BRISBANE, Australia -- World No. 8 Andy Roddick says he feels at full strength for the first time in more than six months after overcoming the strength-sapping illness mononucleosis.
Roddick said he fought the illness for most of this past year, when he failed to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the French and U.S. Opens.
He said Wednesday he had worked hard to regain his fitness during the recent offseason and is looking toward next week's Brisbane Invitational as a springboard into a better 2011.
"For me it's just a matter of getting right, getting healthy," Roddick said. "I battled sickness for a big part of last year and from there I just felt like I was playing catch-up.
"You train hard and you get hurt in training coming back. You don't train, you rest and you try and come back and your body is not right and it shows.
A former No. 1, Roddick's ranking dropped as low as 13 in August before climbing back into the top 10. He says he feels ready to again crack the world's top five.
"It's the first time I've felt right since last May so when you are fit it takes a lot of the mental pressure off," Roddick said.
"You feel like you can play any way you want so I feel fresh and I feel enthused and ready."