Roddick back to defend Brisbane title | Pakistan Today

Roddick back to defend Brisbane title

BRISBANE – American Andy Roddick will put behind him a season dogged by illness to launch the new year with the defence of his Brisbane International title starting on Sunday. Roddick, 28, believes he is finally his old self again after fighting a bout of mononucleosis, an infectious viral illness, which restricted him to just two titles in 2010.
The 2003 US Open champion and three-time Wimbledon finalist flew into Brisbane four days before the other tournament top seeds to practise ahead of the new year’s first tournament on the road to January’s Australian Open in Melbourne.
“I definitely didn’t feel well prepared for the last little bit of last year and it showed,” Roddick said.
“The one thing that doesn’t lie in tennis is if you aren’t well prepared, you can’t lie about it. It will show one way or the other.”
Roddick has yet to reach a final at the Australian Open in nine attempts and his Brisbane title 12 months ago was his first tournament win in Australia.
The eighth-ranked Roddick is one of three top-10 players in the Brisbane draw, with Swedish top seed Robin Soderling and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also appearing.
“I think it’s the first time I’ve felt ‘right’ since probably last May. So when you’re fit it takes a lot of the mental pressure off because you know you can play any way you want,” he said.
Australia’s world number six Samantha Stosur is the top seed in the women’s draw of the tournament.
Stosur will be challenged by Israel’s 13th-ranked Shahar Peer, Russian Nadia Petrova (15) and No.16 Marion Bartoli of France.

Related posts