Roddick Throws Tantrum

sillymonkey

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — A frustrated Andy Roddick threw his racket at a garbage can Saturday, which may or may not have been a commentary on the state of his game.

``I hate myself,'' he muttered a few points later during a practice match at Wimbledon. ``I just can't stand myself.''

Roddick was runner-up to Roger Federer in 2004 and 2005, but this year he's seeded only sixth and considered a darkhorse when the tournament starts Monday. Given Rafael Nadal's improvement on grass and the emergence of Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, Roddick faces more potential obstacles than ever at Wimbledon.

``The three guys have established themselves as most consistent on tour this year,'' Roddick said. ``They're certainly the favorites, but I'd consider myself probably right after them.''

Roddick has beaten all three this year, but a shoulder injury curtailed his recent schedule. He missed the French Open, then reached the semifinals on grass at Queen's Club in London last week before losing to Nadal.

``I feel OK,'' Roddick said, sounding less than confident. ``I came out of Queen's healthy, which is what I wanted. Going in there I didn't really know what was going to happen. But I've been practicing here this week. It has been going OK. It's not perfect ... doesn't feel as good as it should some days.''

Roddick, who won his only major title at the U.S. Open in 2003, has advanced to the second week at Wimbledon four of the past five years. The grass at the All England Club is slower than it was in the 1990s, but it's still a surface favorable to big servers, and Roddick ranks second on the men's tour this year with 380 aces.

That makes Roddick impossible to rule out, even if he's a long shot to win the title.

``When it comes to grass, he's got the hardest serve I've ever seen anyone hit,'' three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said. ``He's got a very loose arm; he's got that huge forehand. So he's got that puncher's chance to win another major. Most guys can't say that.''
 

moonbat

Semi-Pro
Tennis is a fickle mistress. I'm sure many of us hate ourselves on those days when the mojo is a no-show.
 

superman1

Legend
Surprising. He seems like an arrogant guy, but he hates himself, so he's got that going for him.

He's not that stupid. He knows he's playing like a pigeon from the baseline. IMO the answer is that he's heavier than he was in '03 and '04 and needs to lose maybe 15 pounds to get lighter on his feet again, so he can really blast through that forehand again with his whole body instead of just arming it.
 

fluffy Beaver

Professional
Surprising. He seems like an arrogant guy, but he hates himself, so he's got that going for him.

He's not that stupid. He knows he's playing like a pigeon from the baseline. IMO the answer is that he's heavier than he was in '03 and '04 and needs to lose maybe 15 pounds to get lighter on his feet again, so he can really blast through that forehand again with his whole body instead of just arming it.
Pro tennis player that arms the ball?
 

PCXL-Fan

Hall of Fame
Surprising. He seems like an arrogant guy, but he hates himself, so he's got that going for him.

He's not that stupid. He knows he's playing like a pigeon from the baseline. IMO the answer is that he's heavier than he was in '03 and '04 and needs to lose maybe 15 pounds to get lighter on his feet again, so he can really blast through that forehand again with his whole body instead of just arming it.
Could Federers recent loss of footspeed be due in part to the weight he's recently gained as well as the mono. Or would you say its entirely the mono?
 

malakas

Banned
I think he knows time is running out for him to win another slam. He's losing more and more ground to other players.
Possibly or the loss to Nadal has gotten to him.:( But I hope he doesn't lose his spirit that's the thing I admire about him-that though against Fed he had almost no chance he continued and tried after yet another loss to win again and again and cope things with his humour.And this year he finally won!!

Come on Andy!:neutral:
 
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