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Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

andy seems to be completely overhauled: he looks as fresh as ever, he's able to slice much better with a lot more pace, cross and longline, he's serving alright and, GET THIS, he's approaching the net quite often and his volleys are pretty crisp all of a sudden.

i never thought andy would be capable to adjust his net game at all because, quite frankly, i thought he was lacking talent, to be honest. turns out he's obviously been practising hard and it pays off these days. of course his opponents haven't been the best so far, but i'm fairly sure he'll have a good season if he can keep it up. this is the first time that a new coach has actually had a major impact on his game. i couldn't see that much of a change when his last coaches took office, not even during the connors era. back then, mainly the momentum shifted. this time though he's doing things differently.

what do you think? could this year be the make-or-break-year for andy when it comes to winning another slam? i'm saying it's now or never. if stefanki doesn't make it, nobody will.
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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

No. Only that he's a bit faster and shows a crisper serve. But that won't be enough to beat the top 4.

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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

someone with decent passing shots would rip him a new one everytime.

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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

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No. Only that he's a bit faster and shows a crisper serve. But that won't be enough to beat the top 4.
any comments on the volleys?

faster, crisper serve, better volley - and that won't help him out? to me that sounds like quite a complete player, given that he's a solid baseliner anyways.
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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

he'll probably remain somewhere around status quo unless the djoker has a horrible season.

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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

No, he will stay in the top 10.

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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

Beating the top 4 consistently is going to be tough, but last year he lost to some players he definitely shouldn't have so if he can stop doing that he should be ok. He should be able to better his slam results from last year and hopefully he can start playing the big 4 in big situations once again. I think he has improved his volleys. Some of his approaches are still head scratchers and sometimes he comes in after rolling the ball but it is better than what it used to be. The biggest problem is that he needs to hit the forehand a bit flatter. Obviously it hasn't hurt him so far but it will when he plays a top player.

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We'll be able to judge this only once he has played some better opponents. Against Boredo it's irrelevant...

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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

I'd have to agree. Yeah it was only Boredo, but Roddick's game is so much cleaner than it has been and has improved in all the points the Rrainer mentioned. Whether it's enough to beat the top guys, we'll just have to wait and see. In all likelihood, he's going to be playing Novak so that'll obviously be the big test of his improved armoury.

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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

Did you see his match against Murray in Doha? It was brutal.

His only chance of getting close to the top again is to sort out his forehand, it just doesn't cut it against the big players. And it means he has to come to the net despite having a) dreadful approach shots, and b) pretty poor volleys.

Having said that, I think he's got a shot at taking out Djokovic (if Nole beats Baggy). No chance against Federer, Nadal or Murray though.
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any comments on the volleys?
His volleys have always been passable, and they might be a bit better now. But it won't matter when he uses his clueless approaches, especially against the better players.

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Did you see his match against Murray in Doha? It was brutal.

His only chance of getting close to the top again is to sort out his forehand, it just doesn't cut it against the big players. And it means he has to come to the net despite having a) dreadful approach shots, and b) pretty poor volleys.

Having said that, I think he's got a shot at taking out Djokovic (if Nole beats Baggy). No chance against Federer, Nadal or Murray though.
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someone with decent passing shots would rip him a new one everytime.

don't get overexcited.

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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

Every year they say that it is a new one Andy Roddick.
Every new coach they say it is a new one Andy Roddick.
I hope one day it will be truth because I'm tired of those "new-old" A-Rod's.


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Re: Is anyone else seeing a "New Roddick 09"?

I haven't personally, tho he has been getting some very good results.

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