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WHy do they keep calling Roddick a power player?

DustMan
09-05-2006, 01:02 AM
besides his serve, I hardly ever see him really able to overpower people with his grounstrokes in normal rallies.

DDrago2
09-05-2006, 01:05 AM
His serve is the reason, plus Roddick is a very energetic and powerfull hitter. His oponents don't bounce back from his shots if that is what you expect, but that forehand is one of the hardest on the world.

DustMan
09-05-2006, 01:11 AM
you must be seeing a different Roddick because most of the time i see him hitting that heavy topspin forehand that doesnt really have much pace that his opponents can easliy attack.

Deboogle!.
09-05-2006, 01:33 AM
Because he used to be?

:sad:

Jogy
09-05-2006, 01:39 AM
Because he is one who can hit the ball hard and serve so hard. His forehand is strong and fast and his powerforce potential is big.

Also Roddick not does have best feeling for ball, powerful-hitting it is the best he can do. Or does he have lot spin in stroke like other players? Or is he most famous for playing balls which need very good feeling for the ball?

Sjengster
09-05-2006, 01:45 AM
The irony is he must have one of the lowest unforced errors count of any player left in the tournament, with the way he's playing rallies. His aggression is confined almost exclusively to the serve and then to the putaway forehand if needed, his strategy seems to be to bunt his way to breaks of serve by keeping the ball in play and allowing the pressure to tell on his opponent, much the same way Stepanek somehow bluffs out breaks and then holds on to his serve with repeated netrushing. I have a feeling he's done what he needed to do against inexperienced or lesser opponents though, he will surely step it up against either Hewitt or Gasquet and then potentially Nadal in the semis; he'll have to, because Nadal could definitely make hay with his topspin angles if Roddick is going to rally from so far behind the baseline.

cobalt60
09-05-2006, 01:50 AM
The irony is he must have one of the lowest unforced errors count of any player left in the tournament, with the way he's playing rallies. His aggression is confined almost exclusively to the serve and then to the putaway forehand if needed, his strategy seems to be to bunt his way to breaks of serve by keeping the ball in play and allowing the pressure to tell on his opponent, much the same way Stepanek somehow bluffs out breaks and then holds on to his serve with repeated netrushing. I have a feeling he's done what he needed to do against inexperienced or lesser opponents though, he will surely step it up against either Hewitt or Gasquet and then potentially Nadal in the semis; he'll have to, because Nadal could definitely make hay with his topspin angles if Roddick is going to rally from so far behind the baseline.
You need to be a coach. Spot on.

binkygirl
09-05-2006, 02:05 AM
besides his serve, I hardly ever see him really able to overpower people with his grounstrokes in normal rallies.

Amen to that. I really think the Roddick ass kissing needs to stop. He hasn't panned out as a dominating player and is not going to be a Sampras.

adee-gee
09-05-2006, 02:17 AM
Because he used to be?

:sad:
Yup. Used to have the hardest forehand in the game. Now it's not even close to the top 10.

Havok
09-05-2006, 03:15 AM
He used to be SUCH a powerful player. Roddick, Safin and Gonzalez WERE the big hitters on tour and not many came close to them. With a lack fo confidence and all, he isn't a "power player" match in and match out anymore but can easily turn it on at any time if he wishes. Watch his matches from the 2r onwards at this year's Cincy event and you'll see just why he's called a power player :p.

croat123
09-05-2006, 03:42 AM
sjengster is exactly right. he's a power play on his own serve. on his opponents serve, he waits for the to choke under pressure. every game where he has broken, his opponents have made a series of bad unforced errors, mainly because they know that they can't afford to lose serve. it'll be interesting to see how he does vs. hewitt if lleyton closes this out because hewitt has a great return and he is playing very well off the ground right now

Jagermeister
09-05-2006, 04:54 AM
I agree with Sjengster's post. Roddick does have a powerful forehand but not so powerful that he can camp out 3 ft behind the baseline, like Gasquet and Nadal can. I feel he's been pretty passive so far and it almost bit him in the ass against Verdasco.

Will refrain from final comment but looking at Hewitt/Gasquet, I think Roddick is in big trouble if Hewitt wins.

delicatecutter
09-05-2006, 04:57 AM
Eh. I call him an ugly player. The technique on his groundstokes must be the worst I've seen in a long time. I pray Gasquet can get through Hewitt and then beat Roddick. Gasquet is a gorgeous player with style! :kiss:

16681
09-05-2006, 07:17 AM
Eh. I call him an ugly player. The technique on his groundstokes must be the worst I've seen in a long time. I pray Gasquet can get through Hewitt and then beat Roddick. Gasquet is a gorgeous player with style! :kiss:
Sorry Richie didn't make it :sad: But I think the term "power player" is just used by the commentators to divide the players between those that count on their serve more than their return of serve. And to Andy's credit is he working on his return of serve.

rofe
09-05-2006, 07:22 AM
He has not yet shown his power play in the US Open for some reason that I am yet to fathom. Particularly telling was his match against Verdasco. His serve carried him throughout the match. He does know how to use power off both wings. Watch some of his Cincy matches.

