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Havok
10-15-2003, 04:26 PM
Andy beat Max 6-1, 6-7(9), 7-5. in all seriousness i thought Andy was going to lose this match because it was his first match in an actual tournament since he won the US Open, and going up against Max is tough enough on its own, let alone your first match back after about 3 weeks off. well with this win, he buts some major pressure on Ferrero to retain his #1 ranking because now Ferrero has to make it to at least the semis if Andy can't go any further, which i dont see happening. personally i don't see Roger getting #1 because he's gonna have to win the whole thing and hope that Ferrero and Roddick bomb out real soon. After knowing that Andy really fought for this win, i think we all see his drive to be #1. he had matchpoints in that 2nd set and lost it, but stayed focused and won a very tight 3rd set. come on Andy, get that #1:banana:

Gonzo Hates Me!
10-15-2003, 04:48 PM
Andy!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mwah!!! May magic be with you!!!!!!!!!!!

heya
10-15-2003, 05:18 PM
Even though it was tough, I knew that
he had the advantage vs. Mirnyi when
they played their best. Andy just took
too much time off & needed to play more aggressively.
Tie breaks are very difficult because 1 mistake is enough to lose a set.
He better keep winning & get the #1 ranking he deserves!
Indoors or outdoors, it doesn't matter...he won against top 10
opponents!

star
10-15-2003, 05:38 PM
Andy says he would rather win the USO than be number 1. :)

This is a good interview. I got some laughs out of it.

Q. Did that get a little bit too close for comfort at one stage?
ANDY RODDICK: At a lot of stages. You know, I thought I played a great first set. I mean, I don't know if I could have played a better one. And second set, I felt like I was playing better than he was, but then he just snuck out the tiebreaker. You know, he made a lot of first serves in the tiebreaker. I don't think I had an unforced error in the breaker, but I still lost it. That's definitely a credit to him.
You know, I was just trying to hang around in the third. I got an opportunity. You know, I don't think he hit as good of a volley on breakpoint as he would have wanted.

Q. Is he a bit sort of not as highly ranked as he perhaps should be for the sort of game he's got?
ANDY RODDICK: I definitely think he's working his way up. I mean, he's definitely someone most players wouldn't want to play in a second round of a tournament. You know, he's definitely got a lot of game.

Q. Having won two Masters Series already this year, already having qualified for Houston, there's no sense of letting up, is there? You just want to keep going, keep winning, playing well?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, there are going to be times in my career where I'm not playing well, so I might as well try to take advantage of the times when I am. :)
Even though I've accomplished a lot of my goals this year, I'm still in the hunt for No. 1. That's definitely a big motivation for me.

Q. Can you tell us what it feels like to be the present of American tennis instead of the future?
ANDY RODDICK: It feels good to be part of the present of American tennis (smiling). You know, I felt that I was part of the present before the US Open. But I guess, you know, maybe that just convinced a couple more people. :lol:

Q. Is it a relief?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it is a big relief.

Q. Because of your specific makeup, this long run you've had now, is it actually easier than perhaps a lot of people would expect, or is it something that wears you down? Is it something that's given you so much confidence that you go out there and everything becomes natural, instinctive?
ANDY RODDICK: Somewhere in between. Obviously, there's a bit of a break after Davis Cup where I got to relax and kind of do a whole bunch of nothing for a little bit more than a week. So that was definitely much needed rest.
But mentally I feel good. That's the biggest thing with me.

Q. What would it be for you to end the year No. 1 in the world? Would it be more important than winning the US Open this year?
ANDY RODDICK: If I had to choose one, give up an Open title, but finish No. 1, I'd probably choose to finish No. 2 with a US Open title.
But, you know, I'm glad that I won the US Open and I'm in position to make a push for it.

Q. In the situation you were in in the match today, do you think the fact you've come through so many tight matches now helps you in those circumstances? Two breakpoints down at that stage, you can come up with the big shots, you're confident going for your shots, when others might not be so confident.
ANDY RODDICK: I think so. I think it's more a matter of being very relaxed in all situations now. You know, I'm not getting too worked up or too excited. Maybe that is from playing so many tough matches. Obviously, the more you're in a situation, the more comfortable you're going to be.
You know, that goes for almost anything in life, as well as tennis.

Q. Do you enjoy playing in different cities throughout the year or is every tournament like the same, a tennis tournament for you? Can you see something outside of the tournament?
ANDY RODDICK: Absolutely not. I mean, you know, that's one of the cool things about being a tennis player, it's so international. We have stretches in different countries. You know, luckily we have a stretch in England where we're there for a month, we can get to know the culture, the cities. Then when people come to America, you're there for four weeks. You're not in and out in two or three days, like a lot of sports.
It's definitely one of the bonuses of tennis. :hearts:

Q. How does this court compare with the other indoor courts that you play on around the world?
ANDY RODDICK: It's a little less rubbery. I think it's a little bit harder. I don't know what its makeup is, or what it's built out of, any of that stuff. Sometimes it's a little more rubbery.

Q. The pace?
ANDY RODDICK: The pace I think, it's not fast, but I think we have a little bit of altitude here which makes the ball travel a little bit more. It's a little bit of an odd combination.

Q. Would you mind talking, please, how you think you're game shapes up playing on indoor surfaces compared with hard courts out of doors?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I feel most comfortable on an outdoor hard court. I don't think that's a big secret.
But, you know, I don't see why I shouldn't play well, why I don't have the ability to play well indoors. The surface plays a pretty big part, but I think, you know, the way a player's mind is and the way they're playing is a lot more. I mean, you can see players play very well, not their favorite surfaces. I think it's all a matter of confidence.

Q. About your next match, what do you think of Nicolas Massu?
ANDY RODDICK: He's a very good player. He's kind of snuck up on people. You look up and he's 20 in the world. He's definitely been playing very well this year. I don't know if he was ranked inside the Top 100 to begin the year.
So he's much improved this year. I mean, he's a fighter. He hits the ball pretty big from the baseline. You know, it's going to be tough.

Q. Let's suppose you finish the year at No. 1 in the world. What would be your goal for next year? What else can you do?
ANDY RODDICK: Do it again. :lol: :kiss:

Q. How many years?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. :lol:

Q. How much difference have you noticed, if any at all, since winning the US Open, to the way you're perceived, the way maybe you're appearing on TV shows, that sort of thing? Do you feel your profile has gone up at all?
ANDY RODDICK: I think so. But I think that's normal. I think that comes with the territory. I tried to do as much as I could the day following the US Open so I wouldn't have to worry about it anymore. I think I accomplished that (laughter). :lol:
You know, I was no longer that kid who got more attention than he deserved. You know, it's nice to actually, you know, deserve some of the attention.
awwwwwwww :hearts:
Q. Because he's due to come tonight, do you know anything about David Beckham?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes. I spent a month in your country. There was one day where he wasn't on the cover of the sports section. :lol:

Q. What is your impression of him?
ANDY RODDICK: Great hair (smiling). :lol:

Q. Do you prefer it the way it is at the moment?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. It changes every two weeks. I'm probably behind the times. :)
No, I mean, he's an absolute phenomenon as far as attention goes and as far as, you know, just the madness he creates in people. I find it kind of cool. It's kind of fun to watch from a distance.

Q. Because you say, someone in England for months, our culture is slightly different to the United States, do you find it amazing that he causes such unbelievable aura, he's on the front page every day? Does it astonish even someone like yourself that comes from the States where that's the norm?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes. But you're either a sports star or like a rock star. And he's kind of like a little bit of both. He's like your biggest rock star and your biggest sports star combined into one. And he's dating another pop star. He definitely has a lot of things going right for him.

heya
10-15-2003, 09:15 PM
Did you see the double standard today?
The bleached one waving to the audience after they
enjoyed the Spanish one's time out (trimming bandages) &
squawked at Ferreira's double
fault at matchpoint.

Notice how unusually silent the forum became knowing that it won't be long before a fave of theirs loses his #1 rank. Madrid gave him an award. Hehe

J. Corwin
10-15-2003, 11:27 PM
lmao. Star! You beat me to it! I was just gonna post that interview in this forums! lol

Anyway...cheers to Andy for winning that close match. May his winning ways continue and get that #1 really soon Andy!

star
10-16-2003, 02:05 PM
Doncha know he was on the phone to Mandy saying, "can you believe these dudes asked me if I knew who David Beckham is?"

Andy's got a nice sense of humor. Even a tennis reporter who doesn't like him or his tennis said that Andy could be a stand up comedian.

heya
10-16-2003, 02:39 PM
lol Andy always fun!

Havok
10-16-2003, 07:22 PM
and what does he do, he goes and loses :mad: ah no worries, because just for one little win, Federer can't pass him no matter what:haha: and Ferrero has to reach the semi's to hold onto his #1, hes got some tricky opponents though, but either way Roddick is still in it this week, while he sits on his ass for the next tournament :devil:

Mr. Man
10-16-2003, 08:05 PM
In due time, Andy. You'll get there.

Now that he lost, perhaps reebok will give him NEW clothes to wear! Damn! How long is he gonna wear this outfit?

J. Corwin
10-16-2003, 08:37 PM
lol i agree Mr. Man. That navy blue striped outfit has been worn for too long.

star
10-16-2003, 11:47 PM
Rebok makes the ugliest outfits for men.

But :bigcry: Andy lost and to MASSU! Terrible loss, but oh, well. I need to go to the site to read the interviews.

Now Andy needs to get ready for Basel and Paris.

