Long time since I wrote on tennis. It has to be about the guy of the moment – Andy Roddick. It’s hard to dislike the American with his matter of fact attitude and positive energy. Once known only for his ripping serve, the guy is rising to big occasions so gracefully that its heart warming to see him win. 6 years of failure in big tournaments didn’t fill him with the kind of bitterness seen in Nole since he won Australian Open in 08 and Federer during his 2008 slump.
David slayed Goliath at the ATP Finals 2009, London. He looks as surprised as the rest of us.
The smallest of top 8 to qualify for ATP final showdown for 2009 pulled a well-deserved victory over the tallest Grand Slam Champion ever and ‘Man of the moment’ – Del Potro. After beating Nadal and Federer in the same event, Davydenko matched the feat achieved by Del Potro at the US Open. But I would say he went a step further and beat the Argentine himself against the odds. He played an amazing cool match where as Del Potro was visibly erratic and volatile. His usual pounding strokes were not flowing as easily and the Russian was matching his power with his swiftness. Davydenko hit a beauty of a cross court winner at just the precise angle and unbelievable pace that left me awestruck for sure.
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When it comes to humor, you’ve got to give it to Roddick.
To a journalist questioning him on his new, slimmed-down physique at Aussie Open 09-
ANDY RODDICK: You look good, too. Red is a good colour. If you’re out in the sun long enough your freckles might connect and then you might get a good tan.
And the famous US Open 08 press interview, you obviously know who is he talking about-
Q. When asked about his injuries today, mentioning the right ankle as opposed to the left ankle, the other day
ANDY RODDICK: Isn’t it both of them? And a back and a hip?
Q. And when he said there are too many to count.
ANDY RODDICK: And a cramp.
Q. Do you get the sense right now that he is…
ANDY RODDICK: Bird flu.
Q. Lot of things. Beijing hangover.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.
Q. He’s got pretty long list of illness.
ANDY RODDICK: Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.
Q. Got a lot of things going on with him.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.
Q. Do you think he’s bluffing?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, I’m sure
Q. The way you’re saying it, almost means you feel like…
ANDY RODDICK: No, if it’s there, it’s there. There’s just a lot. You know, he’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time. I think it’s up for you guys to decide.
AGASSI: Let’s see what you’ve got, big boy.
ANDY RODDICK: Hair.
After losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final 2004-
ANDY RODDICK: I threw everything and the kitchen sink at him, so he went into the bathroom and got the tub.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Actually, I tossed it nicely, landed nicely, like airplane. No warning, beautiful. That’s the art of throwing racquets.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents- umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself.
HINGIS: Do you want me to hold, or break you first? (To Davenport after the toss)
Q: You and Patrick play a similar serve & volley game, so what’s the main difference between the two of you?
SAMPRAS: About 11 Grand Slams
NAVRATILOVA: The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
And here’s a ‘love’ly quote on tennis players-
To a tennis player “love” means you haven’t scored yet.
Of all the saddening defeats that Roger Federer has had this year, this one will probably sting most. Roddick has broken his nemesis and a streak of 11 crushing losses against Fed. Swiss might have lost to players barely visible in the league of top players, yet, this defeat may be devastating for many reasons. One can not call this a chance defeat (such as Sampras once had againt Paes). Roddick, whose career has been literally thumped by the swiss, has got the much needed morale and a self-belief of bettering Fed. And this brings the tally of Fed’s defeats this year to near 10 (I guess). Its not like only one player has kept him down, he seems like a faded and aged lion whom even jackals can pick upon. Bad analogy, might be but I am suddenly reminded of one of the Discovery documentaries. And lets not talk about excuses here…no mononucleosis or whatever the f*** that was. Lets not talk about injuries or over confidence either. Who wants to know why is it happening as long as it is happening. What has shaken him so bad is not clearly visible to me and I doubt, if it is even to him. He has not displayed many of the commendable qualities, that he was usually associated with in the past, at all this year. His focus has seem to be blurred, his nerves dont look rock-solid, his temperament has become fragile and his language is not that of a champion who knows why he was winning. He looks frustrated and irritable. I dont want to count these off a normal player who is having a bad season but isnt he supposed to be better than normal?
Well, I guess I can go on and on picking and I dont want to be unfair but the way it is turning out is disturbing. I guess, he is just human after all….