Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
You can also hear Wallace talk about Roger on NPR. His description makes me all the more determined to see Roger play in person, maybe in Montreal next summer.
Friday, September 12, 2008
"I believe Roger is ambitious because he isn't 100 per cent Swiss. His father is Swiss, and the calmness Roger has comes from his father, but the ambition and willpower come from his mother [who is South African]."
Kacovski's analysis disagrees with the general theory of heredity offered by Friedrich Nietzsche in Human all too Human where he speculated that "the woman gives the child her intellect, and the man gives the darker quality of will."
Thursday, September 4, 2008
While it may seem a little hard to get worked up for a match between Roger and a qualifier named Muller, it was an awful lot of fun to see Roger completely into his five-setter in the fourth round. Roger's fist-clenched screams of joy after getting a break in the fifth, and again after match point, were welcome after some desultory losses since wimbledon. He wants this tournament badly. The points are at about 4:20 and 8:20 in this clip (watch in high quality).
Q. When asked about his injuries today, mentioning the right ankle as opposed to the left ankle, the other day ‑‑
ANDY RODDICK: Isn't it both of them? And a back and a hip?
Q. And when he said there are too many to count.
ANDY RODDICK: And a cramp.
Q. Do you get the sense right now that he is...
ANDY RODDICK: Bird flu.
Q. Lot of things. Beijing hangover.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.
Q. He's got pretty long list of illness.
ANDY RODDICK: Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.
Q. Got a lot of things going on with him.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.
Q. Do you think he's bluffing?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, I'm sure ‑‑
Q. The way you're saying it, almost means you feel like...
ANDY RODDICK: No, if it's there, it's there. There's just a lot. You know, he's either quick to call a trainer or he's the most courageous guy of all time. I think it's up for you guys to decide.