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Anyone watching this match between Roddick and Verdasco????

I'm watching it on the Tennis Channel, what the heck is going on with Andy? I like Andy, but his game is slipping. He is out there playing mostly defensive tennis. This is rediculous for a top 5 player. I hope someone talks to Andy because he needs to pull it together very quickly.



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I'm watching it on the Tennis Channel, what the heck is going on with Andy? I like Andy, but his game is slipping. He is out there playing mostly defensive tennis. This is rediculous for a top 5 player. I hope someone talks to Andy because he needs to pull it together very quickly.
How is Verdasco playing? Why is Roddick struggling? Is he making errors off the ground? Inconsistent serving? Or is he just getting outplayed?

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I still haven't seen many of Verdasco's matches, but I gather that when he's on his game his opponent usually has to play defensive tennis - I think he hit the hardest forehand of the entire tournament in Madrid last year against Robredo, even though he lost the match. He played Roddick once before early in a North American TMS event, in Cincy back in 2003, and was the only man to break Roddick's serve before the final. But he's down a minibreak in the TB as I write this.

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I saw Verdasco vs. Moya at TMS-Toronto. Verdasco almost upset Moya there....but I have to admit...he is an amazing talent. He's got a number of weapons.

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He also almost upset Moya in TMS Hamburg in the third round, but from 4-2 up in the third set played 4 of the worst games I've seen from anyone to lose the match. Serving to stay in it at 4-5, 30-30, he came up to the net in a commanding position with a low overhead and thumped it against the back fence, and unsurprisingly lost the next point. It sounds as though he gave a few gifts to El Pato in the tiebreak today as well.

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this is the first time i saw Vedasco and i was impressed. but he made too many errors. he needs to learn to put some more topspin in his shots to keep them in the court. had he done that the Duck would not be quacking

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Re: Anyone watching this match between Roddick and Verdasco????

TC, I've been told Fernando played a REALLY good match against Andy apart from the 46432626 UEs so... its not that he's like that all the time.

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Is he making errors off the ground? Inconsistent serving? Or is he just getting outplayed?
All of the above.
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well he looked good today. too many errors but he had the Duck against the rope at points. too bad he lost.

Q. When you've played as few matches as you have over the last two, three months, did you ever lack motivation to go out and practice?

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Is this win a confidence booster or another let down for Roddick?

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Verdasco

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Is he a lefty? Because a lefty with a big forehand will give roddick fits.
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Is this win a confidence booster or another let down for Roddick?
Good question, but I don't think its necessarily a let down. Playing an anti-rythym basher such as Gonzo (or Verdasco apparently) is very difficult. It's either winner or error, and you just can't get in a groove. Often, its a struggle during the match because you're always on defense and you must fight hard. But this type of player often cannot produce when the pressure is on (because when their muscles tighten at the pressure points, they're no longer able to keep such agressive shots in play).

I think it will depend on Roddick's mental outlook after the match. If he focuses and gets him self back into a groove tommorow morning (with a little training), he'll probably be fine against Novak. We'll see
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Good question, but I don't think its necessarily a let down. Playing an anti-rythym basher such as Gonzo (or Verdasco apparently) is very difficult. It's either winner or error, and you just can't get in a groove. Often, its a struggle during the match because you're always on defense and you must fight hard. But this type of player often cannot produce when the pressure is on (because when their muscles tighten at the pressure points, they're no longer able to keep such agressive shots in play).

I think it will depend on Roddick's mental outlook after the match. If he focuses and gets him self back into a groove tommorow morning (with a little training), he'll probably be fine against Novak. We'll see
Thank you for your thoughtful answer. I very much agree with you.

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How is Verdasco playing? Why is Roddick struggling? Is he making errors off the ground? Inconsistent serving? Or is he just getting outplayed?

Verdasco played a fairly good game. He has a lot of power, but still has to learn to control it. He could have beaten Andy, but he choked in the tie breaker. The thing that amazed me was if Verdasco had held it together in the tie breaker, he had an extremely good chance of beating Andy. At one point, I felt that Andy was just waiting for Verdasco to make the error such as overhitting a ball. I suppose when I saw Verdasco raise the level of his game, I'm still waiting for Andy to raise the level of his game. Verdasco dictated play throughtout most of the match, he even handed the match to Andy. I like Andy, but I just can't imagine Verdasco dictating that much play to Federer, Hewitt, Safin (on a good day), and Ivan L.(yes, he has entered my list of players that hold my respect based upon the level of their game).



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Verdasco played a fairly good game. He has a lot of power, but still has to learn to control it. He could have beaten Andy, but he choked in the tie breaker. The thing that amazed me was if Verdasco had held it together in the tie breaker, he had an extremely good chance of beating Andy. At one point, I felt that Andy was just waiting for Verdasco to make the error such as overhitting a ball. I suppose when I saw Verdasco raise the level of his game, I'm still waiting for Andy to raise the level of his game. Verdasco dictated play throughtout most of the match, he even handed the match to Andy. I like Andy, but I just can't imagine Verdasco dictating that much play to Federer, Hewitt, Safin (on a good day), and Ivan L.(yes, he has entered my list of players that hold my respect based upon the level of their game).
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