Devastating loss for Andy Roddick To Philipp Kohlschreiber last night in Cincinnati. It was a gripping match, after the first set, which Andy won in a tiebreak, I figured it would be a basic Roddick cruise from there and he'd wrap it up routinely. But the German hung in there and started to get a beat on the Roddick serve. Suddenly Kohli got the unexpected break and, after a furious rally by Roddick in saving a few set points, Kohli then took care of business and set this match into the third set. Roddick, dressed in all black Lacoste and red Babolat shoes, was boiling and smashed one of his racquets with one savage swipe. He was extremely frustrated at having been unable to close out the second set and match, like he had countless times before. It's been a poor year for Roddick, he has not been a factor at any big tournaments in 2011, he bombed out at Wimbledon again and he came up short at the United States vs. Spain Davis Cup quarterfinal which was held in his hometown in Austin, Texas. This was a big match for Roddick to re-spark his career again, to regain the confidence and feeling of what it's like to win matches again. Kohlschreiber, who has also been struggling as of late, was the perfect guy to get the summer hard court season off on the right foot. The crowd sensed the importance of this match for Andy and were behind him but when things got tense they became eerily quiet. Roddick was ready for one of his patented outburts and got the opportunity to explode early in the third set. The German held in his first service game and then Roddick netted a makeable shot to give Kohlschreiber a break point, 30-40. Roddick, furious at his miss, firing the netted ball up high into the stands. Chair umpire Carlos Bermudez, who penalized Roddick earlier for the racquet smash, gave Roddick a point penalty - and thus the game to Kohlschreiber who now lead 2-0. Roddick could not believe it.As you would expect, Roddick freaked out. He attempted to negotiate Bermudez to change his mind by claiming he didn't hit the ball that hard out of anger, he softly sent it skyward and not out of the stadium. But it wasn't going to work. Roddick wasn't going to get what he wanted, and his petulant, immature side began to show itself, like it does on occasion, to the chagrin of tennis purists. But it was Kohlshreiber's game that was the problem for Roddick, not the call by Bermudez. Kohli, dressed in white shorts and a blue Wilson shirt, and black Wilson socks and white shoes, was serving very well, and playing consistent, smart tennis from the baseline, taking his shots when they were there, and winning points at the net when they presented themselves. Kohli had the look of a man, in full determination and belief that he could win the match against Roddick, just like he did a few years ago in Australia. Roddick did not have the same belief in his game last night. When Roddick had to play points after his serve game back, the vulnerability was obvious. You know Roddick is trying and working extremely hard but his game just doesn't seem to work anymore, especially against the top players, and on occasion, against the second tier of players like Kohlschreiber, Lopez, etc. Roddick, just a couple of years ago, used to be able to fight his way through a match like this but that critically important ability no longer seems present in the Roddick arsenal. His confidence is lost, his game is not producing the results it used to. Roddick went away after falling behind 0-3 and eventually faded to a dispirited 1-6 third set shellacking. You rarely see Roddick look so completely lost. When it was over, Tennis Channel commentator Justin Gimbelstob warned that he would not want to be a locker or a Babolat racquet in the next few minutes - as Roddick packed his bag and departed the court for the ATP locker room.You got the sense from Gimelstob, who knows his good friend Roddick very well, that there was going to be a motherlode of a frustration release by Roddick coming in a few minutes. This loss was devastating. It could be the near-end of the career of Roddick who will have to make considerable changes to his game, his tactics and perhaps his coaching staff, if there is to be one last hurrah for the former ATP #1 and U.S. Open king who will now drop out of the top 15 and a high seeding in New York (losing the points from making the SF in Cincy in 2010).