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Roddick Returns After Mono Scare

Any Roddick returned to the tour after a scare of mononucleosis, the same disease that wracked Roger Federer’s system in 2008. Roddick, entered in Cincinnati, punctuated his comeback with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky. He looked poised to win in straight sets after leading 5-2 in the tiebreak when things started to fall apart. Roddick threw his racket, let off the steam, and never looked back. He steamrolled in the final set, playing what he considers some of his best tennis of the season.

After the match, he said, “I don’t feel perfect, but good enough. That third set was actually a blessing in disguise. That’s the best I’ve played in months.” That’s a great sign going into the next round, although I don’t think he’s ready to take on the big guns in the tournament, such as Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Andy Murray.

Here are other things to think about on the WTA and ATP tours:

  • Federer doesn’t have Paul Annacone with him at the tournament. Is something wrong already? Was it only a short-term gig? Or is Federer a little annoyed that lost to a coach-less Murray at the Rogers Cup? None of the above, apparently.
  • Murray’s definitely not getting a new coach until after the US Open. Good choice.
  • Venus Williams committed to playing the US Open. Now, how about Serena?
  • How will Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova fare after getting injured at Cincinnati?
  • Jelena Jankovic continues to be a big question mark, losing in the first round to Iveta Benesova, while Svetlana Kuznetsova rebounded after a tough loss to Sharapova last week. She beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a semifinalist at Cincy, in three sets. What’s next for Jankovic? Is she going down, Ivanovic-style? Or, will she be another Elena Dementieva? She’s had her chances to win a major, defaulting, being dramatic, or injured every time.
  • James Blake, a former top ten American, will receive a wild card into the US Open. Is it worth it?

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  1. Erik said,

    Federer confirmed that Annacone won’t be with him in Cincy due to other work Annacone has included his continuing work with the LTA. In fact, he was at Montreal for the Murray match, but had to watch it from inside the stadium as there’s some rule that he can’t be on court when Murray plays, because obviously Murray is part of the LTA.

    Murray doesn’t have a new coach but I’m sure his mother is giving him some advice. I think Murray is growing up and that whole “team of buds” he had for the last two years held him back.

    Blake did deserve a WC for the U.S. Open but I have a feeling this will be the last time he gets one, unless of course, his ranking improves. But who knows if he will indeed play in 2011.

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