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June 15, 2006

Andy Roddick


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Andy, please.

Q. Long day for you. Were you getting frustrated waiting?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, it was a little frustrating, you know. Rafa found a way to play three hours even on grass, you know.
So, uhm, there's not much that can be done. I mean, I went to them and said, I don't care where I play, but I'd rather play one today than two tomorrow.
So, you know, I don't know if one of them had to play doubles, but I guess the only thing that was a little surprising is playing someone third when you're trying to get four matches in that has a reputation for playing pretty long matches, you know, as opposed to someone who has a reputation of playing pretty quick ones.
So that was it, but I'm just glad I got through.

Q. How pleased were you with the way you served at crucial moments tonight, first set especially?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I served pretty well. I thought at least on the big points I forced him into hitting a shot, you know, whether it be a tough pass or, you know, a rally. I wasn't just giving points away, which has kind of been, you know, a little bit of my downfall so far this year, is just giving points away.
I felt like I tightened it up a little bit today. That's the difference between being up 6-3 and being down 6-3.

Q. There's a pretty good group of players after your title now.

Q. Pretty good group of players after your title.
ANDY RODDICK: There always is.

Q. The field.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, absolutely, you know. There's been a lot made of the field this year, but it's pretty -- Queen's is pretty consistently -- it has probably the strongest field as far as grass court players go, you know. I played Sébastien a couple times in the final, he's gone on to make semis at Wimbledon. Thomas Johansson made semis here last year. I mean, it's traditionally pretty strong.
Ranking-wise, it's better, but as far as just grass court players, I don't think there's ever been a shortage here.

Q. Couple of good volleys there in the last game, the backhand?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I've been working on like if I feel like I'm not taking any swing at all, it means I'm swinging about that much. So I've really been trying to concentrate on that, just cutting out a lot of the I guess extra motion in volleys, and it's been -- I've been hitting them pretty well in practice and stuff.

Q. Is that something you've specifically -- you have been putting your mind to that as well?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, yeah. I've been focusing just on -- I can get enough pop with very little moment. The best volleyers kind of have a still racquet. I've been trying to work on that a little bit. It's nice when you feel like you're making good contact after -- especially after putting in some work out there.

Q. You play González tomorrow. It's going to be a pretty explosive encounter.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it normally is when we play. We actually just played on grass in Davis Cup. He's a very capable grass court player. You know, I think once he found his comfort level last year, I think he made quarters, and he definitely had me on the ropes at Davis Cup before I was able to pull through in four sets.
But, you know, I've told people, I was telling people last week before I came that, you know, watch out for him, because he hits the ball big enough and he serves pretty well and he has a nice little chipper. So he's going to be dangerous.

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