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“I felt good about pretty much everything tonight,” declared Roddick. “The conditions were a little heavier, which made it tougher to create and that’s probably why you saw a lot of break point opportunities; the serves weren’t jumping through. On the flip side my slice was staying down, and it was tough to create off of that. That won me a lot of baseline rallies tonight.”


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Surprised it was so easy but glad. not great he's gotten broken in every match so far but if he keeps winning easily, I guess it doesn't matter that much
If it keeps playing this slow, I think that actually really helps Andy. Hopefully AO will be this humid and heavy too. Rooting for a back-to-back win at Brisbane.

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Just watched the tape. Good he won, but if Andy plays like this in the final, Soderling is going to kill him. Just pushing the ball in play, he needs 90% first serve or something to succeed.
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Just watched the tape. Good he won, but if Andy plays like this in the final, Soderling is going to kill him. Just pushing the ball in play, he needs 90% first serve or something to succeed.
I beg to differ, I watched the whole match...thought he played pretty well and he lost focus in the 2nd after the fan fainted in the stands. He wasn't just pushing the ball into play either in the 3rd set he hit some pretty nice winners. Keep in mind he beat Soderling on a hard court at the height of his mono last summer.
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Hey guys! Does anyone have a good live stream for the final today? Thanks
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I must've seen a different match, andy was not impressive to me at all. Same old passive stuff way behind the baseline. He got lucky because Anderson happily obliged, especially in the third set DFing on both break points. Andy can't expect to have a shot at winning slams if he plays like this. and there's no reason to believe he's going to stop playing like this after the better part of the last 6-7 years

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Perhaps I was just delirious, Deb. It was about 2AM my time when I was watching the match so that may be what my issue was, haha!
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I mean, he didn't play badly, but he was definitely just waiting for Anderson to make mistakes. And Anderson obliged, but I don't think Sod will.

I think the best thing is that he seems to really want it badly, and that's always a good sign for him.

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Koala-Andy.

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Well, same old shit again. An in-form player steps in and Andy is out. Andy creates expectations, explaining how he is in shape and so on and so on and soon he gets beaten. I'm not saying that it is so bad to loose to Sod, but at least make it a fight. He should at least do that if he really considers himself a contender at Slams. Which he is not. You cant loose 5!!! consecutive matches against top 10 players and think you can win a Slam. And to win a Slam, you can not do it without beating these guys, and I don't think it is going to be easier against Rafa or Fed.

We all know he can beat Dolgopolov or Anderson or whoever he played this week before the final. He is experienced enough to make the finals of 250 event and, let's face it, he did not have a bad draw this week, did not meet a tricky player. The win, that would really mean something was the match against Sod. And he failed. Worse - Sod beats him convincingly. And I don't believe in Melbourne it will be different. He will get to quarters maybe, someone playing good will come and it will be over.

I promised myself to not care anymore after the shameful performance in London but I can't stop just like that. But I should.
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Loved the tweets.....

@AdjustingTheNet Crowd clearly wants A-Rod to win. Zero reaction when Sod wins a pt. Rod survives several brk pts. to hold for 3-2. in 2nd.

@AdjustingTheNet A collective moan goes up as Sod breaks to go up 6-5 in 2nd set.

@AdjustingTheNet As A-Rod gets catcalls while changing shirt, wife Brooklyn gets a laugh. Commie says "she's seen him w/out his shirt before." I hope so...

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It was a nice warmup and Andy got alot of matches in. Robin is a good player. Let's not overreact here though, the real tournament starts the 17th. It's good to see Andy healthy and playing semi-OK tennis.

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But Ryan the problem is that if you don't practice playing good strong aggressive tennis, you can't do it when you are in a big tight match in a slam. That's why we see him bumrush the net on horrible approach shots when he plays the top players in big matches.

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But Ryan the problem is that if you don't practice playing good strong aggressive tennis, you can't do it when you are in a big tight match in a slam. That's why we see him bumrush the net on horrible approach shots when he plays the top players in big matches.
You'll never hear me argue against Andy playing aggressive tennis that said had he won this match and the title even playing the right way, I wouldn't feel any better or worse about his chances in Melbourne. This week was a good warm up and that's all it was. I hope to see his form improve at the AO where playing well actually counts, that's all I am saying. I've just seen it too often where guys have had great weeks or crappy ones and play totally different when it counts. Ya know?

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But Ryan the problem is that if you don't practice playing good strong aggressive tennis, you can't do it when you are in a big tight match in a slam. That's why we see him bumrush the net on horrible approach shots when he plays the top players in big matches.


Andy can beat top 10 players. In 2010, Indian wells, he beat Soderling. In Miami, he beat Nadal and Berdych. In Cincinnati, he beat Soderling and Djokovic.



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