I couldn't believe this news report when I read it. When did tennis sink to this low? Is this normal on the tennis court? Is this interview for real? Am I too naive about the sport? Is this the first time for Roddick to do this? It seems that he doesn't mind keep on doing it in the future? What has Nishikori done to deserve this?
Roddick easily beats Japanese teen star Kei Nishikori to reach SAP Open quarterfinals
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Top-seed Andy Roddick easily defeated Japanese teen star Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4 to advance to to the quaterfinals in SAP Open on Thursday.
Roddick needed just 63 minutes to defeat Nishikori, who saw his eight-match ATP win streak snapped by the No. 6 player in the world.
Roddick opened the match by taking a commanding 3-0 lead and breaking Nishikori's serve before the youngester won a game. Roddick, who's won twice at the SAP Open, came back after losing that game to win the next two including breaking the teen's serve again.
In the seventh game of the first set, the Roddick barked at the young player as they exchanged shots at the net. Nishikori held his cool and didn't respond and just walked away.
"I didn't understand a word he said," Nishikori said. But when pressed he acknowledged that he did in fact understand what Roddick had shouted at him but just didn't want to repeat it before the press.
But Roddick had no trouble repeating what he had said. "I told him to stick me with it the next time. I just let him know that he needs to finish it. I had no problem with it. But it was a monologue."
Roddick, who's has stated that he wants to be more aggressive this season proceeded to win the next game to win the first set.
In the second set, Roddick broke Nishikori service in the fourth game but Nishikori came to break Roddick in the next.
In their final game, Nishikori took Roddick to deuce before making two critical errors. He missed an easy slam shot that would have given him the advantage and then saw his saw his volley go wide that gave Roddick the match.
"I made too many easy mistakes," Nishikori said. "I didn't take advantage of the many chances I had. But overall I was happy with the way I played.
Nishikori seemed to defend well against Roddick's overbearing serve. Roddick was able to only land seven aces.
"It was one the best matches I've played in some time," Roddick said. "I was a little tight coming into the match. But I'm very impressed with him."
Roddick wanted to make his presence known to young player by trying to distract him by not using his service as his big weapon and by trying to play between the lines.
"Things were happening for him without him thinking so I wanted him to think about other stuff and not how well he's playing," he said. "There was nothing personal in it. He's probably not that happy with me for doing that. But I don't need any young friends."