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What happened to Roddick?

Please tell me it isn't just me.

A few months ago, he was creating a game that focused more and more on volleying. He was slowly progressing in that area, especially with his approach shots.

Fast forward to today, and he looks like an even worse player than he did before the US Open series. His approach shots are ridiculously stupid, and all the progress he seemed to have made in his game after Connors seems gone. Maybe it's just me, but was the "new Roddick" just some stupid illusion?

What really gets me is that he was playing great a few months ago, and now...just isn't.

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Please tell me it isn't just me.
No its not just you . Roddick would like to believe that he's on a song, but take away that first serve and his post-match humour and he's got nothing. Among the Americans, I think Blake had (considering his present form) a better game.

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Fast forward to today, and he looks like an even worse player than he did before the US Open series. His approach shots are ridiculously stupid, and all the progress he seemed to have made in his game after Connors seems gone. Maybe it's just me, but was the "new Roddick" just some stupid illusion?

What really gets me is that he was playing great a few months ago, and now...just isn't.
I held some hope for him after Kooyong classic when he won against Roger, and was expecting more fuel at AO, but after Roger's whiplash on him at the semi's, there was nothing left to say of his improvement. Unless he doesn't stop worshipping Federer before and after every match, he's going to be runover again and again.

Off the court, I'd like to think that he's paying more attention to Sharapova than Conners . Lets see how he fares against Murray?

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Re: What happened to Roddick?

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Unless he doesn't stop worshipping Federer before and after every match, he's going to be runover again and again.
I don't see how he exactly worships Federer. You're thinking more of Blake then Roddick. Roddick went into that AO match with some belief he could beat Federer but there was nothing he could do that day, Fed was just too good.
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I don't see how he exactly worships Federer. You're thinking more of Blake then Roddick. Roddick went into that AO match with some belief he could beat Federer but there was nothing he could do that day, Fed was just too good.
A-Rod goes into every match against Fed saluting him, or is it my imagination, tell me. Reverence towards the near-immaculate is good, but the very point of playing a game and having an opponent is to win or improve. Roddick goes into a match against FEd as though prepared for an apocalypse. Fed already wins psychologically before the match. You are saying that Roddick went into the match with belief; no sir, that's for the papers. Rod hopes for a slim chance, if Fed gives him one. That's his mental state.

Blake does this too, perhaps not as much as Roddick (because the media pins him down as the Fed-duck) but both are the same. In that respect Blake is better.

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A-Rod goes into every match against Fed saluting him, or is it my imagination, tell me. Reverence towards the near-immaculate is good, but the very point of playing a game and having an opponent is to win or improve.
Yep, your imagination. Roddick definately went into the last AO match with belief. He was very fired up and was ready to take it to Federer. That's why many people thought it would be a close match. I think Roddick is actually one of the guys who is frustrated by Federer.

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Blake does this too, perhaps not as much as Roddick (because the media pins him down as the Fed-duck) but both are the same. In that respect Blake is better.
Oh, and you've got this a bit muddled as far as I can see. Blake is probably the guy on tour who gives Federer the most respect and right now Roddick doesn't give him too much.

Although this is just my opinion it is pretty obvious to see when looking at their most recent matches and I'm pretty sure most tennis followers will agree with me.

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Re: What happened to Roddick?

Learning is a process and some days are better than others, nobodys perfect.
Don't give up on him & write him off....Andy is nothing if not a hard worker.

A year or 2 ago he would have never mentioned point construction, at least in his press from this tourney he said that is what he was trying to do, he just couldn't figure out how & failed at it.

the thing about tennis (especially if you win the match) is you always get to try again...well untill your like 29 or something.
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Roddick is still a threat in tournaments, he just can't get past Federer when they meet and if you can't do that, you're going home. It must be frustrating to keep losing to the same player every time you meet and this probably carries over to other events.

Roddick had been in good shape in the AO, beating dangerous players like Safin and Ancic and having the exhibition win over Federer at the start of the year. Then Federer goes out and blasts Roddick off the court in the semi to make sure Andy doesn't go getting any ideas that he can start to change their rivalry. Federer is just too good for Andy at this point in time and Fed is always there in the GS when it matters.

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Re: What happened to Roddick?

Well, I guess ARod was a bit down after AO. It must be tough to come to a match full of confidence, only to bump into a Fed in God-mode and get humiliated like that. It was only the 3rd bagel of his entire career... he doesn't let just anyone bagel him, only really tough guys; Hewitt once and Fed twice. So that must have hurt badly. The question is, is he capable of making peace with the fact that he's helpless against Fed, and be happy with the position of #2 contender at best? For natural champions who grew up with the ambition of being on the top all the time, it must be extremely tough. I don't think many people are so unhappy when Fed destroys them - they just consider it pretty much given. Most of them don't see themselves as #1 even in their wildest dreams, as long as Federer is around and healthy.
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Re: What happened to Roddick?

fact is he is a shit volleyer so he cant base his game around that
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Re: What happened to Roddick?

I think Roddick is playing better than almost anyone on the tour right now.

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The thing with Roddick is that throughout his life his game has always been effective, and to use the term 'if it isn't broken don't fix it' comes to term. Then Fed and now recently Murray have come to the scene and this so called term doesn't apply anymore, so hes had to go to a whole different approach, something alot different to his usual game which takes time to get used to. In roddicks case, I don't think his volleying and approach shots are sufficient enough yet, thats why he is kind of in a transitional period at the moment and most vulnerable to players like Fed and Murray who are bad match-ups. Though at least he's trying to change his game, Nadal should take note of this situation.
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Re: What happened to Roddick?

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A-Rod goes into every match against Fed saluting him, or is it my imagination, tell me. Reverence towards the near-immaculate is good, but the very point of playing a game and having an opponent is to win or improve. Roddick goes into a match against FEd as though prepared for an apocalypse. Fed already wins psychologically before the match. You are saying that Roddick went into the match with belief; no sir, that's for the papers. Rod hopes for a slim chance, if Fed gives him one. That's his mental state.

Blake does this too, perhaps not as much as Roddick (because the media pins him down as the Fed-duck) but both are the same. In that respect Blake is better.
Blake does it less than Roddick? Are you kidding? Roddick isn't the one gushing in interviews about Roger and how he's better than Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, ect.

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