No Regard

June 26, 2008

Retire, please.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — hoyler @ 4:34 pm

Roddick(Courtesy Alastair Grant/AP)three

Andy Roddick, once again, choked on the big stage today, falling in the second round of Wimbledon to the world’s 40th-ranked player, Janko Tipsarevic. The four-set defeat, in which Roddick dropped two tiebreaks, is just another steaming pile of dung to add to the landfill that has been Roddick’s career since his 2003 U.S. Open victory. In that nearly five-year span, Roddick has 14 singles tournament victories, with nothing to show for in the grand slams except three runner-ups.

While he seems like a genuinely nice person and a player who leaves it all on the court, today’s loss kind of felt like the end of Roddick’s run as a top contender. Yes, he’ll have his chance in Flushing in late August, but after that I would be stunned to ever see him in the seminfinal of a grand slam again.

That may seem harsh, considering he’ll be 26 on August 30 and several of the world’s top 10 (Davydenko, Ferrar, Blake, Nalbandian) are older, but Roddick’s lack of composure and failure to adjust his game when he’s on defense is not going to change. Outside of his serve, his best skill is his agility, which allows his to lack overall variety in his game since he covers both lines so well. He’s already started to lose that a little, and once he hits that downward slope, there’s no coming back.

Roddick was 0-for-8 on break points today, and several of them were out and out choke jobs, including one in the deciding set where he took a sub-80 MPH second serve flat footed and half-vollied it right into the net. It’s just unforgivable for Roddick to blow three consecutive break point chances to win the fourth set, especially when he was celebrating every point in said game with fist pumps and looks toward his box. Tipsarevic kept his cool and won both of his break points.

I’m just frustrated. The lack of a top-end American player is killing general interest in the game in this country, which is a shame because Federer, Djokovic and Nadal are all great players with strong personalities…well, fine, Djokovic and Nadal have strong personalities, but Federer, clearly one of the five best players of all-time, is falling by the wayside in this country because he doesn’t have a foil.

Oh, and James Blake lost too. But that’s to be expected. Blake has nothing left and was always miscast as a Top 10 player anyway.

At least there will always be last year’s Davis Cup, which sadly will end up as Blake’s crowning moment.

Next up? John Isner, Donald Young, Sam Querrey? Who knows, but somebody needs to step up.

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