London, July 2 (ANI): Sixth-seed Andy Roddick has revealed that he can handle 15,000 fans, fatigue and the Fahrenheit as he too bids for a first Wimbledon title like British hero Andy Murray.
Roddick said that he has a cunning plan to turn the Centre Court crowd in his favour in tomorrow’s semi-final with Andy Murray.
According to The Sun, the American joked: “When I hear them shout ‘Come on Andy’ I’ll just pretend they’re referring to me.”
Roddick entered the semi-final after beating Australian Lleyton Hewitt in a five-set battle lasting three hours fifty minutes on Court One. Roddick’s 6-3 6-7 7-6 4-6 6-4 victory included an astonishing 43 aces and a top-speed serve of 140mph.
Roddick, twice a runner-up at Wimbledon, said: “This is cold where I come from. I grew up in Florida and Texas where it gets offensively hot. I’m not concerned about the heat. There’s no time for tiredness. I’m sure I’ll pull up a little bit sore tomorrow but that’s to be expected. That’s not a new condition.”
Hewitt left Wimbledon a bit sore but with his head held high and with the belief that tomorrow’s semi-final is Murray’s to lose.
He said: “It’s going to be a tough one for Roddick to win.
“When I’ve seen Andy Murray at his best, he matches up extremely well against Roddick,” he said. (ANI)