2012 Eastbourne Tennis Videos

Andreas Seppi, Andy Roddick, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Klara Zakopalova, Marion Bartoli, Tamira Paszek, WTA Players

An interview with Andy Roddick (2012)

Andy Roddick, News

Roddick at EastbourneAndy Roddick | 23 June 2012

Andy RODDICK defeated Andreas Seppi 6‑3 6‑2
Q.  Are you a much happier man than you were at the start of the week?
ANDY RODDICK:  Well, I feel better about my tennis game.  You know, like I touched on yesterday a lot of times you make plans on the fly.  In a perfect world, the idea was that I didn’t get matches at Queen’s; let’s come here and try and get some matches in.
You know, the thing that makes sports great is there is no script.  You can draw it up, and it rarely works out the way this week has.  You know, I think, as I’ve gotten older, I guess I’ve learned to appreciate this a little bit more.

Q.  Pretty efficient performance today, wasn’t it?
ANDY RODDICK:  Yeah.  I mean, I don’t remember the last time I got broken twice and won 3 and 2.  I felt real good.  My returns this week were close to as well as I have.
You know, I was able to close well.  You know, I started off not serving great and then made an adjustment.  I think I served 90% in the second set, which is a pretty strong number, especially given the conditions.  Just try to maintain this form going into Wimbledon.

Q.  On Wimbledon, you’re playing Jamie Baker in Round 1.  Any thoughts on that?
ANDY RODDICK:  Yeah, I didn’t know that until not too long ago.  I made it a point not to check on this that while this tournament was still going on.

You know, he’s played it before.  You know, he’s been in that draw plenty of times.  He had a pretty good win here this week I think over one of our guys.  You know, you’ve gotta go out and serve well and return well, and hopefully it will take care of itself.

Q.  How far do you think you can go at Wimbledon, then?
ANDY RODDICK:  Right now my goal is make it past the first round.  We’ll see.  We’ll renegotiate round by round.

Q.  You go in in a much better mood than you were previously?
ANDY RODDICK:  Well, yeah.  I feel better about my tennis game.  You know, coming in here I felt like I was hitting the ball fine in practice.  It’s just such a fine line but it seems like a big line between playing well and hitting the ball well in drills in practice and getting that to translate to matches.  I was able to kind of find that crossover this week.
You know, now it’s just a matter of, you know, taking care of myself the next couple of days and just trying to maintain what I started this week.

Q.  Will you come back to defend your crown next year?
ANDY RODDICK:  We’ll see.  You know, like I said, I think I answered this yesterday, as well.  I think you might have asked it yesterday.

Q.  Wasn’t me.
ANDY RODDICK:  Wasn’t you?  Okay.
It was you?  Okay.  I’ll let you live, then.  (Laughter.)  We’ll see.  It’s tough for me to say anything at this point.

Q.  Can you just tell us a little bit about your feelings about Wimbledon?  I mean, it has been discussed as to whether this might be your last year or not.  Clearly that’s probably not something you want to answer at the moment, but there will come a time in the not‑too‑distant future when you won’t be able to play there anymore, whether it’s this year, two or three years’ time.
ANDY RODDICK:  Sure.

Q.  How do you feel about going back and all the experiences you’ve had there and going back again?
ANDY RODDICK:  I think it’s the most special place in tennis.  You know, I think it’s the event that we have that we can put up against any other sporting event in the world.

As far as the traditions and just the way everything works, you know, it’s a really, really special place.  You know, on an off day, I think it was five days before Queen’s, I went and hit on the indoor courts, and just walking through the grounds when nobody is there, it still has that feeling.

I think we’re pretty spoiled when we walk through most tennis venues.  I don’t really take notice of too much anymore, I don’t think.  I guess I’m a little jaded as far as that goes.   But you walk through there, and I think if you have a pulse at all, it grabs your attention.

Q.  Are you going to find it hard to pull yourself away from it eventually?
ANDY RODDICK:  Well, there’s no rule against me visiting, is there?  You guys gonna keep me out of the country or what?

