August 27, 2008
Q. How did you and John come to your decision that it was time to make
ANDY RODDICK: We just met in Washington afterwards, and, you know, I
think John's, he's been feeling the effects of the road for a little
while. When we first got together, it was temporary, you know. And he
was kind of just helping me out and was going to help, and then all of a
sudden it's two‑and‑a‑half years later. I think he was spent, and I was
struggling, and so it was a very ‑‑ it was an easy conversation, you
know. He was just like, "I'm kind of tapped," and it's pretty intense
day to day, and I'm pretty intense day to day. It's probably not the
But he's been here the whole time, and we've been hanging out, so it's
not too big of a deal, and we'll always be brothers. It wasn't a long,
drawn out, dramatic conversation. It was something he got to before I
Q. At any time had you floated the idea of Patrick serving in this
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it was basically what are we going to do on short
notice? I'm not going to go with someone that I don't know. I know
Patrick's just more than busy with the Davis Cup captain and taking over
everything, but I figured if someone who knew my game, knew my
personality, and so it was ‑‑ I think it was pretty obvious who would be
the best fit to help me out for this, just this tournament.
Q. Were you surprised by Fabrice's reaction to your second‑to‑last
serve? What was said at the net?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I just said I wasn't ‑‑ I mean, I wasn't
going for him. I'm not going to go for someone up 6‑2, 6‑2, 5‑2. It was
a bad miss, but a miss that I hit very hard. It took a little bit ‑‑ I
was really excited about the way I was playing, and then, you know, to
kind of end it like that, it was a little, I guess, disappointing. And I
can definitely probably understand where he's coming from. If I was in
the same situation I'd probably be momentarily pissed off, too.
It is what it is. I think I'll probably try to find him here in the next
couple of days, and at least tell him that. It wasn't my intention. It
was my intention to hit it hard, you know, but it's a serve I rarely hit
actually, you know, body there flat. It's unfortunate, but it happens.
We've always gotten along pretty well. I'm sure it will be fine, but I
definitely probably will seek him out and try to talk to him.
Q. When you talked to John in Washington, did you talk specifically
about what was going to happen here? And was the plan for him actually
to come over or do you think he was going to stay at home?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, we finished our conversation as far as, you know,
what was going to happen here as far as professional relationship. And
then at the end of it, I said, "Well, what are you going to do?" His
wife's up here actually working right now, so he said, you know, "I'm
going to go up there." I said, Well, all right. We leave at
such‑and‑such a time. He was on the plane with us the next day.
He's staying two blocks away, so he came with us, and we even talked
this morning. And I reached out to him, and I said, "I'm assuming you're
planning on coming, but, you know, just so you know, I'd like you to be
there," and he said "Great. I was actually just about to call you and
see, you know, what you thought."
You know, it's fine. There's zero drama there.
Q. How did you intend to go about a search, if I can call it that?
You've had a lot of great coaches, and I'm sure your standards are very
high. Are you going to do this personally? Are you going to make calls?
What's your process?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't really know. My focus isn't there right now. You
know, it's not on that right now.
I'm more than happy with Patrick for this tournament. You know, I'm glad
that he ‑‑ he has so much to do here, to kind of take up a guy for the
tournament, also, was nice of him.
But I'll probably get to that decision. I have a fair amount of time
after this to figure it out.
Q. If he weren't the busiest man in tennis, would you hire him?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. He is the busiest man in tennis, so it's irrelevant.
I obviously respect his opinion, and we get along great, and, you know,
we're pretty close. I know his family well, and his baby girl and his
wife. You know, but at the same time, he captains our Davis Cup team. So
who knows if that's a conflict of interest in any way, shape or form
with the other players.
There's no way he can be in a position to be Davis Cup captain and coach
against one of his players. That's just impossible. So it's not really
even worth discussing, because I don't think it's in the realm of
Q. You've worked with Patrick for a long time. Can he tell you anything
different here, or is he just here observing kind of saying, this is
what I know about your game today, this is the strategy you might want
to take tomorrow?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, a week before the Open, we're not going to go into
complete overhaul mode and start changing stuff. It's about making
adjustments. "I think you can be doing this better than you have
recently," you know. "I think you look for this against this opponent.
This person has a tendency to do this. This is what you've done
It's more along those lines. I don't think where it's Jimmy where we're
actually changing technique on a backhand or anything like that. I think
Patrick is the absolute best, obvious short‑term solution for me at this
Q. What do you think is the biggest difference in your game now as
opposed to five years ago when you walked in here?
ANDY RODDICK: It's probably just confidence. You know, when I've been
playing well this year, I think before I got hurt I was doing fine, and
I was competing week in and week out and putting up results, and winning
the matches I should. I think the biggest thing is when you're
confident, you win even when you feel you're not playing well. You see
guys do it a lot.
That's the thing that just comes with matches and winning matches, and
unfortunately, I haven't been doing that in the last couple of months.
You know, but it has been nice this week to actually prepare and work on
stuff without being hurt. I've kind of been going from injured reserve
straight into a tournament pretty regularly, and that's been a little
bit of a habit, which is not an easy way to go about it. I feel a little
bit more prepared, probably, than I have been for most of the events.
Q. And no rehab assignments?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't have a lot of choice a lot of times.
Q. So how can you be more confident now than you were when you won a
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I didn't say I was. You said how was it different.
Q. How is it different?
ANDY RODDICK: I was probably more confident going into that tournament.
I won a bunch of tournaments going into that one.
Q. You obviously played great, but you've got a hot young player coming
up, so will that be a step up or just an entirely different type of
ANDY RODDICK: It's a different type of match. I knew with Fabrice
tonight, if you let him in, then you have a tough match. I wanted to try
and bully the ball around and try and get on top of him early. I felt I
Gulbis serves a little bit bigger, so it's going to be a couple of
points. He is a little streaky; come up with big shots in a row. You
have to just kind of be ready for that moment where maybe he takes a
I was glad with the way I served tonight because I haven't been serving
that well. If I can do that, I like my chances of holding, which puts
pressure on the other guy. The first two rounds here I'm sure all of you
when the draw came out, you said, that's definitely not easy. I got
through a very small part of the tournament tonight.
Q. What prompted your shout‑out to Phelps?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, nothing. Olympics. If I say "Beijing," what do you
think of? It's pretty much the same thing that happened to me except I
was on a mic in front of a bunch of people.
Q. Having said what you said about your confidence in bringing Patrick
on board, does that give you the necessary boost to hopefully propel you
further into this tournament?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, we'll see. It's the best we could do with what we
had as far as health preparation, everything. I'm not going to pretend
like it's been a perfect summer by any chance, but I feel good now, and
it's the best decision that could have been made with that time frame.
Q. Is it clarity he can give you, then, in the short term? Is that the
ANDY RODDICK: Clarity?
Q. Like you were saying earlier, you know, I think you should do more
ANDY RODDICK: No, I don't know if we should get carried away. I mean,
we've spent a lot of time together over the years with Davis Cup and
stuff, and I think it's basically having someone who knows my
personality. Like I said, there's not getting to know someone in a week
where you feel like you're cramming and lunches and dinners.
And he knows my game, you know. He's seen me play in a lot of big
moments. That's it.
Q. What part of the game except the serve you're most satisfied with
ANDY RODDICK: My forehand. Yeah, I hit the ones that I needed to, and,
you know, I wasn't missing them, which was good.
Q. What about the backhand passing shot?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, that one, too.
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