Roddick returns to Wimbledon as broadcaster, sees Federer as contender

by: Matt Cronin | June 28, 2015

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“You show me a fast surface that he’s not in the two or three favorites," says Roddick. "I don’t think that tournament exists right now.” (AP)

WIMBLEDON, England—Andy Roddick, who will work as a broadcaster for the BBC during Wimbledon for the first time, believes Roger Federer can still win the Grand Slam tournament. The 17-time Grand Slam champion last won a major in 2012, at Wimbledon. Last year, the 33-year-old Federer reached the Wimbledon final and lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. 

“Roger was two points away at Wimbledon last year. He’s still beating the top guys.” Roddick told The New York Times. “I think the only thing that is different is he is more susceptible to lose early in events now. I think guys just play so big that they just come out and fire against him. No one is going to beat him throwing jabs, right—but uppercuts are getting landed a little more often. He’s still good enough to avoid those most days.” 

The 32-year-old Roddick, who retired after the 2012 U.S. Open, reached the Wimbledon final three times, losing to Federer on each occasion. In the 2009 Wimbledon final, Roddick was broken on serve just once and lost 16-14 in the fifth set. 

Roddick also doesn't expect that Federer can win a slow-court Grand Slam like the Australian Open or Roland Garros but, “you show me a fast surface that he’s not in the two or three favorites. I don’t think that tournament exists right now.”

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