Tennis

How to Lose a Match in 3 Sets, Pointers from Andy Roddick

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13:  Andy Roddick of the USA shows his dejection against Tommy Haas of Germany in their second round  match during the Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 13, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Tanya PalCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

If you saw today's match Madrid Open Andy Roddick vs. Roger Federer, you'll know what I mean.

Well I'll just make this super short as I still can't believe I actually saw that match. The match was going amazing, first set 7-5 by Roger saw unbelieveable play, 2nd set actually went on to be a tie breaker.

The tie-breaker wasn't great, Roger actually handed over the set to Roddick by just standing on his place & not bothering to cover enough ground to save or win points.

Then comes the next set, I thought I was in for some scintillating tennis in this one, but I was disappointed! It was as if suddenly Andy decided he wanted to go home to his wife for dinner and didn't want to spend any calories by running around to save points or return shots.

I'm not saying Roger was bad, even he tried making errors and misplaying some easy shots, to 'cheer' Andy. But Andy had decided that he'd had enough. He was thinking like he would only play those shots that Roger managed to 'serve' (pun intended) bang in front of him.

Thankfully, Roger did not oblige & won the match!

Maybe I'm too addicted to 'Rafa brand' of tennis, but after a long time I actually felt as if the court was HUGE (for both the players) that the corners were too far off and the net too long from the base line.

I wonder how this kind of Tennis will fare against Rafael Nadal on clay, at any stage of the tournament, let alone Roland Garros!

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