• Americans make some progress as Open ends

    9/12/11 7:42 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Americans make some progress as Open ends American tennis may have turned a small corner after respectable US Open showings which included the coronation of Mardy Fish as undisputed top national No. 1 backed up by quarter-finals from Andy Roddick and John Isner.

    "There were a a lot of good things," said Roddick, the 2003 champion who will return to the Top 20 after his loss to Rafael Nadal following a long struggle in the previous round with Spaniard Devid Ferrer.

    "I think (this Open showing) is a step in the right direction," said the 29-year-old American. "There was a positive sign, especially from some of our younger players (Jack Sock won the mixed event with Melanie Oudin and Donald Young got to the second week of a Slam for the first time)."

    The veteran is not displeased with his own performance after battling injuries for much of the season. "From six weeks ago to a quarter-final and a top 5 win (over Spain's David Ferrer), I never thought I would do that.

    "Thankfully I was able to play matches where I was at least feeling the ball. It was always going to be tough for me to play that many three out of five set matches on no training. It as always gonna be a challenge.

    "But I did what I could from the injury and gave myself every opportunity. It was enough for a good result."

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how was the US Open the coronation of Mardy Fish as America's No. 1 player???

He did not make it as far as either Roddick or Isner. He didn't even make it further than Donald Young!!!!!!!!!!!!

RickyDimon , 9/12/11 11:13 PM

Not to mention Roddick's comprehensive beat down of world #5 Ferrer. Johan just hates Roddick.

ts38 , 9/13/11 12:42 AM

Considering Roddick's form when he came into the USO, he should be given some praise for getting to the QFs, which was not easy. He had to deal with the erratic rain delayed schedule and a tough R16 match with Ferrer. I think if Andy had some time to recover after his match with Ferrer, he most probably would have played a closer match with Nadal. Ferrer, will wear down any opponent, much more one who's struggling to find form after being on and off the tour for so many months.

I think ina few months, barring no more injuries, Andy should again make it into the top 10. I don't foresee Fish remaining in the top 10 for much longer.

scoretracker , 9/13/11 9:22 AM

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