Andy Roddick came through a marathon encounter with Lleyton Hewitt!
“There are a lot of positives to take out of it like the guys I have beaten, especially Del Potro, the way I went out there and took it to him and played great tennis over three sets against a worthy opponent, Andy is one of the best grass-court players out there and has been to a couple of Wimbledon finals. It is not a bad loss but I would have liked to have snuck through. We were both giving everything we had out there and I don’t think either of us left anything in the locker-room.” Hewitt said.
“I am super-relieved just coming off court, I have not been in the Grand Slam picture much the last couple of years but am now in my second of the year so far so I am really happy. There is a lot of respect between me and Lleyton. We used to get into it a bit when we were younger but we earned each other’s respect and now we are just a couple of ordinary dudes. We have maybe grown up a little bit. I am ready to go and excited. There is no time to be tired. I felt fine out there physically although I am sure I will wake up a little bit sore tomorrow but that is only to be expected. It wasn’t short on drama and it was tough from a mental standpoint. There were lots of ebbs and flows and I am happy to be on the good side of it. The fifth set was a dogfight and I came up with probably the best half-volley I have hit in my life to save a break point. There is a mixture of happiness and relief in your mind at the end of a match like that. You are trying to stay the course for four hours constantly figuring out what going to do with your mind constantly racing.” Roddick said.