Roddick: It’s extremes with me right now


Originally published on: 01/08/12 00:00

The 29-year-old Texan managed just three games in a 54-minute 6-2 6-1 defeat to Novak Djokovic on Tuesday but hopes to recover quickly after his convincing exit.

“I won two [tournaments] out of the last three coming in [here],” said Roddick, who followed a run of six straight defeats through the European clay court season with his 31st and 32nd career titles in Eastbourne and Atlanta.

“It’s a lot better than it was six weeks ago,” added the American of his form. “It’s night and day. I feel like it's extremes with me right now. If I win one, it's like career appreciation day. Then if I lose one, it's like we should take him out in the field and shoot him in the head.

“I don't think it's either. I'm playing as well as I have this year so far in the last, you know, four or five weeks. So just try to forget about it and go back and get back to the US Open Series.”

Roddick skipped events in Washington and Montreal this time last year as a result of an abdominal injury, but hit back with a semi-final run in Winston Salem before making the quarter-finals of the US Open. And the Texan, who heads to Toronto for the Rogers Cup next, says it would be foolish for him to look as far ahead as the next Grand Slam, which begins on August 27.

“There's a lot of time between then and now,” he said. “We still have three events. The way my mind works, I automatically think about what do I have next. I've been playing what's next for 12 years. I think it's foolish of me to answer that without knowing what I've gotten out of the three events going in. Right now I feel fine about it.

“The thing about losing second round is you have enough time to prepare.”


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