Personally I think he was distracted because the cubs lost last night. ;)

heya
10-17-2003, 12:44 AM
The #1 ranking is coming, no doubt,
as you've seen how threatened by the anti-fans
were by him. LMAO!!!!

As he gets older, his improvements will shut their
mouths & the ones who find it amusing to support the haters, will be quiet too. I find it hypocritical
to attack Andy fans' criticism about anti-fans, but
it's ok to allow the anti-fans to harass & post lies
about him & his fans.
Even I don't spend all day thinking about Andy's matches.

btw Baseball's nowhere as exciting as tennis. :D

heya
10-17-2003, 04:10 PM
Ferrero & Federer fans're so still threatened by & obsessed over Andy.
Tennis fans have no interest in menstennisforums...just the same boring stuff
in general messages. lol

Deboogle!.
10-17-2003, 04:14 PM
I hate baseball.... and I'm from Boston! (Good thing I'm not home or I'd get killed or something lol)

Anyway, Andy's time at #1 will come. I know what he means - that he'd rather get there by winning a big match himself, not b/c someone else lost... but it'll come.

It's so funny to see all these people who hate Andy so much. They should focus all that negative energy into positive vibes for their faves. It's just pretty sad to hate someone so much who you don't even know and who really doesn't affect your life at all LOL

Deboogle!.
10-17-2003, 04:15 PM
Oh and re: the outfit - my guess is he wore it so long b/c he started wearing it when he started doing so well (post-Wimby)... so maybe he'll get something new now since he lost? LOL! I agree though, I don't love the current outfit.

heya
10-19-2003, 07:38 AM
Subtracting rest of year's points now

4050 Andy
3880 if wins Madrid or 3850 Ferrero
3390 Federer
3025 Agassi

J. Corwin
10-19-2003, 07:42 PM
...and Andy's "lead" has shrunk. C'mon on stronger Andy.

star
10-19-2003, 08:01 PM
Yep. It would do my nerves wonders if Andy were to do well in Basel and Paris. :)

Deboogle!.
10-19-2003, 08:02 PM
Well let's just hope Andy can do ok in Basel, would be great to see him pick up a few points but he'd have to get to the finals to get anything (11pts) whereas JCF has only 15 for his best result so he can pick up some more. So Basel isn't really a big deal though it'd be nice for Andy to pick up a few points there if he can. The difference is that JCF's results from last year counted for his best 5, so if he doesn't get to the SF he'll lose points... am I thinking about this correctly? At least Andy can't lose any points since it wasn't part of his best 5 last year.

Paris will be huge. If Federer wins, it'll bring him right up with Andy and JCF and make it a real 3-way race. If Andy or JCF win/go further in the tourney than the other, it'll give them the lead, momentum, and all that stuff for the final push in Houston. Granted, Andy has nothing to defend in Houston and that helps I guess so that gives him 400 pts over JCF in that department... if he can do well in Paris and JCF gets too tired or whatever, that 400 pts cushion on top of the Paris results will be HUGE.

star
10-19-2003, 08:05 PM
See what a points wonk you have become in such a short time!!!

Ok, I will save all my nerves for Paris then.

But still, I think it is important for him to do well in Basel for his psyche if nothing else. :)

Deboogle!.
10-19-2003, 08:09 PM
See what a points wonk you have become in such a short time!!!

Ok, I will save all my nerves for Paris then.

But still, I think it is important for him to do well in Basel for his psyche if nothing else. :)

LOL I learn fast.... or try to ;) That's what this $25,000/yr for the fancy university is for, right? LOL!

Anyway, oh totally... he needs to do well in Basel for his own good LOL! Hopefully Federer won't be in his side of the draw again, speaking of helping the psyche. Even though Andy won over the summer, I feel like Federer is one of the only guys on the ATP tour who holds something psychologically over Andy.... maybe I'm wrong and it just won't be an issue, but yea, doing well in Basel would definitely be the desired result :) I notice that he's not playing doubles again with Blake so maybe he just really wants to focus on the singles. He's had time to rest (and hopefully get to Basel really early to get used to the courts really really well) and Federer and JCF should be pretty tired, esp. JCF. This time Federer will have home-crowd momentum so he should be OK but JCF might tank early and lose a few points...

J. Corwin
10-19-2003, 09:13 PM
I doubt JCF will tank. It's just not in him to do so since he's got so much fight and desire.

IMO, Brad will have talked to Andy about him losing early in Madrid...working out the kinks and stuff. Plus the surface in Paris suits Andy better than the one in Madrid.

And based on the QF showings of JC and Andy last year, and the extra cushion lead JC has gotten by winning Madrid...unless Andy outright wins Paris, he will most likely be staying #2 until at least Houston.

Deboogle!.
10-19-2003, 09:22 PM
The only reason JCF could go out of Basel (or if he does well in Basel, Paris) early would be just plain being exhausted. He doesn't seem like the type to give up - however Andy isn't either and he wants it too. Hopefully Madrid was a real wake-up call for him and it's intensified his desire to go into Basel and Paris with the intention that he had all summer long - that fire. Ferrero has nothing to defend in Paris but Roddick and Federer both have QF points - that could end up being a factor also, I guess.

From the way it looks like Ferrero played today, being tired may or may not be an issue in Basel, and it could become an issue in Paris but maybe not there either. Would depend on how he does I guess. But since his points count for Basel, he will lose points if he does not make Semis again, whereas it will not affect Andy or Federer in the same way.

How come carpet is better for Andy than the Madrid hardcourt?

star
10-19-2003, 09:25 PM
Bunk, you must be at Rice.

I think Andy might not finish at number one now. But that is all right.

I'm sure JCF won't tank. There is a war of will and of ability going on between the three now. Federer wasn't pleased to lose to JCF either.

Deboogle!.
10-19-2003, 09:39 PM
Bunk, you must be at Rice.

I think Andy might not finish at number one now. But that is all right.

I'm sure JCF won't tank. There is a war of will and of ability going on between the three now. Federer wasn't pleased to lose to JCF either.

Yes, I am.... :)? lol

And yes of course it's OK if Andy ends up #2 or even #3 - he had an amazing year, had the best GS results (not points-wise but getting far in the most tourneys) than anyone, and he's set up a real threat with him and Brad for him to just keep getting better over the next years.

I think I misused the word tank. I just meant that he *may* lose early, but not because of something he does, just from being tired (also, Basel looks like it'll be a tough-as-nails tourney, Henman and Philippousis aren't even seeded so early matches could be really tight, even for the top seeds), I wasn't suggesting that JCF will give up or anything. But I don't think Andy will either. Before, I wouldn't have been able to say either way, but you aren't down 2 sets and match-point in a TB and come back and win if you are a person who gets down and gives up.

My hope is that Andy's losing in Madrid was the cold shower he needed to turn up his intensity. Like losing in the DC against Hrbaty, he came out swinging against Beck. I'd like to see that happen again in Basel and Paris - not letting the crowd being against him get to him and him setting the tone. We saw one Andy in Madrid and I have a feeling we might see a different one in Basel and Paris. And I have a feeling Brad said to him "look, if you want this, this is what you have to do." And Brad clearly has some influence on Andy's psyche or their matchup wouldn't have been so successful SO fast. I think he wants it bad and just doesn't talk about it as much as Ferrero does. But I could be wrong, lord knows that happens a lot. Guess we'll know it all in a couple weeks!

andylover_16
10-19-2003, 11:39 PM
cmon andy you can get number one still....prove those andy bashers wrong:o...wait you already have...lol....i have faith that andy will win masters...and even if he doesnt i will still be so proud of him for all he has accomplished...hes had a great year and hes only 21....i love you andy:inlove:.....best wishes....i wish you could read this message board andy and see my love for you will never fade...lol

Deboogle!.
10-19-2003, 11:44 PM
Well it sounds like Ferrero has pulled out of Basel so he should lose 175 pts from his QF result from last year and it means he can't gain any ground.. if Andy can make it to the SF or F he'll regain the lead in the Champions Race and also gain Entry points.. let's hope Andy comes out of Basel rolling. If so, he'll make Paris and Houston a little easier.

andylover_16
10-19-2003, 11:54 PM
yes....cmon andy:)

star
10-20-2003, 12:07 AM
Bunk -- one of my best friends went to Rice and now he lives only about 5 blocks from there. I used to spend a lot of time on the Rice campus years ago.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2003, 12:12 AM
I was wrong about Ferrero, it's not 175 pts it's 110. I looked at the wrong thing oops.

J. Corwin
10-20-2003, 12:22 AM
The only reason JCF could go out of Basel (or if he does well in Basel, Paris) early would be just plain being exhausted. He doesn't seem like the type to give up - however Andy isn't either and he wants it too. Hopefully Madrid was a real wake-up call for him and it's intensified his desire to go into Basel and Paris with the intention that he had all summer long - that fire. Ferrero has nothing to defend in Paris but Roddick and Federer both have QF points - that could end up being a factor also, I guess.

From the way it looks like Ferrero played today, being tired may or may not be an issue in Basel, and it could become an issue in Paris but maybe not there either. Would depend on how he does I guess. But since his points count for Basel, he will lose points if he does not make Semis again, whereas it will not affect Andy or Federer in the same way.

How come carpet is better for Andy than the Madrid hardcourt?

Yea I agree that JCF won't tank...but along the same parallel you have mentioned, JCF did pull out of Basel next week.

Carpet generally suits Andy better because it is faster than the Madrid court. It benefits the server a bit more and Andy generally doesn't have to engage in longer rallies.

star
10-20-2003, 12:30 AM
Plus the Madrid surface is considered more of a slow hard court.

