Roddick upsets Nadal

Mar 7, 2008 5:50 PM

by Kevin Stott |

Andy Roddick’s debut in Dubai continues to be a promising one as the former world No. 1 upset the No. 2-seed Rafael Nadal, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships at Dubai Tennis Stadium on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.

Roddick (+125,, improved to 2-2 lifetime against the 21-year-old Spaniard and had an impressive 17 aces in the upset of the -165 favorite in the match.

The American now faces the No. 3 seed in the tourney, Novak Djokovic (-300, Roddick +200, today in the semifinals. Roddick is 0-1 lifetime against Djokovic.

No. 5-seed Nikolay Davydenko (-225, meets unseeded Feliciano Lopez (+175) in the other semifinal today.

In related news, Roddick announced a split with coach Jimmy Connors on Thursday.

"Jimmy resigned," said Roddick in the post-match news conference. "Our team is just me, (brother) John and Doug (Spreen). [It happened] probably about a week ago. I still have the utmost respect for Jimmy and I thank him for all his time. I guess I am just happy to have been able to spend a little bit of time with such a legend."