Well, these last two weeks were hella fun, but now it's a whole new game. The United States Open Tennis Tournament! Andy knows that it's going to be very hard indeed for him to win. Here's a snippet from the Cincinnatti Post:
Roddick will turn 21 during the first week of the U.S. Open, and he can only hope to give himself a similar present to the one he gave his father Jerry on his birthday Sunday. A U.S. Open title would be the perfect culmination to a season during which Roddick truly came into his own, but he knows the success he has had the last two months doesn't guarantee him anything in New York.
"Everything that happened this summer is out the door when you start a Grand Slam," Roddick said. "I'm happy for the summer I've had so far, but now I need to regroup, calm down and get ready for a whole new tournament."
Gonzo Hates Me!
08-18-2003, 06:45 PM
Omigod. I am so nervous!!!! I pray so much Andy does well here. I don't need to see him win here. He's still only 20. Just because the media rushes him, and his nay-sayers put this gigantic burden on him doesn't mean I must. And I won't! But boy, it would be damn nice to see him hold that trophy!!!
08-18-2003, 07:00 PM
It would be nice. But, I don't think that just because he doesn't win, he will never win a GS. I mean how old was Stefan Edberg before he won a GS? He did pretty well for himself.
08-18-2003, 07:17 PM
If Andy can hold his seed, that would be excellent. So semifinals sounds good to me. As long as his semifinal loss isn't something fluky to some no-name, like...Jurgen Melzer. Or Rusedski ;)
If he loses to Federer or Agassi....that's fine. It happens. Of course, if he wins the whole thing...man. A lot of good things would come of it. Especially the fact that he'd have an excellent shot at ending the year #1.
But we'll see how it goes. Anything can happen. :)
08-18-2003, 09:05 PM
well for me i'm not gonna look into this too much. mean yes he's a HUGE favorite, and we can't deny it, but everyone will be on his case if he doesn't win it, we won't though obviously. i mean it's only his 3rd full year on tour and he can already win some slams, and he's only gonna be fresh off his 21st birthday. that's pretty awesome. for me at least the quarters and i will be happy, BUT i really don't see Andy losing any time before the semifinals, just wish him luck and thats all we can do
08-18-2003, 09:41 PM
Hopefully he will still be on his hot form and be as strong mentally. An Open win for him would be so awesome. Best of luck to him.
08-19-2003, 12:26 PM
All I want is no bad line calls like what happened
in the quarterfinals of both 2003 Aus Open and 2001 U. S. Open. It might look like no big deal, but
that's what stopped him from winning the titles, IMO.
08-19-2003, 01:06 PM
What I hope for Andy is that when (not "if" because it is going to happen) he gets bad line calls, he doesn't completely loose his cool and his focus because in my opinion, that is what has hurt him in the past.
08-19-2003, 06:56 PM
Ok.... I've got to say, I really like all these names of the threads. Andy in New York. Andy in Rolling Stones Andy in Belgium.... what ever.
I'm making the proposal that ALL the threads should begin "Andy in ____" It could be Andy in need of a new coach. Andy in trouble with having a wanker as a coach???? Lol... It just struck me as I was scrolling down how many of the titles began that way. :)
08-20-2003, 08:28 PM
well Andy opens up his US Open campaign against Tim Henman :rolleyes: we shouldn't worry too much, because they actually seedes Marat Safin , aqnd i highly doubt he will even be playing, so if he gets taken out, tim Henman is the next one to be seeded, se he can be taken out of his current place in a heart beat. but either way, i dont think Tim is gonna beat Andy this time around. he had trouble beating Andy in a best out of 3 sets, and this is a best out of 5 event, and i don't like his chances, and plus Andy is in hot form lately. the rest of the seeds given to him are quite a joke, ala Vince Spadea in the 3rd round, and Gustavo Kuerten(well not really but still)/Augustin Calleri in the 4th round. might be a little tough in his second round match, possible Ivan Ljubicic. projected quarterfinals oppponent is Rainer Schuettler. and then dum dum dum, Roger Federer in the semis. i'm sorry but i dont see Roger making it this far, i just got this feeling. but we know that draw speculation can be thrown out the window, its the ATP here, were seeds crash all the time, and parts of draws which look very dangerous completely open up, and plus its the US Open, Andy won't be giving anything to his opponents. go Andy go:bounce:
08-20-2003, 08:56 PM
Even if Andy does end up playing Tim, I think Andy will win this time. He learned from his loss (hopefully)..and this is the bigger stage. Brad Gilbert would have (or will have) give him the strategy and tactics needed to take Tim down this time around.
Either way, Good luck Andy.
Gonzo Hates Me!
08-20-2003, 09:37 PM
Should Andy get it this year, I want him to win it like this:
Rainer in the quarters
Federer (or Nalbandian :)) in the semis
and Agassi in the final
I want him to beat any and everyone who's given him a hard time--including Tim Henman!!! Defeat everyone that people smile about when they see in his section. BRING IT!!! Marat, don't you dare withdraw!
Andy has no fear.
