American fans are gearing up for big-serving rookie sensation John Isner against world No. 1 Roger Federer on Saturday at the US Open. Turns out a good number of players are also looking forward to seeing how the almost-untouchable Isner serve stacks up against the almost-untouchable all-around game of the Swiss.
Andy Roddick offered up his scouting report on the match.
“Isner’s going to be very tall and Roger’s going to be very good,” Roddick summed up. “You know, it’s going to be interesting. I think if John can get — try to get to some breakers, you know, at least hold his serve, then who knows. John probably has a game that can make Roger a little bit more uncomfortable than most people just because — you can go game sometimes without hitting a ball. That being said, Roger’s done well against big servers, myself included. It will be interesting to watch. I think Roger’s going to definitely try to get that early break in the first set, just kind of get out in front. I think that’s going to be a key.”
Roddick also talked about celebrating his birthday Thursday at the US Open.
“I don’t really have birthday parties here because I always have to play,” Roddick said. “Yeah, I mean, I actually spent a couple of — two years of my birthdays up here with my mom. She brought me up here for my birthday to this tournament. One year was the year Jimmy [Connors] made his run to the semis. I’d get here for the first match and I wouldn’t leave ’till it was over. Those are probably my fondest memories, just sneaking into the nosebleed sections. I actually snuck into the players lounge one time and stole a cheesecake.”
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