Friday, November 5, 2010

Roger Federer and Andy Roddick: What maybe, might have, could have been

The semifinal lineup is set at the Swiss Indoors tournament with Novak Djokovic taking on unseeded countryman Viktor Troicki and in a marquee matchup, Andy Roddick vs. Roger Federer.

Well, actually, is it still "marquee"? It's funny to think that this used to be a contest tournament organizers and fans would dream about. A lot of people probably have forgotten that there was a period, however brief, that they were the top two players in the world. They haven't played since their epic match at Wimbledon last year in which Federer came out the winner--as he's done 19 of the 21 times they played.

That's a lot of times to lose to one dude. But I think you have to give Roddick a lot of credit because he put himself in a position to always challenge one of the best ever as most of their matches were in the later rounds of tournaments. And I can't help but wonder this: What if Roddick would've won, say six, more of their head-to-heads? Not even the ones in the Slam finals, but maybe those Aussie semis or those Masters series matches. Would that have helped spur belief in himself that he could be an all-time great and not suffered some of those horrible upsets he suffered in Majors?

Woulda, coulda, shoulda, I guess. This semi in Switzerland still has some luster to it, maybe not what it would have once upon a time, but it should still be a good one, regardless.

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TopSpin said...

"That's a lot of times to lose to one dude."

Yes it is.

Still looking fwd to it.

An ATP 500 is exactly the kind of place to spring a fast one on Fed - the way Novak did last year.