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A well fought out slam, Andy. You'll get em' next time.

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Mr. Man
01-07-2004, 06:57 PM
............................

Havok
01-07-2004, 07:03 PM
how about "Ass kicking in AO" :lol:

MisterQ
01-07-2004, 07:05 PM
It's a fine title, Mr. Man! :clap2:

Deboogle!.
01-07-2004, 08:03 PM
How about some alliteration with Melbourne?

like.... "The Master of Melbourne" or.... something equally as corny ;)

Havok
01-07-2004, 09:08 PM
cornyness :lick:

Deboogle!.
01-07-2004, 09:13 PM
Naldo why are you licking corniness?

J. Corwin
01-07-2004, 09:20 PM
The title is fine with me. ;)

And Naldo must love corn.

Havok
01-07-2004, 09:32 PM
or.........."Andy Attacks the AO"
:haha: the cornyness :lick:

heya
01-07-2004, 11:51 PM
"No Excuses In Australia"

Mr. Man
01-15-2004, 11:46 PM
*bump*

So I hear the draw comes out today, right? Hmmm..I wonder who Andy will draw.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 12:08 AM
I read somewhere that Andy is in Dent's quarter... that could be really dangerous for him.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 01:00 AM
Andy has a really tough draw....seeded to meet Dent in R32, Younes in R16, could meet Safin in QF and Agassi in SF.... that's assuming he gets by Gonzo

Mr. Man
01-16-2004, 01:53 AM
FuckingA. Gonzalez? Just get passed Gonzo and you'll be fine Andy! C'Mon!

J. Corwin
01-16-2004, 03:23 AM
Gonzo could be tough...or rather quite easy. Depends what Gonzo shows up. If a lot of Gonzo's cannonball forehands land in....then it's gonna be really tough.

Let's see Andy make it to the 2nd week first. He has so many points to defend.

Havok
01-16-2004, 03:29 AM
*remembers all the haters cremaing their pants over and over again when Roddick drew henman at the US Open 2003* :haha: when you see draws, don't freak out. this is ATP, shit like this is bound to happen. seeds can fall like flies, they can all progress through to their respective slotted rounds, and so many more combinations. the important thing is that Andy has beaten Gonzalez before so it's not like he has to do something he's never done before. and also judging by what Wyvern was writing about Andy and his play, he isn't hitting many errors, and hes playing some pretty good tennis, so don't fret

boKi_BraSil
01-16-2004, 03:35 AM
Well, I think Andy's first game it's very dangerous, but let's see what happens!!!!!

:worship: The King: GUGA
The Princes: Tim Henman
Mark Phillipoussis :worship:
Serve and volley 4 ever!!!!
Raw Power !!!! :devil:

star
01-16-2004, 04:42 AM
How about some alliteration with Melbourne?

like.... "The Master of Melbourne" or.... something equally as corny ;)

Meltin' in Melbourne would be more like it. :)

star
01-16-2004, 04:44 AM
Well, I think Andy's first game it's very dangerous, but let's see what happens!!!!!

:worship: The King: GUGA
The Princes: Tim Henman
Mark Phillipoussis :worship:
Serve and volley 4 ever!!!!
Raw Power !!!! :devil:

:wavey: Hi boKi

Yeah........ I agree. Guga is the King. :)

J. Corwin
01-16-2004, 07:28 AM
Meltin' in Melbourne would be more like it. :)

You had "Mashin' in Melbourne" awhile ago.

All good. :)

star
01-16-2004, 01:42 PM
That was before I was truly thinking about aliteration. :)

So...... that with the conditions. Plus, I couldn't think of another mel word that made any sense.

tangerine_dream
01-17-2004, 02:24 AM
http://smilies.crowd9.com/otn/realhappy/yl2jump.gif :woohoo: Great news guys!

Starting Monday, Andy is going to be writing journal entries all through the AO for USA Today newspaper!!! How cool izzat??? http://www.computerpannen.com/cwm/otn/realhappy/offwall.gif

Oh, and for people who don't get USA Today in their states and/or countries, you can probably find Andy's entries on their website: http://www.usatoday.com

Mr. Man
01-17-2004, 02:28 AM
Thanks tangerine. I'm gonna every attempt to not forgot about them and read them. :banana:

J. Corwin
01-17-2004, 02:32 AM
Now...hopefully he gets to write in the journal several times. ;)

Or this could be another "Vahaly journal experience", when he lost what...1st or 2nd round at some tourney? I forget. (I know that was mean.)

Mr. Man
01-17-2004, 02:36 AM
*remembers all the haters cremaing their pants over and over again when Roddick drew henman at the US Open 2003*
LMAO. I remember that and didn't he beat him like in straight sets? muhahah

J. Corwin
01-17-2004, 03:40 AM
Yes, he beat Tim in straight sets.

6-3 7-6 6-3, if I remember correctly

yes it was back then when he would win the tiebreakers...

star
01-17-2004, 04:04 AM
:haha:

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 06:44 AM
Here's what USTA.com has to say about Andy. They pick him as one of the three "front-runners" along with Andre and Juan Carlos.
-----
No. 1 Andy Roddick – Reached the semifinals in his second Aussie Open last year, the furthest he had ever gone before in a Grand Slam until his title at the U.S. Open. He claims he is now playing with a "target on his back," due to his new status as the No. 1 seed. Whether he likes it or not, that's the way it is. It's hard to stay on top. As far as the draw is concerned: Andy once again gets unlucky. He'll face No. 35 Fernando Gonzalez in the very first round, shades of when he faced No. 33 Tim Henman in the first round in Flushing. Could it be that he needs an early scare to win a tournament? Forget the early scares. He'll be in at least the semis consistently for a long time to come.
-----

and then they have a section about all the Americans:
-
Andy Roddick
It is truly a credit to the all-time status of Andre Agassi that Roddick, the world’s #1 player and reigning US Open champion, is receiving second billing in his own country in this preview.

During the 2003 Aussie Open, Roddick won the most dramatic match of the year on the men’s tour when he beat Younes El Aynaoui 20-18 in the fifth set. This result propelled him into the final four of a major for the first time. However, the effort from that epic quarter-final clash, as well as the injury that he sustained in his right wrist on the second-to-last point of that match, left him a mere shell of himself against Rainer Schuettler in the semis. Roddick will be looking to improve upon this result.

This year, Roddick is definitely a marked man though. Both Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero are poised to overtake him atop the rankings, as they have fewer points to defend from the 2003 Aussie Open. It will be fascinating to observe how Roddick responds to these challenges.

We love our champions to be forthcoming, outgoing and charismatic. Roddick is all of that and more. In fact, his loyalty and sense of his place in the game is such that he seems completely willing to accommodate all requests. With his champion’s stubbornness, Roddick would never admit this, but he seemed to be on fumes by the end of 2003. He has made a shrewd move in hiring long-time ATP trainer Doug Spreen to serve as his personal physical trainer. Coach Brad Gilbert and Spreen will provide him with an excellent support group as he tries to embark upon a year where he will be hunted and have much to defend.

Roddick has always seemed to enjoy a good fight, and this year will present plenty of challenges. His results in Melbourne will shape the first half of his season. I anticipate that he will be at least a semi-finalist again, although imagining him as the 2004 champion is not too difficult.

====

the USTA is the only place I've seen who still considers Andy a top favorite after both his form the past couple weeks and his draw. interesting.

Prophetic
01-17-2004, 01:28 PM
http://smilies.crowd9.com/otn/realhappy/yl2jump.gif :woohoo: Great news guys!

Starting Monday, Andy is going to be writing journal entries all through the AO for USA Today newspaper!!! How cool izzat??? http://www.computerpannen.com/cwm/otn/realhappy/offwall.gif

Oh, and for people who don't get USA Today in their states and/or countries, you can probably find Andy's entries on their website: http://www.usatoday.com

Entries will be available on andyroddick.com which means of course that roddickonline.com will have them too and if the newspaper comes out before andy's official site posts it then RO may have it first

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 02:30 PM
Well Andy plays on Monday morning, 3rd on Rod Laver Arena with play starting at 11am local time.... oddly enough coincides nicely with ESPN's live coverage in the states if my math is approximately correct.

star
01-17-2004, 03:41 PM
Entries will be available on andyroddick.com which means of course that roddickonline.com will have them too and if the newspaper comes out before andy's official site posts it then RO may have it first

Scoops!!!! Scoops!!!! Scoops!!!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 03:49 PM
hahahah!!

well I get USAtoday down in our cafeteria... but I imagine it'll get on their site before anything.

Prophetic
01-17-2004, 04:05 PM
I'll be awake the second the usa today site updates....while ar.com is still sleeping so maybe we'll get it before them

star
01-17-2004, 04:53 PM
I sent you a pm, Lucidd

Havok
01-17-2004, 06:45 PM
HOLY SHIT how can they get the scoreline of the Roddick/El Aynaoui match wrong. i mean everyone knows it was 21-19 and not 20-18:rolleyes:

Mr. Man
01-17-2004, 09:40 PM
Andy plays third on Rod Laver! We might get to see him on TV.

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 09:43 PM
probably will.. it should work out just about right, unless Rainer's match is REALLY quick.

J. Corwin
01-17-2004, 10:10 PM
lol. I always look at schedules and figure out if they're gonna coincide with TV times. I'm such a tennis nut.

I'm pretty happy that I'll see Andy play his first match (hopefully) on the first day of TV coverage.

tangerine_dream
01-17-2004, 11:25 PM
"There's a bull's eye on my back every time I go out there now," says Andy Roddick. "They'd all love to beat the guy who is ranked number one."

Yeah, boy, he wasn't kidding huh? ;)

star
01-17-2004, 11:56 PM
Has anyone except me thought that Andy has an unusually large mouth?

