Andy Roddick won a tournament over the weekend in Memphis, notable for a couple of reasons.
Only he and Roger Federer, among active men on the ATP have a win in eleven consecutive years and it was his thirtieth ATP tournament win, making him the eighth American to do so, three behind the late Arthur Ashe.
He took the match at the Memphis International, (7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5 from young Canadian Milos Raonic, who won at San Jose the previous week with a monster serve that Roddick possesses himself.
Why is Roddick buried as over the hill? Probably because he hasn’t won a Grand Slam in almost 8 years and his winning percentage has declined preciptiously over the years, as compared to the two active players on the tour who have more wins: Rafa Nadal and Federer.
He led us to expect better from him because he expected it and at age 28, he’s practically a senior citizen in the game of tennis.
He hears the talk that he is done as a contender on the men’s circuit. The Associated Press quoted Roddick post-match as saying, “I get a certain amount of satisfaction when I get kind of routinely buried and people trying to retire me before I’m ready.”
He did it while suffering from a hacking cough and cold passed on from wife Brooklyn Decker, who was down with the nasty virus last week. It didn’t stop him from hitting one unbelievable forehand return that had him stretched out horizontal to the court, until he tumbled along the baseline, losing his hat in the process.
Presuming it didn’t make it back into the court on Raonic’s side, he says he only realized it was good from the crowd’s reaction. “That’s the best shot I’ve ever hit in my life, considering the circumstance,” said Roddick.
It was his first match against Raonic who with his second place finish, added to his win the previous week rocketed to a world ranking of #37, from #156 only two months ago. Roddick can teach him a thing or two about sudden success with a canon serve.
Patience and shot-making need to be added to his game for him to stay on the circuit and have a good career, you know sort of like Roddick did over time. It’s what John Isner is trying to do and needs to take seriously.
Andy Roddick is rejoining the American Davis Cup team for for the first time in two years when he, Isner, Sam Querrey and the Bryan twins take on Chile in a bit more than one week.
He is 31-11 in Davis Cup play and first-time captain Jim Courier must love that he’s getting his veteran back, coming off a good showing to begin 2011.