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Roddick on Qatar loss: I couldn't see the court

Tennis Fool
01-07-2004, 11:26 PM
Roddick stunned by Bjorkman at Qatar Open

By RIZWAN REHMAT, Associated Press Writer
January 7, 2004
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Top-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Qatar Open.

Bjorkman reached the quarterfinals by negating Roddick's powerful forehand and handling the U.S. Open champion's big serve.

``Everybody is entitled to a bad day, and the same thing happened with me,'' Roddick said. ``It was far from my best day on a tennis court.''


He was broken in the sixth game of the match, falling behind 4-2, and the 30th-ranked Bjorkman served out the first set.

Bjorkman also broke Roddick to open the second set.

``I was not in my element at all,'' Roddick said. ``I couldn't see the ball clearly because of poor visibility. There was quite a bit of dirt flying around.

``It was hard out there because we had a strong wind blowing across the court. I simply couldn't reach out to a few shots. I was missing many easy shots on my forehand, which doesn't happen very often.''

Perhaps most surprisingly, Bjorkman outaced Roddick 8-6.

``The key to my win today was my good serves. It is not everyday that you have more aces than Roddick, but I managed that today,'' Bjorkman said. ``I thought Roddick made a lot (more) mistakes today than he normally does.''

The other three seeds playing Wednesday advanced.

No. 4 Sebastien Grosjean beat Bohdan Ulihrach 6-1, 6-4; No. 7 Tim Henman eliminated Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-4, and No. 8 Agustin Calleri defeated Hicham Arazi 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

croat123
01-08-2004, 12:17 AM
of course andy, jonas didn't win, you lost. he didn't play good and i'm sure if you played your best you would have won 6-0 6-0

get over yourself :o

WyverN
01-08-2004, 12:19 AM
of course andy, jonas didn't win, you lost. he didn't play good and i'm sure if you played your best you would have won 6-0 6-0


something like 6-4, 6-3 actually

rogicomel
01-08-2004, 12:57 AM
The best news so far in 2004!

Fedex
01-08-2004, 01:14 AM
Andy, Andy, does he have to make exuses when he loses?? Jonas played great today, although I expected Andy to come through. I mean i can tell his serve was off becuase Jonas out aced him 8-6.(I dont recall Jonas having a great serve). With Federer or Phillippoussis you may expect Andy to get out aced, but not by Jonas. The best news so far for 2004. Now for a perfect 1st week Henman will win Qatar, and Federer will win the Exhibition he's playing in starting thursday ;)

tangerine_dream
01-08-2004, 01:17 AM
"The key to my win today was my good serves. It is not everyday that you have more aces than Roddick, but I managed that today,'' Bjorkman said. "I thought Roddick made a lot (more) mistakes today than he normally does.''

Hmm. Looks like it's not just Roddick who's making "excuses" for his loss. ;)

Fedex
01-08-2004, 01:21 AM
Yes he did. Something about he couldnt see the court very well. Well if its true, Jonas had to put up with it too, so then its still Jonas WINNING the match rather than Rodduck losing the match

Havok
01-08-2004, 01:23 AM
if you read more than one article, you would see that Roddick credited Jona with playing good tennis. obviously this one was posted because that part of the Roddick quotes wasn't in this article :yawn:
By John Roberts in Doha
08 January 2004
The Independent, UK

All except one of the players seeded above Tim Henman have evaporated as if in a mirage here at the Qatar Open, while the British No 1 advanced to the quarter-finals with a display of smart tennis against Juan Ignacio Chela, of Argentina, yesterday.

Andy Roddick, the world No 1, was the most notable casualty, losing to the experienced Jonas Bjorkman, of Sweden, 6-3, 6-4, at a time when the windy conditions not only affected the flight of the ball but also gave the court a coating of sand. A gritty performance was needed, and Bjorkman ranked No 30, delivered one.

Roddick looked insecure from the moment he stepped on the blustery court to play Bjorkman, an opponent who had caused him problems in the past. The Swede's steady, aggressive play, both when serving and returning, enabled him to keep Roddick guessing and making errors.

Bjorkman broke for 4-2 in the opening set, Roddick hitting a wild forehand over the baseline, and broke again in the first game of the second set, Roddick double-faulting and then netting a forehand.

The crucial moment after that was Bjorkman's winning backhand block-volley at 4-3, 15-30. Having held for 5-3, the Swede forced Roddick to save two more break-points and then served the match out to love after 69 minutes.

