
announced on Thursday that he will retire following the seasons final major
tournament, cruised past Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 under the
bright lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 30-year-old Roddick captured his lone
Grand Slam title at the 2003 U.S. Open and was the 2006 runner-up in New York. A
three-time Wimbledon finalist (2004-05, 09), Roddick will face Italian Fabio
Fognini in the third round. Fognini handled Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-4,
6-4, 6-2 on Friday. Reigning champion Novak Djokovic and former titlist Juan
Martin del Potro were also among Fridays second-round winners. The second-seeded
former world No. 1 Djokovic drubbed Brazils Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in
1 hour, 39 minutes at Ashe Stadium, where the temperature was above 90 degrees
on Day 5. Djokovic currently holds two of the four Grand Slam titles, as he also
won this years Australian Open in addition to his 2011 U.S. Open championship
when he beat Rafael Nadal in the final at the USTA Billie Jean King National
Tennis Center. The five-time major champion is also a two-time U.S. Open
runner-up (2007, 2010). The seventh-seeded del Potro got past 20-year-old
American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 34 minutes at Armstrong
Stadium. Harrison is now 0-15 lifetime against top-10 ATP players. The 6-foot-6
Del Potro stunned Roger Federer in five sets in the 2009 U.S. Open final.
Spanish star David Ferrer was also a second-round winner on Friday. The fourth
seed moved on in straight sets against Dutchman Igor Sijsling, but the tight
third went to a tiebreak, as the gritty Spaniard settled for a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6
(14-12) decision on the Grandstand court. Ferrer advanced in 2 hours, 27
minutes, breaking Sijsling four times en route to the round of 32. Janko
Tipsarevic, the No. 8 seed, spanked American Brian Baker 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 and
ninth-seeded American John Isner beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-3, 6-7 (5-7),
6-4, 6-3. Nifty 13th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet moved on by easily beating
Stanford Universitys Bradley Klahn 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, while 14th-seeded Ukrainian
Alexandr Dolgopolov drove out former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of
Cyprus 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 18 seed, outlasted
Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 and Frenchman Julien
Benneteau, the 31st seed, beat American Dennis Novikov 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5.
Former world No. 1 and 2001 U.S. Open champ Lleyton Hewitt stayed alive in the
draw with a gutsy five-set victory over left-hander Gilles Muller of Luxembourg,
3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, in 4 hours, 35 minutes. The two-time major
champion Hewitt will face Ferrer in his next outing. Meanwhile, 22-year-old
American Steve Johnson reached the third round by overcoming talented Latvian
Ernests Gulbis 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-4. Gulbis launched 24 aces in a
losing effort. The former USC Trojan Johnson is a two-time NCAA singles champ.
Also advancing was Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who took out former top-10 star
Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Mayer is rewarded with a third-
rounder against his fellow countryman del Potro. Grega Zemlja of Slovenia took
down German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to secure a spot in the third
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each group advance to the next round.BARCELONA, Spain – Milos Raonics run on the
red clay at the Barcelona Open is over. The hard-serving Canadian fell 7-6 (2),
7-6 (5) to David Ferrer on Saturday as the Spaniard advanced to his fourth final
at the tournament. “I played a good match and really tried on my opportunities,”
said Raonic, who lost three times for Ferrer last season. “He was too good when
it mattered. Thats what makes him a great player who has beaten me every time
weve played.” The third-seeded Ferrer will face six-time champion and fellow
countryman Rafael Nadal in Sundays final. Nadal beat 2010 winner Fernando
Verdasco 6-0, 6-4 in the other semifinal. “Im very happy to make my fourth
final,” Ferrer said. “I have a special relationship with this tournament. I hope
I can fulfil my dream of finally winning here.” The 21-year-old Raonic, ranked
25th in the world, hit 15 aces against Ferrer, displaying the same massive serve
that led to his upset of Andy Murray in the quarter-finals. But Ferrer, sixth in
the ATP rankings, worked his Canadian opponent around the clay court with well
placed ground strokes and proved the better finisher in the two tiebreakers.
Down 3-1 in the second-set tiebreaker, the sixth-ranked Ferrer fought back and
claimed the match in just over two hours with a superb return that clipped the
sideline. “It was very difficult to beat him,” said the 30-year-old Ferrer. “We
both had our chances. It was a question of winning or losing the key points.”
Ferrer, who has won three titles already this season, has lost the three
previous finals here to Nadal. Raonic, who grew up in Thornhill, Ont., was
bidding for a breakthrough after a positive week in the city where he trains
with Spanish coach Galo Blanco. “I feel my game is really improving, which I
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dominated from the start against Verdasco, winning 21 of 27 points to steal his
opponents first three service games and set him on his way to his 33rd straight
win at the competition. “Rafa is the best clay-court player ever,” said Ferrer.
“He has beaten me three times in the finals here. I hope tomorrow is different.”
Verdasco, who won here in 2010 when Nadal sat out the tournament he has
otherwise dominated since 2005, barely offered resistance as the worlds
second-ranked player hit winner after winner. Nadal ran off seven straight
points to open the match, breaking Verdascos first service game with an
intimidating smash. “I began the first set very strong, and getting the first
break gave me a lot of confidence,” Nadal said. “He also made some errors early
on which helped me.” Verdasco dropped his second service game when his volley
fell wide, and Nadal kept pressing, not dropping a point in the fourth game to
race out to an insurmountable lead as light rain began to fall. Down a set,
Verdasco showed some fight and had a chance to break the favourite early, but
Nadal won three straight points with strong serves to hold on. But Verdasco
faltered in the fifth game when after saving three break points he committed a
costly double fault to fall behind for good at 3-2. Nadal improved to 13-0 all
time against Verdasco and predicted a close final. “David is always tough. He is
a rival you never want to face,” Nadal said. “I wish him the best. Well… not
for tomorrow, but for the rest of the season.” Meanwhile in doubles, Torontos
Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus lost in the semifinals to
Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-3, 0-6, 10-6 of Poland. Nestor is a
four-time doubles champion in Barcelona. — With files from The Associated Press
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