J. Corwin
10-20-2003, 12:49 AM
Plus the Madrid surface is considered more of a slow hard court.

yup

Deboogle!.
10-20-2003, 12:57 AM
Yep, he did pull out... I sort of had a feeling. Maybe andy will seize the opportunity to gain as much as he can from the little tourney.

Thanks for explaining about the courts - that makes sense.

heya
10-20-2003, 04:49 AM
He's not a short Speedy Gonzalez anymore, but
Andy can rally with & beat anyone...the serve
was not a weapon until he was 16 years old.
He didn't have a good serve because already
at 10,
Andy won competitions trading rallies when
he was very small.

I just don't think he's allowed to
train on different courts enough...
he's not just a 2 surface player...clay, carpet, grass, indoor hardcourt, etc. shouldn't be problems.

Andy needs to get edgy & stop applauding his opponent like a spectator...remember Wimbledon?

He better prove he's worthy of his rank.
Right now,
he doesn't realize how his schedule wears him down.
SNL & a long break are bad enough to take his
ranking away.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2003, 04:58 AM
I think SNL might be a welcome departure for him to clear his head right before houston. I was a little concerned at first but now I'm at the point where I really do not think he or Brad would let him do a tv show to sacrifice his performance in Houston.

star
10-20-2003, 01:21 PM
I'm not sure about that. He's never done it before so he doesn't know whether it will take a lot out of him. It's a little experiment that has the potential of not working out that well.

But we will never know for sure unless he wins the whole thing. Then we can look back and :lol: at our worries.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2003, 04:01 PM
I don't know... I just can't imagine that he would do something like that right before one of the biggest tourneys of his life if he and his coach didn't think he could handle it without sacrificing his tennis at all.

It's NYC so I'm sure he'll find tennis courts like the ones in Houston to practice on and the SNL rehearsals are a whole week so I don't think it's all that terribly intense (unless he can't memorize his lines :P)

Plus, I don't think every one of the 8 will play on the first Monday in Houston, so maybe Andy will have a day off to get more used to Houston since he can't arrive til early Sunday morning (about a 3 - 3.5 hour flight from NY to Houston).

I'm sure it'll work out ok :) And if Andy DID sacrifice his performance in Houston for a TV show then I guess we didn't know him as well as we thought. I can be wrong a lot but this time I really hope to be right lol.

J. Corwin
10-20-2003, 06:09 PM
You're right. Not everyone starts on the first Monday. Houston tournament officials will probably schedule him on Tuesday cuz of the situation.

star
10-20-2003, 06:41 PM
You're right. Not everyone starts on the first Monday. Houston tournament officials will probably schedule him on Tuesday cuz of the situation.

Only to have shouts of "favoritism" ring down. ;)

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for fair weather.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2003, 07:21 PM
Only to have shouts of "favoritism" ring down. ;)

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for fair weather.


lol... well he wouldn't be the only one to be scheduled on Tuesday if that will happen... so I guess we'll see.

*fingers crossed too*

It's been so beautiful lately I just hope it keeps up.

star
10-20-2003, 09:41 PM
October in Houston is glorious. The best month there really. December is good too -- April is ok. February is usually pretty good too.

heya
10-20-2003, 11:20 PM
What's so ludicrous is people are screaming
favoritism for Andy just because they play outdoors.
Why would other players, who've no trouble outdoors, be at a disadvantage? These
people with double standards are afraid he'd get
to #1--that's all. AFTER all, he's not playing much
& won a higher percentage of matches in his career than Ferrero
& Federer. Their fans can't deny it, & the entry
system counts points from last year for most
of this year--which inflated 2002 Masters Cup players' rankings.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2003, 11:45 PM
Very good points heya, I agree for the most part!

heya
10-21-2003, 01:33 AM
I'm just pissed off after watching a boring show of Madrid's
highlights.
Here's a rant:
Mal Washington & Mary Carillo are so irritating.
Mal kept saying he expected Andy to have a letdown & lose early in Canada & U. S...obviously,
he thought Andy didn't have the guts & talent to win
a slam here, hmm.
Mary was all amazed that Andy had a 19 match
win streak...well, was he supposed to be one-dimensional?

Tennis is treated like garbage in the USA...after Andy won U. S. Open, ESPNews interrupted his press conference with a football
interview...*vomit* My satellite dish has no Tennis channel...ugh...unlike the Europeans.

Deboogle!.
10-21-2003, 02:09 AM
I can't imagine Mal saying he "doesn't have the guts and talent" - and in any case, Andy DID win the slam in the US So he was wrong... don't worry about what they say. Just worry about Andy's tennis and wish him well.

heya
10-21-2003, 04:53 AM
Yes, I know...I told a girl who knows Andy to
tell him to play in more events to earn enough
points next year...lol

heya
10-21-2003, 08:06 AM
I kind of like the champion's race-it counts this year only.

Red clay is like mud...one thing I actually agree
with Hewitt about. If countries like the U.S. want
their players to play as well, they need red clay
courts. That's something fans, whose
faves have clay experience, rely on to blame the
inexperienced players for not doing well on.
It's not a shock to see people dismayed that Andy wins
on all surfaces with regularity within a year.
Last year, nobody believed he'd bother anyone's
#1 rank, right? Without playing 2002 Masters Cup &
taking breaks after Aus Open, Davis Cup...he's
still #2. :) I see it the way it is, not as a biased fan. :angel:

Deboogle!.
10-22-2003, 05:18 AM
Anyone who was worried about Andy's focus...

new entries from Brad and Andy:

Andy: "Practices have been going great since we arrived here from Madrid. Things definitely could have gone better in Madrid but losing, unfortunately, is part of sports."

Brad: "Madrid could have been better. Juan Carlos really stepped up big with the win to go 4pts up on Andy in the Champions Race, and so it really is inspiring Andy to finish strong in Europe."

I think they're men on a m1ss1on. ;)

baseline ace
10-22-2003, 04:22 PM
I don't understand why the tennis establishment and their mouthpieces the tennis announcers are so against Andy. He is emotional but nothing near what Jimmy Connors and Johnny Mac were on court. He had made himself into a top player and is close to being number one on hard work alone.
I would think they'd tout him as an example.

heya
10-22-2003, 08:35 PM
Yes...I went to other Andy fan boards & nobody
even cared about the ridiculous media & tennis rules.

heya
10-22-2003, 08:38 PM
Somebody at tennisweek forum said that she heard
that Directv might add channels like tennis channel.
You know how much I like that...it's better than the
golf channel...LMAO!!!

heya
10-22-2003, 10:31 PM
Andy wrote in his coach's journal.
...Brad wants to get lotsa credit
for Andy's wins...Andy feels uneasy about SNL/tennis. Is he changing his bad court habits, or just practicing hard? LOL:

Roddick Unplugged!

10.21.2003 -

Since Brad is still recovering from shin bruises sustained while trying to get to the restroom last night from the sneaky sharp corner of the bed, i will be taking over this writing entry. We are in Basel, Switzerland right now. The hotel is pretty cool. Supposedly it is the oldest hotel in Europe. They said that Napoleon stayed here once upon a time.

Practices have been going great since we arrived here from Madrid. Things definitely could have gone better in Madrid, but losing, unfortunately, is part of sports. We are very optimistic for the next two weeks and are working hard. Hopefully, that will translate into some good results. Brad and i are seriously missing watching football games, and are very upset we can't watch the world series.....go Marlins!

That is about it from here, and be sure to check out “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 8th.....my acting will most likely be laughable, but hopefully i will have a blast making a fool out of myself haha....

take care,
Andy Roddick

p.s Brad says go Raider Nation (and he is still bitching about his shins, but u didn't hear that from me)

J. Corwin
10-22-2003, 10:51 PM
As long as Andy still has the focus and brings the intensity onto court, then whatever...

SNL can be fun too. :)

star
10-23-2003, 02:29 AM
:lol:

Go here: http://channels.netscape.com/ns/celebrity/chemistry.jsp

Mr. Man
10-23-2003, 08:34 PM
Well it looks as though Andy is still wearing that same outfit in Basel. *sigh* :p

Hurley
10-23-2003, 09:13 PM
Two wins in Basel so far....both over qualifiers, but hey :p

Hope he wins it all this week :D

Deboogle!.
10-23-2003, 09:42 PM
yea I was hoping for an outfit change.... hopefully soon.

Andy's 2 wins in Basel over qualifiers were way tougher than they should have been. He better turn up the intensity tomorrow - Olivier Rochus will not be easy to beat and neither will Nalbandian or Henman... Brad better get through to him. None of this just playing well enough to get by. He can't go out there like that tomorrow against Rochus.

star
10-24-2003, 12:06 AM
Rochus is such a cutie. Too bad Andy must demolish him. :sad:

But, it must be done. :)

Deboogle!.
10-24-2003, 12:14 AM
I've heard a lot about Rochus but don't know a thing about him. What kind of game does he have? He's short so I assume he's fast?

star
10-24-2003, 03:09 AM
He's fast. He goes for his shots. Very entertaining to watch.

heya
10-24-2003, 03:27 AM
:devil: Andy you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind hey Andy :woohoo: :drink:

Deboogle!.
10-24-2003, 03:46 AM
He's fast. He goes for his shots. Very entertaining to watch.

I figured that - b/c of his height he'd have to be fast to make up for it lol. Hopefully Andy will be no match for him

heya
10-24-2003, 05:01 AM
HEY!!!! Andy has to demolish short Olly!