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 12:00 AM
LOL!! Tangy did you make that or did you find it somewhere?

tangerine_dream
01-18-2004, 12:06 AM
Has anyone except me thought that Andy has an unusually large mouth?

Nope! .....

and

LOL!! Tangy did you make that

Yes. http://www.computerpannen.com/cwm/otn/realhappy/biglaugh.gif

andylover_16
01-18-2004, 02:50 AM
go andy:clap2:...

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 06:27 AM
Here's a video of Andy from the AO Site. Direct link here

here (mms://a517.v85830.c8583.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/517/8583/v0001/ibmaus.download.akamai.com/8583/2004/ao0116tv_hi.asf)

J. Corwin
01-18-2004, 11:02 AM
weuheu!

star
01-18-2004, 02:53 PM
As I was sending an email, I heard a Jon Wertheim piece on NPR about the AO. Deb, I am sure, will get the actual segment from the NPR site (think it will be up there tomorrow), but here is a rough -- typed as it was being said-- version.


Jon Wertheim. Q.They say the focus is not on the tennis but on who is NOT playing. Serena keeping a low profile? J. Only when it comes to tennis. She was on Law and Order, at Michael Jackson's, in LA trying to land a movie role.Venus is playing, but hasn't played for six months.

Q. Jen Cap, Mary Pierce -- What is happening? Really interesting how the glam cast of tennis has so quickly dissolved. The two Belgians are the stars. Linday is playing. She is a player to watch. With all these absences she could take advantage of this denuded field.

Q.Is men's denuded as well? Can't keep track of the new guys. J. Men's tennis is on the upswing. Now have a cluster of young guys with character and all from different countries. If Usians can get by the fact not from the U.S. and speak with accents, it's great. (talked about a few of the guys but I was really lagging by this time and couldn't get it)

Andy plays Gonzo. A test right off the bat. Not unprecedented for the top guy to lose first round.

Q. Is there something going on between Andy and the men? Subtle. Feel that ATP has pumped him up at the expense of non American players because he can speak perfect English. This has died down some after Andy won the USO. Andy is in your face and brash. Feeling of Ugly American vs....etc.

In U.S. .... Tennis has been in the off season and suddenly bang it starts out with a slam. I think this tournament will not be played so early in the season much longer.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 03:38 PM
the NPR site says the audio of it will be up by 1pm ET :)

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 04:44 PM
ok try this here (mms://wm.npr.na-central.speedera.net/wm.npr.na-central/wesun/20040118_wesun_15.wma)

star
01-18-2004, 04:47 PM
But aren't you proud of me for giving you the tip?

huh? huh?

*sits up like a puppy for a pat.

star
01-18-2004, 04:48 PM
ok try this here (http://web.lightningcast.net/servlets/getAd?version=4.5a&naid=175&playerid=1&streamref=10&session=U942552691037836566510&spot=[0,0]&wmsext=.asx)


Maybe that was just me, but no sound emitted and it was very short. The actual piece was longer.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 04:52 PM
of course I am :kiss:

Nice interview... I really like John Wertheim a lot.

and wait that link does not work...I edited it.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 04:52 PM
yea I got the wrong source link. fixed now

star
01-18-2004, 05:02 PM
It works perfectly. :)

This is the third time I've heard it. :)

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 05:06 PM
heheheh third time's a charm.... wait that doesn't make much sense lol.

star
01-18-2004, 05:36 PM
I also went to RO and picked up the letterman interview and the trl. Going to listen to Regis now.

You guys do a great job there.

And I just gave you a plug on GM.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 06:13 PM
Glad you like the videos.....makes my work more worthwhile

:kiss:

Mr. Man
01-18-2004, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the interview, bunk.

I'm excited! :banana:

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 06:45 PM
you're welcome :) me too.... LIVE TENNIS!!

but I'm a little nervous as well... :scared:

Mr. Man
01-18-2004, 06:47 PM
I try to ignore nerves. Nerves are the devil. :p

Mr. Man
01-18-2004, 06:49 PM
:lol:

Dude: #1?
Andy: Lucky.

Being lucky rules!

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 06:52 PM
lol I know... my problem is that I'm good at displacing my own nerves. I get way more nervous for/about other people than myself. Like I'm waiting to hear back from 14 law schools and I'm perfectly calm.... Andy plays a match tonight and i'm freaking out. I can't explain it. I cry at movies and tv shows way easier than at my own life too.

Even fears.... I've got a really bad height phobia and if someone leans over a guardrail or stairwell or something I FREAK OUT for them. It's just easier to worry about stuff that doesn't have anything to do with me than my own life lol. I'm just weird like that...

star
01-18-2004, 06:59 PM
That was a great interview, Deb. Thanks.

I loved the setting. The palm fronds swaying outside the window. Lovely.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 07:03 PM
Yea... he must've done a whole press junket at that restaurant that day LOL... gotta love his willingness to be interviewed. And you can tell he's handling it a lot better than he used to, he's more thoughtful about his answers and stuff.

Did you see the video from the same setting that was shown on Aussie TV? I can dig up the link if you didn't.

star
01-18-2004, 07:12 PM
No, I didn't see that. Thanks.

I was sort of laughing when they asked about his private life and if he tried to keep that private. He sort of looked down and blushed and laughed a little, and I thought..... "yeah, kind of hard to keep it private when your girlfriend is blabbing every single detail to any interviewer who asks." :lol:

Mr. Man
01-18-2004, 07:22 PM
lol I know... my problem is that I'm good at displacing my own nerves. I get way more nervous for/about other people than myself. Like I'm waiting to hear back from 14 law schools and I'm perfectly calm.... Andy plays a match tonight and i'm freaking out. I can't explain it. I cry at movies and tv shows way easier than at my own life too.

Even fears.... I've got a really bad height phobia and if someone leans over a guardrail or stairwell or something I FREAK OUT for them. It's just easier to worry about stuff that doesn't have anything to do with me than my own life lol. I'm just weird like that...
Yeah, you sort of sound like me. I always freak out when Andy plays ANYONE. :o

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 07:25 PM
haha and what's funny is that she says she hates being asked about it too...*looking for other video URL*

star
01-18-2004, 07:25 PM
I've got a really bad height phobia

Oops! You can't come here then. It's all vertical. :)

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 07:29 PM
Yeah, you sort of sound like me. I always freak out when Andy plays ANYONE. :o

Yea.... and it's not just tennis. I freak out over everything but myself lol

star
01-18-2004, 07:39 PM
haha and what's funny is that she says she hates being asked about it too...*looking for other video URL*

But she just can't stop herself from talking! Can't Can't Can't

Girls in love are sooooo sweet.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 07:44 PM
lol no I guess she can't

Here ya goooooo

http://pub.aol7.com.au/asxgen/PUB/news/0401/tt_040114_roddick_l.wmv.asx

star
01-18-2004, 07:59 PM
Thanks mucho.

I'll look at it after I get back. :)

J. Corwin
01-18-2004, 08:57 PM
Even fears.... I've got a really bad height phobia and if someone leans over a guardrail or stairwell or something I FREAK OUT for them. It's just easier to worry about stuff that doesn't have anything to do with me than my own life lol. I'm just weird like that...

Me too! And that's why I can never really lean too much against guardrails at the edge of a cliff for example.

star
01-18-2004, 09:07 PM
And I'm just the opposite. I loathe guardrails.

I like to stand on the edge of cliffs. I love to be up high more than anything. Tops of buildings, tops of cliffs, tops of trees.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 09:16 PM
Jace you're better than me. you'd never get me NEAR a guardrail OR a cliff!!!!!!

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 09:30 PM
Just FYI, ESPN's now updated their schedule and it specifically says "Andy Roddick vs. Fernando Gonzalez" tonight at 11 eastern. so we get to see it live! :woohoo: Agassi's match is listed for tomorrow afternoon coverage.

J. Corwin
01-18-2004, 09:49 PM
Weeeee! Just hours away from live coverage!

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 09:53 PM
yea...... 6 hours! lol but only just over one til matches actually start :)

star
01-18-2004, 09:55 PM
From Australia FoxSports

AND news surfaced that world No. 1 Andy Roddick has painful bruising to his foot. Although the young American star will start the Open, his ability to play the gruelling schedule remains in doubt.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 10:02 PM
yea.... I saw that the day after he pulled out of Kooyong.... I think that's a case of them getting the story wrong because that's the ONLY place (the AAP) that said that.

star
01-18-2004, 10:09 PM
I know. NOT news.

:)

J. Corwin
01-18-2004, 10:40 PM
Hopefully the blisters won't affect his AO performance. :)

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 10:44 PM
they better not! :o

star
01-18-2004, 11:09 PM
OK It's 4:10. Where are those matches???????

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 11:10 PM
Yea that's what I wanted to know.... common AO site do not let us down!!!

star
01-18-2004, 11:13 PM
Here we go!!! Guccione got the first two points on my scoreboard! :)

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 11:15 PM
wahoooooooo the matches are quickly showing up :)

Mr. Man
01-19-2004, 03:27 AM
Alright Roddick fuckers! Justine better hurry up! ;)

Prophetic
01-19-2004, 03:48 AM
agreed, lol

MisterQ
01-19-2004, 04:15 AM
Alright Roddick fuckers! Justine better hurry up! ;)

She really is hurrying! 6-0, 3-0 so far. This poor Australian girl, her first big match is on Laver arena against the No. 1 player! :eek:

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 04:19 AM
That poor kid, going up against Justine. LOL.

At least this will be quick. I want to see Andy play! :banana:

MisterQ
01-19-2004, 04:23 AM
I really want this girl to win at least one game! She had break points but couldn't convert. :sad:

MisterQ
01-19-2004, 04:29 AM
6-0 6-0

star
01-19-2004, 04:30 AM
Ok.......... Court clearing for ANDY!!

Hope he can do it.

ohhhhhhhhhhhh........ more clips for Deb!

star
01-19-2004, 04:32 AM
I liked Justine's new outfit.

