MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Cipolla Stuns Roddick; Isner Edges Fish
by ATP Staff|
Flavio Cipolla pulled the upset of the Mutua Madrid Open thus far, knocking out 12th seeded Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3 to win his first tour level match of the season Monday evening. His victory over Roddick gives the Italian his biggest win to date.
Roddick saved match point in the second set tie-break, but was unable to overcome an early deficit in the final set, eventually succumbing to the World No. 160 in three hours and three minutes. With the win, Cipolla clinches his first victory at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.
John Isner won an all-American clash against Mardy Fish, taking the grinding two hour and 54 minute match 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(3). “It’s great to get it done, no doubt. Mardy is playing really well, and I thought he played well today, and I had to play extremely well myself,” Isner told ATPWorldTour.com. “It’s definitely a good win and should give me some confidence going forward. Hopefully I can use this match and keep it going.”
With the win, Isner improves to 19-9 in matches decided by a final set tie-break. Fish did not drop serve and won two more points than his American counterpart, but Isner played the important points in the tie-breaks to win.
The Tampa resident advances to play Sergiy Stakhovsky, who edged Albert Montanes 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(5). “I played him two or three years ago on a hard court. I won the match but that was a long time ago and I know he’s improved since then,” appraised Isner. “He’s got a good serve and he’s really crafty. He slices the ball, has a drop shot, he can do a lot of things. I’m going to have to play well… it’s as simple as that if I want to have a shot.”