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What to make of some of Roddick's lopsided losses this year.

He seems to be having a good year. Nevertheless, no titles yet and some really lopsided losses at times. he lost 64 60 62 to Federer in Australian Open semis then a straight set loss to Andy Murray in San Jose (score was not bad on that one though 67 46). Then he loses 36 26 to Haas in Memphis and now 46 36 to Rafa in IW on hard court.

What do these losses mean for Roddick's collaboration with Connors? has his game improved but he just ran into guys who were on fire on those days? What do you all think of some of these lopsided losses? To me it seems like once you put him under pressure then his serve starts to desert him. Once his serve goes away then then his backhand starts missing left and right, he overhits his forehand and his volleys don't get the job done.

Anyways what are your guys' thoughts?
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Re: What to make of some of Roddick's lopsided losses this year.

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He seems to be having a good year. Nevertheless, no titles yet and some really lopsided losses at times. he lost 64 60 62 to Federer in Australian Open semis then a straight set loss to Andy Murray in San Jose (score was not bad on that one though 67 46). Then he loses 36 26 to Haas in Memphis and now 46 36 to Rafa in IW on hard court.

What do these losses mean for Roddick's collaboration with Connors? has his game improved but he just ran into guys who were on fire on those days? What do you all think of some of these lopsided losses? To me it seems like once you put him under pressure then his serve starts to desert him. Once his serve goes away then then his backhand starts missing left and right, he overhits his forehand and his volleys don't get the job done.

Anyways what are your guys' thoughts?

My thought is if Roddick doesnt find a way to serve around 75 % then we will see many more of these lop side losses.
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Re: What to make of some of Roddick's lopsided losses this year.

yeah good point

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Re: What to make of some of Roddick's lopsided losses this year.

Simple: he didn't show up and an imitation of him would senselessly rush to the net or moonball while standing 5 feet behind the baseline

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He seems to be having a good year. Nevertheless, no titles yet and some really lopsided losses at times. he lost 64 60 62 to Federer in Australian Open semis then a straight set loss to Andy Murray in San Jose (score was not bad on that one though 67 46). Then he loses 36 26 to Haas in Memphis and now 46 36 to Rafa in IW on hard court.

What do these losses mean for Roddick's collaboration with Connors? has his game improved but he just ran into guys who were on fire on those days? What do you all think of some of these lopsided losses? To me it seems like once you put him under pressure then his serve starts to desert him. Once his serve goes away then then his backhand starts missing left and right, he overhits his forehand and his volleys don't get the job done.

Anyways what are your guys' thoughts?
A solid players with a big serve but will never have the real class. Federer, Haas and Murray are just far better technically
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Re: What to make of some of Roddick's lopsided losses this year.

They were saying tonight that they think that Roddick has an inferiority complex with some guys and that he doesn't believe he can play with them from the back of the court and that's a contributing factor as to why he's getting creamed. I don't know if any of his fans would agree with that because I don't follow him that closely, but it sounds like it's something like that. He certainly has an abysmal record against the top men recently and has been outclassed in a lot of the matches against them. There's clearly something wrong somewhere that needs work.

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My thought is if Roddick doesnt find a way to serve around 75 % then we will see many more of these lop side losses.
Spot on IMO. It just seems like Roddick doesn't have much of a back up plan if the serve isn't working.

Not sure if it's a question of he just isn't thinking or worse, that he actually can't do anything else. Either way, this was not a good day for him.
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Spot on IMO. It just seems like Roddick doesn't have much of a back up plan if the serve isn't working.

Not sure if it's a question of he just isn't thinking or worse, that he actually can't do anything else. Either way, this was not a good day for him.
Yes... but I can't help but think... what more can he expect? When your game is built around one shot, you have to expect that your game is gonna get you in trouble sometimes. and if that's the case, you should be satisfied with a MS Semi.

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Yes... but I can't help but think... what more can he expect? When your game is built around one shot, you have to expect that your game is gonna get you in trouble sometimes. and if that's the case, you should be satisfied with a MS Semi.
In total agreement. I can't say that I am a fan of his, but I don't get any enjoyment out of watching him flail around without a clue. I hope he can get it together, but it's not looking like its going that route.
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It's s weird... when he has that confidence he can challenge even Fed. But when he doesn't... we see what we saw today. Now, I am not at all a fan of his, but you're right. It's sad to watch someone THAT clueless on a tennis court, and I want to see him play the best of his ability. The problem with Roddick is that he expected to dominate as a birthrite... until Federer came along. Now he's starting to realize that he has to fight for practically every win. Nothing comes easy to him these days, and confindence can only last so long...

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They were saying tonight that they think that Roddick has an inferiority complex with some guys and that he doesn't believe he can play with them from the back of the court and that's a contributing factor as to why he's getting creamed. I don't know if any of his fans would agree with that because I don't follow him that closely, but it sounds like it's something like that. He certainly has an abysmal record against the top men recently and has been outclassed in a lot of the matches against them. There's clearly something wrong somewhere that needs work.
Agreed. Besides, in general, when Roddick is behind, he sinks instead of raising the level of his game. Therefore, when he loses, he does miserably. He needs to learn how to become tough when going gets tough. I think Connors is doing a good job in the technical aspects of Roddick. But for mental toughness, Roddick should watch Nalby's games
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Re: What to make of some of Roddick's lopsided losses this year.

It is just that serve is not enough. SOmetimes yes, but against such players like Nadal it will not work. Serving is not the only thing in tennis.
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It is just that serve is not enough. SOmetimes yes, but against such players like Nadal it will not work. Serving is not the only thing in tennis.
It's kind of funny how someone with a serve and nothing else is able to stay at the top of the game for years at a time. Isn't it odd how he really is crap at everything but the serve, but still managed to get a slam, reach number one, and get to mutiple GS finals? How weird is that!? Yeah, it's amazing how Karlovic seems to be a lot better on the serve but isn't at the top, I just can't figure that one out. I mean, if he only has a serve, how has he accomplished much of anything? I guess it's just something we'll never understand.


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Re: What to make of some of Roddick's lopsided losses this year.

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It's kind of funny how someone with a serve and nothing else is able to stay at the top of the game for years at a time. Isn't it odd how he really is crap at everything but the serve, but still managed to get a slam, reach number one, and get to mutiple GS finals? How weird is that!? Yeah, it's amazing how Karlovic seems to be a lot better on the serve but isn't at the top, I just can't figure that one out. I mean, if he only has a serve, how has he accomplished much of anything? I guess it's just something we'll never understand.


Well... Roddick does have superior groundies to karlovic... its not really that surprising.

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Well... Roddick does have superior groundies to karlovic... its not really that surprising.
That's my point.

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