Rogers Cup: Murray Claims #2; Del Potro Survives

In semifinal action today at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Andy Murray made it into the finals with a 6-4, 7-6 (8) over Jo-Wilifred Tsonga. Murray now will rise to #2 in the world on Monday since he will eclipse Rafael Nadal in points since Rafa lost early this week.

Of course all this could change next week if for some reason Murray loses early in Cincinnati, which he won last year, and Nadal wins the tournament, but for me to crunch the numbers would take too long. It is the first time in four years that the Federer/Nadal juggernaut of the top two positions has changed.

The next match was Roddick vs. Del Potro. This played almost like last weekend’s final in D.C. First set went to Roddick 6-4 after JMDP made too many errors while serving 4-5. In the second set, Roddick couldn’t find his serve or keep a ball in the court, allowing Del Potro to jump out to a 4-0 lead, eventually winning the set 6-2.

The third set was even throughout. Roddick tried to keep the points short while Del Potro won most of the long rallies. With Del Potro serving at 4-5, he missed a forehand volley to go down 0-15 and then couldn’t find his first serve, allowing Roddick a match point at 30-40. But then Del Potro found his first serve and eventually held. In the next game, Roddick had serving troubles and lost his serve, smashing his raquet. Del Potro went on to hold serve and win the final set 7-5.

Roddick is now 0-3 against Del Potro. Roddick better hope that Del Potro shows up on the other side of the draw at the U.S. Open.


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