Tonight, Andy Roddick and Roger Federer will square off in what is perhaps the most uneven rivalry in tennis.(Federer leads the head-to-head, 13-1). Roddick said that he knows expectations are low.
But Roddick is looking good—he hasn’t dropped a set in the Open—and Federer has lost two first sets (wow!) in this tournament.
I asked one my favorite experts, Jon Wertheim, for his take on the match.
“Andy’s gotten a lot of nice breaks. One of them is only having to play a set-and-a-third on a hot Labor Day. Federer’s looked not his usual invincible self. Roddick will have the crowd. [The Open] is really what Roddick gears his year toward. I think it could be interesting, but we said the same thing at Australia eight months ago and Roger absolutely humiliated—it was beyond destroying the guy.”
Federer won that match 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. So—don’t be shocked if there’s a similar result tonight.