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The "Speechless, and not in a good way" grass thread

Deboogle!.
05-31-2010, 11:17 PM
There ;)

Fee
05-31-2010, 11:27 PM
(and keep your mouth shut) ;) :lol:


But seriously... they are in London, I suspect they got a house this year. He has plenty of time to 'get comfortable' and feel good on grass. I fully expect him to get good results at Queen's Club and W this year, barring injury.

Heather1229
05-31-2010, 11:38 PM
Fee, we can only hope!! :)

arodfanpe666o
06-01-2010, 05:33 PM
I don't know if Andy watches Soderling - Roger (prbably not}, but Robin is proving that nowadays if you play powerful and agressive tennis, you can beat Federer.

Deboogle!.
06-01-2010, 05:33 PM
He tweeted that he was watching. Andy's problem is not that he doesn't know what to do, his problem is that he doesn't (or can't) execute it when he needs to.

Viky-cro
06-01-2010, 06:25 PM
hope he can do the same thing as Robin did - last years finalist to beat last years champion :)

Selby
06-01-2010, 07:40 PM
Maybe this time, maybe this year, every year I keep telling that to myself and then end up like this :sad:

Come on Andy!

OnyxRose
06-01-2010, 08:07 PM
hope he can do the same thing as Robin did - last years finalist to beat last years champion :)

That would be awesome. :sad:

Fumus
06-03-2010, 04:21 AM
He tweeted that he was watching. Andy's problem is not that he doesn't know what to do, his problem is that he doesn't (or can't) execute it when he needs to.


Andy's problem is that he's had bad luck and bad matchups. A problem that will not be problem this year if he gets the number 3 seed. I think he'll get a shot at a non-Federer final. :cool:


Who will cry along with me if he wins?

Fee
06-03-2010, 06:35 AM
Andy's problem is that he's had bad luck and bad matchups. A problem that will not be problem this year if he gets the number 3 seed. I think he'll get a shot at a non-Federer final. :cool:


Makes no difference if he is the 3 or 4 seed, they are drawn randomly to be placed in the draw opposite 1 and 2. His problem will be if he is the 5 or 6 seed, I don't know how much he can be moved up with grass court rankings considering he is currently #8

Deboogle!.
06-03-2010, 03:41 PM
I don't think he can get the #4 seed, he lost points during the clay season, Soderling is defending his RG points, and Murray and Rafa still have a good deal of grass points to add. The fact that he basically had no clay season at all makes it nearly mathematically impossible I think, even if he were to win queens (Though that obviously would not hurt, for several reasons)

Edit: no, it seems like the only question is seed 5 or 6 http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=9994046#post9994046

Heather1229
06-03-2010, 04:47 PM
To be healthy and have a good draw is what he needs! I just sort of fear the hype machine, Andy being a "contender" and all..

Fumus, if he wins, I will for sure cry with you!

I have faith, do you?

andymo
06-03-2010, 05:43 PM
Let us have faith....we must believe in Andy. The only way to go.

Selby
06-03-2010, 06:28 PM
Who will cry along with me if he wins?

Who wouldn't?!

arodfanpe666o
06-04-2010, 04:05 PM
The draw for Queens will be out later today, right? Or tomorrow?

Heather1229
06-04-2010, 05:24 PM
I just read that the draw ceremony will be tomorrow afternoon, London time.

arodfanpe666o
06-04-2010, 08:48 PM
Thank you :)

andymo
06-05-2010, 12:15 PM
http://tennis-in-depth.com/

Deboogle!.
06-05-2010, 04:59 PM
draw: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=10010089&postcount=1

andymo
06-06-2010, 08:58 PM
Andy will play his second round match vs. Kunitsyn or Marchenko on Tuesday or Wednesday

Deboogle!.
06-07-2010, 06:27 PM
It's Kunitsyn and it's tomorrow.

Selby
06-07-2010, 07:58 PM
There's a good chance Andy won't be able to even start his match, there's some heavy rain forecasted tomorrow.
Anyway I'm very excited and really looking forward to watching Andy playing on grass, it's usually a beautiful sight IMO, every ace puts a smile on my face :)

Smoke944
06-08-2010, 04:50 AM
Hope his practicing has been going well and Stefanki has been doing some good coaching. Let's go tomorrow Andy! :D

andymo
06-08-2010, 02:29 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/atptour/7809122/Andy-Roddick-looks-to-cover-himself-in-glory-at-Wimbledon-after-Roger-Federer-heartache.html

Deboogle!.
06-08-2010, 02:58 PM
Aw Andy:sobbing:

andymo
06-08-2010, 03:42 PM
http://www.hsbc.ca/1/2/en/personal/offers-hsbc-premier/rates?WT.srch=1&?WT.mc_id=HBCA_101805_09PREMIEe032126&SR={ifcontent:sr3_42635166_go}{ifsearch:sr3_426351 98_go}

andymo
06-08-2010, 04:19 PM
Andy Murray is playing right now...rain has stopped.

tangerine_dream
06-08-2010, 06:00 PM
Andy got a really nice loud round of applause when they announced him. :cool:

andymo
06-08-2010, 06:35 PM
They love him over there.....they have good taste.

Deboogle!.
06-08-2010, 06:59 PM
Great start:yeah:

Selby
06-08-2010, 07:04 PM
The only bad thing today was probably the couple of worrying slips he had here and there, otherwise it was really a practice session.
He really looks so very comfortable and natural on grass(not necessarily in terms on movement though).
Come on Andy!

Jade Fox
06-08-2010, 07:43 PM
Yeah those slips are typical Andy on grass. :lol: Other than that great start.

andymo
06-08-2010, 07:56 PM
A 50 min match with 12 aces......and a lot of breaks....goodddddddddddddd

Winston's Human
06-08-2010, 08:27 PM
Andy looked good. Green grass > red clay.

tangerine_dream
06-08-2010, 09:46 PM
http://in.news.yahoo.com/137/20100609/375/tsp-roddick-sweats-it-out-in-front-of-ea.html

Roddick sweats it out in front of eager audience

Wed, Jun 9, 2010

Andy Roddick got a taste of his increased popularity in Britain when hundreds of fans squeezed on to a narrow pathway just to watch him practise at Queen's Club on Tuesday.

The American, who was given a long standing ovation after losing an epic five-set final to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last July, arrived in London feeling jaded after yet another woeful performance in the French Open, where he went out in the third round.

However, as Roddick stepped on to the slick grass of Queen's by clambering over the side hoardings, he was greeted by a female cry of: "We love you Andy, this will be your year".

Roddick acknowledged the fan by comically raising one eyebrow before getting down to business with his hitting partner, as the throng of spectators jostled for space on the pathway beside the practice court. :cool:

Residents of the houses surrounding the leafy tennis club made the most of their vantage points by leaning out of their first- and second-floor windows to catch a glimpse of the Wimbledon runner-up.

"A lot maybe changed after Wimbledon last year. Why? I don't know," Roddick told reporters, referring to the final where he was finally subdued 16-14 in the fifth set by Federer.

"I feel like I've worked hard at what I do for a long time. For some reason it hit home during that tournament for a lot of people last year. I certainly think the sentiment is maybe a little bit different now."

Despite the blustery wind swirling around the court, Roddick's black T-shirt was soon drenched in sweat as he fired down his thunderbolt serves before giving his hitting partner the run-around with ferocious groundstrokes.

After 30 minutes, the four-times Queen's champion signalled to his team that he had had enough and packed away his rackets in preparation for his opening match against Russian Igor Kunitsyn later on Tuesday.

Five hours later, Roddick's work on Centre Court lasted little longer as he blew away Kunitsyn 6-2 6-1 and earned a standing ovation from the near 7,000-strong crowd.

Deboogle!.
06-09-2010, 09:02 PM
Andy vs. Sela is the first match up tomorrow at 12:30pm local

arodfanpe666o
06-10-2010, 04:11 PM
I feel more than ashamed. I think wit this he actually ruined his chances at Wimbledon. He played bad, but should have found a way through. If he can't get through Sela, how he would expect to get through Roger or Rafa?! OK, maybe we should accept the fact that he will not win another Slam... It is so sad.

Deboogle!.
06-10-2010, 04:17 PM
Having not seen it, it sounds like this was a bad mental day for andy, something was bothering him and he couldn't get past it. It happens, just not usually to him on grass. I think the biggest problem for him at Wimbledon is that he has played so little since Miami that he doesn't have the match-tough instincts you need in an important match at the tight moments. So I agree, I don't see how he could possibly win any of those huge matches at Wimbledon. That said, and I don't even know why I bother anymore, I would be very surprised if he laid an egg there like he laid today. He is healthy (unlike 2008) and doesn't seem like he's actually having a mental crisis (like 2006). So, we will see. But frankly I think that at this point, any result at Wimbledon besides winning it has got to be a huge disappointment for him.

Smoke944
06-10-2010, 04:17 PM
IMO he should request a WC into London for next week, he obviously needs more match practice.

Deboogle!.
06-10-2010, 04:46 PM
You mean Eastbourne? I agree, but I doubt he'll do it.

arodfanpe666o
06-10-2010, 04:59 PM
I was just going to ask you about that. I also think playing Eastbourne will not be bad idea...

Deboogle!.
06-10-2010, 05:16 PM
It doesn't look like the WCs have been handed out yet so we will see. I would still be very surprised though, he always likes going to Aorangi (the practice courts) and getting into his London routine.

arodfanpe666o
06-10-2010, 05:35 PM
"Credit to him. I think he had a very specific game plan, and I thought he executed it very well and never dug himself a hole on any service games, never had any sloppy errors.

"I think I could have done some things differently, but I thought he played a pretty perfect match. I've played worse at this tournament before and gotten through and won it before. I feel fine about the way I'm hitting the ball and constructing points.

And this is his comments...I'm speechless. So, he won't play Eastbourne, he "feels fine"... Watch out how is out before QF in Wimbledon.

Deboogle!.
06-10-2010, 05:40 PM
:retard: Dunno what to say.

tsurupettan
06-10-2010, 05:45 PM
what is this, i don't even... :tape:

andymo
06-10-2010, 06:18 PM
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLDE65928R20100610?feedType=RSS&feedName=tennisNews

Selby
06-10-2010, 07:16 PM
Now that's the worst possible reaction to this kind of loss, panicking would actually be better.
What happened to him in that long time off since Miami? I don't think he has practiced enough, he looks a bit heavier to me and like he got out of shape, maybe he got complacent and thought he can just get some rest...
Thanks for ruining my week Andy, I just can't get out of my head the thought that he might have ruined any theoretical chance he had to win Wimbledon this year and since this year was his last reasonable chance, well, this makes me :sad::sad:
I know it's just tennis and I usually don't really care about tennis, it's just a cool hobby, it's nice to watch and play like 2-3 times a month but with Andy, I don't know, it's kinda you know, real emotions when he succeeds and especially when he doesn't, stuff I can't just get out of my head for a while. Last year after Wimbledon it was awful...
I don't know, maybe it's still theoretically possible, but he needs to visit a really good sports psychologist ASAP(but we all know he'll never do that) and to really really really try his best(he proved he can do that many many times, but today he didn't even try!).
I don't think I'll be watching Wimbledon this year, not unless(until) Andy gets to the semis, because I wouldn't be able to watch another early exit of Andy like two years ago.

blosson
06-10-2010, 07:17 PM
I didn't see the match either but how disappointing! I really thought he would make the semis or even the final. He has the tendency of waiting for the other player's mistakes when against lesser players that annoys me. Damn Andy.

