2012 US Tennis Open, Day 4: Happiness and Heartbreak in American Wins/Losses - Page 3
Federer is one year older than Roddick but comparison between the two cannot be made. Federer's precision is beyond awesome. He has set the new standard that is grinding up most professional tennis players physically and he is now in the untenable position of having to compete with himself as the legend of his own making. No one can possibly imagine how unenviable this is. Sampras went through it; all greats do. How do you cope with your younger version of yourself knowing that you are aging and your body is not what it was even 5 years prior? You retire. And that is each individual player's decision, whether they let the world know why or not.
In light of Roddick's momentous announcement, Venus Williams' loss Thursday night against 6th ranked Angelique Kerber from Germany was heartbreaking. Venus has battled so many physical problems, but as a survivor managed to pull herself into this 2012 Open. The fans cheered her on to get out of the doldrums of the first set against Kerber (6-2) and take the second set, 7-5 where she played like herself, the legendary Venus we knew, cracking her shots and coming to the net to put away the points. Kerber looked annoyed and hungrily came back in the third (7-5) where Venus fell prey to her own unforced errors.
Though Venus lost the match, Serena won hers against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez as did James Blake in a spectacular win against Marcel Granoliers. Americans Sam Querrey, Jack Sock and Sloane Stephens advanced to the next round.