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Um, what the fuck? Not prepared after a month off? Really? Maybe you should've gotten there before Sunday?
Defending champs out in Beijing
Oct 6, 2009 1:47 PM| By
China Open defending champions Andy Roddick and Jelena Jankovic were both upset in their opening matches, missing key opportunities to gain points towards their year-end tour championships.
US tennis player Andy Roddick leaves the court after losing to Lukasz Kubot of Poland at the China Open Tennis Tournament in Beijing.
Photograph by: Andy Wong
Roddick, the third seed here, stumbled out in straight sets to Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot, 6-2, 6-4, while China's Peng Shuai defeated the eighth seed Jankovic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Roddick, ranked sixth in the world, was the first to admit that his centre court effort at the Olympic tennis venue was less than stellar.
"I didn't play well," a sombre Roddick told reporters after the match. "I don't know if I was super-prepared, and it showed. I was trying stuff out there and nothing seemed to be working too well."
Roddick, 27, said he was feeling the fatigue after a long season, with the ATP World Tour Finals in London still six weeks off, and that players needed more of a break.
"I certainly have not been shy about saying that at a certain point, something's got to give, and there has got to be some time to get yourself right physically and mentally," he said.
"And right now, that's just not the case. And you're seeing that with Roger (Federer) and (Andy) Murray being out in Tokyo."
When asked how he would prepare for next week's Shanghai Masters, Roddick replied: "I certainly need to put some time in."
Roddick is currently sixth in the race to London, but has not yet qualified for the event.
"I missed an opportunity here this week. You certainly want to get confirmed into that tournament sooner rather than later," he said.