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Roddick hopes his luck will change this year

Roddick hopes his luck will change
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) - Andy Roddick has an enviable record on grass and possesses all the weapons to succeed at Wimbledon. All he needs now is a slice of good fortune.

Backed by his thunderbolt serve, the American has displayed his flair on the lush green lawns by lifting the oversized Stella Artois trophy three years running.

Each time he has gone on to reach the latter stages at Wimbledon. Each time he has run into an impenetrable brick wall named Roger Federer.

For the first time in four years, Roddick arrives at the All England Club without the Stella Artois title in his possession and the Nebraskan believes that it could turn out to be a good omen when the grasscourt grand slam begins on Monday.

"I feel like I'm serving well. I feel like I'm returning well," said the 23-year-old Roddick, who followed up his last-four showing in 2003 with two successive runs to the final.

"Coming to your favourite surface and coming to one of your favourite tournaments, the recipe's there for something good to happen."

Roddick wants to make up ground at Wimbledon after his claycourt season ended abruptly with an ankle injury. He will also be aiming to end a 10-slam drought for the U.S. men.

Having lifted the 2003 U.S. Open title just two months after Federer's debut grand slam success at Wimbledon, Roddick had been expected to challenge the Swiss for many of the top awards.

While Federer's trophy cabinet now displays seven grand slam prizes, Roddick has failed to add any major silverware to his collection.

The lopsided nature of their rivalry has irked Roddick.

"It's tough knowing that you're a better player than you were two or three years ago but not having a lot to show for it," said the world number five, who has beaten Federer just once in 11 meetings.

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"It's not fun losing in a grand slam final, especially in a tournament that you just want to win so bad. Just not being able to match somebody, it's frustrating.

"I think I've proven over the last three years that I probably am the second best grasscourt player.

"Roger's the measuring stick ... I don't know many people in history who would beat him. I just hope he gets bored or something."

Since Federer is unlikely to get bored of winning anytime soon, Roddick knows he will have to rely on his own strengths.
He adopted the right approach for a set and a half in the 2004 final when his frenzied attack put a spanner in Federer's usually impeccable timing. But the world number one's mesmeric skills eventually doused Roddick's fireworks.

That was the last time the American has even taken a set off the Swiss.

Considering he has not won a title this year, Roddick knows he will have his work cut out if he is to become the first American man to hold aloft the famous gold cup since Pete Sampras in 2000.

"I would give anything to win Wimbledon," declared Roddick, who has a 37-4 record on the slick surface since 2003.

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how can losing stella artois be a good indicator/ omen?

it just shows that other players (and not only federer) can now be a threat to him even on grass...
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What's his problem? I've rarely see a layer with more luck than Roddick in the past. He won a lot of matches he should have not won.
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At this point, Andy's problem is not Roger and I think Queens was a glaring example of this. Roger was in Germany. I really, really hope this new coaching situation for Andy turns out to be fruitful........



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"I just hope he gets bored or something."

that's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard a player say. and since when does winning tennis matches have anything to do with luck and omens?
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"I just hope he gets bored or something."

that's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard a player say. and since when does winning tennis matches have anything to do with luck and omens?
I agree and he hasn't said this the first time. He should be more positive.

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Andy will do very well. Roger's not been 100% lately. The Blake loss was a minor blip. He just needs to follow up his serve to the net a bit more. Once he does that he'll be a major threat.
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"I just hope he gets bored or something."

that's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard a player say.
This sounds like vintage Roddick humor to me. Andy is self-deprecating, but not to the point where he's hoping Roger just goes away - in fact, I'm sure he'd much rather beat Roger on his way to the title than have not have to face him. And just based on the fact that he has worked so much harder over the last couple of years, I'm sure success, if and when it comes, will probably mean that much more to him.
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if you think that his latest result in queens was hopeful, then you're obviously not following tennis much?

that last loss in queens against blake to me indicates a small changing of the guard on who's the new no.1 in american tennis.

i think that just started the downward roller coaster ride to become a steep spiral.

andy will dissappear from the radar just like agassi in '97
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Andy will do very well. Roger's not been 100% lately. The Blake loss was a minor blip. He just needs to follow up his serve to the net a bit more. Once he does that he'll be a major threat.
Have you followed his results this year? They don't bode well for him.


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I never pay too much attention to what Andy says. Only to what he does on court. In interviews he is habitually disingenuous or delusional. I'm never sure which.
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Re: Roddick hopes his luck will change this year

It's not Andy's luck that needs to change, it's his gameplan and his execution of that gameplan.

Hoping Federer will one day get bored does not strike me as any kind of meaningful strategy, and losing to a player he'd previously beaten 6 straight times, on his best surface, does not strike me as a good omen.

I can only assume that this sort of talk is media flannel to give them a story, rather than any meaningful analysis of his predicament.
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He'd better do more than hope.
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...At least i'm hoping his luck to change this year.
Go Andy, take Roger down in the final.
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