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Roddick and bee combined can't sting Federer

Andy Roddick admitted to being outplayed and confessed that at one point he hoped the local insect life would lend him a hand.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, London
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2003 11:04 PM IST

Rising US star Andy Roddick admitted to being played off Wimbledon Centre Court by Roger Federer in Friday's Wimbledon semi-final - even confessing that at one point he hoped the local insect life would lend him a hand.

Asked what had been happening when he appeared to speak to the Swiss player midway through his crushing 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-3 loss, Roddick owned up to having instead talked to a bee which was buzzing around Federer's head at the time.

"I said: 'Get him, help me out!," Roddick said.

The 20-year-old Nebraskan refused to be downcast despite falling just short of his first ever Grand Slam final, insisting that he had performed well only to face an opponent playing out of his skin.

"I just had to say: 'Too good'," he said, calling some of Federer's athletic shots "just ridiculous".

"He just really played good tennis today," Roddick said. "It did seem like he was seeing the balls early all day on lots of shots.

"All credit to him, he played one hell of a match."

Roddick said that the 21-year-old from Basel would be a tough opponent for Austalia's Mark Philippoussis in Sunday's final.

"As far as talent goes, I don't know if there is anyone else out there more talented," he said.

The US youngster, who went into the tournament as one of the favourites and who also crashed in the Australian Open semis last January, admitted that falling so close to the prize was hard to bear.

"It's tough when you know you are six sets away from holding onto that trophy."

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