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Deboogle!.
02-06-2010, 12:22 AM
San Jose up first for Andy... draw is out http://www.sapopentennis.com/index2.html

qualifier, then probably Gulbis, then probably Berdych

:haha::haha::haha:

Kate87
02-06-2010, 12:35 AM
good players.

Heather1229
02-06-2010, 01:30 AM
Isn't he in Miami right now? Hmmm....hopefully he gets past the qualifier.... :)

arodfanpe666o
02-06-2010, 09:29 AM
Gulbis and Berdich are not in-form players. They can be tough, but he surely can beat them. C'mon, Haas is on the other side :lol:

Deboogle!.
02-07-2010, 05:04 AM
No S.O.S. needed for SAP Open with Rapp in charge

By Darren Sabedra

dsabedra@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/06/2010 07:29:18 PM PST
Updated: 02/06/2010 08:34:21 PM PST

As recently as late last week, SAP Open tournament director Bill Rapp was getting health updates on his No. 1 drawing card, Andy Roddick.

The top-ranked American tweaked his right shoulder at the Australian Open last month and essentially has gone underground, at least publicly, since returning from Down Under.

"He's coming to play," Rapp assured.

Given that another of the SAP's billboard-promoted players, Lleyton Hewitt, withdrew because of hip injury suffered in Australia, Roddick's encouraging bill of health is a relief for a tournament that doesn't have another Grand Slam singles champion in its field.

"The good news is he's going to be here, and I think he's going to be fine," Rapp said.

The competition for this year's title starts Monday at HP Pavilion. But for Rapp, the battles began long ago. The way the schedule works, he competes with two other tournaments for top-tier players — one in Brazil, the other in the Netherlands — and generally has done well.

Andy Murray won the SAP Open in 2006 and '07 on his way to becoming one of the sport's top stars. Juan Martin del Potro reached the quarterfinals of last year's SAP en route to stunning Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final.

But Rapp's challenge is to keep foreign players coming back after they've hit it big. Rapp acknowledges that appearance fees are a huge part of pro tennis, and it's his job to determine which players are likely to offset those fees by putting fans in the seats.

Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were definitely worth the extra cash. But del Potro, who is from Argentina, obviously hasn't reached that level.

"Del Potro loved playing here," Rapp said. "But it was a situation where he wanted more money than Agassi wanted in his day. Great player, but also, too, we have to be fiscally responsible."

And Murray?

"Murray's sponsor, the World Bank of Scotland, wants him to play in Europe. But we'll get him back here, though," Rapp said.

Even without Murray and del Potro, Rapp believes he has put together a strong field. Second-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain has worked with Agassi's former trainer, Gil Reyes, and steadily climbed the rankings, reaching a career-best No. 7 last spring. The 26-year-old, currently ranked No. 12, will be making his San Jose debut.

Defending SAP champion Radek Stepanek, who also won the doubles title here last year, is back. Perhaps best known for his "worm" celebration dance, he clearly plays his best in San Jose. Stepanek, who is from the Czech Republic, reached the '08 SAP final, losing to Roddick.

The field also features fourth-seeded Tommy Haas, the German-born player who recently became a United States citizen, and doubles stars Bob and Mike Bryan.

Rapp continues to push creative buttons to sell the sport. Four years ago, he lured John McEnroe out of retirement to play in the doubles competition. McEnroe ended up winning the title, drawing big crowds in the process.

This year, Rapp has again signed Sampras to play in a Monday night charity exhibition match. Sampras will face Verdasco this time.

"Some of my peers are like, 'What are you doing?' " Rapp said. "I'm here to get people watching professional tennis. (Sampras) is a past player, but he still can play with these guys, and he enjoys it. Monday night used to be you, me and our cousins. Now you've got 6,000-8,000 people coming."

Rapp also is constantly looking for the next big name. This year he has given wild-card entries to young Americans Ryan Harrison and Devin Britton. Harrison, 17, qualified for this year's Australian Open; Britton, 18, became the youngest NCAA singles champion while starring last spring at Mississippi and was up a service break against Federer at last year's U.S. Open.

"It's unreal," Britton said Friday of his opportunity this week. "This is awesome to play in a tournament this big, to get the opportunity to play with these guys."

Rapp doesn't mind his own challenges. He prefers that the SAP is early in the year because he has mostly avoided the injury issues that have plagued tournaments later in the season. He also doesn't mind following the Australian Open because if his players do well there, it's good for business.

This year, though, he was on pins and needles when Roddick's shoulder flared up. But all appears well now.

"Let's not forget that Roddick is the only player besides Federer to finish in the top 10 eight years in a row," Rapp said. "Roddick does carry the (American) tennis banner well."

arodfanpe666o
02-07-2010, 09:36 AM
I'm worried about the injury...

Jade Fox
02-08-2010, 12:34 AM
I'm worried about the injury...

I'm taking the Roddick camp's silence on his injury as being good news. Please don't let it be serious.

Deboogle!.
02-08-2010, 12:55 AM
I'm hoping the fact that he's playing a fairly meaningless 250 event as good news... I know SAP sponsors him, but I would really hope he wouldn't play if it was anything serious.

Marion29520
02-08-2010, 10:02 AM
Brooklyn said at DP'show he can't be in NY with her if she gets the SI cover cause he is playing in San José so I guess he is ok to play:confused:

Jade Fox
02-08-2010, 10:09 AM
I'm hoping the fact that he's playing a fairly meaningless 250 event as good news... I know SAP sponsors him, but I would really hope he wouldn't play if it was anything serious.

I just hope SAP isn't pressuring him to do anything. They'll have to deal with me if they are. :mad:


Brooklyn said at DP'show he can't be in NY with her if she gets the SI cover cause he is playing in San José so I guess he is ok to play:confused:

Hope she's right.

Heather1229
02-08-2010, 01:08 PM
I have a feeling he pulls out today and maybe does one of those "I'm not going to play but I'll show up for the fans" type of deals. He is still in Miami and in the pictures from Saturday night he didn't look all that great....who knows? Maybe he's nervously awaiting the SI cover announcement!:)

Deboogle!.
02-08-2010, 03:29 PM
I don't think Andy would wait and pull out now. The deadline to withdraw without penalties is always Friday, he's in the draw and the tourney's advertising his opening round match. I don't think he'd do that to them at this point. I think it's more likely he'll play without being fully prepared...

Deboogle!.
02-08-2010, 05:01 PM
His first match on Wednesday will be against qualifier Ryler DeHeart

Heather1229
02-09-2010, 01:10 AM
Andy called into a radio show in SF---so he must be there.

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 01:15 PM
Matt Cronin tweeted that andy is going to have his arm checked today in Austin before deciding to go to San jose/whether he'll play(?) consider the source but.... :o :help:

Heather1229
02-09-2010, 01:20 PM
Well he was apparently in NYC last night (which is good he should have been:D). However, why would he be getting it checked out now? Shouldn't that have happened awhile ago? :o

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 01:24 PM
Really? Oy. I mean he's obviously not prepared for the tourney healthy or not but to pull out now would be gross.

Heather1229
02-09-2010, 01:31 PM
Yes...apparently he was there. It would not be very good if he pulled out now, especially since SAP is one of his sponsors. Unless light just dawned on Marblehead (as they say) and he realized he has a tournament to play tomorrow and he's grossly unprepared?

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 01:56 PM
Sigh I give up lol

juliehardwick
02-09-2010, 02:46 PM
Hi all of you. I just lurk here usually but live in Austin with tennis playing daughter and Roddick looms large in her tennis crowd as he practices often as a club where the juniors often play.
I'd have to say his itinerary over the last few days (Miami and NY) suggests no practicing - whether for the arm or because he doesn't want to. I expect a late withdrawal today.

Raina
02-09-2010, 05:17 PM
TennisChannel Andy Roddick will have his arm looked at by a doctor in Austin before making a final decision about whether tp play San Jose this week
1 minute ago from web

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 05:24 PM
That's exactly the same thing Matt Cronin tweeted last night
http://twitter.com/TennisReporters/status/8844975695

This is just kind of silly. He should've just withdrawn last week, this is not an important tournament.

Raina
02-09-2010, 05:34 PM
Maybe if it was not sponsored by SAP, he would have withdrawn already! :shrug:

Heather1229
02-09-2010, 05:35 PM
Kind of silly if you ask me, he's supposed to be playing tomorrow and he's only getting his shoulder looked at today? I love him and all but that's a bit ridiculous. It just may have more to do with being unprepared. Isn't Memphis next week and then the week after is Dubai and then Miami and Indian Wells? Clearly more important tournaments coming up so if he wants the shoulder to be 100% obviously that's important but he could have at least pulled out last week..

tangerine_dream
02-09-2010, 06:26 PM
This is just kind of silly. He should've just withdrawn last week, this is not an important tournament.
Andy pretty much carries that tournament. I wouldn't expect him to pull out until the last minute.

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 07:30 PM
How does pulling out at the last minute help the tourney? People just get mad and demand refunds - remember the vegas debacle? and withdrawing this late just makes him look even worse - especially since the local paper published an article a few days ago quoting the tourney director as saying he was going to be fine.

Heather1229
02-09-2010, 07:36 PM
He also apparently did a random radio interview in SF (via telephone) last night saying he would be playing tomorrow, confirming it in fact. At this point, whatever floats his boat..:)

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 07:52 PM
:lol: it's kinda funny really

Heather1229
02-09-2010, 07:57 PM
It is, Deb! I need to stop responding today and actually get some work done but I'm excited tomorrow will be a snow day so I can't really focus on getting any work done! Andy drama is more entertaining, haha!

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 08:23 PM
LOL :rolls::hug:

Jade Fox
02-09-2010, 08:54 PM
All this drama. Will he or won't he play?

Who the hell he think he is, Jelena Jankovic? Only she's allowed to put me through this Andy! :lol:

Deboogle!.
02-09-2010, 10:00 PM
Well, Andy said on the radio (apparently?) that he's going to play. The rumor he's in Austin getting checked out started with Cronin. I trust Andy over Cronin, generally. but with andy, one realllyyyyyyy never knows.

Kate87
02-09-2010, 11:49 PM
these people on the SI Swimsuit stream said Andy flew to NYC last night to surprise Brooke :haha: so they said "Mr. Brooklyn Decker" will probably be there tonight :haha:

but who knows where he is at the moment? :haha:

Deboogle!.
02-10-2010, 12:04 AM
Flatland, for sure.

Kate87
02-10-2010, 12:07 AM
Flatland, for sure.

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Deboogle!.
02-10-2010, 12:08 AM
:o:smooch:

Tytta!.
02-10-2010, 12:11 AM
Flatland, for sure.

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Deboogle!.
02-10-2010, 04:14 AM
Well, he's playing... I think we'd all do well to have pretty low expectations :lol:
==================================
Roddick Know The Way To San Jose
February 9, 2010


By Joel Drucker

Sporting a pair of bright red running shoes, looking more subdued than usual, perhaps tired from having attended the Super Bowl and seeing one-time tennis opponent Drew Brees in action, three-time SAP Open champ Andy Roddick spoke briefly one night prior to his first-round SAP Open match.

Having been struck with a right shoulder injury that hindered him during his quarterfinal loss to Marin Cilic at last month’s Australian Open, Roddick admits, “it was a little touch and go to be playing here. But I got the clearance I needed and I’ll give it go.”

Keeping the ball-hitting to a minimum since Australia, Roddick only started serving in the last few days. “That’s the part I’ll be most concerned about,” says Roddick. “The first match will be telling. If I can get through that one, I should be OK. I may have to work my way into this tournament a little bit.”

Roddick’s tennis rivalry with Brees goes back to his early childhood in Austin. Nearly four years older than Roddick, Brees, as Roddick recalls, “beat me a couple of times. I beat him and then he quit to play all sorts of other sports. I don’t remember his game, but I do remember he was quite an athlete.” Asked for more, Roddick joked, “I’d love to be able to break down point structure for you” – and then conceded he was only nine years old at the time.

More than 20 years later, he’s still grinding away, still looking for the answers. As he sees it, Roddick’s 2009 “had a lot more positives than negatives,” a year he regards as his most successful end-to-end campaign since 2004 (when he finished the year ranked number two in the world). As far as San Jose goes, Roddick says, “I always have a good time here. There’s a comfort to it.”

Jade Fox
02-10-2010, 09:40 AM
Yeah, expectations are very low in my case.

Unless he wins it all. Then I'll just :lol: before :worship:.