Fee
06-10-2010, 07:53 PM
Andy has improved and grown a lot, but the one thing he has never grown out of is bitching and complaining about external factors like a slippery court and letting it get to him. He needs to be much more Zen about stuff like this or his career is going to end in the next two years.

I would prefer he not play Eastbourne, but it would be nice if he could pick up a few of the exo matches at Boodles or wherever next week.

Jade Fox
06-10-2010, 08:18 PM
Oh Andy.

Still mad at you so I'm just gonna give you a bop on the head. :smash:

andymo
06-10-2010, 08:35 PM
Andy gets annoyed easily with little things.......should change that behavior. He should not take himself too seriously.It was slippery for the other guy too. And he is supposed to like grass.

arodfanpe666o
06-10-2010, 09:14 PM
Is it me or things are starting to get out of control. He is acting overconfident and it is not typical for him and really unapropriate after that kind of loss. I pray I'm wrong, but the rest of the year can become a nightmare.

Heather1229
06-10-2010, 10:47 PM
Ok, I've thought about it, I think he just had a bad day at work (happens to the best of us, I feel like I've had a bad week at work) and he'll get over it and be fine, the end! I hope.....:)

Deboogle!.
06-10-2010, 10:50 PM
I feel like I've had a bad year at work :haha: OK no, just six months :haha:

Yeah probably, I just can't remember the last time he had a bad day on grass, 2006 when he was at his very lowest point?

Heather1229
06-10-2010, 11:19 PM
Ditto the bad year at work, hahaha I was trying to be positive with the bad week! Maybe he just needed to get this out of his system so it won't happen at Wimbledon. Do you know that the final is on the 4th of July and it would be 10 years since Pete won his 7th....

Andy will be fine, Andy will be fine....altogether now!

tangerine_dream
06-11-2010, 12:19 AM
As usual MTF is overreacting. :lol: This is the first time in years Andy's had a bad show at Queens, from what little I saw he played terribly and seemed to be a tad grumpy. I'm going to blame all this on the weather, both Murray and Djokovic were complaining about the conditions, too. Even Nadal was slipping all over the place and now he's done gone hurt his faymoose ass again. :bigcry: Dudi Sela is in no danger of winning anything here, he'll probably lose in the next round.

I'm just worried Andy won't have enough match practice when he gets to Wimbledon. :unsure:

OnyxRose
06-11-2010, 01:32 PM
Well, I feel a bit better about Andy this morning. At least he has company in the "WTF are they doing?!" category with Nole and Murray...and Nadal is looking not fantastic as well.

He just...could have done really well here. Oh well.

Heather1229
06-11-2010, 02:04 PM
Totally agree, Onyx. Feeling way better about Andy's loss today since everyone else decided to crash out of the tournament too! Misery loves company! :)

OnyxRose
06-11-2010, 02:10 PM
Okay...well Nadal was feeling left out so he decided to join the party. It's funny, lol.

andymo
06-11-2010, 02:18 PM
Unbelievable....all the top seeds are gone. The highest is 22nd. What are they feeding the top players over there. Is there a curse ? At least, the focus is off of Andy. No #1 down.....wow

Selby
06-11-2010, 02:37 PM
But on the other hand, if Andy had played some decent tennis he could/should have won this tournament...

Heather1229
06-11-2010, 02:50 PM
He's won Queens multiple times and that has never won him a Wimbledon trophy, he's semied and finaled and never won a Wimbledon trophy. Perhaps losing in the 3rd round of Queens will lead to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

I do think it's totally crazy that all of the top seeds are gone!

arodfanpe666o
06-11-2010, 04:02 PM
Andy, Rafa, Murray, Nole out...well, let's hope that it is just one crazy tournament.

Heather1229
06-11-2010, 04:36 PM
Andy's apparently playing next week in an exhibition at the Hurlingham Club and here's the link: http://www.bnpparibastennisclassic.com/Home.aspx

andymo
06-11-2010, 05:02 PM
You can vote more than once;http://www.heatworld.com/Fun-Stuff/2010/06/Torso-Of-The-Week---its-time-for-YOU-to-decide/

tangerine_dream
06-11-2010, 06:22 PM
Basically. ;)

art by statedglory

blosson
06-11-2010, 07:19 PM
Tickets for Queens are extremely expensive (more expensive than Wimbledon for regular days other than final) and the semis are very anti climax. There isn't a single crowd pleaser left.

OnyxRose
06-11-2010, 07:40 PM
I would just be extremely upset. The only person I even remotely like is Mardy.

tangerine_dream
06-11-2010, 08:24 PM
Dudi Sela is in no danger of winning anything here, he'll probably lose in the next round.
:lol: As expected.

Andy will be ready for Wimbledon. :yeah:

andymo
06-12-2010, 04:45 PM
http://www.andyroddick.com/2010/06/12/british-medias-top-10/

arodfanpe666o
06-13-2010, 02:48 PM
Hewitt just beat Roger on grass. After 15 losses. Is Lleyton can do it, Andy can do it.

But right now I don't know if Roger is the problem.

Selby
06-13-2010, 03:53 PM
Looks like Wimbledon is more open than ever in the Federer era. I've got a feeling that Federer won't get to the final but neither will Andy, which will be another heartbreak for Andy.
But Federer is still the favorite obviously.

Heather1229
06-13-2010, 04:17 PM
Just because they all sucked in 250 events doesn't mean anything at this point. EVERY actively playing top 10 player who played a tournament this week lost, this clearly does not mean that will translate to play at Wimbledon. Wait and see what happens!

Fee
06-14-2010, 05:29 PM
Andy found an exo to get a few more matches http://www.bnpparibastennisclassic.com/PlayerListingPage.aspx

Fee
06-16-2010, 01:11 AM
http://www.talkabouttennis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17219

I don't understand why you've posted this link here.

arodfanpe666o
06-16-2010, 02:37 PM
Andy is the 5th seed in Wibledon. I don't know why Djokovic is ahead of him, but...

Any information about the exo?

Deboogle!.
06-16-2010, 03:42 PM
Because even with the boost of grass points Andy got from last year's final, it wasn't enough to overtake Novak with their formula. Andy's fault for skipping most of the clay season, then bombing at RG and Queens. the #4 seed was well within his grasp and he can only blame himself for that.

As for the exho, looks like Andy is/was to play Wawrinka today sometime

andymo
06-16-2010, 05:00 PM
I don't understand why you've posted this link here.

And what is the problem ? Go see, it is gone, happy?????

Selby
06-16-2010, 05:16 PM
http://a.yfrog.com/img149/5294/a2s.jpg

Someone in twitter said Andy won 7-6 6-4, I don't know what to make of that, but anyway exhos are totally irrelevant to anything.
They(my local sports channel) were showing a lot of tennis from last year's Wimbledon and boy did Andy look much lighter and moved much better than now or what? I mean, I'm not discussing about his tennis and how he plays, just his physical shape, and to me Andy looks much more like the Andy of 2008 than the "Stefanki" Andy. He looked in much better shape then and in this year's spring US hard courts season too. At first I thought it was the clay that was making him move so badly but now I'm thinking he gained some extra pounds. Then against Kunitsyn he moved reasonably OK but against Sela he moved awfully but maybe he had the conditions to blame , but if he there isn't any big improvement on this issue in the first or second match in Wimbledon then that would be a huge problem.
Anyway I think I'll just catch some highlights of most of Andy's matches unless he gets far, I'm kinda busy studying for a couple of weeks but maybe it's just an excuse...

Heather1229
06-16-2010, 05:41 PM
In all seriousness folks he played like crap up until the QF last year. The conditions at Queens were not best, he probably was incredibly nervous of injuring himself before the tournament that means more to him than pretty much anything in the world. Let the matches play out and see what happens.

I honestly think he looks slimmer than he has in a long time. I can't imagine he's sitting down getting ready for W chowing down on pizza and beer, don't believe it.

andymo
06-16-2010, 05:53 PM
He looks slim, I do not think he gained weight.

andymo
06-16-2010, 06:16 PM
Just read on Twitter;

spotted Andy Roddick looking very sexy and tall at the Hurlingham Club this afternoon...

arodfanpe666o
06-16-2010, 06:34 PM
Because even with the boost of grass points Andy got from last year's final, it wasn't enough to overtake Novak with their formula. Andy's fault for skipping most of the clay season, then bombing at RG and Queens. the #4 seed was well within his grasp and he can only blame himself for that.

As for the exho, looks like Andy is/was to play Wawrinka today sometime

Thanks :)

I forgot it's not only the grass pointss, but combined with the System.

andymo
06-16-2010, 07:05 PM
Thanks for the infos.

Fee
06-16-2010, 08:21 PM
And what is the problem ? Go see, it is gone, happy?????

I thought I was clear. I didn't understand why you posted that link in this thread, without a comment or anything. Was there something there in particular that we were supposed to be looking for? Was the rudeness necessary?

Deboogle!.
06-16-2010, 11:49 PM
Thanks :)

I forgot it's not only the grass pointss, but combined with the System.Yeah, that would have been nice :(

I hope it is true that andy won today. No exhos don't mean much (he killed Youzhny right before RG) but the last thing he needs before wimbledon is yet another loss. An early loss at Wimbledon and it won't just be the loss, it could also send him out of the top 10.

Heather1229
06-17-2010, 12:09 AM
I saw it in a couple of places that he did win today, so that's good exhibition or not. I really think it all boils down to the draw, I for one am super excited for Friday when it comes out!

Selby
06-17-2010, 11:06 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTrJuM-3lNU
Confirmation of Andy's win.
Is he supposed to play another exho?

Winston's Human
06-17-2010, 01:47 PM
Does anyone else find it amazing that every June we see the same uproar/questions in GM over Wimbledon's re-seeding of players?

They cannot all be newbies.

Heather1229
06-17-2010, 02:21 PM
Does anyone else find it amazing that every June we see the same uproar/questions in GM over Wimbledon's re-seeding of players?

They cannot all be newbies.

It is GM though, so you do have to question the mental capacity of the poster! ;)

partygirl
06-17-2010, 07:30 PM
...just his physical shape, and to me Andy looks much more like the Andy of 2008 than the "Stefanki" Andy. He looked in much better shape then and in this year's spring US hard courts season too. At first I thought it was the clay that was making him move so badly but now I'm thinking he gained some extra pounds.
He looks slim, I do not think he gained weight.
Definitely not a weight issue, Andy doesn't get any skinnier than this:p
(last week)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4697400043_4c8e986cfe_b.jpg

:drool:

tangerine_dream
06-17-2010, 09:57 PM
^^ Andy looks quite good there. :hearts:

I would love to see Andy pull a Rafa and win Wimby '10. Rafa lost a five-set heartbreaker in '07 and came back to win in '08. Enough with the heartbreak losses, it's his time to WIN. Come on Andy! http://i24.tinypic.com/2hflz7d.jpg

andymo
06-17-2010, 11:14 PM
Thanks for the beautiful photo....he looks awesome.

