Saturday, March 21, 2009

Roddick Defeat Djokovic

Roddick serves in the semi-final

Indian Wells - American Andy Roddick progressed to the semi-final with victory over third-seed Novak Djokovic. Roddick was in fine form as he comfortable despatched of Djokovic 6-3 6-3.

The big-serving American has been a man reborn this year, winning the title in Memphis and beating Djokovic on his way to the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The world number three retired on that occasion suffering from the effects of the Melbourne heat but all the heat was coming from Roddick's racquet today.

The seventh seed broke in Djokovic's opening service game then again to secure the first set.
Djokovic had a chance at the start of the second set but Roddick kept his cool and it was the below-par Serbian who cracked first, Roddick rattling off four games in a row to seal victory.

Roddick will face Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi-final. Roger Federer will meet Andy Murray in the other semi-final.

Roddick hits a return to Djokovic

In the women's singles, fourth seed Vera Zvonareva subdued rising star Victoria 6-3, 6-3. Zvonareva reached the final in 1 hour, 20 minutes with the help of three service breaks, compared to zero breaks for the eighth-seeded Azarenka, who stunned top-seeded Russian Dinara Safina here on Wednesday.

The head-to-head of Zvonareva and Azarenka is now 4-0. The 24-year-old Zvonareva will appear in her 20th career final, seeking a ninth title.

Ivanovic and Pavlyuchenkova walk off the court

The other women's singles semi-final was a match between fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Serbian crushed Pavlyuchenkova, who was appearing in her first WTA Tour semi-final, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Ivanovic holds a 4-3 edge in the all-time series against Zvonareva.

all pictures by reuters

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