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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Tennis

Roddick-Djokovic locker room fued secrets tumble out
sportsdesk@hindustantimes.com, AFP
Los Angeles, October 05, 2013
First Published: 00:30 IST(5/10/2013)
Last Updated: 00:33 IST(5/10/2013)

Retired American tennis player Andy Roddick has lifted the lid on his feud with world number one Novak Djokovic, revealing the two almost came to blows in a locker room bust-up.

Roddick said he pinned the Serb up against a locker in the US Open locker room after Djokovic “beat the pants off him” in a match between the two at the final major championship. 

Roddick, 31, did not say what year the incident happened but the two had a very public row during the 2008 US Open. “I won’t say his name, I’ll just say it rhymes with ‘Schmovak Schmokovic’,” Roddick said on a panel discussion recently.

“We got into it at the US Open one time,” he continued. “I was kind of talking trash and he came out and beat the pants off of me as he would. But then he kind of chirped afterward and he came straight in, I went right up to him and had him up against the locker, but then I realized his trainer was about a little bit bigger.”

Roddick, who retired in September after the US Open, said he stopped when he realized the confrontation might escalate.

“I kind of checked myself. My trainer is about five-foot-eight, 130... I kind of backed off real quick. I was about to get railroaded from the side.”


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