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01-06-2004, 04:20 AM
Too much going on, it's late and I'm getting confused, so I'm starting a new thread. This is a long and good one so I thought it was worth it. This paper from Doha is excellent!

Roddick upbeat about new season
Web posted at: 1/6/2004 2:46:52
Source ::: The Peninsula/ by D RAVI KUMAR

DOHA: The timing was perfect, it could not have come at a better time. Just as the new tennis season kicked-off yesterday, came a stern warning from the man who topped the heap last year that he was in no mood to rest on his laurels and that his confidence level was on a new high.

World number one American Andy Roddick, who is the top seed at the ATP Tour’s $1m Qatar Open which began here yesterday, said he wanted to improve upon his 2003 performance and also to set higher standards for himself as he promised to improve various aspects of his game with special emphasis on fitness.

Speaking at pre-tournament press conference yesterday, the 21-year-old American who takes to the court today in a first round clash against Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, said the only way he hoped to go was forward.

The rising American star said he was mentally a much stronger player now and added that his goal for the new season was to improve his game – a clear warning to his rivals who faced his fury last year when he had a terrific 72-19 win-loss record in singles.

“I have gained a lot of confidence following my good show last year. It was a dream year for me. It was my best season,” Roddick said.

The 21-year-old won six titles on three different surfaces out of eight finals, including the US Open crown.

“My self esteem isn’t affected by something like hitting tennis balls, but my mentality is a lot different from what it was last year,” he added.

“A lot of the fear in being a professional tennis player is the fear about the unknown. But now I am confident of tackling it,” he said.

Roddick’s career-graph rose like a meteor in 2003 – from No. 10 at the beginning to No. 1 at the end. After a shocking first round exit at the French Open, Roddick made a coaching change as he teamed up with Brad Gilbert, former mentor of Andre Agassi and from then on there was no looking back.

However Roddick refused to admit that he was trying to shape his game on Agassi’s lines.

“I see no similarities. Andre (Agassi) is a great player. Perhaps, 12 years ago Andre might have been where I am today. That’s all, there ends the similarities.I have a long time to go before I reach that level,” a modest Roddick said.

The Florida resident, who lost to German Rainer Schuettler in the semi-finals of the 2003 Australian Open, said that this year he was going to Australia fully confident, but agreed that there were a lot of guys who could beat even the most talented on a given day.

“I am going to Australia fully confident. I thought playing in Doha would help me prepare well for Australia. The Doha tournament has a good field. The other option could have been playing in Kooyong, but it is an exhibition event and I thought Qatar was a better option where I could experience some competitive atmosphere,” he said.

Roddick refused to single out any particular player as his principal opponent in the new season.

“There are a lot of good players on the circuit. Roger (Federer), probably could be the most talented. But I tell you there are quite a few players who could take on the best and beat them on a given day,” he added.

Asked to comment on a possible semi-final clash in Doha with Morocco’s Younes El Aynoui, Roddick said he respected the Moroccan and observed that even at 33 El Aynoui is a dangerous player.

“Younes is a good player and we became closer after our marathon quarter-final at the Australian Open last year. I am sure Younes is capable of producing yet another memorable performance,” Roddick said.

To a pointed reference, Roddick said Qatar’s support to America during the Iraq conflict was no reason for his opting to play in Doha.

“That (Qatar’s support to US) is not a factor at all for my coming here. I am not a politician, nor a soldier. I am here to play tennis and I enjoy every moment of my stay here,” he said.

Roddick also sounded confident of American tennis’ future when he said that there were an array of youngsters ready to take over from the seniors.

“(Michael) Chang has gone, Pete (Sampras) has also called it a day. Andre (Agassi) is still there, but not going to be there for long. But there are many youngsters and I am sure we (America) can regain the lost Davis Cup glory,” he concluded.

01-06-2004, 04:25 AM
To this:
I am going to Australia fully confident. I thought playing in Doha would help me prepare well for Australia. The Doha tournament has a good field. The other option could have been playing in Kooyong, but it is an exhibition event and I thought Qatar was a better option where I could experience some competitive atmosphere

um..... what??????? the Kooyong people seem to think he'll be there next week!!

01-06-2004, 04:26 AM
Good diplomacy from Roddick when dealing with the political questions. And respectful when discussing Andre, as always. Good work Andy!

01-06-2004, 04:40 AM
yea I really liked his answers about the political stuff. Though, someone should tell him that you can visit/support the troops without it being a political statement lol. but anyway he should be focusing on tennis all the way lol

J. Corwin
01-06-2004, 06:15 AM
I agree that he answered those questions well. Him saying he'd visit the troops may have sounded a lil nicer. He's not obliged to of course.

01-06-2004, 03:30 PM
Here's one I found on ESPN:

Monday, January 5, 2004
Roddick ready for new year


DOHA, Qatar -- World No. 1 Andy Roddick says he is going into the new season full of confidence after "a dream year" in 2003.

The 21-year-old American moved to the top of the world rankings after starting the year ranked at 10, winning six titles along the way including his first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open.

