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Andy might be skipping Kooyong, but we can still have the bong AO Season Thread

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Deboogle!.
12-29-2008, 06:06 PM
Andy's 2009 Season starts in Abu Dhabi with the $$$$$$$$$ exhibition $$$$$$$$$. He plays Davydenko at 3pm local time on Thursday.

then Doha

then AO.

Like last year, we'll do a separate live scoring thread so that this one can be easier to find the news, pics, match discussions, etc.

Don't suck andy, thanks :D

Tytta!.
12-29-2008, 06:08 PM
Andy's 2009 Season starts in Abu Dhabi with the $$$$$$$$$ exhibition $$$$$$$$$. He plays Davydenko at 3pm local time on Thursday.

then Doha

then AO.

Like last year, we'll do a separate live scoring thread so that this one can be easier to find the news, pics, match discussions, etc.

Don't suck andy, thanks :D

As long as Andy keeps hitting the ball well I am okay with that.

Deboogle!.
12-29-2008, 06:09 PM
As long as Andy keeps hitting the ball well I am okay with that.:worship:

Kate87
12-29-2008, 06:12 PM
new year new hopes...http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6168/cloud9vt6.gif

Tytta!.
12-29-2008, 06:12 PM
new year new hopes...http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6168/cloud9vt6.gif

A new cloud too?

Kate87
12-29-2008, 06:13 PM
cloud 9 for 09 :D

Deboogle!.
12-29-2008, 06:14 PM
cloud 9 for 09 :D:haha: :rolls:

Tytta!.
12-29-2008, 06:14 PM
cloud 9 for 09 :D

:spit: :haha:

knight_ley
12-29-2008, 09:14 PM
cloud 9 for 09 :D

:haha:


I can't even express how anxious I am for this year... I don't even know why my hopes are so high this time around. :lol:

snaillyyy
12-30-2008, 02:38 AM
:smoke:at least let us get through January on cloud 9

Fee
12-30-2008, 03:00 AM
Did he ever get to Hawaii this year? I don't know anyone who lives there (full time) anymore and Justin opted to vacation elsewhere. Any 'reports' from the kiddieland forum?

Deboogle!.
12-30-2008, 03:05 AM
The Indian papers reported that Andy spent three weeks training with Somdev Devvarman, and considering he had all those charity appearances and working with Larry and effing starting his season two full weeks earlier than last year, I'm going to guess he didn't..... but you know I don't go to stt.com so I wouldn't know if anything was said there:lol:

tennis lover
12-30-2008, 03:55 PM
:woohoo: I was wondering when we'd get a new thread. This Thursday already?! :o I've been moaning about the off season but it's gone really quickly. :dance: I can't wait. :bounce: Kate, can I join you on the cloud please? :kiss: *is secretly terrified that 2009 is almost here :scared:*

Kate87
12-30-2008, 04:48 PM
of course, Jo :D

tennis lover
12-30-2008, 05:52 PM
:banana: Andy for the AO! :bounce:

Kate87
12-30-2008, 07:25 PM
that's the spirit:rocker2:vamos!:rocker2:

Deboogle!.
12-31-2008, 08:36 PM
Roddick ready to serve up a thriller

* Last Updated: December 31. 2008 11:58PM UAE / December 31. 2008 7:58PM GMT

ABU DHABI // The last time Andy Roddick visited the UAE he returned to the United States triumphantly holding the Dubai Championship trophy he captured somewhat surprisingly at the expense of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

The popular American begins his quest for an Emirates double today when he kicks off the inaugural Capitala World Championship at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi this afternoon.

At just before 3pm he will take to the court alongside his first-round opponent, Nikolay Davydenko. This best-of-three-sets match will be followed by the day’s other match, Britain’s Andy Murray against Roddick’s fellow American, James Blake.

Tomorrow, the winner between Roddick and Russian Davydenko will meet Spain’s Wimbledon champion Nadal while Murray or Blake will face Switzerland’s Federer. The final will be at 5pm on Saturday.

Roddick, 26, claims to be in peak physical condition and ready for the challenge. “I am really looking forward to this event as this will be my first competitive tennis of the new year,” he said.

“I have never trained so hard and I am in the best shape of my professional career. There is a strong field and I’m looking forward to making a great start.”

He will take heart from his performances at the Dubai Tennis Centre 10 months ago when he rose magnificently to the occasion and overcame Nadal on the way to winning the 25th of his 26 career titles.

“Beating Nadal and winning the tournament was awesome,” he reflected. “I felt like I started to hit the ball really well. I feel I played great tennis in Dubai so I’m looking forward to coming back to the Middle East and doing the same.”

The strong-serving Roddick believes he can add another grand slam title to the 2003 US Open title he captured on home territory. Where will that be? “Anywhere but the French Open,” he replied, mindful that his game is not suited to the red clay of Roland Garros.

Does that mean he is a contender for the forthcoming Australian Open? “Whoever will beat me will have to play well,” he warned. “I am feeling good and have done well with two semis and a quarter final.”

Similarly, he is not giving up on regaining world No 1 status in what promises to be a highly competitive year for those in the top 10. “I don’t think I’d be still playing if I didn’t think I could be No 1 again,” he added.

Kate87
01-01-2009, 12:45 PM
:p

safinafan
01-01-2009, 01:58 PM
Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on January 1, 2009.

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safinafan
01-01-2009, 02:23 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/5f/fullj.136c3da1a4a2807db0f9bc0ca069856f/136c3da1a4a2807db0f9bc0ca069856f-getty-tennis-atp-uae-capitala-roddick.jpg

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Deboogle!.
01-01-2009, 03:43 PM
$$$$$$thanks for showing up, andy!$$$$$$$$$

tennis lover
01-01-2009, 03:48 PM
I think he's thought it all through. ;) Usually he does well in the exhibition and badly in the AO so this years he's changed it up a bit. :D ANDY FOR THE AO! :banana: :bounce:

Kate87
01-01-2009, 03:54 PM
I think he's thought it all through. ;) Usually he does well in the exhibition and badly in the AO so this years he's changed it up a bit. :D ANDY FOR THE AO! :banana: :bounce:
:yeah: :bowdown:

EDIT:

"Nikolay played a great game. I could have done better, but this was just my first match of the year. Hopefully, the game will be much better than what it was today," Roddick said.

:spit:

Fee
01-01-2009, 07:39 PM
So it's Lagardere now instead of Lexus? How very French of him.

Deboogle!.
01-01-2009, 08:02 PM
He's had it since last year sometime, I remember Kate pointed it out to me sometime in the fall season... forget exactly which tourney it showed up

edit: kate says she first noticed it at the masters cup

Fee
01-01-2009, 08:16 PM
Lexus isnt on his website anymore. Kind of a shame, some of the commercials were funny.

tsurupettan
01-01-2009, 09:25 PM
I think he's thought it all through. ;) Usually he does well in the exhibition and badly in the AO so this years he's changed it up a bit. :D ANDY FOR THE AO! :banana: :bounce:

:rolls: Sounds like a plan. ;)

DartMarcus
01-02-2009, 10:30 AM
Lets also skip doha and melboune, and get ready for san jose title defence!!! :rocker2::armed:

Kate87
01-02-2009, 10:41 AM
more from Andy :p

“The pace was faster than usual down on the court, it’s a fast surface. I really enjoyed playing with the ball kids and having some fun out there.

It’s really disappointing to go out so quickly as I would have loved to played more games, but I’ll be staying for the rest of the tournament and running some clinics, and the way I see it, I get to have some of the best level practice whilst I’m here too. I’m also playing in Qatar next week.

This year I want to try to play bigger – not get stuck in rally mode. I’ve worked really hard in my off season, I’m in great physical shape, and I’m looking forward to playing better at some of the bigger events.

I’m impressed with the facilities here, and I find that every time we come to the Middle East the standards are first class. We’re getting really spoiled whilst we’re here, and it’s always a pleasure to visit.”

Tytta!.
01-02-2009, 12:02 PM
I'm shocked he isn't back to the US by now ;) :haha:

snaillyyy
01-02-2009, 12:48 PM
Great minds Re :haha: I thought I was going to read the same thing :haha:

Tytta!.
01-02-2009, 12:51 PM
Great minds Re :haha: I thought I was going to read the same thing :haha:

:angel:

Kate87
01-03-2009, 04:33 PM
Doha Draw (http://qatarten.msoutlookonline.net/Qatar%20Open%202009%20Forms/Maindraw%20Singles.pdf)

Andy's first opponent will be Navarro. He is in Andreev's quarter and Nadal's half.

please Andy:zzz:

arodfanpe666o
01-03-2009, 04:55 PM
Andy to beat rafa in semis and roger/murray in finals... :rocker2:

Raina
01-04-2009, 08:54 AM
:)

Kate87
01-04-2009, 03:45 PM
from Abu Dhabi (saturday):p

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd50/gandaines/2009/407.jpg

but where is our champ?:tears:

EDIT: and one pic from Doha :p

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 05:32 PM
from Abu Dhabi (saturday):p

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd50/gandaines/2009/407.jpg

but where is our champ?:tears:

:crying2:

Roger looking at Rafa, Andy must be jealous. :sad:

Kate87
01-04-2009, 05:38 PM
Andy is looking at the champ who is taking the photo :p b/c Andy found the new GOAT!

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 05:40 PM
Andy is looking at the champ who is taking the photo :p b/c Andy found the new GOAT!

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH, now I get it :D Still sad :sad:

snaillyyy
01-04-2009, 05:41 PM
Andy is in double heaven, he gets to stand realllll close to Davy and they are all watching the champ buff his tanned muscles.

Kate87
01-04-2009, 05:42 PM
OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH, now I get it :D Still sad :sad:

It is but wasn't it Roger who cheated on Andy with Rafa?:tears:

Andy is in double heaven, he gets to stand realllll close to Davy and they are all watching the champ buff his tanned muscles.

oh the hotness!:hearts:

(:haha:)

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 05:44 PM
Andy is in double heaven, he gets to stand realllll close to Davy and they are all watching the champ buff his tanned muscles.

Holy shit :haha:

It is but wasn't it Roger who cheated on Andy with Rafa?:tears:

Roger cheated on Rafa with Andy, then Andy got injured :tears:

Kate87
01-04-2009, 05:45 PM
Roger cheated on Rafa with Andy, then Andy got injured :tears:
I thought Andy and Roger were together since...since...2003?:awww::confused:and then came Rafa:sad:

and Rafa broke Andy's heart in 2005 b/c he stole Roger and since then Andy is...well...:o

:secret:Maybe Rafa stole his FH too not only Roger

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 05:50 PM
I thought Andy and Roger were together since...since...2003?:awww::confused:and then came Rafa:sad:

and Rafa broke Andy's heart in 2005 b/c he stole Roger and since then Andy is...well...:o

:secret:Maybe Rafa stole his FH too not only Roger

Andy and Roger is true love, they actually make a very beautiful couple. Rafa likes Andy, not as much as he likes Feliciana, but we can understand... Andy doesn't have that pretty hair and those pretty green eyes :awww:

Kate87
01-04-2009, 05:52 PM
Andy and Roger is true love, they actually make a very beautiful couple. Rafa likes Andy, not as much as he likes Feliciana, but we can understand... Andy doesn't have that pretty hair and those pretty green eyes :awww:

so Roger is with Andy now?:awww: and they occasionally involve Rafa?:awww:(and Rafa is in love with Feli, no? :D)

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 05:54 PM
so Roger is with Andy now?:awww: and they occasionally involve Rafa?:awww:(and Rafa is in love with Feli, no? :D)

I think they all get along very well :aplot: Wild nights, injuries, etc. But they love each other. Fact. :D

Kate87
01-04-2009, 05:57 PM
I think they all get along very well :aplot: Wild nights, injuries, etc. But they love each other. Fact. :D
phew, then all is right in the world :D

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 06:00 PM
phew, then all is right in the world :D

As long as they are happy and don't injury each other anymore ;) :haha:

Kate87
01-04-2009, 06:02 PM
As long as they are happy and don't injury each other anymore ;) :haha:

i'm sure that they will be more careful in the future (just like Feli) :D

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 06:15 PM
i'm sure that they will be more careful in the future (just like Feli) :D

Feli is always careful :awww:

Kate87
01-04-2009, 06:17 PM
Feli is always careful :awww:
except when he sat on Rafa's knee:rolleyes:

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 06:19 PM
except when he sat on Rafa's knee:rolleyes:

Awwww, that wasn't meant to hurt Rafa :hug:

Kate87
01-04-2009, 06:25 PM
but he wasn't careful (enough) :awww:

tennis lover
01-04-2009, 06:27 PM
I'm not used to all these early tournaments for Andy, it's confusing me! :sobbing: :o

Do not embarrass yourself Andy! :armed: :bounce:

Tytta!.
01-04-2009, 06:28 PM
but he wasn't careful (enough) :awww:

Feli very good person :awww: Feli was just too excited :awww:

Kate87
01-04-2009, 06:30 PM
Do not embarrass yourself Andy! :armed: :bounce:
nah he won't :D he can't :armed:

Feli very good person :awww: Feli was just too excited :awww:
oooh i'm sure:aplot:

Deboogle!.
01-04-2009, 07:09 PM
Andy's the 2nd match tomorrow after a 4pm start..... Doha's 8 hours ahead of Eastern US I believe.

Deboogle!.
01-04-2009, 11:09 PM
Roddick aims to peak in time
Publish Date: Monday,5 January, 2009, at 01:02 AM Doha Time

By John Verghese

AMERICAN world No 8 Andy Roddick has said that he expects to peak in time for the Australian Open to be held from January 19.
Roddick, who is on his second visit to Doha to participate in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open tennis tournament admitted to Gulf Times yesterday that though it would be tough to play his best tennis in the very first tournament of the year, he wouldn’t be shying away from trying hard.

“It’s a tough task to play well straight at the gates as I have had an off season of about one and half months,” said Roddick.

“Tournaments like these are excellent opportunities for all players to prepare themselves for the Australian Open played on hard courts and so I am definitely keen to do well here. Despite the presence of top stars I am aiming to make a mark,” said the player, who is seeded No 4 in the competition.

The 26-year-old who qualified for the sixth Masters Cup last year, however had the misfortune of having to withdraw after one match due to a right ankle injury suffered in practice.

Roddick, who is also known as ‘A-Rod’ had a largely satisfactory 2008, compiling records of 40-11 on hard and 4-3 on clay and finishing in the top 10 for the seventh consecutive season. He also captured three ATP titles in four finals and victories over the top three players for the first time in a season.

“I am hoping to improve on where I finished last year and will aim to stay healthy during the season as I have had to battle a lot of injuries in the year that passed,” he said.

In 2003, Roddick became the youngest American at 21 years and three months and the second after Lleyton Hewitt to finish as world No 1 in the history of the ATP rankings and also made an astonishing jump to the top spot from the previous year after improving from No 10.

Roddick, who is participating in the tournament here after making an early exit in the Capitala World Tennis Championship held in Abu Dhabi, is drawn to face Ivan Navarro of Spain in the opening match of the round of 32 draw for the six-day tournament which begins here today.

“I always enter a tournament to win it. So fans can expect my best effort in all the matches,” he said.

Kate87
01-05-2009, 01:24 AM
Andy should be really careful this week :unsure:
http://www.qataropen.org/images/galleries/Qatar%20ExxonMobil%20Open%20-%204-Jan-2009/photos/_JC28123.JPG
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Deboogle!.
01-05-2009, 01:25 AM
Andy should be really careful this week :unsure::haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: Andy must feel haunted. Now we know how little kids feel when they see him coming.

Kate87
01-05-2009, 01:27 AM
camels eat andy
andy eats babies
(babies eat camels?:confused:)

oh the circle of life:awww:

Deboogle!.
01-05-2009, 01:29 AM
omg :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: x257

Tytta!.
01-05-2009, 11:47 AM
:haha: :spit:

~*BGT*~
01-05-2009, 02:26 PM
If anyone wants to watch, this blog is broadcasting the match right now. :lol: Andy was just yelling at some kids in the crowd. Guess he's moved away from babies and onto more experienced meat. ;) :haha:

http://chon9cm.blogspot.com/

Deboogle!.
01-05-2009, 02:32 PM
Thanks :D Dare I ask why? :unsure:

~*BGT*~
01-05-2009, 02:52 PM
Thanks :D Dare I ask why? :unsure:

They were sitting near him and chatting like most school age kids do. :p He just kinda said, "Hey!!" but it was kinda loud. I'd have been terrified if a big, sweaty man was yelling at me and waving his racket. :scared:

Fumus
01-05-2009, 03:21 PM
I couldn't get the blog to work.

Here's the J-TV link if you wanna watch the last two games in low quality.

http://www.justin.tv/peterone87

Kate87
01-05-2009, 03:33 PM
this stream was great and i guess it will work during the week :p

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2024.html

anyway 6-1 6-3 and a few encouraging shots from Andy :D keep it up :yeah:

tennis lover
01-05-2009, 03:43 PM
:banana: aww, he was earlier than I was expecting. Just turned on live score, couldn't see his name so thought he hadn't started yet but I missed it. :awww: oh well, glad he won easily, keep it up Roddick! :bounce:

Kate87
01-05-2009, 05:12 PM
more pics :p


EDIT:

"(It is) a good start to the year," said Roddick, who served eight aces. "I am pretty happy with my play. I didn't do anything stupid. I returned well. I got what I wanted from the match. I have been training hard in the off-season."

Kate87
01-05-2009, 05:15 PM
and more b/c MTF doesn't let me attach more than 4 pics in a post :o

only two now... :o i gave up :o

EDIT:

"Last year I was just going from the training table straight on to the court," Roddick said after reaching the second round of the $1,100,000 Qatar Open.

"I was going to do everything to play Wimbledon and I shouldn't have and I was advised not to; I was hurt in Cincinnati and tried to play LA.

"When you do that you don't have all the options," he concluded by way of explanation of how his results fell away after beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Dubai in February and Roger Federer in Miami in March.

Roddick believes his injury problems may have been related to not taking a full close season's rest and training programme at the end of 2007.

Now, however, he feels he has taken a better break and done more of the necessary work, and also has high hopes of his relationship with his new coach, Larry Stefanki, formerly with two other world number ones, John McEnroe and Marcelo Rios.

"I've had more time to prepare and it makes a huge difference," Roddick said. "I feel last season was stalled by injury and now I feel better. I thought I made a pretty solid start."

http://sports.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Roddick_in_comfortable_start/articleshow/3939383.cms

Deboogle!.
01-05-2009, 05:34 PM
Kate :hug: MTF :ras: Andy :yeah:

tsurupettan
01-05-2009, 06:15 PM
Aww, I remembered the match, but I ended up totally forgetting about it 'cause the times. :( At least he's doing nicely so far. Come on, Andy! Yay! :D

DartMarcus
01-05-2009, 07:13 PM
Surprising :)

seljanin
01-06-2009, 01:07 PM
Hello, folks! :) Wanna wish everyone a very Happy New Year! And a common wish for all of us, the Ducknation, to celebrate a big win by Andy this year (coming in a way of a slam or a Masters title!) :yeah:

I just watched the 2nd set, and maybe I'm too critical, but I've got some mixed feelings about this match. First of all, Navarro heavily underperformed. His serve was disastrous (% was around 30-35...), and his approach & volleying was much worse than it's usually. I didn't like Andy's crapspin which he used quite a few times from his FH side, and his slice BH was shorter and sat up more than usually as well. However, there were a few good things - Andy was finishing off the easy points very smoothly, and his BH volleys were very good and timed almost perfectly.

Anyhow, this 1st match cannot be really viewed as an indicator for the things to come. But the good thing is that Andy looked quite sharp, motivated and hungry to win. All those good signs, of course :yeah: Best of luck for the rest of the tournament!

Fumus
01-06-2009, 03:16 PM
I watched the match, Andy look incredibly rusty. Nothing terrible or special, looked like he was just working on timing the ball again and stuff. I don't think we're gonna see some new game plan with Larry...hopefully we'll just see better execution. As I've said time and time again, if Andy is playing well from the back of the court...great, if he's serving well he can win titles and beat the big boys.

kaylee
01-06-2009, 04:09 PM
I agree Ryan totally - they all seem rusty at the moment Nole lost today too - but as they say practice makes perfect and hopefully he will shake the rust off soon.

Deboogle!.
01-06-2009, 04:25 PM
He seemed rusty, but that's to be expected. I liked some of the things he was doing. His BH return looked good, and his movement was better than it's ever been I think. At least he cared and was into it and had a good energy level, which is more than Novak fans can say.

Kate87
01-06-2009, 04:58 PM
i agree with Debs that his movement was really really good. :eek: and i especially liked the points where he stepped up after a big serve and finished the point with a big fh :hearts:

Deboogle!.
01-06-2009, 05:00 PM
:yeah:

oh and he'll play clement tomorrow :)

tangerine_dream
01-06-2009, 05:08 PM
Highlights of Andy vs Navarro

LNCYdCNU_gU

Winston's Human
01-06-2009, 05:29 PM
One criticism I have is that Andy seemed to hit too many balls right down the middle of the court directly to his opponent.

Also, when will Andy ditch that approach shot to his opponent's forehand. It seems like he gets burned every time.

Deboogle!.
01-06-2009, 05:43 PM
One criticism I have is that Andy seemed to hit too many balls right down the middle of the court directly to his opponent.hopefully this was just the fact that he was trying to get the feel for the ball. It was cold in Doha and he hadn't arrived that long before on top of it.
Also, when will Andy ditch that approach shot to his opponent's forehand. It seems like he gets burned every time.Invariably, when he plays someone with a good backhand. :D

Kate87
01-06-2009, 07:21 PM
last match tomorrow after murray, nadal and roger:zzz:

tennis lover
01-06-2009, 08:50 PM
his matches always seem to be at the one time I can't watch! :sobbing: I'm out tomorrow evening so hopefully it won't be on too late and I can catch it before I go. :bounce:

tangerine_dream
01-06-2009, 10:16 PM
Nikolay's gonna pay for that. :angel:

"I don't want to be like (Andy) Roddick, who only has big serves going for him."

— Nikolay "no slam wonder" Davydenko

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=30&art_id=nw20090106175322242C349434

Winston's Human
01-06-2009, 10:23 PM
Nikolay's gonna pay for that. :angel:

"I don't want to be like (Andy) Roddick, who only has big serves going for him."