08-20-2003, 10:03 PM
Chela will be next seeded, if the ATP fixes their ranking mistake. Henman will play Andy.
Nightmare? Possibly. Henman is the only person to beat Andy since Wimbledon. Worst draw ever.
08-20-2003, 10:09 PM
I wouldn't be too confident just yet. Andy's
summer was huge, but here we go again with the
expectations. He's still not playing his best yet,
and he needs a lot of improvements. I really
don't want him to have a more difficult time than other players
because why would I want others to have the
advantage? In other events, yes. In NY, no.
Gonzo Hates Me!
08-20-2003, 10:13 PM
Sorry. I just don't prefer to cream my pants if I see a certain someone in my favorite player's draw. I choose not to be nervous over this. I have faith in Andy.
08-20-2003, 10:51 PM
Revenge will be sweet. :D
08-21-2003, 03:00 AM
Andy draw is relatively easy all the way to the 1/2F, but the fact that he's playing Henman first round... Not good news but Andy should beat him so... Overall it's not that bad.
My only concern is that he might play 3 matches in 4 days at the end of the tournement.
08-21-2003, 04:02 AM
Now, Andy has to get rested so he can play
like a monster again (intimidate his opponents).
Hopefully, the other guys in the top 10 will lose
early, so he'll have less pressure.
08-23-2003, 04:54 AM
:mad: :mad: :mad: I'm sorry for being so mad! Costa, seeded 25th and getting treatment for a back injury, is fit enough to play :fiery: :rolleyes: :sad:
08-23-2003, 09:57 AM
ok...I don't mind if Andy plays Tim (I know that I've said it before).
Henman Presents Roddick With Early Challenge
By BLOOMBERG NEWS
ndy Roddick, an avid skydiver, knows about taking risks, so he is not fearful about playing the four-time Wimbledon semifinalist Tim Henman in the first round of the United States Open.
The fourth-seeded Roddick, the tournament favorite, was scheduled to face Henman, the world's 34th-ranked player, in the year's final Grand Slam tennis tournament, which begins tomorrow.
Because none of the 32 seeded players can meet in the first round, the highest-ranked player Roddick could face was No. 33 Juan Ignacio Chela. But Henman poses a bigger challenge than Chela after defeating Roddick three weeks ago in Washington, his only hardcourt defeat this summer.
"I definitely want to take this title," Roddick said Friday during a conference call. "I know that's big talk, but I feel I've played pretty well this summer."
Roddick has won 20 of 21 matches and 3 titles during the hardcourt season. Over all, he has compiled a 30-2 match record and won four tournaments since hiring Brad Gilbert as his coach after a first-round loss at the French Open.
During Gilbert's eight-year tenure as Andre Agassi's coach, Agassi won six of his eight Grand Slam titles. Now Gilbert is trying to get Roddick, touted for several years as the next great American player, to fulfill his potential.
"Brad has been great," said Roddick, who turns 21 next Saturday. "We're both pretty outgoing off the court, and we don't beat around the bush too much. I kind of take his word for what it's worth and he takes mine for what it's worth, and I think that's why it's worked so well."
Gilbert, a former top-10 player who wrote a book called "Winning Ugly" about his strategic approach to the game, has taught Roddick how to use his brains on the court as well as a serve that has been timed at a record-tying 149 miles an hour.
"I'm playing with a lot of confidence," said Roddick, who lost a lopsided match to Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals of last year's United States Open. "I'm staying a lot calmer on the court and I'm better between the ears."
Though he wouldn't mind playing Henman, Roddick may not have to. When 26th-seeded Marat Safin withdrew Friday because of a wrist injury, Chela moved up one spot and became the last seeded player.
If No. 25 Albert Costa pulls out because of a back injury, Henman would also become a seeded player and therefore avoid Roddick in the first round. Although there has been speculation that Costa may withdraw, he is still entered in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Roddick is focusing on winning his first Grand Slam event.
"He's the favorite," the four-time champion John McEnroe said during a conference call Friday. "He's playing the best tennis right now. If he wins the Open and does well the rest of the year, he's got a shot to be No. 1."
McEnroe agreed that Gilbert has had a major impact on Roddick, who reached the semifinals this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
"Talented players need to figure out a way to win when they're not playing their best, and Brad was very good at that," said McEnroe, who will be a television commentator at the Open for CBS and USA Network.
Roddick, who grew up in Nebraska, Texas and Florida, also has learned to live in the limelight. He has appeared on the television show "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York on Wednesday, and was named one of the world's 20 sexiest athletes by US Weekly magazine.
08-24-2003, 04:05 PM
A Court of Comedy
Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Anna Kournikova made a pretty good comedy team yesterday.
Agassi and Roddick played each other in a 10-point tie breaker at Arthur Ashe Stadium with Kournikova in the umpire's chair.
All had microphones, and Kournikova told the players to grunt harder. Then Kournikova's cellphone rang.
"Oh, it's John McEnroe," she told them. "He said you're both playing like girls." To which Roddick responded: "Wait a minute. How does John McEnroe have your cellphone number?"
In a later exchange, Agassi egged on Roddick by saying, "Let's see what you got, big boy." Roddick pointed to his head and cracked to the bald Agassi, "Hair!"
Agassi won by 10-8, telling Roddick on match point that he would kick-serve to Roddick's backhand and finish him off with a crosscourt winner.
Agassi got the first part right and nearly the second, but Roddick got his racket on the ball without returning it.
08-24-2003, 04:23 PM
RODDICK'S CHIC PICK TO TAKE IT
By MARC BERMAN
August 24, 2003 -- Andy Roddick has never lacked flamboyance, only titles. Roddick has always been able to play to the crowd and titillate it with 135-mph serves.
But now the 20-year-old Boca Raton basher, amidst the hottest stretch of his young career, is looking like a more complete, composed player, reeling off three ATP Tour titles this summer, posting a 21-1 record, prompting favorite status entering tomorrow's U.S. Open.
"I think I'm staying a lot calmer on the court," Roddick said. "I think I'm better between the ears."
Many in tennis credit Roddick's streak to hiring as his coach, Brad Gilbert, who formerly guided Andre Agassi. Gilbert wrote the book - literally - on "Winning Ugly," and he came to the rescue after Roddick's first-round French Open humiliation.
"The 12 months before Wimbledon, he seemed as interested in performing to the crowd, which was good for the sport, but his game didn't advance," John McEnroe said. "He needed to get his focus back on the incredible weapons he has and parts of his game that wasn't as strong - his backhand and movement to the net."
Roddick is 32-2 under Gilbert, including a run to the Wimbledon semifinals where he lost to eventual champ Roger Federer. Now he's the chic pick to win the Open.
"I feel like I've deserved the hype this year more so than the other years," Roddick said. "The other years maybe people, especially in America, were kind of hoping that I would come through and maybe hoping a little bit too much. But this year, I feel like I deserve my place as one of the top players."
Gilbert has simplified the game in a way his old French coach Tarik Benhabiles couldn't.
"Andy is quintessential All-American, Cornhusker guy still growing into his body and here comes Gilbert who is such an American and makes sense to Andy on so many levels that Tarik couldn't," Mary Carillo said. "Brad could compare his game to a baseball pitcher."
08-26-2003, 02:40 AM
Good Luck tomorrow, Andy!!
He has the night match!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
08-26-2003, 03:45 AM
come on Andy kick tim's ass. prove to everyone that you're not afraid of a 1st round matchup with Henman
08-27-2003, 03:40 AM
Andy d. Tim 6-3 7-6(2) 6-3! :D
08-27-2003, 03:48 AM
08-27-2003, 07:41 AM
Nice REVENGE Andy!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Next up, Ljubicic.
Andy leads Series 3-1, winning the last three.
08-27-2003, 02:20 PM
Where is Mrs. Guga?????
Andy needs her?
Maybe she if off consoling Guga?
08-27-2003, 09:31 PM
YEAH ANDY, and come on Mrs.Guga get ur but in here and cheer
08-29-2003, 04:40 AM
Andy has the night match again today.
GO ANDY!! :bounce:
08-29-2003, 06:49 PM
come on Andy win it in straight sets. you can do it, you've done it the past 3 times. vamos Andy vamos:bounce:
08-30-2003, 04:19 AM
Shut the haters up in the audience!
Make the fans yell
louder! Win win win! Happy 21st birthday on August 31!
08-30-2003, 05:27 AM
Happy birthday Andy! :) And he got to celebrate his 21st birthday with a thrilling 4 set win over a very tough Ivan Lubicic. :D
08-30-2003, 05:50 AM
oops, that was supposed to be Aug. 30
08-30-2003, 06:22 AM
GREAT WIN, ANDY!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
08-30-2003, 07:49 AM
Nice win! Happy Birthday!
08-30-2003, 12:05 PM
Happy Birthday, Andy!!!! Nice gift for himself.
Ljubicic should say 'happy birthday' at least instead of those comment.
Oh, he did say happy birthday, but that was after his press release. How funny. :confused: You should read his post-match interview, he sounded like he was speaking for all the people. Surely, not all players on the tour hate Andy, even those who are not Americans.
The thing I like Andy most is that he never says bad things about his opponents, whether he won or lost, in his words, what happened on court stay on court. He always shows respect to them. He said he was upset that Ljubicic was bothered, and Ljubicic should talk to him about it, instead of complaining to the journalists. Watch the video interview, you can tell he is really upset about it.
Well, what can I say. I don't want to comment on the General Board either. :(
08-30-2003, 05:06 PM
Ljubicic is the type who wants many people to
agree with his lies to feel self worth.
He thinks it's brave for him to use Andy as a punching bag.
Doesn't it sound like the some people
posting on menstennisforums?
They like to get reactions out of you by using
your jokes and sarcasm and twisting them into lies.
comfortable at General Messages, but they're
too scared to insult in Andy's forum. It's going to
be so satisfying to see reactions of Ivan and haters when Andy
wins his slams and dozens of titles!