Mr. Man
01-19-2004, 04:32 AM
I really want this girl to win at least one game! She had break points but couldn't convert. :sad:
I know. She was kind of hot too. :p

C'Mon Andy! I'm off to watch it.

star
01-19-2004, 04:38 AM
Are you all happy for me that my Swedes and Guga won? :)

I am still so pumped about Robin!

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 06:08 AM
No one's posting here? Is everyone at the AO board?

andylover_16
01-19-2004, 06:13 AM
im here..Andy is up two sets:D...and third set is curently 1-3....unfortunatly Gonzalez has a break on him right now...


GO ANDY:clap2::smooch:

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 06:56 AM
thank you for winning a tie-breaker Andy!!!!!!!!!

Nice win!

star
01-19-2004, 06:56 AM
Hey! Andylover!! Nice to see you.

I'm up way past my bedtime.

See you all tomorrow.

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 07:07 AM
me too star.... night! :kiss:

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 07:08 AM
ohhhhhhhhhhhh........ more clips for Deb!


what do you mean more clips for me? lol

Nishy
01-19-2004, 07:23 AM
Andy Won! Go Andy!
And it's nice win to tiebreak match.

heya
01-19-2004, 07:36 AM
Wacky, but still exciting match, and that's
the most ferocious TB Andy/Gonzo :eek: ever played!
Andy was thinking...I could get a point WOOOOO.

Andy has more FINESSE than
people believe...that must annoy the naysayers.

Prophetic
01-19-2004, 07:44 AM
Debra and I were chatting through the match and we've decided (mostly Deb) that a really bad mishit from this point on shall now be called a gonzoooo

J. Corwin
01-19-2004, 08:31 AM
lmao

Good win for Andy. And yay about winning a TB!

star
01-19-2004, 02:31 PM
what do you mean more clips for me? lol

I meant the clips about Andy. The promos or human interest stories or whatever they are called.

I'm really tired this morning.

star
01-19-2004, 02:34 PM
:bigclap: Tiebreak

I thought Andy played fairly well considering the opponent. It's difficult to play Gonzo. I guess it's not a news flash that I think he still needs a lot of work at the net and making decisions at the net.

I don't know if this level of play is going to get him to the semis or not. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him.

MisterQ
01-19-2004, 02:50 PM
Mary Carillo is right about Gonzo --- if he would change his approach and incorporate some defensive and "neutral" shots, he could be SOOO much better. If he only went for those big shots when he was really set up well and in position, who could stop him?!

Andy played very smartly, I thought. He knew the math --- that Gonzo was making too many errors to pull that match out with winners --- so Andy played terrific defense and kept the ball in the court.

Good job Andy! :clap2:

star
01-19-2004, 03:02 PM
I dont know how to post those Getty photos.

star
01-19-2004, 03:03 PM
I liked this one a lot

http://delivery.****************/comp/2880011.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DEF035CB3198BBE57D4F8A749D3F92 F334

Prophetic
01-19-2004, 03:05 PM
yeah...i get a page saying that I'm not authorized to view

WyverN
01-19-2004, 03:06 PM
Mary Carillo is right about Gonzo --- if he would change his approach and incorporate some defensive and "neutral" shots, he could be SOOO much better. If he only went for those big shots when he was really set up well and in position, who could stop him?!


he needs a good coach + some effort, would be a top 10 player easily. Godd sign for Roddick beating a danger player in straights, I think he wont have much problems getting to the semis as long as he gets past Dent

star
01-19-2004, 03:07 PM
I hope you are right. :)

But in a GS anything can happen.

Havok
01-19-2004, 03:54 PM
ah i wasn't here, sorry i take my bed over the computer, but i watched it in the comfort of my bed:banana: yay Andy, played it smart, not going for much, hitting some topspin shots and stuff to draw the error out of gonzo. and as other people have said, Mary Carillo was right on the money. gonzo has to keep those shots a little longer and then blast it. he's no Williams sister who can blast everything from anywhere and hit the winner. hot and cold tennis works on the WTA, NOT the ATP

star
01-19-2004, 04:25 PM
If I had stayed in bed all the time, I would have fallen asleep. I had to move around. :)

Totally agree about WTA vs. ATP. :)

Did you read Andy's interview? I thought it was good.

star
01-19-2004, 04:47 PM
Pressure just adds pleasure to Andy's learning curve

By Jake Niall and Peter Hanlon
January 20, 2004 - 12:39AM

http://www.smh.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1074360700293_2004/01/20/20roddick.jpg

Power play: Andy Roddick in action against Fernando Gonzales yesterday. Photo: Paul Harris

Andy Roddick learns from his mistakes. In 2001, when on the verge of developing a hostile relationship with the US media, the ATP arranged for him to meet several top-line reporters in order to offer apologies. Since then, he has been unfailingly courteous - and often quite quick-witted - when feeding the media chooks.

In 2002, he confronted an ailing Pete Sampras in the quarter- finals of the US Open. Billed as a match between the serve master and his successor, Roddick utterly failed to handle the suffocating pressure of the occasion. A year later, he won the US Open, his first slam, surviving match points against David Nalbandian in the semis.

Indeed, in his rise to the top, Roddick has developed a mastery of the big occasion. And far from loathing the stress of tennis at the top, he actually enjoys it.

"I like it. I don't mind it," Roddick said of grand slam stress after his 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Fernando Gonzales. "At the same time, like I said, there's not a lack of it, you know, at a big tennis tournament. So, you know, I don't mind it."

Roddick's first-round fixture, on paper, was about as stressful as a No.1 seed could reasonably expect on day one. He was up against the world No.34; technically speaking, he could not play a higher ranked player unless it was the No.33.

Gonzales possesses similar weapons to Roddick's in the form of a monstrous serve and heavy forehand. And Roddick admitted to entering the match with trepidation, given he did not often find himself matched for sheer power.

"A lot of the time you feel like you're just at his mercy," he said. What separated No.1 from No.34 was - as you'd guess - his capacity to produce unerringly accurate power, particularly the monster serve, when it was required. This was particularly evident in the third set, when Roddick was down 3-5 and seemed headed for the nasty first match he'd feared.

"For the most part, you know, I served well in the big points," he said. "I felt like the third set my service percentage really went down, and maybe towards the tail end of the second set. But, you know, I figured something out and I was able to get through.

"Especially in the tie-breaker, I don't think I missed a first serve, so that was key."

It might have happened anyway, but Roddick's transformation from great white hype to one who delivers has coincided with his decision to team up with Brad Gilbert, the coach who guided Andre Agassi to late career riches.

Like any shrewd coach, Gilbert has core principles but otherwise adopts a horses for courses approach with Roddick.

"Brad's philosophy is I'm not Andre, and so he can't approach me like he did with Andre. Obviously, it's nice, you know - we don't talk about, you know, his relationship with Andre that much.

"But just me knowing that he's been there before and he's not gonna get freaked out by any situation or surprised by anything is, it's nice to know."

Mr. Man
01-19-2004, 04:51 PM
Good win Andy! I had to edit the title. ROFL. :banana:

star
01-19-2004, 05:07 PM
:rocker2:

star
01-19-2004, 05:09 PM
A bit of a snotty article about Andy.

Roddick leaves 'em tongue-tied

By Alan Attwood
January 20, 2004

There were were surprises. Of course there were. It would be surprising NOT to have surprises on the first day of an Australian Open. Germany's Rainer Schuettler lost, which was a shock as he made the final last year. Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten won, which was a shock as the three-time French Open champion has found it tough winning many matches in Melbourne.

Another former Australian Open finalist, Carlos Moya of Spain, pulled out of the tournament. This wasn't so surprising, as he was limping when he left Sydney at the weekend.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, a medical miracle in itself, is that Andy Roddick of the US didn't part company with his tongue.

Roddick, 21, strolled onto centre court yesterday as reigning US Open champion, world No.1, top seed, and - to many - tournament favourite. As such he will receive much more scrutiny than in his previous two visits to this country.

The main thing revealed in Roddick's first-round match against Fernando Gonzalez of Chile is that his tongue is as crucial to his success as his racquet.

With his huge first serve and forehand, Roddick is an obvious successor to fellow American Pete Sampras. As he powered his way to a record 14 grand slam titles, the Sampras tongue was rivalled in its fame only by the Rolling Stones logo and overheated bloodhounds. This fact evidently did not escape Roddick. He sticks his tongue out to serve, receive, change ends and, just to be mundane, sometimes just to lick his lips.

But you can't get to the top in tennis by being totally predictable. There is variety in the Roddick game. He doesn't always put his tongue out when he serves, for example. Sometimes he keeps it in and looks like a man holding his breath.

An opponent must sometimes feel like a batsman facing Shane Warne, trying to pick his flipper by the grip on the cricket ball. But anyone attempting to read the Roddick tongue must first try not to be disconcerted by all his mannerisms. Before every first serve a ritual is enacted: select balls; twiddle racquet; bounce ball off racquet three or four times; twiddle racquet some more while bouncing ball off the left hand twice; then belt it down at more than 200 km/h.

It's obviously working for him. On a day when the Open was blessed with glorious weather and a record first-day crowd of 36,398, Roddick accounted for Gonzalez 6-2, 7-5, 7-6. On reaching match point in the third-set tie-break his tongue came out.

Victory was greeted with a lick of the lips and a salute for his fans, most of whom had also been present for the previous match, in which Roddick's counterpart in the women's game, Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, had been far less expressive in her 6-0, 6-0 demolition of 15-year-old Australian Olivia Lukaszewicz.