He also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

"I have gained a lot of confidence following my good show last year. It was a dream year for me," Roddick told reporters at the start of the Qatar Open on Monday.

Roddick launches his season Tuesday against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in the first round in Qatar, where he is preparing for the Australian Open beginning on Jan. 19.

Last year, Roddick lost in the semifinals of the year's opening Grand Slam to Germany's Rainer Schuettler, following a grueling quarterfinal victory over Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui that lasted just under five hours.

"I am going to Australia fully confident," Roddick said.

"I thought playing in Doha would help me prepare well for Australia. The Doha tournament has a good field."

Schuettler, Australia's Mark Philippoussis, El Aynaoui and defending champion Stefan Koubek are among those also taking part in the $1 million event, where Roddick is the top seed.

Roddick appointed Brad Gilbert, Andre Agassi's former mentor, as his coach in June after being knocked out in the first round of the French Open and the change had an immediate impact.

But the U.S. Open champion denied he was trying to emulate Agassi after Gilbert helped turn the 33-year-old from a wild child into one of the world's greatest players.

"I see no similarities in our careers. Andre (Agassi) is a great player," Roddick said.

"Perhaps 12 years ago Andre might have been where I am today. That's all, there end the similarities. I have a long time to go before I reach his level."

Roddick said he did not feel threatened by any particular player this year but felt Switzerland's Roger Federer, the Wimbledon champion who finished the year No. 2 in the rankings, was the most talented.

"There are a lot of good players in the circuit, but Roger (Federer) probably could be the most talented," he said.

01-06-2004, 05:48 PM
Roddick easily wins first match of season

World No. 1 cruises in opening round of Qatar Open

Updated: 1:29 p.m.*ET Jan. 06, 2004

DOHA, Jan 6 - World number one Andy Roddick comfortably won his first match of the season on Tuesday, beating Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4 in 67 minutes at the Qatar Open.

advertisement“It was a good workout. It is always difficult to start after a break. But I would say it was a comfortable win for me,” the 21-year-old U.S. Open champion said.

“The match might not have been spectacular but I did what I was supposed to do and I am happy,” Roddick added.

The American will play the winner of the match between Sweden’s Jonas Bjorkman and Czech Radek Stepanek in the second round.

Earlier, Moroccan sixth seed Younes El Aynaoui, champion here in 2002, lost to French wildcard Nicolas Escude 6-3 6-0.

El Aynaoui, who conceded his doubles match with a foot injury on Monday night, was struggling throughout the match.

“I tried my best but I just couldn’t get it right today,” said El Aynaoui.

Escude, returning to competition after injury last season, said he was very happy to have won the first match of the year.

“My goal for this year is just to be able to get on the court and play regularly,” said Escude. “And to win if I can. Of course you can never tell in the first match of the year, but it went well.”

It was a good day for Frenchmen as fourth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean also moved into the second round with a fluent 6-1 7-5 victory over German qualifier Markus Hantschk.

“I am quite happy with the way I played, considering that it is the first match of the season,” Grosjean said.

“It was rather easy in the first set. But in the second Hantschk played better. He had nothing to lose and he was getting better and better.”

01-06-2004, 06:31 PM
Pics in the 2004 pictures thread!!!

01-06-2004, 06:32 PM
For those of you who are watching the arms of Andy:

Pumped-Up Roddick Downs Davydenko In 2004 Debut

Photo By Susan Mullane By Brad Falkner
Andy Roddick is bringing more to the table in 2004. The man who once referred to his arms as "bread sticks", has added beef to the menu :lol: and used the ingredient to dish out a dose of controlled power.*Roddick, whose pipes now resemble Popeye more than Olive Oyl, hit the gym hard over the off season, and hit the ball harder in his season debut today.

The top-ranked Roddick opened the new season by closing out a convincing 6-3, 6-4 victory over the ever dangerous Nikolay Davydenko in the opening-round of the $1 million Exxon Mobil Open in Doha, Qatar.

The reigning U.S. Open champion confided he spent some of his offseason lifting barbells rather than hitting backhands.
"I basically didn't play much tennis (during the off season)," Roddick said "I worked really hard on my fitness. About a week before I got here, Brad (Gilbert) came over for a crash course in tennis."
Though he may have lacked his "A" game, Roddick aced his opening test. Striking his serve with the skill of a grad-school student wielding a number two pencil to master the SAT's, Roddick paralyzed Davydenko in his service games, saving the only break point he faced in the match to make the only grade that matters in the pass-fail world of the ATP Tour.

"I would give myself a B — I was not spectacular tonight," said Roddick. "It's always a little difficult (to play the first match of the year), but it's always good to get that first W."

In addition to earning his first win, Roddick collected a crowd of new fans, winning over the visitors and Qataris with his enthusiasm and exuberance in his first trip to the Middle East.
"I think the crowd could tell that I was excited," Roddick said. "That may have help to get them into it."

