Andy Roddick’s brief clay season mercifully came to an end on Sunday in the first round of the French Open. Playing just his second clay tournament of the season Roddick was trounced by another clay-challenged player, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Roddick finishes his abbreviated 2012 clay campaign at 0-4 with just one single set won, that coming today.
“Just from the first ball to get set I just feel like I get exposed too easily out here,” Roddick said. “I feel like I’m not set on most shots. If you’re not set, it’s tough to get match of a flow going. When you don’t have much of a flow going, it lends itself to sporadic play. It all adds up.
“You can’t fake it out here. These are the best tournaments in the world. It’s tough to lie out here. My footwork on this stuff is really, really bad.
“It’s movement. My movement on this stuff is maybe it was a big ask coming off what I was dealing with this spring and starting here. I don’t know. But it was something I chose to do. I just never felt comfortable out there.”
The 29-year-old Roddick who is also ranked 29 now looks ahead to the grass season in two weeks and Queen’s Club where he’s enjoyed better memories. But there still will be work needed to be done by the former No. 1 who hasn’t won a match since beating Roger Federer in Miami.
“Obviously that starts a part of the season that I’m probably more comfortable in,” Roddick said in regards to the grass. “You know, there are a lot of guys who know how to play on clay, and it’s just second nature to them. I feel that way on grass, so, you know, hopefully I can turn it around there.”
So was that the last time we’ll see Andy Roddick play at the French Open?
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