Originally Posted by tennischick
i agree totally. i expect him to ruin his back and hips too bec he torques all of those areas with that stupid serving motion of his. :retard:
If I'm not mistaking, some sort of health magazine or network looked into this and his serving motion and they concluded that it's actual very suitable for his body type and is unlikely to break down. I think people are concerned with his body because of the amount of power he puts into the ball, but if the form doesn't look like it'll cause him trouble, then there's nothing to be worried about. Funnily enough, it's those with back problems/torso problems that switch to the abbreviated serve to reduce injury. An example of this is Amelie Mauresmo. Granted she doesn't have as much torque or power in her serve as Roddick, the motion itself won't cause any harm. I think this is wishful thinking on some's part.
Originally Posted by PaulieM
1. Will he win a Slam? probably not
2. Will he finish in the top 5? probably but i think there's a real chance that he might not, either that or in the bottom end of the top 5.
3. Will he beat Federer at any time? Depends, maybe if something goes wrong with federer, ie. personal issues, injury etc. or roddick somehow miraculously improves every part of his game.
Not sure why someone would believe that he'll drop to five or lower in the rankings if he stays healthy. He's obviously working on all aspects of his game; if he's number two in the world right now with less "all around" skills and can defend his position, I think he'll do even BETTER when he can do that AND MORE. I'm excited to see how his game changes with Dean. I didn't like Roddick as much leading up to this fall because I felt he relied on the serve too much and was ignoring the fact that his game was falling apart, but now that I see he's WANTING to move up and improve other parts of his game, I've gained a lot of respect for the "Duck".
To answer the questions:
1) Will he win a slam? Too early to tell. Obviously the French Open isn't one you have to think about unless he becomes God all of a sudden. He's reached the Semis and QFs at the AO the last two years, so I think his results in Australia will be respectable. As for Wimbledon, you have Federer to deal with. Should Federer get knocked out because he's not playing his top, then I think Roddick does have a shot, but that depends on how his game is doing. Same with US Open.
2) Will he finish in the top 5? Looking at how he did in 2004 (decent but nowhere near as good as was expected, regardless of the Federer factor) and looking at the fact that he IS trying to improve his game, I don't see any reason why he would drop out of the top THREE, unless he becomes injured or something. Only time will tell.
3) Will he beat Federer? As plenty of others have stated, this is of course possible but likely to only happen if Federer isn't playing his best. I think Roddick knows he can't just go out there and hit Federer off the court (one reason I'm glad Gilby is gone), so we'll see what his strategy is for next time he plays Federer. I think the two play better at a slam, so here's to hoping they play a slam final..or two...or three... (I would say four but c'mon.. Andy in the FO finals? Let's not get carried away