AEGON INTERNATIONAL 2012
Roddick Reflects On Reversal Of Fortunes
Eastbourne, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
“There's a lot of times when you make plans where you draw the perfect scenario and you draw up a script and it doesn't work out,” said the American. “That's probably 80 per cent of the time in sports, 90 per cent of the time in sports. This week has worked out. Regardless of what happens, I’ll go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I’m very comfortable on, so I feel like I got my game back a little bit this week.”
Prior to Eastbourne, Roddick had endured a frustrating couple of months. Sidelined since the U.S. hard court swing with a hamstring injury, he returned to action in late May to lose all three of his round-robin matches in Dusseldorf and then his following two opening matches at Roland Garros and Queen’s Club.
Roddick had requested a wild card to play at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament, and benefitted from two retirements - against Sam Querrey in the first round and Steve Darcis in the semi-finals. “Hey, I'll take them how I can get them,” he said with a smile.
The sixth-seeded American pulled double duty in windy conditions Friday, after matches were cancelled Thursday due to rain. He prevailed against Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarter-finals, and led Darcis 6-3, 3-1 in the semi-finals when the Belgian retired with a back injury after one hour of play.
Roddick added about the two retirements and the challenges caused by the weather in Eastbourne, “It’s amazing how much better you feel about it when you’re still alive and winning. Frustrating, yes, but it's good to get through those.
“My whole career I've been very good about winning matches I'm supposed to win and winning close matches and getting through them somehow. As good as I have been in my career so far, I have been that bad in those scenarios this year for whatever reason, so it’s not fun in the moment. There weren’t a lot of fun points out there today, but it has value. It definitely has value as far as going forward. So frustrating, sure; but rewarding, too.”
The 29 year old will be contesting his first final since February 2011 in Memphis, when he defeated Milos Raonic with a memorable diving winner on match point to claim his 30th tour-level title, and reflected on whether he had another big moment left in him.
“If you’d have asked me last week after I lost, I was probably a lot more negative than I would be answering right now,” he admitted. “Yeah, that's what you play for. I don’t know that I can play 26 events a year anymore or be on the road 45 weeks a year with my body the way it is, but fortunately for me Grand Slams are only two weeks long.”