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Roddick hopes his luck will change this year

WhataQT
06-21-2006, 03:46 AM
Roddick hopes his luck will change
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) - Andy Roddick has an enviable record on grass and possesses all the weapons to succeed at Wimbledon. All he needs now is a slice of good fortune.

Backed by his thunderbolt serve, the American has displayed his flair on the lush green lawns by lifting the oversized Stella Artois trophy three years running.

Each time he has gone on to reach the latter stages at Wimbledon. Each time he has run into an impenetrable brick wall named Roger Federer.

For the first time in four years, Roddick arrives at the All England Club without the Stella Artois title in his possession and the Nebraskan believes that it could turn out to be a good omen when the grasscourt grand slam begins on Monday.

"I feel like I'm serving well. I feel like I'm returning well," said the 23-year-old Roddick, who followed up his last-four showing in 2003 with two successive runs to the final.

"Coming to your favourite surface and coming to one of your favourite tournaments, the recipe's there for something good to happen."

Roddick wants to make up ground at Wimbledon after his claycourt season ended abruptly with an ankle injury. He will also be aiming to end a 10-slam drought for the U.S. men.

Having lifted the 2003 U.S. Open title just two months after Federer's debut grand slam success at Wimbledon, Roddick had been expected to challenge the Swiss for many of the top awards.

While Federer's trophy cabinet now displays seven grand slam prizes, Roddick has failed to add any major silverware to his collection.

The lopsided nature of their rivalry has irked Roddick.

"It's tough knowing that you're a better player than you were two or three years ago but not having a lot to show for it," said the world number five, who has beaten Federer just once in 11 meetings.

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"It's not fun losing in a grand slam final, especially in a tournament that you just want to win so bad. Just not being able to match somebody, it's frustrating.

"I think I've proven over the last three years that I probably am the second best grasscourt player.

"Roger's the measuring stick ... I don't know many people in history who would beat him. I just hope he gets bored or something."

Since Federer is unlikely to get bored of winning anytime soon, Roddick knows he will have to rely on his own strengths.
He adopted the right approach for a set and a half in the 2004 final when his frenzied attack put a spanner in Federer's usually impeccable timing. But the world number one's mesmeric skills eventually doused Roddick's fireworks.

That was the last time the American has even taken a set off the Swiss.

Considering he has not won a title this year, Roddick knows he will have his work cut out if he is to become the first American man to hold aloft the famous gold cup since Pete Sampras in 2000.

"I would give anything to win Wimbledon," declared Roddick, who has a 37-4 record on the slick surface since 2003.

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-5900670,00.html
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Good luck, Andy!

megadeth
06-21-2006, 04:06 AM
how can losing stella artois be a good indicator/ omen?

it just shows that other players (and not only federer) can now be a threat to him even on grass...

Scotso
06-21-2006, 04:13 AM
:tape:

Bilbo
06-21-2006, 05:13 AM
What's his problem? I've rarely see a layer with more luck than Roddick in the past. He won a lot of matches he should have not won.

mangoes
06-21-2006, 05:27 AM
At this point, Andy's problem is not Roger and I think Queens was a glaring example of this. Roger was in Germany. I really, really hope this new coaching situation for Andy turns out to be fruitful........

Athy
06-21-2006, 05:29 AM
"I just hope he gets bored or something."

that's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard a player say. and since when does winning tennis matches have anything to do with luck and omens? :rolleyes:

rofe
06-21-2006, 05:31 AM
"I just hope he gets bored or something."

that's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard a player say. and since when does winning tennis matches have anything to do with luck and omens? :rolleyes:

I agree and he hasn't said this the first time. He should be more positive.

Allez
06-21-2006, 06:44 AM
Andy will do very well. Roger's not been 100% lately. The Blake loss was a minor blip. He just needs to follow up his serve to the net a bit more. Once he does that he'll be a major threat.

Mechlan
06-21-2006, 07:25 AM
"I just hope he gets bored or something."

that's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard a player say.

This sounds like vintage Roddick humor to me. Andy is self-deprecating, but not to the point where he's hoping Roger just goes away - in fact, I'm sure he'd much rather beat Roger on his way to the title than have not have to face him. And just based on the fact that he has worked so much harder over the last couple of years, I'm sure success, if and when it comes, will probably mean that much more to him.

megadeth
06-21-2006, 08:13 AM
if you think that his latest result in queens was hopeful, then you're obviously not following tennis much?

that last loss in queens against blake to me indicates a small changing of the guard on who's the new no.1 in american tennis.

i think that just started the downward roller coaster ride to become a steep spiral.

andy will dissappear from the radar just like agassi in '97

Scotso
06-21-2006, 01:19 PM
Andy will do very well. Roger's not been 100% lately. The Blake loss was a minor blip. He just needs to follow up his serve to the net a bit more. Once he does that he'll be a major threat.