— Nikolay "no slam wonder" Davydenko

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=30&art_id=nw20090106175322242C349434

That seemed like an unnecessary "slam" at Andy -- especially since Andy always spoke in Kolya's defense during the whole match-throwing controversy.

tangerine_dream
01-06-2009, 10:28 PM
That seemed like an unnecessary "slam" at Andy -- especially since Andy always spoke in Kolya's defense during the whole match-throwing controversy.
I believe this was Nikolay's overly dry humor at work again. Still, Andy can use it as ammunition the next time they play. :p

claire posted this funny video (http://s55.photobucket.com/albums/g141/kittyswanncluk/?action=view&current=dubai1-1.flv) of their recent exo on my blog, it seems they get on well.

Deboogle!.
01-06-2009, 10:29 PM
oh davy, you have still learned nothing about keeping your mouth shut I guess.

tsurupettan
01-06-2009, 10:50 PM
I hope it was just a good-natured dry humor jab, otherwise... wuuuut, don't just name drop like that. :o I'm sure everyone could've filled in the blanks easily enough. :p

tennis lover
01-06-2009, 10:57 PM
well that was bitchy. :rolleyes:

snaillyyy
01-07-2009, 01:48 AM
:rolleyes::tape:

Fumus
01-07-2009, 03:07 PM
Nikolay's gonna pay for that. :angel:

"I don't want to be like (Andy) Roddick, who only has big serves going for him."

— Nikolay "no slam wonder" Davydenko

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=30&art_id=nw20090106175322242C349434

Bad Karma for Koyla I guess or was it something else :devil:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/1/en/news/newsarticle_1671.asp

tsurupettan
01-07-2009, 05:27 PM
I hope he gets better and all, but I can't help but laugh a little. :rolls:

seljanin
01-07-2009, 08:20 PM
Well, he defeated Clement today 6:3, 7:5. Did anyone watch? I just checked the stats, and Andy was broken twice during the match :eek:

Winston's Human
01-08-2009, 02:54 AM
Well, he defeated Clement today 6:3, 7:5. Did anyone watch? I just checked the stats, and Andy was broken twice during the match :eek:

It was a strange first set. Clement broke Andy early to go up 2-1. Next, Andy came from 0-40 down to even it up at 2-2. Andy broke again to go up 4-2 -- only to exchange two more breaks with Clement before serving it out at 6-3.

The second set was all on serve until 5-5. Clement made some incredible winners to hold his service games until Andy broke through at 6-5. The closing game was unduly stressful as Andy went down 0-40 before reeling off five straight points to close out Clement.

tangerine_dream
01-08-2009, 03:01 AM
So, after playing the last match of the evening today, Andy's QF match with Hanescu will be first one up tomorrow. :o

I don't think Andy's played Hanescu since he barfed his brains out during Davis Cup two years ago. Or was that Pavel? :scratch:

Deboogle!.
01-08-2009, 04:38 AM
that was Pavel, Andy's 2-0 against Hanescu but their last match was almost 3 years ago and it was one of Hanescu's first back after he got hurt in that DC Tie you're thinking of ....

knight_ley
01-08-2009, 03:32 PM
Andy beat Hanescu 6-3 6-2! :woohoo:

I didn't watch so I don't know how he played, but yayyy!!!

kaylee
01-08-2009, 03:35 PM
It was a good match - he tightened up his game. Onwards and upwards.

Deboogle!.
01-08-2009, 04:13 PM
well monfils just beat rafa so that's who andy will play. good luck andy :o monfils will kill him if he plays passively.

DartMarcus
01-08-2009, 04:25 PM
Better Monfils then Rafa :)

tsurupettan
01-08-2009, 04:28 PM
Yeah, seriously, good luck to Andy (it would be the prime time to let some awesome aggressive energy/playing loose on the court). Monfils was on fire.

Kate87
01-08-2009, 06:01 PM
keep it up Andy :D and be more aggressive :D

"I feel good right now," Roddick said. "I am keeping it pretty tight on the court. The drop shots helped a lot. I guess it helps to have those things worked on during the offseason."

Roddick's serve was also working, and he finished the match with 13 aces.

"I got troubled in the match just once, but like last night (a 6-3, 7-5 win over Arnaud Clement of France), I came up with the big serves when it mattered most," Roddick said.

tennis lover
01-08-2009, 07:44 PM
:banana: I hope to be able to watch tomorrow, Monfils obviously played well today so he's going to be tough. :unsure: Please, please, please win Andy! :D

seljanin
01-08-2009, 07:57 PM
Thanks, Winston's Human, for the summary! :yeah:

Well, at least this 6:3, 6:2 scoreline vs Hanescu looks nice :) A little pity for me that Andy doesn't play Nadal tomorrow, and I think he's a little underdog in tomorrow's match vs Monfils.. oh well, anyway, good luck Andy, want to see you in the final! :yeah:

tangerine_dream
01-08-2009, 08:01 PM
Pictures. :dance:

Roddick def Hanescu 6-3 6-2

tangerine_dream
01-08-2009, 08:02 PM
More. :bounce:

tennis lover
01-09-2009, 03:28 PM
ok, so up next either Federer or Murray! :scared: neither of them are names that inspire a huge amount of confidence in me. :sobbing: anyone know what time it'll be? *prays it's at 4pm* :unsure:

Fumus
01-09-2009, 03:32 PM
ok, so up next either Federer or Murray! :scared: neither of them are names that inspire a huge amount of confidence in me. :sobbing: anyone know what time it'll be? *prays it's at 4pm* :unsure:

It's all gravy baby, no pressure on him now. :) He's got to get more time in practicing with Larry before the AO. The returns looked bigger today but more work needs to be done on that forehand before I get worried about Andy beating Roger or Murray. It's a good result either way.

Kate87
01-09-2009, 03:36 PM
i don't think that he's ever reached the final of his first tourney of the year :scratch:

so :bowdown: Andy and keep it up :D

tangerine_dream
01-09-2009, 03:37 PM
Bam bam! Andy! We like it like that. :smoke:

seljanin
01-09-2009, 03:40 PM
Damn YEAH :yeah:

1st tournament -> 1st final. Nice start. Was following the match during a lecture by checking livescore on my mobile phone :lol: Eurosport will broadcast the final tomorrow (not sure whether live or not). Will be watching, of course.

Best of luck in the final, Andy! I'd prefer Andy - Roger. Time to improve on that 2-15 H2H :P

Johnny Groove
01-09-2009, 03:41 PM
Roddick :yeah:

He's been playing slowly and progressively more aggresive as the tournament has worn on, at least to me.

Here's hoping for a win tomorrow :yeah:

tangerine_dream
01-09-2009, 05:04 PM
I was in transit during Andy's match so I was only able to see the tail-end of it. Thanks for the match comments, Blaze and Ryan. I was looking to get an idea of how well Andy played and found this comment over on tennis.com:

Posted by Joey Z 01/09/2009 @ 10:15 AM

I can't believe some of the comments (I actually can believe them and am pretty happy to see them too!) about Andy Roddick's game.

Some comments...

Gael can't rally with Andy from the baseline!

Roddick has great hands, what a drop shot!

Andy's back hand slice is looking elegant!

I hope the Roddick-bashing posters on the ESPN site are watching this match because they always rip on Roddick and his game despite all the work he puts into it.

What are the biggest improvements/strategy changes/etc. you've seen in Andy's game this week? Is the return of serve much better?
If anybody else watching the Federer-Murray match? Boy, is Roger steaming mad, Murray really has him frustrated.

Wishing Andy much luck in the final, whoever he faces. He can beat either one of these guys if he believes. :clap2:

OnyxRose
01-09-2009, 05:35 PM
Well, damn. Andy-Andy final.

Deboogle!.
01-09-2009, 05:36 PM
:help: have fun andy on this slow slow hc. hopefully it'll go so fast i can sleep through it :sobbing:

Kate87
01-09-2009, 05:53 PM
Roddick roars into Doha final

54 minutes ago

DOHA (AFP) — Andy Roddick reached his first final since September when he carved a fine win in a high quality match against Gael Monfils in the semi-finals of the Qatar Open.

The former world number one from the United States also showed signs of evolving into a more measured and varied player during his 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-3 win over the brilliant but inconsistent Frenchman.

"There wasn't a whole lot between us - I just stayed the course," said Roddick who will face either Roger Federer or Andy Murray in Saturday's final.

"I concentrated pretty well in the third set. It was just a matter of winning the points at the right time."

Roddick was also pleased with the style in which he was able to play.

"He has an interesting dynamic because he just begs you to come forward, and then he will come up with a passing shot," he said.

"So it's a matter of staying the course and not getting discouraged by it. It was a physical match but I have done a lot of hard work in close season.

"I wasn't in shape at the end of last year after various injuries and stiff, but now I feel better."

Conditions were a little too slow for the world's fastest server to boom down tons of aces, and instead he worked his way into the baseline rallies very competently, and also won a good proportion of points by getting to the net.

Monfils, who eliminated world number one Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Thursday, looked to have more than enough spectacular weapons to sweep Roddick aside too, with his blistering court coverage, excellent serving and blazing winners.

But the 22-year-old missed his chance to close out the first set when he was serving at 5-4, and having re-established a dominance in many of the rallies was unable to find the right shot at crucial moments in the final set.

Roddick, by contrast, made the most of his assets in resourceful fashion. He kept his head when Monfils was threatening to trample on him in the first set, making the younger player play plenty of balls in the crises moments, and in the tie-break was by far the more solid.

Monfils, more relaxed again, was at his spectacular best in the second set, when again he looked easily good enough to become a top five player.

One outrageous forehand topspin lob winner, made while he was hurtling sideways behind the baseline, contributed to his break of serve in the fourth game, and he consolidated that by holding serve all through with an 80 percent first delivery ratio.

But Monfils' shot choices became less convincing in the third set, and he also became more passive.

Roddick broke for 3-1, lost it and slipped to 3-3 as Monfils once again looked a better player when trying to come from behind. But the former US Open champion broke again for 5-3 when Monfils played a disappointingly indifferent service game.

Monfils looked capable of breaking back at the death but at 30-all selected a dropshot-lob combination when he seemed well placed to try to pass Roddick. The ball landed long, and Roddick closed the match out nervelessly in the next rally with a well-controlled net attack.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hxb8ZrCUeI6C4j59ZJNbTUKcs1Gw

tangerine_dream
01-09-2009, 05:56 PM
Crap. Andy-Andy matches are intense but I was hoping for a Federer-Roddick final. :(

OnyxRose
01-09-2009, 06:14 PM
I thought Roger was going to cut a bitch and that hand shake was cold.

Good luck, Andy. You'll need it against Andy.

partygirl
01-09-2009, 06:20 PM
:)

tsurupettan
01-09-2009, 06:24 PM
I thought Roger was going to cut a bitch and that hand shake was cold.

lmao! My thoughts exactly.

Much, much luck to [our] Andy in the final.

kaylee
01-09-2009, 06:32 PM
When you have been dominant for 4 years there is bound to be a time when someone comes long and figures out how to play you. Sadly (I hate saying this) Roger is getting on and younger players like Murray and Nadal can run down shots. Roger played a poor match today against Murray - sigh Andy-Andy is never a fun match thank goodness I can't watch.

Winston's Human
01-09-2009, 06:57 PM
I do not think that an Andy-Andy match is all that bad.

