Originally Posted by nkhera1
Roddick isn't patient enough, and i don't know if he has the stamina to play many sets of clay. The rallies are really long and the sets tend to be as well and i don't know if Roddick has the stamina for RG or this tournament. Roddick needs to just dictate play and let the other person make the mistake, but the key to this is PATIENCE. He can do pretty well on clay if he does this imo.
so here is what i think he needs to do
1. Have patience
2. Have the stamina
3. Have good footwork (this comes with stamina)
4. dictate play, but don't go for it too much
5. work on the backhand
6. Use your brain as to when to volley and stuff like that
7. Aim your serve instead of trying to just plast it past people because this is one of the worst courts to do it on
If he does that he should do decent.
He'll be fine. He played two great matches over the weekend, and in my opinion his movement was very good. And that court was about as slow a hardcourt as you can get. He could easily have taken the second match against one of the hottest players on your (3rd set tiebreak was 11-9 or something like that). All credit to Ljubo for playing a ridiculous level of tennis lately and for being extremely mentally tough.
As for your points, I disagree, I thought his backhand was better than I've seen it in a while as he was finally starting to drive through it more. Yeah, his forehand, oddly, went off on occasion, but he plays an agressive style game, it' s going to happen. He's just not a patient player, he's too intense. However, that can certainly be a strength. I see your point about over agressiveness, but I'd rather see him just let it go and hit out, because when he's on he'll overpower almost anyone. That is how he got where he is today.
I definitely would not worry about his serve. Stamina shouldn't be too much a factor if he's dictating with his forehand and serve, but it, and footwork are always things he should be working on improving. Number six is the only one I see as a weakness, but at least he's not afraid to work on it under pressure. His volleys are pretty solid, he just needs to pick his spots better. I wonder if anyone has match statistics from the weekend?
I think he'll be a strong factor wherever he goes