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Just One of the Many Reasons Why Justin Gimelstob is a Poor Commentator…

Andy Roddick vs. Wawrinka by Brian Mitchell.It seems like the FSN coverage of the BNP Paribas Open has become known for its poor commentating for the past few years, but former ATP player Justin Gimelstob took it to a new level today. Before the men’s semifinal matches began, Gimelstob was asked about what he thinks about today’s matchups. He responded by saying that he was excited because today’s matches were going to be played by the top four players in the world.

Wait….what??

The first match was between Roger Federer and Andy Murray, who are ranked number 2 and 4, respectively. The second match, however, was between Rafael Nadal, who is ranked number 1, and Andy Roddick, who is ranked number 7!

Okay, okay, so I know what you are thinking, perhaps based upon his results thus far, Gimelsto believes that he deserves to be considered among the top players in the world, but even that doesn’t make any sense. Last year, Roddick finished 8th in the ATP race and a whopping 350 points behind 4th place Andy Murray. He did make the semifinals of the Australian Open this season, but he was defeated easily by Federer in the semifinal match 6-2,7-5,7-5. In fact, since his Australian Open victory, Roddick has lost a spot in the ATP rankings, as he has fallen from 6th to 7th. Roddick has the most match wins of any player this season, but he has played far more tournaments than most of the other top players. In addition, Roddick has only won one tournament this season, which is less than Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and even Radek Stepanek. Furthermore, the tournament that Roddick did win was a tournament that most of the top players didn’t play in. In fact, there were only two top ten players in the draw (Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro).

Gimelstob, I understand that Roddick is one of your closest friends, but he does not belong in the same convorsation as the top four players in the world and you know it. The top four clearly includes Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, and Murray. Yes, Djokovic has struggled as of late, but Roddick has less than half of the ranking points that Djokovic has. So, Gimelstob, can you look at the facts next time instead of being completely biased. As a former player, I would expect you to be more informed than a journalist who has never played the sport, but you definitely proved me wrong today.

(Photo of Andy Roddick by Brian Mitchell)

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