Roddick ready for action after a month off


Andy Roddick

The fifth-ranked US star will be back on the court on Wednesday after a first-round bye at the $ 1.4 million ATP Washington Classic, having found perspective about the Swiss star’s historic marathon five-set victory.

“Heartbreaking for me, but at the same time not a lot of people get a chance to play for that title. That was not lost on me,” Roddick said on Monday.

“Was it the greatest loss I’ve had as far as afterward?... Yeah, that hurt. But at the same time it’s still a pretty good existence to play matches like that. I don’t sit back and cry in my Cheerios.”

Federer won his sixth Wimbledon title and career record 15th Grand Slam crown 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 16-14. Roddick pushed him for four hours and 16 minutes, holding 37 service games in a row before dropping the last in the July 5 epic.

Asked how he got over the loss, Roddick replied, “I’ll keep you posted.”

Putting the defeat in perspective has proven elusive as Roddick, whose only Grand Slam title came at the 2003 US Open, sees himself little differently than before.

“It changes daily. I don’t think I really understand,” Roddick said. “For me it’s probably not the same but I understand it might be a good story.”

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