When our Andy plays Roger, you never know if he is going to be competitive or worshipful. OTOH, when our Andy plays the other Andy, you can feel the palpable dislike.

Fumus
01-09-2009, 07:09 PM
Roddick :yeah:

He's been playing slowly and progressively more aggresive as the tournament has worn on, at least to me.

Here's hoping for a win tomorrow :yeah:

WWeezzy f baybay! ;)

I was in transit during Andy's match so I was only able to see the tail-end of it. Thanks for the match comments, Blaze and Ryan. I was looking to get an idea of how well Andy played and found this comment over on tennis.com:

Posted by Joey Z 01/09/2009 @ 10:15 AM

I can't believe some of the comments (I actually can believe them and am pretty happy to see them too!) about Andy Roddick's game.

Some comments...

Gael can't rally with Andy from the baseline!

Roddick has great hands, what a drop shot!

Andy's back hand slice is looking elegant!

I hope the Roddick-bashing posters on the ESPN site are watching this match because they always rip on Roddick and his game despite all the work he puts into it.

What are the biggest improvements/strategy changes/etc. you've seen in Andy's game this week? Is the return of serve much better?
If anybody else watching the Federer-Murray match? Boy, is Roger steaming mad, Murray really has him frustrated.

Wishing Andy much luck in the final, whoever he faces. He can beat either one of these guys if he believes. :clap2:

I haven't really seen much change in strategy, he's taken some cuts on the return of serve, especially the second serve. That said, um...not much he's just serving better and finishing points better. I didn't expect to see a huge change or anything, it looks like Andy is doing what he does well. He's rallying, playing steady, and serving at a high percentage. He's not doing anything too crazy, just finishing the points that I think he should, that he's capable of. It's encouraging but he's not nearly as aggressive as he should be, yet. It's not what I want from him but hopefully he can work with Larry on finishing points with the forehand.

tangerine_dream
01-09-2009, 07:15 PM
I've had a chance to look around the messageboards and the larger consensus seems to be that Andy's movement has improved the most so far. That's great news to hear.

Andy isn't firing on all cylinders yet, that is also good because he's going to need to do exactly that against Snagglepuss tomorrow.

*edit*

Adding headlines and pics. :)

Doha SF: Roddick def Monfils 7-6, 3-6, 6-3

DartMarcus
01-09-2009, 07:18 PM
Well, if Andy can show only one great result in january, then it`d better be Aus Open, because the win in Doha won`t be half as good as, for example, reaching Slam semifinals or even better. So the main thing is not to disappoint us in Melbourne. Lets just play a good match tommorow.

Deboogle!.
01-09-2009, 07:24 PM
I watched his match against Hanescu and while I saw some good things such as his movement and whatnot, he was still playing an AWFUL lot of balls from way behind the baseline. Once in a while being on the defensive is unavoiadable, of course, but this seems to still be his go-to rally point and that is really not going to cut it against murrays and rafas and others of the top of the game. it barely cut it against monfils today. If players like Clement and Monfils are able to break him a couple times, it's hard to see him holding all the time against murray.

But you are right DartMarcus, Melbourne is what counts. Doha is only a 250 point tourney now. Melbourne's worth 2000, and he has a ton of room to gain points there if he can play well. It's definitely good to go in with a couple quality wins so that's good. I think more importantly tomorrow is that he play his game, not panic and do freakish bad netrushes, be aggressive and go for it. If Murray's too good, so be it. It's more important that he goes into the AO playing the right way.

Fumus
01-09-2009, 08:21 PM
There's no way Andy is going to play super different. He's beaten Murray before, he knows what to do. Here's what he can't do, serve a low percentage and leave balls in the center of the court for Murray to crush. I see no point in playing it straight either Deb, he should go for it. As for the movement I think that's because Andy is finally healthy again. Larry couldn't have improved it that much with his coaching, Andy is just fitter now than he was for most of last year. This match is gravy, Melbourne is what counts...he can win there, anyone of the top guys can, it's wide open because it's so early in the season.

tangerine_dream
01-09-2009, 09:18 PM
Pictures. :bounce: Loooove his reaction after winning. :inlove: Hope to see a repeat of that tomorrow.

Doha SF: Roddick def Monfils 7-6, 3-6, 6-3

tangerine_dream
01-09-2009, 10:16 PM
Murray may not make it to the final. :unsure:

"Defending champion Andy Murray is struggling to be fit for Saturday's Qatar Open final against Andy Roddick because of a back injury."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7821469.stm

Their final is scheduled for 6:30PM tomorrow, Doha time.


More photos. :dance:

Doha SF: Roddick def Monfils 7-6, 3-6, 6-3

knight_ley
01-09-2009, 11:18 PM
Andy in a final already! And it's not vs Roger! :woohoo:

tennis lover
01-10-2009, 12:31 AM
dammit, I knew the final would be on when I can't watch. :( I just hope he doesn't get completely thrashed and at least looks like he's trying to play the right way. :dance: and if Murray's injury is that bad maybe it won't be a struggle at all. Either way, I actually don't really know what to expect from the scoreline tomorrow. :shrug:

Fumus
01-10-2009, 07:02 PM
Good result for first time with Stephanki. Andy looked pretty good but he's no where near top form yet. Let's hope he's just try to peak for the AO. :)

Truc
01-10-2009, 09:14 PM
A bit off-topic, sorry, but I don't know where to post this:
What does the "Lagardère" thing on his sleeve mean, does it have anything to do with the "Team Lagardère", or is Lagardère just a sponsor? The Team was just for French players at the beginning, but Baghdatis now is part of it too, so I was wondering about Andy.

Truc
01-10-2009, 09:27 PM
And I also thought Andy looked in good shape this week, very consistent, moving well, showed a good attitude too.
Even I Monfilstarde thought the recent h2h had been quite unfair to Andy, it was about time for him to get a win, it's not like Gaël owned him!

Deboogle!.
01-10-2009, 09:39 PM
A bit off-topic, sorry, but I don't know where to post this:
What does the "Lagardère" thing on his sleeve mean, does it have anything to do with the "Team Lagardère", or is Lagardère just a sponsor? The Team was just for French players at the beginning, but Baghdatis now is part of it too, so I was wondering about Andy.We're not entirely sure, it showed up on his shirt around Shanghai last year we think... I'm assuming it's just a sponsorship from the main Lagardere conglomerate (I guess you'd know more about that company than I would :lol: ), but I don't really have any idea. I would be incredibly shocked if he were part of "Team Lagardere" though. I'm not entirely sure what the "Team" does, but considering he still trains in the US, has his own coach and management and team and everything..... yeah, not sure!

And I also thought Andy looked in good shape this week, very consistent, moving well, showed a good attitude too.
Even I Monfilstarde thought the recent h2h had been quite unfair to Andy, it was about time for him to get a win, it's not like Gaël owned him!Thanks :hug: Just would like to see him play more aggressively, then I think good things will happen for him.

DartMarcus
01-11-2009, 07:37 AM
At least he did better than Federer/Nadal/Djokovic this week :D

Truc
01-11-2009, 08:46 AM
Thanks, I don't know much about the whole Lagardère conglomerate either, I just know the Team Lagardère, but it doesn't make sense in his case indeed, so it's probably only a sponsor, even if it seems a bit unusual.
I'll tell you if I see anything about it in the French media or on French tennis websites.

Deboogle!.
01-11-2009, 04:38 PM
Thanks, I don't know much about the whole Lagardère conglomerate either, I just know the Team Lagardère, but it doesn't make sense in his case indeed, so it's probably only a sponsor, even if it seems a bit unusual.
I'll tell you if I see anything about it in the French media or on French tennis websites.Thanks! :hug: I guess it's not so unusual if you consider his other two major sponsors are French. It seems he lost Lexus, and replaced it with this patch on his sleeve. From the pics yesterday, he's obviously still sponsored by Rolex too, and SAP, so all of his sponsors are Europe-based :lol:

seljanin
01-11-2009, 05:03 PM
Well, it was a good quality match, but Murray was just too good. With his superb return and great footwork, there were not so many options left for our Andy. He got outplayed during the baseline rallies, he was unable to impose any attacking game on Murray, and he got passed numerous (God only knows how many..) times at the net. The good news is that his overall game, IMO, is still very competitive for the top-level, and there are certainly some positives to be taken from this tournament.

So, my congratulations to Andy with a very well deserved runner-up title :yeah: This time the opponent was just too strong.

tennis lover
01-11-2009, 08:01 PM
I think I'm glad I didn't get to see it after all. :) Overall a good first week though, hopefully he'll really find his form in time for the AO because I can't take another early slam exit! :sobbing:

williaer
01-13-2009, 02:39 AM
Just letting y'all know Andy's in Melbourne - I saw him at Melbourne Park today!

Deboogle!.
01-13-2009, 03:00 AM
:yeah:

Kate87
01-13-2009, 08:09 AM
two more :p

partygirl
01-13-2009, 09:04 AM
:)

kaylee
01-13-2009, 03:36 PM
Yumm heehee

Fumus
01-13-2009, 03:38 PM
Damn he did lose weight. He's ripped.

seljanin
01-13-2009, 05:55 PM
Andy looks very fit in those pics. Indeed.

OnyxRose
01-13-2009, 07:04 PM
I guess I can't call him by my pet name doughy anymore. Niiiice.

tangerine_dream
01-13-2009, 09:40 PM
Any particular reason why my article keeps getting deleted?

Deboogle!.
01-13-2009, 09:48 PM
it was posted in the news thread yesterday http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7999014&postcount=25

Deboogle!.
01-14-2009, 02:40 AM
:)

snaillyyy
01-14-2009, 02:47 AM
:yeah::yeah:

Couple more;)

Fee
01-14-2009, 03:32 AM
He does look pretty muscular and his left arm is almost the same size as his right, so that's impressive. I suppose he's genetically predisposed to always have his little chub roll to some degree, but he looks just about as fit as I have ever seen him. Well done, now turn that into some fierce action on court and I will be happy (please make it to the second Monday, pleeeeeeeeeeaaaase).

fangirl
01-14-2009, 09:58 AM
I'd tap it.

Fumus
01-14-2009, 03:10 PM
Skin cancer ftw.

Kate87
01-14-2009, 10:52 PM
more pics from ao.com :p

Deboogle!.
01-14-2009, 11:01 PM
at first i thought i read ar.com and i was gonna yell at you for your typo :p

Deboogle!.
01-15-2009, 05:30 AM
:)

Marion29520
01-15-2009, 12:01 PM
practice with James Blake


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Marion29520
01-15-2009, 12:10 PM
practice 14/01


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tennis lover
01-15-2009, 03:08 PM
he really does look in amazing shape. :dance:

Fumus
01-15-2009, 03:12 PM
Andy looks really lean...wow.

I wonder if the new racket is just a PJ or something else. What do you think should I stop shaving for the tourney again this year?(It's my favorite grand slam)

When Andy made the semis that one time I had almost a full beard goin' on.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=108108&d=1169237895

Deboogle!.
01-15-2009, 04:18 PM
more from last night/today, tried to post last night but MTF :bs: :haha:

Poor doug is an "unidentified coach" :sad:

He was wearing like 3 different things in these pics, how many times did he practice i wonder :eek: :haha: :yeah:

tsurupettan
01-15-2009, 06:04 PM
Very nice. :dance:

Deboogle!.
01-15-2009, 06:24 PM
AUSTRALIAN OPEN SPECIAL REPORT
International coach takes the Roddick challenge
By Christopher Clarey
Thursday, January 15, 2009

As a young man, Larry Stefanki remembers his father-in-law, the former National Football League quarterback John Brodie, offering career advice: "Get out of your comfort zone."

