Andy vs. Andy: Roddick and Murray will face off in Wimbledon final
The occasion cries out for an encore. Who wouldn't want to see
I'd like to see it as much as anyone, but it won't come down that way. Here are five reasons why
Roddick measures his public comments now, instead of just assuming he's the smartest guy in the room. He has worked tirelessly on his game, developing variety, decent volleys and a backhand with verve and authority. Three years ago,
"It was a privilege to play in that match, I'm very proud of it," Roddick said upon his return to the All England Club. "I'm not going to act like it's a burden now."
"Whether it's right or wrong, maybe they appreciate the body of work I've put together at this tournament," he said this week. "You never feel like you're entitled to anything here. They can choose whether to support you or not. The fact that they were vocal about it, and have been since I came back, it's a nice thing."
The Queen didn't seem terribly engaged by the tennis, to be truthful, but it was a significant episode for Murray, who showed he understood the protocol of bowing and even unleashed a bit of humor. "You never know, I might get nervous beforehand and screw it up," he said the day before. And when asked about the desultory state of British tennis, he didn't offer the expected words of encouragement. Instead: "It's not great, is it?"
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As nice as it was to see
In the wake of past shriek-fests that irritated opponents, fans and broadcasters, De Brito was "spoken to" by the WTA, as Carillo put it. She no longer accompanies every stroke with a hideous, drawn-out yowl. In fact, she played the first set against Serena in virtual silence. She was just about run off the court, in what seemed like about 10 minutes, so she jacked up the volume in the second set --
It's essentially a matter of
Carillo took great delight in an ESPN graphic showing that a chainsaw's decibel level isn't as loud as the noises produced by De Brito or
By the way, Carillo feels that
The last words, from London: