PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 14, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Got to be feeling good after that tournament win,
Andy? Took down a couple big scalps there?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I feel really good. I hit the ball
real clean. I told you in San Jose I thought I was close
to playing really good tennis, and that came around in
Dubai. So it was a good week.
Q. What made you feel you were close to playing
really good tennis?
ANDY RODDICK: You know, you wish you could put a finger
on it. It's something about you're in a match, even when
you're in a tough one, when you feel like you're about
to play well you play well and you feel like you're
going to win it.
When you're not you just feel like you're just hanging
on. Even in San Jose I felt like I was going to get
through those matches, and I was able to get through a
couple tough ones not playing my best. When you do that
you give yourself an opportunity to play well.
Q. You seemed a little feisty today during practice.
Is that the right word?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm feisty most days during practice.
Q. You know Charlie thinks that these courts really
suit you here at this tournament. He also thinks you
maybe haven't played your best at this tournament even
though you've had good results. What you are your
thoughts about this tournament? Does it suit you?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know if it suits me per se. I
mean, it's really slow and kind of very high bouncing.
I don't think it's surprising that Nadal won this last
year. But it's -- I mean, it's all right. He's probably
right with saying I've played okay but probably not my
best here. So I probably would agree with most of what
Q. The story about you and Jimmy splitting came the
day or right around your victory in Dubai, and I've only
seen stuff on the wires. Are you making comments on it?
Has it affected you mentally? Do you have a new coach?
Obviously you've changed coaches over the years. Is this
just another change?
ANDY RODDICK: That's a lot to process (Laughter.)
Q. That's a lot, but it's true.
ANDY RODDICK: Which part of that do you want me to go
Q. Well, whatever you want. I know guys don't always
like to talk about switching, but...
ANDY RODDICK: I can talk about it. I haven't talked to
you about it yet. I said in Dubai, It is what it is. I
think we made it work as well as it could for a
part-time gig, but that just became tough when you kind
of have the ins and outs of the days. I guess Jimmy
didn't feel like we were getting out of it what we
Completely amicable. We've talked about it. I got off
the phone with his son not five minutes ago, so
everything's fine. I think it ended about as well as
something like that can.
Q. What was the tipping point there? Because in San
Jose you were talking about, We're going to do practice
weeks, probably not as many tournaments. He'll come to
the big tournaments.
ANDY RODDICK: It wasn't really my call, to be honest. I
think it was just tough, you know, he was nice enough to
kind of come out of retirement and come out of -- come
off the golf course and really give me a almost jump
start at the lowest point of my career. That was huge at
You know, beyond that, I don't know if it was -- I don't
know if it's one particular thing for you. I think it
was just kind of a gradual thing that maybe was maybe
not working as well as he would have liked.
Q. Anything surprise you? I mean, now, looking back
and what you felt going in about what he was able to do
for you or what he brought to you that maybe you
wouldn't have expected?
ANDY RODDICK: Anything surprise me?
Q. Yeah, about what he brought to coaching with you
and stuff. What you learned from him, or part of his
personality or whatever?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, there's lots about his
personality. You know -- you expect what you see on the
court, and that's almost the polar opposite from what
you get when you're out to dinner as far as him being a
complete gentleman away from the court.
As far as what he was able to bring to my game, I
wouldn't even -- I went in with no expectations. We
hadn't met before we started hitting together and the
little run before the US Open, so I don't know what I
had as far as expectations. But I'm thankful for the
time he did give to me.
Q. Did you miss the fact that he wasn't there at most
of your matches and wasn't willing to travel? Was that
part of the tipping point?
ANDY RODDICK: Let's be honest. If we're calling a spade
a spade, most of the time it was Doug, John, and myself,
anyway. But it was great to have kind of a mentor and
somebody you could go to who knew what it was like to
play in the semifinal of a Grand Slam or final of a
Grand Slam. Those are few and far between, so it was
But it's also tough when you don't get face time with
someone for three weeks or a month or whatever. Like I
said, I think we made it work as well as we could.
At the time in my career when he came into it, it was
huge for me. You know, we had you guys saying I was
never going to win another tennis match, and two months
later I was in the finals of the US Open. I think it
served its purpose, and I'm really happy with it.
Q. You said, picked you up at your lowest point.
Obviously after two wins your last two tournaments this
is far from your lowest point. You think maybe this is
back to where you were four or five years ago?
ANDY RODDICK: In Dubai, it was pretty close. It might
have been better. I was hitting the ball great there and
I was serving well and things were clicking. Now it's a
matter of, the guys that I beat there, what they're able
to do is to do that on a week-to-week basis, and that's
what I need to get to.
