I’m always interested in seeing what specific keywords or phrases people use to look up information on my website. One that has been typed in a few times that I find rather funny (no offense to those who used it) is “will Federer be good again.” You can’t blame devoted Roger Federer fans for typing this in after another lackluster performance from the world No. 1 in Miami. Taking nothing away from Tomas Berdych’s win, but many times in the match Federer looked like he’d rather be anywhere than on that court.
It’s no big secret that Federer saves his best tennis for Grand Slams and let’s face it, even if he had won Miami, would it be that big a deal? In his press conference, Federer said his game was “missing something”. I actually think his game is fine and what he really has is something his fellow No.1 player on the WTA tour has – a severe case of “Serenaitis” aka unless this is a Grand Slam, don’t call me.
Having “Serenaitis” is actually a good thing for the Swiss star as he continues to adjust his game to a part-time status. What’s more troubling is the fact that last year’s finalists, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, are already showing symptoms of “Serenaitis”, when they shouldn’t be. But it’s Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal, whose willingness to spill their guts anytime, anyplace, proved that they are the ones to watch in 2010.
After coming up just short to Ivan Ljubicic in the finals at Indian Wells a few weeks ago, some wondered if Andy Roddick missed his best chance in over four years to claim a ATP Masters 1000 shield. With a packed field for the Sony Ericsson Open at Miami and with the usual letdown for those who do well at Indian Wells have had in the past, the odds were not good for the American.
But with his stunning win over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and his 7-5, 6-4 win today in the finals over another resurgent player, Tomas Berdych, Roddick not only earned his best title win since Cincinnati in 2006, but proved he is definitely in the mix for another Grand Slam title for 2010. Continue reading
Since the “Champions For Chile” benefit match was not televised or streamed, a lot of people have been searching for the highlight reel.
The match featuring Andy Roddick, Fernando Gonzalez, Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten raised $125,000 for relief efforts in Chile which continues to suffer from the massive earthquake that hit there last month.
Click here to watch the video highlights.
After losing the first set to Rafael Nadal in their semifinal encounter at the Sony Ericsson Open, Andy Roddick seemed unable to find a way into the Nadal service games or hang with the Spaniard on the baseline. While watching it, I wondered where was Andy’s once famous forehand since he didn’t seem to have any other weapons, besides his serve, to use.
But it was Roddick’s focus and change of game plan late in the second set that allowed him to completely change not only the match, but perhaps, the course of the rest of the ATP tour for 2010 as he took out Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Continue reading
Just a quick note that a special “Champions for Chile” charity match to benefit survivors of the recent earthquake in Chile is set for next Sunday at the Sony Ericsson Open. The match will feature current players Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez and former ATP Grand Slam winners Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten.
The match will take place next Saturday, April 3rd at 5p.m. EST after the women’s singles and men’s doubles finals. No word yet if the match will be televised or streamed.
For more information, click here.
After posting my recent poll asking readers who they thought needed to win the women’s event at Indian Wells based on the opportunity there (the leading choice was Jelena Jankovic), the blog Tennis Talk, Anyone rightly pointed out that on the men’s side of the draw, no one needed a title win at Indian Wells more so than Andy Roddick.
Some might have given the American a chance to reach the finals but I doubt few would have given veteran Ivan Ljubicic any shot to get there. But with Ljubicic’s impressive win over Rafael Nadal today in the semifinals, it sets an intriguing matchup between two players who many had written off. Continue reading
Andy Roddick, at least for a week, becomes the most admired man in tennis. Not for his game, but for the fact that his wife Brooklyn Decker was chosen as the cover girl for the always anticipated Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Roddick “tweeted” “still kind of flipping out about @brooklynddecker and the SI cover..anyone see the today show this morning? and check out letterman tonight.”
Also inside the pages (or webpages) is Ana Ivanovic who somehow finds a new use for a tennis net. Continue reading