Playing five feet behind the baseline is the least of his problems, kaylee. His biggest problems now are the wimpy forehand that has no pace and lands short, and his inability to transition from passive/defense to offense play. Not to mention that he doesn't seem to know how or when to slam the door shut when he sees his opponent getting more confident. This is why so many players keep having the match of their lives against him.
He used to thrive in big moments but we see that he still lacks some confidence and belief in himself so this makes him panic in tight situations again. I thought Connors was supposed to have fixed all of this? But we are back to square one again and I can't find a reason for him to be there. He had all the momentum going in, which makes the loss to Kohls all the more frustrating.
And here's James Martin's take on it.
Can Andy Roddick rebound?
I must admit that it’s getting quite comical in the way Andy Roddick tends to bring out the best in his journeymen opponents. If you didn’t know any better you’d swear that his third-round Australian Open opponent, Philipp Kohlschreiber, who had a losing record last season and who has won just one title in his career, was the second coming of Federer.
Granted, the match was well played from both sides, but it also exposed all of Roddick’s problems of late. In that match, Roddick appeared to have little confidence in his ground game—justifiably so, as Kohlschreiber was hitting with more pace and angle and penetration. Andy’s no longer the big forehand on the block. So he must resort to charging the net, a gambit that usually backfires on him. Many people will point to his paucity of technique at the net, which is a fair comment, but it’s how he’s getting to the net that’s his real problem. Roddick’s approach shots are hit with too much topspin and not enough penetration. Instead of putting his opponents on the defensive, these shots dip into the court and give guys like Kohlschreiber an extra moment to set up and rip a pass. Roddick also lacks the instincts and footwork of a net-rusher. He basically stands in the middle of the court, racquet in hand, with the hope that the ball will be hit back to him, as opposed to continuing to move forward to cover the percentage pass. He’s the tennis equivalent of a sitting duck up there.
With the upcoming clay-court season a wash for Roddick (and the rest of the Americans), he’ll have to once again pin his hopes toward the faster courts of Wimbledon, where, as chance would have it last year, Richard Gasquet played the match of his life against him.
FoxSports comments on Andy's passive play.
Held over the Kohls: In a tournament where both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal suffered stunning losses, even more notable was Andy Roddick's third-round exit. There was nothing he could do about most of the 104 winners it took for Kohlschreiber to send him packing, but a win in that match could've put him on track for a quarterfinal showdown with Nadal on a surface that favors Roddick's game. With his top nemesis Federer bowing out before the final, Roddick missed a golden chance to make a serious Grand Slam run.
Must've been the lime green shirt: Philip Kohlschreiber posted the best performance of the Australian Open for his third-round win over sixth-ranked Andy Roddick. Kohlschreiber hit an incredible 104 winners to just 33 unforced errors while Roddick stood by and waited for a collapse that never came.