Furious Roddick Gets Rocked by Igor
by Sean Randall | March 15th, 2006, 10:55 pm

Things for Andy Roddick have gone from bad to worse. Unfortunately for the American, he is the story in tennis here in the U.S. Swiss stars Roger Federer and Martina Hingis certainly have been the overall story this year in the sport, stateside we care about stateside players, and our top dog is Roddick.ADHEREL

This afternoon in a lackluster performance, Roddick, the third seed at the Indian Wells Tennis Masters Series, was stunned by little-known Russian Igor Andreev. After dropping the first set Roddick rallied in the second and it looked for all the world that he would pull away in the third.

Roddick held three break points on Andreev’s serve in the first game of the third set but failed to convert and then completely went away from there losing the final set 6-1.

“I went on walkabout,” Roddick said after the 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 loss. “It was just like a blur.You’re out there for two hours, and I let it get away from me in five minutes.

“By no means am I taking away from the way Igor played,” he added. “His ball was jumping off the court. I was extremely impressed with the way he served. He won the match.”

The setback continues a recent string of defeats for former No. 1 who was stunned at the Australian Open by Marcos Baghdhatis, then at Davis Cup to Andre Pavel followed by a losses to Andy Murray at San Jose and Julien Benneteau in Memphis.

All it comes just a 45 days or so after Roddick dumped coach Dean Goldfine in favor of older brother John.

“I’m not going to sit here and put on my fun face,” said Roddick who got docked a point after smashing his racket late in the third set. “I’m not happy. I’m mad with the way I played. It’s just frustration. ”

Roddick will now have to try to set his sights on Miami which begins next week before Davis Cup and the clay season which begins in April, during which he’s not expected to fare well anyway.

Bottom line for Andy, things clearly are still not well in the camp, and if he doesn’t turn it around in Miami next week his results don’t figure to improve much thereafter until June when the grass season begins. To his credit, he did seems to go back to his basics of hammering his serve and forehand this week, but his backhand remains a critical weakness as does his shaky netplay.

Time to go watch so live tennis on the deuce…Uh oh. I see some softball on!

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4 Comments for Furious Roddick Gets Rocked by Igor

Joe K Says:

Can’t we get a decent TV channel who respect tennis fans? .. ESPN pay more than The Tennis Channel to cover Pacific Open … only to piss off tennis fans.

kill me Says:

i want to thank espn for running extra innings of women’s amature softball last night instead of james blake vs tommy has. all i wanted to do was watch a little tennis in the HUGE tournament that is currently being played in california. thanks to espn for making sure i don’t suffer from insomnia b/c i fell sound asleep after that fat girl hit a homer in the bottom of the 7th. i was surprised they were showing softball anyway; what? were there no re-runs of bass fishing available to televise?

BluBarry Says:

Not sure why so many people are bewildered about A-Rod’s so called Slump? For those of you that had followed Tennis for more than ten years, Andy’s story is no different than many other Players past & Present on the tour. In my belief, his game was built around a huge serve that the other Players were not use to. But sooner or later the balls started coming back and Andy had to relay upon his ground game to win matches. Problem is, there are far too many guys that are stronger off the ground than Andy is. If you think about every guy that came on the scene with a huge service game, they were short for glory. I’ve concluded that a big serve is only good enough to get you noticed and not much more. I think it was Andre Agassi playing at the Austrialian Open against the brother of Hewitt’s wife who served something like 50 aces in his match against Andre and still lost. We want more but if you really examine it, Andy is not a serious contender in any of the Majors now.

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