2005 FRENCH OPEN

2nd Round

ANDY RODDICK v JOSE ACUSUSO

3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 8-6

 

 

The quintessential clay-court marathon began in 86-degree heat and ended 3 hours, 21 minutes later on a cloudy, but muggy, evening. Both weary players required leg massages from a trainer during fifth-set changeovers, Acasuso to his left thigh and Roddick to both calves.

Roddick began the match by adeptly mixing up a serve and volley attack with solid defense and big forehands. But by the fourth set, the Argentine began to read his kick serve and actually out-aced Roddick in the match.
Both men suffered from cramps in the fifth set, but Roddick appeared to have the edge when he scalded a forehand at the on-rushing Acususo's feet that the Argentine couldn't lift off the net for a 3-1 lead. Yet Roddick missed an easy inside out forehand to be broken back to 2-3.
He then began to lose confidence, especially in his backhand, which he rarely landed beyond the mid-court area. He also was confused as to when to rush the net and rarely stuck his returns.
Acasuso finally broke him when Roddick hit a soft approach shot that the Argentine whizzed past him with a brilliant crosscourt backhand.

 

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