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2012 Grasscourt Season

SapELee
06-11-2012, 10:58 PM
Queen's

10 Nalbandian v Pospisil
Jaziri v [Q] Bemelmans
Roger-Vasselin v [Q] Korolev
BYE v 7 Roddick

OnyxRose
06-12-2012, 02:11 PM
Apparently Andy and Lleyton are teaming up for doubles as well.

arodfanpe666o
06-12-2012, 06:51 PM
It's great how these two great fighters became friends through the years. At one point, about 2003-2006 they did not get along very well.

Fumus
06-12-2012, 06:55 PM
Apparently Andy and Lleyton are teaming up for doubles as well.

That's cool, I remember when Andy teamed up with Andre there oh so long ago.


Mister Q said, "They'll play one up and one back...Andre on the baseline and Andy 5 feet behind it".

:sad: Those were the days.


Is Andy actually in London yet?

arodfanpe666o
06-12-2012, 07:03 PM
Just saw that Nalbandian match was moved to the court where Andy/Lleyton should be playing. Something happened, I just hope Andy is not injured again.

tangerine_dream
06-12-2012, 10:13 PM
It must be Hewitt who's injured because Andy's now teamed to play doubles with Roger-Vasselin. :shrug:

Did you guys see this?

Andy Roddick Admits 2012 May Be His Last Wimbledon (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2156970/Andy-Roddick-admits-2012-Wimbledon.html)

Say it ain't so, Andeeee.

http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/cry.gif

Deboogle!.
06-13-2012, 03:32 AM
Andy's playing against Roger-Vasselin. He and Hewitt are last on Centre tomorrow. I think they've been postponing/taking doubles off the schedule every day b/c of rain.

arodfanpe666o
06-13-2012, 01:03 PM
Andy is heading to another loss...

OnyxRose
06-13-2012, 02:14 PM
Andy may or may not win this match but he looks terrible. It's depressing.

I do have to add though, that he seems to be moving more comfortably here than he has. Maybe grass will make him flip a switch, who knows.

Well, Andy lost. Pretty much nothing else left to say.

Deboogle!.
06-13-2012, 02:44 PM
Yikes. Keeps getting sadder.

arodfanpe666o
06-13-2012, 02:54 PM
He looks terrible and slow and insecure. Andy really should call it quits. He can't win one a match. I hoped he could get to 600 wins before he retire. Obviously this is not going to happen. After the Olympics will be the perfect time.

Deboogle!.
06-13-2012, 03:04 PM
Nah he'll do it at/after a us open. Can't imagine he'd retire anywhere else

seljanin
06-13-2012, 03:08 PM
Oh my :facepalm: He had that one chance on the matchpoint, it was a good opening, Roger-Vasselin left a free space for Andy to pass him at the net by going BHDTL. And he sent that backhand at least few meters out.

It is sad that it has gone so far that part of me is happy with the fact that he didn't lose 0-2, but managed to make it as close as it was. When he got broken in that 1st set, I thought it is gonna be 0-2 without any doubts.

22 aces, 79% 1st serve, and still a loss. Another disappointment. I am very sad now :sad:

arodfanpe666o
06-13-2012, 03:18 PM
Nah he'll do it at/after a us open. Can't imagine he'd retire anywhere else

Yes, you are right. He better play Wilmbledon, Olympics and than make a final appearance at the USO. There is no point in finishing with 20 consecutive losses.

Fumus
06-13-2012, 06:01 PM
Meh and bleh.

I wouldn't count Andy out. He looked healthy out there. He can play himself into form but he'll need some luck to go further than maybe the 3rd round of Wimbly.

I think we'll see a return to form sometime this summer and we won't see a retirement until next year. In the article Tangy posted, Andy was sorta saying it could be his last Wimbledon(as if to say anything can happen)...but not that it would be.

tangerine_dream
06-13-2012, 09:00 PM
Meh. I don't feel so bad now that Andy Murray lost in the first round in three sets, too. :shrug:

seljanin
06-13-2012, 09:14 PM
Well, I really like the optimistic post by Fumus, hopefully, he is right :)

At least Lleyton/Andy doubles team won :bigclap: Ok, it's probably just a meaningless doubles match, but it is so cool to see those two warriors from the previous decade battling it out together. I mean, I grew up watching these guys, it is just great to see them playing together. I really hope that the next match will be streamed, so I can watch them in action :cool:

Meh. I don't feel so bad now that Andy Murray lost in the first round in three sets, too. :shrug:

As strange as it is, same here :lol:

Deboogle!.
06-13-2012, 09:28 PM
It's good bc Andy needs time on court in a real match atmosphere doesn't matter if it's meaningless doubles. He's lost a ton of singles matches in a row but let's not forget the last one he won. If he's healthy which it sounds like he is, what he needs is confidence.