Viky-cro
06-18-2010, 09:24 AM
ok, so the draw is out .. and it sucks
He plays Ram in the first ronud, in second it will be loddra or someone , didn't get who.
His possible opponents for 1/8 are fish, ljubicic, or cilic
for 1/4 djokovic or hewitt
and for 1/2 federer...
dislike !

Heather1229
06-18-2010, 09:33 AM
That draw is not bad at all, lucky to be in Djokovic's quarter, that's for sure and he would have to beat Roger at some point anyway to win the tournament anyway. Might as well be in a semi than in a final.

Oh and all of the talk regarding lack of match play.....it's not like he has oodles of match play going into the Australian Open and he does just fine there.

Selby
06-18-2010, 09:39 AM
That's an OK draw, if he gets to the semis he would be playing good tennis, so I'm not worried. Sure it would be better to have Nadal in the semis but it would be greedy. But first he has to prove he can get to the semis by playing much better tennis than he's recently played.

Winston's Human
06-18-2010, 10:49 AM
Given their respective current mental state, I am not sure that Nadal would be easier than Federer.

arodfanpe666o
06-18-2010, 11:29 AM
Acceptable draw. For him Federer is the worst challenge, but he surely has to beat him to win the title. If he is going to lose, it doesn't matter if it is in semis or finals.

OnyxRose
06-18-2010, 11:30 AM
I think this is the best draw he could hope for really. I wanted him in Djoko's quarter, which given Novak's form is a bit of a crapshoot to make round 3, let alone the quarters. Ljubo is reverting back to old man status, Cilic is whatever on grass and Mardy is inconsistent. Better for Andy to play Roger in the semis. I don't think he could take it if he lost in the finals again. I couldn't take it.

tangerine_dream
06-18-2010, 10:03 PM
That's twice now the English crowd has cheered for Roddick and not Federer. Third time's the charm. :angel:

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news;_ylt=AuoJr21CneMhxtVBoLiJZxk4v7YF?slug=txwimb ledonpreview

Roddick returns to Wimbledon, site of 16-14 loss
By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer

“Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick!” http://i42.tinypic.com/6i8dio.jpg

Surprising as it may have been to hear full-throated chants echo through the often-staid Centre Court stands - 15,000 or so voices rising as one in the moments after last year’s Wimbledon final concluded with a 16-14 fifth set - what was most remarkable was the name the spectators chose to yell.

They did not salute the champion, Roger Federer, who claimed his sixth title at Wimbledon and record-breaking 15th Grand Slam title overall. Instead, they hailed the runner-up, Andy Roddick, who dropped to 1-4 in major finals, including 0-3 at the All England Club - each loss against Federer.

“Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick!” http://i42.tinypic.com/6i8dio.jpg

When Wimbledon begins Monday, Roddick will resume his quest for a championship that would mean quite a lot to him, one that barely eluded him in 2009.

Roddick served almost impeccably and was broken only once, in the 77th and last game of Federer’s 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 victory - the longest match and longest fifth set, in terms of games, in Grand Slam final history. And don’t forget this: Roddick injured his hip when he tumbled to the court in the fourth set.

“I’m always anxious going into Wimbledon. I don’t think that’s going to change,” said the 27-year-old Roddick, who lives in Austin, Texas. “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.”

Or as Roddick’s coach, Larry Stefanki, put it: “Grass is what you’d call his bread-and-butter.”

Roddick’s fastest-on-tour serve only gets speedier and tougher for opponents to handle on the slick surface used at Wimbledon. It’s a formula similar to one Venus and Serena Williams employ to dominate opponents at this Grand Slam tournament, divvying up eight of the past 10 Wimbledon championships.

Roddick did win the 2003 U.S. Open, but he is still waiting for No. 1 at Wimbledon, and his oh-so-close calls only have increased his intention to do well at the All England Club.

Stefanki cautioned, though, that Roddick needs to focus on the here-and-now at the start of the tournament.

“The fire, the drive, the internal flame is going to be there until he climbs the peak. But you’ve got to find a balance,” Stefanki said. “That’s the last thing you want to think about - winning a major when you’ve got seven rounds to win. Until you get to that seventh match, you’d better put that on the back burner. I mean, way on the back burner.”

There are plenty of players who could block the No. 5-seeded Roddick’s path, including the top-seeded Federer, who has reached a record seven consecutive Wimbledon finals. The only loss in those seven? That came in 2008 against Federer’s nemesis, Rafael Nadal.

Other men to watch include No. 4 Andy Murray, Britain’s best hope to end a Grand Slam title drought that extends to the 1930s; No. 6 Robin Soderling, who ended Nadal’s record 31-match French Open winning streak last year and ended Federer’s record streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals at the French Open this month; and No. 18 Sam Querrey of Santa Monica, Calif., who won a tuneup title on grass last weekend.

Nadal did not defend his Wimbledon championship last year, withdrawing a few days before the tournament began because of painful tendinitis in both knees.

“One year ago I was injured, and now I am not injured,” said Nadal, fresh off his fifth French Open championship. “That’s the big difference.”

Nadal’s is but one of several significant returns anticipated at the All England Club in 2010:

-Justine Henin, who owns seven Grand Slam titles but none from Wimbledon, will be back for the first time since 2007, having rejoined the tour this season after a 20-month hiatus;

-Kim Clijsters, a two-time U.S. Open champion and twice a semifinalist at Wimbledon, hasn’t played at the grass-court major tournament since 2006, owing to a 2 1/2-year semi-retirement, during which she got married and became a mother;

-Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova are planning to play in the legends’ doubles event; Hingis retired for the second time in 2007, when she was given a two-year suspension for failing a drug test at Wimbledon, while Kournikova last played singles at the All England Club in 2002;

-those waits are all rather quaint compared to that of Queen Elizabeth II, who is expected to attend Wimbledon next Thursday, her first visit to the tournament since 1977.

That was the last time a British woman (Virginia Wade) won Wimbledon, and the year Bjorn Borg won the second of his five consecutive championships.

Roddick, of course, would love to have one.

“He doesn’t feel like, ‘Oh, it was a lost opportunity last year.’ At all,” Stefanki said. “No, he thinks: ‘This one here is another opportunity, coming ahead on the horizon.’ Which is beautiful. That’s the attitude you have to have.”

Has Roddick made time to check out last year’s stirring final on DVD?

“I’m sure if it was on TV somewhere, and it was a rerun, I’d probably watch it - you know, if I didn’t have a round of golf or something,” Roddick said. “I don’t think I’m going to live the rest of my existence without watching probably the best match that I’ve been a part of. I don’t know if I’m going to go watch it tomorrow, but, yeah, I probably will at some point.”

In the time that’s passed since that day, people all over the world have mentioned the match to Roddick, and he senses that he earned a lot of new fans despite losing.

Indeed, he hopes this year’s Wimbledon will draw to a close as the Centre Court crowd once again sings his name - this time celebrating the champion, rather than consoling the runner-up.

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Roddick the sentimental favorite

By Kamakshi Tandon
Special to ESPN.com

Reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and you get to join the Last Eight Club. Win the whole thing, and they make you an honorary member of the All England Club.

Officially, there's no club for losing in the finals a bunch of times, but it exists all the same. Guys who could have won, should have won and -- if not for some cruel twist of luck -- would have won at some point.

Yet they keep trying, picking themselves up, swallowing each painful defeat and coming back for more. In the process, they often capture the hearts of the public. More than the majestic champions, these are the players who represent the hope and pathos that make victory meaningful.

Everyone knows members of the Wimbledon finalists club: Ken Rosewall. Ivan Lendl. Patrick Rafter. Goran Ivanisevic, one of the rare ones who actually managed to win it in the end.

The list goes way back. In the 1930s, Gottfried von Cramm lost three straight finals to England's own Fred Perry. The gentlemanly German baron won over the class-conscious crowd so thoroughly that, if the fans had had their way, the British Grand Slam drought would stretch a few years further than Perry's 1936 victory.

The newest member is Andy Roddick. After two previous defeats in the final to Roger Federer, last year's epic 16-14 fifth-set loss to the Swiss sealed Roddick's status as the new sentimental favorite of the championships.

"I think a lot maybe changed after Wimbledon last year," Roddick said. "I certainly think the sentiment is maybe a little bit different now."

There hasn't been such a universal "people's choice" since Ivanisevic fulfilled his Wimbledon ambitions by winning the title as a wild card in 2001.

Two weeks ago, having arrived in England after a third-round exit at the French Open, Roddick appeared on the well-known British late-night talk show "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross."

During the interview, Ross told his guest, "I know we've got Andy Murray, but I'd like to see you win Wimbledon this year, I really would, because I think you so deserved it last year.

"And Federer's won it -- how many times? Stop showing off, Swiss guy. Let someone else have a look in."

Public sentiment might say this is Roddick's year, but what do the form books suggest?

With Federer looking a little more vulnerable these days and Nadal possibly due for a letdown, there is a glimmer of opportunity in the men's draw that Roddick is as well positioned to take advantage of as anyone. Given his formidable serve and proven grass-court record, the American is always in the mix at Wimbledon.

At the same time, however, it's hard to see lightning striking twice. He'll have to overcome a recent lack of match play in the early rounds and be hitting his peak by the time he faces the rest of the big guns late in the second week.

A little luck from the draw wouldn't hurt either -- i.e., no Federer in the quarterfinals. Or heck, no Federer, period.

Roddick lost to Dudi Sela at Queen's last week, looking a bit like a cat being chased by a mouse as he fell to the small but speedy 5-foot-9 Israeli in straight sets. That means he goes into Wimbledon having played only five tour matches since April and only two on grass, although he has decided to play the Hurlingham exhibitions this week to get in some matches against the likes of Murray and Lleyton Hewitt.

"A match at Queen's isn't going to ruin what I've done on this surface for the last eight years and how I've started off this year," said Roddick, who reached back-to-back finals in Indian Wells and Miami before taking most of the clay season off.

Roddick has earned sizable respect for staying competitive at the top of the sport by incrementally improving and recalibrating his depreciating power-based game. There has been no easy formula to follow because although the serve is always there, he has neither the natural volleying capabilities to charge the net with abandon nor the all-around baseline game now required to consistently win points from the backcourt.

It's a conundrum, and even though Roddick is impatient with well-meaning suggestions, just about everyone has tried to think of something that might help him capture that elusive second Grand Slam title to go with his 2003 U.S. Open win.

After last year's Wimbledon final, Roddick shared the tale of his mail carrier coming to the door and noting that Roddick didn't change his sweaty shirt often enough in the fifth set.

"I haven't seen my mailman since," Roddick revealed recently. "He might have quit or been moved to another round after I made that knowledge public."

During his interview with Ross, Roddick was interrupted in the middle of a self-deprecating remark.

"Let me tell you; this is what's wrong with you. You want me to give you some advice?" Ross asked, an ironic note in his voice.

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"More than anything," Roddick replied.

"Listen up, because this could be the difference," Ross said. "You make too many jokes, too many negative jokes about your game."

