WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2012
Haas Saves Match Point To Oust Nalbandian; Chardy Upsets Roddick
by ATP Staff|
In a first-round contest between two of the ATP World Tour’s veterans, 34-year-old Tommy Haas saved one match point to edge 30-year-old Nalbandian 6-7(0), 7-6(4), 6-3 on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open. Haas trailed 30/40 on serve at 5-6 in the second set, but held on to level the match and take victory in three hours and 22 minutes. He goes on to face sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro.
Former World No. 2 Haas has mounted a strong comeback in the South African Airways ATP Rankings this season, rising from outside the Top 200 to his current position of No. 23 after compiling a 27-11 mark. He defeated Roger Federer to win the Gerry Weber Open title, and has finished runner-up in Hamburg (l. to Monaco) and Washington D.C., (l. to Dolgopolov) since then.
French lucky loser Jeremy Chardy took full advantage of his opportunity to upset 16th-seeded American Andy Roddick 7-6(4), 6-3 in one hour and 33 minutes. After Roddick received treatment on a back injury at 2-1 in the second set, Chardy won five of the next six games. The 29-year-old Roddick, a former World No. 1, won the Cincinnati title in 2003 (d. Fish) and 2006 (d. Ferrero).
"I just had a little bit of a back issue the other day in practice," explained Roddick. "I was supposed to play yesterday and we had a late request to delay it. I felt fine early on, and then I had one lunge forehand and, we have all had it, your back kind of goes out or spasms a little bit. It got progressively worse. He played fine. I don't know if there was too much of a true reading here today. I think he realised it. He executed the way he had to."
Japan’s No. 14 seed Kei Nishikori made light work of his opener, dismissing Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2 in just 65 minutes. The 22 year old, who had never previously won a main draw match at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, broke serve four times from eight opportunities and won 83 per cent of points behind his first serve.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since early May as he defeated American wild card Brian Baker 6-4, 6-3 in 76 minutes. The 19 year old saved all six break points he faced to set up a potential third-round meeting with Roger Federer, whom he lost to in the Australian Open fourth round.
Top seed and four time former champion Federer will open his campaign on Wednesday against Russia’s Alex Bogomolov Jr. World No. 62 Bogomolov Jr., who has a 3-12 record against Top 10 players, defeated Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 in 68 minutes to notch his 11th win of the season.
Also in second-round action Tuesday, fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych needed one hour and 27 minutes to beat qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4. Berdych reached the third round last week in Toronto, falling to eventual finalist Richard Gasquet.