Deboogle!.
06-14-2012, 03:16 PM
Well Andy took a wc into eastbourne next week :eek:

seljanin
06-14-2012, 03:24 PM
Well Andy took a wc into eastbourne next week :eek:

A little unexpected but good news, imo.

Good luck to Lleyton/Andy pairing tonight against the doubles specialists :cool:

Fumus
06-14-2012, 03:57 PM
Well Andy took a wc into eastbourne next week :eek:

Not giving up the ghost just yet it seems. He wants to play...and play into form.

SapELee
06-16-2012, 02:43 PM
Andy drew Sam Querrey in the 1st round :facepalm:

Full draw: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/741/mds.pdf

arodfanpe666o
06-16-2012, 02:57 PM
It seems another straight sets loss

OnyxRose
06-16-2012, 09:02 PM
*sigh*

SapELee
06-19-2012, 10:15 PM
Andy finally snapped his losing streak after Querrey retired down 2-5. Probably not how he wants to win, but a win is a win.

Deboogle!.
06-20-2012, 01:10 AM
well it's at least encouraging that he said things have started coming together in practice the last couple days.

tangerine_dream
06-20-2012, 05:47 PM
OMG Andy wins FOR REALS this time! http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/data/790/excited.gif Only 4 ue's. His serve is looking like a normal Roddick serve. He's hitting the ball more confident now, it's so good to see again. Hope he can keep it up. :cool:

seljanin
06-20-2012, 05:51 PM
W/UE ratio was 20/4 today :eek: Andy served 7 aces, so excluding those it was 13 winners from the match.

Overall fine performance, and thanks to tennis God that he was able to convert his 8th matchpoint, otherwise it would have been a very disappointing experience. Good luck against Fognini now! :yeah: And judging from how Andy tries and fires himself up, he really wants to win and is really going for it. Very nice to see.

OnyxRose
06-20-2012, 05:52 PM
Two in a row. How did that happen?! :eek:

Deboogle!.
06-21-2012, 01:26 AM
Well, his press conferences appear to be getting more optimistic, that can't be a bad sign.

SapELee
06-21-2012, 03:21 PM
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seljanin
06-22-2012, 10:49 AM
Andy's section in Wimbledon:

[7]Ferrer v Brown
De Schepper v Bachinger
Odesnik v Phau
J.Baker v [30]Roddick
[19]Nishikori v Kukushkin
Kuznetsov v Serra
Soeda v Kunitsyn
Haase v [9]Del Potro

Well, I think it is a very nice draw actually. I really expect him to beat Jamie Baker, and Odesnik/Phau should both be even easier opponents as Odesnik has 0-2 and Phau has 0-12 main draw records on grass. Then it would most likely be Ferrer, which is probably the best option from top-8, and even then it is not granted that it will be Ferrer, as he got a big-serving/unpredictable Dustin Brown in 1st round, and most likely another big server de Schepper next.

Alright, so let's wait and see now :) Eastbourne QFs today, unfortunately, I don't think they will be on TV due to this stupid scheduling :o

OnyxRose
06-22-2012, 02:31 PM
The draw could have been worse.

Andy beat the Fog so good win. Slowly coming along. Plays Darcis next.

seljanin
06-22-2012, 04:33 PM
Good. Well, I cannot comment on this match, as the only thing I have is the score, and I have no idea, how the match went and how it looked. But what I like about this result is this 7:5 in the 3rd set. It means that he was better, when it mattered.

Alright, now, please, win Darcis and make it to the final, Andy! :yeah:

tangerine_dream
06-22-2012, 04:41 PM
I didn't see the match either, but Andy winning makes me happy
http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/hapydancsmil.gif (http://www.millan.net)

OnyxRose
06-22-2012, 05:52 PM
Andy is through to the final! He played well (bar a patchy spot earlier in the first set) and handled the windy conditions like the veteran he is. Darcis retired but he cut short the inevitable.

tangerine_dream
06-22-2012, 06:01 PM
His 600th career win and he's into his first final of the year. Win the title, Andy! http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/cheerleader2.gif (http://www.millan.net)

seljanin
06-22-2012, 06:01 PM
Andy :banana:

This seemed unreal to me before the tournament, but he has got to the final! Hope Darcis' injury is not too serious, but Andy handled the wind so much better today than Steve.

I hope he gets to play Ryan tomorrow. It would be a great final :drool: And, of course, I hope that Andy wins tomorrow and is able to keep his title streak (each year at least 1) alive.

Deboogle!.
06-22-2012, 09:47 PM
:yeah:

SapELee
06-22-2012, 09:51 PM
Well done Andy :).

