Andy Roddick revealed on “FOX Sports Live” this week that he nearly fought Novak Djokovic following their match at the 2008 US Open.
You may recall that prior to the match, Roddick accused Djokovic of faking multiple injuries. In his pre-match news conference, Roddick went along with a reporter who cited all of Djokovic’s injuries, only Roddick jokingly added in a few others like bird flu and anthrax.
“If it’s there, it’s there,” Roddick said prior to their match. “It’s just a lot. He’s either quick to call the trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time.”
Djokovic beat Roddick 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 in that quarterfinal match. Nole addressed the injury controversy in an interview after the match. He was booed by the New York crowd as soon as he brought up the injury issue.
“I know they [the crowd] are already against me because they think I am faking everything,” Djokovic said. “That’s not nice anyhow to say in front of this crowd that I have 16 injuries and that I’m faking it.”
Roddick heard the interview, and that ticked him off. As he explained on FOX Sports Live this week, the interview led him to go after Djokovic in the locker room and nearly fight his opponent.