Roddick belted his chair with his racket before leaving the court, fuming at himself. Later he said: "[What went wrong today] was a combination of things. Everybody is going to have off-days. I'm playing against the best in the world on a daily basis.

"Jonas played very well. The windy conditions were difficult, but I don't think anybody can help that. I don't think I served well and I was missing forehands."

tangerine_dream
01-08-2004, 01:28 AM
Thanks for the article, Naldo. Andy's always been very complimentary of his opponents. Classy kid, for someone so young. :cool:

star
01-08-2004, 01:28 AM
Naldo, you are such a stud. :kiss:

Fedex
01-08-2004, 01:33 AM
Well, now that Jonas has Roddick figured out, I guess this will be a new trend in their matches. Jonas plays well and wins, & Andy makes excuses ;)

Lisbeth
01-08-2004, 02:08 AM
Thanks for the article.

I don't think there was anything wrong with what Andy said, and I'm sure this is only part of what he said anyway. I agree that whatever else he does or doesn't say he generally always congratulates his victors - in fact most of the top men do nowadays, it's nice to see. And if there's dirt in his eyes he's allowed to say so. Doesn't take away from the fact Bjorkman was able to win with (presumably) dirt in his eyes too. There's no shame in losing to Bjorkman anyway, he's one of the fittest and most experienced guys out there and often has a great start to the year.

Buddy
01-08-2004, 02:22 AM
He couldn't see due to poor visibility?... i heard he wears spects right...but he's far sighted... so i dun think it's his eyesight that has problems i hope....

never mind... you win some you lose some... just play better next week andy!!!

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 02:31 AM
He lost, and maybe he needs to check his contact lenses and the conditions were the same for both players, just be fortunate it was here and not in the early rounds of the AO.

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 02:32 AM
For the record I was reading another newspaper where Bj÷rkman said that this victory was one of his best wins. So Roddick lovers there is no need to worry.

Kristen
01-08-2004, 02:33 AM
haha! I came in here expecting people to have words about Bjorkman. lol! I thought wrong :(
I liked this article about Andy from tennis week: ""Everybody is going to have an off day, I don't want to make excuses because he played great," Roddick said. "I was not seeing the ball well and it was pretty windy, but hey it's the same (conditions for both players)."

But, yeah... I'm proud of Jonas. After all, 1 is only a number, and jonas is in his best form right now (since #4). KOM IGEN! See you in Sydney JB!

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 06:23 AM
I see nothing wrong with what Andy said. He didn't give himself excuses for losing.

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 06:48 AM
He wasn't good enough on the day, that's not an excuse that is a fact. Then again the whole dirt thing well it was the same for both players.

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 06:51 AM
I'm not surprised that he lost at all. I was kind of expecting it.

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 06:56 AM
You won't be saying that come Australian Open time.

Devotee
01-08-2004, 07:01 AM
maybe he needs to check his contact lenses


Does Andy wear contact lenses?

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 07:13 AM
I am not sure, it was something Buddy said about him waering specs, and since he doesn't play in specs I thought he would wear contacts. I am not sure, that is something the Roddick fans would know for certain.

WyverN
01-08-2004, 07:13 AM
tune ups are for tuning up your game, andy wont particularly care about that result

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 07:39 AM
Are you sure, I am thinking he would be so cut up about this result.

WyverN
01-08-2004, 07:46 AM
In 1994 Sampras lost 1st round Qatar and then won Sydney, Australian Open

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 08:02 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think he is in the Sampras class, and of course it's about peaking at the major events.

Not many people remember great lead up form, if they don't produce the goods in the Slams.

WyverN
01-08-2004, 08:09 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think he is in the Sampras class, and of course it's about peaking at the major events.


We can't say yet, I hope not but at the same age Sampras was equal with roddick achievement wise (1 US Open), Sampras's breakthrough year was when he was 23.

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 08:17 AM
True, but I don't think he will be in the same class. Then again there are very few players who could be.

As you know I have given my reasons for my continued skepticism about Roddick. I used to have the same ones about the Las Vegas Mullet, but over time he proved everyone wrong. If Roddick can do that, then that will be a good thing for him, and prove the doubters wrong.