OnyxRose
06-23-2012, 04:36 PM
Andy won! :) Keeps his title streak alive. Such a good decision to accept a wildcard in this tournament because man, he needed this.

arodfanpe666o
06-23-2012, 04:47 PM
Congratulations to you all. For me, it is very important that he will keep his title streak. 12 years! And he proved (again) that if he is healthy, he still can win matches.
I hope this will give him confidence and help him make a good Wimbledon.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2012, 05:01 PM
:banana:

cobalt60
06-23-2012, 06:18 PM
how nice is this heading into Wimbledon. :yeah:

Deboogle!.
06-23-2012, 07:41 PM
From yesterday:

June 22, 2012

Andy Roddick

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND

A. RODDICK/S. Darcis
6‑3, 3‑1 (ret.)

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Are you scaring your opponents off court? That's the second one to quit on you.
ANDY RODDICK: Hey, I'll take them how I can get them (smiling).

Q. Interesting kind of day, wasn't it?
ANDY RODDICK: It was tough, some of the toughest conditions ‑‑I can't remember much tougher that I've played in. That wind out there is frightening. It's tough. It's not as much as about tennis today as just kind of getting through it.
You know, there's going to be some lucky points. There's going to be some that you have no business losing.
My favorite thing, I had one double fault in four sets in this stuff today. It was just shocking in this wind. So I wouldn't have bet on myself for that at the beginning of the day.

Q. How did you feel about going on that outside court?
ANDY RODDICK: You know, I was having deja vu to the US Open last year. That was a leak coming out from underneath the court. This one was the hole in the tarp that they didn't realize was there. So it was just getting flooded all night with the rain.
You know, so what are you going to do? I feel bad that they kicked a junior match off in the middle of the third set (laughter). One of the U.S. kids comes in and goes, What's the deal?
I'm like, Sorry, man. Get outta here (laughter).

Q. This has turned into a good week for you, though, hasn't it?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. Yeah, as soon as I lost in Queen's, it was a quick phone call to see if they would let me participate here, you know, with the idea of trying to get some matches in before Wimbledon.
There's a lot of times when you make plans where you draw the perfect scenario, and, you know, you draw up a script and it doesn't work out. You know, that's probably 80% of the time in sports, 90% of the time in sports.
This week has worked out. Regardless of what happens, I'll go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I'm very comfortable on, you know, so I feel like I got my game back a little bit this week.

Q. I was speaking to Greg Rusedski at the start of the week, and he said you've still got one big moment left in you. Do you kind of feel that, as well?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I just won (smiling).
Yeah, I mean, I don't know. If you'd have asked me last week after I lost, you know, I'd probably‑‑not probably. I was probably a lot more negative than I would be answering right now.
Yeah, I mean, that's what you play for. You know, I don't know that I can play 26 events a year anymore or, you know, be on the road 45 weeks a year with my body the way it is, but fortunately for me Grand Slams are only two weeks long.

Q. Has it been a slightly frustrating week having to move around, the conditions not being exactly perfect today and two retirements?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it's amazing how much better you feel about it when you're still alive and winning.
Frustrating, yes, but it's good to get through those. You know, I haven't been good ‑‑it's weird. My whole career I've been very good about winning matches I'm supposed to win and winning close matches and getting through them somehow.
As good as I have been in my career so far, I have been that bad in those scenarios this year for whatever reason. So it's not fun in the moment.
You know, there weren't a lot of fun points out there today, but it has value. You know, it definitely has value as far as going forward. So frustrating, sure; but rewarding, too.

Q. Have you enjoyed your week in Eastbourne?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it's been great. You know, like I said, it's everything I could have asked for. You know, I feel like I can come here and get my work in.
You know, the facility has been great. The courts have been great. There's plenty of practice courts. The community really seems to support this event.
You know, you're not dealing with the hustle and bustle of a massive city. I think before a major, that's nice. You know, you can kind of come down here under the radar and get my work done and really have a positive week.
So it was a really good opportunity for me.

Q. Would you come back?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not committing to come back anywhere right now. We'll see. (Smiling.)

Q. Any preference for the final or just glad to be there?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, it's a different scenario. Obviously there's not a whole lot of emotional attachment with Seppi. I mean, I think we respect each other. We have been on the tour together for a long time. I think we've only played each other once. Seems like a nice guy.
Obviously Ryan, you know, a lot of his decisions in his career so far I feel like I have had a bit of a say in and have helped out a little bit.
So different matchups. One guy I don't know as well. Ryan I know very well. You know, I know his game very well. You know, we practice all the time in Austin and we're in the same training group in Austin off the court, as well.
You know, his coach is one of my best friends in Austin. You know, he's one of my golfing buddies.
So two different scenarios. But, you know, either way I know what I have to go to do to try to win this tournament.

tangerine_dream
06-23-2012, 08:45 PM
"Winning's fun, losing sucks." :D

http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/data/790/excited.gif

Andy really needed this. Taking the Eastbourne wildcard was a wise decision after crashing out of Queens. As a result, he's finally found some form again and a bit of confidence. This was the best result he could get going into Wimbledon.