"Do I? Like what?"

"Like you just did. A minute ago."

Roddick shrugged. "Just having some laughs."

"Well, don't. Look me in the eyes. Say after me, 'I'm a winner.'"

"I'm a winner."

"'I'm going to win Wimbledon this year.'"

"I'll win Wimbledon this year."

Whether he does win or not, Roddick knows he already has won a place in the history of the tournament.

Kate87
06-19-2010, 04:27 PM
A Roddick - 19 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010

Q. Fantastic American hard court swing. Bit of a downtime during the clay court season. Do you still feel you're perhaps coming in with higher expectations than 12 months ago?
ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, I don't know. I mean, you know, you always at this point in the tournament are just worried about getting through the first one. I don't think that ever changes.I don't really get too caught up in expectations. I get caught up in, you know, how you're gonna win three sets on Monday. I don't think that really doesn't change too much.

Q. How is your fitness?
ANDY RODDICK: Physically, I'm fine. Yeah, there's no problem.

Q. What has been the schedule since Queen's? I saw you play an exhibition. Other than that, just practice?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, just practice as usual. I've gotten in a lot of court time, which has been good. I'm definitely not short on repetitions right now or set play or anything like that.
Just going to be applying it to an actual match, which is pretty tough to simulate. As far as, you know, the way I'm hitting the ball, I feel fine. I feel good.

Q. When did Larry get in?
ANDY RODDICK: He got in Monday.

Q. What was the thinking with him not being at Queen's?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, he wasn't there last year. His first son graduated from UCLA. That was always going to take priority as far as his family goes.

Q. Besides Rafa on the clay, there's been no stand out, dominating person. Do you think this is a more open Wimbledon than for a long time?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I mean, you know, I think you have the normal cast of favourites, you know. So, regardless, you know, I think Roger's always a favourite when he comes here. Rafa's in form, he's playing well. You know, Murray will have the home court. I could have given you the same answer last year as I'm giving you right now, so...
I think, you know, you're still gonna get the same five or six names when asked.

Q. Your name is obviously among them. You put yourself there, don't you?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah, I think so. I've proven that I know how to kind of navigate my way to the later rounds of this tournament. It's a place I feel comfortable. It's a surface that I feel good on. So, you know, as for names on the list, that's for you to decide. But, you know, I feel comfortable with where I'm at here.

Q. Is coming so close something that you can put behind you or even want to put behind you after last year?
ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, well, I mean, you know, I think I've been asked this question about 86,000 times since last year.
But, uhm, I don't know if 'put behind you', I don't know exactly what that means. I'm always going to remember it. It's always gonna be there. You don't generally mind trick yourself into making it go away.
The thing is, I have great memories last year. Everyone talks about a match, but it takes two weeks of getting to that match of playing pretty good tennis. I played some of my best stuff.
It's a tournament as a whole that I think I'll always be extremely proud of.

Q. Did you know coming in last year you had your best stuff going? Where, in a two week tournament like this, do you realise that?
ANDY RODDICK: I did not have great stuff early on in the tournament last year. You know, I think if you look at my first round, I dropped a set in nearly every round until the fourth round action and then I started playing a lot better.
You know, the thing is, no matter how well you play on a given day, it starts over two days later. So, you know, like I said, I don't think you get too high or low on form. It's just a matter of surviving, giving yourself a chance to play again, and getting through a draw.

Q. You talk about taking the positives. There were a helluva lot of positives to take out of it last year. In hindsight, how would what you did here last year compare to maybe actually winning the US Open?
ANDY RODDICK: You want me to compare last year to winning the US Open?

Q. The feeling of accomplishment.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I don't know. To be honest, I don't really deal in hypotheticals. Last year is last year. Has zero to do with this year, as far as I'm concerned.
You know, I'm not gonna close my eyes and think and that's going to make me hit a better forehand when I go out and practice right now. Maybe some people work like that. I don't. You wake up and live each day for itself.
I think that's what I do, you know. I don't know how playing well last year affects this year past the point of knowing that you can do it and you can play well.

Q. Venus Williams said she doesn't really understand the rules of football or soccer. Do you understand the rules and have you been following the World Cup?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes and yes.

Q. Impressions then?
ANDY RODDICK: I understand the rules of football(:bowdown:) so well that apparently when two Slovenian guys mug an American guy the American guy gets called for a foul. That's how well I understand the rules.

Q. Did you watch the England game last night?
ANDY RODDICK: I did not watch the England game last night, no. I decided to take advantage of no traffic and go into the city and have some dinner. You'd be amazed how quickly you can get down there when an England game is on.

Q. What are your thoughts on Nebraska's new conference?
ANDY RODDICK: You know what? I'm surprisingly unaffected by it. I don't mind it.
I think the Big Ten is such a storied conference. The Big 12, I lost it a little bit when we stopped playing Oklahoma every year. It kind of made that rivalry go by the wayside.
For all you English people, this is what it's like when you talk about World Cup in front of us.

Q. But you take part in the World Cup. All your sports are just played in America.
ANDY RODDICK: That's your fault (laughter).
Anyway, I feel fine about it.

Q. What are your thoughts on how Nebraska will do in the Big Ten?
ANDY RODDICK: We'll see. They got a good team coming back. You know, we'll see. I'm looking forward to it, though.

Q. On the tennis front, what are your impressions about how it seems older players are doing better? It's not so much the teenagers, early 20s, who are at the top, on both the men's and women's side, the median age is increasing.
ANDY RODDICK: I just talked about this. It's cyclical. I mean, three years from now it could be different. I mean, I remember two, three years ago when obviously Rafa was still being Rafa, you know, Murray was establishing himself, and Djokovic was establishing himself, all the talk was, you know, of the young guys coming through. Now it's like pushing back.
Bottom line is, regardless of what year you were born in, if you can play, you have a place in the game. That's the way I view it. As to why, why it's changing a little bit or why the older guys are kind of reestablishing themselves in the top 20 or whatever it is, I'm not sure. I mean, I don't know.

Q. Are you happy with your draw?
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I haven't looked too far, to be honest. You know, to be honest, the first thing I thought of when you asked that question was, Does it matter? You go out, you play a match, you play the guy across the net from you. I think it's a little presumptuous to look anywhere past that.

Q. Can Lleyton Hewitt be a contender for the title again?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I've always put Lleyton in the top echelon of guys on grass. You know, a lot of people talk about how well I played over the weekend last year, but I barely beat Lleyton in the quarters.
That was a match I felt fortunate to get out of. It's not surprising to see Lleyton Hewitt playing well on a grass court, you know. I'm sure the tournament in Halle kind of maybe opened some people's eyes. But inside the locker room, I don't know if anyone was super shocked that he's in form on this surface.

Q. Seeing as you're so close to Fish and you know Querrey really well, did you maintain an interest in Queen's or was that just wiped off the horizon for you?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, I was there every day practicing, so it was kind of hard. Obviously, when my friends are in, I'm pulling for them, still watching their matches, you know.
Yeah, sure, I was still interested.

Q. How is grass court tennis different from a mental standpoint compared to hard court and clay tennis?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, that's an extremely personal question. I could get into the psychosis of clay versus grass for a little while (laughter).
I think more than anything, you kind of have to stay the course(:D) on a grass court a little bit more, kind of point for point, because maybe some of the points go faster. You might not, you know, be in many games on the other guy's serve for two, three, four service games in a row. I think it's more critical on this surface than any other to take your opportunities when you do get 'em.
You know, you can't really kind of coast in and out of focus on this surface.

Selby
06-19-2010, 04:50 PM
Llodra could be an unexpected 2nd round obstacle by the things are looking :unsure:

Heather1229
06-19-2010, 05:20 PM
Umm...take a look at who LLodra beat to win the title? If he had beaten Nadal and Fed, sure, but how many people did he even beat that were in the top 50? Each player is equally dangerous on any given day..Andy just needs to mentally show up to play.

All the stock that is put into analyzing the draw just kills me, at the end of the day if you don't execute you don't move through the draw. All of the "presumed" matchups are ridiculous, everybody has to get there. A difficult draw on paper doesn't always constitute a difficult draw in reality.

Apologies for being cranky but it's beautiful outside today and I'm inside studying...boo...

Jade Fox
06-19-2010, 07:21 PM
Umm...take a look at who LLodra beat to win the title? If he had beaten Nadal and Fed, sure, but how many people did he even beat that were in the top 50? Each player is equally dangerous on any given day..Andy just needs to mentally show up to play.

All the stock that is put into analyzing the draw just kills me, at the end of the day if you don't execute you don't move through the draw. All of the "presumed" matchups are ridiculous, everybody has to get there. A difficult draw on paper doesn't always constitute a difficult draw in reality.

Apologies for being cranky but it's beautiful outside today and I'm inside studying...boo...

Quoted for truth. :cool:

partygirl
06-19-2010, 07:27 PM
All the stock that is put into analyzing the draw just kills me, at the end of the day if you don't execute you don't move through the draw. All of the "presumed" matchups are ridiculous, everybody has to get there. A difficult draw on paper doesn't always constitute a difficult draw in reality.
:rocker2::bowdown: :rocker2:

Deboogle!.
06-19-2010, 07:31 PM
The point is that, really, Andy shouldn't be losing to anyone on grass except a very small handful of players. he should have no problem making the quarters at very least, and we all know that, regardless of who he plays. Wimbledon's one place really where the draw shouldn't really matter :shrug:

Selby
06-19-2010, 09:11 PM
The point is that, really, Andy shouldn't be losing to anyone on grass except a very small handful of players. he should have no problem making the quarters at very least, and we all know that, regardless of who he plays. Wimbledon's one place really where the draw shouldn't really matter :shrug:

Normally I would agree, but I've got this strong feeling(well it's not just a feeling, it's based on his recent performances) that Andy will start the tournament playing crappy, and I'm not talking about crappy like last year, I'm talking about real like in his loss to Sela crappy. I'm optimistic that if he gets deep, if he gets into the tournament then he'll pick up his level just like last year and he'll have a real shot at the title, but first he's gotta get to the quarters and with this tricky draw he can't play like he's played recently if he wants to get there.

Kate87
06-20-2010, 12:30 PM
Andy's match is the second on Court 1 ( :confused: ) tomorrow

Selby
06-20-2010, 12:38 PM
I was really looking forward to Andy playing every match on center court, it would have helped him too, I'm disappointed. Against Llodra they have to put him there, and if he wins then in every other match from that point. What has Djokovic done do deserve center court at Wimbledon in his first match?

Heather1229
06-20-2010, 01:42 PM
It's really not that big of a deal. It's like the same principle of putting Rafa on Lenglen at RG. They need an interesting ticket for Court 1 and putting Andy and Venus on Court 1 will keep the ticket holders happy.

Fee
06-21-2010, 06:24 AM
Do your work Andrew, Earl of Bamwich. :)

Smoke944
06-21-2010, 06:27 AM
And now the quest begins....
One match at time, survive and advance :cool:
Good luck Andy :)

OnyxRose
06-21-2010, 11:16 AM
Oh, good luck Andy.

tangerine_dream
06-21-2010, 03:56 PM
Let's make it a nice, boring, easy three-set win, Andy. Don't need any drama today.