Q.  We’ll let you come, yeah.
ANDY RODDICK:  Then I don’t have to worry about that then.

Q.  Won’t be quite the same, will it?
ANDY RODDICK:  It’s never the same, but it is what it is.  I have a lot of great memories, you know.  I have played some great tennis there over the years, and, you know, somehow or another, it’s one of those things that happens naturally, and I don’t know how, why, or when exactly, but I have developed a good relationship with, you know, the crowds there, as well.

So it’s a special place that I really enjoy playing.

Q.  What will this give you confidence‑wise heading into Wimbledon this week?
ANDY RODDICK:  Yeah, it’s great.  I went from a six‑match losing streak to all of a sudden winning a tournament.  It’s 180‑degree turnaround.  Playing the right way, too.

I felt like I played most of the matches this week on my terms, you know, with the exception of yesterday which was on the wind’s terms and nobody else’s.

I feel good.  I felt like I returned really well this week.  You know, it turns quickly.  I always say that to people ‑ I’m not sure how much they believe me ‑ but you’re never playing as badly as you think, and you’re probably never playing as good as you think, too.   I’m just going to stay the course and try to maintain form.

Q.  What happened at Queen’s, quite an amazing turnaround.  In the space of a week you come to the final and win it here.
ANDY RODDICK:  I mean, I had match point at Queen’s a couple times.  I win that one, who knows?  I could be in the same position there, you know.  It’s just a matter of getting over the hurdles.  The margins in professional tennis are so small, you know, between ‑‑ a tournament like playing well here, I mean, yesterday I was down break point in the third set.  I lose that one, and all of a sudden, who knows what happens?  I’m probably not sitting here and you guys still have a lot of questions, you know.

So it’s a fine line.  I’m thankful that it went my way this week.

Q.  Talk about the men’s game with Nadal and Djokovic.  Can anyone surpass them, do you think, this year?
ANDY RODDICK:  Well, yeah, you left out Roger.  He’s pretty good, too.  I’m not in the business of making predictions.  That’s not my job.  So I’m just trying to play and get through a round and then see where we are after that.

Q.  Do you still feel a Grand Slam is in you?
ANDY RODDICK:  We’ll see.  I know I can win matches.  It’s a matter of putting seven in a row together.  I don’t know that I’m going to get carried away with thinking of this tournament in the context of a win before the first Monday.  I think that’s a little presumptuous for me at this point.

I feel I can put a scare into people right now the way I’m playing.

Q.  With your win, you have got over 600 tour victories.  How does that feel?  Pretty esteemed list.
ANDY RODDICK:  I actually miscounted.  I thought the one in the morning was 600, and then, you know, bless my team.  They didn’t have the heart to tell me it wasn’t.  So I kind of messed that one up.

Q.  Is that something you keep an eye on as you play?
ANDY RODDICK:  No, sure, I was conscious of that.  When you do something, you know, 15, 16 people have done in the history of the game, it’s two things:  It makes you call into the fact that you are probably older than you want to be at this point, and secondly, it’s a lot of wins.  I mean, it’s a lot of matches.  You know, it’s a humbling thing.
The other one I wanted to keep alive was, you know, winning one tournament a year for I think it’s 12 years now.  I know three or four people have done that.

This has been a good week for me as far as that stuff goes.  You know, three weeks ago I couldn’t have thought I was further away, you know.
So it changes quickly.  You know, sometimes I need to remind myself of those numbers just to ‑ you know, this is a what‑did‑you‑do‑last‑week‑type sport?

So looking back on that, maybe I need to look at those a little bit more and realize that I’ve done this for a long time pretty well.

 

Roddick Eyes Up Title

Andreas Seppi, Andy Roddick

2012 Final Preview by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

Title chaser Andy Roddick

On the ball: Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick, a last-gasp wildcard entry, is set to claim his first ATP Tour grass title since winning at Queen’s Club in 2007.

The 29-year-old has this term been hampered by a hamstring injury and then a loss of form – he arrived at Eastbourne with six successive defeats.

