Millions Watch Oakley’s Top Rx Athlete Take Out Andy Roddick Wednesday Night at the 2010 US Open
In the most dramatic match ever from the young Oakley Rx player on the ATP World Tour, Janko Tipsarevic took down the 2003 U.S. Open Champion, Andy Roddick in front of a very pro America crowd. It took Janko one set to wake up, but once he did it was full on and there was nothing Roddick could do to stop him.
“I didn’t play that bad in the first set, I was hitting the ball well, just not serving well enough or moving enough,” said Tipsarevic about his win over the number nine player in the world after the match to Brad Gilbert and the 23,000 plus that showed up to watch and the millions on TV (through ESPN2, EuroSport, Tennis Channel, and many others).
Janko went all in with his aggressive go-for-broke style of play and it paid off huge with 66 winners for the number 44 player in the world. Tipsarevic served well, hitting 16 aces, only one fewer than the hard-hitting Roddick, and saved three of five break points he faced. Plus, Janko repeatedly won lengthy rallies and found angles to rip down the line and cross-court winners.
The final score of the second round match was 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (4), but the score is deceiving as Janko not only controlled his own game, but overcame a rowdy crowd of New Yorkers and Roddick’s outburst on a line judge who called an unwarranted foot fault.
“I didn’t feel I played too risky,” Tipsarevic said. “I was just playing good.” He had never before reached the third round at the U.S. Open and now will play No. 17 Gael Monfils of France, a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 winner over Igor Andreev of Russia.
Nonetheless this moves Tipsarevic’s record against Roddick to a 2-1 favor, including taking out the American in the second round at Wimbledon in 2008.
“I just said, ‘Too good,’” Andy Roddick said. “You know, he’s a pretty good guy. I just said, ‘The last time you beat me at a Grand Slam second round you lost the next match, so don’t do that.’ Then he head-butted me, which was fun.”