CountryWide Classic, UCLA
Open, Indian Wells
CLASSIC AUGUST 4 - 10, 2008, UCLA CAMPUS, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Tournament Coverage - Day
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2008
 Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d  Andy Roddick (USA) 6-1
FINAL - DEL POTRO
Photos by Adam
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina continued his
winning streak by outplaying veteran Andy Roddick.
His powerful groundstrokes and consistency gave del
Potro his first ATP hard court victory. Last month
he won two clay court titles in Stuttgart and
Potro now holds a 14-match winning streak, which is
second-longest of this season behind only Rafael Nadal (32 consecutive wins).
Potro is the first teenager to win the Los Angeles
title since Pete Sampras in 1991. This win moves del
Potro into a tie for 6th place
with Nicolas Kiefer in the
US Open Series.
SEMIS AT THE COUNTRYWIDE CLASSIC
By Steve Pratt
Photo by Adam
You couldn’t have
asked for two more dominating semifinal performances
Saturday at the 82nd annual Countrywide Classic as
top-seeded Andy Roddick moved into his first Los
Angeles final and will face perhaps the hottest
player on tour in 19-year-old Argentine Juan Martin
del Potro in today’s 1 p.m. final at UCLA.
Roddick, trying to win his third ATP title of the
season, dropped just four games for the third
consecutive night, needed just 62 minutes to beat
unseeded German Denis Gremelmayr, 6-2, 6-2. Showing
he’s more than worthy of a world top 20 ranking, Del
Potro dismissed American Mardy Fish, 6-2, 6-1, in
just 81 minutes for his 13th consecutive ATP match
Bothered by nagging neck and shoulder injuries
coming into the tournament, Roddick hasn’t unleashed
his fastest serve here, but it’s been solid and
consistent enough during the week. He has yet to
lose a service game holding his serve all 24 times.
Fish was impressed with Del Potro’s game (he has the
second-longest winning streak on tour this year,
only behind Rafael Nadal's 32 consecutive wins) and
his size. “He’s shown that he can play on any
surface,” Fish said after the match. “He’s 19 years
old which is scary. He’s a big, big kid too. He
moves extremely well, as well as anybody else. He’s
got a big serve and not many weaknesses. The sky is
the limit for him.”
Fans at UCLA aren’t the only ones looking forward to
today’s final. Fish said he wouldn’t mind
sticking around and watching. “It’s certainly going
to be a good match to watch,” he said.
The former world No. 1 Roddick will be playing in
his 39th career final today. He has a 25-13 record
in final-day matches. Del Potro, currently ranked
No. 23 in the world, holds a 7-4 record over
In the doubles final, India’s Rohan Bopanna and
American Eric Butorac will face Travis Parrott of
the U.S. and Dusan Vemic of Serbia. Bopanna and
Butorac defeated Del Potro and Fabio Fognini 7-6
(4), 4-6, 10-5 in one semifinal while Parrott and
Vemic downed Russians Igor Kunitsyn and Marat Safin
Bopanna has lost all four ATP doubles finals he’s
played in while Butorac will also be playing in his
fifth ATP final (3-1) with all three wins coming
last year with partner Jamie Murray. It will be a
return trip to the final in Los Angeles for Butorac
who lost to the Bryan twins here two years ago.
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RESULTS - SATURDAY,
AUGUST 09, 2008
 Andy Roddick (USA) d Denis Gremelmayr (GER) 6-2
 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) d  Mardy Fish
(USA) 6-2 6-1
Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Eric Butorac (USA) d J del
Potro (ARG) / Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-6(4) 4-6 10-5
Travis Parrott (USA) / Dusan Vemic (SRB) d Igor
Kunitsyn (RUS) / Marat Safin (RUS) 7-5 6-4
|2008 ATP-WTA Tour
Pacific Life Open - At The
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Tournament Coverage - Day
Story by Matt
SERBIAN'S DOMINATE PAC LIFE
Novak Djokovic - SRB
By Adam Davis
World No. 3
Novak Djokovic interrupted the Cinderella story that was
unseeded Mardy Fish, outlasting the American in three sets
6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
Djokovic looked as if he would claim an easy victory after
winning the first set, followed by getting the first break
at 4-2 in the second. However, Fish rallied to claim five of
the next six games, forcing a decisive third set. Djokovic
uncharacteristically showed his frustration during Fish's
comeback, slamming his racket to the court on multiple
The difference in the match came in the third set with Fish
clutching a triple break point, however, Djokovic crushed
three straight aces, which led to him holding serve. In the
next game, Djokovic took the lead for good, scorching a
backhand winner on a double break point.
"That was a crucial moment and it was the turning point in
the whole match," Djokovic said. "If I didn't come up with
the three aces, it could go either way."
The win even exceeded Djokovic's 2008 expectations for
himself, only three months in.
"It's been a dream start, of course," Djokovic said. "Before
I started playing this season, I said that my two goals is
to be consistent with the results, I reach the Masters and
hopefully win one Grand Slam. I did all that in very, very
small amount of time. But again, I don't want to stop here,
even though I've been playing fantastic...I'll try to keep
going in Miami, and I'm the defending champion there. But
coming up from Indian Wells as tournament winner, it's much
easier to play."
For Fish, although the dream tournament came to a halt a few
games shy of his first Master's title, the 26-year-old, who
climbed better than 40 spots in the rankings, will take a
ton of confidence in his desert performance.
"It would be really nice to take this momentum and take this
confidence into next week, because next week is just as big
of a week for me," Fish said. "I didn't play last year. I
think I put myself in a nice position now around 40 in the
world with not a match to defend until August 19th, which I
Fish was hoping to become the first American to win at
Indian Wells since Andre Agassi defeated Pete Sampras in the
No. 1 seed Ana Ivanovic grabbed her first WTA title of the
2008 season, beating Russian No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova in
straight sets 6-4, 6-3 Sunday at the Pacific Life Open.
After needing just one break to claim the first set,
Ivanovic rallied to win the last four games of the second
set en route to her sixth career title.
"It's a great victory for me," Ivanovic said. "When I
managed to break her on 4-all it gave me confidence, and
went strong from that point on. That game I stepped up a
little bit more, and I realized that's what I got to do."
Kuznetsova admittedly was not all smiles about her finals
performance, though she credited Ivanovic for her solid
"She played incredibly well in the first set and on,"
Kuznetsova said. "Every important point her winners were on
the line, but I could have played better."
Ivanovic hit an impressive 30 winners, compared to just 19
"I was a little bit nervous coming into this tournament,"
Ivanovic said. "It's such a strong field and still I'm the
No. 1 seed. Obviously more pressure comes into the play. The
first few matches I was more nervous, but then I just
started to focus on each match and not even think about whom
I play, just to do what I have been doing in practice.
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