Posted by: Tricia | Thursday, September 6, 2007

Heartbreak in Flushing Meadows

What does it feel like to be Andy Roddick right now? The word that comes to my mind is frustrated. He just lost in straight sets to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. But if you look at the match on paper, it’s hard to believe. Roddick’s first serve percentage was 71%. Amazing. His winners to unforced errors differential was +18. He served 14 aces, just one shy of Federer, with his average first serve speed clocking in at 130 MPH, 11MPH faster than Federer’s average.

There was nary a break of serve for either player in the first two sets; Federer won those in tiebreaks. And finally in the third set, Roger got the one and only break of Roddick’s serve that sealed the deal.

Roddick is playing amazing tennis right now. But against Federer, it’s still not good enough. He cut out of the stadium tonight before the commentator could get to him to do an interview, and I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t talk to anyone publicly either after getting wiped across the court like that. Even though he didn’t really get wiped…did he?

I hope Andy’s got good people in his corner that will encourage and motivate him to keep working to raise his game. I’m hoping to see these two players meet many, many more times, getting to the point where they can start trading sets in a match. The match tonight was thrilling, but the thought of it being closer and more down-to-the-wire excites me to no end.

So James Blake is out, Rafael Nadal is out, and now Andy Roddick is out. It looks like Federer will be cruising to his fourth U.S. Open trophy in a row. As far as I’m concerned, the best matches have now all been played. I’ll watch the rest, but much less enthusiastically now.

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