08-30-2003, 07:42 PM
way to fight Andy, you showed some great heart and determination :rocker2:
08-31-2003, 01:32 AM
Here is the full transcript of Andy's interview from fast scrips and not the USO. As usual he made a few quips and got a few laughs. :)
His maturity in these press conferences has always impressed me, and this one was pretty amazing considering he had only been 21 for about an hour when it happened.
MODERATOR: First question, please.
Q. Happy Birthday.
ANDY RODDICK: Thank you.
Q. Relieved it didn't go to a fifth, yeah?
ANDY RODDICK: (Shaking his head yes.) No, actually I wanted to play five. I definitely wanted to try to lose that fourth set and test the waters in the fifth (smiling).
Q. Did you think the 7-6 breakpoint in the fourth set was out that you hit?
ANDY RODDICK: Sorry, what?
Q. Did you think the 7-6 tiebreaker point in the fourth set you hit was out?
ANDY RODDICK: No, no. I didn't see a clear space. I didn't see a space.
Q. Was the match tough more because of the way you played or the way he played?
ANDY RODDICK: It was a mixture. I was in control of things early, then I played a bad game in the second set on my serve. From there on, he definitely lifted his level. I think if I would have held out the second set, I mean, then it's 3 and 3, you're looking pretty going into the third. But I played a bad game. I let him back into it. Then in the tiebreaker he played really good tennis and he started playing a lot better.
Q. Quite lively out there in terms of the atmosphere.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I don't know if I've ever played in front of a louder crowd. I mean, they were definitely into it. They helped out a bunch tonight.
Q. Does it distract you sometimes when it's so loud?
ANDY RODDICK: No, not really. I was -- you know, I was kind of feeding off of it, so...
Q. You looked up a lot at the Jumbotron at changes of ends. Is there a risk that that can be distracting, that you're out of the zone?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I was trying to get the trivia questions right.
Q. How did you do?
ANDY RODDICK: Eh, about 500.
Q. The second tiebreak you hit a couple huge forehands. It was almost like the exact same forehands you had had against Federer for that first set at Wimbledon. Can you just talk about, you know, being able to hit those on points that were that important?
ANDY RODDICK: I also missed a couple (laughing).
Q. But you got those...
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I have to hit my shot. I said that even when I missed against Federer. Clipped the tape. If that shot's an inch higher over the net, then the first set's mine. But my forehand is a shot that I got to go for. You know, if I -- it's just in my nature to go for that shot.
Q. Was your forearm bothering you in the third set?
ANDY RODDICK: Little bit. It just was getting a little bit tight. But I don't think it's any big deal.
Q. You don't seem particularly thrilled with the win or your birthday or whatever. What are you feeling right now? Are you just tired?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm tired (smiling).
Q. A lot of people say tennis is down, but you could be the big future. Is this okay?
ANDY RODDICK: Is what okay?
Q. That you could be the big future for tennis.
ANDY RODDICK: It's fine for me.
Q. What do you think about this?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I mean, I'm gonna have to win a lot more matches if I'm the future of tennis. I don't think you can place that on one person. I think there are a lot of good young players and I'm just maybe a part of that group.
Q. You've probably seen Saretta play a few times. He's kind of a wild hair sometimes, comes up with some unpredictable shots. How do you deal with somebody like that?
ANDY RODDICK: It's tough. It's gonna be a lot different than the first two matches I've played. He'll stay at the baseline, you know. He's not gonna -- I'm gonna get a look every return game. He's not gonna just put forcers by me where I don't really get my feet in the game. But, you know, he's flashy. He's pretty talented. You know, it's gonna be tough.
Q. Ljubicic complained just now and said that your demonstrative behavior on the court affects the linesmen. He said other players felt that way, too. He didn't think it was positive for the game. Can you address that. When you say "yes" or something before a linesman calls it, it might affect the call.
ANDY RODDICK: I think that's pretty much sour grapes. You know, I don't know how -- I don't know if I yelled "yes" before the linesman even called that ball or anything. I mean, I think the linesmen do their job. You know, I don't know if anybody saw the replay, but I'm pretty confident that that ball wasn't out. Maybe he was hoping it was out. You know, that really doesn't deserve a response. I don't think that's very respectful. I definitely don't have anything bad to say about him. So it's disappointing.
Q. You played deep on the serves today. Did you want to make him hit a lot of balls?
ANDY RODDICK: He was aceing me a bunch even when I was standing back, so, you know...
I thought that was the best way I could get the ball back in the court.
Q. Happy birthday.
ANDY RODDICK: Thank you.
Q. About the replay, an Italian commentator told me the ball was in?
ANDY RODDICK: The ball was in?
Q. The ball was in.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, so maybe I wasn't so bad. I can tell -- there was no space. You know, but maybe he was trying to be demonstrative and get a call out of the person by doing one of these things.
Q. He also said that he cannot be sure but his feeling was that the ball was out. He was asked about that.
ANDY RODDICK: That's fair enough. That has nothing to do with me. I don't know why he has to drag me into the call.
Q. You expected a tough match?
ANDY RODDICK: It was a very tough match. Ivan's a very good player. I have tons of respect for him as a player. He has a huge serve. I thought he played very well from the baseline today. I've lost to him before. I was definitely skeptical coming in.
