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Thu Oct 23 12:16:02 SAST 2014

Roddick has no bounce in Nadal blowout win

Larry Fine, Reuters | 10 September, 2011 08:29
Andy Roddick of the U.S. pulls his cap down over his eyes during a break in play against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York
Andy Roddick of the U.S. pulls his cap down over his eyes during a break in play against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 9, 2011
Image by: MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS

Andy Roddick fought his way to the quarter-finals of the US Open after a season of injuries but the former winner crashed on Friday, exhausted by his efforts and overwhelmed by defending champion Rafa Nadal. 

“It was a combination of things that probably weren’t going to work out today,” lamented Roddick. “It was evident pretty early that he was in full control.”     

    Roddick lost his first two service games to fall behind 4-0 and was broken six times in all by the second-seeded Spaniard, who rolled to a 6-2 6-1 6-3 victory.     

    The 29-year-old American, whose 2003 triumph at Flushing Meadows marks the last men’s grand slam victory by a US player, could not recover from his four-set victory over fifth seed David Ferrer on Thursday.    

    Twice during the quarter-final he had his weary legs rubbed down by the trainer.     

    “I didn’t have time to train this summer, so playing a tough match like yesterday I felt like I had played six sets.     

    “I just didn’t have much.”     

    Sidelined for much of the season by a shoulder injury and later an abdomen tear, the 21st-ranked Roddick has dropped from the top 10 for the first in nine years. Yet he rallied to get to the last eight at the Open before it all caught up to him.     

    “That’s the most aggressive I’ve seen him play this summer.

You know, he came out swinging,” said Roddick.     

    Also falling in Friday’s quarter-finals was fellow American John Isner, a four-set loser to Briton Andy Murray.     

    “There were a lot of good things,” Roddick said about the US showing at Flushing Meadows     

    “Men’s and women’s side. Especially from some of our younger players,” he said, with a nod to Donald Young, who made the fourth round.     

    Roddick’s futile struggle against the Spaniard silenced the centre court crowd that usually spur him on.     

    “It’s a bad feeling. You feel helpless,” he said. “I think you’d rather be boo-ed than have silence. It’s not fun.”

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