Roddick hopes for long birthday stay at Open

Andy Roddick won his opener in straight sets.

Andy Roddick turns 30 on Thursday, which is the equivalent of being a senior citizen on the men’s tennis tour.

Asked what he wants for his birthday, the 2003 U.S. Open champ cracked, “I just want to be around [at the Open] until next week. That’s all I want for my birthday. Then I’ll renegotiate.”

Roddick passed his first test Tuesday, knocking off 21-year-old former University of Tennessee star Rhyne Williams, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 thanks to 20 aces, one of which peaked at 141 mph.

“I haven’t hit 140 for about three years so that was nice,” said Roddick, who is married to the actress and model Brooklyn Decker.

With the Big Three of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray heavily favored to dominate this tournament, Roddick is an extreme longshot to add a second major championship to his trophy case.

He faces hard-serving Australian Bernard Tomic next and could potentially face 2009 Open champ Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round.

“You play your second round, try to win your second round,” Roddick said. “You go as far as you want. Or as far as you can.”

Even Roddick remains impressed with the 31-year-old Federer, who regained the world No. 1 ranking after winning Wimbledon and won his first-round match here Monday night over American Donald Young.

“I’m not surprised to see him back there,” Roddick said. “It’s not a story for me because you know, he never stopped being the greatest.”

With Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal winning 29 of the last 30 majors, an American man hasn’t captured one since Roddick’s Open title in 2003.

“I think the game has changed a lot,” Roddick said. “You probably were able to get two feet under you and kind of launch the ball a lot more then. I had a massive serve at 135, and this kid today was hitting them that big. I think the game has gotten significantly better since then.”

Still, Roddick, No. 9 seed John Isner and No. 27 Sam Querrey, who won in four sets Tuesday, remain America’s best hopes of challenging for another Grand Slam on the men’s side.

“Isner has impressed me this summer,” Roddick said. “He’s only a couple of years younger than me, but he’s coming into his own with that serve.

“Sam’s been playing better. So I have liked what I’ve seen from the guys that we know.”

And even after he turns 30, Roddick hopes he’s still around for another Open run.

Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter @AdamZagoria for coverage of the U.S. Open all tournament long.


Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…


G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…


Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

Where to go drinking on National Tequila Day…

Thursday is just close enough to the end of the week to make you envision yourself already sunning on a beach towel or lounging by…

Going Out

Things to do in NYC this week: July…

Performing arts A 70’s Summer Night Friday, 6:30 p.m. The Green Building 452 Union St., Gowanus $35, 347-529-6473 Party like it’s summer in the 1970s…

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…


Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."


Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.


Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.


NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…


Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost


Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…


Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…


How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…


The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…