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4 Responses to “Federer, Djokovic advance to U.S. Open semifinal meeting – USATODAY.com”

  1. jbintenn Says:

    Andy Roddick knows full well he was only half-joking when he made those remarks. It is no secret that Roddick and Djokovic do not like each other very much……probably because both seem to wear their egos on their sleeves most of the time. Although I have to say, Roddick has had a ‘smart mouth’ for a long time now and still has not ‘grown up’. Both need to learn a little professionalism and quit acting like school boys.

  2. jbintenn Says:

    If Djokovic thinks it’s funny to impersonate other players…he should be able to take it too. That Serbian player is egotistical.

    Exactly……but clearly Roddick’s intention’s and Djokovic’s(impersonating others) is completely different with Djokovic’s being harmless fun and Roddick’s much more cynical and personal in nature.

    I don’t think it is too far-fetched to believe that all of this back-and-forth that has been going on between the two in recent months is a direct result of Roddick’s inability to laugh at himself. A person like this is typically going to take offense to someone like Djokovic impersonating his (Roddick’s) tennis habits.

    So from that perspective, I don’t blame Djokovic for being the least bit perturbed by all of this and on the defensive somewhat. I do think that in general Djokovic is clearing a much more generous gracious player than Roddick and Roddick knows that. Having said that, however, last night, Djokovic would have been well advised to take the ‘high road’ and not act like the spoiled brat that Roddick already is.

  3. jbintenn Says:

    JustBog,

    Let’s be clear about this. I saw the post match press conference where Roddick made those comments that this article refers too. Yes the media clearly was ‘prodding’ Roddick along in an effort to make more out of a clearly ‘strained relationship’ with Djokovic….no question. But at the same time, Roddick did not denounce their efforts and attempt to downplay any of it but rather acted as almost a willing accomplice. Here is the actual comment that should say it all:
    “Roddick followed that up with what he really thought of the injuries.

    “If it’s there, it’s there,” Roddick said. “There’s just a lot. You know, he’s either quick to call the trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time. I think it’s up for you guys to decide.”

    Yes the media is to blame for provoking this or stoking the fire but Roddick’s name needs to be put in the pot as well to blame.

    BTW, Djokovic did the right thing later in the post match press conference and apologized. Roddick? What did he say about it?

    “Speaking to reporters later, Roddick stressed two points: that his remarks about Djokovic’s ailments had been in jest; and that Djokovic, who has gained widespread notoriety for his campy impersonations of Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal, ought to be able to take a joke.

    “If you’re going to dish it out, then be able to take it with a smile,” Roddick said. ”

    Doesn’t sound like Roddick is sorry at all that he helped provoke those comments that Djokivic DID later apologize for. Sounds like Roddick is the one who can’t take a joke because he is still obviously bothered by Djokovic’s antics that poked harmless fun at him a year earlier in the 2007 U.S. Open. Poor baby.

  4. jbintenn Says:

    JustBog,

    I agree. No question about it. I most definitely just prefer to enjoy the quality tennis, no matter who it is, and not get caught up in all the drama ‘behind the scenes’. I guess this time was an exception for me.

    However, I do find myself usually pulling for the players that seem to carry themselves well both on and off the court. I like nice guys and gals to win in the end and be rewarded for their efforts. I just have never thought that much of Roddick as a person the way he conducts himself. I certainly appreciate his talent, however.

    Of course, I use to think McEnroe was a jerk and never liked his on the court tactics, yet now I think he is great and he seems to be a ‘good guy’. Boy but was he ever a ‘But’ on court when he played. Fun to watch though

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