For the fourth year in a row, Novak Djokovic finished among the top athletes in the world in 2010. The most dreadful competitor of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was the Serb. In spite of this, he lost against the American in nine straight sets at one time and four successive matches during those years.
In the 2010 Cincinnati quarterfinal match between Djokovic and Roddick, the American won 6-4, 7-5 to go to the semifinals. In order to sustain the pressure on the other team, Andy lost six points after the first serve and thwarted two of three break attempts.
In front of the home crowd, the American won three return matches and reached the finish line first. The Serb had more wins than errors, seeking to dominate rallies with his strokes while making too many errors at important times.
Djokovic criticized his play, stating he had numerous opportunities to score points on the return in the second set but squandered them all. Before Andy broke him to take the lead at 2-2, Novak had a solid start.
In Cincinnati 2010, Andy Roddick defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
With a powerful serve, Roddick won the eighth game, but then dropped the next set point on the return.
The American held at love when serving in game 10 to win the opening set, 6-4, after 35 minutes. At the start of the second set, Djokovic held off two break points before missing a forehand at 1-1 to lose the match. Roddick won another game at love to make the score 3-1 and appeared poised to win the match after serving for it at 5-4.
To earn two break chances and even the match at 5-5, Novak painted a forehand down the line winner with no margin for mistake. After Novak made a forehand error in game 11, Andy broke at love to take the lead once more.
Serving for the win at 6-5, Roddick averted a break point with an ace and advanced to the top two points later for a noteworthy victory. “I played poorly even though I won nine games in the match. I always messed up when I had to play a nice point, especially on the forehand side.
For me, it was an awful day. Despite the fact that the balls he brought back were not particularly deep, Andy did not do anything particularly noteworthy. He compelled me to take an additional shot, and I misfired far too frequently. A poor performance was given.
It’s challenging to block Andy’s initial shot because he’s one of the best servers in the game. In the second set, I had opportunities to win rallies and returned the ball well, but I committed much too many errors. I enjoyed my two nice weeks overall. I have good ball feel, but I need to be more steady in games because I can’t afford to make this many mistakes “said Novak Djokovic.