October 10, 2011
Game Point is Busted Racquet's roundup of news, stats and links from around the web.
Love -- We don't mean it honorifically, like with Reggie Jackson. We mean it derisively, like when people call ARod "Mr. March." Andy Murray has won back-to-back tournaments this month, defeating a less-than-stellar field in Bangkok before winning against an impressive field in Tokyo. The world No. 4 defeated Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, holding Rafa to four points in the deciding set. The win showed what the tennis world knows: When he's on, Andy Murray is capable of being the best tennis player in the world. Until he does it in a Grand Slam, wins like this mostly serve as a reminder of the failures Murray has when he's on the sport's biggest stage.
30 -- Andy Roddick wants to take player grievances to the ATP Tour. The length of the season and the number of tournaments are two key issues. Showing he's not as impulsive off the court as he is on it, Roddick is advocating patience.
40 -- In his first final of 2011, Tomas Berdych held off Marin Cilic to win in Beijing, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Berdych made it to the quarters in Melbourne earlier this year, then failed to advance past the fourth round at any of the other Slams. He had been 0-6 in tournament semifinals this season. Despite all that, the Czech is at No. 7 in the rankings and appears set to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in November.
Game -- Now is the time on Game Point where we dance:
Agnieszka Radwanska (R) of Poland and Andrea Petkovic (L) of Germany dance during the medal ceremony after the women's final of the China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 9, 2011 in Beijing, China.