Have you followed his results this year? They don't bode well for him.

euroka1
06-21-2006, 01:42 PM
I never pay too much attention to what Andy says. Only to what he does on court. In interviews he is habitually disingenuous or delusional. I'm never sure which.

scoobs
06-21-2006, 01:53 PM
It's not Andy's luck that needs to change, it's his gameplan and his execution of that gameplan.

Hoping Federer will one day get bored does not strike me as any kind of meaningful strategy, and losing to a player he'd previously beaten 6 straight times, on his best surface, does not strike me as a good omen.

I can only assume that this sort of talk is media flannel to give them a story, rather than any meaningful analysis of his predicament.

star
06-21-2006, 03:14 PM
He'd better do more than hope. ;)

merce
06-21-2006, 03:18 PM
...At least i'm hoping his luck to change this year.
Go Andy, take Roger down in the final.

Athy
06-21-2006, 04:18 PM
This sounds like vintage Roddick humor to me. Andy is self-deprecating, but not to the point where he's hoping Roger just goes away - in fact, I'm sure he'd much rather beat Roger on his way to the title than have not have to face him. And just based on the fact that he has worked so much harder over the last couple of years, I'm sure success, if and when it comes, will probably mean that much more to him.

it doesn't matter if it's a joke or not, it's stupid to say something like that. he needs an attitude adjustment. do you hear other top 20 players (especially ones like Nadal) "joking around" like Roddick does about stuff like that? no, not much, because they're too busy actually playing in finals instead of trying to be funny in press conferences after losing. he's just making himself look silly.

tennis_freak67
06-21-2006, 04:23 PM
"I just hope he gets bored or something."

that's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard a player say. and since when does winning tennis matches have anything to do with luck and omens? :rolleyes:

Ever heard of sarcasm? Swedes... :rolleyes:

Athy
06-21-2006, 04:31 PM
Ever heard of sarcasm? Swedes... :rolleyes:

:ras:

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 07:02 PM
it doesn't matter if it's a joke or not, it's stupid to say something like that. he needs an attitude adjustment. do you hear other top 20 players (especially ones like Nadal) "joking around" like Roddick does about stuff like that? no, not much, because they're too busy actually playing in finals instead of trying to be funny in press conferences after losing. he's just making himself look silly.But Andy's unique sense of humor is why I like him, and not nadal and not some of the other top 20 players. That's the way he is. It was the way he was when he won more matches, too and I would be horribly disappointed if he changed his personality because some people on a message board don't think he's funny. I don't think there is any relevance whatsoever between what he said in this little thing (which I think was old anyway.) in a reuters article to his current form. He jokes, win or lose, no matter what, and I really like that about him. Too bad you don't, but it doesn't mean there's something wrong with his attitude simply for choosing to laugh instead of cry about it.

DrJules
06-21-2006, 08:35 PM
The draw could certainly be very good or bad this year.

At worst it could be Henman first round, Gasquet second round, Karlovic third round, Hewitt quarter final, Federer semi-final and Nalbandian in the final.

At best he could avoid all these and have players such as Nadal and Ljubicic in his half of the draw and a surprise finalist.

I think the draw will determine the winner of Wimbledon this year.

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 08:48 PM
Obviously I'm not inside his head but I don't think he was talking luck in terms of the draw or whatever, I think he was talking about being lucky in the sense of, staying healthy and playing well at the same time. The last few times he got hurt were just when his game was starting to turn around (last fall in Paris, this year in Rome, etc.), so, it's easy to see why he feels a bit unlucky, that he's put in the work and it's not paying off and when he feels like it's starting to, he's gotten hurt. I mean even in his blog, where he usually doesn't mention his own tennis much at all, he has a blurb about being really excited for wimbledon and that he's healthy and feeling good. Usually he doesn't talk aobut it, so maybe that's something good.

I don't think it really has anything to do with a draw at all. Obviously everyone hopes for the best draw possible, that wouldn't be unique to Andy or anyone else.

