Originally Posted by star
You know there are some people who hold that thing about him handing the ball boy the racket as Younes was about to serve against Andy, and say that it broke Younes concentration and led to him being broken. They say it was gamemanship from Andy.
yeah, that occurred to me at the time, and I have heard it from a few people.
It might be true that it broke Younes' concentration. he certainly wasn't as on top of things in that next game.
But I am POSITIVE that it wasn't an intentional gamesmanship ploy from Roddick. I think it was a spontaneous action in an extraordinary situation, and Younes seemed to go along with it good-naturedly.