This week marked a few milestones for him:

•600 career match wins (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/06/Features/Shark-Bites-Roddick-600-Wins.aspx) (Federer only other active player with 600+ match wins. Nadal on their heels with 582 wins)

•1st grass-court title in five years

•1st title in 16 months, keeping alive his 12-year streak of winning at least one title a year

•1st American winner at Eastbourne. U-S-A! U-S-A!

http://www.forumup.org/images/smiles/slider_usaflag1.gif

Fumus
06-23-2012, 09:47 PM
http://assets0.ordienetworks.com/images/GifGuide/dancing/1tumblr_lgp6q5NhE21qcjtu8o1_500.gif





Also...Andy idea how much this will help Andy's ranking?

Deboogle!.
06-24-2012, 03:14 AM
Rankings already appear out, he's up to 25, 8 spots. http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/Singles.aspx

arodfanpe666o
06-24-2012, 09:26 PM
list for consecutive years winning at least one title:

14 lendl [1980-1993]
13 connors [1972-1984]
12 federer [2001-2012], edberg [1984-1995], becker [1985-1996], roddick [2001-2012]
11 sampras [1990-2000], chang [1988-1998], vilas [1973-1983], gerulaitis [1974-1984], gottfried [1973-1983]
10 nastase [1969-1978], hewitt [1998-2007], agassi [1987-1996]

Fumus
06-25-2012, 12:31 AM
Rankings already appear out, he's up to 25, 8 spots. http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/Singles.aspx

Thanks Deb. I'm going to go nuts if Andy makes it out of this quarter. NUTS!

list for consecutive years winning at least one title:

14 lendl [1980-1993]
13 connors [1972-1984]
12 federer [2001-2012], edberg [1984-1995], becker [1985-1996], roddick [2001-2012]
11 sampras [1990-2000], chang [1988-1998], vilas [1973-1983], gerulaitis [1974-1984], gottfried [1973-1983]
10 nastase [1969-1978], hewitt [1998-2007], agassi [1987-1996]

One of the best to ever play the game. ;)

Deboogle!.
06-25-2012, 01:48 AM
Thanks Deb. I'm going to go nuts if Andy makes it out of this quarter. NUTS!
Well, at least he only has R3 points from last year so it's unlikely he'll lose any. Would be so nice if he could beat Ferrer :awww:




June 23, 2012

Andy Roddick

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND

A. RODDICK/A. Seppi
6‑3, 6‑2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Are you a much happier man than you were at the start of the week?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I feel better about my tennis game. You know, like I touched on yesterday a lot of times you make plans on the fly. In a perfect world, the idea was that I didn't get matches at Queen's; let's come here and try and get some matches in.
You know, the thing that makes sports great is there is no script. You can draw it up, and it rarely works out the way this week has. You know, I think, as I've gotten older, I guess I've learned to appreciate this a little bit more.

Q. Pretty efficient performance today, wasn't it?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, I don't remember the last time I got broken twice and won 3 and 2. I felt real good. My returns this week were close to as well as I have.
You know, I was able to close well. You know, I started off not serving great and then made an adjustment. I think I served 90% in the second set, which is a pretty strong number, especially given the conditions. Just try to maintain this form going into Wimbledon.

Q. On Wimbledon, you're playing Jamie Baker in round 1. Any thoughts on that?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I didn't know that until not too long ago. I made it a point not to check on this that while this tournament was still going on.
You know, he's played it before. You know, he's been in that draw plenty of times. He had a pretty good win here this week I think over one of our guys. You know, you've gotta go out and serve well and return well, and hopefully it will take care of itself.

Q. How far do you think you can go at Wimbledon, then?
ANDY RODDICK: Right now my goal is make it past the first round. We'll see. We'll renegotiate round by round.

Q. You go in in a much better mood than you were previously?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah. I feel better about my tennis game. You know, coming in here I felt like I was hitting the ball fine in practice. It's just such a fine line but it seems like a big line between playing well and hitting the ball well in drills in practice and getting that to translate to matches. I was able to kind of find that crossover this week.
You know, now it's just a matter of, you know, taking care of myself the next couple of days and just trying to maintain what I started this week.

Q. Will you come back to defend your crown next year?
ANDY RODDICK: We'll see. You know, like I said, I think I answered this yesterday, as well. I think you might have asked it yesterday.

Q. Wasn't me.
ANDY RODDICK: Wasn't you? Okay.
It was you? Okay. I'll let you live, then. (Laughter.) We'll see. It's tough for me to say anything at this point.

Q. Can you just tell us a little bit about your feelings about Wimbledon? I mean, it has been discussed as to whether this might be your last year or not. Clearly that's probably not something you want to answer at the moment, but there will come a time in the not‑too‑distant future when you won't be able to play there anymore, whether it's this year, two or three years' time.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

Q. How do you feel about going back and all the experiences you've had there and going back again?
ANDY RODDICK: I think it's the most special place in tennis. You know, I think it's the event that we have that we can put up against any other sporting event in the world.
As far as the traditions and just the way everything works, you know, it's a really, really special place. You know, on an off day, I think it was five days before Queen's, I went and hit on the indoor courts, and just walking through the grounds when nobody is there, it still has that feeling.
I think we're pretty spoiled when we walk through most tennis venues. I don't really take notice of too much anymore, I don't think. I guess I'm a little jaded as far as that goes. But you walk through there, and I think if you have a pulse at all, it grabs your attention.