The 2003 Australian Open semifinalist*made the most of his break-point chances, converting both of*his service breaks in the match. Roddick broke serve in the sixth game of the first set and again in the*seventh game of the second set.*

"I did what I had to do and I controlled the match with my serve, and took care of business on my break points," Roddick said.

In addition to his improved fitness regimen, Roddick is working on his return game*to*help maximize*break point opportunities. The man who led the ATP Tour in aces (989), service games won (91 percent), first-serve points (81 percent), break points saved (69 percent) and tied Roger Federer for second place in second-serve points won (59 percent) in 2003 is committed to improving his return game in an effort to apply even more pressure to opponents.

It's an intelligent approach: Roddick's serve is such a dominant weapon if he can improve his return game, beating him will be about as easy as winning an arm-wrestling match with King Kong.

"I'm working on my return game so I won't have to rely so much on my serve to win matches," said Roddick, who plans to play doubles here with Stefan Koubek, his possible opponent in next month's opening-round Davis Cup tie at the Mohegan Sun.

Roddick got off to a solid start in 2003, winning 10 of his first 13 matches. But the Boca Raton resident really fully found his form after hiring Brad Gilbert as his coach following his first-round flame-out to Sargis Sargsian in the opening round of Roland Garros. Under Gilbert's guidance, Roddick sharpened his shot selection, simplified his approach to the sport by playing to his strengths and played with a powerfully commanding presence in claiming five of his six tournament titles and winning 46 of his final 53 matches over the final six months of the season.

At 21 years, four months, Roddick remains the youngest man in the top 10 and as he adds more weapons to his arsenal that forms its foundation on perhaps the most formidable serve-forehand combination in the game, he should become even more dangerous in his march to more majors.

01-06-2004, 06:33 PM
I believe the arms were given to me LOL!!! :banana:

01-06-2004, 06:48 PM
yes i donated Andy's arms to bunk!:haha:
i took the hair/headgear, so it's all good:bounce:

01-06-2004, 07:00 PM
Yaaaaaayyy! Bigger arms now, too! I can't wait to see! Bunk, you lucky girl, it's your job to go hunt down those elusive pics of Andy's new muscle-arms! :banana:

BTW, is it possible to put on so much muscle mass in only a month?? What'd he do; work out 6 hours a day??? :confused:

J. Corwin
01-06-2004, 07:26 PM
lol @ the article saying that Andy hits the ball harder now. I doubt it really made that much of a difference. It was still controlled power after all.

01-06-2004, 08:32 PM
When the writers get brainwashed into believing
that he mostly bludgeons his way to wins, then
we can't possibly take it too seriously. Mary Carillo agrees with the bludgeoning part, but not everyone
thinks so.

01-06-2004, 10:02 PM
well I think Andy DID hit the ball too hard just for the sake of hitting it hard for a while.... but I think he's gotten a lot better. he still plays high-percentage, going for lines and stuff, but he can show nice touch when he wants to

01-06-2004, 11:07 PM
A couple more..... good ones!!!
Champion Koubek shoots down ‘The Scud’

Web posted at: 1/7/2004 2:21:49
Source ::: The Peninsula./ by RIZWAN REHMAT

DOHA: World number one and top seed Andy Roddick of the United States yesterday launched the new ATP Tour season with a bang, registering a straight-set win over Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in their first-round match at the $1m Qatar Open.

Playing near-perfect tennis, Roddick took only 67 minutes to beat Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to move into the second round of the six-day tournament, which ends on Saturday.

“It was a good workout for me. It is always difficult to start playing matches after a break and I am happy that it turned out be a comfortable win for me,” Roddick said after his match.

“I feel the courts here are bit slow, probably because of the cool weather though the surface here is the same which is played on at the Australian Open. I must admit, my match wasn’t exactly the most spectacular, but I did what I had to do,” the world number one added.

Roddick fired nine aces and managed two service breaks, one in each set, to complete an easy victory. In game six of the first set, two wide returns by Davydenko and one neat passing shot by the world No.1 was all that the American needed to register a service break and take 4-2 lead. Roddick followed up the service break by holding his serve twice in the last three games to take the first set 6-3.

In the second set, Roddick served up his trademark powerful serves to tie at three-all against Davydenko. However, in game seven, Davydenko served poorly, allowing Roddick to execute neat returns and to score his second service break in the match. The score 4-3 in favour of Roddick soon became 5-3 as the American held his serve and then finished off the Russian taking game 10.

“I knew I was serving well. I was looking good on my serves and that is why I wasn’t broken (on serve) by Nikolay throughout the match,” Roddick said. “I feel my game is coming through pretty alright.”

01-06-2004, 11:14 PM
Roddick's return means normal service resumes

By Mark Hodgkinson in Doha
(Filed: 07/01/2004)
The Telegraph, UK

Bullying, boisterous and, at times, brilliant, Andy Roddick's service started 2004 as it left off last season. That, though, is taken for granted - but the world No 1 admitted that, elsewhere in his first match of the season, his game was not convincing.

"It wasn't spectacular, but I did what I had to do. I controlled the match with my serve," he said. It has become almost a dependency - and the all-American kid knows it.

