• Upset of Federer pits Roddick against Monaco

    3/27/12 7:29 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Upset of Federer pits Roddick against Monaco A surprising fourth-round matchup in Miami features Andy Roddick and Juan Monaco. Roddick is coming off a stunner over Roger Federer while Monaco took out Gael Monfils.

    Andy Roddick and Juan Monaco will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash in round four of the Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday. Roddick won their only previous meeting 6-1, 6-4 last summer on the hard courts of Winston-Salem.

    This section of the draw was supposed to feature Roger Federer, likely against Gael Monfils. Those plans, however, were derailed on Monday night. Roddick stunned Federer 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4 minutes before Monaco ousted Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

    Roddick's win over the third-ranked Swiss came absolutely out of nowhere. The 29-year-old American was a disappointing 5-5 for the season heading into Miami. Roddick's turnaround may have begun with a 6-3, 6-2 rout of Gilles Muller on Saturday.

    Monaco is a stellar 10-4 for his 2012 campaign. The 21st-ranked Argentine generally does his best work on clay, but he has always excelled on relatively slow hard courts. Prior to beating Monfils, Monaco led Yen-Hsun Lu 5-0 in the second round when Lu retired.

    Roddick has to beware of a mental letdown following such a big win. It happened at this same tournament in 2008, when Roddick upset Federer in the quarterfinals only to bow out in straight sets to Nikolay Davydenko in the semis. Monaco is in with a real chance, but look for Roddick to survive in three.

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What can I say?

nadline , 3/27/12 7:52 AM

Roddick will beat Monaco in straight for next round

MAGICJOHNSON76 , 3/27/12 12:56 PM

Good luck Roddick!!!

Monalysa , 3/27/12 9:59 PM

5-7 0-6 against MONACO.... no words, honestly.

Emiliano55 , 3/28/12 1:04 AM

Disappointment really :#

OnTheRise , 3/28/12 1:12 AM

from now on, please, please do predict Nole's losses :)))

danica , 3/28/12 1:22 AM

MAGICJOHNSON, don't give up the day job, or change the magic wand.

nadline , 3/28/12 5:29 AM

Oh is it bravery or foolhardiness. Even a statistical numpty like me knows that a huge unexpected win is often followed by a totally expected loss lol

deuce , 3/28/12 7:15 AM

Federer must be gutted that Roddick has wasted his win over him and not gone further. If nothing else, had Roddick gone to win the title, they would be saying that Federer lost to the eventual winner.

nadline , 3/28/12 11:17 AM

It doesn't surprise me that roddick lost. What surprises me is the scoreline. A bagel against monaco on hardcourts LOL.

Poor Roddick. Maybe he was satisfied enough for his win against Roger.

bleck , 3/28/12 2:19 PM

Sad about Andy Roddick but congrats to Juan Monaco - this is what can happen in tennis unfortunately.

schatz , 3/28/12 2:34 PM

i'm pretty sure Federer doesn't really care what happens in a tournament once he is out

RickyDimon , 3/28/12 5:36 PM

I bet Federer cares that the guy who beat him lost so meekly to Monaco.

nadline , 3/28/12 5:49 PM

nadline, I always saying Tennis is logic and not statistic,
I am a Fed fan, however I made money (600k) bet against him whith Roddy what ever the static was showing and the discussion was going on.

Dont be upset from me please, today I will bet against Rafa :)

wics , 3/28/12 8:13 PM

with all due respect, but are you seriously asking us to believe... not that you bet for Roddick, no problem there if you want to have a chance to multiply your bet... but that you bet many thousands of dollars on a single tennis match?

I mean, what was the ratio against Roddick for that match? Let's say it was 20 to 1 You would then have to bet 30,000 $.

chlorostoma , 3/28/12 8:44 PM

one more note on betting for or against tsonga tonight
(btw I don't bet myself)
wics if you feel it is more likely that tsonga will win and you want to bet then you should bet that way of course, and many of us are unsure if Rafa can win tonight

still it is interested that all the bookies mentioned on this site predict a Rafa win is more than twice as likely as a Tsonga win. They are very often right. But far from always, of course.

chlorostoma , 3/28/12 9:12 PM

I second what RickyDimon, 3/28/12 5:36 PM mentioned

OnTheRise , 3/28/12 11:07 PM

wics, you are free to bet on who you feel will win. People can predict whoever they want to win but when they are selective with the facts just to back up their choice I have to point it out. Even Rafa says matches are not played on paper and I'm sure players do not go on court thinking about h2hs, and I'm even certain that fans know the stats better than the players themselves.

Tennis scores are designed in such a way that many mini battles are fought in a match and nearly all the players in the top 30 at least can beat each other on a given day, so I am always nervous whoever Rafa is playing because I never think he is certain any match.

nadline , 3/28/12 11:42 PM

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