Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Roddick denied: Hold off on any talk of "the next Pete Sampras", at least for a little while. Roddick loses to the equally enigmatic Safin (and loses no. 1 ranking with it). Here's Malavai's informed take on it. Seems that Roddick is still falling victim to his inability to capture match victories where the opponent doesn't bow down to the serve. Also, Safin appears to have played a very good game where he "protected" (Malavai's word) his own serve, while also hitting a balanced and strong backcourt game. This forces Roddick to press, which he can't yet do against top 10 players. I suppose Federer is liking his chances all the more - figuring Agassi and Safin will beat on each other pretty good.

In the women's, Mauresemo withdraws and Henin is playing a 32 seed in the semis after beating Lindsay. Allez Justine!

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