Roddick's Success Is the Latest for American Players
To hear Brad Gilbert talk, American men's tennis could be in the midst of a summer renaissance. During his television analysis of Andy Roddick's quarterfinal match at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic yesterday, Gilbert marveled at the strong results American men have produced since the start of the hard-court season....
"I can't remember the last time three different Americans have won consecutive hard-court tournaments," Gilbert said on television.
Ok, Brad I think it's great that American men are winning too, but lets not forget that Federer, Nadal, Hewitt and Safin (among other top 20) didn't play in any of these tournaments. Let's see how well the likes of Ginepri, Dent, Blake, Spadea fare when the best are back in action.
Gilbert also said at one of these tournaments that Roddick is THE favorite on HC. I don't know if he was referring to this US Open Series or what. But, did he forget about Hewitt, Safin and Federer? In the last 2 years Roddick won 4 hardcourt tournaments, and he reached two finals where he lost to Federer. Hewit won 3 hardcourt titles, reaching 4 finals, losing one to Agassi, one to Safin and two to Federer. Safin won 3 titles and reached one final where he lost to Federer. And Federer won 12 titles, this year winning back-to-back HC TMS events. Does Gilbert really believe Roddick has a better chance on HC than these three? Especially considering his record againt Hewitt (1-6) and Federer (1-9). Roddick's one win against Federer was on HC back in 2003, but he's never beaten Hewitt on HC.
There was one paragraph in this article that was strange....
Not only have American men won two out of the last five tournaments, but they are also advancing deep into the draw. At the RCA Championships, Ginepri defeated fellow American Taylor Dent, who also advanced to the final of the Pacific Life Open before falling to top-ranked Roger Federer on March 7. Three weeks later, Agassi advanced to the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open before falling to Federer. Vince Spadea reached the semifinals of the Arizona Men's Tennis Classic in February.
Um, Roger's never played Taylor Dent, and the Pacfic Life Open final wasn't on March 7. Also, he and Agassi didn't meet in the Nasdaq 100 finals, they met in the semis.