Andy Roddick: 'Bianca Andreescu is exciting to watch, it's like a street fight'


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Andy Roddick: 'Bianca Andreescu is exciting to watch, it's like a street fight'

Retiring in 2012 as the last American Major champion, Andy Roddick has stayed out of tennis waters, exploring other things in life and not watching that many matches over the recent years. Still, the US Open winner from 2003 likes to watch the defending champion from New York Bianca Andreescu, finding her tennis thrilling and the one that draws the spectator into the clash after expressing so many different emotions.

Sidelined with a knee injury suffered at the WTA Finals at the end of the previous season, Bianca is yet to make a debut in 2020, missing the ASB Classic in Auckland, the Australian Open, Dubai, Doha and Indian Wells, working hard to make the best possible recovery before the coronavirus suspended the tennis season at least until June but probably for a much longer period.

Despite two big setbacks in the last 12 months, the Canadian is still ranked sixth in the world after claiming three notable titles, starting from Indian Wells last March where she ousted four top-20 players to become the youngest champion in the desert since Serena Williams.

A teenager suffered a shoulder injury in Miami and missed almost all the action until Toronto in August, returning at her best and winning the title in front of the home fans following three top-10 triumphs under her belt.

With the momentum on her side, Bianca conquered the first Major trophy at the US Open a couple of weeks later, becoming the first teenager with the title at that level since 2006 and moving closer to the WTA throne at such a young age and only a couple of tournaments played.

Despite light schedule in the rest of the season, Andreescu couldn't avoid that terrible knee injury against Karolina Pliskova at the WTA Finals, staying sidelined ever since and hoping to make the return as soon as the action starts again in the second part of 2020 or, more likely, in 2021.

"I haven't watched that much tennis over the recent years but Bianca Andreescu is exciting to watch. I enjoyed watching her last summer, she brings you into the match and makes a street fight out of it, going through different phases when she is happy, sad, angry; even if you don't know anything about tennis, if you tune into her's match, you will feel like knowing what is going on, like recognizing someone doing outstanding things. She is one of my favorites."