Andy Roddick continued his poor start to the clay court-season as he crashed out of the Rome Masters to Gilles Simon in the opening round.
This follows the American’s disappointing showing at last week’s Madrid Open, where those looking at tennis betting tips
note how he was also knocked out in the first round, this time to qualifier Flavio Cipolla.
With the French Open taking place later this month, the preparation has been far from ideal for Roddick and he faces an uphill battle to be competitive at Roland Garros in a couple of weeks time.
His poor form goes beyond these last two tournaments though, as he hasn’t been anything like his best in 2011, failing to make an impact on any of the Masters tournaments he has taken part in.
The 28-year-old has one more chance to show some form ahead of the French Open at the Nice Open next week, but this could be difficult as he admits he doesn’t feel confident on clay.
He said: “Nobody likes losing. I'm trying at the moment but the last couple of weeks I haven't felt comfortable. Playing some different surfaces is like chalk and cheese.”
“An indoor fast court in Memphis is very different to here but I feel great physically. I feel fine, there are no excuses."
Roddick is a determined individual, so will no doubt work hard on his game over the next couple of weeks. He can then try his best in the French Open without too much being expected by tennis betting
One thing is for sure though, he will be desperate to be more competitive than he was against Simon in Rome.