Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Andy, Bobby, and a Huge Bucket of Fail

The Object: You have ten chances to get Andy Roddick's serve back.

Result: Lifetime humiliation and an honorable mention at the Fail Blog.

Click here to listen to the "Bobby Vs. Andy's Serve" podcast, and here's their preview of the showdown from the day before.

Click here to browse other Bobby Bones podcasts.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Roddick Rains on Murraymania Parade

SF: Roddick def Murray 
6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5)

And I'm still over the moon about it, nor can I quite put into words what I'm feeling. What a legendary performance from Andy Roddick. No doubt this ranks as one of his best wins in his career.

As it happened: Andy Murray vs Andy Roddick, Wimbledon 2009 [The Guardian]

Nobody gave Andy a snowball's chance in hell of beating Murray. Not any "expert" or pundit, not the bettors sites, not his own fans and defenders (not even me), and certainly not the British media who have been drunk on Murraymania all week long and had looked past Roddick in anticipation of their "dream final" of Murray vs Federer.

Larry Stefanki and Team Roddick did not get that memo. They had a master plan worked out and Roddick executed it beautifully. The world ate a massive piece of humble pie when the forgotten and dismissed champion, Andy Roddick, sent the Scottish hero home to bed without any supper. Eat up, everyone. Om nom nom.

Here's a video of Andy's interview with Mary Carillo and John McEnroe after his semifinal win over Andy Murray. You can see just how much the win meant to him and how humbled he is by making another Wimbledon final, something he thought he'd never do again.

"I feel like the guy who shot Bambi." — Andy Roddick, on beating Murray

And here is Andy's after-match oncourt interview with the BBC. If you saw this live tell me you did not tear up watching this. I don't cry often over sports but seeing Andy collapse on the stairs while the Wimbledon club members applauded him really got me choked up. Mary Carillo said Andy did not know that the cameraman was right behind him. What a moment.

Video: Roddick beats Murray then collapses

"Our Andy beat your Andy!" — gleeful headline from ESPN's Sportscenter

Collection of Web Headlines

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Andy Wins Five-Set Thriller

Updated July 2, 2009

The USTA has begun rolling out its new US Open series commercials, "It Must Be Love", featuring several tennis players talking about how great it is to play the summer North American hardcourts. Here's Andy's video. You can view other players including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Serena and Venus Williams here.

New US Open Series commercial: It Must Be Love

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Updated July 2, 2009

ESPN Video: Andy Roddick on Advancing to the Semifinals

Related news items:
"Roddick kept career on track" [SF Gate, Bruce Jenkins]
A lesser man would have retreated by now. Perhaps not an outright retirement, but a slow fade into irrelevance. Credit Andy Roddick - "the best bad tennis player of all time," as he jokingly calls himself - for offering a remarkable study in perseverance.

"Roddick has gotten crafty in his advanced age" [WSJ]
When he arrived on the tour in 2000, Andy Roddick had a thunderous 140 mph serve and little regard for finesse, not unlike a young Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson. These days, Mr. Roddick, 26, still unloads on the ball, but it’s his Greg Maddux-like craftiness that allows him to remain the best server in tennis.

"Hewitt writes off Roddick's chances against Murray" [AFP]
"I think it's going to be a tough one for Roddick to win. When I've seen Andy Murray at his best, I think he matches up extremely well against Roddick," said Hewitt. "A couple years ago I saw them play here because they were in my section, and Murray took care of him convincingly. Murray's a lot better player now than he was then. Roddick's going to have to play a helluva match to beat him."

"At Wimbledon, Andy Roddick flies solo as America's ace" [NY Daily News, Filip Bondy]
Maybe it's time we stop picking on Andy Roddick.

This is no easy resolution, because Roddick is the only men's tennis player we get to kick around in America. He is, by default, the sole target for our frustration, rage and impatience. If we must rant about our limitations with a racket, about our six years without a single Grand Slam title, then Roddick is the guy.

"Roddick wants to do more than show up" [NY Times, Christopher Clarey]
After succeeding in working his way back into the conversation at the top of men’s tennis, now comes the harder part for Andy Roddick: winning the argument.

"Don't count out Andy Roddick at Wimbledon" [NY Daily News, Mike Lupica]

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QF: Roddick def Hewitt 
6-3, 6-7 (10-12), 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4

It's like 2002 all over again with the "New Balls" (now Old Balls, as Andy said in his presser) Andy, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Tommy Haas all in the quarterfinals. I'd add Federer to the list but he's been there all along; with these four it's more like a class reunion.
Reporter: It's a bit of a revival of the 'New Balls Please' campaign right now in the quarter-finals, yes?

Andy Roddick: Now we're just Old Balls. (entire room dies laughing)

This is Andy's fourth Wimbledon semifinal appearance in his career.

ESPN Video: Roddick Outlasts Hewitt To Reach Semis

So it's Andy vs Andy in the semis. The 'real' Andy versus the 'other' Andy (depending on where you live). That will be a crazy match. Keep it going, Andy. As Michael Jackson would say, Don't stop 'til you get enough.

What They're Saying on Twitter

andyroddick 124 home...... 4 left

Wimbledon Roddick says playing Murray will be something to remember. "I'm going to pretend when they say 'C'mon Andy!' that they're shouting for me!"

dougspreen Now that was not a match that was a war. Great win in 5 tough sets today for Andy. Very, very proud of him!!! Toughness and heart!!

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