The American ace, seeded at next week’s Wimbledon although was world no33 when the seeds were announced, has lost 20 career finals. And he has lived up to SW19′s confidence in their three-time runner-up, who has been demonic at Devonshire Park and dropped just one set in the tournament as the no6 seed.

But defending champion Andreas Seppi, who had an opening round bye, has an even more impressive record this week as he has not dropped a set this week.

Seppi has stormed to his fourth ATP Tour final and is brimming with confidence to retain the Eastbourne crown and add to Belgrade title picked up last month.

The 28-year-old, since collecting his maiden title last season at Devonshire Park has been on a terrific run – and this is his best season so far.

The Italian ace took world no1 Novak Djokovic to five sets at the 2012 French Open to climb to a career high world ranking of no24.

The only time these players have met was at the 2008 US Open final, when Roddick saw off Seppi 6-2 7-5 7-6.

If Roddick can prise the crown off Seppi then he will match Swiss maestro Roger Federer on the ATP Tour with his title streak to 12 years on the bounce – the best among current players on the circuit.

Roddick on a mission

Andreas Seppi, Andy Roddick, Denis Istomin, Fabio FOGNINI, Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER

Friday 2012 Round-Up by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

Roddick races through to final

Final countdown: Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick squares off against reigning champion Andreas Seppi in the Eastbourne final, having only been served one difficult match on his Devonshire Park debut.

The world no33 collected much-needed grass court practice to capture his 600th ATP Tour victory courtesy of back-to-back wins.

With rain delaying the quarter-finals by a day, the eight competitors had their work cut out – especially with the blustery weather conditions – as the semi-finals needed to also be played.

Italian Seppi was first to step onto the stage and began delivering a perfect act when leading 7-5, 2-1, only for German Philipp Kohlschreiber to be forced to retire because of an ankle injury.

Seppi next opponent was 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison, was held off Denis Istomin in the opening tiebreak 7-5 to register a slender 7-6 6-4 triumph.

But despite his youthfulness Harrison was outplayed by wily Seppi, the contest completed in 75 minutes with Seppi soaring through to his second Eastbourne final on the bounce with a comfortable 7-5 6-1 success.

Roddick squeezed through to the semi-final stafe with a fiercely fought contest against Fabio Fognini.

The Italian handed the 29-year-old a number of scares before succumbing to the three-time Wimbledon finalist 6-3 3-6 7-5.

Belgian Steve Darcis saw off Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic courtesy of winning the second set tiebreak 7-4, booking a showdown with Roddick after sealing a 6-2 7-6 triumph.

American ace Roddick appeared untroubled by the windy weather, and marched through the games as though it was a practice match. But Darcis was forced to retire with a back injury when trailing 6-3 3-1.

Roddick confessed:

It was tough out there, some of the toughest conditions to play in. But you know you’re going to have some lucky points.

“I can’t remember much tougher that I’ve played in. That wind out there is frightening. It’s not as much as about tennis today as just getting through it.

“This week has worked out. Regardless of what happens in the final I will go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I’m very comfortable on – so I got my game back a little this week.”

Normal service resumes

Andy Roddick, Fabio FOGNINI

Roddick’s back by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

Andy Roddick at the double

Double trouble: Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick, who only arrived at Devonshire Park courtesy of a last-gasp wildcard on the eve of the AEGON International, has waltzed into the final.

And apart from Friday’s quarter-final battle against wily Italian Fabio Fognini he has been hardly tested on his Eastbourne debut – and been handed some good fortune with two opponents retiring with injured backs against him.

Big server and American compatriot Sam Querrey retired after 24 minutes in their 1st round contest and brilliant Belgian Steve Darcis threw in the towel during their one-way semi-final clash that Roddick was easily winning.

Roddick arrived at Eastbourne on the back of his worse ever run on the ATP Tour, suffering six defeats on the bounce – partly due to a hamstring injury that sidelined him for three months.

On his return to the circuit he lost all three Round Robin matches in Dusseldorf and made immediate exits on the clay at the French Open then on the grass at Queen’s Club in London.