"The stat that I'll be looking out for this season is percentage of return games won," he said after beating Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Qatar Open.

"There's no secret - it's just a question of bearing down and concentrating. It means that I won't have to rely on my serve so much."

Even here in the Middle Eastern humidity, the air so thick in the white-wash stadium that the chairs are soaked through - "there isn't a dry seat in the house," as one wag put it - Roddick's serve is devastatingly effective. Indeed, if you ignored the serve, and got into the rallies, these two were well-matched yesterday.

Roddick was regularly tipping 125mph on the speed gun. The only time he faced a break point, midway through the second set, Roddick served so big his opponent had to jump back for a startled, off-balance return.

The American was classy for his break in the first set; his wrong-footing forehand made Davydenko - no mug, with a couple of titles from 2003 - look village-idiot clumsy. The best point came in the last game, the top seed scrambling five smashes from almost back in the hoardings. Davydenko netted a gimme.

Roddick, 21, wants more variety on his return of serve. "It's about trying a whole bunch of things and just seeing what clicks," he said.

Fitness could be the key. Roddick, who believes that he can be more "dangerous" this year than last, has never worked harder during the off-season. He tinkered with his backhand, but the focus was his physical conditioning.

"I've been really excited to get back out there. I've been really restless waiting for it to start. I've done a lot more fitness-based work than tennis-based. I didn't really play until Christmas, and then Brad Gilbert, my coach, came down and we had a tennis crash course," he said.

Roddick, speaking from underneath a traditional open-plan tent, has also changed his preparations for the Australian Open, which starts a week on Monday. Rather than flying straight to Australia, he decided that he needed to be in "a tournament atmosphere" and visits the region for the first time.

"I want to experience a new culture. It's all a learning experience," said Roddick, who wants to get practice on these Rebound Ace hard courts, the same surface that is used in Melbourne.

01-07-2004, 02:55 PM
Do we want these articles or not? lol
Roddick suffers shock defeat at Qatar Open
Wed 7 January, 2004 15:33

DOHA (Reuters) - World number one Andy Roddick has suffered a surprise second-round exit at the Qatar Open, losing to Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 6-3 6-4 in just over an hour.

U.S. Open champion Roddick comfortably won his first match of the season on Tuesday, beating Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets, but struggled to find his rhythm against serve-and-volley specialist Bjorkman.

The Swede broke the 21-year-old American in the sixth game of the first set to go 4-2 up and then held serve to clinch it 6-3.

Although the second set was more competitive, Bjorkman always held the upper hand and advanced to the net at every opportunity.

Roddick, the top seed, saved two match points in the ninth game before ninth-seeded Bjorkman served out for the match 6-4.

01-07-2004, 03:28 PM
Here's one with some more sounds very uncharacteristic, I wonder what was wrong.
Bjorkman stuns Roddick

07/01/2004 18:00 - (SA)
News24, South Africa

Doha - Andy Roddick, the man who said he had overcome the fear of failure after finishing year-end world number one, started the new season with a stunning second round defeat in the $1m Qatar Open on Wednesday.

US Open champion Roddick was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Jonas Bjorkman, the world-30th ranked veteran Swede, with the 21-year-old American top seed producing a disappointing mistake-prone performance.

Roddick returned serve poorly, too often allowing his 31-year-old unseeded opponent to take the initiative and pile forward to the net, and even played two indifferent games with a service regarded by many as the best in the world.

Roddick did have the excuse of the breeze, which blew plenty of sand on to the court, which made conditions tricky.

There was no question that a phlegmatic Bjorkman took his chance steadily and well, but the American looked as though his mind might already be on his flight to Australia for the Grand Slam the week after next.

The first signs of an upset came in the sixth game when Roddick allowed a Bjorkman to sail over his head for a winner and then allowed his opponent to attack him to reach break point.

Bjorkman converted that at the first attempt when Roddick launched a forehand drive long and flung down his racket fiercely in annoyance.

Broke again in opening game

But it soon became clear that his anger was unlikely to spark a recovery as Bjorkman then broke again in the opening game of the second set when Roddick again played a surprisingly uncertain game from the baseline.

Once in the fifth game of that set Roddick stopped after attempting a passing shot, then stopped when he thought Bjorkman was bound to make a winning volley and then started again when he realised he had a chance to reach the ball.

But the delay was fatal and the lost point hinted at the strange indecision and uncharacteristically passive responses from the American.

Roddick was the fifth of the eight seeds to depart the tournament, with Rainer Schuttler, the number two from Germany, Mark Philippoussis, the number four from Australia, Nicolas Massu, the number five from Chile and Younes El Aynaoui, the number six from Morocco, all having been beaten on the first two days.

01-07-2004, 03:49 PM
Yes, we'll take the bad with the good, bunk. :lol: Thanks for the articles.

You can't be on your game every day and it sounds like Andy was distracted. His record against Bjorkman is iffy so I knew he'd pose a problem for him.

