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Roddick aims to peak in time
Publish Date: Monday,5 January, 2009, at 01:02 AM Doha Time
By John Verghese
AMERICAN world No 8 Andy Roddick has said that he expects to peak in time for the Australian Open to be held from January 19.
Roddick, who is on his second visit to Doha to participate in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open tennis tournament admitted to Gulf Times yesterday that though it would be tough to play his best tennis in the very first tournament of the year, he wouldn’t be shying away from trying hard.
“It’s a tough task to play well straight at the gates as I have had an off season of about one and half months,” said Roddick.
“Tournaments like these are excellent opportunities for all players to prepare themselves for the Australian Open played on hard courts and so I am definitely keen to do well here. Despite the presence of top stars I am aiming to make a mark,” said the player, who is seeded No 4 in the competition.
The 26-year-old who qualified for the sixth Masters Cup last year, however had the misfortune of having to withdraw after one match due to a right ankle injury suffered in practice.
Roddick, who is also known as ‘A-Rod’ had a largely satisfactory 2008, compiling records of 40-11 on hard and 4-3 on clay and finishing in the top 10 for the seventh consecutive season. He also captured three ATP titles in four finals and victories over the top three players for the first time in a season.
“I am hoping to improve on where I finished last year and will aim to stay healthy during the season as I have had to battle a lot of injuries in the year that passed,” he said.
In 2003, Roddick became the youngest American at 21 years and three months and the second after Lleyton Hewitt to finish as world No 1 in the history of the ATP rankings and also made an astonishing jump to the top spot from the previous year after improving from No 10.
Roddick, who is participating in the tournament here after making an early exit in the Capitala World Tennis Championship held in Abu Dhabi, is drawn to face Ivan Navarro of Spain in the opening match of the round of 32 draw for the six-day tournament which begins here today.
“I always enter a tournament to win it. So fans can expect my best effort in all the matches,” he said.