NEW YORK –— Thus far, Andy Roddick hasnâ€™t compiled credentials comparable to those of his retired superstar compatriots such as Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi and probably never will.Â Still, he displayed a comparable level of poise, savvy, charisma, and at times, dazzled the media with thoughtful, sometimes Â Â comedic responses to a variety of hot topics.
Question: Â As a big Miami Heat fan, what is your reaction to this (new) team?
Answer: â€œIâ€™m just sick of defending my fan-hood. Â I was going to their games in â€™01 when they were paying people to come. I was just hoping , praying theyâ€™d re-sign Dwyane (Wade). Â And then when (Chris) Bosch came, I was ecstatic. Â Then when LeBron (James) came, it was bordering on ridiculous. Like everyone else, Iâ€™m excited to see how it all goes together.â€
Question: â€œWhat were your thoughts when Roger Clemens was indicted?
Answer: â€œIâ€™m not saying itâ€™s not deservedly so, but everyone is kind of guilty as far as the accusations and thatâ€™s disheartening.Â If heâ€™s innocent, it sucks because heâ€™s guilty in the court of public opinion; if heâ€™s guilty, itâ€™s really unfortunate because you donâ€™t want to see someone kind of in denial.Â So itâ€™s just an ugly mess. Thereâ€™s not really a positive thing that can come out of it.â€
Question: James (Blake) might be winding down his career. Your thoughts.
Answer: â€œHis career is one thing, but I also like his character.Â I like the way he goes about his business. My biggest hope for James from this point forward is can he get healthy enough to have a run that he would like. â€œ
Question: What does it mean to be 28?
Answer: â€œIt makes no difference what I think about it. You go out there and give the best of what you got on that day, thatâ€™s kind of what Iâ€™ve done all my career.Â Obviously, I know Iâ€™m closer to the finish than I am to the start. Itâ€™s a number, Iâ€™m barely older than I was yesterday.â€ Determined to shake off a bout with mononucleosis,Â No. 9 seed Roddick took his first step in his quest for a second U.S. Open title Monday, defeatingÂ Franceâ€™s Stephane Robert 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.Â He served big, moved easily and was never threatened. â€œI feel 80% better than I did five, six weeks ago, thatâ€™s for sure,â€ he said.Â â€œTo be honest, once you decide to play, you throw all the excuses and everything else out the window.Â Â Then itâ€™s up to me to give 100% of what I have. Â So itâ€™s not something I want to discuss to much from this point forward. Iâ€™m not going to analyst it every day.â€ Roddick won his lone major title â€“ the U.S. Open â€“ in 2003 and was a finalist in â€™06.