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Berdych v Roddick as it happened

Flushing Meadows, New York, 27 August-9 September

US Open, Flushing Meadows Fourth round result:


7-6 (8-6) 2-0

* denotes server

By Sophie Brown


Second set

Berdych 0-2 Roddick
Well, folks, that’s it. Berdych slaps a forehand wide and then calls it a day. M was clearly right – he is feeling ill. Roddick goes through to the quarter-finals where he could face his nemesis Roger Federer.

“I can’t see Berdych playing the match through – from 5-3 up he looks weak and sweating. The guy has some kind of sickness for sure.”
M on 606

Berdych 0-1 Roddick
The doctor and trainer are out again to look at Berdych, who looks pretty disconsolate after losing that first set. Things don’t get any better as Roddick holds serve and then jogs cheerfully to change ends.

First set

Berdych 6-7 (6-8) Roddick
It’s a tie-break dominated by big first serves. A whipped forehand winner gives Berdych set point but he nets while trying the same shot on the next point. Another unforced error – this time on the backhand – and Roddick has set point. Berdych looks poised to save it after setting up the point perfectly but puts a simple forehand into the net.

Berdych 6-6 Roddick
The second love service game in a row from Roddick forces a tie-break. Roddick’s coach Jimmy Connors applauds enthusiastically in the crowd.

Berdych 6-5 Roddick
There’s quite a gusty wind in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which maybe explains the number of service breaks. Berdych holds comfortably. Why is no-one texting in?

Berdych 5-5 Roddick
Roddick holds serve to love, much to the delight of the partisan New York crowd.

Berdych 5-4 Roddick
Another break – is this a women’s match in disguise? Berdych drops his serve to love, including beginning with a double fault and then mistiming a forehand.

Berdych 5-3 Roddick
Berdych zaps a backhand return down the line to set up two more break points. Roddick then puts a backhand long and now Berdych is a break up.

Berdych 4-3 Roddick
Berdych is well and truly back on track in this opening set and looking much more confident as he holds comfortably.

Berdych 3-3 Roddick
Whatever those pills were, they seem to do the trick. Berdych puts more pressure on the Roddick serve and the American duly double-faults at break point to hand back his advantage in the first set.

Berdych 2-3 Roddick
Berdych holds serve. The trainer comes on and gives him some tablets. Maybe even he is getting a headache from that shirt.

Berdych 1-3 Roddick
A quickfire service game from Roddick. In less than a minute, he has increased his lead.

Berdych 1-2 Roddick
The good news for Berdych fans is that despite serving two consecutive double faults, the Czech manages to hold to win his first game. The bad news is that he calls for the trainer at the changeover.

Berdych 0-2 Roddick
Berdych is struggling to find his rhythm as Roddick holds. I hate to kick a man when he is already down but Berdych is wearing a terrible shirt – grey and yellow stripes with a dash of purple – it has a cheap ’80s look about it.

Berdych 0-1 Roddick
Big servers they may be but the first game contains several decent rallies. Berdych goes 30-0 up but then drops the next three points to go break-point down. A double fault gives Roddick the early break.

The players are due out on court shortly in what should be a big-serving shootout.

It’s the Labour Day holiday in the US and the home crowd will be in festive mood and right behind their man Roddick.

Story from BBC SPORT


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