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Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt can now be friends. Maybe. At least they have something in common. They’re both Slam champions and former No. 1’s who’ve been bageled by Federer in Grand Slams. I don’t feel like looking up any statistics, but I don’t think Roddick has ever been bageled in a Slam. At least I don’t remember it.
Roger played the best match I’ve ever seen him (or anyone for that matter) play and completely had his way from everywhere on the court in his 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 demolition. During the match, which took all of 83 minutes, someone asked me what Roddick had done to make Federer so mad and I immediately replied, “He won Kooyong.”
How Roddick recovers from such a demoralizing loss will show what he’s made of. If I were he, I’d take the fine and skip the presser because I don’t know if there’s anything he could say about this match that won’t get him skewered by someone, somewhere, and that’s the last thing he needs.
As for the King of Switzerland. It doesn’t get any better than that. I wish I could be a fan. I can’t. But there’s no denying that his greatness is unparalleled.
He’ll be collecting his 10th Slam title on Sunday, and as Pete Sampras conceded, he’ll be well on his way to breaking record after record after record.