I am disappointed Andy did not win, or take a set; I really thought he could have. But I am impressed with the way he played, that was his best tennis of the tournament. Really, it was great tennis on both sides.
I am even more impressed with the manner in which he conducted himself. Andy never hung his head or got down on himself. As we all know, he has the ability to do this, or get frustrated and lose focus. This never happened, he was adamantly focused and out there for a reason. In general, this is encouraging. If he can translate this mental attitude into other matches it should help him. Whether he will or not, who knows? But he has proven the capability of such intensity.
He played strong tennis. He came out and served well and was playing well off the ground. Jimmy also appeared to think Roddick played some pretty tennis at points. Last night it was not enough, but it may be in the future—I am sure they will encounter each other again. If Andy keeps taking his shots with such a determined approach and powerful tennis he has every chance to beat Fed (most probably at Wim or USO).
That is all down the road, the DC tie is up next. Even with Andy losing, I am excited about the tie and the US’ chances. I am kind of surprised that they chose an ice-rink, but I think the US is the favorite either way. I hope that Andy can translate the positives of this match into DC.
Oh, and Jimmy was just so cute at the match.
***It’s weird, I usually do not feel this impressed/good/disappointed-but-not-upset/wistful after Roddick loses.
I did not expect this set of emotions, but I knew into the second set that even if Roddick lost, it was a good match and he was playing high quality tennis. Honestly, I was bracing for distressed before the match. I get that it was still a loss; the tournament is over for Roddick. However, I just do not feel the bleak withdraw I expected; and it appears that several others are like this as well. The match may have gone differently with the change of just a few points—I am not saying Andy would have won (he may or may not have – confidence/disappointment is huge from winning/losing a TB), but the match may have gone deeper. Regardless, his mentality and skill gave him opportunity and for some reason I am content with that for the moment—not pleased, mind you—but content.
And I think Jimmy will be around for a while.