For most of his adult life, Stefanki, now 51, has done just that. He has traveled the world and worked with it, too, parlaying an adventurous spirit, an early connection with John McEnroe and his own positive energy and tactical acumen into a career as one of the top coaches in tennis.

What began with him helping his childhood friend McEnroe in the final two years of McEnroe's tour-level career in 1991 and 1992 has continued as a much more diverse cultural experience. Stefanki helped Marcelo Ríos, a crotchety Chilean icon, reach No. 1 in the world and then did the same for Yevgeni Kafelnikov, a moody Russian with silken ground strokes who had managed to navigate his way through the chaotic breakup of the Soviet Union.

Stefanki also coached three less challenging characters who all reached the top five: Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, Tim Henman of Britain and, most recently, Ríos's more amenable countryman Fernando González.

But after nearly 15 years of exploring the strengths and fault lines of players from other countries, Stefanki, the Californian extrovert, has returned to more familiar territory. For the first time since working with Patrick McEnroe and doubles partner Jonathan Stark in 1993, Stefanki is coaching an American: Andy Roddick.

It's an assignment that still represents a major challenge. The huge-serving, quick-witted Roddick, a former U.S. Open champion and longtime fixture near the top, lost touch with the leaders last season, struggling at the major events and finishing with a ranking of eight.

Roddick's power game is no longer leaving the same sorts of dents in his opponents' defenses, and he will now try to reverse that unsettling trend at an age - 26 - when most tennis stars have already peaked.

Stefanki, no stranger to helping players in midcareer funks, said he sensed no dimming of the flame.

"Andy's been pretty exceptional, when it comes to the work ethic, which is nice to see for a guy who is 26, who has been the No. 1 American for six or seven years," Stefanki said in a telephone interview. "Andy is still highly motivated to get back in the top four or five in the world. That's among his goals, and to win another Slam. He believes he's going to win one, and I think he's going to win one myself or I wouldn't be doing the job." :worship:

Roddick said a shoulder problem that troubled him in 2008 had been resolved, and, according to Stefanki, he lost nearly 15 pounds, or 7 kilograms, in the short off-season. Stefanki said he was convinced that the speed of the modern game made it difficult for players over 200 pounds to challenge for a Grand Slam title.

"I was a little shocked that his weight was as high as it was," Stefanki said. 'And I said to him, 'No, you have to be 190 to 195.' He told me, 'There's no way I'm getting that thin. I haven't been that thin since I was 21.' And I said, 'Yeah, but what happened when you were 21? You won a Slam."' :worship: :worship:

Roddick started this season in style, reaching the final in Doha, Qatar, before losing to Andy Murray. But it won't get easier from here with all the established and emerging talent in the sport.

Stefanki said he spent five almost sleepless nights making his decision in November after Roddick offered him the position.:awww:

Stefanki had developed a close relationship with González and his family, helping the once erratic Chilean slim down and craft a more tactically sound game and reach the final of the 2007 Australian Open. Stefanki said he was ultimately swayed by his sense that González, unlike Roddick, was no longer quite so prepared to make huge sacrifices to win :eek: and also by his own desire to help along his dream of coaching promising American juniors from his base in Encinitas, California, near San Diego.

Stefanki, who played collegiate tennis at the University of California, Berkeley, never scaled the heights as a player, failing to break into the top 30. He won just one tournament in singles and that victory came after he received a wild card into the 1985 La Quinta event as the club professional.

But having coached Roddick, the most visible American player of his generation, certainly won't hurt Stefanki's credibility in the United States if he decides to open an academy or coach privately.

"When Andy called, I just felt it was the right time," Stefanki said. "When I stop traveling in three or four years, Andy will probably be one of the last guys I work with, if not the last guy, so then I can start working with American juniors and get these kids to get a little bigger picture on the global spectrum of what it's going to really take to be a high-level professional tennis player."

According to Stefanki, what it takes is getting outside one's comfort zone.

"Until you do, you never know how good you can really be," he said. "Get over there to Europe. Go over to Russia. Go over to Africa and go wherever it is and see if you can win with bad balls on bad courts with bad umpires, and then you know, you really know, you can play. A lot of these kids in the States, I just don't think they're getting the right advice. I just think they're soft."

Kate87
01-15-2009, 06:46 PM
whoa thanks :kiss:

more pics can be found here (http://www.corleve.com/gallery/7091931_DBSZU#454582457_aUYNB) and here (http://www.corleve.com/gallery/7099677_MKkh2#P-1-15) :D

oh and Larry:bowdown:

Deboogle!.
01-15-2009, 06:55 PM
Anyone know who Andy's hitting with - the blond lefty playing with a wilson? :scratch: :scratch:

Koubek, it is.

Deboogle!.
01-15-2009, 11:52 PM
The draw's out. Andy has a Q in R1 and Nalby in R4 and Novak in QF. Nalby seem to actually be into playing tennis this week, so that'd be a really hard one for Andy. and kohlschreiber is in andy's section again :haha:

edit: here http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/r1s3.html

Kate87
01-16-2009, 12:06 AM
vamos andy :smoke: good draw aka not easy :D

tennis lover
01-16-2009, 12:08 AM
possibly kohlschreiber again in the third..:scared: Please don't let it happen again! :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 12:11 AM
it won't. he's gonna lose to nalbandian this year:D

tennis lover
01-16-2009, 12:12 AM
it won't. he's gonna lose to nalbandian this year:D
no he's not. :p ANDY FOR THE WIN! :rocker2: :banana:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 12:13 AM
Are you and Kate the same person?:D

Kate87
01-16-2009, 12:14 AM
JO IS SITTING WITH US ON THE CLOUD DON'T MESS WITH HER:armed:

of course he'll win :D

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 12:15 AM
:scared: :bolt:

Kate87
01-16-2009, 12:17 AM
http://www.newcastle-online.org/nufcforum/Smileys/Lots_O_Smileys/68961113ol8.png

tennis lover
01-16-2009, 12:18 AM
Are you and Kate the same person?:D
No, we are just both incredibly intelligent, wonderful people! :D ;)
JO IS SITTING WITH US ON THE CLOUD DON'T MESS WITH HER:armed:

of course he'll win :D
:lol: I've been sitting on a cloud for a long time now...the cloud is my home! :dance: :hearts:

he is now at his grand slam winning weight. :D No doubt about it. :bounce:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 12:22 AM
No, we are just both incredibly intelligent, wonderful people! :D ;)well yes this part is most certainly true :D

:secret: (even if the rest isn't)

Kate87
01-16-2009, 12:23 AM
No, we are just both incredibly intelligent, wonderful people! :D ;)
what she said ;) plus we know the future :D

:lol: I've been sitting on a cloud for a long time now...the cloud is my home! :dance: :hearts:
comfy, right? :D

he is now at his grand slam winning weight. :D No doubt about it. :bounce:
AND if he plays Nalby...this could be their second match at a GS...do i need to talk about their first GS match?;)or the winner of that tourney?:angel:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 12:24 AM
:haha: I love you guys

Kate87
01-16-2009, 12:25 AM
we love you too :kiss: so believe us ;)

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 12:28 AM
i wish i could :lol: :kiss:

tennis lover
01-16-2009, 12:28 AM
well yes this part is most certainly true :D

:secret: (even if the rest isn't)
the parts come as a package! :ras: take them or leave them. :angel:
what she said ;) plus we know the future :D

comfy, right? :D

AND if he plays Nalby...this could be their second match at a GS...do i need to talk about their first GS match?;)or the winner of that tourney?:angel:
indeed we do. :banana:

sooooooo comfy, I don't ever want to leave it. :D

plus, as Deb said herself, Nalbandian is playing well this week...which means by next week it will be time for him to have a rest. :zzz: all the signs point in the same direction...ANDY FOR THE WIN! :cool:

tangerine_dream
01-16-2009, 01:29 AM
Oh Kohls, poor Kohls :devil: He's gonna get ripped a bloody painful one if he faces Andy again. He better pray for death.

I hope Andy can survive long enough to meet Novak in the quarters. After what happened at USO everybody wants to see what happens next.

This looks like a good draw for Andy, he's got some good players to go through which always helps his game and confidence best than beating quacks like Berrer.

*edit*

Adding photos from the Qatar final.

Doha final: Murray def Roddick 6-4 6-2

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 02:06 AM
I won't be surprised at all if it's Sam, not Kohlschreiber.....

knight_ley
01-16-2009, 02:20 AM
i know i'm a couple pages late, but i feel the need to say damn! in response to andy's build. good to see he's laying off the cheetos a little bit. ;)

Kate87
01-16-2009, 01:48 PM
:cool:

Fumus
01-16-2009, 01:53 PM
I know that no one actually reads my posts anymore so I'll save the effort and say it's a tough draw but certainly winnable. The two top players on Andy's half are the weakest of the top 4.

Kate87
01-16-2009, 01:56 PM
I know that no one actually reads my posts anymore so I'll save the effort and say it's a tough draw but certainly winnable. The two top players on Andy's half are the weakest of the top 4.

I do read them ( :secret: and i think everyone does) :D and i agree with you :D draw is not easy so he hopefully won 't fuck it up :D

Deboogle!.
01-16-2009, 02:34 PM
:p

kaylee
01-16-2009, 03:29 PM
RYANNNNNNNNNNNNNNN we love you of course we read your posts! I, for one, am going to be positive and say Andy will survive until the quarters. Mind you Nole just lost to Jarko Sharko sooooooooo I predict a win there too. (OK Kate and Jo can I join you on the that cloud?)

tennis lover
01-16-2009, 06:10 PM
RYANNNNNNNNNNNNNNN we love you of course we read your posts! I, for one, am going to be positive and say Andy will survive until the quarters. Mind you Nole just lost to Jarko Sharko sooooooooo I predict a win there too. (OK Kate and Jo can I join you on the that cloud?)
you're on a cloud a bit further down than us at the moment. :p but if you're willing to predict a round or two more then feel free to hop on up! ;)
Fumus :hug: of course we read your posts! :p

Deboogle!.
01-17-2009, 03:27 AM
hey kate guess he listened to me ;) :haha: :angel: :haha: :rolls: :spit:

edit: andy with afl players and a second practice :eek:

williaer
01-17-2009, 07:37 AM
Brownyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! Andy's keeping good company there. They just showed him handballing and kicking the footy round with the Richmond boys. Andy better stick to his day job, I'll leave it at that. :p

Kate87
01-17-2009, 07:51 AM
:haha:
:secret: this is 09 he will always listen to you ;)

so his first opponent is Rehnquist. (then Llodra OR MALISSE ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) )

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 Start

Men's Singles - 1st Round

Andy Roddick(USA)[7] vs. Bjorn Rehnquist(SWE)

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A-Rod aces Aussie Rules
Saturday 17 January 2009
By Matthew Trollope


Watching athletes try their hand at other sporting pursuits is always an entertaining prospect, and such was the case this morning when Andy Roddick played kick-to-kick with several AFL footballers on Court 4.

The world No. 8 from the United States met with the Richmond Football Club’s Nathan Brown, Jack Riewoldt and Adam Thomson, and took a brief lesson from the trio on how to kick and handball. Roddick certainly did not disgrace himself, handling the Sherrin well before sprinting down one end of the court to take a running mark – narrowly missing the courtside fence in the process.

The four then took part in a friendly hit followed by a tie-break, during which the boys from Tigerland revealed that they were all surprisingly handy tennis players. Brown was especially impressive, managing to rifle back a bullet serve by Roddick with a textbook double-handed backhand.

Roddick admitted the footballers were better at tennis than he was at Aussie Rules, and said he was impressed by their standard.

“I asked them [if they’d played before], I was expecting to be teaching guys who had never played before, and they came out and he [Brown] serves at about 120 mph on the first one. I was like, ‘Alright, we’re going to have to play here’,” he said.

Brown claimed that while he used to play in his younger days, he had not hit for 10 years. “I think I got lucky with the [serve] I got back, it certainly came down quick,” he said.

“It was fantastic [to hit with Roddick], he’s obviously one of the best players in the world and very recognisable. We taught him a few things, but I think he [preferred] the NFL-style ball. It was a great thrill for us and something we’ll remember.”

Riewoldt relished the opportunity to team up with the American during the tie-break.

“Are there any wildcards left in the tournament?” he joked.

“I reckon in the doubles tournament we might be a chance. Maybe we’ll have to get onto Tennis Australia about that and see if we can get a gig in the doubles tournament.”

Roddick said it was a great experience to learn about a different sport.

“I’ve never been shown how to really do it much [play Aussie Rules], so it was cool to learn,” he said.

“I might have to get out there again and practice with my coach and stuff, but this was a good time, it was a fun little event.”

Fun little events aside, Roddick means business during his trip to Melbourne Park for the 2009 tournament. Having prepared for the Open with tournament play in the Middle East and skipping his traditional lead-in at Kooyong to remain fresher, he said he felt good going into the year’s first major.

“It does no good to really expect stuff, you’ve got to make sure you’re as prepared as possible, and I feel like I’ve done that,” he said.

“From there you’ve just got to execute and that’s where the hard part is, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“My goal is to try to win a Grand Slam this year, and to do that you’ve got to win seven matches regardless of who’s on the other side of the net … so I look forward to early next week.”

Part of the challenge of tackling the Australian Open is the fact that it arrives so early in the season. With the topic of the tournament moving back in the calendar again surfacing, Roddick admitted that it would be nice to have more time to prepare, but said there were several logistical issues that meant rescheduling the event would encounter problems.

Moving the tournament back would have one major benefit, giving Roddick a longer off-season like the Aussie Rules players enjoy. Brown said Roddick was envious of the footballers’ extended break and the time they had to prepare for a new season.

“He was very surprised that we do about five months of pre-season, he was amazed at how long that goes for, and when we told him we get two weeks off over Christmas he said ‘Oh, lucky you blokes’,” Brown laughed.

“He was really good, accommodating, he seemed like a really nice fellow, so it was good to give him a few tips and good to get a few back.”

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-01-17/200901171232159536250.html

seljanin
01-17-2009, 08:08 AM
Rehnquist in R1.. well, Andy should be able to beat him :D

Andy looks damn fit. Hope it transfers to the results as well. Best of luck, Andy, in Aussie Open! Will keep all my fingers crossed :yeah:

Tytta!.
01-17-2009, 11:17 AM
Kate :haha: :haha:

Kate87
01-17-2009, 12:32 PM
;)

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:spit:

These Andys have range to win Australian Open

By Harvey Fialkov | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 17, 2009

With the Australian Open two days away, it would be tough to predict the men's winner could be anyone outside the big three — Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.

Then, why has the Australian bookmakers tabbed blossoming Scotsman Andy Murray as the co-favorite with Federer, who for the first time in four years is not the top seed after being overtaken by Nadal last year as the world's No. 1?

Then there's another Andy lurking that can never be counted out of a major simply because of his dominant serve, and that's Andy Roddick.

The former Boca Raton resident won three titles (26 total) last year, but slipped to No. 8 and fell out of the conversation at majors. But the determined seventh seed has once again hired a new coach (Larry Stefanki) in an effort to win his second major and first since downing Juan Carlos Ferrero in the 2003 U.S. Open final.

Ferrero is the only top-five player Roddick has ever beaten in a major, a trend he must reverse in Melbourne with No. 3 Djokovic lurking in his draw.

"Never neglect your strengths, but all Roddick needs is that one win against the big four in a major to get him back to that level," said Brad Gilbert, Roddick's former coach who guided him to No. 1 in '03. "Of course, I had him when he was 21, which is how old Murray is now."

Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe believes the well-respected Stefanki will add a new dimension to the game of Roddick, who has already lost 15 pounds to improve his court coverage.

"One thing you could say about Andy Roddick is he tries and isn't afraid to bring in people to help him to everything he can to maximize what he has," said McEnroe, an ESPN-TV tennis analyst. "That being said, he doesn't have as much as Murray or Federer as far as technical skill and game. That's just reality. What the guy does have is the best serve in tennis.

"He's not going to beat Nadal, Murray or Federer from the baseline. He's got to serve big and take some risks, especially in the return game."

Stefanki, who worked with John McEnroe in his formative years, also guided Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov to brief stops at No. 1, and tempered the wild swings of Fernando Gonzalez into a career-best No. 7 finish in 2007.

...

Federer and Nadal have combined to win 14 of the past 15 majors, so both Andys have formidable tasks ahead.

"Never take Andy lightly," said Dean Goldfine, who coached Roddick in parts of 2005-06. "He's a great competitor. There's no reason he can't contend on the faster surfaces."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/other/sfl-flspandys17sbjan17,0,3105831.story

Tytta!.
01-17-2009, 12:38 PM
;)

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:spit:

These Andys have range to win Australian Open

By Harvey Fialkov | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 17, 2009

With the Australian Open two days away, it would be tough to predict the men's winner could be anyone outside the big three — Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.

Then, why has the Australian bookmakers tabbed blossoming Scotsman Andy Murray as the co-favorite with Federer, who for the first time in four years is not the top seed after being overtaken by Nadal last year as the world's No. 1?

Then there's another Andy lurking that can never be counted out of a major simply because of his dominant serve, and that's Andy Roddick.

The former Boca Raton resident won three titles (26 total) last year, but slipped to No. 8 and fell out of the conversation at majors. But the determined seventh seed has once again hired a new coach (Larry Stefanki) in an effort to win his second major and first since downing Juan Carlos Ferrero in the 2003 U.S. Open final.

Ferrero is the only top-five player Roddick has ever beaten in a major, a trend he must reverse in Melbourne with No. 3 Djokovic lurking in his draw.

"Never neglect your strengths, but all Roddick needs is that one win against the big four in a major to get him back to that level," said Brad Gilbert, Roddick's former coach who guided him to No. 1 in '03. "Of course, I had him when he was 21, which is how old Murray is now."

Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe believes the well-respected Stefanki will add a new dimension to the game of Roddick, who has already lost 15 pounds to improve his court coverage.

"One thing you could say about Andy Roddick is he tries and isn't afraid to bring in people to help him to everything he can to maximize what he has," said McEnroe, an ESPN-TV tennis analyst. "That being said, he doesn't have as much as Murray or Federer as far as technical skill and game. That's just reality. What the guy does have is the best serve in tennis.

"He's not going to beat Nadal, Murray or Federer from the baseline. He's got to serve big and take some risks, especially in the return game."

Stefanki, who worked with John McEnroe in his formative years, also guided Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov to brief stops at No. 1, and tempered the wild swings of Fernando Gonzalez into a career-best No. 7 finish in 2007.

...

Federer and Nadal have combined to win 14 of the past 15 majors, so both Andys have formidable tasks ahead.

"Never take Andy lightly," said Dean Goldfine, who coached Roddick in parts of 2005-06. "He's a great competitor. There's no reason he can't contend on the faster surfaces."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/other/sfl-flspandys17sbjan17,0,3105831.story

A quote for Mr. Obvious :eek: :hearts: :haha:

Muscles :bowdown:

partygirl
01-17-2009, 01:03 PM
Practice, practice.:cool:
His arms and legs look oddly smooth recently.:devil:

Kate87
01-17-2009, 01:04 PM
lots of pics from yesterday's Taste of Tennis Australia on getty :p

partygirl
01-17-2009, 01:08 PM
It looks like he lost weight in his head too.:shrug:

Kate87
01-17-2009, 01:13 PM
:rolls:

brain? :confused:

Marion29520
01-17-2009, 02:45 PM
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Marion29520
01-17-2009, 02:55 PM
Taste of Tennis


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Fee
01-17-2009, 06:26 PM
Hey thanks for those, I need those photies for another purpose. :)

I just realized there was a player meeting last night in Melbourne. I bet that was fun...

Angle Queen
01-17-2009, 08:47 PM
:wavey:

:hug:s everyone. Just a quick shoutout to let ya'll know I'm still here (and back at my playing weight)...and still rootin' for Andy. I don't vBet at all (can you say maybe 2 or 3 times in the 4+ years I've been here) but I just plunked down some vCash to put my vMoney where my vMouth is. :lol:

Hope all are well!!!!

ps...can't decide what's scarier...me betting...or calculating how long I've been an MTFer... :rolls:

Angle Queen
01-17-2009, 08:49 PM
Oh yeah, forgot to add...

GO ANDY!!!

knight_ley
01-18-2009, 04:36 AM
http://i38.tinypic.com/eb1vg7.jpg
GOOD LUCK ANDY!!!!

tangerine_dream
01-18-2009, 09:40 PM
So Andy opens play tomorrow morning? Good luck Andy, let's start off with a quick easy win. :bigclap:

Adding photos from the Doha final. More photos in this post. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8012489&postcount=186)

Doha final: Murray def Roddick 6-4 6-2

tennis lover
01-18-2009, 10:00 PM
ooh, first up? that's awesome, I can actually watch it without it being at a ridiculous time! :dance: I want to see aggressive tennis from the start, let's start as we mean to go on! :bounce:

Fee
01-18-2009, 10:24 PM
Andy looks really good in all these photos, I might start pretending that I'm sleeping with him too.

Nah, he's engaged now. Off limits! ;)

tennis lover
01-18-2009, 10:27 PM
he does look good. :D it might just be me but I think he looks a bit younger recently, don't know if it's just because he has lost weight. :shrug: now all he needs to do is grow some new hair...:sobbing:

Arodfan15
01-18-2009, 10:47 PM
I want the Andy of the 02/03? australian open, 5 hour match being shown on espn back ASAP

seljanin
01-18-2009, 11:33 PM
Starts after 30min. I sincerely hope that Eurosport will not show Ivanovic :rolleyes: , but will concentrate on Andy's one.

Rehnquist is one of the very few top-200 players that I've never seen playing.

Hope to see aggressive, offensive and explosive play from Andy. Hopefully he's still capable of that.

Go ANDY!!! :rocker:

knight_ley
01-19-2009, 12:06 AM
I'm so excited to have tennis back on my tv, especially with Andy being the first match of the year for me! :yeah:

TwistedDesire.
01-19-2009, 02:11 AM
Quite happy with this match! :D

Kate87
01-19-2009, 02:18 AM
so Malisse:smoke:

tsurupettan
01-19-2009, 02:52 AM
ESPN's coverage is/was whack as hell. I think I ended up seeing more of Ivanovic's match than Andy's. Not like Andy's was riveting or anything, but geez, come on. :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 03:01 AM
pics :D

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 03:03 AM
more :)

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 03:06 AM
aaand more

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 03:11 AM
annnnnnnddddd more

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 03:18 AM
:zzz:

Fee
01-19-2009, 03:20 AM
is that it?

Golfnduck
01-19-2009, 03:23 AM
Good win Andy! I wish I could have watched. I hope he is aggressive with his forehand next match.

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 03:53 AM
Andy did not play well IMO.... some of these moonballs :help:

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Andy Roddick 19-01-09


Start of Transcribed Interview

Q. Ten unforced errors in a first‑round match. Have to be pretty happy with that.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it was good, especially considering he's the kind of guy where you're pretty much playing every point on his serve. So overall I was pretty happy with it.

Q. What do you take out of a match like that looking forward?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, you know, a match like that, you got to go out and beat somebody. He's gonna put the ball in the court. He's probably not gonna do much to kind of blow you off the court.

But you got to go and execute. I was able to do that today. You know, it was a good start.

Q. Since you were here last year, do we see any changes in your style of play?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, you're kind of always evolving. I was a little bit probably more aggressive out there today than I was my first round last year, so that's a good sign. :haha:

Q. Can you say it's aggressive but simple at the same time?

ANDY RODDICK: I think I know what you're saying. It's not a type of aggression where you're just kind of going for a winner right away.

But I think that had something to do with matchup also. You know, I was able to kind of get away with it in the chip today, because I think he liked it when it was flat into his backhand. So it was something conscious. I would wait back until I had a forehand and I could bully him to this corner. :scratch:

How you play, as much as we like to generalize it, a lot of time, it's matchup dependent.

Q. It's because of your new coach, this little change?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, we've made adjustments. If I'm being honest with you, I don't think there's a huge 180-degree difference between today and normal.

Q. Next up is Malisse. Your thoughts on that?

ANDY RODDICK: Xavier is tough. He's gone through quallies. He won pretty handily today. He's got matches behind him. I think everyone knows he's extremely capable when healthy. So, you know, I'll have to be ready.

Q. How dangerous can he be?

ANDY RODDICK: He's proven it. I think he's been in the semis of a Grand Slam before. You know, I think his track record speaks for how dangerous he can be.

Q. Are you surprised to see him back?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I'm not surprised.

Q. You won in less than two hours. How important is it to conserve energy in the early rounds?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, obviously if you can you take that option, especially it wasn't getting any cooler out there as the match went on.

I wasn't too disappointed to see that I was first up out of the gate. You know, first thing is you want to win and then you worry about the specifics of it. But obviously you don't want to be on court for four hours every time you're out there.

Q. Do you think that will help in the later rounds the fact you had a quicker first‑round match?

ANDY RODDICK: Who knows. I got to get through the second round. Hopefully it will help me for the second round.

Q. Looks like you're back to the breadsticks. :spit: Are you carrying less weight?

ANDY RODDICK: A little bit less weight, yes.

Q. How much? You look trimmer.

ANDY RODDICK: Than what?

Q. I don't know. This time last year.

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. Probably about 15 from the start of the off‑season.

Q. We've seen in the last 18 months a bracket of younger players emerging to challenge Roger. People talk about the big four, and you're not in that. Do you feel you still belong in that top group?

ANDY RODDICK: Not until I earn my spot back. They absolutely deserve to be the four that get talked about right now. My results last year, especially in slams, don't warrant me being talked about. :hug:

The thing about sports is no one really remembers yesterday, and that's fair. You have to go out and prove yourself on a daily basis. I have no problem with that.

Q. Confident you can still beat those players regularly?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I have. Last year was an exciting start to the year, and then I kind of plateaued and felt like I was playing catch‑up the rest of the year after I was out for a little bit.

But, sure, I think I can.

Q. Taylor Dent is back. Have you been in touch with him? What are your thoughts?

ANDY RODDICK: I mean, when I've seen him, obviously he was at tournaments working some commentary. He was around a little bit. But it's good to see him back. I mean, he's one of the guys you see in the locker room. He's always got a pretty good outlook. He's always got a smile on his face.

From the sounds of it, for a while, you didn't think he was going to come back with how severe his injuries were, you know. So it's a testament to him wanting to get back. There's definitely plenty of room for another American out here.

Q. Have you had any chance to work out with him?

ANDY RODDICK: I haven't, no.

Q. What do you think of moving the tournament to February?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I've actually had conversations with Roger.:aplot: I think his quote got taken a little out of context. I'm assuming that's what you're asking about.

It's not like you can take a tournament and just move it. There's a million logistical things that I don't think get mentioned enough in an article that's written like that from the fact that this is probably the biggest sporting event going on right now, with the exception of back home with the NFL.

But worldwide, it allows it to kind of take center stage a little bit more. You have kids being off from school, people on vacations down here, which is only going to help the tournament.

There's a lot more factors than just move the tournament back. I don't know if it's that easy. I think, you know, if there's a bunch of reasons why not to, I don't know if it makes much sense from kind of an outside‑of‑the‑box perspective.

Q. You've been No. 1. You won a Grand Slam. You've been here for a few years. Is it sometimes difficult to keep motivation? Is it a reason why you may have changed coach?

ANDY RODDICK: It's weird, you know, with the exception ‑‑ there have been a lot of guys who have had some coaches and it doesn't really get talked about a whole lot. For some reason with me it gets talked about an awful lot.

I don't think the reason for me switching coaches is a lack of motivation. I don't know if you would find someone who would say that I haven't really been motivated, especially this off‑season. It was nice to actually have some time to train and get prepared.

It's long. I mean, one of the things I'm most proud of is, you know, being top 10 for seven, eight years now. I think there were only 12 or 13 guys who have done it that long. I think that is a testament to me being able to compete week to week, even when I don't have my best stuff or I'm coming back from whatever.

But I don't think that has anything to do with coaches.

Q. Larry has been pretty specific about the adjustments he'd like to see you make in your game. How easy is it to do that during a match as opposed to practice?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, if you practice it enough it gets easier in the matches. That's kind of his philosophy. For right now I feel comfortable doing it. I mean, I played pretty well in Doha. It was pretty comfortable today.

You know, that's pretty much all we have to base it on so far. So, you know, so far, so good.

Q. If you could help Adam Helfant prioritize things when he comes into the job, are there a few things you'd like to see him look at first?

ANDY RODDICK: I actually was lucky enough to have dinner with him the other night. I was pretty impressed. He didn't come in with kind of this braggadocio:eek: :haha: :rolls: :eek: :haha: attitude of what he's done, whatever. He kind of came in and he had his notepad and his pen and he asked questions and he wrote down notes. He didn't come in like a know‑it‑all. He was kind of very concerned about a number of issues. If he didn't quite understand it, he would ask why we thought that.

It was an impressive meeting, that's for sure. After the meeting, I was glad that they had chosen him. :yeah:

Q. Can you say what some of those issues were?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, there's the normal stuff. There's the schedule, there's surface, balls, different things to promote the game, different campaigns, how to make it more relevant on a day‑to‑day basis at home.

I guarantee I'm forgetting five or six things we covered. But, you know, it's not anything new. I'm sure it's all been talked about amongst all of you, as well.

Q. Do you have any theories on why this tournament produces more one‑off finalists than others?

ANDY RODDICK: I got nothing for you. I mean, I feel like this tournament has always rewarded the people who are most prepared. You know, I don't know if maybe some people don't get in the swing of it right away. That's the only thing I could possibly come up with. I'm not sure.

Q. What would be a big year for you this year? What would be an okay year?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I feel like last year was disappointing for me. A good year is obviously winning, you know, a big tournament and trying to get back into that ‑ like we discussed earlier ‑ get back into the conversation. You know, I guess anything between the two would be okay.

Q. How much time did you actually take off during the off‑season other than recuperating from the ankle injury?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, about five days for the ankle.

Q. Just bringing it back to today's match. Obviously you had a pretty quiet lead‑up. How did it feel to be back out on court? You look a little bit drained.:retard: I'm not sure if that's the heat.

ANDY RODDICK: Drained? You're wrong (smiling).:lol:

Q. How did you feel out on court?

ANDY RODDICK: I felt great. I don't know if it was a quiet lead‑up. I think the only reason it would be viewed as quiet is because it didn't solely take place here in Australia. You know, I actually played one more event coming in than I normally do, and probably three or four more matches. :haha:

You know, one of the things is ‑‑ I love the tournament at Kooyong. It was just trying to switch something up, different preparation. I hadn't done great here last year, so we just tried to mix it up a little bit. Not really any reasons beyond that.

Q. Your second‑round match on Wednesday is a pretty big day back in the U.S. with the whole Obama things. Any plan to get up early and keep an eye on how things are producing over there?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I'm sure they'll get it done without me (laughter). :lol:

Q. Lance Armstrong is over here. Are you surprised by the Australian media attention? I'm not sure if you've met him. You probably have. Are you surprised by the attention he's getting over here?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I live about two miles from Lance in Austin. But, no, I'm not really surprised. I mean, he's an icon pretty much wherever he goes. In the States, he wears so many hats from athlete to, you know, he's gotten into the political side of cancer research and fund‑raising. You know, he wears so many hats that I'm not really too surprised by it.

Obviously, if it was a normal year and he hadn't retired and this was just part of it, you know, and this is his first comeback race, so I think that probably adds a little drama to it.

Q. One of the things your coach has said is that he is anxious for you to improve your balance on your approaches to the net and you can become a more effective volleyer. Is that a sound reasoning?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. He's the boss. :haha:

Q. Do you think you're getting better at it?

ANDY RODDICK: I sure hope so. I think so.

Q. Are you surprised that the Arizona Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Eagles?

ANDY RODDICK: They've been pretty good at home. They haven't been very good on those West Coast to East Coast 1:00 games. I think they're about 0‑5. I doubt the Super Bowl is going to be played at 1:00 in the afternoon, so they should be all right.

Q. On that level with Lance and everything, a lot of tennis tournaments bring in a lot of different celebrities, like even Boyd Tinsley. Is that kind of fun for you when the celebrities come and watch?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I think it's good for the tournament. I think it's great for the US Open when you have everyone there, and it gives you something else to talk about. It's not only a tennis tournament, but it becomes an event. I think that's similar here. I think it's similar probably at the slams.

Q. Miami maybe?

ANDY RODDICK: Miami, for sure. You know, they got a whole heap of stuff going on there. It is very cool. Boyd is a friend now. I've been obsessed with their band since I was 11 years old. I don't know if that ever becomes really normal. But I still kind of geek out at it sometimes.

tangerine_dream
01-19-2009, 04:14 AM
Q. We've seen in the last 18 months a bracket of younger players emerging to challenge Roger. People talk about the big four, and you're not in that. Do you feel you still belong in that top group?

ANDY RODDICK: Not until I earn my spot back. They absolutely deserve to be the four that get talked about right now. My results last year, especially in slams, don't warrant me being talked about.

The thing about sports is no one really remembers yesterday, and that's fair. You have to go out and prove yourself on a daily basis. I have no problem with that.

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Such an arrogant unlikeable punk. :awww: He should be more like Roger, stomping his feet in childish outrage that he's no longer the favorite.

Fee
01-19-2009, 04:54 AM
braggadocio? I guess the onus is on Andy to add more big words to his vocabulary. Getting ready for the speech he has to give at his wedding. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 05:50 AM
anyone whose isp has espn360.com, you can watch andy's whole match there on replay. not sure it's worth the time, but andy really really has to play better if he's going to make it deep. In the second set, Rehnquist was actually dictating most of the rallies :tape: it's so painful to see andy moving so damn well and wasting it by playing such a defensive moonballing game. nothing has changed at all.

Kate87
01-19-2009, 10:29 AM
thanks for the pics :D

here is ESPN's interview with him :p
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3843276

oh and more pics here (http://www.corleve.com/Sports/686195) :cool:

Regimented Roddick ready for change

By Kamakshi Tandon
Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- "Change is good." It's the catchphrase of the moment as the United States prepares for Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday, and it's not far away from the minds of the American men Down Under either.

With his 2008 season marred by injury and early defeats at major events, Andy Roddick is hoping for a quick turnaround this year under new coach Larry Stefanki.

After dropping 15 pounds during the offseason and reaching the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in the first week of the year, Roddick got his Australian Open campaign off to an encouraging start by defeating Swedish qualifier Bjorn Rehnquist 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 on a blisteringly hot Monday in Melbourne.

Every year since his lone major at the 2003 U.S. Open, Roddick has had a simple, if not easy, goal: another Grand Slam title.

The pickings have been slim in the past few years for any ATP player not named Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. But with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray managing to bridge the gap last season, the rest of the pack is now hoping that more change is in the air.

Stefanki, a big Obama supporter with family members involved in the Democratic presidential campaign, has already picked up on the theme.

"The philosophy that Obama projects, his background -- I've read both his books, -- where he comes from and what he has attained in his life is very, very spot on for me," said Stefanki after Roddick's opening-round win. "I think Andy's also with the viewpoint of 'change is good.' He hired me, he could pick anybody."

Stefanki, who previously worked with John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Fernando Gonzalez, is clear about the adjustments he would like to see the big-serving Roddick make in his game -- go for more on the return, particularly off second serves; neaten up his footwork; be more aggressive with his huge forehand.

The veteran American coach has not been shy about drilling these convictions into Roddick. "There's a lot of pieces of the puzzle. It's not like Jiffy Lube -- in and out in 30 minutes," said Stefanki. "You've gotta say, 'Listen your feet aren't moving, you're as stiff as a rock. Hit, move, hit, move.' People get kind of tired of hearing it, but it's something that has to be a way of life until it becomes part of you."

Roddick feels he's managed to act on the suggestions since the two began working together in December. "If you practice it enough it gets easier in the matches. That's kind of his [Stefanki's] philosophy," said Roddick. "Right now I feel comfortable doing it -- I played pretty well in Doha, it was pretty comfortable today.

"That's pretty much all we have to base it on so far. So -- so far, so good."

Roddick does not plan to get up and see the inauguration in the middle of the night Australian time, but Stefanki has already set his clock: "I'm going to watch it."

The daunting time difference means the players will "probably try to YouTube it," said Mardy Fish, a 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5, 6-0 winner over Australian Sam Groth.

He knows first-hand how hard ingraining change can be, having reworked his forehand a couple of years ago but finding he still reverts back to his old stroke from time to time. "It's been two years now and it gets away a little bit," he said. "If my forehand's feeling bad, I always resort back to that swing."

There will be a big change of a personal nature for Roddick later this year when he marries fiancée Brooklyn Decker in April. Fish, whose wedding last September Roddick did not attend because of a tournament in Bangkok, joked about whether he would show up when Roddick tied the knot. "Yes, probably. Or I might head over to Asia and pick up some tournaments, maybe an exhibition," Fish drawled, stroking his chin.

One American playing on Monday has already turned around his fortunes completely. Taylor Dent, who believed his career was over after multiple back surgeries that left him in a cast for nine months and largely bedridden for a year and a half, played an encouraging match.

After some stuttering comeback attempts last year, he has now managed to play for three straight weeks, going five sets in a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to fellow American Amer Delic in his first-round contest.

"Until I had a little bit of trouble with my leg, I was winning the match," Dent reflected afterwards. "So it's just a question of me toughening up the rest of my body."

Having shed his weight down from a plump 235 lbs to a more muscular 217 lbs, he's feeling positive about the year ahead. "I know I've got work on my plate, but I'm excited. After maybe tomorrow or the next day, I'll be a little bit more cheery about how I've played and how I've done on this trip, and I can look forward."

Yes, he can.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/aus09/columns/story?columnist=tandon_kamakshi&id=3843526

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Roddick Soars; Eagles Have Landed
Posted 01/19/2009 @ 3 :41 AM

It felt strange to wake up on Monday morning with the NFC championship game in progress; I’m used to consuming my American football with beer and nachos, not coffee and cereal. Even more disorienting was the news that the Arizona Cardinals were leading 24-6 at the half, a downer for Eagles fans and for those of us who’d taken favored Philly – with the points – in our postseason pools.

Andyroddick_3 Arizona had withstood the Eagles’ second-half comeback attempt and booked its Super Bowl ticket by the time Andy Roddick, himself a huge football fan, took to Rod Laver Arena for the opening match of opening day. Roddick dispatched with Sweden’s 31-year-old Bjorn Rehnquist, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, in a tidy one hour, 46 minutes. After the perfunctory win, an American journalist asked the No. 7 seed for his reaction to the much bigger sports drama of the day—the Cardinals’ victory.

“They’ve been pretty good at home,” Roddick said. “They haven’t been very good on those West Coast to East Coast 1 o’clock games. I think they’re about 0-5. I doubt the Super Bowl is going to be played at 1 in the afternoon, so they should be all right.”

It was one of the more expansive answers delivered by the slightly abrasive Roddick, who (not uncharacteristically) seemed to find the compulsory post-match presser to be a more tedious exercise than the match itself. When USA Today tennis writer and occasional TENNIS.com contributor Doug Robson asked Roddick about his slimmed-down 6-foot-2 frame, the 26-year-old tried to punt before ultimately admitting to have lost “about 15 pounds” since the start of the off-season.

Roddick’s apparent fitness bodes well for his chances here, though he has a dangerous second-round opponent in Xavier Malisse and is in the same quarter as David Nalbandian, a potential fourth-round foe, and No. 3 Novak Djokovic. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and a finalist at three other majors, says his goal is to once again challenge for Grand Slam titles. Any thoughts on his prospects for sticking around into Super Bowl weekend?

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/match_points/2009/01/roddick-soars-b.html

Deboogle!.
01-19-2009, 03:59 PM
There will be a big change of a personal nature for Roddick later this year when he marries fiancée Brooklyn Decker in April. Fish, whose wedding last September Roddick did not attend because of a tournament in Bangkok, joked about whether he would show up when Roddick tied the knot. "Yes, probably. Or I might head over to Asia and pick up some tournaments, maybe an exhibition," Fish drawled, stroking his chin.
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :devil:

kaylee
01-19-2009, 04:30 PM
heehee - sigh I hope it doesn't change things toooooooo much and I mean tennis wise of course!

partygirl
01-19-2009, 07:16 PM
I like that in Andy's ESPN interview he said he hired (larry) to be the boss.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sex010.gif

Now do as he says.

seljanin
01-19-2009, 08:16 PM
Nice result :yeah: Not so sure about his play though. Way too passive. I mean, the opponent was #191 without any special strengths, hardly a challenger level player. Why not to boss and bully him around and finish with some winners? :confused: From the other hand, why to push hard vs a guy who was no threat at all. Andy lost only 4 games, and still I'm bashing him a bit.. :rolls:

He should beat Malisse, there is some reason for a 7-0 H2H. However, the last match was played 6,5 years ago.

Too much thinking from my part, I guess.. oh well, good luck and make it 8-0, Andy! :yeah: I wanna see a revenge vs Kohls later on :devil:

Deboogle!.
01-20-2009, 06:57 AM
Great.... Andy's the last match tomorrow :o

Kate87
01-20-2009, 10:22 AM
awesome :bowdown:

knight_ley
01-20-2009, 10:52 AM
Great.... Andy's the last match tomorrow :o

Ugh. I woke up at 4am this morning to see James, I don't think I can do it two days in a row. :o
Why do they do this to us???
:banghead:



In other news, good luck! :banana:

tennis lover
01-20-2009, 01:35 PM
Great.... Andy's the last match tomorrow :o
hopefully Nalbandian's match will last a looooooooooong time! :lol: I don't know whether to bother getting up early or not, can't see it happening to be honest! :o

tsurupettan
01-20-2009, 02:52 PM
Augh, last... :( Here's to waking up early, I suppose.

Deboogle!.
01-20-2009, 03:50 PM
Ugh. I woke up at 4am this morning to see James, I don't think I can do it two days in a row. :o
Why do they do this to us???
:banghead:



In other news, good luck! :banana:It won't be as late as James's match, depending on how long the matches before him take (which considering it's Dinara, Jelena, and nalbandian, could be a long time), it could start as "early" as 1am eastern or so. But Andy doesn't have an evening start like James did

hopefully Nalbandian's match will last a looooooooooong time! :lol: I don't know whether to bother getting up early or not, can't see it happening to be honest! :oI'd rather have the option of getting up at 6am than staying up past midnight when I have to get up the next morning for work :sobbing: If they needed any proof that ESPN doesn't influence foreign tournament scheduling, here we have it :lol:

tangerine_dream
01-20-2009, 04:16 PM
Best Points of the Day. Check out the wheels Andy has now that he's lost 15 lbs. :eek:

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tennis lover
01-20-2009, 05:00 PM
I'd rather have the option of getting up at 6am than staying up past midnight when I have to get up the next morning for work :sobbing: If they needed any proof that ESPN doesn't influence foreign tournament scheduling, here we have it :lol:
well we have opposite sleeping patterns! ;) I just think I'll fall asleep in my lectures if I get up at 6am but I might try going to bed early and see what happens. the most annoying thing is that he doesn't have a definite start time and I don't want to wake up to find he's not playing yet! :sobbing:

knight_ley
01-20-2009, 05:43 PM
It won't be as late as James's match, depending on how long the matches before him take (which considering it's Dinara, Jelena, and nalbandian, could be a long time), it could start as "early" as 1am eastern or so. But Andy doesn't have an evening start like James did

Oh!!! :woohoo: Then I can have myself stay up for it! :D

kaylee
01-20-2009, 06:58 PM
Sigh the disadvantages of the time difference. I have been watching live stream in the small hours but I would rather tape it and watch it later - I am sleepy enough as it is today!!!!!

tennis lover
01-20-2009, 10:31 PM
I have set my alarm for 6am. :sobbing: Here's hoping I don't just turn it off in my sleep and it's worth my while watching the match. If Andy loses I will be in the foulest mood ever though!!! :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-20-2009, 10:46 PM
If andy loses to malisse (look at their head-to-head), he's got even bigger problems than a bunch of angry tired fans on his hands:lol: :tape:

tennis lover
01-20-2009, 10:57 PM
I know, I'm not expecting him to lose but you never know! ;) and it's not Andy I'm worried about, it's the people I will actually have to see tomorrow! :o (although I'm sure a few expletives will be posted on here which are aimed at Andy! ;)