Join Date: Nov 2009
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Indian Wells R2:  Roddick def. Kubot 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3
The thing you can take out of this match is that A-Rod is a fighter. He's clearly struggling with confidence and his form, but he competed very well today, got better as the match went on, and that, along with Kubot's help from a choking aspect, got him through here. Very important win for the American, the type of result that can spur on better things for him going forward.
Kubot was completely dictating the match up to 6-4 *5-4. He had chances throughout the first set to break, A-Rod wasn't serving that well, and Kubot was consistently attacking Roddick's second serves, hitting return winners and coming into the net off of second serve returns. Kubot S&V'd well off of his own serve, mixed up the placement of his serves well, and was the aggressor from the baseline with his backhand. Kubot broke to win the first set on a BH DTL and broke to serve for the match in the second set on a return winner off a second serve.
Kubot's aggressive gameplan was totally working until he served for the match. Then he started getting extremely predictable with his serve, going to the backhand 95% of the time, his serve percentage dropped and he got broken to love, and was never the same player. His forehand broke down completely from that point through the rest of the match. Roddick started returning a lot better as the match went on, especially off the backhand, but Kubot will be kicking himself for not taking out A-Rod when he was down.
Roddick got a lot more aggressive with his serve the final two sets to offset the attacking Kubot was doing off return, something he needs to continue doing going forward against all opponents. Roddick struggled to win the second set breaker from *5-2 up but got the job done with a good return, and you knew it was inevitable from there. Hopefully A-Rod takes confidence from this and can improve his play.
Last edited by Filo V.; 03-10-2012 at 10:23 PM.