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Yeah, Hewitt loves a target. Andy has to be aggressive off the ground and only come in when he's got an easy volley. It's his only chance.

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I'm actually speechless. Andy i wuv you
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Roddick advances in Memphis, pulls out of Dubai

By TERESA M. WALKER – 9 minutes ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Andy Roddick enjoys playing in the United Arab Emirates but won't defend his title in Dubai because he doesn't agree with the decision to deny Israeli Shahar Peer a visa to play in a women's tournament.

"There were a lot of factors why I should probably go, and obviously having played well there doesn't make it any easier," Roddick said after beating fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

The mixing of politics and sports was a big part of Roddick's decision to pull out of Dubai where he won his second of three titles in 2008. Roddick said he has enjoyed himself when visiting the U.A.E. but was disappointed to see the government make a decision that reflects poorly on a great tournament.

"I don't think you make political statements through sports," Roddick said.

In Memphis, he will play either Lleyton Hewitt and Christophe Rochus of Belgium, who played Friday night in the other quarterfinal.

Czech Radek Stepanek, looking for his second straight ATP Tour title, rallied back in the first-set tiebreaker Friday afternoon and beat Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 7-6 (7), 6-4. Stepanek will meet qualifier Dudi Sela of Israel, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russian Igor Kunitsyn, in the other semifinal.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus needed two hours, 12 minutes to beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) and advance to the championship of the Cellular South Cup. Azarenka will play Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Anne Keothavong of Britian in 54 minutes.

Roddick said staying not traveling to Dubai will probably help him prepare for Davis Cup action against Switzerland in March. In reaching his fourth straight semifinal, Roddick had to overcome an overrule in the second set.

He had the advantage in the fifth game when umpire Fergus Murphy ruled a ball out, resulting in deuce. Roddick yelled that the umpire couldn't call a ball on the far side, then Querrey won the next two points to break Roddick's serve and go up 3-1. Roddick was so disgusted he threw his racket in the direction of the umpire.

The umpire gave Roddick a warning, prompting Roddick to yell out that Murphy had to have "Go-Go Gadget eyes" to see far enough to overrule.

Not that Roddick, the top seed in this tournament, commented later because he didn't want to be fined. He is in favor of all ATP World Tour 500 series events, like Memphis, having the Hawkeye replay system.

"At the end of the day, you don't have questions about how a match was decided," he said.

Querrey had the bigger serve with 15 aces to 11 for Roddick. But Roddick was more effective, winning 78 percent of his first serves. He broke Querrey in the ninth game of the first set and won 6-4 in 30 minutes. He kept complaining to the umpire during a changeover after going down 1-4, then fought off two break points to hold serve.

Roddick broke Querrey in the second game of the third set and improved to 16-3 this year.

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Deb, I'm still floored after reading it again, gotta love the guy!

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WTA fines Dubai organizers; Roddick pulls out

By RICK FREEMAN – 22 minutes ago

The WTA fined Dubai Tennis Championships organizers a record $300,000 Friday after Israeli player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates, and Andy Roddick later said he wouldn't defend the title he won there last year.

"I really didn't agree with what went on over there. I don't know if it's the best thing to mix politics and sports, and that was probably a big part of it," Roddick said at a tournament in Memphis, Tenn.

"It's just disappointing that reflects on a tournament that probably didn't have much to do with the decision. Nevertheless, I just don't feel like there's a need for that in a sporting event. I don't think you make political statements through sports."

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Andy Roddick enjoys playing in the United Arab Emirates but won't defend his title in Dubai because he doesn't agree with the decision to deny Israeli Shahar Peer a visa to play in a women's tournament.

"There were a lot of factors why I should probably go, and obviously having played well there doesn't make it any easier," Roddick said after beating fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

The mixing of politics and sports was a big part of Roddick's decision to pull out of Dubai where he won his second of three titles in 2008. Roddick said he has enjoyed himself when visiting the U.A.E. but was disappointed to see the government make a decision that reflects poorly on a great tournament.

"I don't think you make political statements through sports," Roddick said.
Wow! I knew I liked this guy.
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idk why, but this made me laugh. Maybe it's because I'm imagining Robby shooting Andy an incredulous face to go along with that thought.
yeah... just like the incredulous look on Robby's face every time a stream of water comes out of drinking fountain.

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yeah... just like the incredulous look on Robby's face every time a stream of water comes out of drinking fountain.
Poor Robby.

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The umpire gave Roddick a warning, prompting Roddick to yell out that Murphy had to have "Go-Go Gadget eyes" to see far enough to overrule.


And as for Dubai and Andy...

...Fool me three times, either I'm kind of stupid or you're really good at this.

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Kudos to Andy for standing up in what he believes in. He earned some major respect.
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Go Andy!!! Win this title!!!

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Andy fans. OK, well most of you will know I'm not really an Andy fan But I just wanted to come over and say how impressed I was to read of his decision to pull out from Dubai, and the reasons that he gave. I totally respect him for standing up for what he believes in, and being brave enough to speak up. Kudos to him and I hope he wins the tournament he's playing in this week. I kind of wish Novak would pull out of Dubai too - I'm not comfortable with him playing there for lots of reasons. Anyway - this is about Andy - so just wanted to say I really do admire and respect him for this.

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Andy A big to you.
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Finally, a player who shows some leadership and some balls. Of course that person would be Andy.

Disappointed with Roger and Rafa. These guys are the ones who wanted to get on the players council to make some changes but they suddenly clam up when a player needs them most.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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generally lurk, but gotta add my two penneth.

very pleased Andy was the first (and last?) player to do this.
it was great statement to make and I don't doubt the honesty and intent.
Roddick is the player with the most to lose by not going. speaks volumes to this fan.
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and Andy

interview with him after yesterday's match:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/multi...p?videoid=1033

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besides them rooting for: Bob Bryan; Mike Bryan; MarTy Fish
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