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from Bob Larson's Daily Tennis column:
Men's Match of the Day
Paris - Third Round
Max Mirnyi (Q) def. Andy Roddick (1) 7-6(7-2) 6-2
Lucky for Andy Roddick the Masters Cup is played on hardcourt.
Roddick started strong in the first set, and out-aced Mirnyi. But the Beast from Belarus managed to make it to a tiebreak, and on this fast surface, his attacking game beat Roddick's baseline strategy. The American went downhill fast in the second set; even his serve started to stutter as the match went along.
Which suddenly makes the Race much, much more interesting. Roddick is still #2, but he's vulnerable. His lead over Lleyton Hewitt is a mere 33 Race points. That means that Hewitt needs only to reach the final to pass him.
And though Hewitt is in the tougher half of the draw (it started out looking easier, but now Hewitt has to face Marat Safin), even if the Australian doesn't reach the final, if he can win even one more match, then he'll go into Houston effectively tied with Roddick: Whoever lasts longer at the Masters Cup will be #2. Indeed, even if Hewitt loses the quarterfinal, he would still need to pick up only 40 points on Roddick to make #2 -- which he could do with a better result in the Round Robin, or by making the final with Roddick losing in the semifinal or before. There are lots and lots of possibilities; suffice it to say that, given the gap in points and the fact that Hewitt is still active here, we'd put the odds between them at just about even for earning the year-end #2 spot. Which in turn could translate into the #2 Australian Open seed. And while Hewitt has never done much in Melbourne, he has assuredly proved his Rebound Ace chops (titles at Adelaide 1998, 2000; Sydney 2000, 2001, 2004)
well. when andy lost yesterday, i guess i wasnt as surprised as i normally would be, but then i started hearing about andy giving up, his bad behavior, all that crap, and that was what made me mad. but thanks for the recap of the match, fumus that makes me feel a little better that at least he is trying out new stuff and not standing a billion feet behind the baseline on the ROS. i dont think that particular match was the best time to try new stuff, but i guess knowing that is better than nothing andy is supposed to be a fighter though....im dissapointed that he just gave up