Andy Roddick got through to the third round today, beating Igor Kunitsyn in his second four setter of the fortnight. Here’s Andy on being the “standard bearer” of American tennis:
Q. Do you feel a burden? It’s an individual sport, but do you feel any sort of burden in sort of carrying the weight?
ANDY RODDICK: Not any more than I have for the rest of my career (laughter). I mean, it’s not exactly a new position for me. You know, obviously you’d like it to be different, but that’s not the way it is.
You know, this ain’t Candy Land. We can’t really make fantasy worlds up. You just kind of deal with it and move on.
But it’s looking pretty sweet for the Americans so far at Wimby – besides Roddick there are five other Yanks still in the draw: Venus and Serena Williams, the young Melanie Oudin, and Roddick’s schoolmates from Boca Prep – Mardy Fish and Jesse Levine.
If it’s not Candy Land, it’s definitely Andy (Murray) Land at Wimbledon. The Scot romped through his hyped-up match against Ernests Gulbis today – hitting all sorts of slice lob, service and running forehand winners: 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. I miss Robbie Kendrick. . .
Lleyton Hewitt scored the big upset today against the big Argentine, Juan Martin del Potro. Lleyton was beaming afterwards, admitting it was a “big win” for him. He hadn’t beaten a top 10 opponent in a Major since the 2005 Australian Open. Here’s Happy Hewitt in his press conference:
Stan Wawrinka beat Martin Vassallo Arguello today. Every single question in his presser was along the lines of “Who’s better, Roger Federer or Andy Murray?” Poor Stan, it’s not enough he’s bothered all the time about Federer, now it’s Murray, too.
Veteran Juan Carlos Ferrero got the best of his elder, beating Fabrice Santoro in four sets. Santoro’s post-retirement plans include opening his own museum in his home town of Geneva, Switzerland to showcase his collection of tennis memorabilia. I’m so there.
In other men’s results, Gilles Simon, Fernando Gonzalez, Tomas Berdych, and the (now Vaidisova-free) Radek Stepanek are into the third round. Click here for more men’s results.
On the ladies side, Venus Williams was a double-winner today – in singles over Kateryna Bondarenko and in doubles with Serena over Razzano/Rezai. The big news was the mummy-like wrapping she had around her knee, but enigmatic Venus refused to give anything away in her press conference:
Q. Can you tell us about the knee strapping? Preventive? Something bothering you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I felt really comfortable in the strap, and it was really nice.
Q. What’s the problem?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, just for support.
Q. There’s nothing you aggravated, was there, the other day?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. You know, just for support. That’s all.
Q. You said that the strap was just for support. What caused you to use it, and how did your condition change so that you did use it this time and you haven’t before?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Hmm, good question.
Well, what happened was that I needed some support, and then I went and got the support, and then I wore it in the match. I’ll be wearing it in doubles, too. So it’s working out.
I mean, I think all the players might start wearing it because it’s so supportive.
Q. Why did you need the support when you haven’t in the past?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I really hate tape ‑ like hate. But I just needed it this time. I accepted that and I realize that this is Wimbledon. So since it was Wimbledon, I taped.
Q. What sort of pain were you feeling?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Ah, teamwork. Yeah, you know, that’s all you need to say, is I needed support and it worked well.
Q. It’s nothing serious?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, the match worked all right. So, yeah, it helped.
Here’s Pam Shriver’s take: “We tall girls often have one leg longer than the other.” Really?
Sveta Kuznetsova’s press conferences are much better than Venus’s:
Q. What have you been up to since Paris?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: You know, party every day until 6:00 in the morning and then sleep during the day, and now I play these two days (laughter).
Kuzy won today in straights over Pauline Parmentier.
Today was a good day for the Serbs with Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic both winning in two. Ana should thank Wimbledon for marooning her on Court 18 – she obviously prefers it when she’s treated like a laywoman instead of a star. She’ll need all the help she can get when she faces another Thursday winner, Sam Stosur, in the 3rd round.
In other ladies’ results: The No. 1 seed, Dinara Safina, beat Rossana de Los Rios in straights. One-hander faves, Suarez Navarro and Mauresmo also won today, along with Wozniacki (over Kirilenko), Lisicki, Li Na, and Agnieszka Radwanska. For full results click here.
The action heats up tomorrow as we enter the third round. I’m looking forward to Kohlschreiber vs. Federer, Azarenka vs. Cirstea, Fish vs. Djokovic, and Karlovic vs. Tsonga. I’d say Schiavone vs. Bartoli, too, but I know that’s not making it onto the television.