Havok
01-19-2004, 05:14 PM
:lol: i like the tongue thing, its funny. and it's actually quite fun if you do it yourself, it feels really weird:haha:

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 05:59 PM
Turns out that lunatic Gonzo wasn't much of a threat to Andy. Yay Andy! :banana:

I can't believe what a loco :cuckoo: that Gonzo guy is. At first, I thought he was kinda goofing around but then as the game progressed I realized that no, he really DOES play that bad. Ugh! Balls being sprayed left and right; no thought process or strategy incorporated in the gameplay; no finesse, balls being overhit, and that GRUNTING. He really gave me a headache making such a racket.

By far, he's one of the more bizarre players I've seen. :eek:

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 06:13 PM
Totally agreed, tangy.... when he'd go for too much, I'd just sort of go :eek: and then just shake my head. it was a very bizarre match to watch in that respect. But I can see how that bizarre-ness would be annoying so it's good that Andy didn't really let it disrupt him.

And hopefully andy can figure out why he had his slump in the late second-third sets.

But to me the biggest thing was the TB.... very big for him to win that.

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 06:14 PM
There are a load of pics and more articles... I put them all at Roddick Online. I gotta make videos or else I'd post them all here but you guys can just go over there and check them out ;)

star
01-19-2004, 06:16 PM
Turns out that lunatic Gonzo wasn't much of a threat to Andy. Yay Andy! :banana:

I can't believe what a loco :cuckoo: that Gonzo guy is. At first, I thought he was kinda goofing around but then as the game progressed I realized that no, he really DOES play that bad. Ugh! Balls being sprayed left and right; no thought process or strategy incorporated in the gameplay; no finesse, balls being overhit, and that GRUNTING. He really gave me a headache making such a racket.

By far, he's one of the more bizarre players I've seen. :eek:

But sometimes, once in awhile, he is brilliant, and all those wacky shots go in. When that happens, he is unbeatable.

His nic isn't Gonzo for nuthin. :)

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 06:30 PM
Totally agreed, tangy.... when he'd go for too much, I'd just sort of go :eek: and then just shake my head. it was a very bizarre match to watch in that respect. But I can see how that bizarre-ness would be annoying so it's good that Andy didn't really let it disrupt him. ..........But to me the biggest thing was the TB.... very big for him to win that.

You know, that thought had occurred to me: that Gonzo's grunting and crazy ball-hitting was a way to distract and annoy Andy and possibly disrupt his concentration. Andy was certainly looking annoyed towards the end of the match, as if he couldn't believe he had to waste his time playing such a nutty opponent who didn't seem to be taking the match seriously. I wouldn't blame him for that! :eek: :lol:

And I'm glad Andy finally broke through and won a TB; I was starting to wonder about that. :scratch:

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 06:31 PM
But sometimes, once in awhile, he is brilliant, and all those wacky shots go in. When that happens, he is unbeatable.

Yeah, he made some good shots (that drop shot was probably the best one of the night) but I got the impression that he was just throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks! ;)

Havok
01-19-2004, 06:39 PM
shhhhhhh, i think Gonzo thinks he's playing in the WTA

star
01-19-2004, 07:00 PM
I agree with you Tangy. He is just throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks. :)

It's really ugly tennis. That's why I'm not so fond of the WTA these days. The error rate is so enormous, it makes it frustrating to watch. Just like last night.

btw, I know we are all biased, but did you get why a certain someone was calling Andy an asshole because he called a ball long? What was that all about. I mean in terms of the tennis. I had gone downstars for a moment and didn't see that part.

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 07:30 PM
It's really ugly tennis. That's why I'm not so fond of the WTA these days. The error rate is so enormous, it makes it frustrating to watch. Just like last night.

I can't stand watching the WTA anymore, unless Justine is playing. Everyone else plays like such junkballers, I'm amazed half of them are in the Top Ten! :eek: I'm not a fan of the Williams sisters but heck, at least they can HIT the ball OVER the net. :rolleyes:

btw, I know we are all biased, but did you get why a certain someone was calling Andy an asshole because he called a ball long? What was that all about. I mean in terms of the tennis. I had gone downstars for a moment and didn't see that part.

Andy called a ball long but he was hardly actling like an asshole about it. I thought he was joking around with the ballboy again, like he usually does. Ignore what Dirk said. He's the type of hater who will always find something negative to say about Andy, even when nothing negative was said or done! Hee. He's so in love with him. :lol:

MisterQ
01-19-2004, 07:47 PM
Gonzo can pull out some great wins on a good day. He has some major scalps of great players on his record. But he's NEVER going to win 7 in a row playing that way! It's a shame. Really, I wish he would be open to change. It's almost offensive watching him blow points which are completely in his hands positionally by just overhitting everything.

star
01-19-2004, 08:08 PM
He did get robbed a couple of times. That last shot though was sooooo close that I see how the linesman called it out.

Still, as Lendl famously lectured a linesman: If even one 1,000th of the ball is on the line, it's not out.

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 08:13 PM
we have videooooooos at RO if anyone's interested. I made that nice featurette they did with Andy before the match started, a "highlights reel" of the match, and the post-match interview. enjoy :)

star
01-19-2004, 08:14 PM
we have videooooooos at RO if anyone's interested. I made that nice featurette they did with Andy before the match started, a "highlights reel" of the match, and the post-match interview. enjoy :)

See. I knew you would be happy about the 'clips.'

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 08:29 PM
hehe yep you were right :)

Havok
01-19-2004, 08:53 PM
ewwww tangerine, you like Justine??? she makes me laugh sometimes, with her constant allez suring matches, and for sure's in her press conferences. i like wta much more than the atp becauseaside from Roddick, everyone else is:yawn: to me. the girls make me go:eek: much more than the men. hmmm maybe it's because i'm a boy. Jelena:lick::rocker2:

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 08:59 PM
lol Naldo... I dunno what it is for me but women's tenns just doesn't do it. The end of Justine's match that they showed was so painful lol

Anyway... Round 2 should be good for andy :) Feel free to make predictions for us to use at RO ;)

Havok
01-19-2004, 09:21 PM
Roddick in 3:rocker2: there ya go Deb

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 09:43 PM
ewwww tangerine, you like Justine???

LOL. Yes, I like her. Sorry Naldo! Is she not very populart in the WTA forum? I wonder why people are put off by her? :confused:

star
01-19-2004, 09:43 PM
ewwww tangerine, you like Justine??? she makes me laugh sometimes, with her constant allez suring matches, and for sure's in her press conferences. i like wta much more than the atp becauseaside from Roddick, everyone else is:yawn: to me. the girls make me go:eek: much more than the men. hmmm maybe it's because i'm a boy. Jelena:lick::rocker2:

hmmm? Just what are you going :eek: at?

Nah. It's about the tennis. The men's tennis is SO much better than the women's. The depth is better too. Once in awhile there comes along a female player that captures my imagination, but usually, to me the women are not so great to watch.

Now the current vogue is to crush the ball regardless of error rate, and that is very disturbing to watch. I love Kim, and will always root for her, but her tennis is so error prone, it's difficult to sit through a match. Also Justine. The famed backhand spins out of control very frequently. And let's not even get into Venus or Serena because then we will never ever talk again. :)

tangerine_dream
01-19-2004, 10:59 PM
There are a load of pics and more articles... I put them all at Roddick Online. I gotta make videos or else I'd post them all here but you guys can just go over there and check them out ;)

Oh, the old bait-and-switch tactic? ;)

Deboogle!.
01-19-2004, 11:01 PM
lol tangy actually no..... I worked from the time I got up til about 2:30pm on getting pics, news, and making the videos.


and star I totally agree that men's tennis is just better. when I watch figure skating, i like to watch the ladies because they're better. Same with gymnastics and basketball. but men's tennis :worship:

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 04:34 AM
Here's Andy's second email for USA Today:
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To: USA TODAY readers
Subject: Survived first round

Well, I'm glad to get through that first match. I like to think there aren't too many guys out there who hit the ball as hard as I do, but with (Fernando) Gonzalez you can end up at his mercy if you aren't careful. I sort of wanted to weather the storm and see if he was going to hit winners or errors. Thankfully, I was able to dig in there in the third set to keep from going into a fourth. If I hadn't, it could have been anybody's ballgame, and I'd like to keep from spending as much time on court as I did here last year.



I did see some of the Eagles-Panthers game early on Monday. The first game wasn't on here and would have been way too early anyway, but we caught a bit of the second game at the hotel before we left for practice.

• Andy

heya
01-20-2004, 08:33 AM
Why don't we make tennis players shoot balls thru
baskets/tackle each other on court to make tennis
popular again?
:timebomb:

Show repeats of Andy matches to
make non-fans hate him even more.

I've no trouble criticizing
my favorite players when they do something wrong.
JUST don't you dare criticize other players!! :angel:
LMAO
Choose now:
Lie about Andy (flatter yourself) or
Jump on the Andy bandwagon! HEHE

Remember these posts?->..
1. Andy needs cake walk draws to go far!
(I guess those injuries/retirements/losses before
meant that he had no chance for a slam later!)
2. Andy doesn't deserve to be in the top 10.
3. He wins small titles only.
4. He's not GONNA MAKE IT.

His best wins
on CLAY :ignore: were versus Chang & Coria (who was RUSTY!!!!!).
(NAAAH, that can't be as wonderful as
BIG BOY Zabaleta beating Ferrero
& Luis Horna beating Federer on CLAY)
I'd rather trade in 1 FO title for these combined
titles:
USO, Wimbly and AO.
Of course, if Andy wins 1 FO, awwww too good.
Bring on the RODDICK SLAMS

J. Corwin
01-20-2004, 09:22 AM
Yep, WTA tennis involves way too many errors to be enjoyable to watch usually.

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 02:34 PM
OK so the play schedule isn't up at the ATP or AO sites, but according to AR.com Andy's third on Rod Laver on Wed. afternoon. We get TV at 11:30pm eastern...... this BETTER coincide! LOL

star
01-20-2004, 03:21 PM
We will need some help.