Q. He was being vehement. He told me, "Other guys in the locker room told me to kick his ass." Do you know where that's coming from?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I don't really care either. I try to treat everybody with a lot of respect. You know, I'm not mean to people. You know, I'm very courteous to people. You know, that's their prerogative. You know, I'm not worried. I'd be worried if I was doing things that I thought were causing that. But, you know, I try to treat everybody with respect. I'm not too worried about it.
Q. You never heard that before at any time?
ANDY RODDICK: Sorry?
Q. You never heard that before?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, if they're talking, they're not talking to me about it, which would be the mature thing to do. I think it's easy to come and talk to 30-some-odd journalists about it or anything. He wished me a "happy birthday" walking down the hall just now after his press conference. I was thinking, "That's pretty classy." (Laughter).
Q. Is there any risk that playing three-hours-plus might sort of work against you next week?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I got a day off. You know, I can recover.
Q. How happy are you with your serve? How disappointed are you to be broken in your first two matches?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, considering I played, you know, seven sets three times is, you know, it's not too bad. I played a couple sloppy games but, you know, things are going good on the serve if it's a surprise that I've been broken three times in seven sets.
Q. Is it possible a player can get carried away on court and it inadvertently winds an opponent up?
ANDY RODDICK: It's a possibility. I watched the Davis Cup from home when the Croatian fans were behind Ivan. I saw a lot of excitement, too. If someone's getting excitement -- I'll never do it to my opponent. You won't see me doing anything. If anything, it's to my box or to the fans. I don't think I've ever tried to disrespect anybody on court. You know, I'd like to think if he had 20,000-some-odd Croats behind him, too, he'd probably get a little juiced. You know, I feel bad if that got on his nerves or something. But, you know, I wish he would have come to me and said, you know, "This got on my nerves." I probably would have taken it a lot better and respected his opinion a lot more.
Q. Do you think it's a part of creating a good atmosphere for tennis as well, showing your emotions and pumping the crowd up?
ANDY RODDICK: Not really. I haven't done it. Tonight I definitely needed it. They were there for me. It's not like I'm going out, I'm up 6-2, 6-1, 5-0 and I'm going nuts and doing it. I mean, that was an intense match. I wasn't doing it -- a couple times I tried to get into it. But, you know, I feel bad that he was bothered by it. But, you know, it's just the way it goes sometimes. You can't please everybody.
Q. Is it the price of getting to the top, and having good results as well, maybe that people are going to have more of a go at you?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. It's not my area to answer. I don't know. I'm not good at speaking for other people.
Q. Have you yourself ever been agitated by a player's behavior on court?
ANDY RODDICK: I think everybody has. I think it's part of sports. You know, if you're a competitive athlete, you compete on a daily basis, even if it's just or unjust, sometimes you're mad. But, you know, I always say what goes on on the court stays on the court. I try not to hold any grudges. You know, I don't know.
Q. Is it something you'll take up with him privately?
ANDY RODDICK: Possibly. It's a possibility. I mean, I think we're both adults and, you know, I might apologize for making him upset even though maybe I don't agree with the whole thing. We're gonna be on tour together for many, many years, so I don't want any hard feelings. But, yeah, it is a possibility.
Q. Athletes who are in an emotional state after a very tough match will sometimes say things, then the next morning they'll feel completely different about the same issue.
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, that does happen. I certainly hope that's the case with Ivan. I think he's a very nice person. You know, if it's a whole locker room full of people, maybe I have a lot of talking to do, I don't know (laughter). But I don't know, it is a possibility. But, you know, I don't hold any grudges.
Q. He said, in reference to this question, he said this has been going on for a while in the locker room. Not that it's something that happened tonight; that the discussion has been going on?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, considering the locker room is empty right now, I would assume so.
Q. Not just the fact that --
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not concerned with it. I treat people as good as I can, you know. You know, there's nothing really I can do about it. You know, that's about it.
Q. Did you realize going in to play professionally it would be tough to slog through to get to the top on many fronts - it's your game, the pressure, the other players, there's so many different ways, it's hard to be a top player?
ANDY RODDICK: That's part of professional sports, though, is the pressure. That's part of what makes sports fun to watch. There's always pressure there. If you don't feel pressure, then you probably don't care too much. It's just part of it.
Q. Did you realize kind of all that was involved?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't think you know -- I don't think you know if you've never been there before. You obviously know pressure exists. But you don't -- if you haven't dealt with it before, then it's something new.
Gonzo Hates Me!
08-31-2003, 01:52 AM
Naldo, my loooovvvvvvvvvaaahh!!
Hey guys!!! Andy won, woo hooooooooo!! Sorry, my computer died! :sad: I'm at home for the weekend--hopefully it will be fixed by this coming Sunday, you know, when Andy's in the finals and stuff, bah bah!
08-31-2003, 02:05 AM
Mrs. Guga, we missed you so much!
08-31-2003, 04:03 AM
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Did you keep your hotel phone off the hook?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I could, yeah. That is an option (laughter).