Oh well. I'm not worried about it. Andy pulls out the big guns when it counts most. I'm thinking he'll play much better in AO. :bounce:

01-07-2004, 04:22 PM
Yep hopefully you're right :)

01-07-2004, 04:32 PM
here's one from Tennis Week:

Bjorkman Breezes By Roddick Into Qatar Quarters

By Brad Falkner

A swirling desert wind swept across the stadium court in Doha today. The gentle breeze was music to Jonas Bjorkman's ears. The 30th-ranked Bjorkman patiently put smart shots together and like the sands of an hour glass slowly and methodically wore down world number one Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the $1 million Exxon Mobil Open.

The 21-year-old Roddick, whose timing on his ground stokes was about as accurate as a sun dial during a blackout, could not turn back Bjorkman or the hands of time. The reigning U.S. Open champion, who will meet the media after his doubles match with Stefan Koubek, never really regained the range on his strokes amid the windy conditions.

Entering his 13th year on the ATP Tour, the 31-year-old Swede has experienced virtually all the effects the elements can have on a tennis ball and today Bjorkman believed the blowing breeze would sap some sting from Roddick's resounding serve.

"The wind helped me today," said a smiling Bjorkman in the post-match press conference. "I knew that this would help me today. It's not easy to hit with power in the wind. This made his serve easier to return."

The return has always been one of the Swede's strengths and today he not only hit consistently deep returns, Bjorkman actually hit more aces than Roddick, delivering eight aces compared to six for Roddick. A master tennis impersonator who performs spot-on imitations of classic serves ranging from John McEnroe to Boris Becker to Pete Sampras, Bjorkman looked completely comfortable cracking his own serve today.

"The key was that I served really well today," Bjorkman said. "It is not often that you more aces than a guy like Andy."

A six-time Grand Slam doubles champion, Bjorkman does not possess the power of Roddick, but can capably call on a more varied shot selection. The former No. 4 used his all-court acumen to stifle an unsteady Roddick into more unforced errors than winners.

In the sixth game of the first set, Bjorkman broke serve when Roddick hit a routine forehand long. In the second set, Bjorkman immediately gained the advantage by scoring a service break in Roddick's opening service game. The reigning U.S. Open champion spent the rest of the set playing catch-up and Bjorkman's persistent patience often induced Roddick into errors of over aggression.

"Getting the early break in the second set was very helpful," Bjorkman said. "What really helped was saving the break point in the first game of the match, I did not want to fall behind early."

Bjorkman took a page out of the Brad Gilbert play book in employing tactical brilliance to beat the Australian Open semifinalist. While common player wisdom sees many opponents pound Roddick's weaker backhand wing, Bjorkman took a different tact. Spinning deep forehands cross court that pushed Roddick wide in pursuit, Bjorkman effectively nullified Roddick's knock-out punch: the inside-out forehand.

"With Andy you have to be careful not to go to his backhand to many times in a row," Bjorkman said. "I was trying to hit only two or three shots in a row to his backhand and then wide to his forehand. Guys like Roddick and (Younes) El Aynaoui like to run around their backhands so you can't give them five or six in a row."

J. Corwin
01-07-2004, 08:09 PM
nice tactic by Jonas.

And yes, I'd like to read the good and the bad, Deb. lol

From the articles, it seems as if Andy was lethargic.

01-07-2004, 08:13 PM
to me it just sounds like he couldn't put it together. Serve-volleyers give Andy trouble from the getgo, plus the changing conditions obviously affected him a lot more than Jonas, combined with him neither serving nor returning very well AND him making a lot of mistakes... with all that on paper, no wonder he lost lol

J. Corwin
01-07-2004, 08:19 PM
Let's put it this way...when I saw the scores yesterday for his first match, I was like "What? He ONLY beat Davydenko 3 and 4?" LOL.

I knew his match toughness would be low in the beginning of the season, and he'd be rusty and unable to adjust in tough situations.

01-07-2004, 08:34 PM
yup yup yup

01-07-2004, 10:31 PM
Couple more articles:
By John Roberts in Doha
08 January 2004
The Independent, UK

All except one of the players seeded above Tim Henman have evaporated as if in a mirage here at the Qatar Open, while the British No 1 advanced to the quarter-finals with a display of smart tennis against Juan Ignacio Chela, of Argentina, yesterday.

Andy Roddick, the world No 1, was the most notable casualty, losing to the experienced Jonas Bjorkman, of Sweden, 6-3, 6-4, at a time when the windy conditions not only affected the flight of the ball but also gave the court a coating of sand. A gritty performance was needed, and Bjorkman ranked No 30, delivered one.

Roddick looked insecure from the moment he stepped on the blustery court to play Bjorkman, an opponent who had caused him problems in the past. The Swede's steady, aggressive play, both when serving and returning, enabled him to keep Roddick guessing and making errors.

Bjorkman broke for 4-2 in the opening set, Roddick hitting a wild forehand over the baseline, and broke again in the first game of the second set, Roddick double-faulting and then netting a forehand.

