Would you I rather put a picture of Andy here?
Andy Roddick scored big-time. He beat Roger Federer, too.
And you can’t help but wonder whether the two events are related. On Thursday, Roddick ended a string of 11 straight defeats to the greatest tennis player of this era with a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, FL. This momentous feat followed by two days the announcement that Roddick was engaged to swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker.
I say not. Behind every good man …well, you know the rest.
Roddick has long been good as a tennis player. But I’m one who’s long thought that he could have – should have – been better. Maybe even great. Four years ago, he won the U.S. Open and finished No. 1 in the world – the first American to do so since Andre Agassi in 1999. But I bet you don’t even remember those feats, do you?
Most folks don’t. Not even many tennis fans. What they remember is how he handled it: Like maybe a 21-year-old.
In a sense he became a victim of our over-the-top celebrity age. He started dating starlets (Nothing wrong with that, but maybe practice time suffered?) and began being seen more in the tabloids than in sports mags. He hosted Saturday Night Live. He did the talk-show circuit. He filmed an ESPN commercial.
In short, he enjoyed every minute of his “moment.”
Trouble was, there was this guy named Roger Federer out there. And while Roddick was doin’ Sunset Boulevard, the elegant Swiss was becoming great. Very quickly, Roddick’s good just wasn’t good enough.
Although the American has maintain a respectable top-ten ranking (he’s currently sixth), he’s been eclipsed by Federer’s immense greatness. Roddick has yet to win another Grand Slam. He’s finished runner-up three times, each time losing to you-know-how.
This week, we learned, Roddick is settling down. Man, is he! (Check out his fiance’s SI swimsuit portfolio here).
Anyone who’s got a good woman knows the benefits – on many levels. Most importantly, a good woman allows you to focus on being the best man you can be. Maybe even a great man.
Perhaps Andy Roddick is finally on his way.