Another Classy Loss for Roddick

June 3, 2009 · Print This Article

 

 

 

In a straight set, fourth round loss to Gael Monfils (11), Andy Roddick (6) proved yet again that the only thing worse than his game deep into tournaments are the excuses he comes up with to explain his losses. In another on-court tirade, Roddick took the time to insult Monfils, the chair umpire and probably the viewers at home for looking too closely at their TVs.

After beginning to complain about it being too dark late in the second set, Roddick’s game crumbled while his whining gained momentum. Like he did in last year’s Australian Open loss to Kohlschreiber (“[I’ll] speak slowly so you can understand me”), Roddick began to question the chair umpire via a series of childish questions prefaced by his trademark “…just tell me, so that I know you know…” type quips. This isn’t the first time Roddick has lost his cool, and focus, on court. The guy TENNIS-FRA-OPEN-ROLAND-GARROSthinks he’s entitled to a spot in the top 5, but his game suggests he’s fortunate to be top 10 (currently 6).

Because tennis is such an individual sport, it is nothing new to have players vent on those closest to the action: the umpires. But when Roddick chirped to Monfils the other day that “you’re not that good to be that cocky”, he proved again the brash sense of entitlement often embodied by this American. Monfils is a clay-courter. Roddick most certainly is not. His serve (only 4 aces) and forehand were significantly dulled by the red clay, but he certainly was playing the best clay court tennis of his career. Never before had Roddick been to the 4th round at Roland Garros. The reason is in large part due to his net play.

In his previous three matches, Andy came to the net 24, 26 and 13 times respectively. That’s pretty good for him, especially as he was able to convert the majority of those attempts into points. He converted on only 12/30 net approaches, compared to 7/10 by Monfils. The good news is that Roddick had the right idea. But several lazy volleys and one notable swinging volley miss sealed Andy’s fate against Monfils.

Admittedly, I am not generally a huge Roddick fan (save for when he took his cool new bride to a Dave Matthews Band concert during their honeymoon), but this year I thought he was playing well and could advance late into the tournament. Unfortunately, every time I turn the TV on this guy is giving me (and now all of France) new reasons to cheer against him. Roddick did, however, tone it down for his post-match interview and look for him to avenge this loss later in the season.

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5 Responses to “Another Classy Loss for Roddick”

  1. Allan on June 3rd, 2009 1:43 pm

    Great article. My sentiments exactly, but why do you expect Roddick to avenge this loss. He is an overrated tennis player, one dimensional and unable to beat the top players in the world. Getting to the round of 16 in Paris was, in my opinion, an upset. If he wasn’t American, we would never hear about him.

  2. Lenny on June 3rd, 2009 4:17 pm

    Allan, i am not a big roddick fan either, but i doubt you can call him overrated. the guy has overachieved being a one dimensional player. in the past 5-6 years other than federer and nadal what other players have consistantly been in the top 10 or made it past the QF’s or better at majors (except the french open)? you could argue that it federer was not around he probably would’ve won 2-3 wimbledon’s, and at least 1 aussie or us open.

  3. Brendan Morrison on June 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm

    Roddick sucks. His only use on the tour is to have Federer snipe balls past him through his legs and then get mocked by him in post-match interviews.

  4. Allan on June 4th, 2009 7:48 am

    Lenny – my point of him being overrated stems from the fact that since his US Open victory, he has not been a genuine factor in contending for a Grand Slam title. Yes, he has played a couple of finals, but there has always been better players other than Federer and/or Nadal. Personally, I don’t think Roddick has a game anywhere as good as Djokovic or Murray (never has) and, more importantly, he has never made the adjustments that great players make to advance their standing. He may be a top 10 player but to listen to the American press, you would believe that if Federer were not around, Roddick would have been king. In my opinion, that is just not true and, hence, my title of overrated.

  5. Jack Han on June 4th, 2009 1:21 pm

    I agree that Roddick was acting like a brat during the end of that match, but you’ve gotta take into account the dynamics of the match at the time – Monfils serving for the 2nd set (?) at 5-2, Roddick’s best served trying to rattle him a little (it got him that victory against Fed in Miami, where he did the same thing at a very crucial time in the match). As for him being overrated, I don’t think so. He’s in my mind the best and most consistant male American player of the 21st century thus far, and would have won Wimbledon as well if not for Federer or that rain delay in 2004. That makes him just as good as Hewitt (who won his Wimbledon against friggin David Nalbandian) and better than many other one-trick ponies of the recent years (Moya, Gasquet, Philippousis, Haas, Nalbandian etc.) – many of which are more talented than he is. Even Murray and Djokovic, at this time, have not really surpassed Roddick in terms of career achievements. If they hung up their rackets today, would you really claim they did?

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