It’s no secret that Andy Roddick’s 2012 season has been a disappointment. But Monday the former No. 1 may have enjoyed his best moment of the year on a tennis court. Roddick not only beat Roger Federer he also pulled off this incredible Rafael Nadal imitation.
As part of Tennis Night in America’s BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Sqaure Garden, New York, Roddick “stunned” his rival Roger Federer 75, 76. However the highlight of their match and maybe of the evening was Roddick’s amazing Nadal imitation – sorry, the video doesn’t do justice I’ll update when better footage is available.
Early in the match at 2-1 someone in the NY crowd yelled, “Go Rafa!”, and that’s when Roddick transformed into Nadal. Pulling up his sleeves, doing the Nadal bounce, hitting the Nadal buggy-whip, heavy topspin forehand and adding in the audio grunt for good measure.
And guess what, Roddick won the point, naturally capping it with the Rafa exclamation fistpump. (Andy did forget to do the Rafa backside pull, although Roddick has his own frontside twitch issue.)
Roddick quipped that maybe he should play every point like that against Roger.
The match of course does not count in any official way, but Roddick still cracked about his 2-21 record against Federer.
“I’m obviously in Roger’s head,” Roddick joked after the surprise win. “He had no idea how to play me and I capitalised on that.
“The whole night felt surreal. I could feel Jeremy Lin wanted me to win tonight. I felt his energy in the building.”
Federer, who has played in the MSG exo before, was happy with the night. “When they contacted me that they wanted me back at the Garden,” Federer said. “I was really hoping I would play Andy. He was my favorite choice. I am happy it happened and I really had a great time. I am hoping to be back one day again.”
Both Federer and Roddick will get down to some more serious business at the Indian Wells Masters which begins on Thursday. Because of first round byes the two former No. 1s are not expected to play until the weekend.
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