Friday, November 21, 2008

Choke Not

"I think Roddick has had an incredible career so far. I think he's an over-achiever. He won the US Open in 2003, reached No 1 in the world and has also won the Davis Cup. These are things some players only dream of, so I get a little disturbed whenever it is suggested that he's under-achieving and choking. People need to look at the guys he's faced throughout his career," -- Jim Courier, defending his compatriots in Dubai this week.


oddman said...

I've always liked Jim Courier very much. What a nice thing to say, and true, too.
Am really hopeful for Andy with Stefanki in his corner now.

tangerine said...

Jim Courier is by far one of my favorite television commentators. I learn more about strategy and tennis listening to him than anybody else. He always has great insights.

Craig Hickman said...

I like Jim Courier.

But I don't agree with him on this. I can count the number of Slams going back to 2004 when Roddick was handed a good draw only to lose in the third or fourth round with some nonsense. And who can forget that first-round USO loss to frickin Gilles Muller?

Sure, it's difficult winning Slams on fast surfaces in the Federer era. But Andy didn't even get to Raja in so many Slams where a confident, composed, and violent brand of Andy Roddick tennis would have certainly gotten him there.

If Andy gets it together between the ears, he might contest another Slam final.

I'm not holding my breath.

rabbit said...

Add me to the list of people who like Courier as commentator. He always seems to present the perspective of the player.

I agree with your comment generally, Craig, but I do not think Gilles Muller is a complete nobody, especially considering his run this year.

Craig Hickman said...

Muller isn't a nobody. But the year he beat Andy, he couldn't even qualify for the summer masters events.

Roddick served for the first set, choked, and never recovered.

Muller rode the crowd's enthusiasm for an upset (it seemed to enjoy watching Roddick pummeled) through the finish line and the rest is history.