OnyxRose
06-21-2010, 04:54 PM
Routine win is nice.

Oh, and if I ever see Falla on a street, I'm giving him a beatdown. Idiot.

Heather1229
06-21-2010, 06:14 PM
Thank goodness for a workmanlike performance and a win!

OnyxRose
06-21-2010, 06:35 PM
Not much energy expended...I like it.

tsurupettan
06-21-2010, 06:51 PM
yay for a straightforward win. keep rolling.

and even though they were papshots and just :lol: @ mediatakeout in general, i'll admit i kind of aww'd over the shots of serena and andy. i know some may not like her, but their friendship is just pretty adorable to me.

Kate87
06-21-2010, 07:07 PM
and even though they were papshots and just :lol: @ mediatakeout in general, i'll admit i kind of aww'd over the shots of serena and andy. i know some may not like her, but their friendship is just pretty adorable to me.

i probaby missed something here? :rolls:

nice match Andy :D 3sets down 18more to go :D

tangerine_dream
06-21-2010, 07:15 PM
I missed the beginning of the match. How did the crowd react to Andy when he walked out? :D

I liked the great reaction he got when he won. :cool: He played very well today. Good job, ducky.

Heather1229
06-21-2010, 07:18 PM
Tangy, he pretty much got a standing ovation. :)

Fee
06-21-2010, 07:40 PM
I missed the crowd reaction at the beginning and the end. :sad: Hope that shows up on clips somewhere.

Thank goodness Fed won today, I was afraid Andy would get all mental playing after him. From now on, Andy must finish all of his matches before Fed gets on court, no sympathy losses. I still have my fingers crossed for an Andy/Andy final.

Fee
06-21-2010, 07:41 PM
yay for a straightforward win. keep rolling.

and even though they were papshots and just :lol: @ mediatakeout in general, i'll admit i kind of aww'd over the shots of serena and andy. i know some may not like her, but their friendship is just pretty adorable to me.

What photos are you referring to? Do you have a link?

Heather1229
06-21-2010, 07:46 PM
Here's the link:

http://mediatakeout.com/41664/something_new_serena_williams_photod_hugging_a_mys tery_caucasian_man_at_the_airport.html

OnyxRose
06-21-2010, 07:50 PM
http://www.mediatakeout.com/41664/something_new_serena_williams_photod_hugging_a_mys tery_caucasian_man_at_the_airport.html

I feel dirty just posting that link. That website makes me sad for my race.

Fee
06-21-2010, 08:07 PM
Thank you both. And yeah, scary comments section.

I hope I haven't jinxed the Andys by putting my wish in writing. :lol:

andymo
06-21-2010, 08:13 PM
http://www.livestream.com/wimbledon/video?clipId=pla_c0e9bd00-ed13-4ce7-82e8-b18bf81aeae1&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb

Heather1229
06-21-2010, 08:20 PM
Fee, last year everyone was hoping for an Andy-Andy semi and it happened, so I don't think you've jinxed them. I think that would be a great final! With the right Andy winning of course ;)

Fee
06-21-2010, 08:34 PM
Fee, last year everyone was hoping for an Andy-Andy semi and it happened, so I don't think you've jinxed them. I think that would be a great final! With the right Andy winning of course ;)

Well of course (the one that's a little British in his heart, and not at all Scottish. :lol: ). Actually, that makes me wonder what Andy is, if you trace his family back far enough. Don't think I've ever paid attention to that info before.

Heather1229
06-21-2010, 09:00 PM
Fee, I'm not sure, maybe German/Irish? I don't really know just guessing :).

tangerine_dream
06-21-2010, 09:45 PM
Well of course (the one that's a little British in his heart, and not at all Scottish. :lol: ). Actually, that makes me wonder what Andy is, if you trace his family back far enough. Don't think I've ever paid attention to that info before.
Andy's family is predominantly English/Scot (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/o/d/David-B-Roddick/index.html) ancestry (http://www.blongerbros.com/genealogy/bom.asp). Just one more reason why the Brits love him. ;)

A "loose" connection requiring further research involves a Welshman named John Roddick whose family probably originated from Scotland. John immigrated to Pennsylvania from England about 1832. He briefly lived in Allegheny County, PA and married Sarah Batchelor there in 1836. They ultimately settled in Wisconsin in 1837. Andy Roddick, a world class professional tennis player, is a famous descendant of John Irving Roddick and Sarah Batchelor.


His ancestors were Wisconsin farmers (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/09/08/030908ta_talk_ross). Blanche Roddick says:

“Jerry and I were born in Platteville, Wisconsin, and we met there when he was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin and I was a senior in high school,” she said. “Jerry lived on a dairy farm and had to work very hard for the farm and hated it. He’s Andy’s business manager now, and he says that’s hard work, too. Jerry wasn’t athletic, but I played golf and baseball and coached Little League. Jerry started Jiffy Lube stores in Nebraska and Texas. Then, in the Vietnam War, he was drafted and stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. We moved around a lot and wound up in Omaha, Nebraska. Andy’s older brother John played tennis, and Andy watched him. When Andy was three and a half, he started playing and was always carrying his racquet around and asking, ‘When can I play?’ ” She took a sip of wine and went on: “When Andy was seven, his other brother, Lawrence, came to me and said, ‘Andy has phenomenal hand-eye coördination.’ Now Lawrence has a boy, one year old, my grandson, J.C. You know the way babies carry around their security blankets wherever they go? Well, J.C. does that with his tennis racquet. We say to him, ‘Ready position, J.C.’ And he takes his racquet back.”

Here's more info on Andy's family tree. (http://agrismd.tribalpages.com/)

tangerine_dream
06-21-2010, 09:56 PM
Tangy, he pretty much got a standing ovation. :)

Awesome. Andy looked so happy and humbled by the crowd's love for him at the end of the match. I wish I could have seen his entrance.

Fee
06-21-2010, 10:22 PM
Yeah, put that family history out about Andy and they might love him even more. :)

Jade Fox
06-21-2010, 10:31 PM
http://www.mediatakeout.com/41664/something_new_serena_williams_photod_hugging_a_mys tery_caucasian_man_at_the_airport.html

I feel dirty just posting that link. That website makes me sad for my race.

Same here. :o

Andy's family is predominantly English/Scot (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/o/d/David-B-Roddick/index.html) ancestry (http://www.blongerbros.com/genealogy/bom.asp). Just one more reason why the Brits love him. ;)

A "loose" connection requiring further research involves a Welshman named John Roddick whose family probably originated from Scotland. John immigrated to Pennsylvania from England about 1832. He briefly lived in Allegheny County, PA and married Sarah Batchelor there in 1836. They ultimately settled in Wisconsin in 1837. Andy Roddick, a world class professional tennis player, is a famous descendant of John Irving Roddick and Sarah Batchelor.


His ancestors were Wisconsin farmers (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/09/08/030908ta_talk_ross). Blanche Roddick says:

“Jerry and I were born in Platteville, Wisconsin, and we met there when he was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin and I was a senior in high school,” she said. “Jerry lived on a dairy farm and had to work very hard for the farm and hated it. He’s Andy’s business manager now, and he says that’s hard work, too. Jerry wasn’t athletic, but I played golf and baseball and coached Little League. Jerry started Jiffy Lube stores in Nebraska and Texas. Then, in the Vietnam War, he was drafted and stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. We moved around a lot and wound up in Omaha, Nebraska. Andy’s older brother John played tennis, and Andy watched him. When Andy was three and a half, he started playing and was always carrying his racquet around and asking, ‘When can I play?’ ” She took a sip of wine and went on: “When Andy was seven, his other brother, Lawrence, came to me and said, ‘Andy has phenomenal hand-eye coördination.’ Now Lawrence has a boy, one year old, my grandson, J.C. You know the way babies carry around their security blankets wherever they go? Well, J.C. does that with his tennis racquet. We say to him, ‘Ready position, J.C.’ And he takes his racquet back.”

Here's more info on Andy's family tree. (http://agrismd.tribalpages.com/)

Didn't know Andy had all that heritage in him. I'm getting educated on something new every day. :)

tangerine_dream
06-21-2010, 11:55 PM
http://www.mediatakeout.com/41664/something_new_serena_williams_photod_hugging_a_mys tery_caucasian_man_at_the_airport.html

I feel dirty just posting that link. That website makes me sad for my race.
Omg, Andy's a "Mysterious Caucasian Man" :haha: That's going in my sig, whenever I get around to making a new one.

*edit*

Wow the comments are even funnier. Love how everybody ragged on the site for not knowing. :spit: :haha: :rolls:

vassace Yall don't know who Andy Roddick is MTO, that's why yall are a gossips sight, not a news sight SMH yall neeed to hire better help

WIonelove this is why black folks shouldn't have media outlets. are you at MTO seriously retarded? Thats andy roddick and the last time I check they are oth tennis players.. OMG can you say MTO is retarded. This is
the last time i come up in here

LoveDaMusicHard LMAO @MTO not knowing Andy Roddick!!

osimiwife get it gat dammit u go gurl!!! he cute too..

JinKzM lol its andy roddick an american top tennis player , get some culture MTO geez

sweetpea1 serena has dated caucasian men before, this is not new.

swtj That's Andy Roddick..famous tennis player..there's no mystery there. Do your research MTO.

LazyDazy THAT'S ANDY RODDICK MEDIATAKEOUT! R U THAT DESPERATE FOR A STORY? They're actually good friends, they play tennis together when they were little...

coco526 MTO stop telling false stories

TheCityIsMine773 MTO Your Creditability Has Just Been SHOT AND KILLED!!
Yall Just Don't Know SHYT ABOUT SHYT!!!
HOW DID YALL DUMMIES GET STARTED BECAUSE IF YALL DID IT I KNOW DAMN WELL I CAN!!!

BTW
ANDY RODDICK IS NOT RANKED #1 THIS YEAR.
RAFAEL NADAL IS RANKED #1
ROGER FEDERER IS RANKED #2
ANDY RODDICK IS RANKED #7

LETS GET SHYT RIGHT NEXT TIME MTO

MISS_PIGGYMINAJ THAT'S FINE ASS ANDY RODDICK!

RETURNOFYAIDOL Get some biz MTO

Winston's Human
06-22-2010, 12:46 AM
Andy's family is predominantly English/Scot (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/o/d/David-B-Roddick/index.html) ancestry (http://www.blongerbros.com/genealogy/bom.asp). Just one more reason why the Brits love him. ;)

A "loose" connection requiring further research involves a Welshman named John Roddick whose family probably originated from Scotland. John immigrated to Pennsylvania from England about 1832. He briefly lived in Allegheny County, PA and married Sarah Batchelor there in 1836. They ultimately settled in Wisconsin in 1837. Andy Roddick, a world class professional tennis player, is a famous descendant of John Irving Roddick and Sarah Batchelor.


