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WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

besides his serve, I hardly ever see him really able to overpower people with his grounstrokes in normal rallies.
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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

His serve is the reason, plus Roddick is a very energetic and powerfull hitter. His oponents don't bounce back from his shots if that is what you expect, but that forehand is one of the hardest on the world.
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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

you must be seeing a different Roddick because most of the time i see him hitting that heavy topspin forehand that doesnt really have much pace that his opponents can easliy attack.
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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

Because he used to be?


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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

Because he is one who can hit the ball hard and serve so hard. His forehand is strong and fast and his powerforce potential is big.

Also Roddick not does have best feeling for ball, powerful-hitting it is the best he can do. Or does he have lot spin in stroke like other players? Or is he most famous for playing balls which need very good feeling for the ball?

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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

The irony is he must have one of the lowest unforced errors count of any player left in the tournament, with the way he's playing rallies. His aggression is confined almost exclusively to the serve and then to the putaway forehand if needed, his strategy seems to be to bunt his way to breaks of serve by keeping the ball in play and allowing the pressure to tell on his opponent, much the same way Stepanek somehow bluffs out breaks and then holds on to his serve with repeated netrushing. I have a feeling he's done what he needed to do against inexperienced or lesser opponents though, he will surely step it up against either Hewitt or Gasquet and then potentially Nadal in the semis; he'll have to, because Nadal could definitely make hay with his topspin angles if Roddick is going to rally from so far behind the baseline.

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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

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The irony is he must have one of the lowest unforced errors count of any player left in the tournament, with the way he's playing rallies. His aggression is confined almost exclusively to the serve and then to the putaway forehand if needed, his strategy seems to be to bunt his way to breaks of serve by keeping the ball in play and allowing the pressure to tell on his opponent, much the same way Stepanek somehow bluffs out breaks and then holds on to his serve with repeated netrushing. I have a feeling he's done what he needed to do against inexperienced or lesser opponents though, he will surely step it up against either Hewitt or Gasquet and then potentially Nadal in the semis; he'll have to, because Nadal could definitely make hay with his topspin angles if Roddick is going to rally from so far behind the baseline.
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besides his serve, I hardly ever see him really able to overpower people with his grounstrokes in normal rallies.
Amen to that. I really think the Roddick ass kissing needs to stop. He hasn't panned out as a dominating player and is not going to be a Sampras.


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Because he used to be?

Yup. Used to have the hardest forehand in the game. Now it's not even close to the top 10.
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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

He used to be SUCH a powerful player. Roddick, Safin and Gonzalez WERE the big hitters on tour and not many came close to them. With a lack fo confidence and all, he isn't a "power player" match in and match out anymore but can easily turn it on at any time if he wishes. Watch his matches from the 2r onwards at this year's Cincy event and you'll see just why he's called a power player .

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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

sjengster is exactly right. he's a power play on his own serve. on his opponents serve, he waits for the to choke under pressure. every game where he has broken, his opponents have made a series of bad unforced errors, mainly because they know that they can't afford to lose serve. it'll be interesting to see how he does vs. hewitt if lleyton closes this out because hewitt has a great return and he is playing very well off the ground right now

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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

I agree with Sjengster's post. Roddick does have a powerful forehand but not so powerful that he can camp out 3 ft behind the baseline, like Gasquet and Nadal can. I feel he's been pretty passive so far and it almost bit him in the ass against Verdasco.

Will refrain from final comment but looking at Hewitt/Gasquet, I think Roddick is in big trouble if Hewitt wins.
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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

Eh. I call him an ugly player. The technique on his groundstokes must be the worst I've seen in a long time. I pray Gasquet can get through Hewitt and then beat Roddick. Gasquet is a gorgeous player with style!
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Eh. I call him an ugly player. The technique on his groundstokes must be the worst I've seen in a long time. I pray Gasquet can get through Hewitt and then beat Roddick. Gasquet is a gorgeous player with style!
Sorry Richie didn't make it But I think the term "power player" is just used by the commentators to divide the players between those that count on their serve more than their return of serve. And to Andy's credit is he working on his return of serve.
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Re: WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

He has not yet shown his power play in the US Open for some reason that I am yet to fathom. Particularly telling was his match against Verdasco. His serve carried him throughout the match. He does know how to use power off both wings. Watch some of his Cincy matches.

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