Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 6 September 2009

Roddick/Sharapova and other top seeds fall at US Open

Last night, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova added to the list of top seeds that have fallen in the opening week at the US Open.

Having spoke to our tennis tipster since, he told me this was his single biggest lost during his long time of gambling and was lost for words how John Isner prevailed past one of this year's favourites. However, Isner's dominant serve followed by rushing to the net proved too good for the number 5 seed, who also lost both tie breakers, the one thing we expected Isner to come out on top in this match.

Our tennis tipster said he was grateful to Svetlana Kuznetsova, Petra Kvitova and Melanie Oudin's victories in particular to erase the losses generated by Roddick last night. Svetlana Kuznetsova comfortably defeated Shahar Peer 7-5 6-1 at generous odds, Petra Kvitova defeated world number 1 Dinara Safina, while Melanie Oudin upset the second favourite Maria Sharapova in three sets, 3-6 6-4 7-5, having previously beaten Elena Dementieva at odds of 8/1. These three girls progress to round 4, and John Isner will face Fernando Verdasco in the same round.

Other top casualties in the first week of this year's US Open include Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka, while the top 16 male seeds had progressed to round 3, Andy Roddick becomes the highest seed to fall.

Roger Federer is now evens favourite to win the title for a sixth straight year, having come from a set down to defeat Lleyton Hewitt 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 last night. Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando Verdasco remain on his side of the draw, while Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro will need to face each other to determine who makes the final on the lower side of the draw. Should Andy Murray drop out at any stage before the final and Roger Federer makes it all the way, he will be facing a different opposition for the sixth straight final here at Flushing Meadows.

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