Lleyton was third up too.

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 03:28 PM
Ok it's a women's match, then Andre, then Andy, starting at 11am local time like it has. Why are they showing it so late today :sad: ESPN suuuuuuucks

Dirk
01-20-2004, 03:47 PM
At least you get to see Andy. :rolleyes: So do any of you think he will play Marat in the qrts? I hope Andre get Guga in the 4th rd. That could be a great one. The Dent match with Andy will be good as well.

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 03:51 PM
I can't think any further than Andy/Taylor. That's gonna be bad enough.

Havok
01-20-2004, 06:03 PM
um bunk don't complain because when Grand Slams coincide with monday nights, i have to wait till 3:30 am every f***in time because they take wrestling over tennis:fiery: oh and they ven have the nerve to play the tennis coverage AFTER they replay wrestling which had just finished about 45 minutes ago. sumbass TSN

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 06:38 PM
But naldo you get all the TMS events, even the clay ones!! :devil:

tangerine_dream
01-20-2004, 06:47 PM
Wednesday Order of Play

ROD LAVER CENTRE COURT (0000 Wednesday)
(4) Amelie Mauresmo (Fra) v Ludmila Cervanova (Slk)
(4) Andre Agassi (US) v Tomas Berdych (Cze)
(1) Andy Roddick (US) v Bohdan Ulihrach (Cze)

ROD LAVER CENTRE COURT (0830 Wednesday)
Alicia Molik (Aus) v (15) Daniela Hantuchova (Slk)
(32) Robby Ginepri (US) v Chris Guccione (Aus)

COURT ONE (2300 Tuesday)
Aniko Kapros (Hun) v Samantha Stosur (Aus)
(19) Gustavo Kuerten (Bra) v Ivan Ljubicic (Cro)
(1) Justine Henin-Hardenne (Bel) v Camille Pin (Fra)
Jarkko Nieminen (Fin) v Marat Safin (Rus)

MARGARET COURT ARENA (2300 Tuesday)
(19) Eleni Daniilidou (Gre) v Cara Black (Zim)
Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg) v (27) Taylor Dent (US)
Emilie Loit (Fra) v (5) Lindsay Davenport (US)
Jerome Golmard (Fra) v (13) Paradorn Srichaphan (Tha)

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 06:50 PM
yea shame on the AO site for not publishing the OP!!!!

It's doubtful we'll get any live tennis tonight as Andy and Andre's matches should both be pretty quick and our coverage is late tonight :(

Havok
01-20-2004, 08:11 PM
true bunk, i get all TMS events:banana:

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 08:21 PM
Alright, ESPN's schedule now shows that tonight's coverage will be Andre's match and tomorrow afternoon Lindsay Davenport/Loit. Hopefully tonight they show bot Andre and Andy... but none will be live I'm sure :mad:

edit: scratch that, they said just now they're showing both the matches tonight. but still, not live :( lol

Havok
01-20-2004, 09:11 PM
hey i'de take taped over nothing at all, so im not complaining. but live would be really nice ESPN:fiery:

J. Corwin
01-20-2004, 10:48 PM
*sigh* at no live tennis...bah!

J. Corwin
01-20-2004, 10:48 PM
so much for all the live tennis they promised

Deboogle!.
01-20-2004, 10:55 PM
*sigh is right*

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 04:26 AM
NICE WIN ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Man change the subject ;)

And Dent and Chela are out there still tiring themselves out ;)

tangerine_dream
01-21-2004, 04:38 AM
2 DOWN, 5 MORE TO GO!!! :banana:

Nice job Andy!! :bounce: :worship:

Mr. Man
01-21-2004, 04:58 AM
Changed title. I had a night class and came back and Andy was up 2 sets. I was like "Hell yeah!"

Mr. Man
01-21-2004, 05:00 AM
Up next is Dent, right? ooooh lord. I'm nervous now, Dent had baldy beat at USO but had to pull out, he's pretty damn good. I hope Andy can pull it off. He better! :banana:

heya
01-21-2004, 05:00 AM
Dent didn't play a 4 hour 59 minute match!

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 05:19 AM
No but Dent played a 3 and a half hour match and isn't in particuarly wonderful shape, at least not compared to Andy. He should be tired.

J. Corwin
01-21-2004, 08:03 AM
good win for Andy. Keep it up against Taylor!

star
01-21-2004, 01:14 PM
Here's something for the Agassi fans as well.

Anyway, Andy says he doesn't think of himself as clumsy....... but...... now he almost walked into the camera? :D

Calm v twitch: what a game this could be

By Richard Hinds
January 22, 2004

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For two men with so much in common, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick are two very different dudes. The Americans have both dated famous women, been coached by Brad Gilbert and held the top ranking in their sport. Yet, in the way they go about their business, you would think they came from Neptune and Jupiter, not Las Vegas and Boca Raton.

Agassi has the calm of Buddha and plays most of his matches in a cocoon of concentration. Yesterday when his second-round opponent Tomas Berdych slipped while going for a shot and bent down to adjust his footwear, it was not until Agassi looked up to serve that he noticed there was no one waiting to be served to.

Roddick, conversely, has the twitchy hyperactivity of a distracted schoolchild. With his opponent Bohdan Ulihrach providing little opposition, Roddick took on the speed machine. A 224kmh rocket was followed by 227kmh missile that landed just long. Then, in the same game, he chased down a lob and hit the ball back from between his legs. Breathtaking, engaging, entertaining ...

Off the court, Agassi is an articulate and respected spokesman about his sport and life beyond it. He thoughtfully answered questions yesterday about the drugs controversy in tennis, the perspective a sudden death such as that of David Hookes could bring and various more mundane issues.

You figure Roddick could provide a reasonably thoughtful opinion about the programming on MTV. As it was, he did well yesterday not to say anything too flippant or inappropriate about the drugs issue.

Of course, the more-than-12 years' headstart that 33-year-old Agassi has on his countryman accounts for some of the differences between the last great American player and the man with the game to become the next. Although he has grown into his role as an elder statesman, Agassi still talks with regret about some of the miscalculations of his colourful and extravagantly coiffured youth - particularly his decision not to play the Australian Open until 1995.

By comparison, apart from a spectacularly bad visor which was immediately removed by his new coach Gilbert, Roddick has not made any major public blunders, displayed poor sportsmanship or dated Barbra Streisand or her modern equivalent. His greatest excess seems to be a running battle with the speed machine as well as the occasional times he puts his size-14 foot in his mouth.

While it might not quite be a meeting of minds, the potential semi-final meeting between Agassi and Roddick remains the most compelling (non-parochial) storyline of the tournament. Not even the easily distracted Roddick would yet contemplate a match that is still three victories away.

Agassi brushed off Berdych 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 in just one hour and 23 minutes, an imposing performance given the tall, big-serving Czech is the prototype of the modern player. The bald, pigeon-toed, pale-skinned Agassi is, of course, the prototype of the guy who does your taxes - something that has always made his deceptively powerful game seem even more astounding.

While he has won four times at Melbourne Park and not lost a match there since 1999, you still can't help shake your head when a talented opponent such as Berdych wacks a serve or a forehand at Agassi only to suffer whiplash as it flies past him. It was put to Agassi that if every player took a six-month break then played a tournament, he would win because he is the most naturally gifted. "Well, thank you," he said. "I agree with you."

It took Roddick 10 minutes less than Agassi to complete his 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ulihrach, who has become best known as the man publicly named in the ATP's current drugs disaster. He was, it seems, one of seven players to have taken a banned substance inadvertently. But there is not a supplement that could help combat Roddick's big serve and fierce groundstokes yesterday.

About the only danger Roddick faced came late in the match when he almost walked into the courtside camera on his way back to his chair.

Roddick next meets another big-hitter, "Aussie" Taylor Dent, in a match that could just as well be played with clubs as with racquets. Agassi meets Swede Thomas Enqvist in something that will more resemble tennis.

Again, the contrast will be stark. Again, that will make the prospect of a semi-final showdown between the two Americans seem so compelling.

Havok
01-21-2004, 03:17 PM
geaux Andy:banana:
ok how cute was that little dude who had the "GO ANDY" poster with the american flag in the back of it, while wearing the black Andy Roddick trucker hat:rocker2:

tangerine_dream
01-21-2004, 04:05 PM
Andy's chances of beating Dent just got a heck of a lot better after that exhausting Chela match. :banana:

I like Dent but I don't need him to beat Andy right now. :devil:

Havok
01-21-2004, 04:15 PM
well Dent got broken 10 times in his 2nd round match, and Chela isn't an amazing returner. he's a pretty good one, but Dent losing his serve 10 times!!!:eek: and in his press conference he even said he doesn't have confidence in his serve, or something along the lines of that. Roddick will probably win in 3, it might go to 4 if Dent keeps a hold of his serves throughout an entire set. Dent will probably give the breaks away to Andy:banana:

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 04:47 PM
Well don't forget that Chela is a good returner - better than Andy. But Andy has improved even from when they played in Queens - NAMELY his returnn, so Andy *should* be ok. They keep saying Taylor has a hip problem.... but he sounded pretty good in his post-interview so :shrug: Andy should be able to take him though, especially since he looks like he's improving as the tourney goes on!

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 05:34 PM
Here's what Tennis Week has to say.... could be a tough day for Andy tomorrow:
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Serving Showdown: Roddick Meets Dent In Australian Open
By Richard Pagliaro
01/22/2004

The Big Bang will be put into practice at the Australian Open. Lines people may seek shelter and ball kids could run for cover when Andy Roddick and Taylor Dent collide in a third-round clash between two of the biggest servers in tennis who routinely rock the radar gun with their speedy serves that can make on-court observers feel as if they're on the wrong end of a shooting gallery.

It is a marquee match-up between the world's top player and one of the top serve-and-volleyers in the sport. Roddick respects Dent's game and expects a tough test in their next encounter.

