Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Andy Roddick and the distraction factor

Just wondering, how many times over the past few years have you seen stories after Andy Roddick losses that include the phrase, "Roddick, who was bothered by ... "?

Whether it's bad calls, lack of lighting, wrong feet called on foot faults or flickering ad lights, when those distractions happen, it seems you rarely hear of him overcoming them.

But just because I always like to think of "what ifs," maybe if he did, he would be a three-time U.S. Open champ, a French Open semifinalist or after this latest incident at the World Tour Finals, a player with a good chance of advancing instead of being one with a great shot at going home early.

Granted, the flickering lights must've really sucked, but man, let it go! Ask for them to be cut off, then dust Berdych--easy as 1, 2, 3! I'm just kidding; it's never that easy. But this group was actually set up great for Roddick, particularly the way he's played against Berdych and Novak Djokovic over the years.

If you're a regular reader here, then you know I'm a big Roddick fan and I'm not trying to bash him. I just wish the distractions didn't play such a big part in stunting his results. Now that he's older, all focus needs to be on the game if he wants to pick up that extra U.S. Open title or be a threat at the French or a semifinalist at a World Tour Final.

(Photo: AP)


Anonymous said...

lol Roddick a threat on European Clay...he's never been past the 2nd round @ Roland Garros.

Fact is he's got a huge serve, huge forehand, terrible backhand, pitiful volley, bad temper, and a pea sized brain.

van said...

Hi Anonymous. Last year, he got to the fourth round at Roland Garros, but lost to Monfils in the match where he was complaining about the lighting. I couldn't figure out why he just didn't take off his hat!

I think that serve and forehand of his would be able to do enough damage to make him a contender on any surface.