The 29-year-old, who chalked up his 600th win on the ATP Tour, will be aiming for his 31st Singles title on Saturday – his first final appearance since February 2011 when he beat Milos Raonic to claim the Memphis crown.

Roddick admitted:

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 – but this week has worked out.

“Regardless of what happens I will go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I’m very comfortable on – I got my game back a little bit this week.

“If you’d have asked me last week after I lost at Queen’s I was probably a lot more negative than I would be right now.

“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.”

2012 Friday Men’s Preview

Andreas Seppi, Andy Roddick, Bernard TOMIC, Denis Istomin, Fabio FOGNINI, Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER

AEGON InternationalThe quarter-finals at the AEGON International feature the no3, no6 and no7 seeds.

Three of the players remaining have won at least one ATP World grass court title, and four are looking for a first career title on the surface.

Subject to confirmation, and obviously the weather, the men’s quarter-finals and semi-finals will be contested on Friday – delayed from Thursday because of rain and rain breaks at Eastbourne on Thursday.

No7 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal on the grass at Halle last week, is up against no3 seed and defending champion Andreas Seppi.

The German no2 has a 3-2 career mark over the top Italian, although Seppi won the last meeting in the 2nd Round at Rotterdam in February. This will be their first meeting on grass.

Kohlschreiber comes into his sixth ATP Tour quarter-final of the season with a 27-13 match record, and his best result was a fourth career title in Munich last month.

And last week he opened the grass court circuit with a run to the semi-final in Halle, losing to countryman and eventual champion Tommy Haas.

Seppi is also making his sixth quarter-final showing of the season, and last month he picked up his second career title in Belgrade.

Italian Fabio Fognini and no6 seed Andy Roddick square off for the first time.

Fognini, appearing in his first career ATP World Tour quarter-final on grass after back-to-back three sets wins over Albert Ramos and no4 seed Bernard Tomic, is playing in his second quarter-final of the season. On April 29, he reached his maiden ATP Tour final in Bucharest. The 25-year-old Italian is 11-11 win-loss ration this season.

Roddick came into Eastbourne losing six consecutive matches, the longest streak of his career, and world ranked no33. But a retirement win over fellow American Sam Querrey ended the losing streak and on Wednesday he only lost eight points in 10 service games en route to a 6-2 7-6 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

The former world no1 and three-time Wimbledon finalist is appearing in his third ATP Tour quarter-final of the year. But the 29-year-old American is trying to reach his first semi-final since last August in Winston-Salem, USA. 

American Ryan Harrison looks to even his record against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. In their previous meeting on the ATP Tour at San Jose in February 2010, Istomin won in straight sets. Harrison’s win-loss record is 16-14 on the season and he’s already surpassed his match wins total from last year of 14.

The Texas resident, aged 20, is playing in his third ATP Tour quarter-final on as many surfaces – clay, grass and hard – this year. His best result was the semi-finals at San Jose in February.

Istomin comes into his fourth ATP Tour quarter-final this season with a 20-18 win-loss record.

Aussie qualifier Marinko Matosevic takes on Belgian Steve Darcis for the first time.

Matosevic is also playing in a third ATP World quarter-final on as many surfaces. He reached his first ATP final at Delray Beach in March.

Darcis’ win-loss record is 10-10 on the season, and this is his third quarter-final. His last ATP Tour semi-final came in July 2008, when he was runner-up in Amersfoort.

Confusion reigns

Andy Roddick, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova

AEGON InternationalThe LTA’s decision to postpone all four ATP Tour quarter-finals was greeted with confusion for players, spectators and media alike.

Following a rain break at Devonshire Park, and despite glorious blue skies and a swift finish to the WTA Tour contest when Angelique Kerber sweep aside ex-Eastbourne winner Ekaterina Makarova on Centre Court, an announcement was made.

Subject to confirmation, and obviously the weather, the men’s quarter-finals and semi-finals will be contested tomorrow.

It would very interesting to get the views on this from Andy Roddick as the American ace is the current representative (and voice) for the ATP Tour players.