Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: ATP's one to watch...we have been for 5 years!
Well, the mind is certainly a big weakness - it's a Russian phenomenon, but you can't expect anything else when you have a fired-up maniac like Sobkin as your coach, pumping fists at you from the box and clutching his head in his hands despairingly when you make a bad error. Honestly, I would hate to have someone like that coaching me, and Youzhny is rather like Gambill in previous years in that he gets far too worked up and highly strung at important moments. I feel sorry for him at times, tennis seems like one big ordeal.
He served well for a while against Roddick in Cincy, but then his game fell apart. I really don't think it can ever be big enough to be a major weapon, it won't improve to an Agassi level, let alone a Federer/Roddick one. Robredo is simply a poor man's everything; his main weapons are his speed and his forehand, but I could easily name half a dozen quicker players and a dozen better forehands. Thus as you say, he tries to match fire with fire and makes tons of cheap errors by muscling the ball, or else he goes into retriever mode and is overwhelmed by players with a greater weight of shot. And it doesn't matter which style he uses against Roddick, it isn't going to get him a win. That priceless moment at the US Open where he tried to hold up Roddick midway through his service motion was a sign of just how desperate he had become.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.