Which is the most intriguing Davis Cup match up today?
Posted by tennisplanet on March 8, 2009
Federer vs Roddick, don’t you think? Why?
Because Roddick appears to be most comfortable AND dominant on that stage than at any other event in the world.
It may prove, what Roddick needed all along to register a decent if not a winning record against Federer: Belief and confidence.
Roddick now has a 11-0 record when in position to close the series. That does not happen by accident. Davis Cup may not have been as much a priority to Roddick as it is today, but the heart breaking losses one after another on the tour, pushed him to make this his sanctuary.
It’s his equivalent to Sampras’s Wimbledon. Taking out Wawrinka in straight sets with just one break point offering is ample proof.
Just like Federer’s fall and decline got heavily validated by his Wimbledon loss and one day will mean the same for Nadal at Roland Garros, this is Roddick’s home which when abandoned will also mean a vertical drop in Roddick’s ranking on the tour.
Just like Safin’s win over Djokovic at Wimbledon last year gave him a new lease of life to carry on for a little longer, this is Roddick’s tonic that releases a fresh chemical in his system to take the beating on the tour but still move on and hold his ranking.
There’s no question what Roddick thinks to be the greater achievement of his tennis career: No. 1 rank and the US Open title OR the Davis Cup wins he has helped his country win.
Davis Cup is like a little parrot that has the ‘life’ of Roddick’s tennis career locked in. Roddick getting a win over Federer on this stage will mean as much if not more than beating Federer in a Slam final.