After a prolong absence due to injury, Andy Roddick returns to competitive play at the Legg Mason Classic. The three time champion at this ATP 500 event held a news conference this afternoon. As expected, there were a flurry of questions regarding his disappointing lost at Wimbledon. But the feeling was that Roddick is ready to move to a new chapter and that is his U.S. Open campaign.
First off, Roddick made it clear that he has recuperated from the hip injury and does not view it as an issue in the upcoming weeks. Roddick cited that with his being off the court for a few weeks that he ” doesn’t expect to pick up where [he] left off a month ago”. For him, it will be a step by step process with the intention of peaking at the last major of the year. Regardless, Andy would like to get into the winning column again and to take it from there.
Turning to Wimbledon, for Roddick, it’s difficult to compartmentalize Wimbledon from the rest of year, in part because the media have been fixated on that. However, Andy iterated that Wimbledon in essence was the reaping of the hard work that he put in all year. This has been evident with the results he has posted since January. With Wimbledon, “I don’t know if I gained confidence from that [final].. Although it does help”, Andy emphasized that it has been “building all year”.
Contrary to what people might think, Roddick does not focus on the backhand volley that he missed since it was a lot harder than it appeared: “I thought it was going long, and reacted late.. It wasn’t like I was trying to hit a ball to the ocean from the beach and missed. To be honest, I have not thought about it that much. . . [The defeat was] yep heartbreaking, at the same time, not a lot of people get to play for that title. . . That part is never lost on me. Ten seconds after the final I still realized that it’s pretty special thing”. Although Andy admits ” it hurts losing after two weeks of hard work, knowing that your defeat came at the hand of a player that will probably go down as the best ever, it does help”. When asked if he would like to face Federer again, Roddick responded in the affirmative since it would mean that he is deep into the draw. Yet, Roddick’s approach is not to look too far ahead.