American tennis great Andy Roddick has fallen on hard times. The 28-year-old was ushered out of Wimbledon for a second straight year before the quarterfinals. Today, Roddick was turned away by Feliciano Lopez 76, 76, 64. Lopez had lost seven straight matches to Roddick until today.
“I got beat,” Roddick said. “He came out. He served about as well as someone has. You know, the stuff that’s enabled me to beat him seven times, making passing shots under duress, making him play defense on his forehand, he did well today. Mixed up his serve. There weren’t a whole lot of patterns. So he played an outstanding match.”
“No, you keep moving forward until you decide to stop. At this point I’ve not decided to stop so I’ll keep moving forward,” he said of his goal of winning Wimbledon.
When asked if he was still improving, Roddick admitted he wasn’t.
“Not this year, No,” he said. “I haven’t played well this year, for sure. I don’t think I’ve played my best since probably April of last year. I think I can. Have I over the last year? Probably not. I’ve been up against some stuff. But it has to get better. There’s no doubt.”
Roddick will have to regroup and get ready for the Spanish team on his home soil in Austin two weeks from today. Spain has owned the U.S. players the last two days at Wimbledon with Lopez, David Ferrer (Harrison) and Nicolas Almagro (Isner) earning victories.
Roddick hasn’t been a factor at a Grand Slam since losing to Roger Federer in that epic 2009 Wimbledon final.
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