Q. Are you going to find it hard to pull yourself away from it eventually?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, there's no rule against me visiting, is there? You guys gonna keep me out of the country or what?

Q. We'll let you come, yeah.
ANDY RODDICK: Then I don't have to worry about that then.

Q. Won't be quite the same, will it?
ANDY RODDICK: It's never the same, but it is what it is. I have a lot of great memories, you know. I have played some great tennis there over the years, and, you know, somehow or another, it's one of those things that happens naturally, and I don't know how, why, or when exactly, but I have developed a good relationship with, you know, the crowds there, as well.
So it's a special place that I really enjoy playing.

Q. What will this give you confidence‑wise heading into Wimbledon this week?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it's great. I went from a six‑match losing streak to all of a sudden winning a tournament. It's 180‑degree turnaround. Playing the right way, too.
I felt like I played most of the matches this week on my terms, you know, with the exception of yesterday which was on the wind's terms and nobody else's.
I feel good. I felt like I returned really well this week. You know, it turns quickly. I always say that to people ‑ I'm not sure how much they believe me ‑ but you're never playing as badly as you think, and you're probably never playing as good as you think, too. I'm just going to stay the course and try to maintain form.

Q. What happened at Queen's, quite an amazing turnaround. In the space of a week you come to the final and win it here.
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I had match point at Queen's a couple times. I win that one, who knows? I could be in the same position there, you know. It's just a matter of getting over the hurdles. The margins in professional tennis are so small, you know, between ‑‑ a tournament like playing well here, I mean, yesterday I was down break point in the third set. I lose that one, and all of a sudden, who knows what happens? I'm probably not sitting here and you guys still have a lot of questions, you know.
So it's a fine line. I'm thankful that it went my way this week.

Q. Talk about the men's game with Nadal and Djokovic. Can anyone surpass them, do you think, this year?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah, you left out Roger. He's pretty good, too. (Laughter.)
Q.Just a bit.
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not in the business of making predictions. That's not my job. So I'm just trying to play and get through a round and then see where we are after that.

Q. Do you still feel a Grand Slam is in you?
ANDY RODDICK: We'll see. I know I can win matches. It's a matter of putting seven in a row together. I don't know that I'm going to get carried away with thinking of this tournament in the context of a win before the first Monday. I think that's a little presumptuous for me at this point.
I feel I can put a scare into people right now the way I'm playing.

Q. With your win, you have got over 600 tour victories. How does that feel? Pretty esteemed list.
ANDY RODDICK: I actually miscounted. I thought the one in the morning was 600, and then, you know, bless my team. They didn't have the heart to tell me it wasn't. (Laughter.) So I kind of messed that one up.

Q. Is that something you keep an eye on as you play?
ANDY RODDICK: No, sure, I was conscious of that. When you do something, you know, 15, 16 people have done in the history of the game, it's two things: It makes you call into the fact that you are probably older than you want to be at this point, and secondly, it's a lot of wins. I mean, it's a lot of matches. You know, it's a humbling thing.
The other one I wanted to keep alive was, you know, winning one tournament a year for I think it's 12 years now. I know three or four people have done that.
This has been a good week for me as far as that stuff goes. You know, three weeks ago I couldn't have thought I was further away, you know.
So it changes quickly. You know, sometimes I need to remind myself of those numbers just to‑‑ you know, this is a what‑did‑you‑do‑last‑week‑type sport? So looking back on that, maybe I need to look at those a little bit more and realize that I've done this for a long time pretty well.

seljanin
06-25-2012, 06:41 AM
Now I can finally post here as well :yippee: Unfortunately, I didn't see the match, as we had Midsummer celebration this weekend in Latvia, which means that everyone is going to countryside for BBQ + beer, but I never stopped checking the livescore in my mobile phone :D

Just watched the highlights in youtube. It seems it wasn't a match of amazing quality, but who cares, the most important thing is that Andy has won another title and keeps his fantastic title streak alive :worship: I read the interview, and it seems that keeping the title streak alive was a really important thing for him as well.

On to Wimbledon now! :armed:

Fumus
06-26-2012, 08:58 PM
Delayed until tomorrow?

Tentative start it seemed for Andy anyways.

Swim4life227
06-28-2012, 04:50 PM
Up 2 sets to zero right now. Anytime he gets a win is good.

arodfanpe666o
06-28-2012, 07:02 PM
So far so good. Let's hope he can make it close with Ferrer.

tangerine_dream
06-28-2012, 07:10 PM
http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/hapydancsmil.gif

Keep winning, Andy. Unleash that forehand!