His ancestors were Wisconsin farmers (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/09/08/030908ta_talk_ross). Blanche Roddick says:

“Jerry and I were born in Platteville, Wisconsin, and we met there when he was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin and I was a senior in high school,” she said. “Jerry lived on a dairy farm and had to work very hard for the farm and hated it. He’s Andy’s business manager now, and he says that’s hard work, too. Jerry wasn’t athletic, but I played golf and baseball and coached Little League. Jerry started Jiffy Lube stores in Nebraska and Texas. Then, in the Vietnam War, he was drafted and stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. We moved around a lot and wound up in Omaha, Nebraska. Andy’s older brother John played tennis, and Andy watched him. When Andy was three and a half, he started playing and was always carrying his racquet around and asking, ‘When can I play?’ ” She took a sip of wine and went on: “When Andy was seven, his other brother, Lawrence, came to me and said, ‘Andy has phenomenal hand-eye coördination.’ Now Lawrence has a boy, one year old, my grandson, J.C. You know the way babies carry around their security blankets wherever they go? Well, J.C. does that with his tennis racquet. We say to him, ‘Ready position, J.C.’ And he takes his racquet back.”

Here's more info on Andy's family tree. (http://agrismd.tribalpages.com/)

It looks like from this link that Andy also has some German/Swiss and Scandinavian ancestry -- which would not be uncommon for rural Western Wisconsin.

partygirl
06-22-2010, 04:25 AM
With face like this, what could go wrong?:inlove:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=212203&stc=1&d=1277180474

Duck hunter?:unsure:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=212206&stc=1&d=1277180474
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=212205&stc=1&d=1277180474
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=212204&stc=1&d=1277180474

arodfanpe666o
06-22-2010, 09:46 AM
Liked the way he won. Let's hope it doesn't get like Queens, easy win and...

tangerine_dream
06-22-2010, 05:16 PM
Video of Andy's interview in the ESPN studio after his R1 win:

Andy speaks! (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5311982&categoryid=2491545)


*edit*

Andy's twitter today. :haha: :rolls:

andyroddick http://bit.ly/9VBjKy its so tough being @serenajwilliams mystery man these days. no privacy. i wonder if she celebrates everyones hugs :)

Fee
06-22-2010, 07:22 PM
Andy reads this forum. Hi Andy! :wavey:



(I'm kidding, I have no idea).

Selby
06-22-2010, 11:42 PM
I think Andy's gonna have a real battle tomorrow, I'm pretty sure he could lose a set but I hope that's all he loses. I could only watch Andy's 1st set in his first round and it looked like he was hitting the ball cleanly enough but the one thing I didn't like seeing was Andy throwing some junk first serves(under 120 MPH) just to get the percentages up and to get over with his service games. Now it was more than enough against Ram but he can't do that against Llodra, he's gotta come there and show Llodra there's no way he can break him and everything will be just fine. But what I'm afraid of is Andy giving Llodra the belief and giving him looks on his serve.
But the good thing is that Andy said himself that he knows it's going to be a tough dangerous match.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2010, 01:12 AM
Andy has always varied his serve a bit. His 105 kick serve spinning away from the player is just as effective as 145 up the T and that's why Andy's serve has always been so good.

arodfanpe666o
06-23-2010, 03:48 PM
Glad he won. He has not played much in the last months, so it's kind of normal to has difficulties. I think he will get better in the later rounds.

tangerine_dream
06-23-2010, 04:40 PM
Of course the match was scheduled while I was in transit. :o Glad he passed this first test though. :) How well did Andy play?

arodfanpe666o
06-23-2010, 06:14 PM
Bad in thew first set and a half. And well enough to win for the rest of the match. Nothing impressive, but he got through. Needs to ge better.

blosson
06-23-2010, 08:54 PM
He played ok. He managed to raise his game in the 2nd set and that's what matters.

Are you watching that crazy match between Mahut and Isner? It's over 9 hours and still counting!!!!

Deboogle!.
06-24-2010, 12:29 AM
TTC has an interview with Andy and Jimbo is in the studio. Andy is a hot mess, wearing a red hat, white shirt, gray shorts, black socks, and hideous shoes. Epic even for him :rolls:

AND HE SAID ONUS :worship:

edit: video http://www.tennischannel.com/video/ it's a great interview :D

Heather1229
06-24-2010, 12:40 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHA, I just saw that too Deb! Hilarious, you'd think since the boy was married to a model he would be able to match his clothes....just sayin'. :p (Brooke get on that!) I do love the red hat though!

In other news, so glad Andy won today, I think now that he's battle tested and was able to be successful since Llodra was playing inspired tennis, he should be working his way nicely into the tournament.

Sorry to see Mardy go out today and I have no words for Isner/Mahut. No words at all.

Winston's Human
06-24-2010, 02:42 AM
I did not see anything wrong with Andy's outfit. It looked very comfortable.

Fee
06-24-2010, 03:47 AM
bummer, 21-19 in the 5th at the AO is just a memory now...




Edit: watched the video of his studio interview. Wonder how Babolat feels about him wearing Nike shoes on camera.

Deboogle!.
06-24-2010, 04:14 AM
I did not see anything wrong with Andy's outfit. It looked very comfortable.:rolls: :lol: *pats you on the head* :p


Fee, isn't the babolat shoe contract only for on the court? He's been seen out and about in other kinds of shoes too, I remember lacoste somewhere and Nike before too.

Fee
06-24-2010, 06:43 AM
Fee, isn't the babolat shoe contract only for on the court? He's been seen out and about in other kinds of shoes too, I remember lacoste somewhere and Nike before too.

I don't know, I'm curious about the details. I know Justin cannot wear any athletic shoes on his feet at tennis related events unless they are nikes (and he has about 7000 pairs of them to choose from, including flip flops). I vaguely remember that JanMike had the same stipulation with adidas and then with Prince when he switched. It's possible that Babolat may have an 'on court' only agreement with him, but those Nike logos caught my eye right away. He's not the type to thumb his nose at his contracts, so it probably is okay with Babolat.

Selby
06-24-2010, 10:10 AM
Andy to meet the queen!



1042: BREAKING NEWS - Serena will get to show off her new curtsy. The world number one might not be playing in front of the Queen today but she is among the players we have just been told will meet Her Majesty. That list in full: Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick (Roddick replaces Andy Murray because of pre-match preparation), Laura Robson, Heather Watson, Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha, and past Wimbledon champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.

Edit: Yeah he just did, I saw it on BBC 2, he looked all royal himself with that suit LOL

andymo
06-24-2010, 12:26 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/23j3csp.jpg

andymo
06-24-2010, 01:31 PM
Andy R paid for take-out for the whole Isner camp. Andy is very caring. So lovable.Dick Enberg mentionned that during Andy Murray's match. Pat Mcenroe put it on Facebook.

Deboogle!.
06-24-2010, 01:40 PM
I don't know, I'm curious about the details. I know Justin cannot wear any athletic shoes on his feet at tennis related events unless they are nikes (and he has about 7000 pairs of them to choose from, including flip flops). I vaguely remember that JanMike had the same stipulation with adidas and then with Prince when he switched. It's possible that Babolat may have an 'on court' only agreement with him, but those Nike logos caught my eye right away. He's not the type to thumb his nose at his contracts, so it probably is okay with Babolat.I thought I read when the deal was publicized that it was for on court action only but maybe I just assumed that from seeing him wearing several other brands at various events...

andy's suit :rolls:

Selby
06-24-2010, 05:02 PM
Andy R paid for take-out for the whole Isner camp. Andy is very caring. So lovable.Dick Enberg mentionned that during Andy Murray's match. Pat Mcenroe put it on Facebook.

He sent a masseur to his hotel room too.

andymo
06-24-2010, 05:16 PM
It seems that Andy lent his chef and masseuse. Dick Enberg had it wrong.. said that he paid everything at the resto.

partygirl
06-24-2010, 05:35 PM
I need to see more of this "I'm going to meet the Queen" suit.
Can't tell if i love it or hate, but he tries....sometimes:lol:

andymo
06-24-2010, 05:38 PM
It was a Lacoste suit.....Andy was very handsome and in a proper attire.

tsurupettan
06-24-2010, 05:39 PM
:lol: i need a closer look on that jacket. but somehow i don't think a different angle will warm me up to it.

i saw on epsn part of john's presser and he mentioned the takeout. aww.

partygirl
06-24-2010, 05:48 PM
Bigger but same angle:unsure:
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0f3ea2e2i5aRe/1000x.jpghttp://i45.tinypic.com/29oq24n.jpg

tsurupettan
06-24-2010, 06:23 PM
yeahhhhh... :lol: :tape:

hahahaha, i just noticed djokovic's wardrobe with the bigger pic. well, at least andy's not wearing that? though, it looks like andy's shirt is a light purple...? idk what's with this.

Selby
06-24-2010, 06:59 PM
You got it from the wrong angle, it looked much better from the queen's side.
Come on it's not that bad, better than showing up like Djokovic did.

Fee
06-24-2010, 07:01 PM
Andy must be wearing borrowed clothes since he was a last minute substitute. I cannot believe that he would show up looking like that if he had time to plan, not even with his clothing history.

I have no problem with Novak's warm up suit, there must be some reason for it. Another late notice or a very tight schedule perhaps. At least it wasn't shorts.

I love that Fed's in a suit and wearing his lifetime member's badge so he can do whatever he wants and go wherever he pleases. :lol:


Deb, I agree. We've seen him in New Balance shoes and all kinds of other stuff, so Babolat has to be okay with it.

partygirl
06-24-2010, 07:04 PM
Darker pants.
Brown would have helped, Navy would have been safe. Black would have been sharp.

I love that Fed's in a suit and wearing his lifetime member's badge so he can do whatever he wants and go wherever he pleases. :lol:Is that what that is?
:haha:
Can't let any queen show you up that much, Roger should know;)

Winston's Human
06-24-2010, 07:11 PM
Black pants would have been ideal with his lavender shirt and white jacket.

blosson
06-24-2010, 11:22 PM
Federer has Anna Wintour looking after his style, apparently she sent her hairdresser to do his hair. OMG Andy! He's probably wearing Brooke's shirt, the Wimbledon restaurant waiter's jacket and his coach's kakhis.

andymo
06-24-2010, 11:46 PM
My God, let it go. Andy can dress as he pleases.

Heather1229
06-25-2010, 12:01 AM
My God, let it go. Andy can dress as he pleases.

You are always so quick to attack all of us, if it's so horrible for you why do you continue to post here? This is an internet forum, and I'm pretty sure we all can post anything we please within reason.

andymo
06-25-2010, 12:17 AM
You are always so quick to attack all of us, if it's so horrible for you why do you continue to post here? This is an internet forum, and I'm pretty sure we all can post anything we please within reason.

I am not attacking, I am asking, not exactly the same. If you can post anything you please, why can't I ? Who will decide what someone can post and cannot. If you can post criticisms of Andy, I sure can be of another opinion.

Heather1229
06-25-2010, 12:27 AM
First of all I didn't criticize Andy's attire today. Secondly you were not asking anything in your original post. I wasn't telling you to stop posting I just wanted to know why you continue to post here if you feel as though all of our posts are inadequate.

andymo
06-25-2010, 01:43 AM
For the last time, if you look closely at my post, I was not quoting anyone. And I was asking to let it go.So I was not talking to you in particular. But if you feel you have to defend yourself, not my problem.

tangerine_dream
06-25-2010, 02:12 AM
I don't want Andy to turn into a Dandy via the Vogue stylists, that's just not him, but he needs to get rid of the frumpy and uncoordinated clothes, it reflects badly on Brooke. Yes, I know how awful and shallow that is but it's also how the business works. If you're going to marry a supermodel, then you're going to have to pay a small price in your fashion choices.

