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Scud won't fire, says Roddick
June 15, 2004
Moments after winning the Queen's Club championship, Andy Roddick declared Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer, Tim Henman and himself favourites to win Wimbledon but talked down Mark Philippoussis's chances.
Roddick said Philippoussis had failed to convince him he was capable of matching last year's feat when he made the Wimbledon final, where he lost to Federer.
The 27-year-old Victorian bowed out of the Queen's Club tournament, one of two Wimbledon warm-up events, in the first round to a player ranked 866th in the world.
It was the eighth tournament this year in which Philippoussis had lost in the first round and took his 2004 record to 13 losses and eight wins.
"There's contenders and there's favourites," Roddick said. "I think he's always a contender on grass but I don't think he's been playing up to his best lately. That's what you've got to look at."
For the record, Philippoussis lost in the first round at Queen's Club last year before making the Wimbledon final.
Roddick was full of praise for Hewitt, whom he beat 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 in the semi-final at Queen's to end the South Australian's hope of adding to his hat-trick of titles won between 2000 and 2002.
He said Federer, who won the final in Halle on Sunday, was the favourite to win Wimbledon and Briton Tim Henman was also in with a good chance.
"I think Lleyton is up there and he's a former champion and the guy just knows how to win matches," Roddick said. "I think I'm in that mix as well."
Many would agree following Roddick's win over Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean to claim his second consecutive title at Queen's.
In a repeat of last year's final, Roddick won 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in one hour 23 minutes.
Grosjean, the fifth seed, agreed that Hewitt was one of the danger players at Wimbledon, despite the fact his ranking had dropped from No. last year to 11th in the world.
"He's already won Wimbledon, he's won three times here (Queen's)," Grosjean said.
Federer, 22, crushed sixth-seeded American Mardy Fish 6-0, 6-3 in the final of the Halle Open.
Fish, ranked 23rd in the world, never got into the match as the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion broke him three times in the first set and once in the second to retain the title and extend his winning run on grass to 17 matches.
"I'm very happy with the way I played and this is definitely the best preparation for Wimbledon," Federer said. "I have played really well here in the last few years."
Former world No. 1 and United States Open winner Marat Safin may not make it to Wimbledon as the hand blisters that ruined his French Open campaign still trouble him.
Meanwhile, Australian pair Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley were knocked out in the doubles semi-finals at the Queen's Club after losing a marathon match played over two days.
The Australians went down to defending champions Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Daniel Nestor from Canada, who won 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5.