I'm actually speechless. Andy i wuv you
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.