Heather1229
02-10-2010, 12:01 PM
At least he didn't withdraw at the last possible minute!:)

andymo
02-10-2010, 09:15 PM
Here is an audio of Andy's pre match presser. http://www.sapopentennis.com/2010SAPOpenAudioLibrary.asp;

This should stop all the negative talk, jeeezz.

Deboogle!.
02-11-2010, 05:05 AM
well somehow he won :lol: Leonardo Mayer tomorrow...

starr_00
02-11-2010, 05:11 AM
How on earth did he win that in two? Lol.
And a big wtf to both Haas and Stepanek getting knocked out today. If Andy doesn't win this tourney (which I can't really see at this point, lol) - someone strange will, ha.

Deboogle!.
02-11-2010, 05:20 AM
Berdych is still there, he was in the QFs before Andy even played :lol:

starr_00
02-11-2010, 06:35 AM
Really? Wow - how is that even possible? Hahhahaha.

tsurupettan
02-11-2010, 06:37 AM
yay, i'm happy that andy played (and won). i hope he doesn't let this opportunity to go to waste, though, i can never be sure with him.

arodfanpe666o
02-11-2010, 07:17 AM
Any signs of the injury?

Winston's Human
02-11-2010, 11:53 AM
Andy looked rusty and indifferent, but it did not look like he was having trouble serving.

andymo
02-11-2010, 12:50 PM
Andy looked rusty and indifferent, but it did not look like he was having trouble serving.

He was so indifferent that he came back from 3-5 to win the match. I would say he was "indifferent
.:mad:

Deboogle!.
02-11-2010, 03:26 PM
Andy looked rusty and indifferent, but it did not look like he was having trouble serving.Yeah pretty much. De Heart went on a couple game stretch where every shot he hit was a winner. but then he choked badly serving for the set and played a pretty poor TB.

Deboogle!.
02-11-2010, 07:27 PM
Andy's post-match press conference audio's on the tourney site http://www.sapopentennis.com/2010SAPOpenAudioLibrary.asp

kaylee
02-12-2010, 04:14 AM
Well he is playing pretty relaxed right now but Mayer isn't giving him much - he seems to be muttering and smiling and the serve is looking good.

Deboogle!.
02-12-2010, 04:25 AM
he played pretty well... then again Mayer was awful so it was hard to tell :lol: Berdych will be more than a little step up tomorrow night though

andymo
02-12-2010, 04:43 AM
he played pretty well... then again Mayer was awful so it was hard to tell :lol: Berdych will be more than a little step up tomorrow night though

Andy played very smart tonight. He did not give Mayer anything. Mayer served well.

Givenchy
02-13-2010, 12:37 AM
Memphis draw is out http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/402/mds.pdf

Andy plays James Blake in the first round

Deboogle!.
02-13-2010, 12:42 AM
oh wow :haha: Yikes, a lot of Americans in that little top section :sobbing:

Smoke944
02-13-2010, 01:01 AM
oh wow :haha: Yikes, a lot of Americans in that little top section :sobbing:

:lol: :help:
Fix the draws people :p

Jade Fox
02-13-2010, 01:29 AM
Memphis draw is out http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/402/mds.pdf

Andy plays James Blake in the first round

Well, that's special.

And when I say special, I mean sucky! :ras:

Deboogle!.
02-13-2010, 05:10 AM
Good win over Berdych :yeah: Russell or (more likely) Querrey next...

andymo
02-13-2010, 05:17 AM
Proud of Andy. He played smart.He played the important points very nicely. That's why he won because it was very tight in the points.

Heather1229
02-15-2010, 03:00 PM
Will Americans build off optimistic week?
February, 15, 2010Feb 158:49AM ETComment Print Email Share All in all, this was the kind of week that might have helped U.S. players if it occurred a few weeks ago, when everyone was gathered in Melbourne, for the first Grand Slam event of the year.

Here you had Melanie Oudin, the darling of American tennis last September, pulling herself out of a tailspin and showing flashes of the game that carried her to a handful of big wins at Grand Slams and a quarterfinal finish at the Open last year.

Oudin's run began a little over a week ago, at the Fed Cup. And while the French team wasn't exactly made up of players that would lead most rank-and-file players on the WTA Tour to quake in their Nikes, they were at home, on indoor red clay. Plus, nobody on the U.S. squad was playing well during the practice week leading up to the event. But the American women stepped up, and the next thing you know Melanie Oudin, having won two Fed Cup matches, is battling Elena Dementieva for a place in the final of the Paris Indoors.

After that mini-run, Oudin brassily declared that she wanted to be seeded for the French Open and finish the year in the top 20. She emphatically said, "I think that's realistic."

Humility and guarded optimism are fine things, but you've got to love a player whose basic attitude is, "Hey, I can do this. What's the big deal?" The attitude alone is good for top 20, and if her game has some exploitable holes, it will still take a determined and willful opponent to make the most of them.

Oudin has a bit of the Andy Roddick in her, although she hasn't been roughed up enough yet to fully appreciate that determination, hard work and a specific, somewhat incomplete skill set can take you only so far.

But isn't it great how Andy Roddick hasn't ever lost his appetite for the game, or the faith that on any given day he can overcome his opponent? It doesn't matter if past history says he can't -- believing he can always puts him in with a shot. When Roddick wins Wimbledon (and I'm confident he will, one day), it will be a moment to rival Goran Ivansevic's triumph there.

Roddick had a good week, too. If you remember, he suffered a painful loss to John Isner in the third round of the U.S. Open last year. (Roddick lost the first- and fifth-set tiebreakers, falling victim to the kind of serving display that's customarily his stock in trade.) Well, the other day Roddick met Sam Querrey, who's Isner-ish (or is Isner Querrey-ish, or are both of them Roddick-ish?).

This time, Roddick was on the winning end of two tiebreakers. Nobody is going to confuse the SAP Open with the U.S. Open, but reaching the SAP final was a good bounce-back for Roddick. Gamely, if futilely fighting nerve pain in his serving arm at the Australian Open, Roddick was dumped by Marin Cilic, who burst forth as a new member of the top 10.

Given how American tennis fortunes have fluctuated lately, it's hardly surprising that Roddick failed to close the deal Sunday, letting a one-set lead slip away to a guy he'd beaten seven straight times, Fernando Verdasco. You couldn't call that a bad loss as much as an understandable one, give the way U.S. players have struggled of late.

But all in all, it was a good week -- a jump-start week -- for U.S. players, including Querrey. And with big hard-court tournaments coming up, Oudin, Querrey and Roddick have reasons to be optimistic.

Deboogle!.
02-15-2010, 03:58 PM
Hard to be optimistic about Andy after seeing him play so badly... plus he's apparently going back to Austin to get his arm/neck checked out before going to Memphis

Heather1229
02-15-2010, 04:03 PM
Perhaps it's just precautionary, he has a bit of a stacked schedule coming up so I'd rather he get it checked out then end up with a dead arm come Indian Wells and Miami. :)

Anyone else lucky enough to be working like me today?

Deboogle!.
02-15-2010, 04:43 PM
Hopefully. I wouldn't mind him pulling out of Dubai and just putting everything into defending Memphis and chilling in the US til IW and Miami

And yep, I am ;)

Heather1229
02-15-2010, 04:45 PM
Oh aren't we just two lucky ducks! On the brightside we have jobs! Since it's a holiday we're all breaking our diets and ordering chinese food, in honor of the chinese new year of course! ;)

Deboogle!.
02-15-2010, 04:52 PM
On the brightside we have jobs! Amen to that!!!

Since it's a holiday we're all breaking our diets and ordering chinese food, in honor of the chinese new year of course! ;)HAHA nice! I have leftover chinese food from over the weekend when my parentals were still in town visiting, so I guess i'm joining in too :lol:

arodfanpe666o
02-15-2010, 05:23 PM
If he play Memphis, I think he will pull out of Dubai. He did not play last year, has no points to defend and with IW and Miami coming, I think he will rest ofter this week.

Heather1229
02-15-2010, 05:34 PM
It doesn't make any sense for him to play in Dubai, other than the financial aspect. Hopefully his arm is okay enough for him to play Memphis and then he'll pull out of Dubai and rest up.

Deb, the chinese food was not so great. In case you wanted an update, haha!

Jade Fox
02-15-2010, 07:44 PM
Hard to be optimistic about Andy after seeing him play so badly... plus he's apparently going back to Austin to get his arm/neck checked out before going to Memphis

Well that's just great. Just make me worry some more why don't ya Andy? :( :mad:

Deboogle!.
02-15-2010, 08:50 PM
It doesn't make any sense for him to play in Dubai, other than the financial aspect. Hopefully his arm is okay enough for him to play Memphis and then he'll pull out of Dubai and rest up. your mouth to andy's ears, please

Deb, the chinese food was not so great. In case you wanted an update, haha!awww, bummer!!! :hug:

Fee
02-15-2010, 09:01 PM
I'm always happy to see players pull out of Dubai and would encourage Andy to take that route (and yeah, that's my personal issue and I'll stop now).

Deboogle!.
02-17-2010, 03:30 AM
well, andy's there: http://www.memphistennis.com/press-conference-video

Heather1229
02-17-2010, 02:23 PM
He looks good at least! :)

Deboogle!.
02-18-2010, 03:17 AM
:help: he plays Lu tomorrow... can't see him going much further than that, though.

Givenchy
02-18-2010, 06:52 AM
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DartMarcus
02-18-2010, 07:02 AM
How did he play? Was James playing well?
Thanks.

arodfanpe666o
02-18-2010, 09:10 AM
Couldn't watch the match (it was 3am for me), but really he played that awful? It seem like it was terrible performance. And how the shoulder looks like? I saw that he has served 22 aces, but this doesn't always tells everything...

Deboogle!.
02-18-2010, 02:05 PM
There was nowhere to watch the match .... Maybe JW can give us some details :)

kaylee
02-18-2010, 03:12 PM
Sigh I forgot he was playing but I can watch tonite's match online so won't forget although there is the men's skating on as well - oh well might be doing double duty heehee!

Deboogle!.
02-18-2010, 03:21 PM
I don't think there will be a stream of Memphis, unless this year is drastically different from years' past. Memphis is played in a small private club.

Heather1229
02-18-2010, 04:21 PM
Apparently, it will be on ESPN 360. I agree though, men's figure skating is on tonight...Andy might take a back seat! :)

Raina
02-18-2010, 05:15 PM
There is liverstream here

http://www.atdhe.net/index.html

ad-out
02-18-2010, 05:31 PM
Memphis meet and greet - sorry for the poor quality! He gave a little talk and answered some questions. When asked what advice he would give to a club player in the 3rd set he said "well you can benefit from calling your own lines". :)

http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/8686/andy2.jpg
http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/9651/andy1.jpg

andymo
02-18-2010, 06:16 PM
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/18/on-court-and-in-stands-play-felt-like-title-match/

Deboogle!.
02-18-2010, 06:41 PM
Apparently, it will be on ESPN 360. I agree though, men's figure skating is on tonight...Andy might take a back seat! :)Ooh, thanks for the heads up! And yeah, there is no "might" about it :) ESPECIALLYSINCEIHAVETOWATCHSKATINGONASTREAMTOOBUTI AMNOTMADABOUTTHATORANYTHING :mad:

tangerine_dream
02-18-2010, 06:56 PM
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/18/on-court-and-in-stands-play-felt-like-title-match/
QUOTE:
"Less than two years ago, this tournament was in jeopardy of leaving town. Wednesday, it was as good as it's ever been. The Racquet Club was packed. Fans wandered around, fingers held aloft, asking for two or three or a half-dozen tickets.

"I knew it was going to be a decent atmosphere when I tried to get some tickets for Brook's aunts and uncles and they said it would be standing room only," said Roddick.

Brooklyn Decker is his wife. So you can see what regular fans were up against.

Capacity at the stadium court: 5,136. Attendance at the stadium court: 5,379. Which means that 243 people hung from the ceiling fans.

Blake vs. Roddick isn't a first-round match. Blake vs. Roddick is an occasion, a party.

Unless you're Blake or Roddick, of course. But Blake wasn't in any position to complain."

I think it's funny that Brooke's aunts and uncles couldn't even get tickets to the match. :rolls:

Andy and James have been carrying US tennis on their shoulders very well all these years. :hatoff: Will be interesting to see what happens when the Sammy/Johnny generation takes over. I'm very curious to see how they'll handle the occasion in Serbia for DC.

Heather1229
02-18-2010, 07:05 PM
Oh Deb, that stinks! Is it tape delayed for you on the west coast? Hoping Evan Lysacek wins Gold because the Plushenko guy is rather obnoxious!

Deboogle!.
02-18-2010, 07:13 PM
Oh Deb, that stinks! Is it tape delayed for you on the west coast? Hoping Evan Lysacek wins Gold because the Plushenko guy is rather obnoxious!Yes, the whole entire Olympics is delayed :(

dontevengetmestartedonhowmuchihateplushenko

Fee
02-19-2010, 01:14 AM
plushenko, barf.

Deboogle!.
02-19-2010, 01:21 AM
double barf.

Heather1229
02-19-2010, 02:30 PM
Deb, he WON!!! Hooray! Too bad I had to see it this morning! I could not stay up it was midnight when he won....:sad::)

Oh yeah, yay for Andy too! :angel:

Deboogle!.
02-19-2010, 03:08 PM
OMG I KNOW I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE IT! :banana:

Hard to see Andy scraping through against Sam again tonight after what happened last week and the way he's playing...

Heather1229
02-19-2010, 05:08 PM
Maybe Andy will play inspired tennis! One can hope at least!:) He is the tie breaker king afterall! In his post match interview last night he apparently realized he can't convert break points and that's an issue, eureka!

Deboogle!.
02-19-2010, 05:38 PM
Yeah, that's definitely his problem, one of them. But the bigger problem was the utter and complete passive game plan. I mean, if Lu can kick his ass and hit winners off his balls, what is Sam gonna do?

Heather1229
02-19-2010, 06:05 PM
I don't know, it's all so sad really. I mean with the passive play he just prolongs the match even more and wears his body down, he's not getting any younger and he needs to be ending points quicker to conserve energy. Yet he seems content with doing things the hard way with his passive play. I realize his arm may be still bothering him and since it's his livelihood perhaps anxiety has creeped in but if that's the case then why play back to back tournaments? He definitely needs to regroup and get some good practice in before Indian Wells and Miami. Now I think I will get back to work...

Deboogle!.
02-19-2010, 06:31 PM
Um, I've got nothing to add to that at all :worship:

arodfanpe666o
02-19-2010, 07:27 PM
Well, he changed his style somewhere in 2005. I don't really know why. He never really talked about it, for sure. But that happened.
Maybe you lose the passion and desire to crush the ball, when you get older. The stress and all the expectations to replace Pete and Andre and so on were too much for him. When you are young you have all the time in the world it is easier to go out there and hit the ball and see what happens. After that thing start to get more complicated. Just thinking...

I also really want to see THAT forehand more often. But maybe we should accept the fact that in these kind of matches he won't play aggressively. We can expect from him to play bigger against the big guys. Again, I'm just looking for reasons, not making statements.

tangerine_dream
02-20-2010, 03:03 AM
Well, that was fun. I think he needs a break. He doesn't like to lose but he's obviously uninspired to defend any of his titles. Hope he skips Dubai next week.

Sammy and Johnny may not be such easy pickings in DC after all.

Jade Fox
02-20-2010, 04:52 AM
:shrug::shrug::shrug:


That's all I have to say.

Smoke944
02-20-2010, 06:58 AM
Well, that was fun. I think he needs a break. He doesn't like to lose but he's obviously uninspired to defend any of his titles. Hope he skips Dubai next week.



Agreed, he really didn't look bothered at all by the fact that he was losing so badly in the third.

Heather1229
02-20-2010, 12:37 PM
He pulled out of Dubai! :D Thank goodness!

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/495/mds.pdf

I realize you should probably be upset when your favorite player pulls out of a tournament but he needed to pull out of this one.

Deboogle!.
02-20-2010, 05:55 PM
Well, he should've never entered in the first place ;) But yes, thank goodness indeed.The last thing he needs right now is to travel halfway around the world, be tired, and keep on playing through whatever this problem is.

kaylee
02-20-2010, 07:32 PM
Yes that last set was pathetic I switched off.

juliehardwick
02-20-2010, 10:15 PM
Brad Gilbert tweeted this about the current Roddick forehand:

"He's a little more conservative with the FH and definitely spinnier than he used to...it's still a good shot, just not as big...more variety."

Alas he's at the age when most players start a pretty clear downhill slide due to age. A limited amount he can do about that. Agassi's the only big exception to that pattern I can think of recently, and even that I'm not sure of ie won 5 slams after his 29th birthday and only three before, but if he had been concentrating in his 20s perhaps it would have looked like a downhill trajectory for him too. Not a good yardstick of anything for Andy there in terms of late career possibilities.
That's what makes that "could not have been closer without winning it" loss at Wimbledon last summer such a pity.

Fee
02-21-2010, 03:28 AM
Oh praise Jupiter! I'm so glad he's staying home in Austin for a week.

arodfanpe666o
02-21-2010, 06:51 PM
Good he withdrew. The sad thing is that there are only two tournaments he will play before the clay.
But, health comes first. I really hope he will do something big before the end of the spring HC season.

Deboogle!.
02-21-2010, 07:36 PM
Yeah, but they're the two most important ones. Being healthy is extra important.

arodfanpe666o
02-22-2010, 09:34 AM
You are more than right. If I'm not wrong, Andy has more than 3 weeks by than. It should be enough, because he really needs to dig deep in these tournaments.

Deboogle!.
02-22-2010, 04:43 PM
Yeah, he'll have no excuse.

andymo
02-22-2010, 07:56 PM
Yeah, he'll have no excuse.

When has Andy ever given excuses for a loss ?? NEVER. And he still can hurt himself in training or practicing in those 3 weeks. Can't you say something positive for a change? You say you are a fan but are always, always criticizing him on everything, you and 2 others. I sure hope he does not read this stupid forum.

Heather1229
02-23-2010, 12:38 AM
Andymo, we're all fans of him and we only want to see him do well. It's frustrating to see him lose when he has the match in the bag so to speak. Everyone wants him to win, rest is what he needs and hopefully he'll be ready for Indian Wells and Miami.

andymo
02-23-2010, 01:05 AM
Andymo, we're all fans of him and we only want to see him do well. It's frustrating to see him lose when he has the match in the bag so to speak. Everyone wants him to win, rest is what he needs and hopefully he'll be ready for Indian Wells and Miami.

It is the only board where fans crticize their favorite and laugh about him not being able to break. Go read your posts and think about it. It is not what fans are supposed to behave. They are supposed to give their support and their faith to the player. You do not see all of his accomplishments, you only see what he is not doing right. I do not think you know your tennis very well. Your posts and a few others are full of negativity. Being positive in life is very important. It brings happiness. Do not be fixated on your frustrations. Andy does not owe you anything. I will not post again about this. I had my say.

Heather1229
02-23-2010, 01:15 AM
You post about criticizing and then you criticize me? I do support Andy, if I didn't I wouldn't sit and watch every match. I do see all of his accomplishments, if I didn't I'd use the old "one slam wonder" addage which I never have and I do not think he is that at all. I take issue with your argument that I do not know tennis very well. It's not very polite to judge. Perhaps it's an American thing but I don't know if you have ever heard the expression of "arm chair commentator" before but that's what we do. It doesn't mean we question Andy's achievments or don't see his accomplishments, we all just happen to get frustrated when he's not performing like we'd hoped since we have faith in him and know he can be better. Lastly, I never said Andy owes me anything, I'm a fan, have been for years and make sure to watch religiously, if I'm frustrated with his play I make a point to mention it just like everyone else does. It's how the forum ebbs and flows, apologies if you're offended but perhaps you're taking everyone's comments too seriously.

Fee
02-23-2010, 02:16 AM
When has Andy ever given excuses for a loss ?? NEVER. And he still can hurt himself in training or practicing in those 3 weeks. Can't you say something positive for a change? You say you are a fan but are always, always criticizing him on everything, you and 2 others. I sure hope he does not read this stupid forum.

You want Pollyanna fans, go to the forum at his official website. And if this forum is so 'stupid' then I hope we have seen the last of you.

As for Andy giving excuses for a loss, yes it has happened, so please don't post here as if Andy is perfect and has never sinned in his life because many of the regular members of this forum know better. I've been a fan of his since 2002. I was one of the original members of his original website and I don't need you or anyone else telling me how fans are supposed to behave.

We speak freely in this forum simply because we know that we can do it here and yes, sometimes that means criticizing Andy. Those same 3 people that you are trying to call out are some of the most faithful and reliable fans he has. They will get up at ungodly hours and reaarange their schedules to sit in front of scoreboards and livestreams for his matches. They have travelled to tournaments and Davis Cup at considerable expense to support him in person. They have defended him repeatedly in GM against the assholes on this forum who will spread lies and mistruths about Andy at the drop of a hat. So yeah, we come here, to this forum, to vent frustration and speak honestly about the state of his game. We are allowed that here.

Winston's Human
02-23-2010, 02:42 AM
You want Pollyanna fans, go to the forum at his official website. And if this forum is so 'stupid' then I hope we have seen the last of you.

As for Andy giving excuses for a loss, yes it has happened, so please don't post here as if Andy is perfect and has never sinned in his life because many of the regular members of this forum know better. I've been a fan of his since 2002. I was one of the original members of his original website and I don't need you or anyone else telling me how fans are supposed to behave.

We speak freely in this forum simply because we know that we can do it here and yes, sometimes that means criticizing Andy. Those same 3 people that you are trying to call out are some of the most faithful and reliable fans he has. They will get up at ungodly hours and reaarange their schedules to sit in front of scoreboards and livestreams for his matches. They have travelled to tournaments and Davis Cup at considerable expense to support him in person. They have defended him repeatedly in GM against the assholes on this forum who will spread lies and mistruths about Andy at the drop of a hat. So yeah, we come here, to this forum, to vent frustration and speak honestly about the state of his game. We are allowed that here.

Well said!

When we criticize Andy's performance, it is done because we are long-time fans who only want the best for him. My only regret is that I have never had the opportunity to see Andy live.

Deboogle!.
02-23-2010, 03:13 AM
Thanks Heather, Fee, and Steve :hug: (Steve, hope you get to see him someday in person, that serve is even more unbelievable when you can hear it pop off his racquet :worship: )

what I don't understand is how all of this started by me saying Andy shouldn't have an injury excuse anymore by taking a few more weeks off. But whatever :lol: You guys have said all that need to be said, I don't need to dignify it further.

Heather1229
02-23-2010, 04:47 PM
Group Hug! :hug:

partygirl
02-23-2010, 05:53 PM
I like a forum where people can behave the way they feel, not how they are "supposed to"...i don't do supposed to's :p

There is no foolish adherence to some silly idea here, after all it's just game.

Fee
02-23-2010, 06:38 PM
I like a forum where people can behave the way they feel, not how they are "supposed to"...i don't do supposed to's :p

There is no foolish adherence to some silly idea here, after all it's just game.

You are awesome, in many, many ways. :) :hug:

arodfanpe666o
02-24-2010, 11:00 AM
I don't want to take sides, but personally I critisize Andy, because something in his pisses me off. And it does, because I care. When for example Murray or Djokovic are playing bad, I don't care. I can say they are playing bad, but there is no way I'll get pissed off. When it is Andy, I'm angry, because I care, I want him to do well. Rafa can do well ot not, it does not mean anything to me. Andy means something to me.

I critisize because I care. I believe that is the case with the other guys here. :)

Deboogle!.
02-24-2010, 04:17 PM
I critisize because I care. I believe that is the case with the other guys here. :)Yes, absolutely. If you don't think someone has the potential to do greater, you don't care either. But it is frustrating to see someone who you know is capable of doing a lot better than they are. It's frustrating and sometimes people just need to vent about that.

kaylee
02-24-2010, 06:36 PM
Venting is good for the soul!!!! I am afraid I am one of those die hard fans too as there has been many a time I have been cringing behind computer or TV. I have also travelled to DC (Winston Salem will never be visited by me again) and watched him live many times. We love Andy here BUT he also drives us crazy when loses matches he should have won. I hope he is healthy too for Miami (my best memory of Andy's? Miami I was there when he beat Roger IT WAS AWESOME). OK I shall crawl back into my cave now!

andymo
02-24-2010, 08:03 PM
Venting is good for the soul!!!! I am afraid I am one of those die hard fans too as there has been many a time I have been cringing behind computer or TV. I have also travelled to DC (Winston Salem will never be visited by me again) and watched him live many times. We love Andy here BUT he also drives us crazy when loses matches he should have won. I hope he is healthy too for Miami (my best memory of Andy's? Miami I was there when he beat Roger IT WAS AWESOME). OK I shall crawl back into my cave now!

The word is right "AWESOME" to see Andy beat Fed. He will again, I'm sure.You were lucky to see him live. Are you going to Miami this year ?

andymo
02-24-2010, 08:12 PM
Yes, absolutely. If you don't think someone has the potential to do greater, you don't care either. But it is frustrating to see someone who you know is capable of doing a lot better than they are. It's frustrating and sometimes people just need to vent about that.

I understand that but tennis is a difficult sport. It is a lot of little things, momentum, focus, pressure, concentration and you have an opponent that wants it just as much. Today in Dubai, Murray lost to Tipsarevic. Murray is no 4. Of course, he should have won that match but sometimes there is luck involved too,bad calls . Sometimes, 1 point can change the whole match.I play tennis and when I play bad, I do not even know why. Everything goes wrong and some days, everything goes right.

Deboogle!.
02-24-2010, 08:29 PM
I understand that but tennis is a difficult sport. It is a lot of little things, momentum, focus, pressure, concentration and you have an opponent that wants it just as much. Today in Dubai, Murray lost to Tipsarevic. Murray is no 4. Of course, he should have won that match but sometimes there is luck involved too,bad calls . Sometimes, 1 point can change the whole match.I play tennis and when I play bad, I do not even know why. Everything goes wrong and some days, everything goes right.Of course, no one would deny any of this. No one here expects Andy to win every single match. He's human, and we like him for that, and we understand that tennis is a very difficult sport. But Andy has been playing this way for the majority of the last SIX SEASONS. If you are able to sit through that match after match, tournament after tournament, season after season, and not get frustrated and need to vent sometimes, more power to you. But you can't expect everyone else to react the same way, and reacting in a way that you perceive to be negative doesn't mean we're not true fans who really really really want to see Andy do well, and even more so, believe that he can. We also realize that his time is running out. His ranking is dropping bit by bit, he's losing to people he shouldn't be losing to almost every single tournament, not just once in a while, and even worse, he's losing to them in a very distressing way (completely melting down and losing a set 1-6 against Sam is pretty disconcerting IMO). So that's why people are concerned and frustrated and want to vent sometimes.

arodfanpe666o
02-25-2010, 12:28 PM
Just saw that Andy has dropped to number 8. He really really has to play big in IW and Miami. He has a lot of points to defend and that ranking won't bring him good draw. With the clay season comming, I'm very much starting to warry. :(

duong
03-03-2010, 11:09 AM
completely melting down and losing a set 1-6 against Sam is pretty disconcerting IMO

that happens to every player or nearly (see Fed against Tsonga last year :lol: )

Roddick was lucky to beat Querrey in San Jose, he looked better than Querrey in Memphis but played a poor third set after being unlucky in first set, well it was a kind of compensation, Querrey deserved to beat him once.

Btw, yes Roddick should play well in Indian Wells and Miami if he wants to protect his rankings later.

I've calculated that if you take off every point until Wimbledon (included), he would be number 13 after Wimbledon if he doesn't do better than Cilic, Tsonga, Youzhny, Monfils or Verdasco by then.

Deboogle!.
03-03-2010, 03:22 PM
that happens to every player or nearly (see Fed against Tsonga last year :lol: )No of course. But the part that's concerning is that Andy used to own these younger American players - mentally if nothing else. So to see him mentally fall apart against a young American is, again, really concerning.

kaylee
03-03-2010, 06:52 PM
The word is right "AWESOME" to see Andy beat Fed. He will again, I'm sure.You were lucky to see him live. Are you going to Miami this year ?

Yes I am heading down on 25 of this month soooo excited. I have been following Andy for years too and I have to agree that we, as fans, live and breathe every ball that he strikes. Wimbledon last year was devastating sooo expect to see some negativity here. We all love him but as Deb said time IS running out.

JeremyEli
03-08-2010, 05:18 AM
andy should do a really good job in IW and miami
otherwise the clay season is coming , everybody knows his clay ...... eh .....
then 1400 points to defend on Wimbledon . oh my god .... i'm so worried about it

arodfanpe666o
03-09-2010, 09:15 AM
So, Andy is in La Quinta, training. There is a video of him in youtube, ripping forehands Nadal-like :lol:

Deboogle!.
03-09-2010, 10:35 PM
he's in fed's quarter :lol::lol::lol:

Fee
03-09-2010, 10:42 PM
I might have to join you in laughing, or I might cry. This just isn't even funny anymore the way he ends up with Fed so often.

Deboogle!.
03-09-2010, 10:50 PM
it'll only get worse if/when he drops out of the top 8, then he can get him even earlier

his draw's pretty good til the QFs but unfortunately he's defending SF points... this could be a very rough few months for his ranking.

Jade Fox
03-09-2010, 11:40 PM
I might have to join you in laughing, or I might cry. This just isn't even funny anymore the way he ends up with Fed so often.

I feel the same way. :(

partygirl
03-09-2010, 11:59 PM
this could be a very rough few months for his ranking.
Unless he plays well. :haha:

Deboogle!.
03-10-2010, 12:53 AM
Yeah, shocking concept that'd be :D

tangerine_dream
03-10-2010, 01:16 AM
Andy to win Indian Wells, Miami, Wimbledon AND the US Open this year. What's wrong with you all? :p

partygirl
03-10-2010, 01:24 AM
Or any one of them. :p

Deboogle!.
03-10-2010, 01:55 AM
your mouth to god's ears, tangy :D

Jade Fox
03-10-2010, 02:04 AM
Andy to win Indian Wells, Miami, Wimbledon AND the US Open this year. What's wrong with you all? :p

We can't all be as optimistic as you Tangy! God! :rolleyes: :p

DartMarcus
03-10-2010, 08:17 AM
Andy to win Brisbane, Newport, Washington and Beijing this year. What's wrong with you all? :p
Oh, now it is correct.:p

arodfanpe666o
03-10-2010, 10:03 AM
It will be tough. Personally, I can't see him beating Roger on these slow courts. In Miami or Cincy he has better chance. But before that, Nalbandian and Monfils could also be tricky.

Heather1229
03-10-2010, 10:48 AM
I agree with Tangy! :) But seriously, folks, win or lose, all I hope for is that he plays MUCH better than in San Jose and Memphis. In some of the IW practice videos he looks really good, rested and he's wearing a lovely shade of blue!

arodfanpe666o
03-10-2010, 11:20 AM
You are right. If he is playing well, results will come.
But it will not be the first time when he looks great in practice, ripping the forehands and so on...and after that comes out so passive in matches and plays bad and loses early. Hope it won't be that case. Fingers crossed.

Deboogle!.
03-10-2010, 03:38 PM
You are right. If he is playing well, results will come.
But it will not be the first time when he looks great in practice, ripping the forehands and so on...and after that comes out so passive in matches and plays bad and loses early. Hope it won't be that case. Fingers crossed.Every time I've seen him over the past 5+ years, he has looked great in practice only to play passively most of the time. It's always been an execution problem for him IMO

arodfanpe666o
03-10-2010, 05:56 PM
All is in his head. He has shown through the years that he can hit the ball as hard as anyone. Every year there are tournaments when he plays great, aggressive ect. It is whether he wants to hit it big or not.

Deboogle!.
03-11-2010, 06:11 AM
Andy and James are playing doubles together :lol:

andymo
03-11-2010, 01:00 PM
That's good news......I love it when Andy plays doubles. But he should have played with Fish.....everybody win when they play with Mardy....lol

Winston's Human
03-11-2010, 02:35 PM
Andy and James are playing doubles together :lol:

Who knows? Maybe Andy can defend this title?

tsurupettan
03-12-2010, 02:36 PM
Andy and James are playing doubles together :lol:

mandy tho. :sad:

Jade Fox
03-12-2010, 03:37 PM
You think being married to a model would help improve Andy's fashion sense. Clearly that's not the case. :o

IW Player's Party.

http://cowbell.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83423e30253ef01310f9221a8970c-pi

Heather1229
03-12-2010, 04:05 PM
I saw that lovely picture somewhere else this morning and I literally laughed out loud. I mean you don't necessarily go into a relationship wanting to change a person, but Brooke has to see that Andy's fashion needs a little help!:) Maybe it's just the way he's posing for the picture...haha!

Deboogle!.
03-12-2010, 04:14 PM
no, it's the CONVERSE :haha: :haha: :haha:

Deboogle!.
03-12-2010, 04:44 PM
I'm sorry, did Andy just tweet that he was starstruck to meet a bulldog that is 'famous' on youtube?

:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Heather1229
03-12-2010, 05:00 PM
He sure did, bless his heart, haha! :)

Do we know when his first match is? I'm being dragged to Alice in Wonderland for a second time tomorrow (when I didn't really like it the first time) and I have been so excited for tennis to be on my tv so I'm hoping his match is Sunday!

Deboogle!.
03-12-2010, 05:08 PM
I don't think we know yet, either tomorrow or Sunday... his first opponent plays first round match today so who knows :scratch:

as for Alice, no comment :tape: good luck :p

Heather1229
03-12-2010, 05:10 PM
Thanks! :)

Kate87
03-12-2010, 07:24 PM
such a bobby outfit :haha:

andymo
03-12-2010, 10:14 PM
He sure did, bless his heart, haha! :)

Do we know when his first match is? I'm being dragged to Alice in Wonderland for a second time tomorrow (when I didn't really like it the first time) and I have been so excited for tennis to be on my tv so I'm hoping his match is Sunday!

Andy is unique.....also in the way he dresses. He does his own thing. And I am happy that he is starstruck for a famous dog......more so than for a Hollywood actor...lol. just love him. That dog is awesome....

andymo
03-12-2010, 10:16 PM
I'm sorry, did Andy just tweet that he was starstruck to meet a bulldog that is 'famous' on youtube?

:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:



He sure did.......did you see the video with that dog? Just awesome and he is a bulldog at that. I am in awe of that dog too....lol

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03-13-2010, 03:13 AM
audio interview: http://wm.world.mii-streaming.net/media/atp/tournaments/indianwells/2010/March12_Roddick.mp3

Looks like Andy will play on Sunday (doubles tomorrow)

partygirl
03-13-2010, 03:19 AM
You think being married to a model would help improve Andy's fashion sense.As with any addict, you have to want to change.:p
...and the haircut really accentuates those hot ears:rolls:and i mean it.:inlove::o

I have to ask, did he lose another bet???
If so he should really stop wagering with the few hairs he has left.

blosson
03-13-2010, 04:29 PM
Uh, Andy is looking like Tintin

http://heroworkshop.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/tintin.jpg?w=240&h=300

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03-14-2010, 12:34 AM
andy and james squeaked through with a win. Was quite fun from the bits I saw, great atmosphere and stadium 2 was packed. They'll play #1 seeds nestor/zimonjic next :haha:

Heather1229
03-14-2010, 12:42 AM
Andy looked good in the doubles match, WAY better:D than he looked in San Jose and Memphis, which is a good thing! It was definitely an entertaining match!

I know we were talking about Andy's outfits, but has anyone seen what Rafa is wearing on court? Love him too but pink bandana, orange warm up jacket, brown and white plaid shorts and a white shirt with pink and yellow and blue stripes! YIKES!:)

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03-14-2010, 12:43 AM
I know we were talking about Andy's outfits, but has anyone seen what Rafa is wearing on court? Love him too but pink bandana, orange warm up jacket, brown and white plaid shorts and a white shirt with pink and yellow and blue stripes! YIKES!:)Yes, the only appropriate word is EPIC. Oh, and BAD. :)

Heather1229
03-14-2010, 12:50 AM
I think Rafa's adorable but the outfit is an epic FAIL! :)

Raina
03-14-2010, 01:49 PM
andy and james squeaked through with a win. Was quite fun from the bits I saw, great atmosphere and stadium 2 was packed. They'll play #1 seeds nestor/zimonjic next :haha:

The stadium 2 was packed that even player's spouse got denied to get in! :spit:

andyroddick @brooklynddecker got denied entry to our doubles match today. they wouldnt let her in cause it was full. u figure she would know someone
about 11 hours ago

OnyxRose
03-14-2010, 06:54 PM
LMAO. Poor Brooklyn.

Sending good vibes out to Andy.

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03-14-2010, 08:59 PM
BNP PARIBAS OPEN

March 12, 2010

Andy Roddick

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. So you got a brief rest and ready to go again?
ANDY RODDICK: I think so, yeah. I feel like I needed to build my body back up a little bit. I just had some nagging things here and there. It was frustrating going in when you don't feel like you're all there.
So I feel ready. I feel prepared, which is a good feeling. :yeah:

Q. What was it like watching Davis Cup? It's been a long time since you were sitting on the sidelines.
ANDY RODDICK: I enjoyed it. I thought -- you know, not enjoying not being there, but enjoyed watching the guys compete. I thought they did a pretty good job trying to navigate their way through pretty tough circumstances.
I think it would have been a lot harder for me not to have been there if I didn't feel like the guys behind me were very, very capable of playing well. :hug:

Q. Do you think the guys are going to play hard tonight? Are you looking to these matches in any way for the tennis part of it?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know that I'd read too much into the tennis part of it. You know, I think there's definitely a bigger purpose here. And if that wasn't the case, I don't know that we'd be witnessing an event like tonight.
But I think it's great. I think it's -- I think it will be a lot of fun to watch, regardless of how serious anyone takes it.

Q. Will you stay here and watch it?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't think I will stay here and watch it. I probably will try to catch a little bit of it. Tickets are tough, so I... (laughter.) I'll go home.

Q. Do you get the sense that the season is really just starting all over again? I know you've played a bit since Australia, but a lot of players haven't played anything at all. Is it a sense of a new beginning of the season?
ANDY RODDICK: I think so. It always kind of feels like that when you have all the players in one place. You know, after Australia we all kind of go and play our own kind of schedule. We have our own agendas. You may cross some paths, but this is certainly -- you know, you kind of get the sense of being at a really, really big event again, and a big swing in the year when you come this tournament and play on through Miami.

Q. Were your post-Australia aches and pains concerning at all, or was it just the normal wear and tear on a body that's played tennis a long time?
ANDY RODDICK: Maybe both. (laughter.) If that's an option.
You know, it's something you can play through, but I think the more annoying part is not being able to prepare the way you want to. And then when you go into a tournament knowing you're not prepared and then you're not playing up to what you want to, it just becomes more and more frustrating.
So, you know, especially now in my career it's definitely important for me to get those little pockets where I can kind of put everything back together again to make sure that I'm ready to play again.

Q. Does being married help kind of put you back together?
ANDY RODDICK: The aches and pains? (laughter.)
You know what, I have trouble making a correlation between being married and my body's physical health. Don't comment everyone. (laughter.) :haha: :haha: :haha:

Q. When you have these pockets to put it back together, what do you do? How do you put it back together?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, you know, you get up in the morning, and whether it's, you know, some sort of fitness workout, whether it's a track workout, whether it's gym, and all of a sudden now you have to get on a court also.
I think the biggest thing is working in treatment throughout the day, you know, and you can actually plan out a schedule. When you're at a tournament it's tough, because you can play at 9:00 one night and then the next day, and it's not on your terms.
You kind of just have to adjust and make the best of it. When you're home you can set a schedule, you can do everything professional, diet, treatment, kind of line everything up. And, you know, like anything, if you do anything for an extended period of time, things start working the right way.

Q. Two things: Were there any parts of you last week when you were watching Davis Cup that thought, oh, maybe I should have gone or I want to go? And then No. 2, how much were you yelling at the TV?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't -- gosh, I don't know about yelling at the TV. I certainly, you know, enjoy trying to see how the guys are going about their matches and trying to, you know, like we all do, predict what's going to happen in the next -- you know, you become a 10-minute psychic.
But no. I made the decision for my health for this year. To be honest, I don't know if I would have been the best guy over there this time. I don't think I was put together the way that I needed to be.
I don't know that I would have played any better than John and Sam. They certainly were the hot hands going into that tie.

Q. Ryan Harrison played well last night. He's 17. He says he's a serious practicer and he's got himself up to that level at 17. Can you talk a little bit about what it takes for a 17 year old vis-à-vis discipline of life compared to the average teenager to achieve what he's achieving at the moment?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, it's -- you know, if you want to be a professional athlete, especially a professional tennis player because of the individual nature of it, it becomes that much tougher, especially at a young age.
But, you know, I like everything I've seen about Ryan. He's less about the lifestyle that tennis may present and more about wanting to be a tennis player, which I think there is a distinct difference.
Unfortunately, most of the kids you see coming up, you know, see the lifestyle. He literally is a fan of the game. He asks a million questions, which is great. He works really hard. Never, you know, asks why or complains about being tired.
I've had him down in Austin a bunch, and, you know, I like what he's all about. I think he's got a pretty good sense of professionalism for someone who is 17.

Q. What sort of questions does he ask?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, gosh. A lot of things. Before his first match in Australia, he was kind of all about -- well, he comes a lot and asks about players and obviously scouting reports and whatnot.
But also kind of, you know, What do I need to be careful of playing my first match? What do I need to -- what did you feel when you played? You know, he just asks a lot of smart questions, you know, to which I give a lot of dumb answers. (laughter.) :rolls:

Q. So on court, what do you like about his game? What does he need to improve?
ANDY RODDICK: Um, he has a pretty aggressive mindset, which I think is good. Um, I don't think anything's perfect yet. I don't think he's completely polished. I think there's a lot of room for growth, which is a good thing.
You know, I think you can name on one hand people who have kind of had things figured out when they were 17. So I like the fact that he has weapons, you know. Those things are important, because even if you're not playing your best, you can, you know, kind of work around those and, you know, kind of figure things out on the fly.

Q. What would be a good tournament for you here?
ANDY RODDICK: What would be a good tournament?

Q. For you.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I don't know. I mean, you come here and you try to win a tournament. I feel healthy; I feel fine.
There's definitely no crutch for me at this tournament. I expect to play well.

Q. Considering you're niggles and injuries through the years, and you see someone like Rafa at 23 who's had some pretty serious injuries, Ryan Harrison coming up at is 17, do you ever think there should be a limit of tournaments for young men, play like the WTA?
ANDY RODDICK: No.

Q. Why not?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, why? Because if you limit the number of tournaments that Rafa plays when he is 17, who says he wins two of those Slams? You can't take away -- I mean, some people, those are the best years. I don't think you can.

Q. He won the French Open at 18.
ANDY RODDICK: Okay. Well, then 18. My argument is the same. I don't think so. I mean, if anything, it's a bigger issue of we're going to come back around to scheduling mandatory events.
I think there needs to be -- you can't have black and white issue when there is a lot of gray, such as injuries, age, you know, a lot of things.
You can't just print out something on paper when it comes to, you know, professional sports and performance of a body and expect it to work out perfectly. I mean, that just doesn't make much sense.

Q. So you don't think there should be like a pitch count for young tennis players like they do in Major League Baseball?
ANDY RODDICK: No.

Q. Tournament count?
ANDY RODDICK: No.

Q. Are you putting your house up for sale in Austin? Are you done with Texas?
ANDY RODDICK: No, no, no, no, no. We're building somewhere else in Austin.

Q. Isn't it pretty big? Your current house is pretty big, so you want something bigger, more rooms to clean?
ANDY RODDICK: We're actually thinking about buying an RV and touring the country. (Laughter.)

Q. You should do it.
ANDY RODDICK: So we're -- yeah.

tangerine_dream
03-15-2010, 10:25 PM
Andy's talking about Andre/Pete on twitter now and he's getting a ton of responses from fans about it. People are still pissed about Andre and some are yelling at Andy for defending him. :tape:

Deboogle!.
03-16-2010, 12:23 AM
How did Andy defend him, though? He just said it was an awkward situation but that people shouldn't forget the good stuff that came out of the event

Heather1229
03-16-2010, 12:42 AM
I think the whole Pete/Andre thing was ridiculous, you're at a charity event, leave the BS at home. I do like Andy's take on the matter and I believe Roger also referred to the squabble as quite awkward too. In the end they raised a ton of money for a nation of people in need. I still think they should have had Andy and Novak there instead so it would be light and funny, now there are two guys who have put their differences aside!:)

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03-16-2010, 02:34 AM
BNP PARIBAS OPEN

March 14, 2010

Andy Roddick

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

A. RODDICK/Y. Lu
6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You played really solid. How do you feel about the first match? Getting through? How do you feel about the way you played?
ANDY RODDICK: I actually felt okay. It was weird. He was just coming out of his shoes on every shot. So it was more of a, you know, you're just trying to fight him off a little bit.
I was really happy with the way I returned tonight. I felt like I made a lot of returns, so that put pressure on him, you know, to come up with it. It was good.

Q. You were talking about that the beginning of last month, the return game. Is that something you really feel like you really need to focus on a bit?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, if I'm returning well it makes my serve that much better. So tonight it was good. And I have been doing it well in practice.
You know, it's something that I feel if I'm doing well, certainly it helps my chances and makes me a tough out.

Q. What's the key for you for a good return game?
ANDY RODDICK: You know, it's just a matter of putting a ton in. I'm not the guy who takes full cuts at returns, but my positioning was a little bit closer today, and I thought that was good. That was positive.

Q. The conditions can vary so dramatically here. Do you prefer day matches or night matches?
ANDY RODDICK: Against Lu I probably would have preferred day just because you can get it up out of his strike zone. You know, he's one who can give the ball a ride if it's in kind of his pocket. So obviously with warmer weather and the heat, you can kind of get the ball to jump a little bit more.
But either way, you know, the dimensions of the court don't change. And, you know, it's not -- we shouldn't sit here and act shocked at night and when it's cold ball doesn't jump as much.

Q. Did you watch Hit for Haiti?
ANDY RODDICK: I didn't watch it. I YouTubed it.

Q. So what are your thoughts on that? You know both of those guys pretty well.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, you know, I think they would probably both tell you it got away from them a little bit there. You know, I think all the years of kind of intense competition might have come out a little bit there.
You know, with any great rivalry where, you know, you play that long there's going to be a boiling point. You know, unfortunately, I think we might have seen that the other night (laughter.)

Q. Any chance of you writing a book and spilling the beans on Blake?
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I don't really have much to say about, you know, bad about our group. I think we were just -- we're just totally different. I think we all get along too well for there to be any good stories for you guys. :yeah:

Q. So you already knew probably what happened more or less when you were watching it on YouTube. Were you actually getting uncomfortable?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it was...

Q. You know the looks from those guys, huh?
ANDY RODDICK: It was a little awkward, yeah.

Q. Had you read the book?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, yeah, yeah, I read the book.

Q. It's hard to say, but could you write something like that where you're discussing a long-time rival, fellow player where you're talking as deep about his personality as Andre was talking about Pete's?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I probably could. I don't know if anyone would care as much as what Andre wrote. You know, I don't know. I think if I did write a book, I would want it to be honest and candid. I wouldn't write a fluff book, that's for sure, you know.
But I don't know if that's something that's in the cards for me.

Q. In the fluff department, the Olympics, did you really get involved in curling?
ANDY RODDICK: I did not get involved too much in curling, but the rest of it was all right. You know, I think NBC had their select storylines going in, and I feel every single one of them hit.
I thought that was pretty good for them.

Q. What about the Longhorns' chances? Where should I put them in my bracket? Can they upset Kentucky?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know that I would bet on that. I don't know that I would do that.

tangerine_dream
03-17-2010, 06:33 AM
Oh yeah. http://i34.tinypic.com/i70txl.jpg

Fee
03-17-2010, 06:40 AM
I'm looking at you now Andy Roddick. Don't you dare pull that 'sympathy pain' thing with Federer and lose tomorrow. I will hunt you down if I have to.

DartMarcus
03-17-2010, 07:29 AM
Not bad. Now hope he reaches at least semis.

OnyxRose
03-17-2010, 09:51 AM
Well, assuming he beats Melzer, no Fed in his way.

Jade Fox
03-17-2010, 09:55 AM
I'm looking at you now Andy Roddick. Don't you dare pull that 'sympathy pain' thing with Federer and lose tomorrow. I will hunt you down if I have to.

Same here. Semi Final Mr. Roddick! :mad:

Deboogle!.
03-17-2010, 05:03 PM
Andy's 9-0 against Melzer... if he loses....

Heather1229
03-17-2010, 05:52 PM
I thought Andy played really well last night, hope he can keep it going now that the draw has been blown up for him! :)

tsurupettan
03-17-2010, 06:14 PM
Andy's 9-0 against Melzer... if he loses....

mte.

arodfanpe666o
03-17-2010, 08:26 PM
Melzer is tough. And these kind of series (9-0) they end sometimes. But it is really a chance. He really really needs to make the semis. After that,maybe the final...

Winston's Human
03-18-2010, 03:29 AM
Melzer followed by Robredo.

Come on Andy! Let's take advantage.

tangerine_dream
03-18-2010, 05:20 AM
Bamos Andy. :cool: Keep it going.

Jade Fox
03-18-2010, 10:32 AM
Robredo is another one of Andy's bitches. Don't let it change now Andy! :armed:

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03-18-2010, 10:10 PM
BNP PARIBAS OPEN

March 17, 2010

Andy Roddick

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

A. RODDICK/J. Melzer
7-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You had a really nice drop volley on set point. Were you waiting to pull that serve volley, or you just saw his court positioning?
ANDY RODDICK: I saw his court positioning. You know, I knew that if he was going to be staying back, he was going to be 10 or 12 feet back, and if I could get the kick wide enough, you know, he'd either have to hit a winner from back there, which would have been a heck of a shot, or I was gonna get a chance to kind of dictate the point with the volley. And.
The dropover presented itself, and I was able to execute it.

Q. What's the reason for so much success against him?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I don't know. I mean, we've had a lot of close matches, a lot of matches that, you know, I've won a first-set tiebreaker.
You know, I don't enjoy the matchup as much as a 10-0 record would suggest. He's always tough, and I think there's definitely a little bit of luck involved there.

Q. Speaking of 10-0, you don't often play two guys in a row where you have such a tremendous record. Your record against Tommy is amazing.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, especially two guys you have a record against who are both flirting with being top 20, you know.
Again, I don't know. I've always seemed to play well against Tommy. You know, that, and, again, I remember a match specifically in Rome where it was cold out and I was literally serving and volleying on second serves. I won a match I had no business winning just by trying to confuse and conquer a little bit.
I was able to win it. Some of those, it just happens like that.

Q. Do you remember the first match you played against him in juniors?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I played him in Australia in the semifinals of a warmup tournament for the Australian Open, and I lost that one.

Q. Was that the only time you lost to him ever?
ANDY RODDICK: I think that's the only time we played in juniors, yeah. Yep.

Q. When you see he wins, does that give you a little bit of boost?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, the thing that I've been preaching all week is, you know, tennis doesn't -- it doesn't have much of a -- you've got to start over again on a daily basis, you know.
There's no entitlement just because I beat No. 4. There's no guarantees. You still play the match. You still have to go out and execute.
You know, that's just the way it is. You know, plus here the ball gets up a little bit more; it's a little slower. He's going to probably feel a lot more comfortable than playing on some of the faster courts we've played on before.
We've played at the US Open and at Wimbledon, and that's obviously probably a much bigger advantage for me.

Q. Are you happy with your game right now?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I think so. I could have returned a little bit better tonight. I was having a lot of trouble picking up what he was going to do with the serve. I think he mixed it up real well with paces and spins and whatnot. It really kept me off balance.
I definitely didn't feel comfortable there tonight. But as far as the way I'm hitting the ball, I feel fine, yeah.

Q. A marked improvement from San Jose and Memphis?
ANDY RODDICK: I think it's a big difference from those two. I was getting through matches there, but I didn't feel real good about -- and I was pretty honest with you guys. I said, I don't really feel like I'm playing that well. You know, I'm surviving. And I'm decent at that.
But there wasn't a whole lot of confidence in what I was trying to do. I had game plans, and a lot of times I wasn't able to execute it. That's pretty frustrating at times.

Q. So when you feel the tick up in your game, is it you're holding serve easier?
ANDY RODDICK: I think it's preparation. I think I was able to go home, dial it in, work on what I needed to, and then there's a sense of confidence.
The difference between playing well and not playing well is, let's say that last game tonight on a deuce point I was able to stick, you know, seven or eight backhands in a row crosscourt to where I felt like he was going to have to play a high-risk shot up the line if he wanted to get out of it.
When you're not playing well, you leave one of those short or make an unforced error. I think that point is kind of a microcosm of playing well and not playing well.

Q. Are you going to watch NCAA games all day tomorrow?
ANDY RODDICK: You know, I'm going to fight the battle between playing nine holes, watching NCAA games, fitting in practice. I'm actually really looking forward to tomorrow.

Q. How is your golf game? Nadal shot a 74 yesterday.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it's not like that, no. 74 is a good -- that 's what I get on the third hole.

Q. Somebody was saying Mardy was the best the other day.
ANDY RODDICK: Mardy is very good. He's a scratch golfer. But I'm pretty sure I heard that Henman had beaten Monty in a charity XO at St. Andrews in a round, which I thought was pretty good.
I know he's consistently shooting --

Q. The next Scott Draper.
ANDY RODDICK: -- 67, 68, and he's not scared to practice a lot. So, no, I'm not very good.

Q. Every day is a new day. You can't be displeased with how the draw is breaking matchup-wise.
ANDY RODDICK: You know, some days -- sometimes are great. Sometimes you get bad draws. It starts over every week. You know, I've had good ones; I've had bad ones. That's the way it is.
You guys, you're going to write about a story about intriguing matchups, and you're going to look ahead. That's part of it. That's part of it that we appreciate it, because you sell the games.
But we're focused on whoever we have to play that next day, and that's how we prepare. We kind of start over each day. You know, so I think how we look at is probably a little bit different.
Ours is probably a little more boring and probably doesn't help you much.

Q. But Federer and Robredo, who...
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah, but, I mean, that's anybody. In any sport, if you're asking them if they're more likely to win or play against the guy who's the best ever in their sport or someone who is a very, very good player and has had a very, very good career, it's not much of a fair question to Tommy.

Q. Do you have a course you'd like to play here? Where have you played golf here? Is there a course you would really like to play here?
ANDY RODDICK: You know, I'm not good enough to really play anything. I've got to try not to be pissed off tomorrow before I play the next day, so maybe like a pitch and putt somewhere.

Q. What are your thoughts about this last 24 hours? We saw Roger get beat and then Novak get beat earlier today. You must have at least took notice of those two results.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, to be honest with you, I didn't know Novak had lost until I got -- it got brought up in news feed. I kind of -- well, I spend my day kind of, you know, trying to -- when you play a night match, you're spending your day trying not to stress too much or watch too much tennis or go on overload.
But, um, I watched a bit. It happens. I know Roger -- I'm pretty sure I read somewhere he's been sick recently. I don't know if that had much to do with it, but, you know, it's tough to not play between Australia and here and expect to come out and be match tough.
Normally he's good enough to get through it, and then all of a sudden by the quarters, semis, he's played his way into it. Novak is the opposite; he's played so much recently. It happens.

Q. How hard is it for a guy like Novak to come so far after a really emotional Davis Cup effort and then have to travel...
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's brutal, and we're -- on top of that, he played in Dubai the week before and had a bunch of tough three setters to go and play at home on clay in an emotional tie, and a tie that was historic there, because I don't think they had ever been past the first round.
So that was a pretty big emotional thing, especially with him being the leader and then having to come here, you know, in totally different conditions.
That's never easy. And especially, I mean, he had split sets the first two matches. So that's a lot of emotional and physical baggage for a couple of weeks.

Q. Given your level has been pretty high when you've been healthy the last year and a half, getting close to the time where you should get the next Masters Series shield...
ANDY RODDICK: Say that one more time.

Q. The next Masters Series shield...
ANDY RODDICK: Oh. I mean, again, you win tomorrow and then renegotiate for the next day. You know, I'd love to have another Masters Series shield. Pretty much any time would be a good time for me, yes.

Q. Have you had a chance to see the actual airplane that your wife's picture is on, and do you plan to ride on that plane?
ANDY RODDICK: I have not, and I'm not going to give you that quote. Sorry. :haha: :rolls: :spit: :haha: :haha: :haha:

tangerine_dream
03-19-2010, 01:29 AM
Interview from player's party with a local station.

BC-aLCvxgZE

tennis lover
03-20-2010, 12:27 AM
Semi final baby! :banana:

Just got my laptop back after 2 weeks without it, hopefully I'll be able to watch the semi now! :D

partygirl
03-20-2010, 12:31 AM
:dance:

tangerine_dream
03-20-2010, 01:14 AM
I always worry about these easy matches, I don't think they help him at all when he reaches the later stages and faces a top five player. They are not intimidated by him and are less predictable than the likes of Melzer and Robredo.

OnyxRose
03-20-2010, 01:28 AM
I don't worry. It is what it is. If Andy doesn't know what he needs to do against the top players after nearly ten years, there's no hope for him.

Jade Fox
03-20-2010, 03:09 AM
Oh Andy, if you beat Soderling, I will build a shrine to you. Sorry but I Just. Can't. Stand. The MAN! :mad:

Deboogle!.
03-20-2010, 05:45 AM
I don't worry. It is what it is. If Andy doesn't know what he needs to do against the top players after nearly ten years, there's no hope for him.A EFFING MEN

tsurupettan
03-20-2010, 05:52 AM
i want to be hopeful, but i think soderling's gonna get the win here.

DartMarcus
03-20-2010, 01:51 PM
If he beats SoderKing, then he deserves a creative title of this thread. :lol:

blosson
03-20-2010, 05:38 PM
Soder has crushed Murray yesterday and he's looking very sharp so I hope Andy can hold his nerves and his serve. It would be great to see him in a master final again.

OnyxRose
03-20-2010, 09:18 PM
Win or lose, I hate people acting like Andy is just some scrub who picked up a racket yesterday. It's irritating and I'm already having a bad day.

Deboogle!.
03-20-2010, 09:20 PM
:hug: no one whose opinions actually matter believes that :hug:

OnyxRose
03-20-2010, 10:49 PM
I need Andy to beat Robin because I can't live in a world where the final is Soderling/Ljubo.

Jade Fox
03-20-2010, 11:18 PM
Win or lose, I hate people acting like Andy is just some scrub who picked up a racket yesterday. It's irritating and I'm already having a bad day.

I hear ya hon. Let's drink! :drink:

Jade Fox
03-21-2010, 12:59 AM
Oh Andy, if you beat Soderling, I will build a shrine to you. Sorry but I Just. Can't. Stand. The MAN! :mad:

As promised I will be starting my shrine now.

Andy. :worship:

And his reaction at the end was so :awww:

Deboogle!.
03-21-2010, 01:07 AM
If he beats SoderKing, then he deserves a creative title of this thread. :lol:Yes, but if he loses to Ljubicic he'd deserve to have it revoked, so we'll wait til tomorrow ;)

Selby
03-21-2010, 01:08 AM
I've got a creative title: "Andy you know we all love you and we we couldn't believe when you won that point at 30-15 and then held serve for the match, but please don't lose to a 98 years old grandpa in the final, pleeeeeeease!"
Too long perhaps? :haha:

Now seriously, that was an emotional win, too many matches like that have gone against him, finally he gets a break.
We are proud of you Andy!

Winston's Human
03-21-2010, 01:13 AM
What a match! I am emotionally exhausted.

Keep it up tomorrow!

tangerine_dream
03-21-2010, 01:22 AM
The one and only Andy freaking Roddick is into another masters series final! :rocker: What a fantastic opportunity for him to hold all the North American masters shields. Let's get this shit done, Andy, go get that title!!!! :banana:

Raina
03-21-2010, 01:31 AM
Another Masters Series final, I am so exciteeeeeeed!!!!:woohoo::banana::rocker2:

Fee
03-21-2010, 01:44 AM
The thread title should be 'Hot Tub Time Machine, Andy vs Ivan, so it must be 2005 again'.

Deboogle!.
03-21-2010, 02:01 AM
The thread title should be 'Hot Tub Time Machine, Andy vs Ivan, so it must be 2005 again'.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, i like it ;)

KaiserT
03-21-2010, 02:37 AM
Inspiring future generations to push and run.

tangerine_dream
03-21-2010, 02:53 AM
Inspiring future generations to push and run.
You're just bitter that Murray's "push and run" couldn't beat Soderling. :D

Deboogle!.
03-21-2010, 02:57 AM
c'mon now let's play nice :)

tsurupettan
03-21-2010, 04:33 AM
:haha: come back from the movies and find out that he did end up with the win. nice.

Allez-Alejo
03-21-2010, 04:41 AM
No harm in almost blowing it to Sod....he's playing very well. There would be harm in losing to the oldest looking 31 year old ever on tour, though. Andy's come too far this week to do that, though.

tennis lover
03-21-2010, 05:01 AM
:banana: FINALS BABY! :woohoo: I ended up going out tonight so I missed it but I will be there for the final tomorrow, I so hope he wins! :D I'm sad I missed the semi, it sounds like it was an emotional match. :awww: Also sad that Rafa lost :(

blosson
03-21-2010, 09:39 AM
I was actually expecting the new grudge match Nadal vs Soderling so I'm so shocked it's an old grudge battle between Andy and Lubo. I also can't bear any other result other than Andy winning so let's go!

arodfanpe666o
03-21-2010, 10:05 AM
It would be big achievement to hold all the American masters trophies, but a title here will do so much for his confidence, I think. And after Wimbledon and all the lost finals, he deserves this title so much...

Deboogle!.
03-21-2010, 04:59 PM
It would be big achievement to hold all the American masters trophies, but a title here will do so much for his confidence, I think. And after Wimbledon and all the lost finals, he deserves this title so much...Yes. This.

Deboogle!.
03-21-2010, 05:58 PM
BNP PARIBAS OPEN

March 20, 2010

Andy Roddick

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

A. RODDICK/R. Soderling
6-4, 3-6, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How's your bracket looking?
ANDY RODDICK: Horrible. Horrible. Let's get back to that and start off with something positive, please.

Q. What does it mean to you to get to the finals here, and what would it mean to win this tournament?
ANDY RODDICK: I can answer one of those, because I know about one of those now.
You know, I was a little bit banged up after San Jose/Memphis, and I didn't feel like I was playing all that well. But I kind of went home and got back to neutral, put in some work.
You know, for a bigger result to come this week, it was -- I think I needed it. I think it was good timing, and I'd love to see it one further.:hug:

Q. Can you talk a little bit about that end of that second set and the third set. He broke you late, and then he broke back early. What was going through your mind, and how do you get it back on track?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, you know, he started seeing his returns a lot better. You know, especially his second serve returns. He was making me pay for it whenever I missed a first serve, so I was definitely conscious of that.
There's not much more to be done. You try to stay the course.:worship: :haha: :rolls: I knew I was returning real well, so I thought this might be the rare occasion where that would be the thing that won it for me.
I think ultimately the fact that I put a lot of pressure on his service games, you know, ended up helping. You know, I normally don't need two breaks to win a set, but today I did.

Q. Ivan was asked about playing you or Soderling, and he said he had gotten the sense you were pushing the ball back a little bit. That you were serving well, but his impression was that you were pushing the ball.
ANDY RODDICK: That's fine.

Q. You don't feel that way, obviously. :haha: :tape:
ANDY RODDICK: I don't really care, to be honest. We'll see. We'll be able to deal with that soon enough, right?

Q. What kind of match are you looking for tomorrow?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's obviously gonna revolve around serve a little bit. You know, he did a great job of serving big points today. You know, it seemed like he came up with a big serve every time.
It felt like, you know, Rafa was controlling the rallies once he got back to neutral, but he was having trouble getting it back to neutral. It's gonna be a challenge to do that also for me.
It's just gonna be a matter of who can convert their chances.

Q. What do you think you've been doing well this week that's been helping you play well?
ANDY RODDICK: I've been returning better. I've been getting breaks pretty consistently. I think I've only been to one tiebreaker. That's rare for me, and, you know, either means something good or something bad. This week it was a good thing, I guess.

Q. Returning deep, returning hard?
ANDY RODDICK: I'll take returning in. (laughter.) :spit: :haha: :rolls: :haha: :sobbing:

Q. You won a bunch of tournaments. What would it mean to win this one, considering the field and everything that's kind of gone on the last couple years?
ANDY RODDICK: It would be great. You know, this is probably the only, you know, real big tournament in North America that I haven't won. So, you know, I definitely would love to win it.

Q. After Memphis and San Jose, did you just go home and get healthy? Did you do anything specific workout-wise? What's been the change?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, no, I mean, there's -- you wake up and there's normally, you know, a fitness workout. Then it's -- you have tennis sometime in the afternoon. In between those it's, you know, various types of massage treatments and chiropractic treatments, kind of all sorts of stuff.
But when you get that kind of groove going for 12 or 14 days, it does make a difference.

Q. The reputation of this area is sort of quiet and sleepy, kind of place full of rather ancient people. Do you think they can get going tomorrow and maybe play an important part in the outcome?
ANDY RODDICK: You're going to be the favorite journalist of Palm Desert before you're all said and done, Neil. It's a great -- no, but it's a great place. I mean you've been --

Q. I didn't say it wasn't great.
ANDY RODDICK: You've been here long enough where your freckles have connected, and now you look tan. (laughter.)

Q. But do you think these nice gentle...
ANDY RODDICK: No, I know, the only reason I'm ripping on you is so that 16,000 will be allowed tomorrow. They're gonna enjoy this and get behind me. I appreciate that bridge to rowdiness. (laughter.)

Q. Can you talk about just playing a final in America compared to finals everywhere else? How has that been different for you?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, obviously -- most of the time I've had the support, more so recently. You know, it's great. I feel like the crowd was on my side today, and, you know, I would hope they're there tomorrow again. You know, they certainly have an effect on a match.

Q. Let's go to the hoops. How do you break it down?
ANDY RODDICK: How did I break it down or...

Q. What happened to your bracket?
ANDY RODDICK: It blew up while I was on court this afternoon.

Q. Had you ever heard of Ali Farokhmanesh?
ANDY RODDICK: The guy that drilled the three when he should have dribbled out the clock? That was cold hearted. I saw the replay there. I could not believe it. That's one of those where the coach is, No, no, no, no... Yes.
That was a terrible play up until the ball went through the hole.

Q. What's the biggest shot where you would be, no, I shouldn't; oh, yes, I should've?
ANDY RODDICK: I didn't make many shots when I played high school basketball. :haha:

Q. I was talking about tennis.
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, tennis? I've said that a lot of times. You know, the second serve where you go for a little bit more than you should have and get away with it.
That's probably happened a little bit more than the Northern Iowa's basketball program.

Q. When you came off the court today, did you say anything to Larry?
ANDY RODDICK: I say a lot to Larry. :rolls:

Q. Anything in particular today about the finals or anything like that?
ANDY RODDICK: No.

Q. Talk about your finesse game. You had some great retreats earlier in the tournament and a really nice dropshot today. Is it just a lot more confident? Do you feel more comfortable? Just talk about your finesse game.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's obviously the -- probably the last part of my game that kind of has come around in my career. I think it is a confidence thing. When I'm feeling good -- when I feel good I feel a little more confident playing those shots.
There was a big one at 30-15 when I was serving it out today. He hit a dropshot and I was able to kind of put the ball where I wanted to up the line and followed up with a pretty good volley. It worked out today.

Q. People tend to come to these events with an expectation that probably one of the top 4 will be in the final. What do you think it says about the strength of the men's game that it's you against Ivan tomorrow?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, let's be fair. Those fans would be probably correct 9 times -- you know, 99 out of 100 times, you know. The top 4 of, you know, the top 4 or 5 have definitely established themselves. They deserve that reputation that you're talking about.
You know, but the reason you play the matches and the reason you come out and play the sport is because anything happens. You know, we've seen that enough today here, and around our little basketball tourney that we have here in America.

Q. Is this event as important as Miami? There's a certain sense the energy is going to Miami this year.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I'd say so. Why wouldn't it be? I mean, why wouldn't it be? The points are all the same and everything, you know. Sure.

Jade Fox
03-22-2010, 12:21 AM
Well, this sucks. :(

tsurupettan
03-22-2010, 12:24 AM
:o

the thread title pretty much sums up my thoughts.

OnyxRose
03-22-2010, 12:28 AM
I think I finally realized Andy will never win anything of note again. Perfect situation and he couldn't get it done against an AARP member.

Kate87
03-22-2010, 12:30 AM
BNP PARIBAS OPEN
Q. What do you think you've been doing well this week that's been helping you play well?
ANDY RODDICK: I've been returning better. I've been getting breaks pretty consistently. I think I've only been to one tiebreaker. That's rare for me, and, you know, either means something good or something bad. This week it was a good thing, I guess.

:yeah:

Deboogle!.
03-22-2010, 12:31 AM
:yeah:absolutely epic :haha: beyond. fucking. amazing. :haha:

tangerine_dream
03-22-2010, 12:38 AM
Go sit in the corner, Andy. http://i28.tinypic.com/2mxiy9v.jpg

blosson
03-22-2010, 12:51 AM
It's funny no one has any theories of why and how Andy's lost. Everybody is tired of all that crap. Ah Andy, maybe when he's 31 he can get another descent title.:o

Deboogle!.
03-22-2010, 12:56 AM
We don't need any theories. Just find one of our posts from the last SIX SEASONS and it will almost surely adapt well to this situation.

Smoke944
03-22-2010, 01:13 AM
I know this has been discussed a billion times before, but after a match like this it just annoys the hell out of me how he can't a single winner from the baseline against a 31 year old that wasn't even an average mover in his prime. In this match he literally could not end a point from the baseline. I don't care how well you serve, how can you expect to beat anyone good when you can't control play or push the other guy around?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2b8mXXvwQs

Dunno how to embed youtube videos, but in this video from 2003 you have Andy slapping forehand winners against a 22 year old Roger Federer, who is of course unquestionably one of the greatest movers of all time. So I ask the same questions that have been asked over and over again for the past few years. What happened? Why did he gradually change his game? And why won't he acknowledge this? Especially considering guys like Patrick McEnroe and Brad Gilbert have stated that they feel the same way.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2010, 01:15 AM
You're preaching to the choir, Smoke. I dont think you'll find anyone here who disagrees. Unfortunately, you won't find anyone here who understands or has the answers to your questions either. Sigh.

Selby
03-22-2010, 09:27 AM
I'm glad I lost my Internet connection in the middle of the 1st set and had it back only after the match was over.
I'm not intending to watch a replay, but is it true that Andy couldn't do anything(because Ivan served big) in 5 out of the 6 break points he had? Meh, even if it is, he had that 1st break point in play, he was in control of the rally and then he hit a forehand to the crowd, that would have changed the all match.
I can Imagine exactly how those two breakers went(I'm not gonna watch them), Ivan serving huge and being clutch on his serve and Andy being pasive and tentative on his serve.
Yet another heartbreak for Andy and for Andy's fans :sad:

arodfanpe666o
03-22-2010, 10:11 AM
In a days like these I can't believe that this man has been inspiring me for the last almost 9 years...I feel kind of betrayed.

andymo
03-22-2010, 12:23 PM
I'm glad I lost my Internet connection in the middle of the 1st set and had it back only after the match was over.
I'm not intending to watch a replay, but is it true that Andy couldn't do anything(because Ivan served big) in 5 out of the 6 break points he had? Meh, even if it is, he had that 1st break point in play, he was in control of the rally and then he hit a forehand to the crowd, that would have changed the all match.
I can Imagine exactly how those two breakers went(I'm not gonna watch them), Ivan serving huge and being clutch on his serve and Andy being pasive and tentative on his serve.
Yet another heartbreak for Andy and for Andy's fans :sad:

Actually, Andy played better than Luby. But on every bpoints, Luby would ace or make an awesome serve that Andy could do nothing about, just like he did also. They did not break each others. It came up to a couple of points difference. If Andy would have won 2nd set, the match was his. Andy had a great week. He played very well.

arodfanpe666o
03-22-2010, 01:13 PM
It's so sad and painful, but this was probably his last chance for big title.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2010, 04:41 PM
but is it true that Andy couldn't do anything(because Ivan served big) in 5 out of the 6 break points he had? Yes, that is true, but that wasn't the problem. The problem is how he played all match - missing so many 2nd serve returns that would've made a big difference, not going for anything in rallies to try to take control of those - where he should be the much better player b/c of his strength and superior speed, etc. It was little things all through the match that added up to a loss. He can give Ljubicic all the credit and say he played great and served great on all the big points, all of which might be true, but yet again he's just ignoring his lack of execution of an aggressive game. So, :zzz:

I think for most of us it's not even that disappointing anymore, because damn, it's basically always expected at this point.

Actually, Andy played better than Luby. I'm sorry, we must've watched different matches.

arodfanpe666o
03-22-2010, 05:21 PM
And Andy is way more experienced player in these kind of situations and should have found a way to win.

Selby
03-22-2010, 06:19 PM
Watched some highlights, Andy actually knew he needs to be aggressive but the execution was pretty bad, especially in the most important moments of the match. Being passed at the net by Ljubicic on big points really is a bad sign. I guess it's not easy to play well aggressively when you play passively in 95% of your matches. I mean, all he did against Soderling was just waiting for Soderling to miss, so how can he a day after all of a sudden play attacking tennis well against the Croat?

