Andy Roddick used to remind me of a certain kind of guy. A guy whose style tends toward bro. A guy who has plenty going for him, but whose intentions are just a little too apparent. Look at his sudden ball toss and the abbreviated motion of his serve. It’s as if he’s trying to ambush his opponent while moving with the subtlety of a truck. Or look at the way he crouches and cranks his shoulders when he prepares to crush a forehand. Recently, though, it’s been hard not to feel tender toward him.
Maybe it was the rain. Players who lost cried; players who won cried. Crowds cried. I cried several times, including a few minutes ago, at the dinner table, describing Andy Murray’s tears. The end of anything can be emotional, and this Wimbledon, more than most events, felt like a culmination. Maybe it was the feverish brilliance of Lukas Rosol, or Yaroslava Shvedova’s golden set, or Brian Baker’s run. Maybe it was Andy Murray and the hope of all of Britain.
A few minutes after I arrived at Wimbledon, walking through the grounds, I felt a flutter in the air, a quickening. Heads were turning, looking up. A murmur rippled through the throng, and then a cry: “Roger!” I looked up. Roger Federer was crossing the bridge connecting Centre Court with the players’ area, trim in a navy polo. He paused at the shouts and looked down. The crowd below was at a standstill, necks craning, phones out to record the moment.
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