Roddick puzzled

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

WIMBLEDON -- So what's a guy to do if you just lost your second straight Wimbledon final and never really had a chance?

"I'm in the mood for a beer right now," Andy Roddick said almost immediately after being dismantled by Roger Federer in yesterday's Wimbledon men's final.

Roddick has inherited the unfortunate position of also-ran to Federer's dominance and, yesterday at least, he had a sense of humour in defeat.

"I've told him before 'I'd love to hate you, but you're really nice,' " said Roddick in his post-final press conference.

"The funny thing is, I felt fine out there. Like at one point, I think it might have been 30-all, I hit about as good of a return as I could up the line, hit it really hard but he got there. I came in and just took a full swing at the forehand and laced it cross-court and he was just there and put it past me.

"I don't know if I could have hit two better shots. When that happens, it puts more pressure on you. You think you have to do something better. But you don't have anything better."

Roddick, for one, isn't about to give up, not that he really has any choice in his attempts to equal Federer, who holds a 9-and-1 career record against him.

"If you can't compete against the best and beat the best, then you don't deserve to win these titles," said the 22-year-old Roddick. "And that's what I'm faced with right now. It's either figure it out, find a way, step up, or maybe I don't deserve to win this title. I want it really bad, but he's beating me, so what choice do I have?"


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