On the other hand, Andy can avoid all this nonsense by winning Wimbledon. Then his frumpy wardrobe will be excused and forgiven and maybe even start a new fashion trend that'll be featured in Vogue. :p

andymo
06-25-2010, 02:38 AM
Haha...well said. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbn3rOPmR9w&feature=youtu.be

Viky-cro
06-25-2010, 10:28 AM
What a great friend he is :)
So what should you do in such a situation for which there is no guidance in any coaching manual. Isner revealed that his first move was to drink what he called "a recovery shake to get some carbs in me right away". He then took an ice bath as he explained - for those of us who've not spent a whole day bashing a tennis ball over the net without a break - that the hunger pangs had yet to kick in.

That is, until Andy Roddick who had already left the Wimbledon complex, did his bit for American tennis by arriving with some take-away food for Isner and his coaching team. Isner recalled: "There were three boxes of pizza, all sorts of chicken and mashed potatoes. I would have eaten 12 Big Macs." If ever a man needed a boost to get through the match of his life, then surely having a former Grand Slam winner and Wimbledon finalist acting as your pizza delivery boy must be one huge fillip.

from twitter

met the queen of england today .... she said she loved me in the american pie movies
and then
just so we are clear.... she did not say that..... it was an attempt at humor... didnt think that was gonna get taken seriously

Selby
06-25-2010, 10:48 AM
Kohlschreiber is going to be very very dangerous today, Andy's gonna have to play very well. But I get the feeling that especially on the backhand side all he'll be able to do on return is to block it in, so serving and volleying right from the start can't be a bad thing, but the german's baseline game is better than Llodra's so Andy's volleys are going to have to be better too.

Deboogle!.
06-25-2010, 07:04 PM
:yeah:

arodfanpe666o
06-25-2010, 07:10 PM
Overall it was not a bad performance at all. Could have been 3, but 4 sets is OK.

Love the way Larry was the first to stand up after the matchpoint. Such a great guy. He is probably the best coach Andy has ever had. It is a shame he could't hire him a couple of years earlier.

OnyxRose
06-25-2010, 07:11 PM
Good for Andy!

Jade Fox
06-25-2010, 07:20 PM
It should have been three but I'm glad he's through. Kohlschreiber is such a GOAT killer but Andy stayed tough.

Now make the QF's!

Deboogle!.
06-26-2010, 02:16 AM
:eek: I saw John in Andy's box :D

andymo
06-26-2010, 08:10 PM
Yes, saw him too. How come we never see his parents in their box????

Deboogle!.
06-26-2010, 08:14 PM
His parents seem to be the hands-off type, the opposite of "stage parents" if you will. When they com see him (sometimes in cincinnati, Miami, etc), they don't usually sit in his box. It's just how they are and that's why Andy is the way he is too

tsurupettan
06-26-2010, 09:19 PM
i know we wanna go one match at a time, but i'm nervously eyeing that djokovic/hewitt match. i'll feel better if it's the former, but i'm not too sure when it comes to hewitt.

Winston's Human
06-26-2010, 11:17 PM
i know we wanna go one match at a time, but i'm nervously eyeing that djokovic/hewitt match. i'll feel better if it's the former, but i'm not too sure when it comes to hewitt.

I just hope that Djokovic and Hewitt go 5 sets with a few extra play-it-out games.

Heather1229
06-26-2010, 11:34 PM
I just hope that Djokovic and Hewitt go 5 sets with a few extra play-it-out games.

How about 34-32 in the 5th? :p

Bummer that Andy and Venus are on Court 2 on Monday but the other matches on Centre and Court 1 are a bit more intriguing I suppose!

Deboogle!.
06-26-2010, 11:42 PM
To be fair, yeah. Andy's match should not be interesting on paper, especially since Lu had a 5-set doubles match while Andy had his feet up and was apparently having problems with his neck and/or shoulder. I'll be pretty surprised if Andy has a very dramatic match. the others are all much better on paper.

Heather1229
06-27-2010, 12:47 AM
Deb, Lu had the shoulder and neck problem, right? Taped and everything I believe I read somewhere.

Although Djokovic's neck was taped up yesterday too.

Deboogle!.
06-27-2010, 12:58 AM
Yeah, Wertheim (consider the source) tweeted it :lol:
http://twitter.com/jon_wertheim/status/17088722890

andymo
06-27-2010, 02:19 AM
Q. Who do you think would win a WAG‑off between the tennis WAGS and the soccer wags?

ANDY RODDICK: That just sounds dirty. You just said 'WAG‑off.' I'm not going to answer that

arodfanpe666o
06-27-2010, 08:02 AM
Sometimes Andy doesn't respond well when they put him on the smaller courts. But this time it should be a straight sets win, really.

tangerine_dream
06-27-2010, 09:34 PM
No jinxing allowed. :scared:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/bruce_jenkins/06/25/roddick.murray/#

Andy vs. Andy: Roddick and Murray will face off in Wimbledon final

The occasion cries out for an encore. Who wouldn't want to see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Centre Court in the Wimbledon final, a reprise of the greatest match ever played?

I'd like to see it as much as anyone, but it won't come down that way. Here are five reasons why Andy Roddick will be facing Andy Murray a week from Sunday:

1. Roddick has become a man. He chides the press for the ever-changing portrayal of his reputation -- upstart, hero, punk, smart-aleck, baseline robot, all-court guy, class act, he's heard it all over the years -- but there are elements of truth to that progression. He's not the same person, or the same player, who won the U.S. Open (his only major title) seven years ago.

Roddick measures his public comments now, instead of just assuming he's the smartest guy in the room. He has worked tirelessly on his game, developing variety, decent volleys and a backhand with verve and authority. Three years ago, Pete Sampras wondered if Roddick was too stubborn to change what had become a monotonous, very beatable style. The response came forth in last year's Wimbledon final, when Roddick took Federer to 16-14 in the fifth, and it was the aftermath of that crushing loss that said the most about Roddick. He realized the implications, that people appreciated the hell out of his effort, and he never stopped grinding. Right now, he looks as sharp and composed as anyone in the tournament.

"It was a privilege to play in that match, I'm very proud of it," Roddick said upon his return to the All England Club. "I'm not going to act like it's a burden now."

2. Murray's frame of mind. Quite the opposite of Roddick, Murray never quite reveals what he's thinking. This is a guy who mixed "droll" with "laconic" in his teenage years and came up with a distinct Scottish blend. Too often, Murray's intense introspection costs him dearly on the court, including a bunch of ridiculous losses this year, but he's a different man just now. Utter confidence has burst forth in his Wimbledon performances, and a sense of ease. The slightest annoyance might torment him in Dubai or Miami, but he doesn't at all mind carrying the flag of British tennis by himself. (Literally; he was the last man or woman standing after just one round, the U.K.'s worst performance in Wimbledon's 133-year history.)

3. Roddick -- at least until he plays Murray -- will be the crowd favorite in every match he plays. He earned the Centre Court patrons' respect in that Federer titanic; they were chanting his name as he awaited the ceremony. They appreciate toughness, a hard-line competitor who never gives up, and that's Roddick all the way.

"Whether it's right or wrong, maybe they appreciate the body of work I've put together at this tournament," he said this week. "You never feel like you're entitled to anything here. They can choose whether to support you or not. The fact that they were vocal about it, and have been since I came back, it's a nice thing."

4. Pomp, with a side of circumstance. Like clockwork, Queen Elizabeth II shows up at Wimbledon every 33 years. She was there for Virginia Wade's epic triumph in 1977, and sure enough, she was on hand Wednesday to watch Murray -- playing his best tennis since he reached the Australian Open final -- dispatch Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets.

The Queen didn't seem terribly engaged by the tennis, to be truthful, but it was a significant episode for Murray, who showed he understood the protocol of bowing and even unleashed a bit of humor. "You never know, I might get nervous beforehand and screw it up," he said the day before. And when asked about the desultory state of British tennis, he didn't offer the expected words of encouragement. Instead: "It's not great, is it?"

5. The big guns look vulnerable. Federer had back-to-back struggles against Alejandro Falla and a qualifier named Ilija Bozoljac, who took him to 7-6 in the fourth. Nadal lost two sets to 151st-ranked Dutchman Robin Haase. Strictly on the form we've seen to date, Roddick and Murray are outplaying the kings. They have earned their passage to Sunday. A lot of cool things have happened at Wimbledon, and that would be a very cool final.

(For those who checked SI.com's predictions before the tournament, that's right, I picked Federer to win and Roddick as the most likely "flameout" on the men's side. Things change, is all I can say. I'll look especially bad when the final turns out to be Soderling-Hewitt.)

blosson
06-28-2010, 07:00 PM
It's over! :(

tsurupettan
06-28-2010, 07:01 PM
:haha: i shouldn't have even worried about djokovic/hewitt, after all.

:tape:

Deboogle!.
06-28-2010, 07:02 PM
I don't even know what to say. Worst loss since, well, I can't even remember. At least when he lost to Tipsy he wasn't 100% fit and should probablyn ot even have played the tournament. This time no excuses. just bad. At least he didn't ruin my birthday too. Going to probably drop out of the top 10 and probably have a terrible rest of the year. Andy will never win wimbledon, he wants it too badly or something. his 5-set record is truly horrendous for a player of his caliber.

Selby
06-28-2010, 07:06 PM
I'm looking for any consolation there is to hold onto. Well, maybe he didn't have a chance to win it anyway, not like that and I mean surely he wouldn't have drastically improve in just two days.
I never cry because of sports because I always tell myself not to, but this is certainly one of the times I kind of want to.

blosson
06-28-2010, 07:14 PM
I don't even know what to say. Worst loss since, well, I can't even remember. At least when he lost to Tipsy he wasn't 100% fit and should probablyn ot even have played the tournament. This time no excuses. just bad. At least he didn't ruin my birthday too. Going to probably drop out of the top 10 and probably have a terrible rest of the year. Andy will never win wimbledon, he wants it too badly or something. his 5-set record is truly horrendous for a player of his caliber.

:bigcry: I'm normally angry at Andy but today I'm just sad, very sad.

Selby
06-28-2010, 07:17 PM
I think it's retirement time now, he'll have some injury now and will barely win a a match until the end of the year, and after that I just can't see where he can get some even more motivation.
Might as well close this forum or something.
I'll always always remember Andy the player only for the good times, and the day he retires I'll really stop watching tennis because anyway like 90% of the tennis matches I watch are his.

blosson
06-28-2010, 07:20 PM
I think it's retirement time now, he'll have some injury now and will barely win a a match until the end of the year, and after that I just can't see where he can get some even more motivation.
Might as well close this forum or something.
I'll always always remember Andy the player only for the good times, and the day he retires I'll really stop watching tennis because anyway like 90% of the tennis matches I watch are his.

