It looks like Andy Roddick has overcome his upset stomach.
Roddick, who attributed a semifinal loss in Indianapolis last week to eating fast food late the previous night, had no such problems in disposing Tomas Zib 6-4, 6-2 in a second-round match at the Legg Mason Classic last night.
“Fortunately, there’s a lot more options at 8 o’clock in Georgetown than at 1 in the morning in Indianapolis,” Roddick said. “Tonight would’ve been completely my fault if I didn’t manage [my eating] right.”
The top seed in this tournament and the champion here in 2001 and 2005, Roddick continues to battle criticism for underperforming in Grand Slam events. He entered this tournament coming off that loss in Indianapolis and a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon, where he blew a two-set lead against Richard Gasquet. He has won only one ATP event this year.
While he admits to feeling some pressure, Roddick conceded the last few days in the District have helped him relax a bit.
“You walk a fine line of not doing a whole lot the last couple days,” Roddick said. “Sometimes you get out there and [don’t] feel sharp on your feet.”
“I wanted to get into it [right away],” Roddick said. “I’m not good at waiting around day centers to get practice. In my case, now I can relax and rest up.”
Isner is too tall a task
Despite his 6-foot-10-inch frame, John Isner quit basketball during his freshman year of high school. Instead, the 2007 NCAA finalist from Georgia took advantage of his height by making overpowering serves with long trajectory.
Isner victimized Tim Henman with 18 aces in pulling a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) upset win. Henman, the 32-year-old British veteran who hoped to rebound from a down year, compared Isner to Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who is also 6-10.
Isner advances to play eighth-seeded Benjamin Becker in the second round.
“I think it’s more mental than anything to go out there and know you can compete with those guys,” Isner said. “That’s something I can get better at. I played well today and was fortunate to win that match.”View Entire Story
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