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Roddick vs. Agassi

I want Roddick to beat Haas so he will face off against Agassi. That will be very interesting because Agassi is like Roddick's mentor and idol. So it'll be intriguing to see what the reaction will be if the "student" beat the "teacher".
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

an exciting match-up!

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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

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I want Roddick to beat Haas so he will face off against Agassi. That will be very interesting because Agassi is like Roddick's mentor and idol. So it'll be intriguing to see what the reaction will be if the "student" beat the "teacher".
You said yourself:
"Andre is idol for Roddick..."

But Roddick is not an idol for Andre!!!
He is just one of the many, many, many students of him...
Even Andre does not remember which one...
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Andre Agassi forever

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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

This is a chance for Andy to take a big psychological step. At the 2002 U.S Open, Sampras showed Andy he had more to improve upon - and Andy did just that the next year and became No.1. Now he can prove to himself that he has come a long way in just a couple of years against Agassi. I hope he does it.
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

yep good luck andy will be a very interesting matchup!

Q. At 3‑2 in that game where you had several breakpoints, you went up and shook the net and let out a bit of a growl. What was going on?

ANDY RODDICK: It wasn't working for me. You know, if you were helping him get points, I'd shake you, too (smiling).


Q. You're one of the few top players that still plays doubles. How do you feel that's helping your game?

MARAT SAFIN: Not much (laughter).

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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

I posted this on another thread:-

The way things stand at the moment, I see Roddick winning the match because:

- Andy is in the best form and shape of his life. He is extra determined and his win against Haas (a player who has owned him until yesterday) will give him extra incentive and confidence

- While Andre is still right up there in terms of his returning abilities, if Andy consistently hits the lines serving at 140+ MPH, I don't see him getting too much of a play, or even if he does get the ball back, he won't be able to do it often enough and get it back with enough meat on it to do any serious damage. However, Roddick needs to serve really well and consistently, and if he has a bit of an off serving day, I can definitely see Andre pose some prolems for him.

- As much as I hate to say this, age is a factor. As great as Andre's physical conditioning might be, he is still a step slower than when he himself was 21- and there is nothing you can do about it. With Andy's big power shots hitting the corners, even that fraction of a step could prove to be a decisive factor.

- Andy is coached by a certain Mr. Brad Gilbert, and there is hardly anyone on the planet that knows Agassi's game better than Gilbert- I expect he will have a few extra tips for his man on how to overcome the great Andre.

The keys to this match, as far as i can tell are:

1. Andy's serve, as was mentioned above.

2. Andre's consistency and versatility- if Andre can be patient with his shots, try to throw in a few angled shots, maybe even slice occassionaly, he has a much better chance. That is what Federer does so well against Roddick, breaks up his rythm, keeps him off balance, and keeps him guessing as to what type of shot he will play next.

3. Andre's footwork- to be able to 'execute' as he likes to say Andre needs his feet to be working tip top. If he is slightly sloppy and lazy on the footwork Andy will take him apart.

4. Andre's timing- if he can reproduce some of his old form, stick to the baseline without giving up too much ground and virtually half-volley some of Andy's big shots back like we know he can (which is what Fed does so well)- this will give Andy less time to react and force him into making mistakes. It remains to be seen, however, if he can do it on a consistent enough basis to be able to trouble Roddick.
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

excellent analysis RonE i pretty much agree with everything that you listed, and i'm looking forward to the match tonight
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

That match is going to be the bomb! I wish I was going to be able to see it but NOPE we have all coverage of women's tennis and I have been waiting FOREVER to see a Roddick and Agassi match up but I guess I will have to wait FOREVER again.
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

im looking forward to this match!
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

actually theres this thing on the cincy website. it compares andy and andre at age 22. here's the link
http://www.cincytennis.com/1009/news/day6.asp

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oooh i saw that. its kinda cool cuz andy actually had a little more of an edge over andre at that age
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

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actually theres this thing on the cincy website. it compares andy and andre at age 22. here's the link
http://www.cincytennis.com/1009/news/day6.asp
Thanks for the link.
That is interesting to see.
Yea Andy has little an edge over Agassi.
Keep going Andy!
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

RonE, that was a really good analysis and I sure agree with you

I'm just excited to see this match. I mean, what more could I ask for, two of my most favorite players Go Andy, though!

Match starts in... 42 minutes and counting down... lol
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

dunno if u got my message before, lol, but i think now they are saying that the match will start at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific. sorry if i confused u before but i guess espn had advertised the agassi/roddick match, but wasnt clear that the semifinal coverage started at 3 over here, not that match in particular

but im just as confused as anybody so i could be wrong again. a lot of the websites are not clear.....
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Re: Roddick vs. Agassi

Thanks you guys. Wow, Andy really does seem to have the edge over Andre at their comparative ages, but Andre only really started to blossom comparatively late (when I mean blossom, I mean mentally, as he had already made 3 gs finals by that stage and a few other semis but couldn't win the matches that really count). So it will be interesting to see if Andy can keep it up as he gets older.
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