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Roddick takes a hit; Haas gets a break

American men and women move on in Cincy


August 14, 2012 | 08:35 PM

After he'd saved 3 set points in the 1st set breaker, at 5-6 A-Rod forced his way into the net and earned a high forehand volley that most men or women would have buried in the corner to end the point. This is where his sub-par net game costs him big: opponent Chardy glided to his right and passed Andy cleanly to take the set. In the 2nd set, perhaps the Frenchman was aided by a back spasm Andy received treatment for at 1-2. The final was 7-6 (5), 6-3, making a disappointing end to Andy's run up the ranks. He'll have one more chance next week in Winston-Salem where fewer top seeds will play and fewer points are at stake.

Sam Querrey was more fortunate, coming back from a set down to defeat Melzer 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. If he's really lucky, MURRAY won't be as fit as he'd like when they play tomorrow.

Mardy Fish handled Feliciano Lopez easily, 6-2, 6-3, but in a battle between two men trying to put together their first back-to-back wins this summer, Bernie Tomic got the better of Brian Baker 6-4, 6-3. Assuming FED disposes of the bogus Russian, Bogomolov, Bernie will get another crack at the #1.

Want to know how good is Brian Baker? Go to Jeff Sackmann's analysis of his play level at:

http://heavytopspin.com/2012/08/14/how-good-is-brian-baker/

In doubles, Querrey and Blake upset seeds Melzer & Petzschner 6-2, 7-6 (5), making a good day for James, who received a wild card into the Open. In a sign that older players are receiving more respect, the Open Committee awarded another 30 year old a WC today, Leyton Hewitt.

Tommy Haas continued his amazing run after saving a match point at 5-6, 30-40 on his serve, winning 6-7 (0), 7-6 (4), 6-3 over another 30 year old, David Nalbandian. Tommy will face 6th seed Del Potro in the 3rd round.

Milos Raonic def. Gasquet 7-6 (4), 6-3 to set up a metting with Baghdatis, who upset #11 seed Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-1.

WOMEN

Three of four American women in action today won:

- VENUS def. Kirilenko, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2

- SERENA def. Daniilidou, 6-3, 6-4

- Sloane Stephens def. Pironkova, 6-4, 6-1

- Vinci def. Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-3

Tomorrow will see the top seeds in action for the first time.

Rick

Cincinnati ATP, WTA 8.14.12


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