RODDICK SCHOOLS VEMIC
AT THE COUNTRYWIDE CLASSIC
By Steve Pratt
Andy Roddick - USA
Photo by Adam
Roddick never cared much for school, so when someone
asked him Thursday night at the Countrywide Classic
what he thought of UCLA, his answer was predictable.
“I was never one for going to too many classes so
I’m good being here on these terms,” said Roddick,
after dispatching Dusan Vemic of Serbia, 6-2, 6-2,
in a second-round match Thursday night in front of a
full house at the Countrywide Classic event.
Roddick advances on to face Marc Gicquel of France
in the quarterfinals in the evening match Friday.
The Countrywide Classic quarterfinals must have
seemed a world away in May to Amer Delic, who won
the Classic $50,000 USTA Challenger in Carson after
losing ranking points because of a wrist surgery.
On Thursday, Delic beat former world No. 1 and No. 7
seeded Carlos Moya, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) in a match
that lasted two hours and 18 minutes. Delic, currently
No. 137 in the ATP Rankings, will be playing in his
second quarterfinal of the season. He had an
appearance in that round at Las Vegas earlier this
He may just be a teenager still, but Argentine
player Juan Martin del Potro has impressed the local
fans early, continuing his fine form in his first
appearance since clinching back-to-back ATP titles,
defeating Italian qualifier Andrea Stoppini 6-4,
del Porto won his 11th straight match and
advances to his fifth quarterfinal this season. He
is currently ranked a career-high No. 24 after
winning his first two career ATP titles in
consecutive weeks at Stuttgart (d. Gasquet) and
Kitzbuhel (d. Melzer) last month.
Frenchman Gicquel eliminated 19-year-old American
Donald Young from the tournament, 6-3, 6-3. Young
had upset two-time champion Tommy Haas in his
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