Andy Roddick recovered from a terrible start to move Into the quarter-finals at the Sony Ericsson Open Tuesday with a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over German Benjamin Becker. Roddick said that his fight back in the sixth game of the first set was the turning point of the match. “He came out aggressive and ready to play from the first ball. I was maybe looking to work my way into the match a little bit more than he afforded me. He was more ready to play than I was.”
Roddick, who improved to a 4-0 record against Becker, claimed his 23rd match win of the season by advancing to the Sony Ericsson Open quarter-finals for the seventh time in 11 appearances, which included his title run in 2004. Roddick will now take on Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, who defeated Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3).
Earlier, eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed just 59 min. to overpower Spanish former World number one-ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 6-2, as he dropped just four points on his first serve en route to the quarter-finals for the second straight year. The Frenchman, who fell to Novak Djokovic in the last eight of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament last year, broke serve five times and surrendered just four points behind his first serve to record his second victory over the 12th-seeded Ferrero. The 24-year-old Tsonga, improved to a 14-5 mark on the season. He will now face Rafael Nadal in the Quarterfinals.
Nadal reached the Quarters by winning a hard fought two-hour battle with fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. After a struggle in the first set, Nadal looked headed for a routine win when he raced to a 3-0 lead in the second, but Ferrer continued to attack and pushed Nadal all the way before the six-time Grand Slam champion triumphed 7-6(5), 6-4 in a one hour, 57 min. match.
Russian Mikhail Youzhny was leading American Mardy Fish 6-1, 1-0 when Fish retired with a back injury related to a fall in the first set. He will now take on Robin Soderling who was a 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-2 winner over Chilean Fernando Gonzalez. Soderling fired 15 aces and did not face a break point.