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How Roddick's mindset towards matches has changed over the last few years

Bubble99
01-02-2011, 01:08 AM
During Roddick's good old aggressive days he said: 'My aggression out there is my weapon. I think it's more letting them know that I'm not going to let them get away with something, and I'm not just going to kind of poke it back and be content to stay in rallies'

what a shame, now he is just unbelievably passive most of the time.

Allez
01-02-2011, 09:58 AM
Well when you think about it all that aggressive attitude achieved is a single grand slam so it isn't all that surprising that he has evolved into the semi 'pusher' he is today. To be fair I think before the illness last year he was little by little trying to be more aggressive again. The partnership with Jimmy Connors was a step in the wrong direction imo. Plus men's tennis is so physically demanding these days...even moreso than it was in 2003 when he won his single slam...I am hopeful that he can somehow pull it all together at just the right time and win a big one one more time:)

Action Jackson
01-02-2011, 10:04 AM
Roddick forum closed?

LawrenceOfTennis
06-05-2011, 07:24 AM
During Roddick's good old aggressive days he said: 'My aggression out there is my weapon. I think it's more letting them know that I'm not going to let them get away with something, and I'm not just going to kind of poke it back and be content to stay in rallies'

what a shame, now he is just unbelievably passive most of the time.

He is not passive but tired. It's good grass courts coming next, it's his real territory. I expect some glory at Queens.

Bubble99
06-05-2011, 08:06 AM
He is not passive but tired. It's good grass courts coming next, it's his real territory. I expect some glory at Queens.

Yh i feel that although he has been pretty poor this season grass will bring the best out of him hopefully

yesh222
06-05-2011, 12:47 PM
He war pretty passive against Lu last year too.

jer468
06-05-2011, 12:48 PM
I like Roddick and it might just be my imagination but I find that he's easily distracted now. Something happens in a match that distracts him and he can't shake it and he's not a good enough player now to let his mind wander and still win. And now that his ranking has dropped out of top 8 he's going to need some help from the draw to make it very deep in Wimby. Right now I could see him easily getting picked off by one of the younger guns in R3 (Raonic, Dolgy etc.) let alone who he might come up against in R4 (Fed, Nole, Rafa).

Certinfy
06-05-2011, 12:50 PM
He war pretty passive against Lu last year too.
That's true, was quite painful to see him missing returns when he was simply trying to get the ball back into play.

The thing is though, the aggressive tennis is still there which makes his pushing style even more moronic at the moment.

sexybeast
06-05-2011, 12:56 PM
I think it is due to Brad Gilbert's winning ugly mindset and changing Roddick into a player who should focus on tactics and taking advantage of his opponent's weaknesses instead of his own strengths and "in your face" attitude on the court. I think this was a mistake, but I cant tell how well Roddick would have done if he continued with his old game, he still wouldnt beat Federer in all those finals and semifinals.

MaxPower
06-05-2011, 01:04 PM
well he's been going in the wrong direction. Passiveness gives up the initiative to the opponent. Instead of you controlling the rallies your opponent does. As you get older it is harder to cover the court and work far behind the baseline. So pushing never works for people pushing 30 (pun intended).

If anything he should work on being more aggressive with all or nothing approach shots, occasional serve+volley etc. But I have seen Roddick so fully dismantled by most of the current top5 that I have no reason to believe he will ever win a major title again

Dmitry Verdasco
06-05-2011, 01:06 PM
Andy's more worried about the umpires doing a good job than he himself doing a good job. He's a giver, and an all round good samaritan.

sexybeast
06-05-2011, 01:07 PM
well he's been going in the wrong direction. Passiveness gives up the initiative to the opponent. Instead of you controlling the rallies your opponent does. As you get older it is harder to cover the court and work far behind the baseline. So pushing never works for people pushing 30 (pun intended).

If anything he should work on being more aggressive with all or nothing approach shots, occasional serve+volley etc. But I have seen Roddick so fully dismantled by most of the current top5 that I have no reason to believe he will ever win a major title again

Roddick's service motion doesnt suit serve and volley at all and neither does his placing of serves, if the opponent gets back his serve it comes back with a very fast speed aswell.

What Roddick needs to do is get back that monster forehand, his backhand has improved alot but his forehand has become a big joke in the process.

MaxPower
06-05-2011, 01:25 PM
Roddick's service motion doesnt suit serve and volley at all and neither does his placing of serves, if the opponent gets back his serve it comes back with a very fast speed aswell.

What Roddick needs to do is get back that monster forehand, his backhand has improved alot but his forehand has become a big joke in the process.

Of course he would hit a different serve then. That is part of the secret when guys like him use it. It has to be a surprise when you only intend to use it to throw off the opponent. Take pace off the serve, make it kick up and send it wide out and rush in or so. Needs to improve his arsenal.

Can take the latest full Roddick match I saw when he played Soderling in the final in Brisbane. He was dismantled. He did not have a BP all match. Hit less aces. Hit less first serves. Was not even in the same league from the baseline. He had nothing to offer there but maybe he would have had if he didn't just grind and grind. Now he was just sad and he is only 28 or so. I'm always surprised when I see his age. After all he still got some time to change!

straitup
06-05-2011, 01:28 PM
Players have figured Andy out...not necessarily the power game with which he used to play, he changed that himself. But I mean the serve just is far less intimidating to me now than it used to be, especially when he has to hit a lot of second serves. And they know Andy's just going to get the ball back in play so they're content with rallying with him and feel comfortable

yesh222
06-05-2011, 01:31 PM
He will be a top 8 seed at Wimbledon and hopefully will have enough motivation in the QF to do anything, so long as he can get there. He did look strong in Memphis and Indian Wells/Miami last year, so we know the game is still there.

Bubble99
06-05-2011, 02:30 PM
Although his backhand technique is pretty ugly, his backhand is actually pretty good now when he uses it. This year especially he has shown that he can use his backhand to attack and hit winners rather than using it as only a rally shot. I like how he often tries to hit the backhand down the line, however, he needs to do it more.

I generally feel that he acknowledges how shit his passive game is now that he will slowly change back to aggressive mode, we have seem him more aggressive in matches this year already. HE NEEDS TO DUMB THE SLICE APPROACH, it makes me want to cry when i see him get passed.