Tennis: Roddick should do well

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 27, 2008

Associated Press
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. ó For Andy Roddick, the annual return to Key Biscayne stirs up plenty of good memories.
He came to the tournament site as a grade-school student, bused in with hundreds of other kids for clinics. Seven years ago, at age 18, he nearly decapitated Pete Sampras with a 136-mph serve en route to a third-round upset. In 2004 he won the title.
“I have a little bit of history here,” Roddick said.
He hopes to make more with a title run at this year’s Sony Ericsson Open. Roddick plays his opening match Saturday against qualifier Viktor Troicki.
The timing might be right for a repeat of 2004. Roddick is off to a good start this year ó he’s one of five players with two ATP titles ó while Roger Federer has yet to reach a final.
With the top-ranked Federer off his game, does that create an opportunity for Roddick? They could meet in the quarterfinals.
“I’ve got to get there, so it’s not even relevant for me right now,” said Roddick, who is 1-15 against Federer. “I’m sure Roger would tell you he’s probably not playing his best right now. That being said, I think Roger’s earned the right for us to give him the benefit of the doubt.”