It’s the kind of thing that happens to every tennis player a number of times in his career, and if he or she is lucky, it happens against a great player on a big stage. It’s not quite the same as being in that proverbial “zone,” which is an equally treasured gift. It’s really that day when you play like that absolutely best version of yourself.
It happened to Andy Roddick tonight, during his brilliantly-played match against Roger Federer, the No. 3 seed here at the Sony Ericsson Open. Roddick eliminated him in the third round, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4, for his third win over Federer in 24 matches. It's the first time Roddick has beaten Federer since their match here in 2008.
The match was crisp and clean, an old-school type of clash in which both players went about their business with alacrity. But Roddick clearly had that extra spring in his step, a brighter gleam in his eye, and a striking air of confidence. If it were a cologne, you’d call it Eau d’ Resolve.