Andy Roddick has really been struggling to find any consistent decent form over the last two years. He was dealt a bad draw in Rome, being scheduled to face Gilles Simon in the first round today after a first round knock out in Madrid.
In their first round match Roddick was shown up on his least favourite surface as Gilles easily won 6-3, 6-3. It was clear that Roddick had only one game plan, his normal big serving sometimes volleying and attempt to hit through the court, which just didn’t work against a great scrambler like Gilles who moves more naturally on clay.
It was quite clear that Roddick’s movement on clay is far from great. He never looked comfortable during the match except for when he threw down unreturnable serves.
In Madrid Roddick was beaten in the first round in Madrid by qualifier Flavio Cipolla.