There's no time like present to finally beat Federer
Posted: Thursday June 22, 2006 2:54PM; Updated: Thursday June 22, 2006 2:54PM
Andy Roddick has had an off year, but there's no time like Wimbledon to step up his game.
Wimbledon, the crown jewel of tennis, begins next week in London and I have I some choice words for Andy Roddick, who has been in a funk as of late:
Throughout the past 12 months, Roddick's game has seemingly hit the pause button and put a huge dent in the progress of American men's tennis. His sometimes listless play, dwindling desire and inability to beat Roger Federer is causing him to disappear off the radar.
Of course, Federer is the No. 1 player in the world and has seven grand slam titles to his name. He is the Goliath to Roddick's David, posting a 10-1 career record against the him, including victories over him in the last two Wimbledon finals.
However, if this year's French Open showed us nothing else, it illustrated the Swiss champ has exploitable weaknesses on the court. In Paris, Federer demonstrated he can be bullied and in a big match, brazen attitude and a little good fortune are enough to beat him.
Sure, critics may argue Federer's four-set loss at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the French Open final was not surprising because it happened on Federer's worst surface, red clay. They'll say Nadal was destined to win the match to add to his 59 consecutive clay-court win streak preceding the final. They'll remind you that despite his rare humanization at Roland Garros, Federer is a master on grass with 41 consecutive victories on the surface and he'll most certainly win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship this year.
But if Roddick and the rest of the tennis world was watching Federer closely at the French, they would have seen a glitch in the Swiss' tennis prowess. They would have seen a guy whose limitations were not only exposed by Nadal, but also by his opening round opponent, Argentine qualifier Diego Hartfield, and again by semifinal opponent David Nalbandian.