Defending Brisbane International champion Andy Roddick proved to have too much firepower for Marcos Baghdatis in their men’s quarterfinal matchup, winning 6-2 6-3. The American Roddick broke the Cypriot’s serve three times in the first set, against one break on his own. The second set was tighter as Baghdatis employed an array of drop shots to try to get Andy out of his rhythm. But in the eighth game of the second set, up 4-3, Roddick broke Baghdatis to take a 5-3 lead and then served the match out. Up next for Roddick is South African Kevin Anderson. Anderson is known as a big server. His overall game does match Roddick’s but Andy is not taking him lightly.
“Certainly I think someone like Marcos is probably a little bit better off the baseline but I think a serve like that [Anderson’s], you could go games without seeing the ball so it does affect rhythm a little bit,” he said.
“I don’t think it’ll be as much about form as opposed to who takes their opportunities when they present themselves and I’m guessing there probably won’t be a lot.”
After a rash of upsets, fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli is the highest seed remaining going into the Brisbane semifinals on the women’s side. Bartoli had an easy time with Barbara Zahlalova Strycova 6-2 6-1. Fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had more of a struggle with her quarterfinal against Lucie Safarova, being pushed to three sets but winning 6-2- 6-7 (4) 6-3. But the match that caught my attention was Andrea Petkovic dancing her way past Jarmila Groth, the slayer of top seed and tournament favorite Samantha Stosur. Petkovic’s 6-3 6-4 victory earned her a second straight Brisbane semifinal spot. She lost in the semis of last year’s event to Kim Clijsters, who went on the win the tournament. Petkovic now faces Bartoli in the semifinals. Bartoli has to be the favorite going in, but if Petkovic can find and maintain her best play, she can win that match.