OnyxRose
06-28-2012, 10:41 PM
Congrats to Andy! Let's try to win against Ferrer...or at least be respectable.

Smoke944
06-28-2012, 11:35 PM
If you look at his draw now, he can at least dare to dream....
He really has to step up the serving and crack a few returns against Ferrer.

SapELee
06-29-2012, 12:17 AM
Congrats to Andy! Let's try to win against Ferrer...or at least be respectable.

+1

seljanin
06-29-2012, 07:40 AM
I saw the match against Baker only until the rain delay, didn't see, how it ended on the next day. And against Phau I saw 1st set and half of the 2nd. Well, it did look to me that the good form has been forgotten somewhere in Eastbourne. But the important thing is that two straight sets victories are under the belt, and now, well, I really hope he is ready against Ferrer, where he will need to improve a lot in order to win. Go Andy!

SapELee
06-30-2012, 04:20 PM
Andy is playing very well so far, hope he can keep it up.

SapELee
06-30-2012, 04:34 PM
1st set 6-2 in 22 minutes, great start.

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 05:12 PM
Just got home a few minutes ago, see he's going up to net a lot :eek:

SapELee
06-30-2012, 05:14 PM
This is probably the best I have seen him play in a long time.

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 05:25 PM
well let's hope he can keep it up and that he has the endurance to last til the end. he hasn't played that much lately so:unsure:

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 05:37 PM
shit :o he played a poor TB :o

SapELee
06-30-2012, 05:50 PM
Lucky to get out of that game.

Bagelicious
06-30-2012, 05:58 PM
Let's go Andy!

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 06:13 PM
oh well, hope was fun while it lasted:lol:

SapELee
06-30-2012, 06:16 PM
At least he got a set.

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 06:17 PM
but he could've won the 2nd, he played a bad TB with no first serves and some bad UEs and he had BPs in the set, so :o has to be disappointing for him:o

Breakaway
06-30-2012, 06:19 PM
Yeah crazy turnaround there it seems, lets see how the fourth goes...

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 06:29 PM
Yay, he's hurt!

SapELee
06-30-2012, 06:43 PM
Looks like this might be over soon.

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 06:43 PM
There's no "might" about it. Oh well, another missed opportunity on top of the many many others

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 06:50 PM
Oh well

SapELee
06-30-2012, 06:52 PM
On the bright side, the grass season wasn't a total waste. He won a title and a couple of rounds in a slam.

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 06:56 PM
Yeah, but it's still another huge missed opportunity where he had chances. Not like we haven't seen it before :lol: I have a feeling he got lucky with Eastbourne, if Sam hadn't retired the way Sam's playing, he may well have lost to him there. So yes, at least there was that :rolls:

But the look on his face suggests more than ever he's not sure if he'll be back :awww:

OnyxRose
06-30-2012, 07:01 PM
That walk-off was just unbearably sad.

Silver.
06-30-2012, 07:32 PM
Anyone else just burst into tears? :sad: That goodbye..

Won't be able to bear a Wimbledon without Andy..

Silver.
06-30-2012, 07:33 PM
Does anyone know where I can find his schedule for the coming months?

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 08:28 PM
Um, he said he's playing Atlanta then the Olympics, and I believe he's entered in Winston-Salem, then the 2 masters and the USO. I should hope he doesnt attempt any more than that this summer.

Deboogle!.
06-30-2012, 08:32 PM
D. FERRER/A. Roddick

2‑6, 7‑6, 6‑4, 6‑3

Q. Straight to the point. Lots of speculation with the way you walked off court. You think you may not be back here next year? Are you able to give us a definitive answer yet?

ANDY RODDICK: No.

Q. Not at all?

ANDY RODDICK: No.

Q. May I ask what is going through your mind at the moment, please?

ANDY RODDICK: Right now I'm thinking about the match. You know, he's playing great this year. I mean, he semi'd the French and then came in off of a win, so it was going to be tough.

I thought I played well. I had one really good look at a forehand on a set point in the second set; just clipped the tape. You know, that was a big, big turning point there.

Q. How do you think your game was overall?

ANDY RODDICK: Great. Listen, we're comparing it to 12 days ago when I told my team, Listen, all I want to do is just play good tennis again. You know, play where I feel good on the court and I'm doing what I want to do.

Between last week and here I felt like we got to that point. It was a good match. My last eight matches dating back to last week have all been very, very positive, especially compared to what I was putting out there earlier this year.

Q. I thought it was going to be your day after the first set.

ANDY RODDICK: That's the thing, though. You don't get style points. You don't get extra points for winning a set easily. The first set that I won and the second set that he won count the same. That's one of the things about tennis.

They have a way of constantly making you kind of prove yourself, whether it's on different surfaces, January through November, one set to the next. It's what makes the sport great. There's always a question out there.

