With shades of an Asian horror flick, it seems like Andy Roddick is double cursed. After losing first round in Beijing, Roddick lost again in the first round of the Shanghai Masters to Stanislas Wawrinka after Roddick retired due to a left knee injury in the first set.
This is where it gets “creepy”. Wawrinka is the same guy Roddick played and ended up with a strange injury in their semifinal match in Rome back in ’08.
It gets worse. Roddick who was hoping to pick up a few wins to qualify for London is still on the bubble and may have to hustle up something special in the Paris Masters a few weeks ago to help his chances. But Roddick said afterwards he was more concerned about his health than the final event so who knows if he will even play London.
In other first round play, Tomas Berdych outlasted China Open finalist Marin Cilic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-4. Nikolay Davydenko blew past Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2 while Lleyton Hewitt dismantled a rather lethargic John Isner 6-2, 6-4. Hewitt played sharp returns and even handled Isner’s looping kick serve that would sail several feet over Hewitt’s head.
Wednesday’s action sees another Rafael Nadal vs. James Blake match while Juan Martin Del Potro takes on Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
4 responses to “Roddick’s “Asia Curse” – Loses Again First Round.”
Actually Roddick’s annoying me. Have you read… erm is it Martin’s… blog on tennis.com about the scheduling requirements? Wow, they only HAVE to play 25 weeks of the year assuming they make it seep in grand slams. I would KILL to work only 25 weeks a year. And yeah I know that obviously they have to practise but… they also get paid millions.
If I were a bitch I’d be saying that Roddick faked/exgarreated this injury to prove a point about scheduling commitments.
Love Berdych, hoping delPo wins tonight.
I doubt Roddick would “fake” an injury to prove a point as to me that would be a waste of energy. Nice to see DelPo get on the complain train with his injury last night. But Hewitt didn’t get on board and we all know what he’s been through. I guess only “God” can tell the ATP when and where he is playing. He’s earned it.
No i dont think he would have faked it completely… but I don’t think he thought twice about retiring, ya know?
I am gutted to see delPo injured. Absolutely gutted.
I’m tired of this scheduling issue in the ATP, I think if you can’t play, then don’t!!! Just pull out of the tournament, take your racquet with you and go home!!! We have hundreds of players hoping to be given a chance!!! Enough with Nadal, Roddick with the schedule discussion, just play when able, that’s it!!! I can’t understand what are these guys complaining about!!!