Federer Squeezes Past Roddick for Berth in the Semis
By Brian Cleary
Wednesday, September 5, 2007

For all the talk of how Roger Federer towers over the sport of tennis, very little, at least on the scoreboard, separated Andy Roddick from Federer in their quarterfinal showdown under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

There was Roddick in the first set tiebreak, having just hit a volley winner to bring the tiebreak score to 6-5 in Federer’s favor. The crowd roared. In fact the crowd started to go crazy--and that was just for Roddick to be down 6-5 in the breaker. What’s more, it was clear the crowd wanted to do more than just go crazy. It wanted to go absolutely nuts, and if Roddick had taken the first set, there’s no telling how rowdy they might have gotten and how that might have affected the Swiss star and infused Roddick with energy and confidence.

But then, as Federer so often does, the No. 1 seed stepped up to the line and hit just the right shot for just the right occasion, in this case a service ace that took the air right out of Roddick and right out of the lungs of the crowd at the same time. Federer held onto the momentum and took the match in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-2.

“I could have been down two sets to love,’’ Federer said after the match, referring to how narrowly he survived the first two tiebreaks. “You couldn't allow yourself to make any easy mistakes, you know, because they would be costly. I think we really tightened up our games really nicely tonight.”

Roddick, who said he felt good from the get-go and was happy with his game plan, after the match looked emotionally drained, a touch angry, but also proud.

“I played my ass off out there tonight,’’ he said. “I played the right way. So, you know? It helps, but that doesn't mean I can't be pissed off.” OS...孩子終於長大了!!只是頭句話有那麼點粗俗

As close as the match was, at least in the first two sets, Federer prevailed against Roddick for the 14th time in 15 matches. He has now taken out Roddick in six Grand Slams since 2003, and while Roddick has one Grand Slam to his name, Federer continues his quest here for his 12th Major title.

That little something extra goes a long way.

Sometimes it doesn’t even seem little.

In the second set tiebreak, Roddick and Federer were even at 4-4, and Roddick, not to mention the crowd, was still very much in the match. Roddick knew he had to serve well and play aggressively and attack the net, which he was doing with some success (in the match, he approached the net 36 times and won half those points.)

But the strategy wasn’t exactly going according to plan. For starters, he wasn’t able to dominate Federer with his serve and, with 14 aces, blasted one less ace than Federer in the match. But he was scraping and clawing, winning some points coming in and, against the strategy, prevailing against Federer in some long rallies.

At 4-4 in the breaker, Roddick hit a marvelous, booming 140-mph serve. The only problem for Roddick was that Federer nailed the return, catching the baseline and forcing Roddick into an error. The mini-break his, Federer served out the second set tiebreak, and the New York crowd began to head for the exits.

“I took a chance,’’ Federer said with typical nonchalance after the match of a shot that was one of the best struck in the tournament. “Probably if he would have served to my forehand, at that point it would have been an ace. So that was just guessing, you know. I'm happy I hit it perfectly well.”

For Roddick, that shot summed up the impossible task it sometimes feels to him to play Federer. “[Federer] hits a 140 [return], hits the back of the line, you know, whatever.’’

While the loss was a huge disappointment to Roddick, and will do nothing to quiet murmurs of hisbeing a "one-Slam wonder,'' the evening had a very special feel to it. The crowd at the match was unusually star-studded, even by New York standards, with Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Martha Stewart, Tony Bennett and Andre Agassi in attendance, to mention just of the few of the big names whocame out to see Roddick take on the world’s No. 1. The big names just added to the already electric atmosphere of the night, something that wasn’t lost on Roddick.

“ I'd have to be completely out of touch not to realize that, you know, what the atmosphere was like out there tonight,’’ Roddick said. “If I don't have fun doing that, then I'm not going to have fun playing tennis.”

Federer moves on to the semifinals to take on Nikolay Davydenko, the No. 4-seeded Russian, who took out Tommy Haas earlier in straight sets. Federer has now won 25-straight matches here at the Open, losing just 10 sets during his Flushing Meadows winning streak. He’s now two matches away from becoming the first man in the Open era to collect a fourth consecutive US Open title.


ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM - Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
 
  Roger Federer SUI (1)Winner 77776
 
  Andy Roddick USA (5)  65642
 

總覺得這場輸的很可惜...
雖然又再次與現場感錯身而過...
但看了重播的內容...
我覺得至少Roddick不再像今年澳網時~~遇上Federer打的那麼糟
搶七搶七...前兩盤還沒有出現任何一個破發點
可見今天真的在自己的發球局上...都能穩住陣腳
只是第三盤出現破發點~~那Federer真的不會錯過任何機會
他打球真的感覺非常輕而易舉!!
Roddick只要給了他機會...那真的就很危險
最後真的輸的很可惜...連一盤都沒拿下...
但是Roddick沒有提早放棄...這大概是好事吧!!呵呵
不然每次打不順~~就開始發脾氣...越打越爛
反而不是因為受到刺激~~要自己打更好!!
Federer太了解Roddick的打法了...
不過身為A-Rod小迷~~也只能怨嘆"球王"這個封號不是掛在他身上!!
還有大會籤表真的擺太爛
兩個前五的種子選手在八強就碰面...真是一點也不好玩!!
難過呀~~!!輸了就真的讓人要瘋掉的感覺...
嗯~~聽見主播&球評不斷說Roddick的弱點...
然後一直讚許小費...還真吃味勒!!
希望Roddick能趕快再拿個ATP賽事冠軍or大滿貫冠軍
不知多久沒拿冠軍了呢!!






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