Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
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.
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.