This time we will have to be very attentive when it comes to mentioning our protagonists, since both were baptized under the same name. Andy Roddick and Andy Murray, two tennis numbers one separated by a distance of five years at birth. The American, one of the best rackets in the first decade of this millennium, was one of the first to discover how the British, one of the tour’s earliest talents, was spending them. Their first date in the heights happened in Wimbledon 2006, a match that neither of them can forget.
Let’s go with the context, essential. On the one hand we have Roddick, No. 5 in the world at the time and runner-up in the last two editions of Wimbledon. One more year, he returned knowing himself one of the great favorites to the title as third seed. On the other hand, Murray appears, outside the top40 and not yet 20 springs. It is the second time he has participated in the tournament, but the two victories obtained in 2005 indicate that he has wicker to play well on grass. The duel, which occurs in the third round of the final draw, for many looked like it would be a walk for the Nebraska tennis player, but the result ends up saying the opposite: 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Scotsman takes the victory in three rounds and signs his first conquest against a top10 in Grand Slam tournaments.
“Roddick is definitely the clear favorite for victory. I also believe that grass is his best surface, I don’t know if there is an ideal moment to compete against him on this surface ”. These were the statements of Murray collected by ATP before the game, protecting himself under that novel player speech that we find so hard to believe. Two and a half hours later, tour where he saved 11 of the 12 break balls He had against, Dunblane was out the front door to set course for the first time in his career to a second week of Grand Slam. “I feel bad for Andy, he is a great guy and he is a great champion, it is a shame that this great victory was against him,” he said.
The reality is that Andy (Murray) liked to face Andy (Roddick), but Andy (Roddick) was not very funny about Andy (Murray). We have said that this victory was the first for the British against a top 10 in Grand Slam tournaments, do you know who was the first top 10 that he defeated on the general circuit? Five months ago, in semifinals of the San José tournament, double 7-5 in front of his beloved namesake: Andy Roddick. For whatever it was, the thing worked every time the Omaha gunslinger jumped to the other side of the net, although at the end of the road the H2H was not excessively bloody either (8-3 for Murray).
“I don’t know if he had much to lose in this match,” Roddick said after falling again to his new worst friend. “Right now I’m not happy, it goes without saying, I just lost in the third round at Wimbledon after reaching a semi-final and two finals in the past three years. I am very disappointed, I cannot be happy, I would be crazy if it were so. Disappointed is the correct word, although many others would be worth it ”, he specified with his classic sarcasm. Three years later, after losing his third final at La Catedral, the American would understand that those two defeats with Murray were a simple scratch compared to the continuous impingement to the heart caused by each confrontation with Federer.
As for the other Andy, the winner, the step represented equal parts happiness and responsibility. “I think this is my best victory so far. I have beaten someone who has been a two-time Wimbledon finalist, former world number one and Grand Slam champion. Also I have done it in the Central Court and in three sets ”, assured the man that a round later he would say goodbye to Marcos Baghdatis. He would still have to wait seven more years to reign in his yard and end a 77-year streak without local champions in London. But none of this would have been possible without first meeting Andy, the man who served as a bridge to reach the elite.