Andy Roddick addresses Novak Djokovic's 'strange move' that left him 'shocked'

Roddick shares his thoughts on Djokovic playing Geneva a week before the French Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Andy Roddick addresses Novak Djokovic's 'strange move' that left him 'shocked'
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Andy Roddick says he likes Novak Djokovic's move to take a Geneva wildcard but adds that it doesn't mean that he is not shocked by seeing the world No. 1 play a week before a Grand Slam tournament. 

After starting his clay season in Monte Carlo and then skipping Madrid to focus on Rome, Djokovic's return to action ended in a disaster as the Serb suffered a shock third-round loss to Alejandro Tabilo at Foro Italico. Losing early in Rome left Djokovic with just six matches on clay and a 4-2 record, which led to the record 24-time Grand Slam requesting a wildcard into this week's ATP 250 tournament in Geneva. 

Over the years, there have been several instances where Djokovic would not play much leading up to a Grand Slam but would still end up winning the title. However, this time is different as the 36-year-old Serb hasn't looked anywhere near his best level over the last few months. 

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Roddick on Djokovic playing an ATP 250 tournament a week before a Grand Slam

“I like the move and I’m also shocked by it. You know, it’s strange because he has been so confident just entering the biggest tournaments in the world without a lot of prep work, right?" Roddick said on the Tennis Channel Live podcast.

“He’s made a habit of that and been successful at it over the last three or four years. So, it definitely proves the point that we’ve been beating home all week that if something is different, you need matches — even the best of all time.

“Sometimes you need some reps and some real reps, right? You can feel great in practice, you can’t mimic that. So I think it’s the right move. And hey, I’m sure I’m sure the Geneva Open is pretty pumped about getting him for free.”

In Geneva, Djokovic had a first-round bye and he will start his campaign by playing against Yannick Hanfmann, who defeated Andy Murray in the first round.

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