DrJules
09-05-2006, 07:26 AM
Amen to that. I really think the Roddick ass kissing needs to stop. He hasn't panned out as a dominating player and is not going to be a Sampras.

Sampras was a highly skilled player as well as powerful. Roddick is mostly just brute force and does not have the tennis skill, in my view, of a top 5 player

yomike
09-05-2006, 07:30 AM
He is a boring power player and he has a weapon that earns him a Lot Of Cheap points.

oz_boz
09-05-2006, 10:09 AM
For the same reason that they keep calling Nadal a clay courter.

brent-o
09-05-2006, 03:15 PM
Amen to that. I really think the Roddick ass kissing needs to stop. He hasn't panned out as a dominating player and is not going to be a Sampras.

As long as PMac's in the booth, there will be plenty more Roddick ass-kissing.

Veronique
09-05-2006, 03:58 PM
He's serve alone qualifies him as a power player.

tangerine_dream
09-05-2006, 04:03 PM
As long as PMac's in the booth, there will be plenty more Roddick ass-kissing.
And Rafa ball-licking :D

morningglory
09-05-2006, 04:03 PM
not anymore :o in 03 he was one...

lordmanji
09-05-2006, 05:05 PM
his serve is powerful.
everything else is not. plenty of guys hit stronger forehands than andy.

Fumus
09-05-2006, 06:12 PM
Watch how Roddick played in Cinncy and Indy.

Andy played the way he had to, to advance. I echo what Sjeng said alot of the more inexperienced guys, and flashy guys he played generally will give service games away. Considering that Andy's serve has been untouchable, he just takes what his opponents give him and he advances. You will see a different player when Andy plays Lleyton then you have seen all week.

Rogiman
09-05-2006, 06:19 PM
I think "power bottom" would be more suitable.

Allure
09-05-2006, 06:42 PM
Fast serve and he hits the ball hard? :confused:

TheBoiledEgg
09-05-2006, 08:36 PM
Roddick is a junk-baller with a big serve :yawn:
is there a more boring player apart from Nadal ?

tangerine_dream
09-05-2006, 09:08 PM
ScrambledEggy, we all know that if the letters RUS appeared after Roddick or Nadal's name, you'd be kissing their ass, too. :p

Honalulu78
09-05-2006, 09:16 PM
^ haha

LleytonMonfils
09-05-2006, 09:48 PM
IMO Roddick is playing smarter tennis and conserving his power because who cares if you can hit it 200 mph haha with your forehand if it isn't going in. Maybe Jimmy is turning Roddick into more of a tactical player? I don't know, but I'm thining Andy is not hitting the ball with everything he has and is more concerned about placement. He'll will have to up the power come Hewitt time and if he gets by that Nadal as well.

Honalulu78
09-05-2006, 09:57 PM
Jimmy is obviously doing somthing right with Andy cos his results leadin up to the USO have been really good and positive

I agree when you say hes not hitting the ball with all he has got - hopefully against Hewitt he can turn on the power and be agressive and get a good result

here's hoping anway :)

Havok
09-05-2006, 11:05 PM
ScrambledEggy, we all know that if the letters RUS appeared after Roddick or Nadal's name, you'd be kissing their ass, too. :p
Holy crap :haha::haha:. Funniest thing I've read all day. Thanks I really needed that!

DrJules
09-05-2006, 11:17 PM
Jimmy is obviously doing somthing right with Andy cos his results leadin up to the USO have been really good and positive

I agree when you say hes not hitting the ball with all he has got - hopefully against Hewitt he can turn on the power and be agressive and get a good result

here's hoping anway :)


If Roddick beats Nadal in the US Open semi-final that would certainly help Roger in his quest to break Conners 160 successive weeks at number 1. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I suppose you could say Jimmy doing his bit to help Roger break his record.

Pfloyd
09-05-2006, 11:35 PM
They call Roddick a power player because he is talented....please......

njnetswill
09-05-2006, 11:35 PM
Well you can't exactly call him a smart, crafty player. :p

Allure
09-06-2006, 12:19 AM
Well you can't exactly call him a smart, crafty player. :p

LOL! :haha:

Allure
09-06-2006, 12:21 AM
Roddick is a junk-baller with a big serve :yawn:
is there a more boring player apart from Nadal ?

Hey they give you time to go to the bathroom. ;)

tennisrocks123
09-06-2006, 12:32 AM
Roddick is not a power player. He's a dickhead who used to be a power player consistantly back in 2003-2004. The only reliable weapon that has stuck with him is the SERVE..