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The man, the myth, the legend, the thread all to him in the Andy forum!!

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recently I wrote to Brad about Andy, I will keep you guys up date.



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I noticed in yesterday's match in Montreal Andy was a lot more reserved and defensive against Federer, at least it appeared that way. I didn't think that was as effective as Andy going for his shots like he did in Wimbly! If Andy wants to beat Roger don't you think he needs to disrupt Roger's rhythm and not let him play his game? (I mean, by going for quick strikes, 1,2 punches for winners and coming to net, instead of long rallies where Federer can own Andy.)

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Here's an article that was just in the Jerusalem Post. I meant to post it in the Andy Articles thread but I forgot and this reminded me. So I guess I'll post it here.
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Brad Gilbert talks with 'Post' about Israel, tennis, Andy, and Andre
By STUART CHELIN AND RICKY JACOBS

TORONTO

Over the past two years Andy Roddick has completed a difficult transformation from promising upstart to one of the top tennis players in the world.

A key part of his transformation was inspired by the "motivator," Roddick's Jewish coach Brad Gilbert.

Gilbert, a top player in the 1980s, who won 20 career titles, including Tel Aviv in 1985, 1986, and 1988, found his calling as a coach after he retired from playing. He coached Andre Agassi for nine years and was instrumental in his career rejuvenation from 1998 onwards.

Recently, he has coached Andy Roddick to a US Open title, a Wimbledon final, and to the top of the men's game.

Over the weekend, while Roddick was carving his way through the Masters Series Canada event on his way to a showdown in the final with Roger Federer, Gilbert, the world's most successful tennis coach of the past decade, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to The Jerusalem Post about Israel, tennis, Andre, and Andy.

Gilbert, who says that his decision to play in the Maccabiah Games and for many years at the Tel Aviv Open resulted from a combination of his strong sense of Jewish identity, his friends in Israel, and his high regard for the tournament organizer. "It's a little sad that they don't have any tennis there anymore," he said.

Would the major players come to play in Israel if a suitable event could be organized?

"No. Unfortunately, its not a great time in the Middle East right now. I think the guys would be nervous," he said. "The National Tennis Center there, in Ramat Hasharon, is a nice center," he added.

Gilbert is a dyed-in-the-wool Californian whose family, on both sides, immigrated to the US over 100 years ago. Though he has never considered making aliya, he did say that Israel "is a great place. I enjoyed going every time I was there."

Despite that, he has not been back since he last played in Tel Aviv in 1994. Would he go now?

"Not until things are a little bit settled. But as soon as I felt like things were settled, I would take my whole family," he said.

"I have friends [in Israel]. I feel for what's going on there," he added.

Asked if it is important that there is a Jewish homeland, he answered "Yeah. I'm sure every Jew feels [that] sense. My father does all sorts of work for different Israeli charities."

Briefly referencing the political situation in the Middle East, Gilbert remarked "I feel for everybody in any situation where there is conflict. I can't believe that in this day and age we can't work conflicts out."

Moving on to tennis, Gilbert says he's been lucky to coach Agassi and Roddick, not the other way around.

"They have unbelievable God-given talent and I have been very fortunate to be with two guys who are so talented," he said.

"They are both incredibly competitive. They are both incredible people persons. People like to be around them. They are fun people. But their games couldn't be any [more] different."

In terms of his coaching philosophy, Gilbert explains, "You work with each player's strengths and individualities. You don't try and mold anybody. You try and work with what they have."

Gilbert intimated that he doesn't feel like he is a "guru," but has just been lucky to "be along for the ride" with two incredibly gifted players.

Regarding Roddick, he said "I like to think that even if I wasn't there, someone else would have got it out of him, because he is incredibly talented."

What did he learn from his many years with Agassi?

"No matter what happened in the past, it don't matter anymore. It ain't coming back. All you can think about is what's happening right now, and you can make the future...

"Tennis is methodical. It's over the long haul. There's no magic pill. It's all about hard work. If there was a magic pill, I'd give it to myself. It's about hard work. Its about discipline. It's about talent. All the different components, and you put it together and you get something special."

Hopefully, Gilbert will keep putting together players' components over the years to come, because the result has been something very special for tennis fans.

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Nice article! Brad!!

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Wow! That was a really nice article! I'm a big fan of Brad! hehe
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Fumus If andy felt that was the answer he would do it. He is not a taylor dent or a Tim Henman or a Max who will charge the net as much as possible. He is not comfortable yet and maybe will never be. Rogi hits some of the best passes and Andy make an incredible volley to counter the one passing shot, but having to do it over and over again is something he can't do nobody can. Andy might try this plan just like he did at wimbly but once he started to make errors or get passed he slowly stopped doing it and went back to doing what he does best. I'm shocked andy didn't slice more but after beating the slice master Santoro it wouldn't have helped.

Oh and Fumus Brad isn't Mr. Known it all, he just likes to think he is. He will help Andy beat Rogi consistently as much as he helped Andre beat Pete consistently. Still I would say he is a great coach if a bit overrated.

Andy played very well yesterday it was just Federer was in a god like state. Its almost as if Rogi never left the court after the 3rd set from playing thomas.
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ok Dirk Diggler, you play coach, what would you do if you were Andy you wanted to beat your favorite(Roger)?

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Roddick is on the right path but it takes time. He is improving but sadly so is Rogi. Andy did everything he could in this match, Wimbly, Cup match and last year when he won. He isn't doing anything wrong. Rogi played at a very high level yesterday so Andy had no chance just like everyone else. I know its hard for the USTA to accept that the most gifted player out there is not an american but that is the way it is. These god gifted types like Nastase, Rios, Laver, Pete, Borg, Mac and Rogi and so on don't come around too often so the entire game should do their best to sell them.
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Roddick is on the right path but it takes time. He is improving but sadly so is Rogi. Andy did everything he could in this match, Wimbly, Cup match and last year when he won. He isn't doing anything wrong. Rogi played at a very high level yesterday so Andy had no chance just like everyone else. I know its hard for the USTA to accept that the most gifted player out there is not an american but that is the way it is. These god gifted types like Nastase, Rios, Laver, Pete, Borg, Mac and Rogi and so on don't come around too often so the entire game should do their best to sell them.
Well that's not really what I asked. You just twisted that into talking about how great Roger is. (lol, Dirk you do that alot) I don't argue with you on that. If I was Andy I wouldn't focus on the fact that Roger was great, I think about his weaknesses. Right now, I think there are few (maybe Rogi's backhand), thus, you must take the ability of Roger touching the ball away, take it out of Roger's hands. I like that strategy better than just loving Roger and saying you are too good . I agree Roger is great but, he is beatable even on his best days, everyone is, no one can loose site of that. Also Andy didn't play as well as he could yesterday, that was the biggest beatdown Fed has given Roddick yet (except maybe 2002 Wimbly). So there is definitly more Andy can do.

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Fumus, why do you call Dirk "Dirk Diggler"? Is it because he acts like a big dick?

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Fumus, why do you call Dirk "Dirk Diggler"? Is it because he acts like a big dick?
well I thought it sounds better than what everyone else calls him..."dirk the jerk"....Dirk Diggler is more subtle

..sides his dick isn't that big, I heard it was a prostetic at the end of the movie...

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how is it you guys appear offline but then post like lightning (almost like you are offline) is there some way you guys can go invisible?

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