Tennis at the 2012 London Olympic Games are going to be worth the watch today as Andy Roddick goes back up against Novak Djokovic while Venus Williams takes on Aleksandra Wozniak. Hopefully the rains will hold off this time for Roddick, but that’s going to be one of those games that’s either really quick or a test of endurance.
Andy Roddick has said that both he and Novak Djokovic have been through the tense pressures of a big match “a million” times but having it at the 2012 London Olympics adds a whole new meaning to overwhelming pressure.
Roddick, a three-time Wimbledon finalist, and Djokovic, the 2011 champion at the All England Club, play later today in the second round of the Olympics. Yup, both are rather wary of each other’s strengths and more than aware that this match is about a lot more than an individual victory. “Ninety-five percent of the time, when a tennis player plays, it’s for pretty selfish motives, and this week is not one of those,” Roddick said Monday after defeating Martin Klizan of Slovakia, 7-5, 6-4.
Second-seeded Djokovic, who lost to Roger Federer in the semifinals at Wimbledon, would seem to have the edge over Roddick, whose world ranking has slipped to 22, but he’s not about to take anything for granted. “Andy has one of the strongest serves in the world, ever, and it’s his biggest weapon,” Djokovic said. “The grass courts this year are very fast and it’s a low bounce, so I think I will have to be on top of my game in order to win that match.”
Roddick has openly stated that it’s “his fault” he’s having to battle Djokovic so soon in the tournament because he is unseeded. “The guy has been the best player in the world over the last couple of years. It’s going to be tough,” Roddick said. “But the situation, we’ve both been through it a million times. I’m going to have to serve well and take some chances on returns.”