:bigcry:

Nishy
06-28-2010, 07:36 PM
Well, kind a long time not to coment here. But I just want to coment here right now.

What happen to his motivation today?
I might be wrong but I can't see his motivation today.
He was not happy because he had to play on Court 2?
Another stomachache?
Fought with Brooklyn last night?
lots of thoughts in my mind but don't know.

Hope his dream to win Wimbledon comes true near in the future.

Winston's Human
06-28-2010, 08:11 PM
Passive, passive, passive! I just do not understand why he plays these matches the same way or why we expects opponents to fold.

It is just disappointing after watching what Andy can do (such as against Nadal in Miami or Andy Murray last year).

Oh well! It's vacation time so I wont have time to watch many more matches anyway.

partygirl
06-28-2010, 08:26 PM
Hope his dream to win Wimbledon comes true near in the future.
It will be the last thing he does. ;)

tennis lover
06-28-2010, 09:27 PM
Absolutely gutted. I felt sure he was going to pull it out in the fifth. :awww:

Heather1229
06-28-2010, 11:28 PM
Happy early birthday, Deb!

This just sucks and it sucks because he lost because he played like crap and he knows it. Lu definitely came up with the shots when he needed to, but there's no reason for Andy to lose to this guy not here, not ever. The talks of retirement, I mean come on, he's 27 years old, in good shape and still in the top 10 unless he's absolutely insane will he retire. At the end of the day there are millions of people who would give limbs to have the career that Andy has had, talk to James, Mardy, Sam, John they'd all KILL for Andy's career and ya know what maybe just maybe he has a Wimbledon in him maybe he does, but maybe he doesn't. If he doesn't that's okay, will his career be incomplete? NO.

Here's to a strong summer hardcourt season.

Oh and by the way everyone might want to stay away from GM :rolleyes:

acd692
06-29-2010, 12:51 AM
i'm really sad, i wanted to see him in the finals again:(

Winston's Human
06-29-2010, 01:34 AM
Happy early birthday, Deb!

This just sucks and it sucks because he lost because he played like crap and he knows it. Lu definitely came up with the shots when he needed to, but there's no reason for Andy to lose to this guy not here, not ever. The talks of retirement, I mean come on, he's 27 years old, in good shape and still in the top 10 unless he's absolutely insane will he retire. At the end of the day there are millions of people who would give limbs to have the career that Andy has had, talk to James, Mardy, Sam, John they'd all KILL for Andy's career and ya know what maybe just maybe he has a Wimbledon in him maybe he does, but maybe he doesn't. If he doesn't that's okay, will his career be incomplete? NO.

Here's to a strong summer hardcourt season.

Oh and by the way everyone might want to stay away from GM :rolleyes:

Well said!!

DartMarcus
06-29-2010, 05:59 AM
Andy will suck at summer hard court season as after any heart-breaking loss, so I am just looking forward to 2011. :rolleyes:

blosson
06-29-2010, 08:14 AM
Absolutely gutted. I felt sure he was going to pull it out in the fifth. :awww:

Me too.:awww: I was so sure I was watching Brasil take on Chile in the World Cup instead. When I checked back he had already lost and I was like who's this dude called Lu.

arodfanpe666o
06-29-2010, 09:00 AM
Very bad loss. I'm scared that this could be vary bad for his career - I so hope I'll be wrong, but I fear he will loose the motivation to compete in the highest level, to stay in top 10 and go for the big titles. I hope I'm wrong and he has a great summer hard-court season coming. He really needs to play big time for the rest of the year. He is out of top 10 in Monday, but he has almost no points to defend...It hard for me to be positive for the future after this. Especially when I have a knee surgery on Friday...

Winston's Human
06-29-2010, 11:02 AM
Why do people say Andy is out of the top 10 on Monday? It looks like from Judio's rankings threads that Andy will be somewhere between #8 and #10. He is currently #8. Tsonga can pass him if he beats Murray, and Berdych can pass him if he reaches the final.

I think Andy's real top 10-exit danger point comes only if he fails to defend his finals points in Washington or his semi-finals points in Canada. Plus, Del Potro has even more points which he is not able to defend.

OnyxRose
06-29-2010, 11:32 AM
I'm watching the beginning of the ESPN and Brad Gilbert echoed my thoughts. When Andy reaches the top guys, he plays all out most of the time and can beat anyone not named Federer. However, he has to reach the top players first. He always plays down to his competitor when facing someone lower ranked than he is and that's a recipe for disaster. He plays so defensively and like Patrick said, playing not to lose. That's not his game. I wish he would realize that.

andymo
06-29-2010, 11:58 AM
Happy early birthday, Deb!

This just sucks and it sucks because he lost because he played like crap and he knows it. Lu definitely came up with the shots when he needed to, but there's no reason for Andy to lose to this guy not here, not ever. The talks of retirement, I mean come on, he's 27 years old, in good shape and still in the top 10 unless he's absolutely insane will he retire. At the end of the day there are millions of people who would give limbs to have the career that Andy has had, talk to James, Mardy, Sam, John they'd all KILL for Andy's career and ya know what maybe just maybe he has a Wimbledon in him maybe he does, but maybe he doesn't. If he doesn't that's okay, will his career be incomplete? NO.

Here's to a strong summer hardcourt season.

Oh and by the way everyone might want to stay away from GM :rolleyes:

Well said, he does not have to win another Slam to have had a great career and he will win again. He is a fighter but yesterday, he played safe and he lost. He is going to make the adjustments, I'm sure.

arodfanpe666o
06-29-2010, 12:05 PM
Why do people say Andy is out of the top 10 on Monday? It looks like from Judio's rankings threads that Andy will be somewhere between #8 and #10. He is currently #8. Tsonga can pass him if he beats Murray, and Berdych can pass him if he reaches the final.

I think Andy's real top 10-exit danger point comes only if he fails to defend his finals points in Washington or his semi-finals points in Canada. Plus, Del Potro has even more points which he is not able to defend.

I'm sorry, I thought that he would fall out because he lost to early before the final, ant there is a lot of points no defended. My mistake.

andymo
06-29-2010, 12:46 PM
I'm watching the beginning of the ESPN and Brad Gilbert echoed my thoughts. When Andy reaches the top guys, he plays all out most of the time and can beat anyone not named Federer. However, he has to reach the top players first. He always plays down to his competitor when facing someone lower ranked than he is and that's a recipe for disaster. He plays so defensively and like Patrick said, playing not to lose. That's not his game. I wish he would realize that.

Well, he does not plays down all the time because he would not have reached final and semi finals and 1/4 finals very very often. Who in the top 10 apart from Fed & Nadal, can say the same thing. He must do something right sometimes,,lol. He has 29 titles and 1 Slam, so he must do something right a lot of times. Just saying, because Andy gets crtiticized a lot when he loses.

partygirl
06-29-2010, 07:30 PM
Well if he needs to play better players earlier to raise his game, slipping in the rankings will accomplish that.

It is an angle he has yet to really try.
I'm half serious.:ignore:



Andy gets criticized a lot when he loses.This is true.
Especially when its in the worst way possible (beside injury):timebomb:

FEDERERBEAUTY
06-29-2010, 07:59 PM
I was at the matches on Friday and Monday. Preferred Friday for sure!

tangerine_dream
06-29-2010, 09:38 PM
Well, he does not plays down all the time because he would not have reached final and semi finals and 1/4 finals very very often. Who in the top 10 apart from Fed & Nadal, can say the same thing. He must do something right sometimes,,lol. He has 29 titles and 1 Slam, so he must do something right a lot of times. Just saying, because Andy gets crtiticized a lot when he loses.
Expectations are high because people know he can do better. He's plays beneath himself all too often.

Well if he needs to play better players earlier to raise his game, slipping in the rankings will accomplish that.

It is an angle he has yet to really try.
I'm half serious.:ignore:
I don't think you're far off with this. Andy gets it up for players who he thinks poses a danger to him; Lu was not one of those players. Maybe he'd have better luck if he met Federer in the third round instead of semis and finals.

OnyxRose
06-30-2010, 01:41 PM
So...if the Berdman beats Federer, Andy and I are going to have to have a talk. Like, seriously.

Winston's Human
06-30-2010, 02:47 PM
Now I feel really sick about Andy's loss.

OTOH, a Federer loss always brightens my day.

OnyxRose
06-30-2010, 02:51 PM
IKR? I'm dying inside for Andy, thrilled for Tomas and utterly happy that Fed lost. I'm so conflicted.

tangerine_dream
06-30-2010, 06:18 PM
But of course. :o

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/997/farewellgg.jpg (http://img31.imageshack.us/i/farewellgg.jpg/)

Jade Fox
06-30-2010, 07:53 PM
I didn't come in here for a while because I was still so sad for Andy. :sad:

And seeing Roger losing today will probably not make him feel any better realizing that he might've had a chance.

tangerine_dream
06-30-2010, 09:16 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/bruce_jenkins/06/29/wimbledon.notes/index.html

Andy Roddick can redeem himself by winning the US Open

Here's the hell of it for Andy Roddick: Over the next six months, as he tries to digest a fourth-round loss to Yen-Hsun Lu at Wimbledon, he'll have exactly one chance to redeem himself -- the U.S. Open. Nothing else will suffice. He could win back-to-back titles at Toronto and Cincinnati and no one would care. One shot in six months to take a stand, and he can't just be a sturdy battler at the Open, he'll need to win it. This isn't baseball, where you bounce back from an 0-for-5 with a tape-measure blast, or football, where redemption is just a Sunday away. Roddick is about to face an endless period of introspection, to the tune of critics mercilessly questioning his big-stage mettle.

***

Andy and Brooke leaving the grounds.

Heather1229
07-01-2010, 12:21 AM
As soon as Andy had lost I knew Roger would not be far behind and sure enough he wasn't far behind at all. Oh well, what are ya going to do, win some/lose some.

Apparently, Andy is back in TX, he's going to be on the Bobby Bones show tomorrow morning with Brooklyn.

tangerine_dream
07-01-2010, 04:05 PM
I'm listening to the Bobby Bones podcast from today (http://www.967kissfm.com/cc-common/podcast.html). Apparently Andy went "Britney Spears" and cut off all his hair. :eek: They also took an IQ test and Brooke and Andy scored the top two spots.

*edit*

A quick search on twitter reveals many fans sending positive don't-give-up tweet to Andy after his loss and wishing him to come back on twitter. Don't worry fans, Andy will tweet again. :)

Heather1229
07-01-2010, 11:37 PM
Sooooooooo the video is up on the Bobby Bones website of Andy and Brooke's appearance today. He's wearing a hat and all but the hair is GONE! Whatever works for ya Andy but if you really pull a Britney and attack anyone with an umbrella, we might need to stage an intervention..just sayin' :)

partygirl
07-02-2010, 12:03 AM
Can't wait to see how much hair grows back.:devil:

Deboogle!.
07-02-2010, 12:13 AM
oh dear god :eek:

OnyxRose
07-02-2010, 02:29 PM
Once again, I'm ticked at Andy. Djoko is channeling his inner Dementieva and DF to give Berdych the match. What could have been...but oh well.

partygirl
07-02-2010, 07:29 PM
What could have been...He had a hair appointment. Ooops.