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Roddick French Open Press Conference | Sunday, 27 May 2012

Andy Roddick French Open Press Conference | Sunday, 27 May 2012

Q. Bad luck, Andy.

ANDY RODDICK: Thanks.

Q. Good comeback in the third. Realistically, what chance did you give yourself of turning it all around?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, winning a third and getting up a break really quick. You know, started thinking about it then. Then it fell apart pretty quick.

You know, you never feel real great about your chances down two sets. That's not where you want to be.

Q. Looked like in the beginning of the second set you did something with your leg. You stopped running for balls for a while, and then you kind of recovered in the third. I know you don't like to talk about injuries, but movement obviously was quite there today.

ANDY RODDICK: I'm fine.

Q. What kind of expectations did you have realistically coming in?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I don't know. Probably not great. You know, wasn't playing really well. I move just horrendously out here. My first step is just so bad on this stuff. I feel like I'm always shuffling or hopping or not stopping or something.

So my footwork on this stuff now is just really bad.

Q. You made the decision to come back last week. I know you have sponsors here, but did you consider waiting until the grass? Just talk about how the rehab from Miami to now.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, it was always my plan to play here, so we stuck to that plan.

Q. Could you just give us a timeline of your recovery from the injury in Miami and what stage you feel you're at now?

ANDY RODDICK: I'm not going to talk about this tonight, guys. I lost a match to a guy who played better than I did. We can ask it in as many different ways as we want.

I'm going to not discuss it. I made a choice. I played. I'm fine. I lost.

Q. Is forgetting about that, just moving ahead, looking to maybe next week, trying to get some work on the grass, maybe Nottingham? Are you going to stay in London? Talk about what your plans are for the next grass court season period?

ANDY RODDICK: I'm not going to go play Nottingham. You know, the plan is Queen's. I've been off the court a pretty short period of time, so to give you a layout of the next six weeks would be optimistic right now.

My plan is to be in Queen's right now.

Q. Is the Olympics definite for you, or depends on health after Wimbledon?

ANDY RODDICK: I want to play the Olympics.

Q. In terms of the Olympics, there has been all the talk about playing with Serena. Comments about that?

ANDY RODDICK: Ask her. I can't get ahold of her. If you see her, ask her for me.

Q. Is your movement on clay diminished now?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it sucks just as much as it did three minutes ago, you know, when I said I wasn't happy with it. I think that's a huge, huge part of it. Just from the first ball to get set I just feel like I get exposed too easily out here. I feel like I'm not set on most shots.

If you're not set, it's tough to get match of a flow going. When you don't have much of a flow going, it lends itself to sporadic play. It all adds up.

You can't fake it out here. These are the best tournaments in the world. It's tough to lie out here. My footwork on this stuff is really, really bad.

Q. Were you happy to be on that court?

ANDY RODDICK: I wasn't surprised. At least we're consistent. I would have been surprised if I wasn't.

Q. If it's tough to lie, do you have a sense coming into the match that it's going to be a difficult go? Why do you want to put yourself at risk like that and play if you feel like it's probably not going to happen?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, not being confident on something isn't same as just not being bothered with it. You know, as athletes, we're preconditioned to hope sometimes. Coming into this, I didn't have much to kind of prop myself up on.

But, you know, I played a guy who it's not his favorite surface either, so there was a chance. You just don't know.

So if everyone pulled out of every tournament when they weren't feeling great or confident, we wouldn't have a lot of fields that were much to write home about. We'd have about four people in most draws.

Q. In practice, outside of movement, have you been striking the ball well? Do you feel like you have any rhythm?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, you ask any former player, they can still hit the ball fine. It's movement. My movement on this stuff is maybe it was a big ask coming off what I was dealing with this spring and starting here. I don't know.

But it was something I chose to do. I just never felt comfortable out there.

Q. You had so many reasons for expecting more or less that things could be not as great as you would have expected, so maybe you shouldn't be so bothered by it. I understand it's not easy to accept defeat. It's difficult all the time. But this time you have a lot of reasons for more or less expecting that, or not? Because we see that you were very, very angry with yourself, the situation, you just came out of the court. But is it such a big surprise for you to be in this situation of a loser right now? And the second question is first time Andy Roddick comes in press room No. 2. I'm very surprised. I think you're a big champion and they should respect you more.

ANDY RODDICK: Wow. Bet you guys wish you could write down what I was thinking during that, right? (Laughter.) This is the point where the older, better version of myself takes a second.

You know, you deal with your emotions and I'll deal with mine. I've done it long enough to know what feels good and what doesn't. That out there did not feel good.

So as much as I appreciate your best Tony Robbins impersonation, I'm going to handle this how I want to.

And as far as what press room I'm in, I really, really just don't care at all what press room I'm in. That's not important to me.

Q. How uplifted are you about going to grass, especially at Queen's well, and Wimbledon where you've had such excellent success until the past?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, it's tough for my mind it kind of click over to that right now. Obviously that starts a part of the season that I'm probably more comfortable in.

You know, there are a lot of guys who know how to play on clay, and it's just second nature to them.

I feel that way on grass, so, you know, hopefully I can turn it around there.


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