Roddick, Federer on course for semifinalsWIMBLEDON, England (AP) — There were moments during Andy Roddick’s third-round match at Wimbledon when he could have allowed himself to get distracted by frustration. Indeed, there was a time, not all that long ago, when he probably would have.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — There were moments during Andy Roddick’s third-round match at Wimbledon when he could have allowed himself to get distracted by frustration.
Indeed, there was a time, not all that long ago, when he probably would have.
“You used to see,” said Roddick’s coach, Larry Stefanki, “negativity carry over and linger for a few games.”
Not anymore. The No. 5-seeded American let the second set slip away against No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, then quickly regrouped Friday, finishing with 28 aces in a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the second week at the All England Club.
“I’ve done a good job of not saying a word out there this whole tournament, just going about my business the right way,” Roddick said, “so I just tried to play the next point.”
Leading 5-4 in the second set, Roddick got to love-40 on Kohlschreiber’s serve. But Roddick frittered away all three of those set points, then lost the last three points of the tiebreaker, too.
He didn’t flinch, though, and eventually ended things on match point No. 3 with an ace at 137 mph.
“He’s done such a better job over the last year of letting things go, and that’s what great players learn to do: They don’t let it bother them to the point of where it carries over. It’s a clean slate. It’s over. Nothing you can do about it,” Stefanki said. “Easier said than done.”
Seeking his first Wimbledon title at age 27, Roddick has lost three finals at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament to Federer, and they are on track for a semifinal meeting next week.
After being taken to five sets in the first round, then four in the second, Federer was back to his best Friday, beating 2001 Australian Open runner-up Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
“Obviously,” Federer said, “this felt much better.”
Federer saved the only break point he faced, hit 29 winners and only 12 unforced errors, and was ushered off Centre Court by a roar of approval from the crowd.
“I get standing ovations 99 percent of the time — doesn’t matter if the performance was great or not-so great,” Federer said. “I think they’re happy to see me, and they love tennis. ... But of course, when I end up winning, and they give me a reception like this, it feels good at the heart.”
John Isner, meanwhile, was feeling anything but good Friday, when he trudged on court at noon to play in the second round a day after finishing the longest match in tennis history. Understandably wiped out after his victory over Nicolas Mahut went to 70-68 in the fifth set and included 11 hours, 5 minutes of action spread over three days, the 23-seeded Isner, of Tampa, Fla., bowed out 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 to Thiemo de Bakker in 74 minutes — the shortest men’s match at Wimbledon so far this year.
Friday’s winners included No. 3 Novak Djokovic, the 2008 Australian Open champion; No. 12 Tomas Berdych, a French Open semifinalist; and No. 15 Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon champion, who eliminated No. 21 Gael Monfils. Daniel Brands, a German ranked 98th, moved on when No. 31 Victor Hanescu of Romania stopped playing in the fifth set because of what was officially listed as a leg injury.
Djokovic faces Hewitt next, while six-time Wimbledon champion Federer plays French Open semifinalist and 16th-seeded Jurgen Melzer, who eliminated No. 22 Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Roddick will take on 82nd-ranked Yen-hsun Lu, the first man from Taiwan reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament.
The most intriguing matchup already set for Monday is in the women’s draw, where two Belgians who have been ranked No. 1, won major singles titles and recently took sabbaticals from the tour — Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters — will play each other for the 25th time. The series stands at 12-all.
No. 8 Clijsters defeated No. 27 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3, and No. 17 Henin eliminated No. 12 Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-4.
Venus Williams, a five-time champion at the All England Club, got off to a slow start Friday, trailing 3-1, before overpowering No. 26 Alisa Kleybanova of Russia 6-4, 6-2.