"I see a great year for Taylor ahead," Roddick said. "He's got everything. I mean, he can break serve, he serves big. I think it's just a matter of it coming together for him. Hopefully he'll delay it for a couple more days."

Though Roddick appeared to have one of the toughest draws in the tournament, he has looked sharp in his opening matches. The reigning U.S. Open champion has not surrendered a set in stopping former U.S. Open quarterfinalist Fernando Gonzalez in the opening round before beating Bohdan Ulihrach, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 today.

Under the guidance of coach Brad Gilbert, Roddick has added subtlety to his serving approach. No longer purely a power pitcher trying to blast by opponents, Roddick astutely alternated the spins, speeds and locations of his serves in his opening victories. Against Gonzalez, Roddick occasionally hit his kick serve — traditionally his second serve — as a first serve to set up a weak return he dispatched with his formidable forehand.

The tactic, as his Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe points out, gives Roddick even greater ground to work with while serving. If opponents try to step closer to the baseline in an effort to hit the kick serve on the rise, they're prone to being reduced to pedestrian status by the blistering blast that passes by or risk profound pain resulting from being pelted by a serve into the body.

In contrast to Roddick's relatively smooth road to the third round, Dent was forced to fight off two sets to one deficit against Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela — and a vocal heckler — in delivering a dramatic 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 victory. Despite the fact he dropped serve 10 times in the match (Dent dropping serve 10 times in a match happens about as often as the Cookie Monster losing 10 Oreos right out of the box), and did not play his best tennis, Dent still found a way to win. It was a victory Dent, and his father and coach Phil Dent, the 1974 Australian Open runner-up to Jimmy Connors, believe could play a pivotal part in his development as a champion.

"My dad seems to think it's very important. He thinks that I'll look back on that and say that was one of my greatest wins," Dent said. "I wasn't playing my best tennis. There was a few things that were, you know, kind of going against me. But I got by with smoke and mirrors somehow. So I guess tomorrow I'll be happy about it. But today I'm just, you know, hoping that I get better as the tournament goes on and not vice versa."

The win was reminiscent of Dent's 7-6(9), 6-7(3), 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Gonzalez in the third round of the U.S. Open last August and illustrated that fact that though he plays one of the purest attacking games in tennis, Dent is not above defending and grinding out matches when necessary.

While he's always had the guts to compete in big matches there was a time when Dent's gut got in the way. His fitness failings haunted Dent in major matches early in his career. Playing serve-and-volley tennis while out of shape is like being a color-blind crossing guard — it's a recipe for disaster. Dent has worked to improving his conditioning and it's given him confidence he can compete in draining duels. Dent doubts he would have found a way to win that match even a year ago.

"No, I don't think so. I think that my maturity over the last year has been so much where I can play like that and still give myself a chance to win," Dent said. "I don't think I've ever pulled out a match with those sort of things happening before. But I've given myself a chance lately. It just paid off today."

It was a semi-sweet win for Dent: the good news is he got through and meets Roddick with a chance to advance to his second straight Slam fourth round. The bad news is he has only a day to recover and faces the world's top-ranked player with some slight doubts about the serve that deserted him at times against Chela.

"My serve is pretty much, in my opinion, the key to my success," Dent said. "When that goes off, like it does, I really struggle. What happens is what happened today. I really have to grind it out and struggle to win. But, you know, I've been struggling with my serve for quite some time now. I've tried some different things on it. Anyway, to make a long story short, I'm looking for solutions, but I don't have them now."

He hopes to find an answer fast. Roddick is a superior player from the baseline and while Roddick is certainly one of the hardest hitters in the sport the fact that he produces so much spin on his serve and forehand gives him a greater margin for error than Dent. It's not uncommon to see Roddick connect on better than 60 percent of his first serves and when he does that, breaking the 2003 Australian Open semifinalist is about as easy as disassembling the great wall of China brick by brick.

"If we both play well, it's going to be an exciting match," Dent said. "I just hope that, you know, my game improves a little bit from now to then. I hope I get on my game. But, you know, I hope I don't get broken 10 times or else it's going to be a short match. I need to be hitting the spots (on serve) I want. I don't care if I'm hitting them over 200 (kph), I just want to be hitting them where I'm aiming."

It's a challenge Dent has met in the past.

The pair have split their two prior meetings, which were both best-of-three set matches.

On the strength of his devastatingly effective attack, Dent dropped only five games in crushing Andy Roddick, 6-1, 6-4 in the Memphis final last February.

"That first set was a joke. If I could do that every match, it would be something special," Dent told Tennis Week after the match. "In the past, I'd say that (focus) wouldn't be a strength for me, but this week I was really bearing down and focusing. I felt really comfortable out there."

A determined Dent took command at the outset, backing up a blistering serve with well-placed volleys in overwhelming Roddick, 6-1 in the first set. Capably combating Roddick's resounding serve with chip and blocked returns, Dent earned an early break in the second and never looked back in closing out the victory.

"What didn't he do well today? I hit a second serve at 129 mph he chipped and charged off of it," Roddick said. "He hasn't broken into the Top 20 yet, but it's coming. I think he should definitely be up there. He just played well from the first point to the last. I didn't play great by any means, but he didn't give me a chance to work my way into it."

Roddick gained a measure of revenge in the rematch when he reaped the rewards for taking the right risks in registering a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Dent in a Queen's Club quarterfinal clash last June. Knifing Dent with numerous serves to the body and piercing passing shots at net, Roddick avenged the Memphis loss and proved he can handle the heat Dent generates.

Roddick's skilled stubbornness — his sheer refusal to lose even when he can't produce his best tennis — has helped carry him to the top of tennis.

Tomorrow, the pair meet in the third installment of a promising potential rivalry. Fans will undoubtedly line up to see the action, lines people may duck to avoid it.

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 05:42 PM
Another preview from Tennis Life:
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2004 Australian Open - Roddick vs. Dent
Eleanor Preston | January 21, 2004

American tennis fans have been gifted a third round match to salivate over when Andy Roddick takes on Taylor Dent.

There was one 33-year-old US aficionado who was certainly looking forward to it and he was better placed than most to comment. When Andre Agassi flags up a match as worth watching you know it's going to be something pretty special.

"They are two guys that I'm sure know each other pretty well. Two real big games. Taylor has a lot of firepower off the serve and his groundstrokes; he's very athletic at the net and has great hands," said Agassi. "Taylor is a guy you only expect to get better. He has the potential of making anybody feel uncomfortable out there, even someone with the serving and the holding ability of Andy."

Words like "firepower" and "explosive" couldn't be more apt for these two, both of whom seem to serve from a cannon but there is so much more to the two most promising talents in American tennis than big serves and big smiles.

Roddick has proved in the last year that he has the mental fortitude to withstand the immense pressure of being the next big thing, and he didn't get to be US Open champion and World No.1 by being a one-shot wonder either. There is the forehand for starters, the improving volleys and the backhand, which is no longer the weakness that it was in his rookie days.

Dent is a different style of player and he owes that to his parentage. Dent's Australian father, and now his coach, Phil Dent was raised in the grand Aussie tradition of swash buckling serve and volley, and the apple seldom falls very far from the tennis tree.

It's ironic that this committed US Davis Cup player could be, as he matures, the natural successor to Patrick Rafter. Watching Dent leap and dive his way through a brave five set win over Juan-Ignacio Chela, he looked more the Australian with every shot.

Roddick is going to have to find a way of neutralizing that staccato style of play, which won't allow him any time to tee off. He has struggled in the past against players like Tim Henman (who beat him twice last year), who come at him guns blazing, and the Dents will have discovered that in their pre-match homework.

Could it be an upset? Stranger things have happened at Grand Slams but a Roddick win these days is always the safest bet. The stone cold certainty is that it will be an encounter to savour... Just ask Andre

tangerine_dream
01-21-2004, 05:52 PM
Oooh, if Andre's excited about this matchup, then you know it's gonna be a good one. **rubbing hands in glee**

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 06:35 PM
LOL yea...

as long as Andy wins :devil:

Havok
01-21-2004, 06:56 PM
i say it's not gonna be such a great match:banana: Andy in 3 , as i said before. if taylor keeps his ue's down and stops double faulting so much, he might take a set from Andy

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 07:01 PM
Naldo may we use that prediction for the site? and I hope you are right!!!!!!!!!

what do some of the other prediction-happy folks we have here think?


Oh and I put vids from the match at RO. Plus a little audio of Brad's take on the Dent match coming up. and lots of yummy pics ;)

Havok
01-21-2004, 07:11 PM
sure go right ahead and use it;)

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 07:17 PM
thanks! :kiss:

at Eurosport there's a vid of Taylor talking about the match...

click here if interested (mms://wmediavod.coltfrance.com/wmeurosports/eurosport/2004/01/21/Australian_Open_Dent_14484_4_57_0_320x240.wmv)

Andy needs to watch it to find out how Taylor returns his serve ;) And it's worth watching just to see Taylor fight with the fly on his face through the whole thing lol

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 07:46 PM
interesting one on Andy and Andre lol
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Two men in a hurry for glory

22jan04

ANDY Roddick plays a tennis match as if he's got a hot date waiting impatiently at his hotel.

He's just cleaned up Czech Bohdan Ulihrach 6-2 in the first set in 20 minutes and he's still not happy with his progress. "Focus," he screams to himself after a minor lapse at the start of the second set.
There's a sense of urgency in his every movement. When he sits in his chair in the break between games, he finds it impossible to relax. He can't stop playing with his cap and fingering his racquet. His feet tap away on the ground so much you wonder if the poor bloke is suffering from a twitch.

When the umpire calls time, he's out of the blocks like Maurice Greene.

All this is easy to understand. Roddick, 21, has been the kid who's been going places for a couple of years. Now he's arrived, he's not about to move out of the fast lane.

