Lopez knocks out Roddick
Originally published on: 24/06/11 16:49
Feliciano Lopez sent Andy Roddick crashing out of Wimbledon after putting on a sublime performance to reach round four.
The Spaniard had never before beaten Roddick in seven previous meetings, but served beautifully to clinch a 7-6 7-6 6-4 victory.
“To beat Andy on this court is very special,” said Lopez. “I played very solid all three sets. When you play Andy Roddick here, you never expect to win two straight tie breaks.Everything was working perfectly.”
Roddick was in agreement. “He played well,” admitted the American. “I mean this year’s a lot easier to deal with than, let’s say, last year where I feel like I gave it away. I got beat. He came out. He served about as well as someone has. You know, the stuff that’s enabled me to beat him seven times, making passing shots under duress, making him play defense on his forehand, he did well today. Mixed up his serve. There weren’t a whole lot of patterns. So he played an outstanding match”.
Roddick next goes to Austin, his hometown for the Davis Cup tie where USA meet Spain on July 8 – 10. Commenting on the tie, Roddick said, “It’s weird to have my home life in Austin and my tennis life, it seems like they’re almost two different existences. For the two of them to come together for that weekend, it’s pretty cool.”
Lopez next faces the winner of the match on Court 3 between Gael Monfils and Poland’s Lukasz Kubot.