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By Akshay Kohli
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As the tournament progresses into its business end, Andy Roddick faces a stiff challenge in the form of David Ferrer. Both players have showed some inspiring form as both of them have entered Wimbledon with title on grass in the previous week.
Former Wimbledon Finalist Andy Roddick is ranked 25 in the World and entered this tournament as the 30th seed. With a thundering serve and a heavy forehand, Roddick is best suited for these courts. But off-late he has lost his touch and has been suffering some really disappointing defeats, his win-loss record of 12-11 in 2012 says it all. Roddick has done fairly well at Wimbledon and would enter it with a lot of confidence after winning the Aegon International on grass last week, extending his streak of winning at least one ATP World Tour title to 12 straight seasons. His previous round victories were just an indication on how well he is playing on grass as he looks to enter the second week at The Championships. But this has to be the toughest challenge he has faced yet as Ferrer is a great retriever and would test Roddick's game style.
On the other side of the net is one of the best performers so far this year. Ferrer has a very impressive 43-8 win-loss record. He has already won 4 titles this year including one last week at the Unicef Open, on grass, showing he is not only a one dimensional player. Ranked at No.5 on the ATP Charts, Ferrer is really one of those players who can stiff competition to the Top-4. He has won his previous two rounds in straight sets and has continued with his fine form on grass. But this match will be a tight one as Roddick is a really good server and on this surface, the balls tend to skid more. He would want to go deep into The Championships as he looks to improve on his best result here(4th round in 2011). With Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon, a lot rests of Spanish hopes rest on Ferrer as he now is the highest ranked Spaniard left in the draw.
The two have played 10 times before this with Ferrer leading 6-4. Who will come out on top? The server or the baseliner? Only time will tell!
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