Monday, November 21, 2005

David Slays Goliath (and gives thanks to Andy)

TV ALERT! James Blake's interview with "60 Minutes" is airing this Sunday, Nov. 27th. According to Tennis Week Andy was interviewed as well:

"Wallace interviewed Blake and teammate Andy Roddick in Belgium during the United States' Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against host Belgium."

Not much news to report on the Roddick front. People are still talking about the Shanghai Masters final where David Nalbandian--Andy's replacement after he pulled out with a bad back--finally put an end to Roger Federer's brilliant 24-final run on Sunday, knocking the Swiss down and out in a thrilling five-setter 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (11-13), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in four hours, 33 minutes.

From Bloomberg News:
David Nalbandian rallied from two sets down, then beat Roger Federer in a fifth-set tiebreak to win the Masters Cup on Sunday and snap the two-time defending champion's 24-match victory streak in finals.

Nalbandian, playing in the tournament because Andy Roddick pulled out, won 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (11-13), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in four hours, 33 minutes. He blew a 4-0 lead in the final set before breaking Federer at 5-6 to force the tiebreak. Nalbandian won $1.4 million.

The Argentine stopped Federer's 35-match win streak and prevented the Swiss from tying John McEnroe's record for the best winning percentage in a single season in the open era. Federer, slowed by an ankle injury, ended 2005 at 81-4; McEnroe was 82-3 in 1984.

Nalbandian was getting ready for a fishing trip before being called in to take Roddick's place. I don't think he minded terribly that his vacation was put on hold. You can't catch a bigger fish than Roger Federer these days. David also remembered to thank Andy Roddick, whose back injury allowed him to enter the elite eight-man tournament in Shanghai.

"I need to thank him," said the Argentine, "because if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here."

Image hosted by Photobucket.comSWEET DREAMS. Thank you, Shanghai! Thank you, Mom! Thank you, injured-but-can-still-play-in-exos Andy!

Now I know some of you are probably thinking, "Damn! Damn! DAMN! If only..." right about now, perhaps bemoaning yet another missed golden opportunity for Andy. But that would be unfair because I don't think that you can replace one player for another and expect the exact same linear end results. Opponents would be dealing with a different player, a different personality, a different atmosphere, along with a myriad other yin-yang intangibles that can make or break each match. Yes, if only Andy hadn't injured himself at the Paris Masters then he might've won Paris, maybe even Shanghai as well. But even if Andy weren't injured, none of these scenarios would've been a definitive outcome. Fate and luck have their place in sports, and it simply was not Andy's time, just as it was not Federer's time to break a couple dozen more records this past Sunday evening.

However, I do think that Andy's quota of bad-luck combined with lousy timing has been sufficiently fulfilled for 2005 so here's hoping that Lady Luck will cut him some slack next year and let the pendulum swing his way for once.

It Pays To Be Photogenic

If you haven't already picked it up, Tennis magazine has a special Year in Pictures issue out on stands now and there are several nice ones of Andy in it. I didn't count, but I think he has more pictures in the yearbook than anybody else. Tee hee! Figures.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comDORKS R US. It's safe to say that this won't be one of the yearbook photos.

I Swear, If I Ever Hear the Word Mojo Again...

There was a little blurb about Andy and his endorsement deals in last month's ACE magazine, which chronicled tennis stars and their advertisements/sponsors. Andy is second on the list of celebrity ad whores, after the King of Endorsements himself, Andre Agassi. Wouldn't it be great if one day Andy could transcended tennis the way Andre Agassi does? I give it another ten years before the whole mojo-thing finally wears off...

Vote for Andy, Because He Fell on His Ass and It Was Funny

Vote for Andy's face-splattering volley as "Play of the Year" over at the ATP site and win yourself something cool (whatever that cool thing may be; so long as Andy comes in first, that's all that really matters, right? ;) ).

And for my final parting shot before I leave for the Thanksgiving holiday, I uploaded a four-minute video here of highlights from Andy's Paris Masters matches with David Ferrer and Ivan Ljubicic. If you didn't see any of his matches in Paris, then perhaps the vision of Andy getting bear-hugged on the floor by the trainer will hold you over until I decide to make another video at some point.

Have a great holiday week everyone!


Renee said...
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Renee said...

Vote for Andy, Because He Fell on His Ass and It Was Funny
Voting ended yesterday :(

tangerine said...

Voting ended? Boo! Guess we'll just have to entertain ourselves by watching Andy fall flat on his face over and over again. >:) ps - and he beat Hewitt doing it too!

Noelle De Guzman said...

Thankfully for me, I have that whole match on video. :D Tangy, this was an excellent post from you.

Come back soon! :p

Amber said...

Again....Thanks Tangy for for all the work you put into the blog!! It is great!!

Noelle De Guzman said...

Andy is so photogenic that he gets interviewed for OTHER PEOPLE's 60 Minutes specials. :D

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