Andy Roddick was frank as ever after his fourth-round loss Monday. Below find a few of his remarks (I've included some notes of my own, too).
Roddick was asked about his baseline game: "Through three sets I was playing horrendously, I mean really, really badly. I mean, to the point where I was trying to think of how to put balls in the court," Roddick said. He later added: " It didn't feel clean. It didn't feel good." Roddick spent much of the match four feet behind the baseline, a far different approach from the one that brought him within a few games of the title here last year. His lack of preparation this spring, partially due to an illness, no doubt hurt his form.
Roddick had this to say about his serve (and his returns): "I didn't get broken for five sets. It wasn't my serve. It wasn't my service games. It was my returning. That was crap. It was really bad." I found this comment telling: "The thing that [Lu] did very well—better than times that we played in the past—was serve. I thought he served a lot better than normal." Roddick has been a victim of his own success since winning the 2003 U.S. Open. He redefined the serve and gave everyone else a goal to meet. More guys are getting there, even lower-ranked ones like Lu. He served 22 aces and made 60% of his first serves.
And here's Roddick on how "pissed off" (that was the question) he would be the day after this disappointment. "It never gets easier. Of course I'm going to be pissed off when I wake up tomorrow. I mean, if you got fired from your job, you probably wouldn't wake up the next day in a great mood. I mean, c'mon, let's go. We're better than those questions." There weren't anymore.
Today's main matches start in an hour, weather permitting (the first rain fell this morning, but the forecast is promising). I'll be on Twitter
as the day plays out.