J. Corwin
10-24-2003, 08:29 AM
I figured that - b/c of his height he'd have to be fast to make up for it lol. Hopefully Andy will be no match for him

Usually it's phrased the other way around lol. Hopefully Oliver will be no match for Andy. (You make it sound like you want Andy to lose). heh

Deboogle!.
10-24-2003, 12:29 PM
ohhhhhhh no no I don't want Andy to lose!!!!! I just wanted to know a little about Rochus's game since I've heard of him. But you're right I did mess up the 'no match' business. I was really tired last night :( Thanks for correcting me lol. Olivier will hopefully be no match for Andy :)

Mr. Man
10-24-2003, 08:06 PM
Good win today Andy! Take this shit home! :banana:

baseline ace
10-24-2003, 08:07 PM
Straight sets today. Go Andy!!!

J. Corwin
10-24-2003, 09:52 PM
two more wins and a 12th title is yours!

Deboogle!.
10-24-2003, 09:53 PM
two more wins and a 12th title is yours!

Yep...... and the CR lead, and a nice lead-in on carpet to TMS Paris!


David is going to be really tough. He's obviously all better and fired up and just going out there and taking care of business. Andy clearly played better today - didn't get broken (or even have a BP against him from what I could tell anyway), pressured Rochus on most of his games, etc. But Rochus ain't no Nalbandian and I think Andy's perfect 3-0 record against him is irrelevant going in, except for the experience he has. He knows how to play him and I'm sure Brad studied the match REALLY closely. Hopefully Andy's good match today sets him up nicely to really turn up the intensity tomorrow and play a great match.

heya
10-24-2003, 10:03 PM
With the imperfect entry system in the back of our
minds...here's the Paris Draw--it stinks too. See how lucky Federer is without meeting Nalbandian early.
PARIS DRAW

J.C.FERRERO (ESP) FERRERO

Bye



Q Qualifié / Qualifier

J.NIEMINEN (FIN)



M.MIRNYI (BLR)

WC F.SANTORO (FRA)



Bye NOVAK

14 J.NOVAK (CZE)



12 Y.EL AYNAOUI (MAR) EL AYNAOUI

Bye



Q Qualifié / Qualifier

WC P.H.MATHIEU (FRA)



R.GINEPRI (USA)

Q Qualifié / Qualifier



Bye SRICHAPHAN

8 P.SRICHAPHAN (THA)



4 G.CORIA (ARG) CORIA

Bye



M.YOUZHNY (RUS)

F.LOPEZ (ESP)



A.PAVEL (ROM)

K.KUCERA (SVK)



Bye MANTILLA

15 F.MANTILLA (ESP)



10 N.MASSU (CHI) MASSU

Bye



A.COSTA (ESP)

M.ZABALETA (ARG)



F.GONZALEZ (CHI)

J.BLAKE (USA)



Bye SCHUETTLER Vainqueur

5 R.SCHUETTLER (GER) Winner



7 S.GROSJEAN (FRA) GROSJEAN

Bye



N.DAVYDENKO (RUS)

T.HENMAN (GBR)



G.KUERTEN (BRA)

M.FISH (USA)



Bye PHILIPPOUSSIS

9 M.PHILIPPOUSSIS (AUS)



13 M.VERKERK (NED) VERKERK

Bye



A.CLEMENT (FRA)

V.SPADEA (USA)



J.I.CHELA (ARG)

Q Qualifié / Qualifier



Bye FEDERER

3 R.FEDERER (SUI)



6 D.NALBANDIAN (ARG) NALBANDIAN

Bye



J.BJORKMAN (SWE)

A.CALLERI (ARG)



R.STEPANEK (CZE)

Q Qualifié / Qualifier



Bye SCHALKEN

11 S.SCHALKEN (NED)



16 T.ROBREDO (ESP) ROBREDO

Bye



WC R.GASQUET (FRA)

G.GAUDIO (ARG)



Q Qualifié / Qualifier

W.FERREIRA (RSA)



Bye RODDICK

2 A.RODDICK (USA)

J. Corwin
10-25-2003, 02:31 AM
Yep...... and the CR lead, and a nice lead-in on carpet to TMS Paris!


David is going to be really tough. He's obviously all better and fired up and just going out there and taking care of business. Andy clearly played better today - didn't get broken (or even have a BP against him from what I could tell anyway), pressured Rochus on most of his games, etc. But Rochus ain't no Nalbandian and I think Andy's perfect 3-0 record against him is irrelevant going in, except for the experience he has. He knows how to play him and I'm sure Brad studied the match REALLY closely. Hopefully Andy's good match today sets him up nicely to really turn up the intensity tomorrow and play a great match.

Very true. All those are factors on why Andy should win, although the extra title count is important to me lol. Plus, I get to add to my siggy! LOL :D

Havok
10-25-2003, 03:57 AM
yeah Paris draw does stink, BUT remember Andy has had much tougher draws than this and got through them. i think its better to have tough draws because Andy knows he's gotta play well to win, and in the past 3 months thats what he's been doing. remember the US Open draw, people were CREAMING their pants over a possible Roddick 1st round exit, but that didnt happen now did it. and the Madrid draw, looked wide open up to the semis, and look at what happened. all i'm saying is that Andy will surely be focused in Paris because he knows hes gotta do something goood there, and i think we can count on him to do well at Houston since hes the best outdoor hardcourt player this year, and it helps as well that hes got a pro US crowd backing him up. but anyways GO ANDY win these next 2 matches, reclaim your top spot which should be yours, and keep the pressure on the other 2. and oh yeah a 7th title this year(calender surface sweep:worship: ), and a 12th overall wouldn't be all that bad either. good luck Andy:yeah::rocker2:

Deboogle!.
10-25-2003, 04:06 AM
OH I'd never underestimate Andy. He's gotta get through tomorrow first though which is going to be difficult the way David has played this week. Obviously Federer withdrawing would help him, assuming he gets that far. But by no means will it be easy and I wouldn't expect it to be. TMS events certainly seem to be harder to win than Grand Slam because only the top people even get in so there are high-quality matches from the getgo.

I also worry just a little because Andy tends to have a lot of trouble on the Europe indoor circuit. I hope hope hope he gets past that this year in both Basel and Paris but it's just the way it is. We just have to have faith in Andy's tennis, motivation, and determination and he'll be fine.

Ultimately, Andy has had an amazing season and whatever happens happens. Obviously we want the best to happen, but if not pretty much the worst Andy can do is end up at #2 and that's pretty damn good. I'd like to be #2 in the world at something!

Hurley
10-25-2003, 06:48 AM
Nalbandian is getting clingy. I think he loves Andy as much at croat123 does. :hearts:

J. Corwin
10-25-2003, 07:07 AM
Beat 'em down, Andy! Beat 'em down!

heya
10-25-2003, 07:57 AM
Ridiculous for Andy to win 7-8 total titles just to be #1.
So, he needs around 80 wins!
We need more grass & rebound ace events to
separate the well-rounded players from 1 surface
ones!
The season's way too loooooong.

Deboogle!.
10-25-2003, 03:33 PM
well today's loss doesn't help the "quest" but it doesn't really hurt it either.

Just makes Paris even more huge. Andy has about a week to figure out how to beat David again, indoors in Europe.

star
10-25-2003, 06:22 PM
I hate for him to lose to Nalbandian worse than any other player. :(

J. Corwin
10-25-2003, 06:22 PM
The only "good" news I guess is that David won in two close sets. David still has to play well to beat Andy. Hopefully Brad will work with Andy's confidence.

Havok
10-25-2003, 06:26 PM
i'm sure Federer has been praying HARD to the tennis gods to keep Nalbandian away from him in the draws. second week in a row he's sent David to Roddick's way. well his loss isn't soo big anyways, because Andy couldn't make up big enough ground. he could have made some ground, but not much. now he has a few more days off to rest and to work on his game. David is seeded to meet Andy in the quarters at PAris, but who says David will get there??? or Andy for that matter. i'm pretty sure that it's all gonna come down to the Masters Cup, and its played on outdoor hardcourts, Andy's fav surface, and im sure it doesn't hurt to have a pro US crowd with him the whole while he's there. yes Andy can definitely do some major damage in the rankings, both the entry and the race, if he comes up with the goods at Paris, but these last few TMS series are always weird, with people falling, people sneaking through. i'm sure Brad has a lot of things to say to Andy, and the SNL stunt will definitely help him i think. it'll get him away from tennis, and that does help him because he's gonna be more at ease. all i have to say is that regardless of what goes down in the final stretch of the year, Andy has had an AMAZING year, only Ferrero has done a little better than him this year so far, imo. and if he doesn't reach the #1 this year, he has the whole first half of 2004 to steal it away from Ferrero or whomever happens to be holding onto that spot. all we can do is cheer him on, and cheer hard. go Andy go:bounce:

Deboogle!.
10-25-2003, 06:46 PM
It *mostly* comes down to Houston, not entirely. Paris is HUGE.

If Roger were to pull out, he'd have pretty much no shot at the y-e #1. If Andy loses early and then Ferrero goes on to win, Ferrero would be 100 points up on Andy, which would make Andy pretty much have to win Houston to get the #1.

Nalbandian could have a tough early match in Paris in Calleri, but Nalbandian is obviously on fire right now and is a great indoor player anyway. Hopefully Brad will get through to Andy between now and then and it won't become an issue, but Andy's GOT to improve on how he played in Madrid and Basel if he wants to 1: do well in Paris and 2: do well in Houston and 3: end the year at #1. How he does in Paris will be a huge indicator, IMO.

Hurley
10-25-2003, 09:19 PM
The Nalbandian pigeondom couldn't last forever :p

Hopefully Andy will get some revenge in Paris...

But you know what, kids?

IT DOESN'T MATTER.

This GM nonsense...who cares? Just put a nice picture of Andy with his US Open trophy as your avatar (like mine) and smile and congratulate everyone, because no matter what they say about Andy never playing anyone good/being just a serve/needing the crowd/only winning on hardcourt, Andy has that trophy and nothing they say will ever take it away from him.

We have a slogan at my uni: "Act Like You Know." It means that no matter what is said or done, all the students need to have the attitude that we are important. This way we'll avoid confrontation and foolish behavior.

So when it comes to GM...act like you know that Andy's accomplishments can't be erased by the lustful ramblings of croat123 or the Duck Hunters. They don't matter because WE KNOW what Andy has done, WE KNOW they're angry about it, and WE KNOW that our boy is worthy of the acclaim.

So act like it.

That's my "Mr. Rogers" moment of the year :p

Go Andy! :D

heya
10-25-2003, 09:20 PM
I've heard enough
about the crowd making him win.
When he's playing
sluggishly, like in Indian Well, they aren't helping.
U.S. fans aren't nearly as obnoxious as the those from Spain. LOL

I disagree about Ferrero having a better year, because he had more clay events-where only a few
guys are very consistent on. Many players are
experienced on hardcourt...that's the difference.
Even the up/down record on European clay & in Madrid doesn't erase Andy's quick success on grass, rebound ace, outdoors...which Ferrero doesn't have at 23.

Andy took a long break already...which I knew made
him slow & overanxious. He should've played
in Vienna, & seeing from his interview, he's talking
too much about getting to #1 instead of
adjusting his game for Europe & Houston.
Now, he's scheduled an exhibition before Aus Open
but complained about playing too much...come on,
be a little consistent, Andy.

heya
10-25-2003, 09:29 PM
Mr. Rogers! Right on!

star
10-25-2003, 10:38 PM
The Nalbandian pigeondom couldn't last forever :p

Hopefully Andy will get some revenge in Paris...

But you know what, kids?

IT DOESN'T MATTER.

This GM nonsense...who cares? Just put a nice picture of Andy with his US Open trophy as your avatar (like mine) and smile and congratulate everyone, because no matter what they say about Andy never playing anyone good/being just a serve/needing the crowd/only winning on hardcourt, Andy has that trophy and nothing they say will ever take it away from him.

We have a slogan at my uni: "Act Like You Know." It means that no matter what is said or done, all the students need to have the attitude that we are important. This way we'll avoid confrontation and foolish behavior.

So when it comes to GM...act like you know that Andy's accomplishments can't be erased by the lustful ramblings of croat123 or the Duck Hunters. They don't matter because WE KNOW what Andy has done, WE KNOW they're angry about it, and WE KNOW that our boy is worthy of the acclaim.

So act like it.

That's my "Mr. Rogers" moment of the year :p

Go Andy! :D


Thanks, Dad.

:)

heya
10-25-2003, 11:53 PM
Brad (Loud Mouth) is taking
too much credit for Andy's court behaviour.
Andy won't calm down---this loss taught him
a lesson. He needs a dose of reality check!!!! :)

reasons he lost:
He kept standing far back...will he budge from the
baseline :(

He still thinks it's not disappointing...stop denying!
Will not practice his volleys...hello?

What's with all the racquet throwing
even when the score was tied? There's no need
to get flustered & scream.*shuddering*

I saw a clip of
Schuttler slamming a racquet twice too.

That's why I like female tennis players' demeanors better. :)

Deboogle!.
10-26-2003, 12:42 AM
Andy just doesn't seem to play as well when he gets angry. I love his emotions but the anger is what seems to lead him to making mistakes.

His standing SO far behind the baseline (aka his match against Ljubicic) to receive serve worries me. I know they said he and Brad talked about it and decided to try it, but it seems to not be working well.

Brad HAS done a lot with his mentality. There's no other way to explain his immediate success as his coach - it's not like he had enough time to change his game for Queen's Club, Wimbledon, etc. The calmness seems to do well for Andy and I'd rather see that than him get angry.

J. Corwin
10-26-2003, 09:27 AM
The thing is that Paris is very important for Andy. It's actually getting quite tight now. I don't know about you guys, but at the beginning of the fall season, right after the US Open, I was thinking that it was gonna be quite easy for Andy to take over the #1 ranking and end year on top. Then that all gradually slipped away. lol. It really is a close race now...and Andy better shape up quickly.

If Andy loses in 2nd round (since first round is bye) at Paris, and Ferrero wins it....even if Andy wins Houston, he won't have #1 if Ferrero reaches the final. Ferrero at the moment is already a few hundred points ahead of Andy. Yes I know JC has 400 points to defend at Houston. But if you think about it and work the math out just by estimating/rounding, Andy won't be #1 for sure even if he wins Houston and flakes out in Paris. And that's IF Andy wins Houston in that scenario. We can't all be too comfortable and just assume Andy will win Houston just because it's in the U.S. and it's outdoor hardcourt lol. Can't just rely on him doing well there, and think that it's "sorta ok" if he does terrible at Paris cuz "oh he's still got Houston".

We won't even know how well Andy is gonna do there period. Sure Andy is a great outdoor hardcourt player. But what if Andy plays David in the round-robin first round? lol..that can suck really bad. And Roger is a big threat to take Andy out too. Not to mention Andre as Andy barely squeaked by Andre when he beat him on Queens grass. And JC may actually be on his game and play his best. And Rainer has Andy's number on hardcourts too. LOL..I'm making it depressing and a lil worrysome aren't I? lol

Sooo....Andy please play better.

Deboogle!.
10-26-2003, 11:29 AM
I echo that 10000000% jackson lol.


please andy! LOL!

heya
10-26-2003, 01:10 PM
You're not the only one wanting to smack common sense into Andy. lmao
Let's care about him winning big events more than reaching
#1. Ferrero can't hold onto it for long 'cuz
he defends more points.

Andy - had worst results when he was
unhealthy or with poor strategy
After losing to Schuttler (Andy wasn't exactly in-form), he's not making the same mistake again
His 5 hour AO match & ankle prob made me
upset, for sure. :(

Hmm, Andy's wanting to kiss-ass his opponents to please them is disgusting enough (stating he doesn't do more than bang the ball- well, he kept that attitude in Basel)
Why's he so politically correct? LOL

I saw his Queens match-he broke Andre's serve 3 times- but with the stupid 6, 7 point set rule,
that's not enough to win in 2 sets even though he disguised
his shots cleverly. Andre had only the tiebreak to
rescue him from a 6-1, 7-6 loss. Andre cussed up
a storm, said he was willing himself to lose...puhleeze.

Andy withdrew from
Thailand/Japan, claiming he needed a long recovery.
AHEM, he didn't worry about his leg when he jumped up & down & practiced in California.
Andy should've played in Tokyo just in case he'd lose early in Madrid.

I watched his clay matches, & the weaknesses
are his patience & inconsistency due to bad training. When he's not following his game plan, he hurries serves, keeps leaving the court
open, won't make
aggressive volleys & drop shots. Yet, he
proved himself in Austria,
Rome last year & Houston when he mixed up
his shots a lot-was successful because of his good groundstrokes-not just serves.
It's not going to be terrible next
year in RG. I still think clay is easier for him than grass. ;)

Ferrero -had more comfortable draws in Madrid & French Open (lost on clay easily this year too), not consistent on grass/hardcourt (Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal, Cincinnati), his serve needs to be good to win (Calleri, Zabaleta, Horna beat easily him on clay)
(He played a lot & injured easily)

Federer- won Marseille, Rotterdam, Dubai, Halle & Wimbledon against no top players (imo, grass's Andy's worst surface ,
unlike what the media said), hot/cold on hardcourt,
shaky when he forces his shots too much
(Cincinnati, Rome, RG, U. S. Open), chokes away big leads (Davis Cup, Miami)

When he's
determined, no one can stop him--did
any Andy fan expect much (#10) before he
contended
for #1? At least I knew he'd get a slam this year.
Bitter people here, including those who lost money betting against him, went on a tirade, whining! :p

Deboogle!.
10-26-2003, 02:47 PM
Well Andy CAN do it, that's not the question. but he's got to want it bad ENOUGH to work out the problems in his game to get it. Hopefully he can in Paris, and be set up nicely for Houston where he can kick butt.

Havok
10-26-2003, 03:22 PM
well all i have to say is being an Andy fan is great in itself. i mean yeah it would have been AWESOME if he could have gotten that end of the year #1, and he still has a shot at it. but if he doesn't get it, he still does have a majority of next year to get it as well. yes i do agree that Andy hasn't kept up that awesome summer hardcourt form, but i mean its really tough to do that, moreso in men's tennis. i mean the guy won 2 TMS series back to back and then won the US Open, what more can we ask for???(ahem #1, lol) i'm just really happy for Andy this year regardless of what happens in his last 2 tournaments. i mean seriously who would have thought that Andy would have done this incredible when he started the year, and injured himself, and went out early quite a few times. i mean its not like every year some guy wins 6 titles in a year, which aren't small events, but rather BIG events(except 2, i count Queens as big because its the biggest lead up to Wimbledon). well all that said all we can do is cheer for him and thats that. we shouldn't question if Andy really wants it or not, thats the STUPIDEST question i have ever heard. if he really didn't want it, why would he be in such a predicament now for getting that #1? it is true that some of the old Andy does shine through at times, but that will be totally different come 2004, because Brad will have a good 2 months to work hard with Andy and change him. and the applausing for good shots, i would like him to continue it because its just good sportsmanship, and that's what Andy is. maybe to exsessive applauding, but when someone hits an incredible shot, applaud them.

star
10-26-2003, 07:42 PM
A Swiss paper reports that Nalbandian said this: "Andy Roddick's serve was much too fast for my wrist. It has caused the injury to flair up again. And now the wrist feels worse than it did two weeks ago."

