YOU could almost touch the anguish of Andy Roddick after his shock second round defeat last night.
The devastated American – twice a Wimbledon finalist – was, as ever, brutally honest in the press conference room.
“It’s like you want something so bad you almost squeeze too tight.”
Roddick had the chances to beat Serb Janko Tipsarevic but blew them in spectacular fashion.
“Any chance I got I pretty much choked it – that’s tough to deal with.
“Angry and disappointed in myself? Absolutely, yeah.”
Describing some of his shots as “horrific”, he spoke of his burning desire to win another Grand Slam.
And there were more than a few hints that he would not be happy to stay in the game if he could not compete at the very top.
“I could probably coast and not train and be a top 10 player and kind of have a cushy lifestyle and be set for as long as I need to be set for.
“I’m happy as I can be away from losing tennis matches.
“But I don’t know if I’ll be – I don’t know if that appeals to me.
“I don’t know if I’m satisfied with that.”
He added: “When you’ve seen the Rolling Stones from the front row, and then all of a sudden you’re like, you know, seven or eight rows back and there’s a really tall guy in front of you waving his hands and screaming, you can’t see much, it’s not going to be as good as the other show.”
Fans will remember Belgrade-born Janko – nickname “Tipsy” – as the player who likes red strings on his racket, piercings and reading the psychiatry books of Nietzsche, Dostojevski and Goethe.
He’s the one with the tattoo on his left arm with the enscription: “Beauty will save the world,” which is from Dostojevski.
As for Roddick it’s, hopefully, a case of Not Fade Away.
Today’s photos (below) – taken around 8.30am – show Henman Hill and then the view across Court 14 with Centre Court in the background.
*Having written yesterday morning that there was a risk of wet weather later in the day, I left Wimbledon late last night without a brolly.
Needless to say, by the time I emerged from the tube at the other end of my journey it was chucking it down…and I got soaked.
Yes, it serves me right. And, no, I won’t mention Gimme Shelter.
There are currently grey clouds over Wimbledon but the covers are off ready for start of play on the outside courts at noon.