Sunday, September 10, 2006

In the end, there can be only one.

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Invoking the spirit and swagger of his new "advisor" Jimmy Connors, Andy Roddick still couldn't beat Roger Federer.

Tied at one set all, 5-5 in the third, Roddick turned to Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe and said he was having too much fun. He proceeded to drop the next seven games and eventually the match to Federer, who becomes the only man to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each year for three consecutive years.


Graham said...

Federer reminds me of Ivan Lendl with better PR. Moves better than anyone, hits harder, and never has an off day.

He was tested, especially by Blake and Roddick, but when they couldn't maintain such a high level of tennis he buried them.

Gerald So said...

I liked Lendl. Federer has the same great footwork, calculating mind, and work ethic, but his net game is much better and comes more naturally than Lendl's ever did to him.

Graham said...

I only appreciated Lendl's accomplishments retrospectively, and you're right, he lookked like he was working hard, whereas Federer doesn't even look like he's trying.

One young tennis player who was a big fan of Lendl: Pete Sampras.