I guess there are no "assist" points on the ATP tour. ;)

Deboogle!.
10-26-2003, 07:55 PM
LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Nope guess not.

J. Corwin
10-26-2003, 08:54 PM
It still pretty much rests in Andy's hands with regard to the #1 ranking lol (won't be anymore if he screws up in another tournament like Paris...*knocks on wood*) lol.

There really is nothing JC can do about it if Andy wins both Paris and Houston. Yea yea I know..what are the chances of that happening lol. But Andy will get the #1 for sure if he wins in both, and it doesnt' matter what JC does. Ferrero can make the finals in both and it won't matter. But if Ferrero wins in Paris, it's totally Ferrero's ballgame. It's his #1 ranking to keep or lose. Andy is at his bidding, lol.

The #1 was all in Andy's hand in Madrid. Now he needs some "cooperation" from JC, lol.

star
10-26-2003, 10:50 PM
Here's the question. Suppose Andy bombs in Paris and then wins in Houston?

Will Ferrero deserve the real numberone position?

J. Corwin
10-26-2003, 11:00 PM
Here's the question. Suppose Andy bombs in Paris and then wins in Houston?

Will Ferrero deserve the real numberone position?

If he ends up ahead points-wise. ;)

Remember, it's all in the points. Whoever ends up on top ranking wise will have deserved it.

Deboogle!.
10-26-2003, 11:45 PM
Andy is mentioning the y-e #1 more and more. I think he really wants it. If he wants it as badly as he says he does, he will not bomb in Paris.

star
10-26-2003, 11:45 PM
That's my take on it. :)

It's kind of nice that it is so close here at the end of the year and that the top three players all have recent accomplishments to thier credit. Well, Federer not so much, but definitely Ferrero and Roddick.

heya
10-26-2003, 11:56 PM
My prediction is he'll have unexpected wins next year.
Being 6' 3", technical problems are agility & endurance, but he's speedier.
Speed+variety+plan=easier wins HEHE

Andy - capture Paris/Houston!
No more wasting energy.

Deboogle!.
10-27-2003, 01:49 AM
Yep, I expect Andy to keep improving. Hopefully Brad will get his ass out there on clay practicing that, also volleying, esp serve-and-volleying to help him at Wimby, and they gots to do something about indoors (which I still don't understand why he sucks at lol).

And more mental work. He's come a long way already, but the crowds still get to him and I'm convinced that's part of the reason Andy has trouble overseas.

He's got a lot going for him that's gotten him this far but he has a lot to go. I see his potential as limitless right now. He's won on all 4 major surfaces and done fairly well indoors on carpet. All we can hope for is about 10 more years like this, eh!

Havok
10-27-2003, 06:21 PM
^^
btw, congrats on winning the article contest. you get a pair of his shoes signed by him:yeah: and great article

Deboogle!.
10-27-2003, 07:59 PM
haha.... thanks! :) I read it on the site but no one's actually contacted me about it. But I can wait ;)

J. Corwin
10-27-2003, 09:44 PM
Wait...what article contest are you talking about? lol

Congrats! :D

Deboogle!.
10-27-2003, 09:53 PM
on Andy's site you can write a 'match report' and they pick their favorite every month and give you a prize. they have another one for photos from when you met him and they pick the best one. I wrote up a summary after the Davis Cup on a whim when I was really bored in about 15 minutes and apparently it won lol

star
10-27-2003, 11:17 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!! :)

Hurley
10-28-2003, 05:35 AM
Good job, bunk! :D

J. Corwin
10-28-2003, 08:08 AM
nice! lol

heya
10-28-2003, 09:08 PM
NEATO BUNK, ain't no shock to me. HEHE

GO FOR #1, Andy, win 1 more match than Ferrero...HURRAY!!!

heya
10-28-2003, 10:10 PM
"Every match could win or lose me the top spot and perhaps I'm trying too hard. I would definitely love to finish number one, no doubt about it."
says him.

Stop worrying & blabbing...
white trash with only a serve :p

RANT:
Points don't prove the whole
year's story of who should be #1.
We could say: If Andy hadn't lost a set in AO quarters due to an atrocious BAD call, he could've
stormed to the title -hmm revenge is sweet next year
*evil snicker*
*vomit at Agassi
getting such an easy draw again*
The wrist injury in AO made him miss 1 month!

I saw a clip of him destroying an ankle in Delray-
lost a bunch of points there.
Indian Wells was
disappointing 'cuz he's too good to lose in the quarters, playing tired again.

The fact is he won 6 titles, should've been more
this year, but of course he never gets enough respect.

I don't know about you, but I could see him win
Wimbledon & reach quarters or better in RG.
I watched him enough
to predict it.

Deboogle!.
10-28-2003, 11:42 PM
He gets plenty of respect... just not from people on this board.

heya
10-29-2003, 03:01 AM
Hanescu is 6' 6"! Wow, he should be ranked higher!

Did you see Massu's match stats?...no wonder he
gave taller players trouble!

J. Corwin
10-29-2003, 04:01 AM
Tall doesn't mean high rank.

Andy does get respect, but of course he has detractors too...everywhere. People are mostly bickering cuz he's hailed (or at least, was) the next Agassi or Sampras. While he did win a slam so a lot of hype can be arguably warranted. One slam still does not a "Agassi" or "Sampras" make. lol

There are other players around his age that have achieved more then Andy, and yet they don't get the same hype. So I can at least see why some people are annoyed by Andy. They shouldn't hate of course...but we're all human.

END RANT

heya
10-29-2003, 05:20 AM
I meant Hanescu played really well. He's hardly played outside challengers. At #76, he should be around 70 (above Ferrer, Burgsmuller) if he plays more.
St. Petersburg -barely lost in tie-breaks vs. Kuerten
Lapentti -pushed Nic Lapentti to DC 5 sets
Nieminen - pushed Nieminen to FO 5 sets

Agassi & Sampras's results are known for more
than a decade. I know Andy's not going to go down to #140 in a few years or decide to retire at 31. As long as he's still hungry, he'll win slams.
It'll be more satisfying because mens tennis has way more depth than when Andre & Pete were Andy's age. The reason it's doubtful if Andy would
do much is people judge quickly about him without
knowing how he develops. It's easy to say:
that guy won 1 or 2 slams--that means he'll be more successful than
the others.
We can't predict anything 'cuz
many were so sure that Safin & Moya would have
multiple slams by now. Hewitt was supposed to
dominate, but he didn't when the younger players
matured. 2 slams, 0 slams now -it doesn't matter unless
you can win slams in the next several years.

Sampras didn't win many
clay titles & Agassi won only 1 grass title- Wimbly & not until he was 22 & failed to win previous
slam finals.
To me, Andy doesn't look too bad even with his rollercoaster ride.

star
10-29-2003, 07:04 PM
Tall doesn't mean high rank.

Andy does get respect, but of course he has detractors too...everywhere. People are mostly bickering cuz he's hailed (or at least, was) the next Agassi or Sampras. While he did win a slam so a lot of hype can be arguably warranted. One slam still does not a "Agassi" or "Sampras" make. lol

There are other players around his age that have achieved more then Andy, and yet they don't get the same hype. So I can at least see why some people are annoyed by Andy. They shouldn't hate of course...but we're all human.

END RANT


I think Andy has accomplished as much or more than any other player his age and experience on the tour.

Roger gets plenty of hype in Switzerland. The papers there are full of him all the time. In Shanghai last year, there was a reporter with him who reported even his strolls down the street. I think that Ferrero also gets a lot of hype. I remember when he first came on the scene. Right away, he was predicted as the next great thing. His results didn't bear out the predictions right away, but clearly they were correct. All three of these guys deserve a lot of "hype" if hype means press and attention. I don't think either of them is going to be the next Agassi or Sampras (thank god for that because I don't like either of them) but that doesn't mean they aren't going to be the cream of the crop for the next few years.

I don't notice a lot of press over Roddick in Switzerland. I don't follow the Spanish press, but I would bet there's not a lot in those papers about him either.

star
10-29-2003, 07:05 PM
p.s. end of rant. ;) :angel:

Deboogle!.
10-29-2003, 09:32 PM
I think there's a reason for Andy's hype and it doesn't have a whole lot to do with his tennis. He has a PERSONALITY. He's funny, he makes fun of himself and others, he has an enjoyable personality and there's a bit of an enigma there because it's clear that he's a different person off-court than on. He's just plain likeable, and the fact that he's a great tennis player who excites people just adds icing on the cake.

When people call him the "next Sampras or Agassi" I don't think they're referring to it in "tennis achievement terms" - I think they're referring to it as "we need him for US tennis like what Pete and Andre did for it" - that's different. No one's saying he's gonna do what Pete or Andre did in terms of TENNIS (aka winning titles and majors and whatever) but in terms of being a personality that draws Americans to tennis, Andy is the next one. People are brought to tennis because of him and even if he never wins another major or whatever, he will still have that ability to do that, IMO

J. Corwin
10-29-2003, 11:02 PM
I think there's a reason for Andy's hype and it doesn't have a whole lot to do with his tennis. He has a PERSONALITY. He's funny, he makes fun of himself and others, he has an enjoyable personality and there's a bit of an enigma there because it's clear that he's a different person off-court than on. He's just plain likeable, and the fact that he's a great tennis player who excites people just adds icing on the cake.