The crucial moment after that was Bjorkman's winning backhand block-volley at 4-3, 15-30. Having held for 5-3, the Swede forced Roddick to save two more break-points and then served the match out to love after 69 minutes.

Roddick belted his chair with his racket before leaving the court, fuming at himself. Later he said: "[What went wrong today] was a combination of things. Everybody is going to have off-days. I'm playing against the best in the world on a daily basis.

"Jonas played very well. The windy conditions were difficult, but I don't think anybody can help that. I don't think I served well and I was missing forehands."

01-07-2004, 10:32 PM
Roddick Stunned by Bjorkman at Qatar Open
33 minutes ago

By RIZWAN REHMAT, Associated Press Writer

DOHA, Qatar - Top-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Qatar Open.

Bjorkman reached the quarterfinals by negating Roddick's powerful forehand and handling the U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion's big serve.

"Everybody is entitled to a bad day, and the same thing happened with me," Roddick said. "It was far from my best day on a tennis court."

He was broken in the sixth game of the match, falling behind 4-2, and the 30th-ranked Bjorkman served out the first set.

Bjorkman also broke Roddick to open the second set.

"I was not in my element at all," Roddick said. "I couldn't see the ball clearly because of poor visibility. There was quite a bit of dirt flying around.

"It was hard out there because we had a strong wind blowing across the court. I simply couldn't reach out to a few shots. I was missing many easy shots on my forehand, which doesn't happen very often."

Perhaps most surprisingly, Bjorkman outaced Roddick 8-6.

"The key to my win today was my good serves. It is not everyday that you have more aces than Roddick, but I managed that today," Bjorkman said. "I thought Roddick made a lot (more) mistakes today than he normally does."

The other three seeds playing Wednesday advanced.

01-08-2004, 12:01 AM
I see that he does a lot of staring and stopping, like
during the autumn events-
I knew he'd lose this match after reading the interviews.
Clearly, he knew how bad the conditions were before playing.
It must take a genius to realize it's much better to prepare in Australia
than in Doha. I'm not sure about Kooyong. :rolleyes:
..I wonder if he practiced during Christmas, arrived
3 days before playing,
expected to be well prepared and got a rude awakening. :rolleyes:
Oh well, making a fool of himself, playing with no
strategy & smashing the racquet will teach him
a valuable lesson. No big deal. Don't mind my rambling.

01-08-2004, 12:04 AM
well last year, Andy DID prepare in Australia, at Sydney. the conditions were horrible that day and he lost 2nd round there too. at least this time around he's got Kooyong which is right in Melbourne on Rebound Ace and with other top players, which should all add up for some good buildup to the AO. Just based on what happened last year if nothing else, I'm not worried.

Plus, as we talked about in the other Doha thread, there's such a thing as too much right at the beginning of the season. Andy's still in doubles so he's getting a few matches under his belt to get him back into the swing, and he won't be too spent going into AO, which is obviously the most important. If you look at what most of the top players usually do before the AO, they don't usually play all that wonderfully.

01-08-2004, 12:18 AM
Andy needs to put this match in his thinking cap and not simply dismiss it as a bad day. He's the target and everyone will be geared up to play him. That's the challenge he has to face now.

Getting to number one is easier than defending number one. :)

01-08-2004, 12:19 AM
seriously heya try to be a little bit more positive towards your fave!

01-08-2004, 12:28 AM
oh star, totally.... hopefully this will make him think hard about it. He's obviously put in the work on the off-season with the new trainers and whatnot, so he's in better shape than he's ever been plus he knows he can do it, he's gotta just go out there and do it. This may also have been a factor of experience - Jonas has just seen more, more bad conditions included, and I'm sure that helped him.

He's got about a week and a half to figure it out - he better! lol

01-08-2004, 12:35 AM
Deb, I hope you are right about what you are saying. I don't know if it is true or not.

Jonas is a wily competitor, but still Andy needs to think about what got him beat. That's all I'm saying. The next few months are going to be very difficult for Andy and a huge test for him mentally and emotionally.

Of everyone left in the tournament, Jonas is my favorite guy, so I'm happy for him.

01-08-2004, 12:41 AM
Poor Andy can't escape from the overwhelming expectations placed on his shoulders!

He probably thought that kind of pressure would dissipate once he won a GS and ascended to No. 1 ("No more 'What's it like to be the future of American tennis!'"), but nooooo. Now he's gotta contend with the pressures of *staying* on or near the top (with a bulls-eye painted clearly on his forehead) and following up his GS win with *another* GS win, otherwise he gets the one-hit wonder dismissal treatment from fans and media alike a la Hewitt. Ugh!

01-08-2004, 12:44 AM
Thank you bunk18bsb for articles. Good tactic from Jonas and it seems experience helps Jonas in tricky condition. Andy's backhand is improving so I don't think his backhand is big weakness anymore. I hope Andy learned something from this lost and do well in Aug Open.

Star you are right defending No.1 is more difficult than getting No.1 and it is going to be tough year for Andy but I believe Andy can handle and will do well.

