Dejected Andy happy to stay with Connors

SHANGHAI: Andy Roddick said he would continue to work with Jimmy Connors next year after achieving a dramatic reversal of fortunes this season. 

The American was eliminated from the season-ending Masters Cup at the group stage but left pleased with his progress under the eight-time Grand Slam winner. 

“It's a downer, don't get me wrong,” he said after losing to David Nalbandian late on Thursday. 

“But I can still take a lot of positives away from the last four months of the year. Going into the summer I was 18 in the champions race with people questioning if I would ever play top-level tennis again. 

“Fortunately, the last half of the year there were a lot more positives than negatives. I feel like I'm only going to get more comfortable playing this new style.” 

Connors, who became Roddick's advisor in late July, has encouraged Roddick to play more at the net, a policy that brought him within a point of breaking a three-year drought against Roger Federer. 

But the former world number one appeared drained by the three-set loss and was beaten in straight sets by Nalbandian, who qualified ahead of him on set difference. 

He said Connors, who was courtside in the Qi Zhong Stadium, would continue to advise him next season. 

“We're just going to continue the way we've been,” Roddick said. – AFP  

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