tasmanian tiger wrote:i'm no roddick fan, but he didnt throw the match. u don't tank a match 7 6 in the third. there must have been a rule change and there should have been. look at andy murray. he's not used to playing matches the whole week on the tour. he won that tourney last week and entered this week. even though he got a wednesday start he was still far from sharp in his matches this week. if a player feels he's deep in the current tourney and will be too fatiqued to play the following week, let him withdraw early so that an alternate gets the spot instead of a lucky loser, which should (in theory) slightly improve the quality of the field.
no i totally agree with you, i only mentioned that because at the time when it happened to acasuso there was some discussion on another board that he may have tanked it knowing he'd already pulled out of the following tournament, in light of that rule. but, as i said before, i don't think this was the case for roddick, and i don't even think it was the case for acasuso either.
i would like to know if this supposed rule is known about properly or not because it doesn't really seem to be observed