Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Davis Cup: Clay Curse No More

Updated February 12, 2007

"It is one of his biggest wins, certainly in Davis Cup, one of his most impressive wins." — US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe on Roddick's win over Berdych.

1st Singles: Roddick def Minar 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3
2nd Singles: Berdych def Blake 6-1 2-6 7-5 7-5
Doubles: Bryan/Bryan def Dlouhy/Vizner 6-4 6-4 6-4
1st Reverse Singles: Roddick def Berdych 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-6(4)
2nd Reverse Singles: B. Bryan def Dlouhy 7-6(5) 6-4

USA 4 - Czech 1, USA Moves Into the Quarters!

Quick update: Andy is on the cover of two magazines this month, Tennis Life and the chinese version of Tennis:
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Vote for the weekend Davis Cup hero over here. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Igor Andreev of Russia is ahead of the pack with 46%. Andy is next at 22%.

That was probably the best I had ever seen Andy play on clay. He looked comfortable on the clay and he was hitting his shots deeper than before. He didn't panic and adjusted his game nicely after Berdych took the first set and had all of the momentum going into the second set. And that tiebreak was awesome; it was like watching vintage Roddick, back in the days when he was the tiebreak king. Look at these terrific stats:

Another awesome Roddick stat: Andy is now 8-0 (100%) in clinching ties for Team USA. Roddick's defeat of Berdych marks the first time in ten years that USA has won a tie on clay.

Steve Tignor has a very nice wrap-up of the USA/Czech matches here. Tignor is one of the few tennis writers who recognizes that Roddick is an underrated talent (and underappreciated).

Listen to a short audio interview with Andy here. Instead of crowing, Roddick calls his clutch win a "team effort". Well, there he goes being a cocky jerk again. *wink*

You can also read a great interview here with DC captain Patrick McEnroe where he talks about Andy a lot.

Here's a slideshow of some of my favorite photos from the fourth rubber. Hope you enjoy it!

Davis Cup News Archive:
• Roddick Rebounds on Red Clay [ESPN]
• Slipping, Sliding, Hacking, Winning [Steve Tignor]
• Roddick Postmatch Interview (def Berdych) [ASAP Sports]
• US Look for Revenge Over Spain []
• Spain to Face USA in Davis Cup Quarters [Think Spain]
• Roddick Gives US Davis Cup Victory []
• Czech President Survives Roddick Serve [MSNBC]
• Fighting the Curse []
• Roddick postmatch interview (def Minar) [ASAP Sports]
• U.S. One Win From Davis Cup Quarters [Sports Illustrated]
• Americans Try to End Drought on Clay [ESPN]
• Roddick Nets A Hold 'em Victory [Philly Daily News]
• U.S. Needs to Get Down and Dirty [MSNBC]
• Roddick Faces Minar In Opening Davis Cup Match [Tennis Week]
• Roddick Wary of Czechs [Eurosport]
• Who's Top American: Roddick or Blake? [WRAL]

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Originally posted February 9, 2007

Andy Roddick Geeks Out

1st Singles:
Roddick def Minar 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3
2nd Singles:
Berdych def Blake 6-1 2-6 7-5 7-5
Bryan/Bryan def Dlouhy/Vizner
6-4 6-4 6-4

USA 2 - Czech 1

As if we needed more proof that Roddick was a supreme dork, he apparently lost a bet (probably with the Bryan brothers) and had to talk like Borat during his oncourt interview. The Tennis Channel commentators were understandably clueless as to what Andy was up to. LOL.

You can download the video here.

Andy's reverse singles match opponent will be Tomas Berdych. Let's hope he clinches the win to make benefit glorious nation of U.S.A. Good luck to Andy and Team USA!

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Our favorite dork Andy Roddick was recently featured on the USA TV special "World's Greatest Sports Bloopers". Click below to watch. You can also download the clip here.

Davis Cup: USA vs Czechs This Weekend

Andy is now preparing for the first round of Davis Cup, which will air on the Versus channel (formerly, Outside Life Network) beginning this Friday (click here for international TV schedule). Andy still looks hung over from all those Super Bowl parties he attended recently.

Andy Roddick answers journalists' questions during a press conference of the U.S. tennis team in Ostrava, east of Prague, Czech Republic, ahead of matches between the Czech Republic and USA in the first round of the Davis Cup on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007.

It doesn't sound like he had a very good practice, either. LOL.

"Andy Roddick's Racket Is Dead" [Tennis Week]
Sudden death came to court in Ostrava today. Before completing its first practice in preparation for this weekend's Davis Cup tie against the host Czech Republic, the United States Davis Cup team has already suffered its first clay-court casualty.

Andy Roddick's racquet is dead.

There are indications Roddick had a hand in the untimely passing with some court-side observers suggesting it was a crime of passion as a raging Roddick played the role of executioner in spontaneously smashing his blue Babolat racquet to the court. Roddick vigorously asserted his innocence in insisting it was a frame-job.

Asked about the racquet's premature exit, Roddick explained the frame expired of self-inflicted causes.

"That racquet just didn't want to be here anymore," Roddick said, prompting U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe to reinforce Roddick's alibi while questioning the racquet's commitment to the Davis Cup cause: "It wasn't supposed to make the trip," McEnroe said.

"Yeah, it wasn't supposed to make the trip in the first place and once it got here, the racquet was just very angry," Roddick deadpanned. "It jumped out of my hand and then it jumped from the court into the stands. So, it was a racquet suicide."

I've noticed lately that just as Davis Cup begins, the media will dust off and trot out the old "Who's better: Roddick or Blake" debate. I think this little mini-rivalry is intriguing and good for American tennis. Blake says, "If we keep going back and forth, it will hopefully be fun for the American public, the viewers, the fans. . .The fact that I won the last two definitely gives it a little more validity to have it called a rivalry," It's also a nice reprieve from the endless "Who's more dominant: Roger or Tiger?" debate.

...and Just for Laughs

I haven't created a new Roddick Monthly cover in a while, but in honor of Black History Month here in the states, I will repost last year's February cover. Happy bathroom reading!

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