When people call him the "next Sampras or Agassi" I don't think they're referring to it in "tennis achievement terms" - I think they're referring to it as "we need him for US tennis like what Pete and Andre did for it" - that's different. No one's saying he's gonna do what Pete or Andre did in terms of TENNIS (aka winning titles and majors and whatever) but in terms of being a personality that draws Americans to tennis, Andy is the next one. People are brought to tennis because of him and even if he never wins another major or whatever, he will still have that ability to do that, IMO

Good points and I pretty much agree with all of them. Except I think that people called him the "next Sampras or Agassi" on BOTH his ability to draw people to tennis AND in terms of tennis achievements. Andy won back to back titles during his rookie year in the season...taking down some big names in the process. He also won a hard court tourney and made the QF of USO, losing in a tight 5-setter to the eventual champ. That is remarkable for a first full year player as a pro. I guess I can see justification in the hype then. He certainly didn't live up to expectations during his sophomore year. He had a great year this year, but it is only "on par" to what is originally expected of him, going at the rate of his first year achievements.

And of course I'm not raggin on Andy. I just like a healthy discussion/debate. :)

But really, it may not seem so right away...but Andy is actually going at an "achievement" pace faster than Agassi or Sampras (in different respects). Andy has won 10 titles faster than any other player in open history (relative to joining the pro ATP-level tour), with the exception of Agassi (Agassi=entered 63 tournaments before winning his 10th title). Sampras didn't reach the same title count until later. Andy also has a "heads up" on Agassi in that he has won his first major sooner than him relative to age and time on tour. (Agassi won in his 18th slam appearance...Andy won in his 12th).

Deboogle!.
10-29-2003, 11:30 PM
very interesting jackson... thanks for those facts!

J. Corwin
10-30-2003, 12:55 AM
you're very welcome

Deboogle!.
10-30-2003, 01:25 PM
Well, it's all in Andy's hands now. Guess we'll find out just how bad he wants it.

Hurley
10-30-2003, 04:09 PM
Andy won the first set 6-3 :)

Too bad #1 may come over Tommy :sad:

Anyway, he's one set away...I'd rather him win the title, but I'll take this too :)

Hurley
10-30-2003, 04:35 PM
He won, 6-3 6-4 :D

He's #1 :D

Deboogle!.
10-30-2003, 04:39 PM
WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

One step closer! It's in your hands, now, Andy. you have a great chance to make this seriously within your reach!

MisterQ
10-30-2003, 04:47 PM
Congrats Andy! Very exciting accomplishment!

J. Corwin
10-30-2003, 05:58 PM
Wait...back the trolley up peeps lol.
*backs trolley up*

He's just gonna be back to #1 in the Champions Race next week, right? He's not gonna be #1 in the rankings right?

Either way, very cool that Andy won. Doesn't Andy need to win the title or something to get #1 in the Entry Rankings? If Andy gets #1 in rankings that would be awesome! :D

Deboogle!.
10-30-2003, 07:17 PM
Yep, both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

J. Corwin
10-30-2003, 07:37 PM
Yep!

heya
10-31-2003, 02:07 AM
I like him without the hat. Can you believe the
timing, he's coming to Houston as a #1 home favorite?

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 02:51 AM
Andy is 18 for 19 or something like that at Westside ..... dang

Havok
10-31-2003, 03:31 AM
um i think he's 16/17 at Houston, 2 wins, one final, and 2 wins for davis cup. if i remember correctly its 5 rounds to win the thing, so just on the actual tournament hes 14, plus 2 for DC and hes 16

heya
10-31-2003, 06:15 AM
Le Monde: What has changed for you since your victory at the USO?

Andy: That was huge. Until then, for many, I was just a kid getting too much attention. Today, it's evident I have more value in their eyes.

Le Monde: Just after this victory, why didn't you want to be asked if you were the future of American tennis?

Andy: That's not really what I wanted to say. But for a long time, people have been asking me that same question. I was just joking with the journalists.

Le Monde: You've regained the Champions Race lead after Basel, what's your state of mind today?

Andy: Things are very close between Federer, Ferrero and me. We all deserve it by virtue of winning a GS this year. Things will play out at the Masters Cup in Houston next month.

Le Monde: Are you the favorite?

Andy: I don't know, but I have nothing to lose. I can't worry about what Roger and Juan-Carlos were able to accomplish these past years. What matters to me is staying in control of what I'm trying to accomplish.

Le Monde: Are you going to change your game in the remaining 2 weeks of this season.

Andy: Things are going to be the same, be it at the beginning or the end of the season. I've been playing well lately, so I have no reason to change.

Le Monde: Some say you're more of a "showman" than a gentleman. What do you say to that?

Andy: It's their opinion. I know my values, my qualities. I can't worry about what others say in their interviews. I'm focused on what I have to do and I'm always courteous towards other players. Many other players also get angry on a tennis court.

Pete Sampras never said a word on the tennis court and he was called "boring". Now, it's the same people saying I'm doing too much. You can't please everyone. I'm no different from other players. Our common aim is to win as many matches as possible.

Le Monde: You've said that Brad Gilbert and yourself are "made of the same wood"?

Andy: We share a lot, even though we're not from the same area, and we're also very different in certain ways. We speak the same language, share the love for music and sport. We talk a lot about things that have nothing to do with tennis.

Le Monde: How would you describe your personality?

Andy: On the tennis court, I'm active and determined. Off the court, I'm relaxed and rather very lazy.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 12:07 PM
um i think he's 16/17 at Houston, 2 wins, one final, and 2 wins for davis cup. if i remember correctly its 5 rounds to win the thing, so just on the actual tournament hes 14, plus 2 for DC and hes 16

thanks for clearing it up - I wasn't positive of the figure, I just noticed it in passing in one of the articles I read.

star
10-31-2003, 01:35 PM
Thanks for the interview, Heya! That was a great read.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 02:21 PM
Here's the original article in French

http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3242,36-339682,0.html

star
10-31-2003, 02:24 PM
Like that might help me! :lol:

Hey, Bunk. :wavey: Nice to see you.

Sorry to hear about your decision not to visit GM, but quite understandable. Hope you are here and in the tournament threads often. :)

heya
10-31-2003, 02:27 PM
That article was translated by Veronique.
The only tennis news I saw was on Newsworld Int'l, Foxsportsworld, The Biz (CNNFN)...

heya
10-31-2003, 02:49 PM
Hopefully your prediction that Federer could win
is wrong. lol

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 03:43 PM
Like that might help me! :lol:

Hey, Bunk. :wavey: Nice to see you.

Sorry to hear about your decision not to visit GM, but quite understandable. Hope you are here and in the tournament threads often. :)

:wavey: back atcha :)

lol sorries.... didn't know if you spoke french or not ;) There's another article on Le Monde (the biggest paper in France) today. My french is just good enough to understand... and the article didn't say anything that the others didn't.

Anyway, definitely not going back to GM. I just don't like the way I act there. Not that what I said in this board this morning was so much better but yea. Considering I'm an academic and the things I'm good at are things I do with my brain, I don't appreciate being called an idiot or stupid or irrational or any of the other things, so I get defensive and it's not worth it. I'll poke in on the tournament threads but I'll probably stick to checking in here. :)

star
10-31-2003, 03:45 PM
Great! We can cheer for Andy here. That's ok. :)

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 03:56 PM
hehe sounds good :yippee:

star
10-31-2003, 04:30 PM
Oh... Andy is serving second. That always makes me more nervous in a match.

2-3 40-0

40-15

star
10-31-2003, 04:31 PM
3 all with an Ace! :)

star
10-31-2003, 04:33 PM
Andy is serving at 71% but Jonas is doing good with 83%.

4 aces for Jonas and 3 for Andy

30-0 on Jonas's serve.

40-0 now....... Andy needs to find a way to put pressure on him.

star
10-31-2003, 04:35 PM
Jonas won that game at love.

star
10-31-2003, 04:36 PM
Quick games. 4 all.

Andy laid down the serves in that game. 7 aces now. 5 for Jonas.

star
10-31-2003, 04:38 PM
30 all now

star
10-31-2003, 04:38 PM
Game point for Jonas. 40-30

star
10-31-2003, 04:39 PM
Darn! 5-4.......... Danger game for Andy.

star
10-31-2003, 04:44 PM
5 all......... A break would be so very nice.

Both their serves have dropped off. Each with a double fault now

15 all

star
10-31-2003, 04:45 PM
30-15 for Andy! He has a chance!

star
10-31-2003, 04:45 PM
40-15!!

Keep it up, Andy!!

star
10-31-2003, 04:46 PM
He's got a second serve to work with.

Nope. 40-30... Here's the next one.

star
10-31-2003, 04:47 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6-5 Andy!!!!!!!!!!!

star
10-31-2003, 04:49 PM
30-0!!!!

star
10-31-2003, 04:49 PM
40-0

star
10-31-2003, 04:50 PM
First set to Andy! :bigclap:

star
10-31-2003, 04:55 PM
This is from Eurosport. Gotta read from the bottom up

18:49 Game and first set Roddick 7-5! Not as easy as it might look for the new number one!

18:46 Three great Backhand passing shots allow Roddick to have the first break of the match

18:38 Bjorkman's serve is not as powerfull as Roddick's one but very accurate!