He seized the world No. 1 crown late last year and now he feels like the young lion who has his jaws around the kill, but who is also nervously looking over his shoulder at a hungry bunch of fellow hunters waiting for their chance to steal it.

What is harder to fathom is why his fellow American of a previous generation, Andre Agassi, remains just as frenetic.

Agassi is 12 years older than Roddick and won his first professional tournament when Roddick was in pre-school. He's a father of two, a multi-millionaire and owner of 58 titles and eight majors.

Without doubt he is a man at peace with his world.

What more could a man possibly ask for in life?

Plenty, if you saw him out on Rod Laver Arena yesterday.

You'd expect a four-times winner here who's just begun his 19th year on the men's circuit to be able to ease into his work, perhaps even take some time to smell those courtside petunias. Instead he was doing his best to send his teenage opponent flying into them with another ferocious return.

Agassi greeted 18-year-old Czech Tomas Berdych with an avalanche of shots that said one thing: "Welcome to the big time, kid."

They wore the same red pattern on their white shirts and they both held the racquet in the right hand. The similarity ended right there.

It is Berdych's first Open and only his second grand slam tournament. He said he did not feel particularly nervous before the game. But halfway through the first set he'd gone to jelly.

Errors flowed thick and fast from his racquet in the opening games. His first winning point did not come until late in the second game. He couldn't get close to winning a game in the first set, managing just eight points in 18 minutes of sheer domination from the other side of the net.

Things improved gradually, to the point where he sneaked six games in the next two sets.

However, just as he was starting to showcase a little of the talent that has prompted many to predict great things ahead for him, Agassi had boxed and buried him, 6-0 6-2 6-4.

They spent one hour 22 minutes on court and there was a valuable lesson in every minute for the teenager.

"The first two sets I was a little bit nervous. I don't know what happened. He plays so fast," Berdych said.

He's yet another to discover that the great man simply doesn't know how to slow down. And that's precisely why the likes of Roddick, ordained as America's successor to Agassi and seeded to meet him in the semis, knows he cannot afford to pause for breath.

You almost had a feeling he was trying to outdo his celebrated compatriot on centre court yesterday. After Agassi had wiped the floor with one Czech in 82 minutes, Roddick came out and did the same to another in 73 minutes.

He also went one better, producing his standard party trick, a shot between the legs.

"The thought 'Don't hit the shot because you're No. 1 in the world' did not cross my mind," he said.

Later, as he continued his fidgeting in the interview room, cracking his knuckles and chewing his fingernails, Roddick said he was a better player than last year when he forfeited his chance to play Agassi in the final by losing to German Rainer Schuettler in a semi-final.

"I think the biggest difference is when I don't feel like I'm playing that well, I still kind of have an underlying confidence, whereas before maybe I would have panicked a little more," he said.

Do you think Agassi heard this? I'll bet he did. Then licked his lips.

J. Corwin
01-21-2004, 07:55 PM
Andy should win comfortably. :D

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 08:07 PM
should and will are 2 different things ;)

tangerine_dream
01-21-2004, 08:59 PM
OK, the more I think about it and read about it, the more nervous I'm starting to get over the Andy-Taylor matchup and now the Agassi-Enquist matchup!

The first two matches they matches I wasn't concerned about, but now it's going to get tougher from here on out. Eek! I hope Andy and Andre can pull through!! :scared:

Mr. Man
01-21-2004, 09:37 PM
Well, considering (Ya'll might've already mentioned this) Chela almost had Dent beat. Chela!! The more I think about it, Andy should be fine.

Havok
01-21-2004, 10:03 PM
*isnt worried* Dent is having really off days on both his serve and his groundstrokes. he has just as many errors as winners, and just as many df's as aces. put on the fact that he'll be under even more pressure to hold his serve because Andy's such a good server, Andy shouldn't have that tough of a time

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 10:06 PM
I really hope you guys are right lol

J. Corwin
01-21-2004, 10:46 PM
should and will are 2 different things ;)

Andy WILL win comfortably. :D;)

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 10:51 PM
omg I'm sick of hearing about it ALREADY!!!!!
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Young guns in a third round showdown

1/21/04 6:49 PM





by: Bill Mountford

Bill Mountford, the Director of Tennis at the USTA National Tennis Center, breaks down this third round, All American matchup between No. 1 seed Andy Roddick and No. 27 seed Taylor Dent.




These two young Americans are preparing for what appears to be the juiciest third round tilt of the Aussie Open. Andy Roddick has looked sharp in winning two consecutive straight-set affairs as he begins a bid to win his second straight major and his first as the world’s #1 player. Taylor Dent looms as a huge threat to his higher seeded compatriot in the third round. Dent had an easy first round win, but was forced to produce some stirring tennis in completing his comeback win against Juan Ignacio Chela, the always-tough Argentine, in five sets.

Dent’s fitness has improved considerably, and should he physically recover from his grueling last match in ample time, he will offer Roddick all he can handle. Taylor Dent seems determined to single-handedly keep alive the art of serving-and-volleying, and this style will present some challenges for Roddick. Obviously Andy has a bazooka for a serve, but his return game is not as strong and his backhand passing shot has been suspect at times. The constant pressure that Taylor will put on Roddick by coming forward, coming forward, coming forward will take its toll on both of these chinks in the Roddick armor. The key will be if Dent is able to assert himself in the return games. If he does, a major breakthrough upset could occur.

Roddick has never been afraid of a good fight though, and it will be interesting to see how he counters the monster serving and precise volleying of TD. Look for Roddick to opt to return serve from further behind the baseline and then occasionally move way in and block the returns. He will look to disrupt Taylor’s serving patterns with his positioning- if he simply stays in the same place the whole time, then Dent will find his rhythm and be even tougher to deal with.




On the “other side of the net,” breaking Roddick’s serve will be no picnic. Dent is very impressive in the way he is able to chip and charge off the return, but Roddick may well possess the best second serve in the game these days. During neutral rallies (if there are any!), Dent will look to use his big forehand and his biting slice backhand to get forward, while Roddick will be steady as usual off the backhand wing and explosive off the forehand. If TD is serving well and holding consistently, then he will be free to take some chances and play more aggressively off the return of serve. However, if Dent struggles on his own serve, then Roddick will likely dictate off the ground and eventually run him into submission.

This match will come down to who blinks first. It is unlikely that any set will be decided by more than one break of serve, and break points will be hard to come by. In career head-to-head matches, they are tied at one apiece, with both matches coming last season. They are evenly matched, despite the difference in their rankings. Look for this match to be very close, and probably go the distance, with Roddick barely emerging the winner. Roddick has more experience, and has shown the grit to pull out tough matches. Dent will show the world that he has the game to win majors however. Do NOT miss this match!

J. Corwin
01-21-2004, 11:18 PM
It's not gonna even be that close. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 11:25 PM
lol you are SO confident Jace!! how do you do it?

J. Corwin
01-21-2004, 11:27 PM
I just have a lot of faith. ;)

But I'm probably on track to jinx him aren't I?
*knocks on wood*

Deboogle!.
01-21-2004, 11:37 PM
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

star
01-21-2004, 11:53 PM
I think probably you think more highly of Dent than I do, Deb. :)

Goooooooooooo Andy and Tompa!!!! :)

MisterQ
01-22-2004, 12:15 AM
Goooooooooooo Andy and Tompa!!!! :)

YES to the former!!!! :yippee:

NO to the latter!!! :mad:

;)

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 12:23 AM
I think probably you think more highly of Dent than I do, Deb. :)


But of all the young Americans, he's by far my least fave. I just know that he has the game to give Andy real problems, but in no way at all do I want him to win ;) If it were a match against Mardy or James I'd be a lot more torn for sure.

Havok
01-22-2004, 02:17 AM
um, did they just write Dent has the capabilities to win MAJORS:haha::haha::haha::haha:

tangerine_dream
01-22-2004, 02:44 AM
I think Dent is capable of winning a GS. He just has to lose a bit more weight so he can move faster, and work on staying injury-free. If he can do that, he's home free.

MisterQ
01-22-2004, 03:08 AM
I doubt Dent could win more than a couple of slams. But with a game that big and aggressive he could plow through a draw if he had a good consistent week.

star
01-22-2004, 03:08 AM
YES to the former!!!! :yippee:

NO to the latter!!! :mad:

;)


:angel:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 03:32 AM
I think Taylor could win a slam or two (only on the very fastest of surfaces) because he's VERY streaky. If he's on a good streak during a slam I could see him winning 7 matches in a row. Last year, he beat Andy handily, he beat Ferrero in straights, he was giving Andre one hell of a match at the USO...

But this is the same person who won two titles and then lost twice in a row during TMS Paris and Madrid QUALIES. So who the hell knows with him? And if you watched the Eurosport video, he admits it, and that can't be a very good frame of mind, when he doesn't even know what his game will be like on a given day.

star
01-22-2004, 03:41 AM
With the caliber of people at the top of the game right now, I would be surprised if Dent won a slam.

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 03:42 AM
quite frankly, I don't care what Taylor does in his career as long as Andy wins tomorrow ;)

WyverN
01-22-2004, 03:54 AM
I think Dent will peak later on in his career around the age of 25, sort of like Rafter. To master serve and volley is fairly difficult and it just seems he isn't picking the right shots to go to the net off but just rushing there at the very first opportunity (sometimes the wrong one).

Havok
01-22-2004, 04:01 AM
Andy in 3:banana:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 04:03 AM
lol Naldo that's like the third time you've said that ;)

Havok
01-22-2004, 04:04 AM
I KNOW:haha:

star
01-22-2004, 01:39 PM
Say it AGAIN! :yippee:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 03:33 PM
Andy's the night match on Rod Laver starting at 7:30pm Aussie time, so that means I'll have to try to sleep without knowing what's happened :scared:

tangerine_dream
01-22-2004, 04:13 PM
Yeah, Dent doesn't seem to possess the laser-concentration that Andy has but I'm still concerned that he will give Andy a hard game. (although, I am looking forward to a more competitive match now that Andy's sleepwalked through his first two matches.)