Q. Are people reading too much into the kiss to the fans as you walked off court?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. That's just another way of going about it. I understand that journalistic ploy and that's what you're supposed to do and stuff. I certainly appreciate the softball questions in between, but, again, I don't have an answer for you. I'm not going to be able to give you much else.

Q. We've seen you in this room in a lot of different moods over the years. Usually after a loss you're pretty good most of the time. Today you seem more philosophical.

ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, I don't know. I don't know about 'philosophical.' You know, normally if I put a decent product out there and feel like I played well and ‑‑ you know, I had a game plan and I had to be aggressive. That was always going to be high‑risk.

Almost got through two sets. Get through two sets, you're looking pretty good in that situation. I took good cuts at the ball when I had it. That's what I had to get back to.

You know, honestly, going into Eastbourne I was hoping I'd win a match because I hadn't won a match in so long. So you tell me I win seven straight and have a chance to move on against a guy that is 5 in the world and played a pretty good match, that's some progress in a short period of time.

Q. As far as the Olympics go, coming back here again, best‑of‑three, will be a different situation? How do you see your chances in that?

ANDY RODDICK: Right now I feel better coming out of this tournament than I have in a little while. Not this tournament, but meaning tournaments this year. I'm excited. Two‑out‑of‑three sets on grass is a crapshoot. Anything goes there.

If I can kind of maintain the form that I've had it's going to be uncomfortable. I don't think I'm going to be seeded. I don't know that that's going to be a comfortable round for anybody on this surface at this venue.

Q. Is it the case that you have yet to make up your own mind?

ANDY RODDICK: Guys, if I don't have a definitive answer in my own mind, it's going to be tough for me to articulate a definitive answer to you.

I've answered that question now.

Q. You get a lot of love here. Do you sense that when you're going around town? Do people shout to you or anything?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. You know, I walk around. I have a lot of conversations with people I've never met before throughout the day. You know, it's nice. It's almost as if I've been accepted here.

It's a different relationship, 'cause maybe as opposed to some of the guys who are the absolute superstars, I'm one of the guys that they've seen on TV that they can say what's up to.

It's a different level than Roger or Rafa. Maybe it's more comfortable. I certainly enjoy that.

Q. So while it's never easy to see good things in a loss, it sounds like you're saying there's some things you learned positively about your game and where it's at in the last week or so.

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know about learned. I just got back to the point where I'm playing relevant tennis. You know, it's not going out there and ‑‑ I don't feel like I was fighting myself. I felt like I was fighting my opponent today. It sounds like a simple thing, but it's a different point.

I felt like I was out of that for a little while. I feel healthy and good. There are probably less questions as far as my game goes than there were 10 or 12 days go.

Q. Where do you go from here?

ANDY RODDICK: I'm going to go home and I'm going to play Atlanta and get ready to come back here.

Q. Mardy was just asked to talk about your legacy. He said you were the alpha male of your generation, and then he said the best grass court player ever not to have won here. Is that comment meaningless, like kissing your sister, or does it have any significance?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know about grounds for comparison. I don't have a sister to kiss, and I probably would've have if I did.

It's nice from Mardy, but I think he's pretty biased also. He likes me.

Q. When you hear things like what Mardy Fish said and you think about your body of work, how do you feel about all that you've done to make yourself where you are right now? When you walk off the court and still have more to come back here, what drives you?

ANDY RODDICK: I enjoy what I do. Being a t tennis player is a tough thing. To kind of keep a certain level for a really long time, it's not easy. I think a lot of people see a product on TV and assume that's just what we do. We get out of bed and go play matches. For every hour we're on court playing a match, there's probably 12 hours of preparation of some sort.

I'm proud that I've been very dedicated to my craft. There aren't many days when I go to sleep wondering if I could have done more as far as preparation or work or effort. So that makes it easier to walk off the court and be proud.

Q. What sort of appreciation does that give you for a story like Brian Baker where he's battled through years of not even being able to do that sort of thing?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's great to see. I mean, honestly, I remember Brian. After I came up he was probably the best junior I'd seen. I felt like he was going to kind of be that guy to keep me company for a little while.

He had the tools. Then it was like a slow thing where it was one thing there, one thing there, one thing there. We're all so obsessed in our little moments, and all of a sudden you think, Gosh, where is that guy? Then you hear he's coming back. That's good. But you don't really take it too seriously. Then all of a sudden he's healthy and he's still got game.

It's just great to see. Everyone loves a comeback story. You know, the fact that he was hurt for so long, but then almost he didn't force it right away to come back. He kind of took his time, and all of a sudden decided he was going to go for it again. It's pretty remarkable.

You think of people who are off for six months and it's tough to come back. Hell, six years, I can't imagine that.

