Friday November 12, 2010
Andy Roddick will face Robin Soderling at BNP Paribas Masters today
PARIS, France--(LadyDragon.com)12/11/10--Andy Roddick defeated qualifier Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday at the BNP Paribas Masters to improve his chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals later this month.
With three singles spots up for grabs at the season finale in London, Roddick added 90 points to his year-to-date ATP Rankings for 3,575 points overall. He is attempting to qualify for the eighth straight year.
"Every match I win is significant at this point," said 28-year-old Roddick. "[It] puts more pressure on the guys behind me. I have a pretty good shot no matter how I do here this week.
"But I think the last thing you want to do is be in that position where you're at home cheering against somebody hoping that something bad happens to them. You'd like to win it, do it on your own terms, and that's something that I'd certainly like to do."
Roddick did not face a break point and hit nine aces to improve to a 47-14 match record on the season. It was the pairs second meeting. Roddick, who also beat Nieminen at Roland Garros in May, will next meet Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
Fourth seed Andy Murray has set up a repeat of his Australian Open semi-final when he faces No. 13 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia on Thursday.
Murray, who did well to recover from losing the first set against David Nalbandian, hit 18 aces and received on-court treatment for a right wrist injury to beat the Argentine 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 54 minutes. Murray reached the Paris quarter-finals in 2007 and 2008.
Cilic recorded his 40th win of the season when he beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. He has a 2-1 record in ATP World Tour finals this year.