TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 10, 2008
A. MURRAY/A. Roddick
6-4, 1-6, 6-1
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How tough is it to get rhythm in a match like
that? What gave you the most trouble today?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it was a little tough. I
thought the first and second set were actually
pretty similar. You know, I thought he played a
really good game to break me in the first set. I
don't know if I missed a ball that game. I think
he just came up with it.
Then the second, he kind of gave one of his
service games away and then I got the momentum.
He was able to establish early in the third.
You know, I feel like, you know, maybe it's a
little odd to play a match where the momentum is
established in the beginning of a set every
time. But, you know, he played well.
Q. More than a year since you played Murray. How
different was it today than last time you played
him? Has his game changed much?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, there's no question
that he's improved this year. You know, there's
no question that he's very confident right now.
You know, that's probably the main difference. I
mean, he could always play tennis. You know,
he's always had, you know, his choice of many
shots at any given time.
You know, I think he's just maybe a little bit
more confident playing on some bigger stages. I
think he's really established that this year.
Q. You served 78% first serves in and still got
broken three times. How do you rate his return?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, he's very good at taking
pace off. I think more so than his returns, it's
just his ability to pass off of good approach
shots. You know, I think that's the biggest
thing. Even if you hit a good approach shot, a
lot of times he's able to come up with
something, which is -- I mean, it makes it
Q. It's kind of a unique situation that you get
to come back after a loss. How hard is it to put
this one behind you and come back pumped up for
the next match?
ANDY RODDICK: It won't be hard. I thought from
the ground I actually hit the ball pretty well
tonight. You know, a couple things here and
there, you know, but I thought the quality of
the points was pretty good.
I mean, it was normally decided on a good shot
from either person. So, you know, I've been more
disappointed after matches.
But I thought it was okay. So I'm looking
forward to the next one.
Q. How do you see your upcoming match versus
Roger? Are you surprised he's going into that
match with a loss?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I think everybody
here is surprised whenever Roger loses. You
know, it's not something that we've, you know,
grown accustomed to.
You know, we both have our backs against the
wall, which is different than almost every other
time we've played in a Masters. I think we've
always been the frontrunners in our group when
we've played before. So it will be interesting.
You know, it definitely doesn't get any easier
at this tournament, but you expect that going
into this event. I mean, you know, it's a tough
group, but you don't go into the Masters
expecting to have an easy road. You know, these
are the best of the best, and that's why, you
know, this tournament is what it is.
Q. Does it make your task easier that he maybe
doesn't have the confidence he had after a win,
or does it make it more difficult because he
can't afford to lose another match?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm gonna ask you to rewind to
last year. I'm going to ask you who won this
tournament, and I'm going to ask you how he did
in his first match.
He's gonna come out ready to play. I'm expecting
his best. And, you know, I'm going to have to
play well if I want to get a victory.
Q. Roger said a little bit earlier today that
Gilles Simon was a different player. He had
something different than a lot of other players.
How are you going to approach him, how you see
his rise in the last couple months?
ANDY RODDICK: What's exactly the question? Why
is he different?
Q. Yeah. How do you approach Gilles Simon as a
player? What will be different? Roger said Simon
was different. He said he was tough to play.
ANDY RODDICK: Okay. Yeah, I mean, he is tough to
play. I mean, I think, you know, "different" can
be taken a lot of different ways, so I'm not
exactly sure where to go with that.
Personally, my matchup with him is pretty
straightforward. He's trying to extend the
rallies and I'm trying to shorten the rallies.
You know, I think our matchup is pretty
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