I was surprised. I was surprised by Andy's call last night. It was pretty late.
Q. Can you tell us exactly what he said?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, it was long, long talk, so I can't tell you exactly what he says. But he wanted to hear from me what was all about. He thought that I have some problems with him personally, so he asked me in the future to tell him first instead of going out to the press.
I responded that I have nothing personal against him. So we argued what I said here and other things, obviously.
Everything ended pretty normal as we are.
Q. Do you think you owed him an apology or not?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I really feel that I didn't say anything bad about him as a person. So he didn't ask apology, and I didn't feel like doing it. I'm telling you, we cleared the things. We talked last night, and I told him this morning, he came -- I ask if everything okay. He said it's fine. Was probably some misunderstanding.
I mean, I didn't say that he's ugly, I don't know, something I have to apologize.
Q. You came in here 15 minutes after a very emotional match.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Actually, straight after the match, I changed my shirt and I went straight to the transportation, I wanted to get off the site as soon as possible, also because I play doubles today. And I won, by the way. Thanks for asking (laughter).
Q. I mean, last night after the match, you were very emotional. It's a very difficult match. You come in here after the match. Is it possible that if you had waited an hour, cooled down, you wouldn't have said the things you did?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm not excluding that maybe I said the things I'm really not thinking. Because usually we take a shower before, talk with someone before going out here, you know, just to get the mind off of what really I felt in that moment.
But, as I said before, I went straight to transportation, and the guy just took me, said, "Listen, there is a press waiting for you." I was really, I mean, nervous and upset, of course, because of the match that I think I should have won, and the things, you know, that happened on the court. Obviously, I was upset.
But I repeat, I don't really think that I said something really bad about Andy, and he should be upset about it. I think he understand that.
Q. I think you said that nobody likes him.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Did I say that?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, I don't -- I don't know what to say about it. I'm telling you, I don't like his attitude on the court. I talk with some people about that. Obviously, it's not the most beautiful thing you can see in the tennis.
For sure, there are some people who doesn't like it, and some people like it.
Q. But "like him"? You said in the locker room that nobody likes him?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, if I said nobody, I made a mistake.
Q. You also said he was only No. 4 in the world because he played most of his tournaments in the United States, where the umpires were biased towards him.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, winning two titles, two Masters Series titles, where everybody plays, obviously showing that he's a top-class player. I mean, I can say a lot of things. I can say even that Goran should never win Wimbledon, but he won. Is tough to say about the things that would never happen.
We cannot -- I mean, that was my opinion last night. It could be different opinion. I could have different opinion today. But those are the things that we can discuss, I mean, for months now. We never going to find the answer because it's never going to happen.
Q. You were asleep when he called; he woke you up?
IVAN LJUBICIC: The first call, I was awake.
Q. How many calls?
IVAN LJUBICIC: The first one, we talked, and then the line went down because he was in a tunnel. Probably he was on cell phone or something. And then it took him 20 minutes to get out of the tunnel. I don't know what he was doing in the tunnel. And then he called me. Second call I was sleeping already. It was 1:30. I went out much faster than he.
Q. It certainly can be said, argued anyway, that Croatia won the Davis Cup against the United States because of the choice of an extremely fast surface. The crowd, at least on television, seemed extremely partisan and extremely loud. There were reports also that your girlfriend's brother was beating the drum and so forth, which is perfectly fine. But why cannot Andy --
IVAN LJUBICIC: Sure, he can. I don't want to just mix up Davis Cup with the US Open. It's kind of different, you know.
Q. What's the difference?
IVAN LJUBICIC: The difference is that you play for the nation, and it's Davis Cup, so we are the hosts. US Open, I mean, I hope it's international event. Of course, even if there are 50,000 people out there cheering for him, there is nothing to do about it. I didn't say nothing against the crowd.
I was trying to make a point that I didn't like the attitude of the players who are trying to cheer up the crowd, which I'm doing also when I play the Davis Cup at home, and that's the case. It doesn't mean that somebody has to like it or not.
Q. So Croat players don't encourage when there are tournaments in Croatia?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Unfortunately, we don't have tournaments in Croatia.
Q. In every Grand Slam, the French have an event...
IVAN LJUBICIC: No, but I -- it's -- I'm not saying they shouldn't do that. I'm just saying that I don't like it, you know. It's not like I should -- maybe I'm in the Player Council by the ATP, and I should go for the rule where it says, "You shouldn't ...."
There is actually the rule that you cannot cheer up the crowd. But, I mean, you know, if I can say that it's something I don't like, doesn't mean we should do something about it.
Q. You played a fantastic match, no two ways about that.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Thank you.
Q. But clearly the replay showed that the linesman was not affected by anything that Andy said.
IVAN LJUBICIC: What can I say? I mean, I'm not perfect. The linesmens are doing the mistakes, sometimes I do the mistake. At that particular moment, the ball looked wide to me. They made some mistakes earlier in the match, so...
Q. Don't you think you should apologize, perhaps?
IVAN LJUBICIC: To who?
Q. To Andy, for saying he called out and affected the linesman's call when the linesmen's call was correct?
IVAN LJUBICIC: No. Why should I apologize to Andy?