18:35 3 aces from Roddick in that game to level the score at 4-4

18:33 Bjorkman's serve is quite efficient tonight!

18:26 Still no break points so far as both players are displying very strong games!!

18:17 Both players win their opening games and Roddick has begun to frie away huge serves!!!

18:12 Action is underway and Bjorkman serves first.

18:11 This is the pair's third seemtin aht the series is tied. Theri last face-off took place this year at Wimbledon where Roddick won.

Veronique
10-31-2003, 04:55 PM
Please finish this in 2!

star
10-31-2003, 04:56 PM
18:46 Three great Backhand passing shots allow Roddick to have the first break of the match

Isn't Andy's backhand supposed to suck? ;)

Veronique
10-31-2003, 04:59 PM
3 great backhand passing shots? How about that?

To tell the truth, it's his weakest shot, but I'm happy it seems to be working for him here.

star
10-31-2003, 04:59 PM
1 all........ 15 all

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:00 PM
Please take advantage of those Bjorkman's 2nd serves, Andy!

star
10-31-2003, 05:00 PM
Andy had a chance there on a second serve, but it's 40-15 now for Jonas

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:01 PM
Argh!! Please don't let him hold that easily.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:02 PM
Had a little lunch now I'm here to join the partay

star
10-31-2003, 05:02 PM
Yeah. That kills me too.

But I imagine Jonas with his yellow hair and nice shorts charging the net even on a second serve.

I imagine Andy working on being calm and composed.

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:03 PM
Andy's 1st serve % has gone up in the 2nd set. That's a good sign.

star
10-31-2003, 05:03 PM
30-0

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:03 PM
12 aces already? WAHOO!

His 1st serve % though, he still has to get that up a little

star
10-31-2003, 05:04 PM
Yeah..... They've both dropped off from the first few games, but Jonas's has dropped off more. Now they are about even. Andy's dropped and then came up a bit.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:04 PM
I imagine Andy working on being calm and composed.

good!!!!!!

How'd Andy break him? I wasn't here... it looked like they were holding so solidly before I left

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:05 PM
Had a little lunch now I'm here to join the partay

Lunch can't go down my throat while I'm following these tight Andy matches. LOL.

star
10-31-2003, 05:05 PM
Even for the match, that is. :)

star
10-31-2003, 05:05 PM
Ai Ai Ai Ai Mamacita!!!

Jonas is winning this game at love.

star
10-31-2003, 05:06 PM
Finally, a point for Andy.

star
10-31-2003, 05:07 PM
30-40 Way to go Andy!!

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:07 PM
For this set alone, Andy is serving at 70% 1st serve against only 54% for Jonas. He should take more risk to try and break him instead of letting him off easy.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:07 PM
Lunch can't go down my throat while I'm following these tight Andy matches. LOL.

lol actually I didn't get all that much down.... but it's more b/c I've been sleeping badly and I'm just so tired that I'm not hungry than anything else lol.

let's goooooo Andy! :)

I like being here and cheering ;) Good idea, star

star
10-31-2003, 05:08 PM
good!!!!!!

How'd Andy break him? I wasn't here... it looked like they were holding so solidly before I left

Look at the top of the page. Great backhand passing shots!

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:10 PM
It kills me not to see these matches. It appears Andy has finally found his form.

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:10 PM
A love game there by Andy. Nice!

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:10 PM
OK I saw that but I didn't know if it was because of mistakes Jonas made or just Andy playing well in that particular game. Thanks! Hopefully my friend's catching this on tape - I'd love to see 3 great backhands in one game LOL

Glad he's getting his serves in better this set. That'll help him a lot - now he just has to attack Jonas's!

star
10-31-2003, 05:11 PM
grrrrr at Andy for not taking advantage, but YEA Andy for holding so easily.

Now put some pressure on!!!!

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:12 PM
Come on now, Andy!

star
10-31-2003, 05:12 PM
AAAACCCKKKK....... No pressure.

30-0

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:13 PM
30all come on Andy!

star
10-31-2003, 05:13 PM
:woohoo:

30 All

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:13 PM
30 all. Time for one of those great bachhand passing shots.

star
10-31-2003, 05:13 PM
grrrrrr 30-40

star
10-31-2003, 05:13 PM
Second serve...... come on Andy.

star
10-31-2003, 05:14 PM
Darn!

This is a must hold for Andy. Otherwise Jonas will be serving for the set.

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:15 PM
Keep up the good serving Andy. He's winning 100% of points on 1st serve in this set.

star
10-31-2003, 05:15 PM
19:02 Roddick fired a 224 Km/h ace ! The American is untouchable on his serve

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:15 PM
I love those Eurosport things so darn much lol

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:17 PM
Held at love again! Please put pressure on Jonas now!

J. Corwin
10-31-2003, 05:17 PM
*peeks in*

Mind if I join in? lol

Gooooo Andy!

star
10-31-2003, 05:18 PM
16 aces for the match. 7 in this set.

Jonas started out firing aces but he hasn't had one since early in the first set.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:18 PM
yeah! HEY Jackson! much more fun and friendly here :)

star
10-31-2003, 05:19 PM
*peeks in*

Mind if I join in? lol

Gooooo Andy!


:wavey: The more the merrier. :)

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:20 PM
Hello Jackson!

star
10-31-2003, 05:20 PM
Ok. Make me crazy! Jonas holds again.

4-5

PUHLEEEEEZEEE

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:20 PM
You better not faulter on serve here. Stay strong!

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:21 PM
comeeeee onnnnnnn andyyy

star
10-31-2003, 05:21 PM
75% serving in this set.

J. Corwin
10-31-2003, 05:22 PM
Thank you! Hey bunk, star, Veronique.

Hold Serve now Andy...you gotta.

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:22 PM
Please hold here, Andy!

star
10-31-2003, 05:22 PM
nnooooooooo 15 all

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:22 PM
COME ON ANDY!

star
10-31-2003, 05:23 PM
30 all

Jonas is going all out. He's such a crafty veteran. :kiss: I can't help loving him.

But Andy must win!

star
10-31-2003, 05:23 PM
And he HOLDS!!!!

:hatoff:

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:23 PM
Phew! That was close.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:25 PM
0-30!!!

star
10-31-2003, 05:25 PM
ohmygod... Andy is up 30-0

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:25 PM
I imagine those backhand passing shots are flowing now. lol

star
10-31-2003, 05:25 PM
30-15

star
10-31-2003, 05:25 PM
He held in that close game without serving an ace. :)

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:26 PM
urgh Andy take your chances!

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:26 PM
Please get a break here baby. Come on!

J. Corwin
10-31-2003, 05:26 PM
Break right here Andy! C'mon!

I noticed Jonas served first in both matches cuz of where Andy has been doing the breaking. lol

star
10-31-2003, 05:26 PM
game point for Jonas..... grrrrrrr

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:26 PM
you mean andy can hold serve without hitting aces? News to me!

:p

star
10-31-2003, 05:27 PM
AAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCKKKKKKKKKK

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:27 PM
"A very important volley battle was won by Roddick, Bjorkman could have had a break point"

good backhands AND Volleys??? Who's this guy and what has he done with our no-talent Andy?

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:28 PM
Oh well, hold serve here! Crucial!

star
10-31-2003, 05:28 PM
19:16 4-4, Roddick ha now fired 16 aces, Bjorkman hangs on but it's more and more difficult for the swede

19:22 A very important volley battle was won by Roddick, Bjorkman could have had a break point

A volley battle!!! A volley battle!!!

star
10-31-2003, 05:29 PM
"A very important volley battle was won by Roddick, Bjorkman could have had a break point"

good backhands AND Volleys??? Who's this guy and what has he done with our no-talent Andy?


He's just getting luckier and luckier. :)

star
10-31-2003, 05:30 PM
chewing my fingernails

15 all and the scoreboard won't move

star
10-31-2003, 05:30 PM
ok...... 30-15

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:30 PM
ack!! I know!

star
10-31-2003, 05:30 PM
Andy's first service percentage has plummeted

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:31 PM
Come on!!!!! We've got to finish this in 2 sets.

star
10-31-2003, 05:31 PM
40-30

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:31 PM
I know, star! :(

star
10-31-2003, 05:31 PM
nnnooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Deuce!

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:32 PM
NO DOUBLE FAULTS ANDY!

deuce :rolleyes:

J. Corwin
10-31-2003, 05:32 PM
vamos Andy.

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:32 PM
Terrible timing Andy. Get it together now!

star
10-31-2003, 05:32 PM
AD

J. Corwin
10-31-2003, 05:33 PM
I'm relying on livescore and eurosport...but mostly you guys to tell me the scores, lol.

Ahhhhh

star
10-31-2003, 05:33 PM
This is not the way to go into a tiebreak!

Deuce again

Veronique
10-31-2003, 05:33 PM
Come on! Do what you do best!

star
10-31-2003, 05:33 PM
Ad

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:33 PM
eeeeeeeeekkkkkk tiebreaker. I HATE TBs!!

Come on Andy

star
10-31-2003, 05:33 PM
TIEBREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J. Corwin
10-31-2003, 05:34 PM
Andy you have a good tiebreak record. Make your tiebreak stat even better!

star
10-31-2003, 05:34 PM
Tiebreak just when Andy's serve has gone off the boil.

grrrrrr

Deboogle!.
10-31-2003, 05:34 PM
nice! Start with a mini-break!!

Jackson why don't you follow the scoring on the paris site? it's great!