Andy Roddick TENNIS STAR
The husband of 2010 SI Swimsuit Issue cover model Brooklyn Decker won the ATP Masters 1000 series Sony Ericsson Open outside Miami
Dan Patrick:How do you rate winning the Sony Ericsson?
Andy Roddick: I had a good month. The Masters 1000 events are the ones just outside the Slams. I made a final earlier in the month in Palm Springs. And then to win in Miami, it was a real good month for me.
DP:How much pressure do you feel from the American tennis fans who pin their hopes on you?
AR: It's always there. To be honest, it's something that I've kind of been touted with since I was 17. And if there is pressure or expectation there, it's normally a good thing. That means people think you're good enough to pull off something real big.
DP:If you could win one grand slam event....
AR: It would be Wimbledon.
DP:Do you think Roger Federer felt sympathetic toward you after he beat you in that epic final at Wimbledon last year?
AR: I don't know. I don't think he would tell me. He would probably worry about being offensive if he told me he felt sorry for me. Roger and I have a good personal relationship. There's a lot of respect there. I don't want to be presumptuous, but if he weren't in the tournament, I'd like to think he'd probably pull for me—especially in that event.
DP:How did it change your life when your wife appeared on the cover of SI?
AR: It's been a little bit of a whirlwind since then, but it's been really fun to watch. Obviously I take a lot of pride in her success. It's just a matter of juggling schedules. She's been going nonstop since then, so I'm excited to have a little bit of downtime. I'm excited to spend a little bit of time with her.
DP:Any guys on tour give you grief about it?
AR: Surprisingly, no. There's a lot more of, "There's no way you're good enough to have her," or, "What's it feel like to be, by far, the ugliest person in your relationship?"
DP:Now who says that?
AR: Who doesn't? [Laughs.]
DP:You play tennis, but you love talking about other sports.
AR: Yes, because I talk tennis all the time.
DP:Now you get your chance to talk sports on a national platform. You're a Nebraska fan. Should the Rams take your guy, Ndamukong Suh, with the first pick, or should they take an Oklahoma guy, Sam Bradford?
AR: It doesn't really come down to Oklahoma-Nebraska or the given ability or what you think of each player. It comes down to: Do you draft a quarterback or not? [The Rams] cutting Marc Bulger makes it look like they're going to take Bradford. Drafting a quarterback one overall has been a mixed bag. It's risky.
DP:Your career record is 527--167. Are those Hall of Fame numbers?
AR: I think based on the track record of people who are there, the precedent has been set for those to be Hall of Fame numbers.
DP:I was going to Wimbledon this year, but I'm not going to unless you're winning....
AR: So your Wimbledon trip depends on me?
DP:If you're going to be in the finals, I'll book my trip.
AR: Deal. I've been playing well. In the year-to-date standings, I'm [Number] 1. I'm optimistic.
DP:If I'm there, should I sit next to Brooklyn and watch the match?
AR: [Laughs.] No, I want to keep you as far away from Brooklyn as possible.
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After he won his seventh women's basketball title at UConn, I asked Geno Auriemma the last time he received an offer to coach a men's team. He told me that the last inquiry was four years ago. "We live in different worlds," he said. "There are so many [women's] coaches ... that are 100 times better than a lot of the coaches in men's basketball."
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