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General Questions about Andreev

Chloe le Bopper
05-29-2004, 09:16 PM
I've never seen him play.

Is he any good? Or are we like, never going to hear from him again?

Thanks ;)

Conan the Librarian
05-29-2004, 09:24 PM
Conan has been impressed by what he has seen this week. Andreev certainly has variety in shots and deceptive power.

But that makes it all the more hard for Conan to fathom the 7 match losing streak he had from Scottsdale through to Rome.

Chloe le Bopper
05-29-2004, 09:26 PM
Maybe he's just a bit of a basketcase?

Conan the Librarian
05-29-2004, 09:28 PM
Maybe, but Andreev has handled himself well this week. Maybe it's simply because he is Russian and they are prone to these ups and downs!

Chloe le Bopper
05-29-2004, 09:29 PM
Perhaps it's a Russian thing, yes. He has done well to take advantage of the opportunities presented to him this week, that's for sure. Who does he play next?

Conan the Librarian
05-29-2004, 09:32 PM
Gaudio

Chloe le Bopper
05-29-2004, 09:34 PM
Oh. Well, it's been a good week for him ;)

TheBoiledEgg
05-29-2004, 09:39 PM
Also clay isnt his best surface.
he's hardly won a match on clay until here and now 4th rd :eek:

he's big, strong, good on both sides, and a bit loopy
sound familiar ;)

Lady
05-29-2004, 09:42 PM
Well, he moves pretty fast! Has good serve & forehand! Prefers to hit his forehand then backhand! Plays from the baseline!

I saw his match against Ljubicic in Moscow, and match against Ferrero! ;)

BaselineSmash
05-29-2004, 10:06 PM
I think Andreev has a good chance against Gaudio, although I'd prefer to see the Argentinian win. If Andreev can let loose with his power game from the start, it won't be hard for him to demoralise his opponent and make a swift route to the quarters.

Sjengster
05-29-2004, 10:18 PM
I'm surprised he hasn't done well on clay before, I'd have thought that would be the only surface where he could get away with that amazingly extreme forehand grip of his, it's so Western it's almost in the Pacific (hmm, work on your puns Sjengster). As noted on Eurosport he's a very physical player who muscles the ball off both sides, good serve and a low, rasping grunt. I'm just hoping he'll be kind enough to lose in the next round and allow Gaudio through to his first ever Slam QF.

Lady
05-29-2004, 10:25 PM
Yes, his forehand looks really weird to me ;)

Action Jackson
05-30-2004, 06:18 AM
Considering he spent 4 years in Spain, Andreev would have to be to good on clay, and he got most of his points last year on the challenger circuit and made a mark in the Russian tournaments last year and clay is his best surface.

If Andreev tries to run around a hit off forehands then that will be to Gaudio's strength and while I like Igor, a 4th round appearance is good enough this time around.

Chloe le Bopper
05-30-2004, 07:57 AM
Thanks for the comments, everybody. They were helpful for somebody who likely won't be seeing any of this guy until she goes to the USO :p

Spikey_Todd Reid_#1Fan
05-30-2004, 08:02 AM
He has a similar face to Svet...

Angel21
05-30-2004, 08:56 AM
Well I really hope he plays well tomorrow against Gaudio...who knows maybe he'll win...OK i know Ferrero wasn't feeling well and everything but who would have ever immagined Igor would beat him.

Here is what JC Ferrero said about him after the match:

Q. Can you tell us any commentary to the match? >

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think he played a very good match, you know. He has a lot of talent, a very good forehand. He moves very quickly.


Q. How good did you know Andreev? He lives in Spain. Did you know him good?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I didn't know him so good. This is one of the first times I see him. I didn't know how he play, you know. You know, was the first meeting.

Q. First of all, I'd like to congratulate you for the efforts you've done. What can you tell us about your opponent?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Well, I don't know how old he is, but I think he's a player who is improving. He's very motivated. He had a good opportunity today. He was on center court. He really wanted to win this match. He's very fast. He has a good forehand. He has a good serve. He moves around quickly.

I think if I were fit, I would be able to beat this player, and I should win the match. But he's young. I think he's improving. I think he has the possibilities to get to the top.

CooCooCachoo
05-30-2004, 09:15 AM
Didn't he do relatively well in Moscow too, last year?

PerezRoldan
05-30-2004, 09:47 AM
Didn't he do relatively well in Moscow too, last year?

He made the QFs in Moscow, he beat Sjeng and Ljubicic, but lost to Mathieu.
Then in St. Petersburg he beat Mirnyi.

This is first full year on tour and as GWH said clay is his best surface, and he has good potential to break through with some good results in the future.

Lady
05-30-2004, 03:24 PM
Ok, I'm not so sure that clay is his best surface, Eggy said he lost many 1st round matches on clay this year.

I read his interview in Russian after beating JC.