Deboogle!.
03-22-2010, 06:33 PM
Watched some highlights, Andy actually knew he needs to be aggressive but the execution was pretty bad, especially in the most important moments of the match. Being passed at the net by Ljubicic on big points really is a bad sign. I guess it's not easy to play well aggressively when you play passively in 95% of your matches. I mean, all he did against Soderling was just waiting for Soderling to miss, so how can he a day after all of a sudden play attacking tennis well against the Croat?Yep exactly. EXACTLY. He can practice playing aggressive tennis all he wants but he almost never practices it in match situations and then when it is most important, you can't do it. All through the first set, Gimelstob was like, he should serve-volley sometimes to keep Ljubicic off-balance with blocking the returns back. Guess when he does it for the very first time in the match? the first point of the 1st set TB, and of course he loses it and then the tiebreak. Poor tactics, poor execution, etc.

Selby
03-22-2010, 06:57 PM
I really wonder how much he's practicing on hitting winners nowadays...

Deboogle!.
03-22-2010, 07:01 PM
I haven't seen him in person for a couple years but the last time I did (which would either have been IW or LA :scratch: ) he looked great in practice... then during the match :help:

Anyway, miami draw http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/403/mds.pdf

Not bad at all really.

Heather1229
03-22-2010, 07:22 PM
The Miami draw looks pretty good, not sure if that's a good or bad thing at this point! Guess we'll have to wait and see...

Selby
03-22-2010, 07:33 PM
Great draw, I hope he can make another final.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2010, 07:42 PM
Well he made the QF last year so it would be good if he could do better than that and start picking up some points too. He really really needs to stay top 8 if he can.

arodfanpe666o
03-22-2010, 08:23 PM
He may lose to Ljubicic again...

He can make another final, but really really doubt. Even if he does, will be crushed by Roger. Not every day you can play with Ivan for the title...

Heather1229
03-22-2010, 09:01 PM
Ljubicic is going to be exhausted, I say he goes out early in Miami. I say Andy at the very least makes it to the QF.

partygirl
03-23-2010, 01:51 AM
...in this video from 2003 you have Andy slapping forehand winners against a 22 year old Roger Federer.
So I ask the same questions that have been asked over and over again for the past few years. What happened? Why did he gradually change his game? And why won't he acknowledge this?
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sad017.gif

Deboogle!.
03-26-2010, 01:07 AM
March 25, 2010


An interview with:

ANDY RODDICK

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Just talk about this year's tournament, how you're feeling. Looking at the draw, how do you see this year's tournament?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I'm not one for looking too far ahead in the draw. I know that's boring for all of you, but it's just kind of the way I approach it.
I feel good. Had a good couple weeks in California, so I feel prepared and match ready.
Hopefully it will go all right.

Q. Are you a little bit tired of these close but no cigars? I mean, you played great at Wimbledon, really played great well at Indian Wells. Seems like the other guys are coming with their best stuff.
ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, you know, it's all a matter of perspective, I guess. I left Memphis feeling pretty crappy about the way I was hitting the ball and playing and health wise, so I probably wouldn't have predicted to play well in Indian Wells.
You know, to have it come down to, you know, the guy just really, really serving great. You know, I played well, and that's what you want to do.

Q. What aspect of your game do you think needs to improve for you to actually win? Anything that you're working on?
ANDY RODDICK: Between the legs topspin dropshot I think would be the one to take me to that Palm Springs title. Yeah, thanks. :spit: :rolls: :sobbing: :haha:

Q. One of the most consistent players maybe of all time, you got that one Slam in your pocket. I know that's not good enough for you. You don't want to be considered a one Slam wonder.
ANDY RODDICK: I have a feeling I know which article you're gonna write already.:haha:

Q. Write it for me. I'm tired. :spit:
ANDY RODDICK: That story is tired, I think. What was the actual question? Because I heard a lot of statements.

Q. I don't consider you a one Slam wonder. I consider you a lot better than that. Does that bother you? Do you ever consider yourself that in any way, shape, or form?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, sure. The fact of the matter is I've won one Slam. I'm not gonna I think I think a "wonder" title is more along the lines of someone who won one and went away.
I'm never you're never gonna hear me be ungrateful for the US Open that I won. You know, I don't regret anything about it.
You know, I'm pretty proud of my career. Obviously, you know, you say, Would you have like to have won I get this, Would you like to win more than one Slam?
That's just the dumbest question in my life. :rolls:

Q. I didn't...
ANDY RODDICK: I know you didn't. I'm just kind of elaborating on stuff you hear sometimes. I mean, of course. Would you like the über promotion of your dreams? Yes, you know.
But it's a process to get there, and it's something that I'm constantly striving towards.

Q. After last summer, the Wimbledon final, I mean, I don't know if that's the best you've ever played, but it has to be close to the best you've ever played, such a dramatic match and all that. When you got that close and didn't win it, did it take a while to get over that?
ANDY RODDICK: Sure, yeah.:hug:

Q. Did it inspire you in any way to think you were that close, or was it more of a bumper to think you were that close?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I don't know if is only one or the other. You know, I think I was obviously I was heartbroken afterwards. It was a lot tougher being that close than, you know, compared to the '05 Wimbledon final where I lost in straight sets and didn't feel like I was ever really too far into the match.
Obviously if you're you know, I was almost a point away if you know, I had breakpoints there in the fifth.
But at the same time, it was rejuvenating. It was something that I probably needed at that point, so I don't know if that's an either/or question for me.

Q. Sounds like an inspired more than bummed you out, then.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, no. I don't know about more or less, but it definitely was sizeable on both fronts. I was bummed out.
But, again, you know, I've been saying this ever since it happened: It's a matter of perspective. If my world falls apart because I lose a tennis match, then I really don't have much else going for me.
You know, it's a matter of perspective. My worst day, most heartbreaking loss, is a lot of people's best day. I had the center court at Wimbledon chanting my name afterwards. I mean, that's a great thing. That was really cool, you know.
I'm not gonna and plus, whenever I talk about it everyone talks about one match, but it took two weeks to get there. You know, that's the thing.

Q. And the Murray match, right?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, the Hewitt match. You know, it's funny. Getting to a Slam final, you don't flip a coin and play a final. You know, it's a process to get there. I played well and I was happy.
I navigated my way through a draw and put myself in a Grand Slam final again, which I was proud of.

Q. If I'm not mistaken, I think you and Brooklyn are coming up on your one year anniversary pretty soon here.
ANDY RODDICK: Yes. Thanks for reminding me. :haha:

Q. Go shopping. Don't forget. You've both had pretty interesting, exciting years professionally. I wonder if you could talk about what it's been like to juggle your very, very busy careers with marriage. And also, you seem to have a lot of fun kind of sharing your lives a little bit through Twitter.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I don't know if that's just in regards to each other. I think we both enjoy it, and it's kind of, I don't know a fun way to connect with people.
And the thing is you can the thing I like about it is you can give them as much as you want. There's no it's not a, you know, a sit down, in depth interview where you have no idea what's coming. It's a completely controlled thing that you can throw out there.
But as far as our year, I mean, it's been great. I think we both realize probably me more than her at this point but, you know, in the grand scheme of our lives, this is probably a very important three or four years for me.
So we've been real good. I think we're both really excited about the opportunity as far as career goes, and I think we support each other 100%.
You know, I think my favorite thing not my favorite thing, but one of my favorite things about Brooke is how independent she is. I like that she has her own stuff going on. I like that she's motivated. In a way, that almost makes it easier for us.

Q. Is there something a little humorous that she's got the SI cover and...
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. Trust me, that fact wasn't lost on her. I promise you.

Q. You gave her a little crap.
ANDY RODDICK: She gave me a little crap. Well, I said after the Wimbledon final, after it was like three or four days afterwards and I had started speaking again, I said to her, I was like, You're gonna get it before me. Crap, I had it. That was one of the things I was bitter about.

Q. Is it easier or harder than you expected to try to make time for each other, time for your marriage, and also do what you're doing professionally?
ANDY RODDICK: You know, I don't know that I had a preconceived notion going in. I don't think you know, I don't think without experiencing something you can pretend to know what it's all about.
You know, I think we're I think we get so excited for each other professionally that it's not really a detriment to us.
I think we just kind of roll with the punches. We communicate tons every day regardless of if we're with each other or not.
But at the same time, it is important to kind of pencil in those weeks where we can kind of just hang out and have nothing going on. I think we've been diligent about doing that, as well.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about Ryan Harrison, his game, talk about his potential being a youngster coming on scene.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure. I mean, my favorite thing about Ryan is he works. He already goes about his business as a professional, you know. A lot of 17 years olds you have to they don't really understand what goes into it as far as work, as far as, you know, stretching, nutrition, everything else.
I said last week in Indian Wells when I was asked a similar question that he wants to be a tennis player first and obtain the lifestyle second.
I feel like that is not the way that a lot of our juniors go about it. They want to win a match to buy a car as opposed to win a match because they really, really are excited about being a tennis player.
So I think that's a good thing for him.

Q. Do you see similarities between yourself when you were his age and now?
ANDY RODDICK: A little bit. A little bit. I think, you know, he's gonna have to learn a little bit. He's almost too excited about everything, about playing his matches.
I was definitely probably guilty of a lot of the same things, but I'd rather have a kid who's overeager than who you have to beg to get out of bed and go about his business on a given day.

Q. Do you think it's a challenge to make it deeper into this tournament after making the finals at Indian Wells? Usually when players make it far in Indian Wells it's hard to make it to the finals.
ANDY RODDICK: I can give you 10 examples of how it's worked out positively and negatively, so I think it would be challenging to make a run here had I not done well in Indian Wells. It's always challenging at a Masters Series event to make a run.
That being said, I feel like I'm playing good tennis, so I like my chances better in that head space than having come in losing first round of Indian Wells and not really knowing where I'm at.

Q. You may get a crack at Ljuby pretty early, fourth round. Looking forward to that, maybe?
ANDY RODDICK: Gotta get through the first couple.

Q. Did you pay attention to the Davis Cup from afar?
ANDY RODDICK: Uh huh.

Q. Were you impressed with the job that Sam and John did? Were you feeling like you were missing it a little bit?
ANDY RODDICK: All those things. It was weird. I mean, the part that got me the most was, you know, I was getting texts from the formal dinner when they were trying to, you know, come up with what the rookies had to say in their speeches to embarrass them and hearing about the pranks and all that stuff.
I felt like, you know, I was on the bench for that one, when normally I was in the thick of it.
They had a my first tie was a lot less intimidating than theirs. They got thrown right into the thick of it, away on clay against an extremely capable team.
I thought they competed well, which was great. John was down in the last match and fought to take it to five, and I was proud I thought they did really well considering the circumstances, and I think that match will only help them down the road there.

Q. How important do you think it is that the players have a say as to who the captain is and feel comfortable with whoever the captain is at any given time?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I have a feeling you're not as concerned about our team as you are -

Q. That's possibly true.
ANDY RODDICK: maybe another team.

Q. But on a broad base, do you think it's important that the players...
ANDY RODDICK: I'm gonna answer your question very specifically. I think the most important thing for your team is to have your guy playing right now, and that's the No. 1 priority.
You know, does he need to like the captain? Yes, he probably needs to like the captain. The No. 1 priority is to have you know, if I'm, you know, the powers that be in your Davis Cup squad, you need Murray to play, and so he has to like the captain.

Q. Have you ruled out playing in the relegation match if Patrick needs you?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. You know, Bonnie, I've always said I think if you commit to Davis Cup you commit to a year. I wouldn't have come in had they been in the semis and demanded to play, and I'm not gonna this is their year.
I think you can't select convenient ties to play or base it on tie to tie basis. I think it's I think it's a year long decision. At least in my mind.

Q. Even in the event of an injury if John or Sam can't play?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, we're not gonna talk about injuries. That would be a we'll see. I'm certainly not gonna step in for those guys.

Q. I wondered if you had Northern Iowa in your bracket.:lol::lol:
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. You didn't? No, I didn't. There was a loud noise, and I didn't know what it was at the time. I was on the court against Soderling, and apparently it was my bracket blowing up. (laughter.):haha: :haha:

kai.
03-26-2010, 05:11 AM
I dont know if here is the right place to post this pics, Sorry.

Deboogle!.
03-26-2010, 05:23 AM
Yep it is :D thanks :D the 2nd one :rolls:

kai.
03-26-2010, 05:47 AM
Yeah the second one made my laugh soo much XD jajaja
and the first one is soo cute :).