For just the second time in his career, Andy Roddick defeated Roger Federer tonight in Miami, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3. Roddick is now 2-15 against Roger.
There have been times when Roddick was so close to beating Roger, most notably in that Wimbledon final. But not lately. His game matches up miserably with TMF and their matches have been mostly blowouts for the last couple of years.
Roddick started the year with a miserable Australian Open when he embarassed himself with a Jimmy Connors-like tirade and meltdown. A few weeks later, the two amicably ended their coaching relationship.
Roddick promptly captured the title at Dubai, defeating Rafael Nadal in the semis. It was his first Masters' title in a few years. He is now 19-3 on the year with two titles.
Oh by the way, Roddick got engaged to that swimsuit model last week too. Who gets more credit for Roddick's turnaround, said Model or said ex-coach?
I say neither. I think Roddick deserves all credit for how he's currently comporting himself on the tennis court. A few weeks ago Andy announced he would skip the Olympics to prepare for the US Open. I applauded that decision because no one has been more dedicated to representing the USA in Davis Cup. The Olympics promises to be one big exhausting Hot China Mess (I'll be sharing my own misgivings about the Olympics in a future post). He has taken responsibility for the coaching, for his style of play, for his schedule and for his life. In short, Roddick is acting like a man.