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I am reading Brad's current Nobel-prize winning book, "I've Got Your Back", and came across this intriguing passage. Anybody care to take a guess as to which player he's talking about?

"Tennis players are always looking for a winning edge, so hiring a coach makes sense. But there's always some fly in the ointment. Take the case of a top player I talked to a few years ago, post Andre and pre-Andy. His agent initially called me and I talked with the agent a couple of times. Then the agent said, "You really need to speak to _____."

So I spoke to him. The conversation lasted around one minute. It turned out the whole thing had been the agent's idea. The player just said, "I'm happy with the way things are."

"Ok," I said (I'm a coach, not a salesman)

"Man, you'd be too hard for me," the player said.

"You don't even know me," I said.

"I'm happy," he said.

"You're really happy?" I said. This guy has a ton of talent, but was underachieving like crazy.

"Yeah, I'm happy," the player said. "I don't want to be number 1."

Whoa, I thought. The truth at last. At that point there was really nothing else to say. (Now the guy is just travelling with his buddy, wasting his talent. So he'll get his wish: he'll never be No. 1)."

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So what do you all make of this? Who do you think it is? I'm thinking it's Marat.

"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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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

I would tend to think so too

but omg is Brad's whole book written like this at this level???

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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

like i've said on msn...DIE BRAD DIE!!! marat wouldn't work with you even if u PAID him!

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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

IT sounds exactly like Safin.

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Jiat, tell us how you really feel!

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Brad is such a self promoter and braggart it's really sort of sickening.

That's the thing I don't like about him being Andy's coach. He is too interested in the limelight for himself.
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well *Fingers crossed* so far it doesn't seem like Andy has adopted Brad's more distasteful attributes.

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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

If it was Safin that he was talking about, perhaps he shouldn't say things like this:

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Now the guy is just travelling with his buddy, wasting his talent. So he'll get his wish: he'll never be No. 1
Seeing as he already WAS number 1.

(Yes, I'm just nitpicking because Brad is a blowhard, but it's a nit that must be picked)

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If he said "again" it'd be too obvious.

You don't even need the word Hippo to realise thats Marat
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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

yeah....it sounds just like marat. that would be my guess.
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If he said "again" it'd be too obvious.

You don't even need the word Hippo to realise thats Marat
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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

It's not Xavier Malisse, but yes we can all agree that he is talking about Marat.
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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

I read this book. It sounds Safin and I also heard Brad have contacted Safin before I read.
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Jiat, tell us how you really feel!
ooh...i could say more...but u guys already know the main gist of it so...i'll spare my fingers the typing...

but honestly tangy... as someone's asked previously...is the entire book like that? Pulitzer prize winner i'm sure!

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Re: Interesting tidbits from Brad's book

Might not be nicey nice but Marat doesn't need that right now. I hope Peter will give help him make the most of his gifts. Brad might be an asshole but he is right about what it takes to be one of the top guys. He would never be able to work with a one hander but he does make some good points.
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