Q. Shorter window. Mardy is in the fourth round after what he's gone through a few weeks ago. What do you think about that?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I'm really happy for him. I was worried about him, you know. Not worried about him for tennis. You can have tennis. I was just worried about him. I didn't like kind of seeing him in a very vulnerable state.

We talk all the time. As bad as the physical problem was, it was the not knowing what was going on, the mental part was really hard for him. Not knowing what he did that set it off.

I know one of the big things was traveling again and not being in a controlled environment for it. That was a big mental hurdle for him.

I don't think he wanted to sit on the sidelines, especially given the position he had put himself into coming into this year. It's a hard situation. I hope he can keep going.

It's a pretty good effort to come in here and grind away the first week of a slam.

Q. Given what you're saying about Brian, where you thought he could have been without the injuries, what do you think about his level now and what he could do going forward?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, we'll see. It's going to be interesting. I mean, he's definitely going to be inside and he's going to be on tour and he's going to be there. Then he's going to expect himself to do this all the time. That's where we're going to get a true read on where he is.

You know, he certainly doesn't seem to have many weaknesses as far as forehands, backhands, serves, volleys. He seems pretty complete. It's a matter of doing what's he's done over the last two or three months for three or four years straight. That's harder to predict.

Everybody here can play. If you take their best moments, they all have the potential to be in the top 10, every player in the draw. It's a matter of doing it continuously and when you're supposed to.

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tangerine_dream
07-01-2012, 12:55 AM
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/Yofclef/Smiley%20faces%201/sigh.gif

I'm impressed he got this far, considering. But still disappointed in the loss. Oh well is right.

http://s14.postimage.org/4047obxr5/arodwimby.jpg (http://postimage.org/)

SapELee
07-01-2012, 02:09 AM
Andy :sad:

Mimi
07-01-2012, 10:26 AM
:tears: still not a bad career if he is going to retire and won't be playing wimby next year. he was not playing bad just that he was unlucky that Ferrer played better :tears:

Fumus
07-02-2012, 03:36 PM
Andy has a good attitude and it seems he's finally healthy again. He needs to get back to winning tournaments and get the ranking up. I think the next few months will be really telling.

I will say though, I don't think he's fit yet. He was really laboring at the end of that Ferrer match.

arodfanpe666o
07-02-2012, 04:26 PM
He did almost as well as he could. He was still not healthy at the French and was in really bad shape in Queens. You don't get in best shape overnight, plus Andy is not 23 andymore. He needs more time. I really hope injuries stay away from him in the next 2-3 months. Than let's see what happens.
Though it did hurt, we have to admit that the Ferrer loss was normal and expected. Plus, Ferrer is playing the tennis of his life and he is a bad match-up for Andy.

Fumus
07-02-2012, 08:53 PM
He did almost as well as he could. He was still not healthy at the French and was in really bad shape in Queens. You don't get in best shape overnight, plus Andy is not 23 andymore. He needs more time. I really hope injuries stay away from him in the next 2-3 months. Than let's see what happens.
Though it did hurt, we have to admit that the Ferrer loss was normal and expected. Plus, Ferrer is playing the tennis of his life and he is a bad match-up for Andy.

I'm questioning Andy's level of commitent to getting fit at the moment.

Deboogle!.
07-03-2012, 02:07 AM
Really? I've questioned a lot of things about him but his commitment has never been one of them. Why do you think he's not committed? If not now, never.

Fumus
07-03-2012, 02:35 PM
Really? I've questioned a lot of things about him but his commitment has never been one of them. Why do you think he's not committed? If not now, never.

Because he's been trying to get fit for almost a whole year. I mean you and I aren't there watching, so I really have no idea about his level of off court commitment. He just looked exhausted again after 4 sets with Ferrer. I'm just curious how much time he's actually been putting in between hosting radio shows, movie preimeres, parties...hanging out with Dan Patrick and Bobby Bones.

Like you said, it's something that I never questioned and has always been one of Andy's greatest strengths. He could always battle until late in a match and then strike when his opponent had faded a bit. Since 2010 I haven't seen that level of fitness from him.

Hopefully he can spring board off these results, reinvigorate himself and continue to get fitter for the summer swing.

arodfanpe666o
07-03-2012, 03:03 PM
We should not forget that he go injured in Melbourne, then he was out for a lot of time during the clay season. From that perspective, there was not a lot of time for preparation.

Fumus
07-03-2012, 08:08 PM
After that match against Federer in Miami (mid March) he didn't play a single event until June. That's about 2 months he could train. I don't know...I'm hoping he's turning a corner here.

Julián Santiago
07-06-2012, 10:28 PM
Well done in WImbly Andy

Travod
07-07-2012, 10:34 PM
Think he'll do better in the Olympics?

SapELee
07-11-2012, 02:14 AM
Think he'll do better in the Olympics?

Not sure about singles, maybe doubles. Andy is hoping to play all three events (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles). I think he will play doubles with John Isner and is hoping to play MD with Serena (though many players are competing for the two MD slots).