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Seles_Beckham
Apr 14th, 2003, 03:16 PM
Roddick upset in Monte Carlo

4/14/2003

MONTE CARLO (AP) - American star Andy Roddick was upset at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday, losing in the first round to Spanish qualifier Albert Portas, 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Roddick, 20, seemed at odds with himself throughout the match and Portas - a winner at the Hamburg Masters in 2001 - seized his chance, picking off Roddick with clever ground strokes.

Roddick also seemed unhappy with some of the line calls particularly in the opening set, taking a closer inspection of dust marks several times to check where he thought the ball had landed.


Despite his apparent frustration, Roddick displayed good sportsmanship, shouting "yeah" and nodding his head in appreciation of Porta's excellent passing shots.

Renowned for his booming serves, Roddick lost his service at a crucial point in the second set, when he was down 3-4. He was unable to recover, despite saving two match points in the last game.


In other games, Spain's Alex Corretja, a clay-court specialist and twice runner-up at the French Open, lost to countryman Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4), 6-3.

France's teenage sensation Richard Gasquet, still only 16 and a second-round loser to Russia's Marat Safin at this tournament last year, was outclassed by Argentina's David Nalbandian - runner-up at Wimbledon last year.

Nalbandian, 21, proved too strong for Gasquet triumphing 6-4, 6-0. The Argentine is seeded sixth at the tournament.

"I was very nervous and did not play well" Gasquet said. "I was training well last week but it didn't work out here. I was thinking too much about the impact I made here last year."

France's Arnaud Clement, not reputed for his fondness of clay-court tennis, was delighted with his 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, seeded 12th.

"It's true that clay is not really my favorite surface, but it feels good to have won here," he said, adding that he had set "no objectives" for the tournament.

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 14th, 2003, 03:57 PM
But he has 3 clay titles :p

Roxers
Apr 14th, 2003, 04:22 PM
:d :d :d

Hurley
Apr 14th, 2003, 04:25 PM
Disappointed but not surprised.

Cariaoke
Apr 14th, 2003, 04:27 PM
ok off to detention he goes... *points to signature*

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 14th, 2003, 04:41 PM
ok off to detention he goes... *points to signature*
LOL! It's so cute ;)

treufreund
Apr 14th, 2003, 05:39 PM
Glad that Albert Portas and Arnaud Clement won beating Andy and Gonzo. :D

coolio
Apr 14th, 2003, 05:55 PM
he looks ugly anyways....so what do i care......
GO MAGNUS..... :hearts:

Cariaoke
Apr 14th, 2003, 06:07 PM
LOL! It's so cute ;)
lol thanks! :wavey:

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 14th, 2003, 06:17 PM
he looks ugly anyways....so what do i care......
GO MAGNUS..... :hearts:
Magnus is my favourite #1 player :D

Mase
Apr 14th, 2003, 06:43 PM
My sentiments exaclty. ;)

Disappointed but not surprised.

jmp
Apr 14th, 2003, 08:49 PM
I agree with the disappointed, but, not surprised crowd. I believe all of Roddick's clay wins were in the US. From what I've observed, he doesn't do well against lefties or on European clay. I think it's a smart move for the growth of his game to try at Monte Carlo and any other European opportunities he gets to help him prepare for the FO. The media, Pat Mc, and Cliff over hyping him really put me off a few years ago. They were rushing him and giving him credit he hadn't earned. But, he bounced back from the USO debacle and showed great maturity in the last three matches he played at the AO. Keep working, Andy! It's going to pay off!

Congratulations to Portas and the other match winners. I saw his Hamburg win on TV. He's a good clay courter. Yay! Safin is still alive.

1jackson2001
Apr 14th, 2003, 09:47 PM
My sentiments exaclty. ;)

Also my sentiment. ;)

And for the so obviously mature post:

Originally Posted by coolio
he looks ugly anyways....so what do i care......
GO MAGNUS.....

Of course looks always have to do with the tennis...but who am I to comment on shallowness. ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 14th, 2003, 09:56 PM
He's upset but we're all delighted :bounce: :D :devil:

Havok
Apr 14th, 2003, 10:17 PM
:sad: Roddick. it's ok though, it's not like you crumbled in defeat, and you showed good sportsmanship;) good for you. dont worry, you'll be good and ready to defend ur title at Huston for the 3rd time now

TennisHack
Apr 14th, 2003, 10:21 PM
He's upset but we're all delighted :bounce: :D :devil:

:D My sentiments exactly :devil:

CJ07
Apr 14th, 2003, 11:03 PM
Im glad

I cant stand Andy Roddick, I hope he loses in the first round in every tournament in brings shame to his country :)

j/k but i still cant stand him