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Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

Roddick stunned by Bjorkman at Qatar Open

By RIZWAN REHMAT, Associated Press Writer
January 7, 2004
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Top-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Qatar Open.

Bjorkman reached the quarterfinals by negating Roddick's powerful forehand and handling the U.S. Open champion's big serve.

``Everybody is entitled to a bad day, and the same thing happened with me,'' Roddick said. ``It was far from my best day on a tennis court.''


He was broken in the sixth game of the match, falling behind 4-2, and the 30th-ranked Bjorkman served out the first set.

Bjorkman also broke Roddick to open the second set.

``I was not in my element at all,'' Roddick said. ``I couldn't see the ball clearly because of poor visibility. There was quite a bit of dirt flying around.

``It was hard out there because we had a strong wind blowing across the court. I simply couldn't reach out to a few shots. I was missing many easy shots on my forehand, which doesn't happen very often.''

Perhaps most surprisingly, Bjorkman outaced Roddick 8-6.

``The key to my win today was my good serves. It is not everyday that you have more aces than Roddick, but I managed that today,'' Bjorkman said. ``I thought Roddick made a lot (more) mistakes today than he normally does.''

The other three seeds playing Wednesday advanced.

No. 4 Sebastien Grosjean beat Bohdan Ulihrach 6-1, 6-4; No. 7 Tim Henman eliminated Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-4, and No. 8 Agustin Calleri defeated Hicham Arazi 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
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Re: Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

of course andy, jonas didn't win, you lost. he didn't play good and i'm sure if you played your best you would have won 6-0 6-0

get over yourself
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of course andy, jonas didn't win, you lost. he didn't play good and i'm sure if you played your best you would have won 6-0 6-0
something like 6-4, 6-3 actually
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The best news so far in 2004!

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Andy, Andy, does he have to make exuses when he loses?? Jonas played great today, although I expected Andy to come through. I mean i can tell his serve was off becuase Jonas out aced him 8-6.(I dont recall Jonas having a great serve). With Federer or Phillippoussis you may expect Andy to get out aced, but not by Jonas. The best news so far for 2004. Now for a perfect 1st week Henman will win Qatar, and Federer will win the Exhibition he's playing in starting thursday
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"The key to my win today was my good serves. It is not everyday that you have more aces than Roddick, but I managed that today,'' Bjorkman said. "I thought Roddick made a lot (more) mistakes today than he normally does.''

Hmm. Looks like it's not just Roddick who's making "excuses" for his loss.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Re: Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

Yes he did. Something about he couldnt see the court very well. Well if its true, Jonas had to put up with it too, so then its still Jonas WINNING the match rather than Rodduck losing the match
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if you read more than one article, you would see that Roddick credited Jona with playing good tennis. obviously this one was posted because that part of the Roddick quotes wasn't in this article
By John Roberts in Doha
08 January 2004
The Independent, UK

All except one of the players seeded above Tim Henman have evaporated as if in a mirage here at the Qatar Open, while the British No 1 advanced to the quarter-finals with a display of smart tennis against Juan Ignacio Chela, of Argentina, yesterday.

Andy Roddick, the world No 1, was the most notable casualty, losing to the experienced Jonas Bjorkman, of Sweden, 6-3, 6-4, at a time when the windy conditions not only affected the flight of the ball but also gave the court a coating of sand. A gritty performance was needed, and Bjorkman ranked No 30, delivered one.

Roddick looked insecure from the moment he stepped on the blustery court to play Bjorkman, an opponent who had caused him problems in the past. The Swede's steady, aggressive play, both when serving and returning, enabled him to keep Roddick guessing and making errors.

Bjorkman broke for 4-2 in the opening set, Roddick hitting a wild forehand over the baseline, and broke again in the first game of the second set, Roddick double-faulting and then netting a forehand.

The crucial moment after that was Bjorkman's winning backhand block-volley at 4-3, 15-30. Having held for 5-3, the Swede forced Roddick to save two more break-points and then served the match out to love after 69 minutes.

Roddick belted his chair with his racket before leaving the court, fuming at himself. Later he said: "[What went wrong today] was a combination of things. Everybody is going to have off-days. I'm playing against the best in the world on a daily basis.

"Jonas played very well. The windy conditions were difficult, but I don't think anybody can help that. I don't think I served well and I was missing forehands."

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Re: Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

Thanks for the article, Naldo. Andy's always been very complimentary of his opponents. Classy kid, for someone so young.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Naldo, you are such a stud.
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Well, now that Jonas has Roddick figured out, I guess this will be a new trend in their matches. Jonas plays well and wins, & Andy makes excuses
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Re: Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

Thanks for the article.

I don't think there was anything wrong with what Andy said, and I'm sure this is only part of what he said anyway. I agree that whatever else he does or doesn't say he generally always congratulates his victors - in fact most of the top men do nowadays, it's nice to see. And if there's dirt in his eyes he's allowed to say so. Doesn't take away from the fact Bjorkman was able to win with (presumably) dirt in his eyes too. There's no shame in losing to Bjorkman anyway, he's one of the fittest and most experienced guys out there and often has a great start to the year.
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He couldn't see due to poor visibility?... i heard he wears spects right...but he's far sighted... so i dun think it's his eyesight that has problems i hope....

never mind... you win some you lose some... just play better next week andy!!!

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Re: Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

He lost, and maybe he needs to check his contact lenses and the conditions were the same for both players, just be fortunate it was here and not in the early rounds of the AO.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Re: Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

For the record I was reading another newspaper where Björkman said that this victory was one of his best wins. So Roddick lovers there is no need to worry.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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