R.Federer
06-21-2006, 08:55 PM
Obviously I'm not inside his head but I don't think he was talking luck in terms of the draw or whatever, I think he was talking about being lucky in the sense of, staying healthy and playing well at the same time. The last few times he got hurt were just when his game was starting to turn around (last fall in Paris, this year in Rome, etc.), so, it's easy to see why he feels a bit unlucky, that he's put in the work and it's not paying off and when he feels like it's starting to, he's gotten hurt. I mean even in his blog, where he usually doesn't mention his own tennis much at all, he has a blurb about being really excited for wimbledon and that he's healthy and feeling good. Usually he doesn't talk aobut it, so maybe that's something good.

I don't think it really has anything to do with a draw at all. Obviously everyone hopes for the best draw possible, that wouldn't be unique to Andy or anyone else.
I had the sense that he was talking about luck to win the tournament since until now he has had the luck/ability/health/draw to get as far as one can without winning the title
In his interviews after the loss last year, he said that there was nothing more he could have done, and at that point he just had to say "Too Good" (a famous saying of his....)
I did not get the sense he was talking about luck to be healthy or playing well or the draw

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 09:07 PM
I had the sense that he was talking about luck to win the tournament since until now he has had the luck/ability/health/draw to get as far as one can without winning the title
In his interviews after the loss last year, he said that there was nothing more he could have done, and at that point he just had to say "Too Good" (a famous saying of his....)
I did not get the sense he was talking about luck to be healthy or playing well or the drawWell, it's important that this was a mash of an article, taking old quotes and stuff. So, Reuters combined old quotes, some from Queens last week and some from much older, to make it sound however they want, some of the quotes in this article were not about Wimbledon at all, but are made to sound like it b/c of the context they were placed in. but based on things andy has said recently, he feels very unlucky with his health and getting hurt a few times when things have been starting to turn around. for example:

The lopsided nature of their rivalry has irked Roddick.

"It's tough knowing that you're a better player than you were two or three years ago but not having a lot to show for it," said the world number five, who has beaten Federer just once in 11 meetings.

that quote has nothing to do with Federer or Wimbledon but they have put it in the context of that. When he said that, he was not talking about just the fact that he has not won Wimbledon, but that his results overall are not as good as when he wasn't putting in the work. but the context affects everything. I'm only going by what Andy himself has said recently, not what Reuters (a factually-suspect press agency on a good day anyway) has concocted from some quotes that were given at various times and under various circumstances.

In fact, only the headline of the article even uses the word "luck" - he himself doesn't even say it in the article so I don't see how anyone can read anything more into it. doubly in fact, the article itself doesn't even mention luck except for the headline, so it's seems unfair to speculate about what Andy is thinking or meant. Seems like poor writing to me, to have a headline about "luck" but then not even mention luck once in the article :shrug: The only times I have heard Andy himself talk about luck this year is in the injuries around Dusseldorf and RG :shrug:

JimmyV
06-21-2006, 10:34 PM
Roddick will choke again, and did he have a beard at one point?

Dusk Soldier
06-21-2006, 10:43 PM
it doesn't matter if it's a joke or not, it's stupid to say something like that. he needs an attitude adjustment. do you hear other top 20 players (especially ones like Nadal) "joking around" like Roddick does about stuff like that? no, not much, because they're too busy actually playing in finals instead of trying to be funny in press conferences after losing. he's just making himself look silly.
Roddick has been at the top alot longer than most of the other top twenty players. I don't think he needs to be looking down to them for advice on how to act off court. :rolleyes:

euroka1
06-21-2006, 11:48 PM
Agreed. As said earlier, what is important is how he performs ON COURT, not what he says or is said about him off court.

dkw
06-22-2006, 12:05 AM
Well like they say maybe the third time is the charm!

heya
06-22-2006, 12:05 AM
Every time they asked him on BBC America or ESPNews, he keeps saying,
"I'll have a monster serving day."
When practice time comes, he stands there doing nothing but smacking serves carelessly. His coach just watches and teaches nothing.
Roddick told E News, "I eat as much as possible."
The extra body weight destroyed his fitness and desire to win.

He injured his ankle or wrist between 2004 and 2006 because he isn't thin and fit enough for long matches (3-5 hours).
He already choked in 16 matches. (Wimbledon, Davis Cup, French Open, US Open, 2003-2005 Australian Open, 2001 US Open, 2005 Indian Wells, 2003, 2005 Legg Mason, 2005 Madrid). He had to play an extra 30-60 minutes in Legg Mason and Australian Open because the umpire gave bad calls. He lost the 1st one because of the distraction and lost the Australian Open semifinal because of injury and bad call on set point.
He was injured and exhausted but he didn't rest for the semifinal in 2003.
He was so intimidated that he had to chat with John McEnroe in Australia (1 a.m.).