Australian Open 2010 – Rafael Nadal retires, Andy Roddick loses marathon

Match of the Day: (14) Marin Cilic d. (6) Andy Roddick, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 — Let’s put to rest all the talk that big men don’t have the endurance for five setters. Even though Andy Roddick was ailing with a shoulder injury, he had stolen momentum away in this match, storming back to force a fifth set after dropping the first two at Rod Laver Arena. When the American had three break points on Cilic’s serve to start the final set it looked as if Roddick’s run in Melbourne would continue and Cilic’s breakout Slam would have to come in Paris or London. Because, surely, Roddick would be fresher than the 6-foot-6 Cilic, shoulder injury or not. But much like Juan Martin Del Potro in the 2009 U.S. Open final (and himself in two previous matches at this tournament), the Croatian was able to outlast a smaller rival in a marathon match.

Disappointment of the Day: (5) Andy Murray d. (2) Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 3-0 Ret. — Though the quality of tennis was extremely high — big hitting, offensive play — through the first two sets (which included a 10 minute delay for Australia Day fireworks), this match ended with a disappointing whimper. Andy Murray became the first Briton to make the semis at the Aussie Open since 1977 but his win was overshadowed by a flare-up of Rafa’s knee injury which derailed him following his win in Melbourne last year.

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