Good luck Andy for Aug Open!!!

01-08-2004, 01:24 AM
Star, I hope I'm right too lol. Just trying to be optmistic.

tangy, I agree... but then again it seems like he realizes that the pressure is now there to keep performing. He's said that many times, even right after he won the USO I think.

I guess maybe the reason I feel ok about all of this is because of what happened last year lol. Andy's the type of player who works from rhythm and whereas someone like Andre comes out like a bullet and doesn't really need the warmup that much at the beginning of the season, Andy really does better when he plays day in and day out it seems...

And... here's the Qatari viewpoint:
Roddick crashes out; lets down Doha fans
Web posted at: 1/8/2004 3:31:0
Source ::: The Peninsula/ by D RAVI KUMAR

DOHA: History repeated itself when world number one Andy Roddick of the US suffered a surprise 6-3, 6-4 second-round defeat at the hands of Sweden’s Jonas Bjorkman, in just over an hour, in the ExxonMobil Qatar Open here yesterday.

It was 11 years ago that another American great, Pete Sampras, came to Qatar, raising lot of expectations among the fans, only to crash out in the first round. Though Sampras went on to become one of the greatest players in the world, some disappointed tennis fans in Doha, at least in private conversations, had raised questions about his commitment to Qatar Open. Some others went one step further, saying it was only the hefty appearance money that lured him to Qatar.

It was the same sense of disappointment that prevailed among the tennis fans as Roddick crashed out, without offering even a semblance of a fight.

Roddick was the fifth among the top eight seeds to get knocked out of the tournament – Rainer Schuttler, the number two from Germany, Mark Philippoussis, the number four from Australia, Nicolas Massu, the number five from Chile and Younes El Aynaoui, the number six from Morocco were the others who fell by the wayside inside the first two days.

Only three seeds — fourth-seeded Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, seventh-seeded Tim Henman of Britain and eight-seeded Augustin Callieri of Argentina — remain in the fray.

Bjorkman broke the 21-year-old Roddick in the sixth game of the first set to go 4-2 up and then held serve to clinch it 6-3.

Although the second set was more competitive, Bjorkman always held the upper hand and advanced to the net at every opportunity..

Roddick, the top seed, saved two match points in the ninth game before ninth-seeded Bjorkman served out for the match 6-4.

Bjorkman made no mistakes at all while everything went wrong for the American, who appeared a man in a hurry.

Roddick often couldn’t get his first service right. He also returned poorly, often offering his 31-year-old rival simple opportunities to come up winners as he liked.

Bjokrman won the first set in 31 minutes and had seven aces against Roddick’s four.

In the second set, Bjorkman broke Roddick in the first game when the American double-faulted after Roddick’s long return put the Swede on advantage.

It was only after Bjorkman took a 5-3 lead in the second set, that Roddick showed some sense of a fight-back and the ninth game turned out to be a keenly-contested one. The American saved two match points and took the game with an ace, but he failed to sustain this form. Instead he committed more unforced errors and Bjorkman seized the opportunity with both hands to emerge winner.

Bjorkman served superbly to take a 40-0 love lead in the next game. Though Roddick managed to save one more match point when the Swede netted his return, it was all over bar the shouting for Roddick. All he could do was to delay the inevitable as Bjorkman won the set and the match when Roddick fumbled with his return after Bjorkman stretched him with a superb cross-court shot.

“It’s always tough to play the world number one, but I have played him twice last year and I think I have learnt how to play him. I managed to put a lot of pressure on him.

“He (Roddick) made a lot of mistakes today. But then, you know that you cannot play well every day. It was a poor day for him.

“I think the key was I served very well and this gives me a lot of confidence,” he added.

“I am satisfied with the way I’m playing now, quite happy with my consistency.”

Bjorkman said he was eyeing the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.

“Yes, it is one of my dreams, to win an Olympic medal,” he said.

01-08-2004, 02:37 AM
I guess it's hard to find a great practice partner for him. Hmm, just don't get really tired.
I won't be mad if he sux in AO, 'cuz it looked like he's not real ready & strong.
He got kind of busy between Nov-Dec.
...wish he'd block out what people say
about him during the slams.

01-08-2004, 03:38 AM
Its just a loss. Its not as if he lost early in a slam. Even if he did, plenty of greats have lost in slams. It means nothing. I don't think he will lose early at Oz but I think people here are just overreacting. Andy will lose a lot more in his career which will be no different than any other player or legend. He lost to a great player. It would be better if Jonas wins the event then Andy really won't have any reason to feel shame. I know its annoying cause every time Andy loses the Duck Hunt thread goes through the roof. :rolleyes: I wouldn't be happy if Roger was number one and there was an anti roger thread. :fiery: I simply feel your pain but its not a bad loss.

01-08-2004, 03:51 AM
good post, Dirk! :)

01-08-2004, 04:02 AM
lol Dirk, I've just stayed away from GM ALL Day. And I kind of like it. maybe I'll just stick to the Andy thread.

