Roddick-Djokovic Should Be Good
Posted by hiphopmama on September 4, 2008
Did I mention I can’t stand Novak Djokovic? Please, Andy, PLEASE tear this string bean a new one tomorrow. Roddick goes overboard sometimes, especially in his ridiculous banter with the chair umpires, but he’s generally a likable guy on most days and will be the easy fan favorite against Nole.
There is some acrimony between these two, especially after this year’s Kids’ Day festivities featured the two squaring off in dueling imitations of each other. Djokovic’s impressions are always dead-on and hilarious, but Roddick’s mimicking of his insane number of ball bounces before a serve should have been the more unnerving of the two. I mean, it’s one thing to have a meticulous routine that you go through each and every point (a la Nadal), but it’s entirely another to irk your opponent by selectively developing these nervous tics before big points. Slow the match down some other way: grab a towel (or, rather, have one of the ball minions BRING you a towel, which is ridiculous in and of itself), take some deep breaths, focus on your center. Pretty much anything else will do. People hate that schtick at every level, from youth tournaments on up, so you can’t say he’s unaware.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand, Roddick had some choice words about his opponent’s predilection for calling the trainer after his use of the tactic against Robredo:
“What is it, a back and a hip?” he said. “And a cramp. Bird flu. Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.”
“Do you think he’s bluffing?” someone asked.
“No, there’s just a lot,” Roddick said. “He’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time.”
That’s good stuff. Can’t wait for the match tomorrow.