Roddick 'mentally rested'
Andy Roddick is hoping to have the mental edge over his opponents in 2010 following his time out with a knee injury.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 31/12/09 12:26pm
World number seven Andy Roddick is hoping to have the mental edge over his opponents in 2010 following his time out with a knee injury.
The 27-year-old American, who missed the London ATP World Tour Finals in November due to his ailment, will make his return as the men's top seed at the Brisbane International next week.
Roddick enjoyed one of his best years on tour last season before succumbing to injury, reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open and narrowly losing to world number one Roger Federer in the fifth set of the Wimbledon final.
Despite the obvious frustration of having to end such a prolific season on a low note, Roddick believes his break has given him the advantage of being raring to go in the New Year.
"It's coming around all right," said Roddick of his injury. "It was disappointing to finish the year like I did, especially considering I felt like I was having a really good year until the injury came about.
"That was disappointing but on the flipside I'm probably a little bit more mentally rested than a lot of these guys, maybe a little bit more eager to get out here. I've been playing a lot. I'm definitely not coming in under-practiced."
Roddick, who left his knee unstrapped on Thursday for an hour-long practice session against defending champion Radek Stepanek, appeared in his fourth Australian Open semi-final last season.
The American revealed his impressive 2009 campaign gives him extra belief that he can claim a second career Grand Slam title this year to follow up his 2003 US Open triumph, and he has set his sights on the Melbourne tournament that gets underway on January 18.
"Obviously I feel like maybe I could have played a final there before," he said.
"It hasn't quite happened but there's not a lot of people walking around that can say that they've played in four semi-finals."
Roddick admitted he is still haunted by the memory of his rough Wimbledon defeat to Federer.
"It's like anything that's hard in anyone's life," said Roddick.
"You just keep going and do the things you enjoy and slowly, maybe, I'll only think about it four times today."