U.S. Open shockers: Tsonga upset, Roddick to retire

August 31st, 2012

This U.S. Open assuredly got its aboriginal shockers.

After three canicule of the top players not alone acceptable but acceptable decisively, the bigger account Thursday came off the court, with Andy Roddick announcement his approaching retirement.

On the court, fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was agitated by Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the additional round. The 52nd-ranked Klizan won 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Before Tsonga’s loss, the top-five seeds on the men’s and women’s abandon had played 14 matches — and won all 14 in beeline sets.

Roddick alleged a account appointment Thursday black to say that he’ll alarm it a career afterwards his endure bout at this tournament, which he won in 2003.

“I don’t apperceive that I’m advantageous abundant or committed abundant to go addition year,” he said on his 30th birthday, a day afore adverse Bernard Tomic in the additional round. “I’ve consistently capital to, in a absolute world, accomplishment at this event.”

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., defeated Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(4), battlefront 30 aces to beforehand to the third annular actuality for the aboriginal time in his career.

Tsonga was the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open and a semifinalist at Wimbledon this year. He had accomplished at atomic the third annular in 18 beeline Grand Slam trips.

“Today I was not in a acceptable shape,” he said. “I didn’t play acceptable tennis. It seemed like I couldn’t hit the brawl harder abundant to put my adversary out of position. I don’t absolutely apperceive why it was like this today, but sometimes it happens with me.”

The 23-year-old Klizan had bootless to accomplish it accomplished the additional annular in three antecedent Grand Slam appearances. He had never defeated an adversary ranked bigger than No. 49.

“I had no pressure,” Klizan said. “If I lose, again I lose. I lose with (a) acceptable player. But I won and I’m actual happy. It agency added for me that I assuredly exhausted a guy from top 10.”

This year’s Open has generated affluence of brawl in one area: comebacks from two sets down. American Mardy Fish rallied to exhausted Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, the 10th time in this clash a man had won afterwards accident the aboriginal two sets — already an Open record.

The 30-year-old Fish, seeded 23rd, absent two months this division because of an accelerated baby but showed few signs of fatigue in arena about 3 1/2 hours.

And afterwards Tsonga lost, addition top-five berry was at atomic pushed above a straight-sets finish. Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was down a set and a breach to 39th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro. Again she won 11 beeline amateur for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory.

Serena Williams exhausted old nemesis Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-4. Seeded fourth, Williams overcame six double-faults and 24 autogenetic errors — she had 32 winners to 5 for Martinez Sanchez.

In the 2009 French Open third round, Williams hit a brawl she was abiding went off Martinez Sanchez’s arm, again said the Spaniard cheated by not acknowledging it.

Jack Sock aswell accomplished the third annular at a above clash for the aboriginal time. The 19-year-old from Nebraska exhausted Flavio Cipolla 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Sock, ranked 248th, got in with a agrarian card. He adored 12 of the 13 breach credibility he faced, while converting all six he becoming on the 88th-ranked Cipolla’s serve.

Next up is a affair with No. 11 Nicolas Almagro of Spain, a 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 champ over Philipp Petzschner.

Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych and American Sam Querrey, seeded 27th, avant-garde with straight-set victories.No. 1 Roger Federer opened the night affair at Arthur Ashe Stadium adjoin 83rd-ranked Bjorn Phau. Again sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber takes on seven-time Grand Slam best Venus Williams, the dank second-round bout fabricated accessible because the American is dormant afterwards missing time because of illness.

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