Thursday, September 2, 2010

Andy Done!

2010 U.S. Open

The party's over for No. 9 Andy Roddick!

His 2010 U.S. Open experience was quick and frustrating. Unseeded Janko Tipsarevic, defeated the 2003 champion (3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6) in the Second Round and with it, ousted America's best hope of winning the tournament on the men's side.

Roddick was the second Top 10 player to lose in the first two rounds, following in the footsteps of No. 7 Tomas Berdych who was stunned in the First Round by unseeded, Michael Llodra.

Aside from losing the match, Roddick had a frustration-driven scuffle with a line judge who penalized him for a foot-fault. Roddick demanded that the judge tell him which foot was on the line and when the judge said, "the right foot", Roddick replied, "that's impossible".

The replays showed that Roddick did step on the line but it was with his left foot. After the match, a still-frustrated Roddick pounded the issue saying,“Not once in my entire career does my right foot go in front of my left foot. Not once. Ever.”

Clearly, Roddick was angry about bigger things, like being ousted by an unknown, and he was using this "foot" thing as a battle cry.

It's been a tough year for Roddick and losing last night to an opponent he should have beaten, didn't help him on the "doldrums" front.

But hey dude, you lost. Live with it! Don't beat this "foot" issue to death. That had nothing to do with you losing. You were simply, outplayed. Period!

So now America's hopes lie in her next best players-- No. 18 John Isner, No. 19 Mardy Fish and No. 20 Sam Querrey.

Will this be the year that one of them FINALLY breaks thru and takes the baton from an aging Roddick?

There's only one problem with that--

These three will eventually have to beat, either, No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 3 Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Andy Murray in order to win the title.

And that, my friends, is no walk in the park.

But we'll see....

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