Day 10 of US Open was bittersweet from Andy Roddick’s retirement and Roger Federer’s loss to Andy Murray’s miraculous comeback.
After Kim Clijsters, who bid farewell to professional tennis last week, Andy Roddick followed suite on Wednesday after his quarterfinal loss to Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in four sets despite winning the first set. The score board read 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4. Although he may not match up to them, Andy Roddick is the third American to end his career at the US Open after Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Andy Roddick is the last American to win the US Open was back in 2003.
Equally shocking is top seed Roger Federer’s quarterfinal loss to Thomas Berdych also in four sets, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6. The Swiss could not get a firm hold on his game throughout the match. His committed forty unforced errors and managed on sixty three percent of his first serves while Berdych had no issues with his service. The audience was hopeful that Federer would regain his composure after the “warm-up” in the form of the first set but by the time hope turned into reality, it was too late. Without doubt, Berdych was the better player of the night. His play was consistent contrary to that of Federer’s. Berdych is only the third person after Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to defeat Roger Federer at least twice at a grand slam event.
Andy Murray displayed brilliance to overcome Marin Cilic after being a set behind to set up a semifinal showdown with Juan Martin Del Potro. There was a time when Andy Murray was considered immature. But his performance this year so far has successfully altered that impression. During his quarterfinal match against Cilic, Murray was in the danger of losing the first two sets. Under such circumstances, Murray would have normally crumbled and given in meekly. But as he has proven at the Wimbledon and the London Olympics, he held his nerve to finally power through with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory. His improved performance over the last few major tournaments have definitely show signs of maturity in all the aspects that matter. He is no longer the “other guy” after Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
As for the women, Serena Williams continues her brutal dominance over the women’s draw and her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Ana Ivanovic on reaffirmed her position. She faces Sara Errani in the semifinals who overcame Roberta Vince in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Sharapova came back after being down a set to get the better of Marion Bartoli 3-6, 6-3 6-4.
World Number one Victoria Azarenka will now face Maria Sharapova in the semifinals after ousting defending champion Samantha Stosur 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals.