Let's put it like this:
I'd rather Andy play a high quality tennis match like yesterday (where he gave it his all) with Roger playing really well and losing in straight sets than both not playing their best and Andy managing to win a set due to a shitty display from Roger.
Yes, yes and yes. Well done Re, A+ d: It was the kind of match that non-tennis fans would have watched just because of the type of clean, winner-centered tennis they were playing.
Originally Posted by tangerine_dream
I'm stoked for Davis Cup now
But i don't really ever worry about Andy being amped for DC though. That is like, the least of my worries! Andy could be hyped up-crazy for 15 sets if the scoreline read USA not Roddick
I've said my piece, but to close, for three years I was asking Andy to remind me why I am his fan, he reminded me last night and every other Roddick fan who saw the match...he's a guy with the heart of a champion. Is there any other more endearing quality?
Fumus, you should be a tennis journalist
Plus, you write so much less crap than most of the real ones
My point is simply that I think that it was the occasion, night match at the USO - his favorite place to be - that helped him raise his level. I have really serious doubts as to whether he will use this as a springing board to give this much effort and to play at this level all the time. I could live with him losing to Roger a lot if he would play like this all the time because he'd beat probably everyone else. But he doesn't. And that's why I'm so skeptical. Believe me, I'd love to be proven wrong - but it's happened so many times before, where he's played a good match and either won or lost, but hasn't used it as a springboard to keep going.
I'm not, by any stretch of the imagination, dreaming that this good match will mean that Andy will start playing like this week in, week out (although, boy, that would be GOOD) but it is the most encouraging sign i've seen in a while. I really started to feel that Andy was doomed to mediocre successes, stuck in this limbo behind the top 3 (and Davydenko?!) and even the strong performances against ToJo and Baghdatis didn't persuade me much. The matches were good, sure, but the competition wasn't amazing. But last night, he stepped up to the plate, and i'm proud. I'm sure the situation (USO, night match, partisan crowd etc) played a big part, but he hasn't played that well in a long time, even at the USO, i think.