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Re: Andy might be skipping Kooyong, but we can still have the bong AO Season Thread

Thanks, Winston's Human, for the summary!

Well, at least this 6:3, 6:2 scoreline vs Hanescu looks nice A little pity for me that Andy doesn't play Nadal tomorrow, and I think he's a little underdog in tomorrow's match vs Monfils.. oh well, anyway, good luck Andy, want to see you in the final!

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Roddick def Hanescu 6-3 6-2
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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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ok, so up next either Federer or Murray! neither of them are names that inspire a huge amount of confidence in me. anyone know what time it'll be? *prays it's at 4pm*

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ok, so up next either Federer or Murray! neither of them are names that inspire a huge amount of confidence in me. anyone know what time it'll be? *prays it's at 4pm*
It's all gravy baby, no pressure on him now. He's got to get more time in practicing with Larry before the AO. The returns looked bigger today but more work needs to be done on that forehand before I get worried about Andy beating Roger or Murray. It's a good result either way.

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i don't think that he's ever reached the final of his first tourney of the year

so Andy and keep it up

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Bam bam! Andy! We like it like that.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Damn YEAH

1st tournament -> 1st final. Nice start. Was following the match during a lecture by checking livescore on my mobile phone Eurosport will broadcast the final tomorrow (not sure whether live or not). Will be watching, of course.

Best of luck in the final, Andy! I'd prefer Andy - Roger. Time to improve on that 2-15 H2H :P

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Roddick

He's been playing slowly and progressively more aggresive as the tournament has worn on, at least to me.

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I was in transit during Andy's match so I was only able to see the tail-end of it. Thanks for the match comments, Blaze and Ryan. I was looking to get an idea of how well Andy played and found this comment over on tennis.com:
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I can't believe some of the comments (I actually can believe them and am pretty happy to see them too!) about Andy Roddick's game.

Some comments...

Gael can't rally with Andy from the baseline!

Roddick has great hands, what a drop shot!

Andy's back hand slice is looking elegant!

I hope the Roddick-bashing posters on the ESPN site are watching this match because they always rip on Roddick and his game despite all the work he puts into it.

What are the biggest improvements/strategy changes/etc. you've seen in Andy's game this week? Is the return of serve much better?
If anybody else watching the Federer-Murray match? Boy, is Roger steaming mad, Murray really has him frustrated.

Wishing Andy much luck in the final, whoever he faces. He can beat either one of these guys if he believes.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Well, damn. Andy-Andy final.
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have fun andy on this slow slow hc. hopefully it'll go so fast i can sleep through it

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DOHA (AFP) — Andy Roddick reached his first final since September when he carved a fine win in a high quality match against Gael Monfils in the semi-finals of the Qatar Open.

The former world number one from the United States also showed signs of evolving into a more measured and varied player during his 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-3 win over the brilliant but inconsistent Frenchman.

"There wasn't a whole lot between us - I just stayed the course,"
said Roddick who will face either Roger Federer or Andy Murray in Saturday's final.

"I concentrated pretty well in the third set. It was just a matter of winning the points at the right time."

Roddick was also pleased with the style in which he was able to play.

"He has an interesting dynamic because he just begs you to come forward, and then he will come up with a passing shot,"
he said.

"So it's a matter of staying the course and not getting discouraged by it. It was a physical match but I have done a lot of hard work in close season.

"I wasn't in shape at the end of last year after various injuries and stiff, but now I feel better."


Conditions were a little too slow for the world's fastest server to boom down tons of aces, and instead he worked his way into the baseline rallies very competently, and also won a good proportion of points by getting to the net.

Monfils, who eliminated world number one Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Thursday, looked to have more than enough spectacular weapons to sweep Roddick aside too, with his blistering court coverage, excellent serving and blazing winners.

But the 22-year-old missed his chance to close out the first set when he was serving at 5-4, and having re-established a dominance in many of the rallies was unable to find the right shot at crucial moments in the final set.

Roddick, by contrast, made the most of his assets in resourceful fashion. He kept his head when Monfils was threatening to trample on him in the first set, making the younger player play plenty of balls in the crises moments, and in the tie-break was by far the more solid.

Monfils, more relaxed again, was at his spectacular best in the second set, when again he looked easily good enough to become a top five player.

One outrageous forehand topspin lob winner, made while he was hurtling sideways behind the baseline, contributed to his break of serve in the fourth game, and he consolidated that by holding serve all through with an 80 percent first delivery ratio.

But Monfils' shot choices became less convincing in the third set, and he also became more passive.

Roddick broke for 3-1, lost it and slipped to 3-3 as Monfils once again looked a better player when trying to come from behind. But the former US Open champion broke again for 5-3 when Monfils played a disappointingly indifferent service game.

Monfils looked capable of breaking back at the death but at 30-all selected a dropshot-lob combination when he seemed well placed to try to pass Roddick. The ball landed long, and Roddick closed the match out nervelessly in the next rally with a well-controlled net attack.

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Crap. Andy-Andy matches are intense but I was hoping for a Federer-Roddick final.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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I thought Roger was going to cut a bitch and that hand shake was cold.

Good luck, Andy. You'll need it against Andy.
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