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Andy Interview 2001 (translated version of the scans) second part added

08-14-2005, 02:18 PM
So, while most of us are missing the old energetic and excited Andy, I thought it would be nice to read an old interview with him. I was able to translate the first side of the interview today and Iīm gonna add the second part of it soon.

Itīs fun to tease the old guys.

Andy Roddick is considered as the big american hope in tennis. He talks about his goals, his idols and he explains why participating in DC is the "ultimate commendation" in this edition of "tennis magazin".

Question: Mister Roddick, how does it feel to be considered as the successor of the great Pete Sampras and the great Andre Agassi?

Answer: It looks as if everyoneīs interested in this question. But I have to say, that Iīm not bothered by the pressure of the media and of the fans. Iīve already been the number 1 as a junior and I had to compete with everybody. It doesnīt matter what the people are thinking, I still have a long way to go.

Question: Sampras and Agassi, where those 2 the idols of your childhood?

Answer: Not only those 2, all americans of the golden generation, f.e. Michael Chang or Jim Courier. I always played against them when I hit balls against the walls of our garage. But sometimes, I played against Boris Becker. My parents were always surprised because I won all the time.

Question: Are your parents surprised about your emotional behaviour on the court?

Answer: Probably not. They know me. I need the emotions to pump myself and the fans up. I always looked up to Becker and his ability to get the crowd going and how he was able to take advantage of that. Connors was the same. I watched his last US Open on tv. He was 39 years old.

Question: You played a dramatic match at the FO against Michael Chang which you won in 5 sets. The next day, you had to quit drowned in tears against Lleyton Hewitt. Donīt you think, that those kind of emotional roller coaster rides are mentally and physically tiring?

Those were disturbing days, no question. But you have to go through these ups and downs to be ready for the next challenge. Itīs easier to cope with it when youīre young. Itīs harder when youīre older and youīre only participating in the next 2 slams before youīll retire. Iīll have many opportunities in the next few years. I am not thinking about missed chances.

Question: After your first year as a professional: Do you think that youīre able to win a Grand Slam tournament? Or do you still have lots to learn?

Itīs not impossible. Nowadays, you arenīt able to mark time because the others would fly right by you. You have to be ready to learn something new all the time. Then youīre able to win a big title. For example Lleyton Hewitt. He was able to advance his game and now heīs one of the best allround-players on the tour. Next to the Sampras-Agassi match, was my match versus Lleyton one of the highlights of this years US Open. I was sooo close, but maybe I wasnīt as hard-bitten and clever as Lleyton.

08-14-2005, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the effort in translating the article.

08-14-2005, 03:14 PM
WOW Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to translate and type that! :hug:

08-14-2005, 04:14 PM
Thank you!! :hug:

08-14-2005, 04:21 PM
Thank you so much!!:] :hug:

08-14-2005, 04:59 PM
Thanks so much"!

08-16-2005, 12:38 PM
So hereīs the second part of the interview. Iīm gonna add the third and last part of the interview in the next few days.

Question: Many cognoscenti are seeing a great rivalry between you and Lleyton in the future. You too?

I wish for that. We offer a great contrast-programme for the fans, because heīs a great returner while Iīm a big server. Besides, we deliver a great show with lots of emotions and action. I think the people will like it.

Question: With Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt, there were two 20 year old players in the last 2 years who won the US Open. Is it over for the old guys?

Itīs a very exciting time for menīs tennis. There are many young players who are climbing up the rankings, besides Hewitt and Safin there are Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roger Federer or my friend Taylor Dent. Itīs fun to tease the old guys, but it isnīt over for them. Itīs the battle of the generations and the whole circuit benefits from it.

Question: Marat Safin is a good example and shows, that itīs difficult to play two years in a row on a constantly good level.

Itīs only a question of experience. At the beginning, you are trying to play well everywhere and you want to win every tournament. But as the time progresses, you start to realize that youīre destroying your body with this attitude. Itīs important to schedule the tourneys strategical and to learn how
to divide youīre power and strenght. Safin didnīt do it. I think he wasnīt able to cope with all the hype around him after his US Open win in 2000.

Question: In March, you beat Pete Sampras in Key Biscayne. Did the behaviour of the other players towards you change?

A little bit. Suddenly, youīre a household name, suddenly there are big headlines in the papers when you lose. You have to get used to it. But itīs a nice challenge.

Question: Sampras was the number 1 for six years. Do you realize what that means after your first year as a professional?

Itīs unbelievable, but I think itīs gonna be more complex in the next few years. There will be more changes at the top of the ranking. Everyone has realized it during the tournaments. You canīt win a match without giving your all anymore. If you arenīt fully concentrated in the first round, you lose.
It isnīt a shame to lose against the number 120 or 150 in the world. The best example was my compatriot Michael Russell, who almost beat Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open. Who knew him before the match?

08-16-2005, 03:11 PM
Thanks, bavaria, for translating that article for us. :D :hug: