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The "Nice of you to show up, Andy" clay season thread

Deboogle!.
05-08-2010, 02:42 PM
Madrid draw :lol: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9890184&postcount=1

blosson
05-08-2010, 03:19 PM
Great. He can go shopping in Paris after that.

Marion29520
05-08-2010, 03:41 PM
he said he likes days off in Spain :o:)

Heather1229
05-08-2010, 03:46 PM
Oh gosh!:lol:

Let's just forget about the month of May altogether, shall we?

Selby
05-08-2010, 03:55 PM
Federer in the QF? :rolls:
But Andy's rusty anyway so it's not like he had a chance to go far anyway, I'd rather him to get the bad draws in tournaments he can't really win and the better draws in tournaments he has a good chance to win.

Heather1229
05-08-2010, 04:57 PM
Maybe he'll surprise us! Didn't he almost beat Roger in Madrid last year when he made it to the QF?

Winston's Human
05-08-2010, 05:04 PM
I am more worried about Montanes, Gulbis or Youzhny than Federer.

arodfanpe666o
05-08-2010, 05:54 PM
Yeah, Montanes just beat Roger, Gulbis is in-form player... He can win a match, but after that...

tangerine_dream
05-08-2010, 07:14 PM
All-American clay final at the Nole Open! :woohoo: Samburger and Johnny are the real deals. It's about time some of the other guys stepped up. :rocker2:

I think Andy will be fine in Madrid. He usually plays very well after a long lay-off, you know he's itching to crack that ball. :boxing:

Deboogle!.
05-08-2010, 09:07 PM
I am more worried about Montanes, Gulbis or Youzhny than Federer.Exactly.


So he's in the doubles draw :rolls: with Melzer :rolls:

tangerine_dream
05-10-2010, 05:33 PM
Andy tweeted that he got hit by a 24 hr virus. :(

andyroddick jetlag 1. housekeeping 1. 24 hour virus 1 andy 0 ...... crap

partygirl
05-10-2010, 07:47 PM
You guys are so funny, at this point to any Roddick fan the draw should be totally meaningless.:sobbing: Minus Federer that is a constant.:hearts:

He really could lose to anybody:haha:
He could also win.

blosson
05-10-2010, 07:59 PM
Andy tweeted that he got hit by a 24 hr virus. :(

andyroddick jetlag 1. housekeeping 1. 24 hour virus 1 andy 0 ...... crap

How does he know it's a 24hour virus? It could well be a 12 hour virus or 6 or 48...:lol:
I guess Doug knows everything.

Fee
05-10-2010, 08:38 PM
It's food poisoning (or a severe food allergy), if he means he can't venture far from the bathroom (there's really no such thing as stomach flu or 24 hour virus). He should be okay once it's out of his system but he might feel fatigued from fighting it. Fluids, fluids, fluids, and whatever nutrient dense food he can keep down.

Deboogle!.
05-10-2010, 08:59 PM
well he's on the OP tomorrow for doubles, so....

and he'll play Lopez first up in singles, whom he has never lost to......

Winston's Human
05-11-2010, 01:37 AM
well he's on the OP tomorrow for doubles, so....

and he'll play Lopez first up in singles, whom he has never lost to......

Does Andy play Lopez tomorrow or Wednesday?

Deboogle!.
05-11-2010, 03:27 AM
Must be wednesday... b/c it's not tomorrow!

Selby
05-11-2010, 02:13 PM
Andy plays doubles today though.
This will be the first time Andy will be able to lose to Lopez :D

arodfanpe666o
05-11-2010, 05:07 PM
Just watched an interview on youtube. He said that he is feeling good and confident. Maybe the virus is gone.

Deboogle!.
05-11-2010, 06:40 PM
I see there was some good epicness in doubles :rolls:

Selby
05-11-2010, 06:50 PM
At least he got a decent match and not one of those 30 minutes doubles matches. It could be worse, but we'll see tomorrow how he plays...

Smoke944
05-11-2010, 06:54 PM
I see there was some good epicness in doubles :rolls:

Wasted at least 4 MPs :rolleyes: :lol:

Heather1229
05-11-2010, 06:55 PM
Since it was doubles and all the 4 match points lost weren't totally Andy's fault :)

He's getting over the "24 hour virus," let's hope he worked out the kinks and is good to go for tomorrow! Lopez is not a slouch on clay....

tangerine_dream
05-11-2010, 07:53 PM
MelzDick lost the super tiebreak. :sad:

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 11: Andy Roddick (L) of the USA chats with his doubles partner Jurgen Melzer of Austria in their first round match against Marcel Granollers of Spain and Viktor Troicki of Serbia during the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.

Heather1229
05-12-2010, 12:03 PM
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH he withdrew?! Is he for real? :rolleyes:

I'm home sick today and was kind of glad that I would be able to watch on tv....I guess not now...

arodfanpe666o
05-12-2010, 12:07 PM
How he can play doubles yesterday and withdraw from today match...

Heather1229
05-12-2010, 12:10 PM
Even if he is sick...come on now, he hasn't played in well over a month, has QF points to defend and has had ZERO prep now going into the FO where he has points to defend! I get how much he wants to win Wimbledon but putting all your eggs in one basket isn't a good idea either....

He should have pulled out of doubles yesterday to prepare for today.

I'm editing to add that I hope he feels better! I don't doubt he's sick it's just so crazy!

arodfanpe666o
05-12-2010, 12:21 PM
I hope he recovers fast. But I'm worried about his ranking. Can he drop of top 8 before Queens?
Lets hope they put him seeded higher in Wimbledon.

Deboogle!.
05-12-2010, 12:54 PM
Uuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh :o

OnyxRose
05-12-2010, 01:28 PM
OMG, Andy. Whatever.

Winston's Human
05-12-2010, 01:50 PM
I do not think that Andy will drop out of the top 8 before Queens or Wimbledon because he has a 1000+ point lead over Verdasco (#9) and over a 1500 point+ lead over Tsonga -- plus Soderling will lose his French finalist points (1200 points).

Deboogle!.
05-12-2010, 02:03 PM
the unfortunate thing is not that his ranking will drop, but that if he had played a decent clay season and done OK (By his standards), he had the chance to pack on enough points for a top FOUR wimbledon seeding. I think now that will be quite difficult, though.

andymo
05-12-2010, 02:12 PM
QUOTE;

andyroddick if it was just being tired i would always play on. i couldnt really focus on the ball and would get dizzy/nautious when head started moving

arodfanpe666o
05-12-2010, 02:31 PM
It's great that he explained. Thank you, Andy.

The still change seeding in Wimbledon, right? If so, he can be 6th. I think it's realistic.

Heather1229
05-12-2010, 02:45 PM
Technically, if Del Potro is out for an undetermined amount of time and Davydenko is out (is he back for W?) and Soderling is going to lose his FO final points prior to Wimbledon, Andy could in theory be the 5th seed at Wimbledon even without Wimbledon's special seeding formula, if Soderling falls and DP and Davydenko are out?

Of course if say Verdasco goes and wins the FO then my theory is no longer valid!

Deboogle!.
05-12-2010, 05:20 PM
Yes they still change the seeds in wimbledon. Thing is, there's no difference between 5-8. A change in seeding will only help Andy if he can get up to 4th because then he avoids the top guys til the semis. So it's all about whether he has enough points that, when you add his wimbledon final from last year and a couple other results that they consider, it would push him up to 4th. Otherwise, 5, 6, 7, 8 all go in the same position in the draw. and we'd really have to hope he's in novak's quarter;)

arodfanpe666o
05-12-2010, 05:29 PM
And really really hope he will not have to play Roger before the final. It will break my spirit, maybe his also.

Deboogle!.
05-12-2010, 05:34 PM
Well, by playing basically no clay matches, he's made it all the more likely he'll even be in Roger's QUARTER.

arodfanpe666o
05-12-2010, 05:38 PM
If he do great in French Open, by great I mean QFs maybe he can move up a little bit. But he will be tired for the grass, if he gets that far.

Deboogle!.
05-12-2010, 06:02 PM
How could one tournament make him tired? He hasn't played in a month and a half. I think he'll be fine, but I don't see him making the QFs in Paris just b/c he doesn't care enough and there are a lot of lower-seeded players who can and probably will beat him there

Selby
05-12-2010, 06:05 PM
My real concern is not that he'll reach the French Open lacking matches but that he might reach Wimby lacking matches and out of form, now that would be really really bad.

Heather1229
05-12-2010, 06:40 PM
In reality though, he only had 2 matches going into the FO this time last year and he had his best result ever. So it's not like there is going to be a huge difference between last year and this year and he took the same amount of time off last year.

Bad timing? Absolutely but we will just have to wait and see what happens and thankfully the FO is next and not Wimbledon!

arodfanpe666o
05-12-2010, 06:42 PM
How could one tournament make him tired? He hasn't played in a month and a half. I think he'll be fine, but I don't see him making the QFs in Paris just b/c he doesn't care enough and there are a lot of lower-seeded players who can and probably will beat him there

Because it's the previous week. Queens is right after the French open, and Wimbledon I think is right after Queens...I don't know, maybe you are right. Just hope he e is fresh for the grass tournaments.
The other thing, I think if he is healthy a has a bit of luck with the draw, he can do it. Last year is there were normal conditions he would have chances against Monfils.

If he plays a couple of rounds at the French, and play decent performance at Queens, it will be enough imo, as far as lack of matches is concerned.

blosson
05-12-2010, 07:36 PM
That's it? Already gone? That was fast.

Fee
05-12-2010, 07:41 PM
Because it's the previous week. Queens is right after the French open, and Wimbledon I think is right after Queens...I don't know, maybe you are right. Just hope he e is fresh for the grass tournaments.
The other thing, I think if he is healthy a has a bit of luck with the draw, he can do it. Last year is there were normal conditions he would have chances against Monfils.

If he plays a couple of rounds at the French, and play decent performance at Queens, it will be enough imo, as far as lack of matches is concerned.


There are two weeks between RG and W, so no, W is not right after Queens. Andy takes the week before W off so he can get there and start practicing at Aorangi Park right away.

tangerine_dream
05-12-2010, 10:44 PM
So it looks like Andy's clay season begins and ends at Roland Garros. :lol: This is how it should have been all those years.

Heather1229
05-12-2010, 11:27 PM
Seriously, Tangy! :) It would be incredibly hilarious if he actually managed to win RG, I mean pigs might fly and all first but you never know....it would be something!

andymo
05-13-2010, 12:49 AM
Andy has no pressure whatsoever going to RG. Nobody expects him to win so wouldn't it be great if he won. My God, beating Nadal or Fed in the final.....hahaha. That would be the biggest upset.......

Winston's Human
05-13-2010, 01:45 AM
I think if Andy were to win RG, MTF would completely implode.

Deboogle!.
05-13-2010, 03:03 AM
I think the world is more likely to end in 2012 than Andy is likely to win RG.. OK, maybe it's about equally likely :lol:

arodfanpe666o
05-13-2010, 06:44 AM
There are two weeks between RG and W, so no, W is not right after Queens. Andy takes the week before W off so he can get there and start practicing at Aorangi Park right away.



Thank you for the reminding. I'm sorry, my fault.

Jade Fox
05-13-2010, 10:04 AM
Seriously, Tangy! :) It would be incredibly hilarious if he actually managed to win RG, I mean pigs might fly and all first but you never know....it would be something!

Andy has no pressure whatsoever going to RG. Nobody expects him to win so wouldn't it be great if he won. My God, beating Nadal or Fed in the final.....hahaha. That would be the biggest upset.......

I think if Andy were to win RG, MTF would completely implode.

I think the world is more likely to end in 2012 than Andy is likely to win RG.. OK, maybe it's about equally likely :lol:


What? You guys don't think he can do it? I think that's the real reason why he's withdrawn. He doesn't want anyone to see his super secret clay court plan to win RG. He wants to slide under the radar and KICK ASS when people least expect it.

That's right Andrew Stephen Roddick: I'm on to you. :cool: :p

Deboogle!.
05-13-2010, 04:35 PM
What? You guys don't think he can do it? I think that's the real reason why he's withdrawn. He doesn't want anyone to see his super secret clay court plan to win RG. He wants to slide under the radar and KICK ASS when people least expect it.

That's right Andrew Stephen Roddick: I'm on to you. :cool: :p:haha: your mouth to god's ears, my friend.

Jade Fox
05-13-2010, 07:24 PM
:haha: your mouth to god's ears, my friend.

God knows what's up. ;)

Fee
05-13-2010, 07:34 PM
Okay, RA, we need to get you to a spa day. I think Finals are sending you around the bend. Just remember, we are all here to support you in your time of need, just give us a shout.

He'll be a finalist for sure, beating Roger in the semi's, but then he'll lose to Murray in the final. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it. ;)

andymo
05-14-2010, 11:21 PM
dougspreen Practiced at Roland Garros today. Andy is feeling better. Stupid Stomach Virus in Madrid!! 9 days till the French star (on Twitter) Andy is already in Paris...yeyyyyyyyyy

Winston's Human
05-15-2010, 02:27 AM
Andy in Paris WTF! I would have thought he had jetted home to the States for a few days.

Heather1229
05-15-2010, 02:37 AM
Maybe he was worried about the volcano which apparently is erupting again?! Imagine if he did come back to the states for a few days and was stuck here because he couldn't get back in time for RG? Oh gosh people in GM would be demanding he be burned at the stake for missing the ENTIRE clay season, it's a good thing he's already in Paris! :)

Just remember afterall his secret plan is to win the French Open!

Viky-cro
05-15-2010, 03:53 PM
why would he go back to states ? he was already having problems with jetlag, going to States for 5-6 days and then back to Europe doesn't make any sense

arodfanpe666o
05-15-2010, 04:17 PM
Because it's Andy. He usually does that.

andymo
05-15-2010, 09:06 PM
Andy was sick and he had jet lag.....logic is he stays in Europe. Andy is not dumb....he only has a little more than 1 week to train on clay.

Selby
05-19-2010, 08:03 PM
Has Andy played some exho or something?

Edit: looks like the did, Ouanna d. Roddick 7-6(5), 7-6(5)

Deboogle!.
05-19-2010, 08:10 PM
Well that bodes well :haha: :haha: and he'll apparently play youzhny on friday, to give him a great confidence boost going into the slam :haha:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=161552

Selby
05-19-2010, 08:14 PM
Yeah but I won't care if he loses like a million exhos as long as he'll have enough matches under his belt until Wimbledon.
Still, he had set point on his serve in the first breaker, and look what he tweeted:
at my match today this guys phone kept ringing in the stands. dont know if that or the fact that he was 68 with a techno ring bothered more
:rolls:

Heather1229
05-19-2010, 08:26 PM
I just want it to be time for Wimbledon already!

At least he is getting in some matches, he only played two going into RG last year...so we'll have to wait and see, can't wait for the draw, should be good!

tangerine_dream
05-19-2010, 09:01 PM
PinkyBoa was saying that Andy was flipping out because some guy's cell phone kept going off during the match, LOL.

Andy to sneak up on everybody and be the surprise RG finalist this year, booyah!

andymo
05-19-2010, 10:41 PM
Everything is possible......who would have thought that Soderling would beat Nadal last year when everybody was saying that Nadal could win RG, one arm attached behind his back.Justin said that on Twitter.

silverwhite
05-20-2010, 09:15 AM
I've got a question!

BBC One

Friday 4 June, 10.35pm. Jonathan Ross is joined tennis star Andy Roddick, hip-hop icon LL Cool J, and there's chat and music from Christina Aguilera. Plus an additional music performance from Eminem

Why is he so sure he'll be in the UK by 4 June? :lol:

[/random appearance]

Deboogle!.
05-20-2010, 01:49 PM
Hahahahaah well he might seem a little slow at times but he's not stupid ;)

partygirl
05-20-2010, 09:51 PM
:haha:

Selby
05-21-2010, 10:19 AM
I wish that was his Wimbledon draw :sobbing: But on clay it's an awful draw and he doesn't have a chance to get to the second week this time.

Heather1229
05-21-2010, 12:01 PM
Selby, it's really not THAT bad, it could be worse, he could have drawn Gulbis early :)

I'm cautiously optimistic for at least matching the 4th round.

You're right though...opposite side of the draw from Roger, one can only hope that is how it will play out a month from now when the Wimbledon draw is made.

Selby
05-21-2010, 12:06 PM
6-3 6-2 over Youzhny, good win!

Heather1229
05-21-2010, 12:13 PM
see, he can play on clay, when he wants to...cautiously optimistic is the way to go!

Deboogle!.
05-21-2010, 01:26 PM
Seriously draw gods do that again in a month please. Anyway the draw isn't bad. He should make third round fairly easily and Monaco hasn't been in the best form of late but he is far better on clay than Andy. No way Andy will get past ferrer considering that guys clay form this year and he could lose to monaco too. But Andy doesn't really care that much so that is the approach I'm going to take :haha:

Winston's Human
05-21-2010, 01:51 PM
I agree with Deb. While Monaco looked great during the Latin American clay swing, he has not really performed well in Europe. I also cannot see Andy getting past Ferrer. By the time the 4th round arrives, Andy will be ready to get off the dirt and hit the lawn.

This draw would be ideal at Wimbledon (maybe history will repeat itself).

andymo
05-21-2010, 02:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuB8CxjUqho&feature=player_embedded#

Selby
05-21-2010, 03:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuB8CxjUqho&feature=player_embedded#

Well he probably wasn't playing well because he lost that match but physically he looks OK doesn't he?

andymo
05-21-2010, 03:14 PM
Actually, he was playing very well. It was 2 tiebreakers. And today he beat Youzny 6-3 and 6-2. Stay positive, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee

tangerine_dream
05-21-2010, 03:16 PM
This draw pisses me off because you know that means he's going to get a shit draw for Wimbledon. :(

Selby
05-21-2010, 03:38 PM
This draw pisses me off because you know that means he's going to get a shit draw for Wimbledon. :(

Yeah I can just see him getting some big serving dangerous floaters in the early rounds and Federer in the QF :rolleyes:

Jade Fox
05-21-2010, 03:55 PM
This draw pisses me off because you know that means he's going to get a shit draw for Wimbledon. :(

I'm not looking beyond the French right now. If I learned anything from this year so far is to just take things one match at a time.

Deboogle!.
05-21-2010, 05:20 PM
honestly, i think the only thing that really matters is that andy comes out of RG 100% healthy.

partygirl
05-21-2010, 05:26 PM
Yeah I can just see him getting some big serving dangerous floaters in the early rounds and Federer in the QF :rolleyes:I know it's far ahead (& he could still get hurt and all:p ) but he might as well. He is never going to beat Roger on a final Sunday, not happening. Andy loves Roger too much.

He's tried everything, the last variable to change has to be at what stage they play.

Jimnik
05-21-2010, 05:33 PM
Amazed he's never played Nieminen before. What are the odds.

I remember Agassi losing to him in 5 sets at RG. Andre could barely move.

Deboogle!.
05-21-2010, 07:51 PM
that match was horrific, painful to watch. agassi talks about it at length in his book too. Can't imagine Andy will have that much problems with Nieminen, he's done nothing lately.

partygirl
05-22-2010, 07:42 AM
Cute socks.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy105.gif

Heather1229
05-23-2010, 07:11 PM
Has anyone heard anything regarding Andy being sick again? This blog says that the tennis channel said he is still dealing with the illness he had in Madrid http://bleacherreport.com/articles/395694-live-blog-french-open-day-one

I was watching the tennis channel this morning and did not hear them mention Andy at all, and the ESPN commentators were just talking about his chances along with Sam and John's and there was no mention of Andy being sick....typically ESPN is in the know..

On top of that he beat Youhzny the other day pretty handedly so how could he still be sick?

Deboogle!.
05-23-2010, 08:14 PM
Were you watching around that time? It was too early here for me to be up. Fowler said a little while ago that he is "back healthy" but who knows what he would know

tangerine_dream
05-23-2010, 08:16 PM
"The Tennis Channel is reporting that Andy Roddick is going through some illness that he started facing during a tournament in Madrid."

I don't have TC, maybe somebody else who has it can confirm this? ESPN has said nothing about it. I truly hope Andy's not sick again.

btw, I heard that Murray was sick, too. And Djokovic is still having breathing problems.

Was surprised to see Gulbis retired with an injury to his leg. There was a lot of hope riding on his Dark Horse status to shake up the Ogre-Donkey Rafa-Roger Show.

Heather1229
05-23-2010, 08:32 PM
Well I wasn't watching TC at the exact time the blog mentions they were reporting Andy was ill. They weren't really showing any men's tennis on TC so why they would have brought it up I'm not sure. No other media outlet was reporting he was still ill but he has been kind of MIA. I did also just hear Chris Fowler say he was "back healthy" too.

I don't know, perhaps it's a whole lot of nothing...maybe the blogger interpreted the TC comments incorrectly? Who knows! I just want it to be Wimbledon! :)

Deboogle!.
05-23-2010, 08:35 PM
I mean, who really cares about RG (Andy doesn't really), the important thing is that if it's something that's coming and going and stuff, it isn't just a virus, it could be mono or something like that. He just needs to be healthy for the grass, at this point that's really all i ask.

Heather1229
05-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Agreed, Deb! Mono usually isn't a stomach situation though, is it?....we really don't even want the karma/tennis gods to hear "mono". He needs to be healthy for London and that's all I ask as well..

Deboogle!.
05-23-2010, 08:44 PM
No, I don't think so, so hopefully not. And no, we don't :lol:

Angle Queen
05-23-2010, 09:12 PM
Maybe I'll make this the "Nice of you to show up" post. :lol:

Hope all are well here...and that Andy is well too. Would hate for him to miss RG :p

Deboogle!.
05-24-2010, 01:55 AM
OMG :haha: Has anyone seen Lacoste's new ad for andy?:haha: it's so ghetto it looks like a high school in a film club made it as a project:haha:

Deboogle!.
05-24-2010, 03:08 PM
according to the OP Andy is second tomorrow on chatrier:haha:

Kate87
05-24-2010, 03:12 PM
according to the OP Andy is second tomorrow on chatrier:haha:

while Rafa is on Lenglen ;) :haha:

Heather1229
05-24-2010, 03:19 PM
Well that's some bizarre scheduling! I've decided Andy's going to win the whole thing :)

tangerine_dream
05-24-2010, 04:35 PM
The organizers are expecting Andy to get dumped in the first or second round so they figured this would be the best chance for his fans to see him by putting him on the show court first. :p

Bet they won't put Rafa on Chatrier until the final. :rolls:

Deboogle!.
05-24-2010, 04:37 PM
assuming andy is actually healthy, i can't see him losing to nieminen.

Heather1229
05-24-2010, 04:49 PM
Well apparently, he's ready to go for tomorrow, per twitter:

@andyroddick just saw iron man 2... didnt see the first but i liked this one... looking forward to starting tomorrow

By the way Deb, I um..kind of liked the Lacoste commercial, far better than last years! :lol:

Deboogle!.
05-24-2010, 05:35 PM
:yeah:

Whaaaaaaaaaat? Seriously? I just laughed the whole time at the ghetto editing and font :haha: I could have made that in windows movie maker :haha: OK I will give you that last year's was bad too though :rolls: Maybe this one was just funnier :rolls:

Heather1229
05-25-2010, 12:01 AM
Yeah, haha! I think it's because he looks really good in the black polo, but other than that, yes the editing is a bit choppy!

Deboogle!.
05-25-2010, 04:52 PM
Video: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-05-25/201005251274805639533.html

Q. Same old clay courts, but maybe a different Roddick out there.
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I don't know. You know, there was a lot of ugliness out there today. But, you know, at the end of it, I get to play again.
So that's that's all you you go into a day hoping to get through a day, and I got through today.

Q. You never played him before. Was he kind of a mystery out there with all his spin? He's very fast.
ANDY RODDICK: No, no, no. I think anybody you've been on tour with he's been 13 in the world, so obviously I've seen him play a bunch. We played here in juniors 11 years ago, I think, and that didn't go so well.
Yeah, he does a great job because he makes up for his weaknesses. Obviously his second serve is probably his weakest part. But if you take a crack at it down the middle, he's so good down the middle of the court just redistributing the ball.
So I was getting a little frustrated with that. He's tough.

Q. Obviously that's one way to get some clay court matches under your belt, but maybe not how you wanted. What's it like when you've had that long of a break without a match to come out, you know, at a slam and play?
ANDY RODDICK: It's not easy. I mean, definitely, you know, spending three days in bed in Madrid wasn't the way we wrote it up, you know. That was bad. That was not, you know, the preparation we wanted. We did the best we could. We scrambled last week and got two matches out at an XO. You know, XO is never the same.
You know, so as far as preparation physically and in practice, it was good. But, you know, like you mentioned, it's or like I mentioned, it's not the same.
It definitely was less than perfect, but I put some time in today.

Q. Were the courts pretty quick?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I can never really tell. I don't know. They're still slippery.

Q. When Murray finished after four hours yesterday, he was absolutely dead on his feet. How do you feel after five sets out there?
ANDY RODDICK: I feel better now than I did 45 minutes ago. But it's tough for me, because I also feel I don't have a lot of rhythm in my movement out here. I feel like I fought against myself a lot and get stuck.
So clay is probably tougher for me physically than any other surface. I was definitely feeling it more than I normally do in that fifth set. But one thing I've always been able to do well is recover well. You know, a day of rest, I feel like I can get back to neutral most times.

Q. As a player who always puts everything out on the court in every match you played, were you a little bit disappointed to read Sam Querrey's comments today? He basically said he didn't want to be on the court and pretty much wanted to get off the court and get on the plane and go home. Was that a bit surprising for you?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I probably would hold back from commenting until I actually this is news to me. You know, I just finished off the court, so probably want to hear it from Sam himself before I jump on that one.

Q. Mardy said you guys have been here for 12 days, right, you were here for a good week when there were no other players? Didn't it help just to be out on this surface at a locale movement wise, or was it just the match is so much different once you get out on center?
ANDY RODDICK: It's always different. You know, like I said, like I commented to Doug, I did everything I can to kind of it's kind of like when you miss an assignment in school and they give you a chance to get extra credit. I've been trying real hard to get extra credit. It's never really the same.
After Madrid, I did pretty much everything I could to be prepared here. But, you know, I didn't play my best today, and I definitely wasn't match tough.
I've been saying all week if I can get through the first one or the second one, then maybe I will start hitting my stride and playing a little bit better. But it's just a matter of surviving and advance. Today I guess I found a way to get through it.

Q. You're playing Blaz Kavcic next round. Do you know anything about him?
ANDY RODDICK: I found a person who knew him.

Q. Who was that?
ANDY RODDICK: Who was the person? A guy who he had played in quallies in Australia. So, you know, I got a little bit of a scouting report, and I'm sure I'll do some more Googling when I get back to my room tonight and try and figure something out and maybe try to get a tape of his match today or something so I have you know, but I've never played him and I don't know him.

Q. Just after Miami, you made the decision clearly you needed some time off. You wanted to rest the body. But now thinking back, would it have been a good idea to play Rome, or is it basically you didn't know you were going to get sick in Madrid?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I didn't know I was going to get sick in Madrid. That was my preparation last year and I had my best ever French Open.
Also I have responsibilities elsewhere, you know. It was my first anniversary and I hadn't seen Brook in a while. I think at that point in the year, that was always gonna take precedence for me. That was a time that we had blocked out for us, and you know, that's necessary.:hug:

Q. How different a player are you than you were two, three years ago? Is this maybe a match you wouldn't have pulled out a couple years back?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I don't know. I've been pretty good at sticking around. The majority of the matches I win aren't pretty.
But I've made a career out of that. I think I'm in, you know, in better shape now than I was three years ago. I don't think the difference is as big as everyone talks about. I think it's just a matter of between the ears, you know, I didn't get I was very frustrated at times, and was audible with it at times, but, you know, I have, I don't know, a sense of calm a lot even when things aren't going my way. I realize it is possible to a match can turn quick, and it did there in the fourth set breaker on three points and then all of a sudden, you know, a lot of times it's just about momentum shift.

Q. Not to repeat what Sam said, but in a sense he was saying that he's been in Europe a long time, he played I think four events in a row, including last week, and that maybe wasn't such a great decision to come over so early. Match practice wise or match toughness wise it was good but a player can run the risk of getting a little bit fried before a Major.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah, you live and learn. You know, like I said, I think before I comment on, you know, hearsay and whatever else is being interpreted, I'll probably, you know, address it with Sam if I talk to him.
You know, it's a tough it's tough for him because when he's in the States he plays really well when he plays a lot. He can play a lot.
You know, you learn. I mean, I feel like I have a better grasp on my schedule now than I did when I was 21 or 22, and it seems like I played everything.
He'll learn.

Q. I know you all have obligations and commitments, but on a purely personal level, would you like to just each year just fast forward from Miami and go straight to practicing on grass?
ANDY RODDICK: No, no, I mean, I know the press, it seems that way to you guys. But this is also part of the year, part of leadup. Having to battle against, you know, my own style on a surface, and, you know, it is all a learning experience, so I don't think I would fast forward anything.

Q. No doubt when you go to a hardcourt or grass, you expect to win. When you come here, is it just sort of let's kind of get the rhythm, let's see how well I do, every win is gravy? What's the difference in your mind?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know that I ever expect to win. I don't know if I've ever been that presumptuous going into a match. If anything, I err on the other way. I do everything I can to find as much information about this guy that I play next even though I haven't heard of him before.
You know, I'll err on the side of being overstudied. You know, it is different, though. I mean, I know I think the ceiling is a little bit different on clay for me, but the mindset of going into a day doesn't change. You go in and you try and battle and do the best you can. You see what happens.
You know, I think the option of how you go about it is pretty simple. I'm aware that it's probably on a worse surface. I'm aware of the challenges that it brings. Doesn't change going into a day what I want to accomplish.

arodfanpe666o
05-25-2010, 05:29 PM
Notting about problems as far as health is concerned. Can we relax...?

Deboogle!.
05-25-2010, 05:40 PM
Yeah, if he looks better in his next match. You know how Andy is, he's had injuries and problems before and not mentioned it.

Heather1229
05-25-2010, 05:59 PM
He looked pretty good in the video of the press conference. Although I only saw it frozen since my office has banned all live streaming video, how rude! :)

Deboogle!.
05-25-2010, 06:02 PM
:lol: Damn these companies that actually expect us to work during work hours. how dare they!

Deboogle!.
05-26-2010, 06:41 PM
First up on Lenglen tomorrow

Heather1229
05-26-2010, 08:57 PM
Brooklyn's apparently going to be there too, so hopefully that will give him some added motivation! :)

Winston's Human
05-26-2010, 11:45 PM
Early, early morning viewing.

Heather1229
05-27-2010, 12:02 PM
Rain, rain go away.....

Selby
05-27-2010, 02:00 PM
oops, delete

Deboogle!.
05-27-2010, 08:10 PM
A. RODDICK/B. Kavcic

6‑3, 5‑7, 6‑4, 6‑2

Q. Kind of a sloppy conditions out there today. Not the normal type of stuff you like to play in, but you got through it nonetheless.


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it was brutal for me out there. I couldn't get my serve to go anywhere and the ball was just sitting up. I woke up this morning, looked out my window, and knew that it was gonna be a long one, you know. It kind of takes away a lot of shots and it makes it just about hitting the ball and running. There's not a whole a lot of, you know, kind of ‑‑ slices is out of play; the serve was pretty much out of play.

I mean, it's kind of just a matter of just running and sticking it out, and that's pretty much what happened?

Q. Did you get a decent read on the guy before the match? Did you watch tape, or did you just kind of have to go out there and...


ANDY RODDICK: I didn't watch tape. I got some scouting reports, but, you know, he's pretty straightforward. He's pretty solid off both sides. His serve, you know, is a detriment most times, but today not so much. I mean, you can kind of throw it in and you're playing a baseline game basically, you know. (Laughter.) Yeah, I got a decent scouting report, but I wasn't really too surprised by much.

Q. So it wasn't an ideal match to improve your clay fitness?


ANDY RODDICK: Fitness was fine. That's about all it was was fitness. You know, it was ‑‑ you know, wet day on Lenglen has been my Achilles heel. I mean, I've lost a lot matches out there on conditions exactly like today. I was able to get through that one today. That was one that might have gotten away from me a while ago, but I was just kind of staying the course. You know, I don't know the last time I lost serve seven times in one. So, I mean, it's bad, but there's got to be something good in there somewhere, too.

Q. Do you consider yourself better equipped then on a day like that than maybe a couple years ago or few years ago in terms of versatility in your game or...


ANDY RODDICK: Maybe, but the versatility, I mean, the stuff that I've developed ‑‑ you know, chipping it around the court or, you know, different kind of ‑‑ you know, driving my backhand through the court, those things weren't happening today.You know, drive the ball and it hits and just kind of sits there and then we start all over again. But, um, I think I just ‑‑ I have kind of a confidence just getting through matches right now, you know. I'm okay going in knowing it's gonna be possibly crappy tennis. You know, I just want to be the less crappy one out there; whereas before I was maybe a little too concerned with that.

Q. More on this winning ugly theme.


ANDY RODDICK: I don't know about winning ugly. I don't want to use that term. :haha: :haha: :haha: :rolls:

Q. You used it the other day.

ANDY RODDICK: Did I? Slip. :haha: I don't know. Yeah, I mean, I guess so. Definitely wasn't pretty, so I guess it's got to be the opposite.

Q. What are you telling yourself when you go into that match strategy‑wise? Are you thinking, Okay, I'm just gonna try to get some ‑‑ I'm not going to get a few points on my serve, I'm just going to have to really push out there and slog it out?


ANDY RODDICK: Kind of. Kind of. I mean, the thing is that it's tough for me, because on a hardcourt when it's just rallying and stuff it's fine because I move really well on a hardcourt. You know, I can run through my forehand and hit it. On the run I feel comfortable. Here I get a little bit more exposed and the court stretches on me. So it's a little bit more difficult. It is kind of what you said. It's just a matter of there's gonna be some stuff that you try that's not gonna work. It's just a matter of kind of forgetting about it and going about it again.


Q. Is it harder to move on a damp clay court?


ANDY RODDICK: Actually, it's easier for me ‑‑

Q. You get a little more stick, right?


ANDY RODDICK: It is. It is easier for me to move on a damp clay court. The clay here is a little bit different. It's not gritty like salt; it's more like a baking powder. When it get hot it's a little bit more slippery. So movement‑wise it's fine, but then it takes away serves and whatever. So it's kind of a catch 22 either way.

Q. Coming out of that first rain delay, what happened there? Eight straight points.


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, nothing good. Nothing good. We came in, Larry gave me the whole, Start strong and you can take this over. I started and lost eight points in a row, so that didn't really go according to plan there. :haha:

Q. Were you mindful of that coming out of the second delay?


ANDY RODDICK: I mean, no. Listen, I knew coming out of first delay I wanted to get off to a good start. I failed miserable. The second one, I was literally sitting there because I had been broken six times. I'm up 4‑3 serving. I'm like, You guys think I can get through two games on my serve? That was a goal. Just get through two games, please. Normally I don't stress about that as much. So we kind of made a joke of it of. I was like, I made it through two service games. Miracle. :sobbing:

Q. You have a reputation ‑ even before your latest drive for better fitness ‑ as a guy who did well in the heat. When you signed your beverage deal recently, the press release actually said you have a higher sweat rate than average.


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. I'm curious about that. Anecdotally I've observed that. Is that something that's actually been quantified? Has is hydration a big issue for you?


ANDY RODDICK: Well, it always has been. I literally wake up and am drinking all day long. We won't go into detail about kind of what happens after that. It was important. It's always been something that I've fought. I think I don't mind the heat. I don't get psyched out by it, because I grew up in it in Florida and Texas. There's not much you can do. That's just the way I've always been. I can sweat looking through the window on a hot day. It always has been something we've, you know, been trying to find products to kind of help with that.

Q. As a kid, when maybe you didn't have that refined so much, did you cramp a lot? Did you get severely dehydrated ever?


ANDY RODDICK: Well, I used to cramp early on in my career sometimes, too. I've been a lot more mindful about nutrition, and it's helped. You can be dehydrated, but if you have the right stuff in your body you don't get to the point you're doubled over and cramping. But it's something that we're definitely conscious of at all times. It's something that we fought a little bit, but, you, know, you can deal with it.

Q. Before you developed the big serve when you were a junior, say before you won US Open juniors, were these the type of the matches you used to win a lot as a kid? Just kind of grind it out, find a way to win, get a lot of balls back.


ANDY RODDICK: Sure. I still think one of the best things that happened to me was I grew late. When I was 12, 13, I was King Push.:lol: I think that's why I play okay defense on hardcourts or whatever. Then I grew, and all of a sudden I could serve. It was a little bit of a mix. That's one thing Larry said. You know, you grew up just playing instinctual. You would run balls down. No one thinks you should play like that, but I think you play well like that. Obviously it's not gonna work against everybody and you have to be able to adjust. But, you know, guys, if you show 'em you can move and not miss, it makes more a long day, especially if you're serving well.

Q. So in some ways you went away from the base and then you had to rediscover the base?


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I listened to you guys too much. (Laughter.)

Q. Too much advice on certain points?


ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, I don't think it's white or black. There's a gray area, and it's about adjustments. The good example is against Rafa in Miami. What I was doing, I started off, Okay, I've been playing great tennis. Let's go out there and see if my game matches up well and I can get through it. I felt like I was falling behind in most points. So then it's a matter of being able to switch it up and being able to do something else. That's something I think I've become a lot better at, is being able to do a lot better. Something you were alluding to earlier, maybe playing in and out of different styles and conscious switching when I realize it needs to be done.

Q. You've been on the circuit for a good stretch. Of the regular courts, is Lenglen your least favorite? Which is your favorite?


ANDY RODDICK: Here?

Q. No, in general.


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, probably. Yeah, I don't know. It's the slowest here. It's the most challenging for me. You know, I feel like every time I play out there it's raining. (Laughter.) You know, like two sunny days in my career on Lenglen. It's challenging for me out there.


Q. Do you hear the French chants at night, or just let it go.

ANDY RODDICK: No, I sleep well.

andymo
05-28-2010, 02:34 AM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-05-27/201005271274990095123.html

I_Dasco
05-28-2010, 04:48 AM
Congrat Andy .. Good luck for next round

andymo
05-28-2010, 12:34 PM
Grinding it Out – American Andy Roddick has been the opposite of his compatriot Sam Querrey. Roddick’s clay court preparation has been next to nil, and undoubtedly his worst since turning professional. To top it off, clay is his worst surface, and his results at Roland Garros have predominantly been dismal. When playing Fin Jarkko Nieminen, who himself has thus far had a terrible 2010 season, Roddick found himself down two sets to one. It would have been easy for him to throw in the towel and look towards the greener pastures of Wimbledon, but he ground it out like a true professional. In his second round, he takes on little-known Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia. Roddick had his serve broken on multiple occasions, endured a few rain delays, and even dropped the second set before finding his way to the finish line. I haven’t always been a fan of some of his outbursts on court, but I greatly admire the way he’s handled himself thus far at the French Open.

Selby
05-28-2010, 05:00 PM
He's first on Lenglen tomorrow, and it could be cold, rainy and damp tomorrow morning in Paris, again. I think so at least, I'm not sure...
:haha:

Deboogle!.
05-28-2010, 05:20 PM
The forecast for tomorrow looks pretty similar to today :scratch: Not that that means much but :lol:

Heather1229
05-28-2010, 05:28 PM
The updated weather forecast for tomorrow is no rain the next time there will be rain is on Sunday, possibly with light showers.

Andy should be rain delay free tomorrow!

Selby
05-28-2010, 05:47 PM
The forecast for tomorrow looks pretty similar to today :scratch: Not that that means much but :lol:

Oh, my mistake, sorry, I read somewhere that the rain returns tomorrow but now I see it will return on Sunday.
Well, no rain is very good but it's also important for Andy that it will be pretty sunny, otherwise the conditions will still be annoyingly slow, especially on Lenglen.

Winston's Human
05-28-2010, 05:57 PM
After yesterday, I am definitely checking the weather forecast before I plan a 4:00 a.m. wakeup for this match.

andymo
05-29-2010, 01:21 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-05-29/201005291275137814886.html

Jade Fox
05-29-2010, 02:09 PM
Well that's over.

See you on grass Andy. :p

Deboogle!.
05-29-2010, 02:31 PM
A huge wasted opportunity for his first rg qf but it seems he doesn't really care so I won't either. Shame, though

arodfanpe666o
05-29-2010, 02:49 PM
He didn't put much effort in sets 2 and 3. He really could have made the qfs, even the semis I think. But, on to the grass. Let's be optimistic! :)

arodfanpe666o
05-29-2010, 02:51 PM
Andy Roddick

Q. Considering your lack of preparation, not a bad tournament.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, I fought through a couple of matches that were a little dicey. Today I got outplayed from the first ball.
You know, it was a tough matchup for me in these conditions. He has pretty big swings and gets good length on the ball. I'm a little shorter and wasn't able to penetrate the court quite as well.
He was getting in control of the rallies most of the day.

Q. What's your program now?
ANDY RODDICK: I'll go to London. I'm not sure, but obviously playing Queen's, and I'll go to London next week to prepare.

Q. How much had you seen of him? For a guy ranked 116, he hits the ball awfully hard.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, he's been around for a while. The tricky thing is for him normally is having enough time to take those kind of swings at the ball.
Today he definitely had plenty of time to take swings at the ball, so, you know, it was tough for me to penetrate him. He was, you know, similar to, you know, Soderling last year. His swings are big enough to where he can create length even when it is heavy.
My swings are a little bit more compact and more based on timing as opposed to kind of long, kind of fluid, kind of lengthy type thing. You do that over and over, I'm probably gonna come up short against that on conditions like these.

Q. You talked after the last match about how tough that court in particular is. I think that's 0 5.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. It doesn't seem to get any better.
ANDY RODDICK: It's rough, I mean, it's it is what it is. I mean, I'm in a little bit of a difficult position here because I'm not, you know, one of the bigger names that's gonna get on center court all the time.
I've never played well here. But then, you know, they don't really want to put me out on I played him on Court 2 once last year, but they don't want to put me out there too often. There you go. I understand it. I just probably wouldn't prefer it.

Q. What happened there in the first set at 4 3 with your racquets? You weren't happy with the tensions?
ANDY RODDICK: They were just tight. You know, I felt like I wasn't getting much on the ball, and so I, you know, kind of threw them in and wanted some looser tensions.
By the time I got them in I think I was down two breaks in the third. Little too late to experiment.

Q. Did you ask to play on another court, or...
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, they know. But like I said, it's nobody's fault. I mean, you know, I'm not the guy that's gonna be on center here. You know, I understand that. Let's not make this into an issue that it's not.
I don't know if the court favors me, but at the same time, I don't think anything's going on. I think they're putting me on the court they feel I should be on as far as people coming to see it.

Q. You had a discussion with the chair umpire that I missed most of. It was something that you said happens year after year. What was that about?
ANDY RODDICK: One of the things that I do have a problem with is the tarps in the back of the court on rough days. They dry the whole court, but then they leave the tarps soaking wet.
So if a ball rolls through a puddle enough times, can you tell me what happens to it? Then when clay attaches to it, it doesn't get lighter. You know, so it's something that I've been pretty adamant about complaining about behind closed doors for a long time, you know.
Even the umpire said too me, Well, it happens every year. I'm going, Is that supposed to make me feel better? I didn't understand that logic.
So then I want to go through the proceedings of what he did to make sure it didn't happen again. He told me he talked to Brian. Then I said, Well, okay, do you know who Brian talks to? He said, The big chief. I said, Who is the big chief? He goes, I don't know.
I said, Well, now I understand why nothing gets done. That's one thing that only thing about that is I think that's preventable. I don't think that's something that needs to, you know, happen all the time.

Q. I can go back and look at the transcript when you talked about Lenglen before. Can you briefly sort of summarize why you don't like that court as much as otherwise?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's known as the slowest one. It's a fun court as far as people viewing, and I have to issue with it. It's just the way that it plays isn't really doesn't really help me out much. That's all. That's fine.
There's courts like that everywhere. You have to deal with it and you have to play through it. Everything that I'm telling you guys, everybody deals with out there. It's nothing just for me. It's just my personal preference is all.

Q. I think Gabashvili had about 40% first serves in the first set. Was that a concern for you at that time that you weren't able to take advantage?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, I had a look to break back there and I hit actually a decent forehand and missed it wide.
If I can break back there, who knows what happens? The thing he was doing was just taking control from the first ball that I you know, serves probably don't matter as much out there. But he was taking control of the points and getting good hits on the first balls and the rallies. I felt like I was playing from behind in a lot of the points.

Q. Do you think if you had got that break back, maybe taking that first set you could have gone on to win, or...
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, I'm not gonna sit here and deal in hypotheticals. Obviously your chances are a lot better winning a set if you're on serve as opposed to down a break.
The way the match was played and the way the points were constructed, I was I wasn't on top of anything today.

Q. Gabashivili hit almost 60 winners. Did you feel like facing Marat Safin again?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, sure.

Q. If I could change topics rather radically, in the past you've had some really good calls in terms of predicting sports events. You're going to be heading to England. Your home country is going to be facing an English
ANDY RODDICK: Bill, I've got the British crowd on my side right now. I've built up a lot of goodwill over the last couple of years that I don't want to ruin by answering this question.

Q. So you're not copping out. Give me a score.
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not gonna give you anything. I'm going to enjoy my sudden popularity in London and leave it at that.

