glad you had fun, Larah
The shirt looks orange to me in pics too
Another article from the local paper and some pics
'Average' play plenty for Roddick at SAP
Two-time defending champion breezes past Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4
By Darren Sabedra
SAN JOSE - Before Andy Roddick even played a point Tuesday night at HP Pavilion, the American heartthrob got good vibes from the crowd.
"I love you, Andy," one young lady screamed.
"I love you more," another responded.
Roddick then preceded to do what he does best: He blasted a few aces, he slugged it out from the baseline, and he won most of the big points, defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the SAP Open.
It wasn't a flawless performance. In fact, Roddick called it "average." But it took the two-time defending SAP champion just 71 minutes to polish off a player who 11 days earlier defeated Andre Agassi at a tournament in Delray Beach, Fla.
"I didn't have my best stuff tonight, but I got through, and there is something to be said for that," Roddick said after his 11th consecutive victory in San Jose. "I feel like I'm hitting the ball all right. Now it's just a matter of feeling comfortable with the ins and outs of the points."
Roddick started slowly, losing serve in the first game, but answered with a break to square the set 1-1. A few games later, Roddick, the third-ranked player in the world and top seed this week, picked up the pace after a close call went against him.
"For sure, 100 percent?" he screamed at the chair umpire after a cross-court forehand was called wide. "I'm not really questioning it. I'm telling you you're wrong."
Roddick, 23, then won the next six points and later got the break of serve he needed to win the set. Garcia-Lopez gift-wrapped it for him, sailing an easy forehand from the net wide on break point. Roddick held serve in the next game to take the set.
Garcia-Lopez, ranked 89th, failed to convert five break-point opportunities in the second set, and Roddick made him pay, shooting a backhand winner down the line to break at 5-4. Roddick raised his arms to celebrate, then closed out the match a game later when Garcia-Lopez hit a backhand long on match point.
Roddick is beginning a new chapter in his career, having fired his coach of a little more than a year, Dean Goldfine, last week and replacing him with older brother John.
"With John, it's nice having a comfort zone there," Roddick said. "He's a person that I've known for so long, and I know he'll give me his opinion and really kind of get into me, which is nice."
Roddick has by no means been a bust since he won the U.S. Open in 2003 under coach Brad Gilbert, whom he also fired. Roddick was a runner-up at Wimbledon the past two years, reached a semifinal at the Australian Open in 2005 and has been ranked no lower than third in three years.
But he is still searching for a second Grand Slam title and for a way to beat the seemingly unbeatable Roger Federer. Roddick is 1-10 against the world No. 1, including six losses in a row in which the American has won only one of 15 sets.
Roddick said Tuesday that he is trying to get back to that "A" game.
"It's just going back to being a tennis player," he said. "Like out there tonight, I wasn't focused on, What am I going to do here? I'm just trying to compete, get balls in, let's make the guy play, let's get a ball and hit it."