In case you missed it last night, the night match of the U.S. Open between Andy Roddick and Janko Tipsarevic proved to be the first upset of the tournament. This second round match eliminated Roddick, the 9th seeded American, after he lost his cool in the third set over a foot fault.
We all remember what happened with Serena Williams at last year’s tournament, right? I couldn’t help but hold my breath while watching Roddick flip out last night. Plain and simply, Roddick could have beaten Tipsarevic last night. After a lineswoman called a foot fault when he was down 5-2 in the third set, Andy just couldn’t shake it off and continue. He seemed to have taken the foot fault call personally and became visibly peeved because the lineswoman was wrong about which foot actually caused the fault. After the call, Roddick asked the lineswoman, “What foot?” She answered and said he had faulted with his right foot. Roddick replied, “That’s impossible,” and looked up at the chair umpire Enric Molina and asked, “Has THIS foot gone in front of THAT foot ever in my career?” Molina answered: “Not in my matches.”
Acting like a spoiled child, he kept making noticeably annoyed comments towards the lineswoman and hit angry shots in the points following the incident. It didn’t make any difference though because Roddick’s inability to bounce back ultimately caused his demise last night in Flushing Meadows. When asked about this point, Roddick said the whole incident “had zero impact on the match” but is that really the case?
Tipsarevic, from Serbia, won in four sets, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Andy Roddick’s best showing the the U.S Open was in 2003 when he won the title.
Hey Roddick, here’s some advice: If you want to win another Grand Slam, try growing up a little bit.
Be sure to catch all the action on ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel.