Even though I always wanted him to win, I’ve often been harsh on Andy Roddick in the past, accusing him of not trying hard enough, and that he was more concerned with being a celebrity than a top-level tennis player. I was wrong.
Roddick proved that today, with a hard-fought loss to Federer in the Wimbledon final. Andy stretched the match as far as possible, when Federer broke his serve for the first time all match at 15-14 in the marathon fifth set.
Early in the match, I thought Roddick might prove me right, when he blew a 6-2 lead in the second set tiebreaker to throw away a chance to go up 2 sets to none. He kept his energy level up, though, even after he lost another tiebreaker in the third set. I’ve never seen him cover so much ground on the court and run after so many borderline balls. He left it all on the court, and at the end of the day, there’s no shame in losing a match like that to the greatest player ever.
Andy Roddick may never be the next great American tennis player, but today he proved to me that he has the heart of a champion. I’ll be cheering for him in the US Open.