Roddick advances at Wimbledon

Posted: June 27, 2009 in Odds and Sods

America’s best hope (heck it’s only hope these days) at a major championship in men’s tennis, Andy Roddick, moved on to the fourth round at Wimbledon with a 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Jurgen Melzer today.
I’ve always been a Roddick fan. In addition to sharing the same first name, I’ve always admired his powerful serve and thought he’d have racked up six or seven major titles by now.
But he remains stuck at one, and I’m not sure if he’ll ever win one again.
Roddick, much like the Mets, isn’t a good finisher nor particularly good under pressure. He seems to get down on himself easily, but I believe if he could ever harness all his skill and overcome his perceived mental woes, he could win a major again.
He next faces Tomas Berdych, who hasn’t dropped a set in winning three straight matches.
Interestingly enough, Roddick has followed the same pattern in all three Wimbledon matches: win the first two sets, drop the third, before finally finishing his opponent off in the fourth.
It would behoove him not to have those types of letdowns, as the extra court time will certainly hurt him as the tournament wears down and the opponents get better.

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Comments
  1. chrisutd07 says:

    yea roddick has struggled since his us open win but i think he’s playing better than ever now. new coach, dropped 15 pounds and playing on grass. murray’s gonna be tough but i really think he can do it as long as he doesn’t let his emotions get the best of him (like at the french).

    check out my preview/predictions of the wimby finals here

    http://thebleacherbums.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/semi-finals-preview/

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