But it's nice to have gotten those wins and at least
show myself that I can do it, and now it's just a matter
of getting consistent with that kind of -- with that
Q. I saw this week that you decided not to play in
the Olympics this year.
ANDY RODDICK: Ummm.
Q. Knowing how much your country means and the Davis
Cup, how difficult was that a decision to arrive at?
ANDY RODDICK: It was tough. Thankfully I've gotten to go
through the Olympic experience once, which I think is
huge for any athlete. But when kind of working out my
schedule, you know, it's kind of down to the decision,
do you go there and try to wing it at the Olympics and,
you know, deal with everything that goes along with it?
It's pretty hectic. And tennis players, it's -- a lot of
it's out of your control as far as, you know, it's not
our normal tournament, per se.
You go kind of deal with all that, or, you know, is
winning the US Open or trying to put together a run
there the priority. This time I decided that that was
the priority. And I don't know if switching time zones
from completely different, you know, time zones for two
weeks and then come back and have four days and then
you're starting US Open, I don't know if that was the
That being said, it wasn't an easy decision, even
considering all of that.
Q. Having in mind that you just recently have beaten
Novak and Rafa Nadal, is it now maybe the fact that you
know Novak's game better now?
ANDY RODDICK: No, huh-uh. I don't -- (Laughter.)
Q. Would you compare, please, for Serbian media his
game and Roger Federer's game? Is there any similarity?
ANDY RODDICK: Similarity in the fact that they're just
really, really good tennis players. You know, as far as
forehands and backhands and the way they play, it's
probably not as similar, you know.
But the great thing about Novak is he doesn't give up
any ground on the baseline. You never feel like he's
overswinging at the ball, and his depth and ability to
-- he's probably the best in the world at changing
directions. You can fire a ball into him, and he's kind
of able to put an easy swing on it and kind of change
directions. I think that might get lost on some that are
just kind of watching on TV. He makes it look easy.
But he really hits two or three balls to the same spot.
He's able to kind of move the ball around, which is one
of his biggest strengths.
Q. Andy, what is going on, if you don't mind, in the
love department? You know, you've got all these pretty
little kitty girls in the tennis skirts and they're
going to come and oogle and ogle you and give you the
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah! Woo!
Q. Is it any fun? It's like you got to respect the
ANDY RODDICK: God, you need to come around more often.
This is fun! Jesus.
Q. The girls are here for something.
ANDY RODDICK: I finally have somebody more hyperactive
than I am. Unbelievable. What did you eat for breakfast?
Q. My mother cooked breakfast for me.
ANDY RODDICK: Did she wear one of those cutey little
tennis skirts too when she was cooking those eggs this
morning? I don't even know what you asked.
Q. I asked what's up in the love department? What's
going on now with the career and the profession, you've
got, as far as time zones are concerned --
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.
Q. -- do you make time for love?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm all about the love. (Laughter.) I love
everybody. I'm falling in love with you as we speak.
Q. You're wonderful. Thank you for being here.
ANDY RODDICK: You're awesome.
Q. Yeah, I know. On behalf of myself and all the
young girls --
ANDY RODDICK: Thank you.
Q. -- we have a crush on you. We adore your
ANDY RODDICK: Thank you. I will never forget this
Q. I'll bring it back down-to-earth now. So Andy,
John's been with you for years now. Is it just going to
be John or a consultant in the future?
ANDY RODDICK: You guys can end the speculation. I'm not
looking for anything right now.
I'm -- yeah, I'm happy with where we are, and I'm fine
with things the way they are right now.
Q. When it came time for scheduling, how would the
schedule have worked for you to play both the Olympics
and the US Open? That's pretty brutal.
ANDY RODDICK: I don't think there are enough weeks in
the year to play all the tournaments we do play not in
an Olympic year. We play the longest schedule and most
consistent schedule when you're not dealing with the
biggest sporting event in the world, so I'm not going to
sit here and try to come up with a schedule that would
be great for everyone.
RENNAE STUBBS: I'm trying to do an interview in there.
Can you keep it down.
ANDY RODDICK: Can I keep it down? Wow. I don't know if
there are enough weeks, and it's just -- it's just tough
that it comes before probably the biggest event in my
Q. When I was talking to James he says he feels like
it's mid-season because you have to go and play in
December for the Davis Cup.
ANDY RODDICK: Uh-huh.
Q. Do you think that might have helped you a little
bit, because now you're in a good rhythm this year?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. It's -- I didn't play a lot
last fall, so, you know, the thing -- you know, I'll
normally take -- you know, take playing too much for all
it's worth, and you guys know I'll do that.
I didn't play that much last fall, so I'm -- you know, I
don't know about mid-season and all that. I think James
played a lot heavier fall schedule, so maybe it's a
little bit different for us.
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