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Spoke with Andy Roddick on the phone to ask him if he feels any hangover from his epic Wimbledon loss to Roger Federer in July. Was there one shot he wishes he could have back?
"Nah," he says. "You probably expect me to say that volley I missed (that would've put him ahead 2-0 in sets). But you were there, you know how gusty it was. At first, it looked like it was going long, but then the wind hit it and I thought it might get down. I couldn't let that happen so I had to try. Just hit it a little too hard."
Does he believe, like me, he got screwed by Wimbledon's no-tiebreaker rule in the fifth set, the one that forced him to hold serve nine straight times or lose the match? Federer, conversely, always had the option to break back if he got broken. Completely unfair and one of the main reasons the tiebreaker was invented. "That's just tradition," Roddick said. "It's kind of our version of the designated hitter rule (in baseball). Some people like it, some people hate it."
And his battle on Twitter with pal Serena Williams over their bio pictures? "It's just that she's all over my photo being cheesey. And all I said was, 'Wait a second. You're using a photo you took yourself wearing just a sports bra. I mean, really?' She said, 'Don't be jealous because my abs are better than yours.' So I guess this means my next one has to be me with my shirt off."
I've seen him with his shirt off. That's one shot he won't want back either.