From here on out, I'm going to be a nervous wreck! All my faves are going to be going up against my other faves soon, and you'll be seeing a very torn and schizoid tangy. :scared:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 04:16 PM
Taylor calls his own came "patchy and inconsistent" - which is pretty much what it was the other day. But yea... i'm still nervous and I don't know if I'll be able to sleep not knowing what happened lol

Havok
01-22-2004, 06:10 PM
RODDICK IN 3!!!:woohoo: damn it, it's being played during the night at OZ, so i can't follow it via the live scoreboard and then watch in later on at night. sleeping, i'll have no problem at all sleeping, it's after when i wake up and turn on my computer and wait for it to load, i'll be shivering like there's no tomorrow. not that i'm nervous or anything, i just get the bout of shivers when checking the fnal scores of any of my faves regardless of the quality of his/her opponent.

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 06:37 PM
Naldo, you're better than I am.... I'm already freaking out lol. Knowing me I'll wake up at like 5am and won't be able to go back to sleep til I look at the computer. It's just easier for me to worry about stuff like this than the fact that I totally miscalculated the time today and was late for class lmfao....

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 06:50 PM
Guys we need a couple more predictions for Roddick Online. Anyone care to write a couple sentences on what you think will happen? Please!?

star
01-22-2004, 07:05 PM
Yeah, Dent doesn't seem to possess the laser-concentration that Andy has but I'm still concerned that he will give Andy a hard game. (although, I am looking forward to a more competitive match now that Andy's sleepwalked through his first two matches.)

From here on out, I'm going to be a nervous wreck! All my faves are going to be going up against my other faves soon, and you'll be seeing a very torn and schizoid tangy. :scared:

I'm in the fortunte position of having most of my faves knocked out early so I get to avoid shizoidness. :)

star
01-22-2004, 07:05 PM
Prediction 7-6, 6-4, 6-3

star
01-22-2004, 07:10 PM
Just watching the taped coverage.

The ATP should adopt Santoro's shorts length as the standard. :)

Havok
01-22-2004, 07:17 PM
Roddick def. Dent 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Dent has the game to trouble Roddick, but Roddick isn't the same player who lost to Taylow in the Memphis finals in 2003. Dent might be up a break in one of the sets, most likely the 3rd set, but his inconsistency will make him lose that break, and ultimately the match.

good enough bunk?:wavey:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 08:13 PM
thanks guys! LOL Naldo what you'd already written was fine but I'll change it ;) You guys are so confident!!!

J. Corwin
01-22-2004, 09:02 PM
Taylor calls his own came "patchy and inconsistent" - which is pretty much what it was the other day. But yea... i'm still nervous and I don't know if I'll be able to sleep not knowing what happened lol

Stay up with me and follow the live scores together. ;)

star
01-22-2004, 09:04 PM
I might get up to watch it. But stay up? Never. :)

J. Corwin
01-22-2004, 09:08 PM
I can get up to watch it, but I would be up while the match is being played anyway. And I can't wait to feel the tension of following a scoreboard. :)

tangerine_dream
01-22-2004, 09:15 PM
I think I'm going to have to stay up for these matches, too. Ugh! I'm so not a morning person and dragging myself into work tomorrow is gonna hurt!!

Still, I gotta see what happens during Andre's and Andy's matches tonight. :scared:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 09:17 PM
Stay up with me and follow the live scores together. ;)

I can't stay up til like 5am *sigh*

tangy, Andre's match will be no problem, he's during the afternoon session. but Andy's match doesn't even start til 3:30am eastern time

star
01-22-2004, 09:23 PM
I can easily get up at 5:30.

No problem.

I have to bake stuff for a Friday morning meeting. You know like muffins and coffee bread and stuff. Bit It might be hard to follow on the internet while I have flour on my fingers. :)

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 09:32 PM
lol star you could go to a bakery and buy the muffins and coffee and bread and stuff on the way there ;)

J. Corwin
01-22-2004, 09:41 PM
I can't stay up til like 5am *sigh*

Yay for west coast! *does West Siiiiide hand sign*

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 09:46 PM
lmfao... I wouldn't be up til 3am either.

but I suppose if I were on the west coast I'd have the problem of it starting early enough while I was still awake and then not being able to go to sleep. At least this way the whole thing will happen while I'm asleep. But like I said, I'm sure my internal worry-deflection system will wake me up around 5 and I'll have to come check the score.

MisterQ
01-22-2004, 09:48 PM
lol star you could go to a bakery and buy the muffins and coffee and bread and stuff on the way there ;)

Whoa, that just made me so hungry! I will have to go get some take-out.

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 09:50 PM
LOL!

more to topic, I can't believe we have to wait til tomorrow afternoon to see Andy's match :sad:

star
01-22-2004, 10:06 PM
lol star you could go to a bakery and buy the muffins and coffee and bread and stuff on the way there ;)

Heresy!!!!!

I can't even believe you said that. :eek:

As if any of that could compare to my baking. I think not. :)

Friends don't let friends eat commercial baking.

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:07 PM
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then. um... could you make them tonight so you don't have to get up so early?

So you bake, what's the best thing you bake? ;)

star
01-22-2004, 10:07 PM
Yay for west coast! *does West Siiiiide hand sign*

Yeah!!

It won't start there until like 6 am.

Perfect.

But....... It gets a little tough for the European tournaments. :)

star
01-22-2004, 10:10 PM
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then. um... could you make them tonight so you don't have to get up so early?

So you bake, what's the best thing you bake? ;)

Fresh is the key to baked goods.

Most everything I bake is good. ;)
(but sometimes I have failures. :()

I learned at my grandmother's knee when I was a very little girl. I've always loved it. Bread,cookies, pies, quick breads, ..... I don't like cake very much so I don't bake cakes often.

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:15 PM
mmmmmm you're making me hungry star!

star
01-22-2004, 10:19 PM
But a white cake with coconut frosting sounds good right now.

Tomorrow the people requested bran muffins. But I thought I would throw in some coffee bread too because I've got a yen for that.

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:23 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm coffee bread???????

Here's my address..... ;)

star
01-22-2004, 10:24 PM
:)

I'll have to make some when I'm in Houston.

star
01-22-2004, 10:25 PM
In fact, I think we should all meet in Houston and go to the tournament in a block.

Sorta like the netheads. :)

MisterQ
01-22-2004, 10:25 PM
please stop talking about baking

It's causing me physical pain.

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:27 PM
In fact, I think we should all meet in Houston and go to the tournament in a block.

Sorta like the netheads. :)


that would be so fun

OMG I see they have daily prices listed on the site. OMG!

star
01-22-2004, 10:28 PM
All Right!

I've stopped. :)

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:29 PM
omg the weekend package sounds so good... but $175???? EEEEEEK

star
01-22-2004, 10:31 PM
That's not bad at all!!!

It's only about $75 more than you would pay to go to some big really loud rock concert and not get nearly as much fun out of or last as long. :)

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:32 PM
I know.... I've paid $125 for a concert ticket before lol....eeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkk soooooo appealing

eeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkk

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:39 PM
Wait a sec, series tix for the purple section is $250, and the weekend package is $240.....

this does not make sense lol

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 10:50 PM
AO.com finally put up the video from Andy's press conference the other night

here (mms://a1606.v8583c.c8583.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1606/8583/v0001/ibmaus.download.akamai.com/8583/2004/210105_hi.asf)

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 11:20 PM
Here's Matthew Cronin's prediction from tennisreporters.net
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Andy Will Outserve Taylor


By Matthew Cronin, tennisreporters.net

Friday is by far the most intriguing day of the Aussie Open so far, highlighted by No.1 Andy Roddick’s match against Davis Cup teammate and half-Aussie Taylor Dent.

Taylor has beaten Andy before, but never in a five-setter. Both men have improved remarkably over the past year and if Dent were playing at full strength, it would be a tempting to pick and upset. But he’s battling a bum hip, which will certainly effect him on low and wide volleys. Without a gigantic serving days and a terrific conversion rate around the net, Taylor is toast. He still has a pretty lousy return of serve and cannot match Andy from the back court, so he has to pray that Roddick has an awful serving day and he can chip and charge his way in. Taylor likes the big stage will compete hard on guts alone, but will fall in four sets.

J. Corwin
01-22-2004, 11:21 PM
Yeah!!

It won't start there until like 6 am.

Perfect.

But....... It gets a little tough for the European tournaments. :)

Actually it would start here a lil before 1 am. I think you thought in reverse...or something like that. :)

J. Corwin
01-22-2004, 11:25 PM
Here's Matthew Cronin's prediction from tennisreporters.net
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Andy Will Outserve Taylor


By Matthew Cronin, tennisreporters.net

Friday is by far the most intriguing day of the Aussie Open so far, highlighted by No.1 Andy Roddick’s match against Davis Cup teammate and half-Aussie Taylor Dent.

Taylor has beaten Andy before, but never in a five-setter. Both men have improved remarkably over the past year and if Dent were playing at full strength, it would be a tempting to pick and upset. But he’s battling a bum hip, which will certainly effect him on low and wide volleys. Without a gigantic serving days and a terrific conversion rate around the net, Taylor is toast. He still has a pretty lousy return of serve and cannot match Andy from the back court, so he has to pray that Roddick has an awful serving day and he can chip and charge his way in. Taylor likes the big stage will compete hard on guts alone, but will fall in four sets.

He's chicken. Giving Andy a set to lose. He should take more risk and say straight sets. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 11:29 PM
lol Jace.... who knows

guess we'll know oh...... in about 12 hours or so :o