Q. PR move.
ANDY RODDICK: That's fine. We can talk afterwards.

Q. Okay.
ANDY RODDICK: Did you just call me a peon?

Q. No, I didn't.
ANDY RODDICK: Okay.

Q. Is it going be difficult for you not to overamp emotionally in your Wimbledon preparation because of what happened last year?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't think so. I'm always anxious going into Wimbledon. I don't think that's gonna change. Last year is last year.
You know, I don't go in with any sense of entitlement or any sense of anything like that. I'm excited to get onto a surface that I actually feel that I can impose my game on a little bit more.
It's a long process. It's still a long ways away. I'm going to be focused on this practice week and trying to get in some fitness and whatever else, and then you deal with Queen's. Wimbledon is still a long ways off.

Q. Given what you just said, and you've repeated this many times over the last 10 months or so, are you going to have a different feeling walking in? You've been in finals before, but the whole sentiment that's going to greet you when you come back, do you feel that that's going to make any difference?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I honestly don't know.
I'm sure I'm sure it will be a little bit different just because of the type of final it was last year and everything that was involved in it, but, you know, for me to answer that, I would have to correctly predict other people's reactions, which I don't which I don't know. We'll see.

Q. You said the other day something about knowing a match is going to be crappy tennis and just wanting to be the one who is less crappy.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Was that the same description for today's match?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I wasn't less crappy. No, he played good tennis. I thought he played well. You know, credit to him. I was allowed to get my feet into the last couple of matches and kind of it's a lot different when you can keep it tight, keep it tight, keep it tight, and it comes down to two or three points.
I'm good in that situation, but he got the best of me, and he was getting the best of me in 70% of the points as far as the way they were constructed.
You know, he kept it from being a match that hinged on a couple of points.

Q. In the matches here, how satisfied were you with the way you were hitting the ball?
ANDY RODDICK: Today?

Q. Overall in the tournament.
ANDY RODDICK: Um, it was okay. It wasn't the best. Definitely could have been better, but I just felt like my movement was so bad. When you don't get to a ball, it makes it real tough to hit it well.
As far as timing and practice and stuff, I feel fine. It's just a matter of, you know, when I was getting stretched here, I felt like my movement was horrendous.

Q. Worse than other years, or...
ANDY RODDICK: Sometimes. Maybe that's just match preparation coming in or whatever, you know. I mean, I was trying too much to put a Band Aid on a problem as opposed to, you know, an actual solution.
I didn't feel comfortable moving around. That made it real tough to feel like you hit the ball well. If you're not moving well, you're not gonna hit the ball well.

Q. Earlier in the week you talked about how you sort of have to go against form here on the slow clay.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Can you describe what it feels like inside to go out on the grass the first time or two? Does it just give you more confidence? You're home free? This is home turf? What goes on inside?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's not as much thought. You know, here there's a lot of thought, a lot of adjustments that have to be made, you know. I have to compensate in certain areas for, you know, weaknesses that I do have on this surface.
On grass, I don't feel like there's that many holes. I feel like my game automatically kind of translates well to that surface, you know. My chip stays down. My backhand goes through the court a little bit. Obviously my serve gets a little bit better.
You know, my returns don't get any worse on grass, and some people's do. They take big swings and have to step back to hit it. That's a real problem. But I don't really do that too much, so, you know, it's just maybe a more comfortable feeling.
With that comes a sense of confidence, I guess.

Q. Do you think you're a better mover this year than 12 months ago?
ANDY RODDICK: I'd say similar. I was moving well last year. Last year, you know, the offseason of '08 was when I felt like I made some pretty big strides. I was playing pretty good last year.

Q. When was the first time you were on grass? Did you say, Oh, this is for me?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, no. Actually, the club in Austin, I used to watch Rennenberg and it was Kevin Kerns and Rennenberg at Barton Creek, and they used to have two grass courts there. I think I was eight or nine years old. I used to watch them, and I'd sneak on before the pro would kick me off.
So that was a while ago. But, I mean, obviously you don't play on it too much. A decade goes by where you haven't hit on it at all. I just liked it.

Q. I wanted to ask about the XO in Dallas that's coming up in July. Any thoughts? Is it sort of a kick to play in that stadium? Do you have a relationship with Jones?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't. I haven't met Old Jerry. For me, it's easy. I can drive there, and I think just I think tennis getting into kind of mainstream venues like that more often is a good thing, you know. Selfishly, I like it.
My friends, they don't watch me play too much, my friends from home, so we might just make a weekend of it and have some fun. I think it will be cool. I don't know if we're going to fill it, but... (laughter.)

tsurupettan
05-29-2010, 03:42 PM
A huge wasted opportunity for his first rg qf but it seems he doesn't really care so I won't either. Shame, though

this. oh well.

OnyxRose
05-29-2010, 03:49 PM
I knew Ferrer was going to lose when Andy lost. It always goes that way.

tangerine_dream
05-29-2010, 03:51 PM
Good news! Andy escapes the clay season without an injury. :bounce:

Kate87
05-29-2010, 03:53 PM
Q. If I could change topics rather radically, in the past you've had some really good calls in terms of predicting sports events. You're going to be heading to England. Your home country is going to be facing an English
ANDY RODDICK: Bill, I've got the British crowd on my side right now. I've built up a lot of goodwill over the last couple of years that I don't want to ruin by answering this question.

Q. So you're not copping out. Give me a score.
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not gonna give you anything. I'm going to enjoy my sudden popularity in London and leave it at that.

Q. PR move.
ANDY RODDICK: That's fine. We can talk afterwards.

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

Jade Fox
05-29-2010, 07:44 PM
Q. If I could change topics rather radically, in the past you've had some really good calls in terms of predicting sports events. You're going to be heading to England. Your home country is going to be facing an English
ANDY RODDICK: Bill, I've got the British crowd on my side right now. I've built up a lot of goodwill over the last couple of years that I don't want to ruin by answering this question.

Q. So you're not copping out. Give me a score.
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not gonna give you anything. I'm going to enjoy my sudden popularity in London and leave it at that.

Q. PR move.
ANDY RODDICK: That's fine. We can talk afterwards.

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


Nice to see someone's learning from Murray's mistakes. :lol:

Winston's Human
05-30-2010, 01:38 AM
I am more upset to learn that Andy is coming to North Texas to play an exhibition when I will be out of town on vacation.

Grrrr!

DragonFly
05-31-2010, 07:41 PM
Andy's on the Johnathon Ross show this Friday! Can't wait.

If it's half as hilarious as last time it'll be great.

Heather1229
05-31-2010, 08:59 PM
We need to ditch this clay thread and come up with a flashy titled grass thread!

Fee
05-31-2010, 10:14 PM
The 'I don't want to spoil my popularity in England' thread? That was kind of a cute thing he said.

Deboogle!.
05-31-2010, 11:17 PM
Good idea, thanks for the inspiration, fee ;)

Fee
05-31-2010, 11:26 PM
Oh duh, the exact quote was right there and I didn't even bother to scroll up.

Heather1229
05-31-2010, 11:37 PM
I like it!