Q. Because you said it affected the linesman's call when the lineman's call was correct.
IVAN LJUBICIC: And?
Q. Therefore, your previous statement saying that Andy --
IVAN LJUBICIC: We should be all day here apologize one to each other? I mean...
Q. It would be nice.
IVAN LJUBICIC: No, I'm not going to apologize to anyone.
Q. So you're saying you and Andy are okay?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Of course, we are okay. It's not like I'm going to punch him as soon as I see him. We going to spend next 10 years together in the locker room every week. I mean, of course, we are okay.
Q. Did he offer you a slice of his chocolate cake?
IVAN LJUBICIC: That's not good for the sportsmen. Maybe oranges (smiling).
Q. Did you get a sense that during the course of the phone call last night with Andy, did he ever seem to be angry?
IVAN LJUBICIC: No. He was surprised. As I was surprised by his phone call, he was surprised by the things he thought that I was saying about him. He was not angry, for sure. I mean, he would act in other way. He was not angry, no.
Q. Did you all meet up in the locker room this morning?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Yeah, I saw him this morning in locker room.
Q. How did that conversation go?
IVAN LJUBICIC: No, it was fine, perfectly fine. We end up conversation that we going to see each other tomorrow at the courts. If there is anything else he wants to talk about, I mean, I'm fine with that.
Q. There are some people who say that players who do not show emotion on court make our sport deadly boring. Do you think players showing animation during matches makes it more interesting for the fans?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I think so, yes. But there is also very strict rules in our sport, so you cannot break the racquet, you cannot hit the ball out of the stadium, you get fined. You cannot talk to the people in the crowd, you get fined. It's really limited.
Some people just have it inside. Me personally, if I do things like that, I feel like I'm losing concentration, so I'm not doing it.
Q. If you say it's all right to do that during Davis Cup matches, are you advocating different rules for Davis Cup?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I think there are different rules for Davis Cup, yeah, that you cannot really cheer up the crowd. I'm not sure if the Grand Slams or ATP is the same. But obviously, even if the Davis Cup, if you do like this to the crowd (raising hands), if you do it 10 times, maybe you going to get one warning. They are obviously very flexible about that rule.
Q. How much poorer would this sport be without Goran Ivanisevic?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Very poor. I think he had a lot of these (conversation/confrontation?) in the past, but never end up with a fight or something.
Q. Did Andy break any rules last night?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I don't think so, no.
Q. Just to make it clear for me, what did you want to complain about?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I didn't want to complain. I just wanted to say that I didn't like his attitude on the court, not just last night, generally looking, because I don't have to like it, like you know. And the second thing is that obviously I was upset about some calls of the linesmens, which sometimes I'm wrong, sometimes the linesmens are wrong. And for sure I have nothing against Andy as a person. That's all.
Q. But you did say that the other players told you to go kick his butt.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, obviously. I'm sure that some players also came to him and said, "Kick his butt." That is what is happening in the locker room. Some players like more one than the other. That's pretty natural, I think.
Q. The impression you gave yesterday was that it was like a great majority of them were probably taking your side. If you had to put numbers...
IVAN LJUBICIC: I cannot say about it, really. It's going too deep here. I really don't know. I'm telling you for sure there are some players, but for sure there are also the others. So I cannot tell you how many are. We can do the quiz next week.
(This is a partial transcript)
08-31-2003, 07:43 AM
Wowwww!!!!!! Oranges!!!Hahaha! He looks orange himself, sorry, lemon. He should be the next Mr. Lemon.
Gonzo Hates Me!
08-31-2003, 06:34 PM
Sheesh, I don't think it's so necessary to interrogate Ivan in that interview!!!! Personally, I don't need to know EVERYTHING about this. I wish Ivan never went so far as to say controversial things because will he live this down for the whole tournament? Sheesh press, forgive and forget
08-31-2003, 07:02 PM
I think Ivan was the one who told the press that he got a telephone call from Andy. That's how the interview started.
08-31-2003, 10:40 PM
Andy's supposed to forgive
him? He said Andy
"thinks he's the best, the greatest, the most beautiful'' but he said he didn't want to attack Andy
personally and there's no
problem between them now and in the next 10 years.
He repeated that he won't apologize
for his words because he believed nothing was wrong.
It's 1 THING to not like Andy's personality, but to
pretend he knows what Andy thinks is ignorant.
Why speak to the whole world and act all surprised
that Andy and others dispute him afterwards?
If Andy did the same thing, Ivan would
be confronting him and Andy would get negative
He's acting all innocent like he had trouble
getting understood! We certainly understood...he spoke English ever since he was a child.
09-01-2003, 03:08 AM
Roddick stays hot
Victory for the birthday boy
Chris Bowers at Flushing Meadows
Sunday August 31, 2003
If handling expectations is key to winning your home grand-slam tournament, Andy Roddick has taken significant steps this past week towards becoming US Open champion next Sunday. The red-hot hope of the American game, who turned 21 yesterday, took another leap towards coming of age as a tennis player when he beat Ivan Ljubicic in the small hours of his birthday on a 10-8 fourth-set tiebreak.