He didn't say that clay is his surface, he said that he can play on clay too, not just fast surfaces. ;)

CooCooCachoo
05-30-2004, 03:31 PM
Will be interesting on grass then :p

fat_bastard
05-30-2004, 03:55 PM
I was impressed. He played very well against JCF. The only weakness I saw was how he started to choke in the third set.

Angel21
05-30-2004, 04:26 PM
Ok, I'm not so sure that clay is his best surface, Eggy said he lost many 1st round matches on clay this year.

I read his interview in Russian after beating JC.

He didn't say that clay is his surface, he said that he can play on clay too, not just fast surfaces. ;)

Could you please tell us what he says in his interview? I haven't found any interview of him so far... And i don't understand russian unfortunately... :sad:
It would be great if you could translate for us! Thanx

Experimentee
05-30-2004, 05:16 PM
I've only seen some highlights but he looked good on them, he seems to hit hard and have pretty good groundstrokes :)

Lady
05-30-2004, 09:23 PM
Ok, I'll try to translate it! Thankfully it's pretty short interview! ;)

Igor: In the begginning I even didn't think that I can beat such a strong opponent, and this helped me to control the game in the first 2 sets. But when in the 3rd set all those thoughts about victory started crossinf my mind, I got frozen and almost let JC back in the match, lost my serve a couple times, but luckily all ended happily for me.

- For everyone in Paris your win came as a surprise, and for you?

Igor: Pleasant surprise. I mean I have a small feeling of a surprise, but on the other hand this win came as a result of a hard work with my coach. Sooner or later I had to "spark" somewhere, and it's twice as good that I did it in a Grand Slam by beating the defending champion.

- Is this win some important turn in your career?

Igor: Of course. It showed that I can play with very strong players, and that we've been working in the right direction. And it allows me to play against my next opponent without hesitetion.

- You said your strenghs are: your serve & forehand. Looks like the same as Dmitry's Tursunov, but he said that it doesn't help on clay. You, it seems, have an another opinion.

Igor: I guess the difference is that we play a little bit different tennis. Mitya (Tursunov) prefer to play aggressive, he's attacking, I, on the other hand, am playng more from the baseline, especially on clay. But now, for modern players, there's no big difference, on what surface to play. We have such a technique, that we can play anywhere. The main thing is good practice, and not to think that is's not a good surface for you.

- You still have a chance to qualify for the Olympics. Do you want to play there?

I: It'd be a big honour for me. Right now I don't qualify for the team, but if I'll perform well here, the situation may change. It just adds to my motivation to go futher in the RG draw.

FryslanBoppe
05-31-2004, 05:25 AM
Thanks for the translation Lady.

drf716
05-31-2004, 10:42 AM
go IGOR beat GAUDIO!!!!!

Angel21
05-31-2004, 10:51 AM
Thanx a lot for translating!!!

It would be great if he went to the Olympics...
Which russian players have qualified? I mean who will be choosed before him if he doesn't go? of course Safin...but then? Davydenko? Youhzny? who else is in front?

Lalitha
05-31-2004, 10:52 AM
All I can see is that he has got a big big forehand.

WorldWar24
05-31-2004, 02:20 PM
Andreev lost to Gaudio in straight sets :sobbing:

Angel21
05-31-2004, 03:04 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Igor lost!!! :sad:
The truth is that he made quite a few mistakes even if he didn't play so bad but Gaudio made less mistakes and won... :sad:

Lady
05-31-2004, 07:25 PM
Yes, I saw a couple of games.
Yes, he was the aggressive one, and he made a lot of u.e. :sad:

But the good thing was that he actually came to the net today after a good attack and played brilliantly there. :)
He didn't do it against JC at all, and I felt it was really missing part in his game :)

Angel21
05-31-2004, 07:39 PM
Yes, I saw a couple of games.
Yes, he was the aggressive one, and he made a lot of u.e. :sad:

But the good thing was that he actually came to the net today after a good attack and played brilliantly there. :)
He didn't do it against JC at all, and I felt it was really missing part in his game :)

Yes you're right i forgot to mention that... he played a more complete game i'd say even if i didn't see the whole match. But the u.e made the difference in my
opinion.

Tatyana
06-15-2004, 12:21 AM
I read his interview in Russian after beating JC.


Hello, Lady!

Please, could you give me a link to this interview or post it in Russian?

Thx in advance! :worship:

Havok
06-15-2004, 02:34 AM
I saw him CRUSH Schalken at I think Moscow on the internet. He was very impressive. HAven't seen him since though:(

ys
06-15-2004, 02:46 AM
Very good first serve. Oustanding forehand. Very mediocre, almost club level backhand, and, because of that he is always running around it. Those few points that I've seen him play at net were next to ridiclous. Quite typical Spanish-type player and no wonder cause he is lving and training in Spain for god knows how long.

I expect him to do well on clay ( serve+forehand is the right combo for that, and he will run around his backhand ). His serve can work on grass either. On hardcourts I expect his glaring backhand weakness to be exploited. HC should be his worst surface at this point.. I though have never seen him play on HCs.