The US Open tennis 2010 schedule is still just starting. As such, the US Open tennis 2010 schedule doesn’t have many upsets, although the opening rounds have been tough for some. Yet the top seeds still aren’t expected to be really tested until later on, when the competition gets tougher. Andy Roddick used to be considered one of those top seeds, although he has slid a bit this year. Last night, he slid even further, which led to the first big upset on the US Open tennis 2010 schedule.
Roddick went into the second round against Janko Tipsarevic with a lot to prove. He had slipped to the ninth seed overall, yet he was the top seed in the competition among Americans. But his top 10 standing took another hit, as he suffered one of his earliest losses in a Grand Slam.
The US Open tennis 2010 tournament ended for Roddick with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 defeat, highlighted by a disputed call in the third set. When a foot fault was called on Roddick, he got into a sparring match with the lineswoman. As it turned out, he did commit a fault, but not with the foot the judge said.
The dispute brought on memories of Serena Williams’ controversial complaints last year, but the US Open tennis 2010 tournament doesn’t have an outburst that heated yet. However, Roddick had the same results that Williams had, in that he was knocked out afterward — albeit in the second round, instead of the semifinals.
With the defeat, Roddick and American tennis in general took another hit. Roddick’s chances to get far through the US Open tennis 2010 schedule weren’t high, but he was expected to go farther than this. While his standing slides further down, Tipsarevic has advanced to the Open third round for the first time, and will face No. 17 Gael Monflis next.
After some early tests for Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova, Roddick is the first big name to fall in Flushing Meadows. Other stars had better luck yesterday, as Andy Murray finally got to breeze through the first round, while Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters advanced to the third round.
Today, the US Open tennis 2010 schedule has Jankovic and Soderling try to do better in round 2, while Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer headline at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Perhaps it is still too early for the bigger favorites to lose, but with these early tests and the difficult weather, things aren’t getting any easier.
NPR- “Roddick Upset By Tipsarevic In 2nd Round Of Open”
US Open- “Schedule of Play”