I know what Andy Roddick feels like! I have my own Roger Federer: a younger, faster, better (lefty) tennis player who beats me every Friday 6-2, 6-2â€¦ 6-3, 6-1â€¦ etc.
For those of you in New Hampshire, you probably know it is Bob Wilkie. Well, we played our normal Friday match yesterday and, like the Fed said of Roddick at The Open, â€œI served out of the trees!â€
In the first four games of the match, neither server gave up a point on serve. And when we were at 5-5, I had given up just FOUR points in FIVE service games.
Bob broke me to go up 6-5, but somehow I was able to break back and bring us to a tiebreaker. He ran to a quick 5-0 lead, with a little controversy (please see Sidebar Question below); but again I was able to fight back to bring it to my serving 5-6; but that was it.
And of course, with my adrenalin all gone by then, he ran through the second set.
I told him he was â€œmy Federer,â€ and recognized (like Andy now has to clearly see), the only way to beat a player like that is to play your very best and hope he has an off day.
Sidebar Question: During the tiebreaker, I announced the score as 1-3; but my opponent insisted he had won the first point and it was 0-4. He was â€œpositiveâ€ and I was unsure and neither one of us could remember the point. In tournament play, what would you do?