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 thinks 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.