Andy Roddick will still remember the epic final of Wimbledon 2009, when he lost after five exciting and grueling sets against Roger Federer. About the final, former American champions told an interesting anecdote. Before that match Federer had 14 Slams, like Pete Sampras.
Winning that final he became the most titled player in the Slam, so it was a very awaited challenge. The American said: "The Royal Box, in terms of the status of the former players who were there to witness Roger's record, made me feel like the guy who was trying to shoot Bambi that day!
Come out and see that Pete Sampras he's there, and you know he's there because he and Roger both have 14 Grand Slam titles. You definitely feel the weight of the moment." But Roddick didn't give much to see that he was disheartened by the wasted opportunity: "If you are lucky as a tennis player, you have that moment when you go to any Starbucks and people want to know more.
This is my Starbucks game. they are neither the US Open nor the number one year in the world."
Roddick talked about his retirement
Andy also unveiled the genesis of his distinctive hit, the service. For years responding to his joke has been everyone's nightmare on the ATP Tou: "I was training in high school with Mardy Fish and he was winning me.
I got a bit stiff, so I made this little half move and the service came in Then the next one came in pretty strong and that's how it started. It wasn't intentional, I wasn't trying to be creative or innovative. I was angry and it happened in a kind of anger."
About his 30-year-old retitement, Roddick said, "When I got injured and was told to be out for six weeks, I always tried to come back after three or four. Take for example the precedent that Roger and Rafa created, that is returning to play only when fully recovered and in shape, looking for the peak of performance in certain periods.
They put on the blinders and decide what is best for them. I was probably a little too unsure of my abilities to sit in sidestep and try to plan well. I think I would have been able to play a little more if I had given myself some training pace and been a little smarter in programming."
In 2017 Roddick got into Newport's Hall of Fame: "When you retire, everyone who orbited around your tennis goes to the next stage, whether it's the family or some of them who remain on the Tour. Having had an excuse to bring everyone together, having a beer and playing ping-pong the night before with everyone who helped me along the way is probably one of my favorite memories."