June 28, 2010
Andy Roddick doesn't suffer fools gladly. In his post-match press conference on Monday, he barely tolerated them.
After an upset loss to world No. 82 Yen-Hsun Lu, the 2003 U.S. Open champion snarked his way through the aforementioned presser, sniping at any question he perceived to be stupid and taking a shot at one respected tennis writer. It's what Roddick has done for years -- calling out reporters for lazy inquiries -- but today was especially caustic. And it was completely hilarious too.
Some of the choice excerpts:
Q. Always [losing in] the fifth set in Grand Slams. Do you dread the fifth set in a slam these days?
ANDY RODDICK: No.
Q. Obviously a tough one. Anything he did towards the end? Is it just one of those things the ball bounced certain ways, shots went certain ways?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah. The ball bounces and shots land.
Q. Any reason why you felt you were down in the first three sets in terms of quality?
ANDY RODDICK: What's the question?
Q. Any reason why you were not hitting the ball that well in the first three sets?
ANDY RODDICK: If I would have had a reason, I probably would have figured it out, right? It didn't feel clean. It didn't feel good.
Q. There were patches in the match where you felt like he was reading your serve pretty well? You hit a lot of aces.
ANDY RODDICK: I didn't get broken for five sets. It wasn't my serve. It wasn't my service games. It was my returning. That was crap. It was really bad.
I haven't been broken since the first set against Llodra. So I don't think it was my serve.
Q. So tomorrow when you wake up, you think you're going to be pissed off, disappointed?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm going to be thrilled. I mean, c'mon.
Q. You've been through these slams before.
ANDY RODDICK: And it never gets easier. Of course I'm going to be pissed off when I wake up tomorrow. I mean, if you got fired from your job, you probably wouldn't wake up the next day in a great mood. I mean, c'mon, let's go. We're better than those questions.
The final two questions came from Matt Cronin, a well-respected tennis writer who has covered Roddick for years. (Roddick threw in a referencing "Matt" somewhere in his second answer that wasn't picked up by the transcription.) Cronin is great, but this question wasn't. Though Roddick could use a lot more tact and a little more maturity when dealing with the press, he's not out of bounds to call out lame "how do you feel" questions.
And before you go ripping Andy for being a sore loser, notice how he gives solid answers to more insightful queries:
Q. After the fourth‑set breaker, where he got a little bit nervous, you had a couple big serves, thought that maybe in the fifth he'd tighten up a bit. He hasn't been in that position. What were you expecting going into the fifth?
ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, you know, honestly if you would have told me I hit the ball like I did in the fifth, I would have liked my chances at the end of the fourth.
The lesson here: if Andy Roddick is in a bad mood, come equipped with a decent question or risk getting in the way of his sarcastic wrath.