Jazzy
01-08-2004, 10:04 AM
I am not sure, it was something Buddy said about him waering specs, and since he doesn't play in specs I thought he would wear contacts. I am not sure, that is something the Roddick fans would know for certain. i've read somewhere that andy only wears the specs for reading his harry potter books!!! that's the same for me, i wear the specs for reading, but not wen i play on the courts @ home!!! but, then again, i'm not a pro!!

Buddy
01-08-2004, 12:38 PM
I am not sure, it was something Buddy said about him waering specs, and since he doesn't play in specs I thought he would wear contacts. I am not sure, that is something the Roddick fans would know for certain.

yes... he is far sighted...from what i heard and he needs spects only for reading books... but that was what i heard the last time...and i was wondering if i was wrong since he complained about some eye problem......i was hoping andy's more hardcore fans could come in and correct me or agree with me...

and seriously, contact lenses or not.. having eye trouble is very irritating on court....

monicain
01-08-2004, 12:58 PM
Back to the visor stuffs...

star
01-08-2004, 02:29 PM
yes... he is far sighted...from what i heard and he needs spects only for reading books... but that was what i heard the last time...and i was wondering if i was wrong since he complained about some eye problem......i was hoping andy's more hardcore fans could come in and correct me or agree with me...

and seriously, contact lenses or not.. having eye trouble is very irritating on court....

He wears glasses. He was wearing them at a bb game so I assume that he needs glasses to see at a distance.

CanadianBoy18
01-08-2004, 04:48 PM
I hope Andy loses early at AO.
It's sad to see people calling him the 'stud' and 'hottie' of tennis, when there are some other much better looking players out there, Safin, etc...
Anyway, he is a good player, but not the best, and Roger will prove this this year(again).
Saying that, I do not think anything was wrong with his comment. He did give credit to Jonas, but the article did not include that quote.
In my opinion, Andy needs to go to school, get some education, because he thinks he knows everything when he clearly does not. just my opinionl

Havok
01-08-2004, 06:14 PM
I hope Andy loses early at AO.
It's sad to see people calling him the 'stud' and 'hottie' of tennis, when there are some other much better looking players out there, Safin, etc...
Anyway, he is a good player, but not the best, and Roger will prove this this year(again).
Saying that, I do not think anything was wrong with his comment. He did give credit to Jonas, but the article did not include that quote.
In my opinion, Andy needs to go to school, get some education, because he thinks he knows everything when he clearly does not. just my opinionl
:yawn:

CanadianBoy18
01-08-2004, 06:56 PM
:yawn:


I did not expect you to like the truth.

And to u :yawn:

Havok
01-08-2004, 08:03 PM
no, it's not the truth, it's you opinion. totally entitles to it, but :yawn: and thanks for the :yawn: back man :hug:

Chloe le Bopper
01-08-2004, 08:12 PM
Why the heck would Andy go back to school and get more education, when he can bum around on tour for a few years and then never have to work another day in his life?

You crazy ;)

Chloe le Bopper
01-08-2004, 08:13 PM
We can't say yet, I hope not but at the same age Sampras was equal with roddick achievement wise (1 US Open), Sampras's breakthrough year was when he was 23.
At that age, Hewitt was greater than Sampras ;)

I'm really not sure what my point is, so don't bother asking.

tripthemighty
01-08-2004, 08:31 PM
Most of the time, reporters ask players to make excuses for their performances. Questions like, "What happened out there?" and "What went wrong?" and "Was there any particular reason this match went like that?". They don't just sit the Roddick up there and let him ramble on. They are going to direct the questions in such a way that they get answers they want.

And, yes, he was making excuses. But that doesn't make him a horrid player. Everybody makes excuses. The important thing is that he goes back and works on how to play on a surface that's layered with clay dust, and how to serve and return in high velocity winds. If anything, I think it's a good thing that he can identify what went wrong. Otherwise, he'd never get anywhere or improve as a player. He maybe number one, but he's not perfect. No one is. ;)

[shuts up now].

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 09:32 PM
He doesn't wear contacts. He has reading glasses.

Prophetic
01-08-2004, 11:27 PM
no, it's not the truth, it's you opinion. totally entitles to it, but :yawn: and thanks for the :yawn: back man :hug:
How does that saying go again?
Opinions are like assholes - everybody has one

Pea
01-09-2004, 05:20 PM
:laugh: How sad.

Mr. Man
01-09-2004, 05:31 PM
Why the heck would Andy go back to school and get more education, when he can bum around on tour for a few years and then never have to work another day in his life?

You crazy ;)
EXACTLY! :devil: