Water rescues Fish vs. Roddick
MASON, Ohio — Tampa resident Mardy Fish turned a seven-minute rain delay in the second set into a 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 upset of friend Andy Roddick in the all-American semifinal at the Cincinnati Masters on Saturday. Fish plays second-ranked Roger Federer today for the title. Federer beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-3 in 70 minutes.
A cloudburst during the first set caused a one-hour delay that knocked Fish off his game. Roddick was up 5-4 coming out of the delay. Fish developed trouble with his forehand, dumping three into the net while Roddick won the game and the set. Fish trailed 5-2 in the second set when another shower forced the brief break that had the opposite effect.
Fish, who said he did have time to change clothes, broke Roddick for the first time, then won the tiebreaker as Roddick missed routine shots. Roddick fell behind 3-0 in the third set, too steep a hill against Fish, who is on a 16-1 streak.
"I've never felt better on the court, and I've never been more confident, and I've never played better," Fish said. "So I kept that in the back of my head, that I've won a lot of matches this summer."
Wrist halts del Potro U.S. Open defense
Defending men's champion Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the U.S. Open, saying he "cannot compete at the top level yet" after having an operation on his right wrist in May.
He becomes the third U.S. Open men's champion in the 42-year Open era who won't defend his title. Ken Rosewall (1971) and Pete Sampras (2003) are the others. Sampras retired after the 2002 U.S. Open.
Del Potro, 21, has not played on the tour since the Australian Open in January.
Rogers Cup: The semifinal matches in Toronto were postponed to today because of rain.
Ex-Gator nearly tops his 200 IM record
Former Gator Ryan Lochte earned his sixth gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships in Irvine, Calif., just missing lowering his world record in the 200-meter individual medley by three-tenths of a second. Lochte's time of 1 minute, 54.43 seconds erased Michael Phelps' meet record set four years ago. Phelps, who said he is not in good enough shape for two IMs and the 400 medley relay final in one day, dropped out of IM heats to focus on the relay.
Basketball: Kevin Durant scored 15 and the United States overcame a 3 for 26 shooting start to beat Lithuania 77-61 in an exhibition in Spain before the world championships. The Americans play Spain today.
Boxing: Marco Huck (30-1) stopped Matt Godfrey (20-2) in the fifth round to retain his WBO cruiserweight title in Germany. … Juan Manuel Lopez's highly anticipated Sept. 18 featherweight title fight against Rafael Marquez was postponed after Marquez sustained a hand injury. No new date has been set.
Horses: Debussy won the Arlington Million, rallying past 2009 champion Gio Ponti by a half-length at Arlington Heights, Ill. Also, favorite Paddy O'Prado won the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes..
Little League: Casey Manning's homer capped a three-run fifth inning that propelled Auburn, Wash., past Plymouth, Minn., 5-2 in a World Series elimination game in Williams- port, Pa. In other pool play, Knox Carter hit a two-run homer and two Columbus, Ga., pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 6-2 win over Waipahu, Hawaii. Jacob Jones had two homers and five RBIs as Hamilton, Ohio, won 16-6 over Toms River, N.J. Canadian representative Vancouver beat Latin American rep Panama 4-2, and Asia-Pacific rep Taiwan had four pitchers combine on an 18-0 one-hitter against Africa-Middle East rep Saudi Arabia.