While he was having to turn out again today for a third-round match against Brazil's Flavio Saretta, the four set points Roddick saved in that tiebreak with a greater willingness to take risks than his Croatian opponent saved him additional expenditure of energy that could prove crucial in the coming week.
Roddick is very much the man of the moment. Since his semi-final defeat at Wimbledon to Roger Federer, the fourth-ranked American has lost just once in 22 matches - against Tim Henman four weeks ago - and Roddick exacted more valuable revenge when he beat Henman in straight sets on Tuesday night to end British involvement in the US Open.
As Henman well knows, success brings expectation from home fans, and all Roddick's opponents this week will be hoping to cash in on the mounting pressure on the big server's shoulders. That pressure is coming as much from American television as from the crowds at Flushing Meadows. The prospect of a final between Roddick and Andre Agassi would be the perfect answer to those who felt it would take many years to match last year's Sampras-Agassi final.
But standing in Roddick's way could be his Wimbledon nemesis, Roger Federer. The two are scheduled to meet in Saturday's semi-finals, and while Roddick took three hours and five minutes to beat Ljubicic on Friday, Federer dispatched Jean-René Lisnard in 72 minutes for the loss of just three games.
Federer today plays in the most attractive men's match of the third round against the charismatic American James Blake. With typical emphasis on human values, Federer's only comment on the contest was: 'I expect a good match, a fair match because he's a nice guy. It's going to be a good crowd, I'm looking forward to it.'
09-01-2003, 09:58 PM
Keep going Andy, Kick Some Ass!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
09-02-2003, 04:53 AM
He was pretty serious in that 3rd round match, that Brazilian was really funny. Nevertheless, I like it.
09-03-2003, 03:42 AM
Keep it going Andy
09-04-2003, 10:28 AM
He slipped on the court while playing Malisse
and won the point!
6-3 6-4 7-6
I wish I could be overrated and have a 16 match winning streak.
That freaking "ugly"
game bothers so many tennis fans. LOL!
His game looks beautiful to me.
Power, every speed, accuracy, and moving his
opponent side to side.
Why don't we give him some ballet lessons too?
09-04-2003, 06:33 PM
Nice Win Andy, Keep going!! :bounce:
09-04-2003, 08:01 PM
yeah Andy way to keep Malisse your ultimate bitch :devil: :bounce::bounce::bounce:
Gonzo Hates Me!
09-05-2003, 03:21 AM
Heya, don't mind all those people... they're just bitter as all fucking hell so they have to whine whine whine whine whine whine whine. They're like, psychotically bitter! LOL
...Oh yeah, Malisse is Super Bitch... He's not even a bitch anymore... He's Super Bitch... he needs a theme song
09-05-2003, 09:35 PM
Great job, Andy :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Another Grand Slam SF :D :D :D
The rest is gravy, but I certainly hope you'll be playing the final on Sunday! :hearts: :D :hearts:
09-05-2003, 09:39 PM
and he wins again, wooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce: 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 vs Mr. stiffy. OMG did anybody see when they showed clips from his skydiving stint with Brad, OMG too funny, hes too much this guy. anyways we all know Andy's serve is top notch, but WOW his serve was exceptional today and last match as well. vamos Andy vamos:bounce:
09-05-2003, 09:42 PM
Great Win Andy!!
Just one more win to the finals!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
09-06-2003, 06:36 AM
Awesome serving display today!
Keep the bombs coming and good luck in your semi match! :D
09-07-2003, 01:11 AM
Andy sneaks by Nalbandian to get to the finals versus JCF. Good Luck Andy:D
09-07-2003, 06:11 AM
Good Luck man! Way to fight back!
09-07-2003, 07:49 AM
The bitter conspiracy theorists, who thought
Andy got more rest than the other players,
must of forgotten that he's
won/played in 4 events/2 months!!!!
The best player is the 1 who won
most of his matches in 3 sets,
not the 1 who squeezed through 4/5 sets
that should've been shorter.
I thought Brad Gilbert, mentioning he was
disappointed in Andy before the match was over,
was stupid. Easy for him to talk after Andy played
a lot, then got a foot blister!
No Gilbert = End of the World!
They kept showing Gilbert squirming.
1st set, had a bunch
of break points...grrrr!
Andy got a bad call, but because people
tell him to stay quiet, he said nothing!
Don't annoy all the exaggerating haters!
Released his anger during a break...I don't
Advice: Don't make it this difficult
Rant over. No need to reply if you don't like it.
09-07-2003, 09:59 AM
Good luck dude! Win the title! I'll be watching and rooting all the way!
*hopes to have good news to post here when I come back after the match*
Be the US Open champ!! :D
Gonzo Hates Me!
09-07-2003, 07:52 PM
Best wishes Ando!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
09-07-2003, 11:01 PM
YAY! Andy is one set away...! I can't wait to see his reaction if he wins today!
09-07-2003, 11:34 PM
YAY YAY YAY he did it... What a great reaction, I cried with him ;)