I think that's the ultimate point though, Dirk, and why I tend to get so upset. I really don't care whether people like Andy or not, it's just the lack of respect for those of us who do that just gets the best of me sometimes. But I'm trying to grow a thicker skin :)

01-08-2004, 04:23 AM
GWH if you read what we're saying no one's that worried :) We're just discussing. Yep the conditions were the same for both players, however that does not mean that both players were affected the same. When it snows, I get depressed. Other people love it and go play outside and go skiing. So it's possible that the windy swirly weather just bothered Andy more than Jonas, which is sort of how it sounds. But anyway no one, not even Andy, is blaming that for the loss. He just couldn't get his rhythm and Jonas was playing great. Period, stop, the end.

Andy did the same thing last year in the second round of his warmup tourney, right down to the bad weather conditions so no reason to worry ;)

01-08-2004, 04:41 AM
Of course, Sjengster/Croat/Rebecca/GeorgeWhitler/Number1Kim types get orgasms over his losses and put words in his fans' mouths sometimes. Duck Hunt is boring,
so I don't care.
I do regret my uncharacteristic rudeness before here.
It's bad already with the little tennis coverage I get, & I find few big, good forums to participate in.

I care
about entertaining, good tennis, however. That's why I
hate when players show bad performances/awful attitudes. :rolleyes:

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 04:43 AM
Actually bunk I hope you are not being defensive about my previous post? Yes, I have already read most of the articles previously, plus some others I couldn't be bothered translating.

Put whatever spin on it you like, Björkman handled the conditions better than Roddick. No, Roddick didn't make excuses that we wasn't up to scratch on the day. Weather conditions shouldn't be used as an excuse, it's up to the individual to combat and prosper in the varying conditions.

As I said it's far from the end of the world, and I agree with dirk that there has been some overreactions. It would be a lot worse if it was in a Slam, but as long as he gets the matches he needs, then good or him.

I have already said it's not just a Duck hunt anymore, they know who the #1 is at the moment, and they are going to lift and try and knock him off the tree.

01-08-2004, 04:52 AM
No GWH your post didn't bother me, I was basically agreeing with you. I didn't put any spin in fact I said exactly what you did, the Bjorkman was able to handle the conditions and Andy was not. Not much more to say really.

And you can't be serious. that duck hunt thread is over a year old and has jackshit to do with Andy being #1. Yes he is the "hunted" but those people who started and propagate that thread have no other reason to keep it going than you guys do not like Andy and you want him to lose. They wanted him to lose when he was out of the top 10 and they'd want him to lose no matter what. So yea, maybe in the whole world of tennis, Andy is now public enemy #1 b/c of his ranking, but on this board he is public enemy #1 because his name is Andy Roddick. I'm not going to argue about it because 1) I don't want to argue on the Andy board, which is a pretty positive place and 2) we're not going to change each other's mind no matter what so it's pretty pointless to even bother. If the thread was created on November 3, or even when Andy took over the lead in the Champion's Race after TMS Cincy, I might buy it, but nope, not on MTF I don't.

it's ok heya, we all have our bad moments. Just try to think positively about Andy :)

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 05:08 AM
Originally posted by bunk18bsb
And you can't be serious. that duck hunt thread is over a year old and has jackshit to do with Andy being #1. Yes he is the "hunted" but those people who started and propagate that thread have no other reason to keep it going than you guys do not like Andy and you want him to lose.

You misinterpreted what I actually said. The duck hunt on general messages won't be over for a very long time, and it won't be because one person decides it's over.

What I actually meant was it's not just a Duck hunt, he is hunted by all the other players on the tour, so this means he is the hunted as he is the Top Dog now and they won't to knock him off. Would you like me to explain it in a clearer manner?

Of course we will never agree and I am not going to change your mind and vice versa. No, I haven't written anything controversial here and yes it's interesting to read the other comments as well.

heya only you are capable of giving me an orgasm, no Roddick defeat could do that.

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 05:39 AM
I fail to see the "overreacting" in this thread. I wasn't pleased with Andy losing, but nor did I think it "end of the world".

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 05:55 AM
Then again it's not often that we see the same things, this is not a bad thing, jackson you are not one of those fans who think it's a disaster when their favourite loses, or if you are you hide it well.

It seems some fans think that he is going to have an 82-3 record like McEnroe did or something similar.

01-08-2004, 06:11 AM
2 years ago, Duck Hunt was "Andy Depreciation Thread," which was started by a former Andy fan.

I criticize/compliment Andy based
on his actions/game.
The media's influence/tennis fans and tournament organizers don't change my opinions
about a player.

Your fave players, will be targeted by
other players too.
It's not just Andy against everyone's
player vs. player.

Neither the fans nor the players are that confident, knowing the depth of mens tennis.
It would be dull to see 1 player win most of the time- Andy's not dominating.

01-08-2004, 06:23 AM
I find it strange that it's a
nightmare for some fans
to witness Andy
beating another player.

01-08-2004, 06:35 AM
Watching Hitler try to mock Andy under the cover up of these mindless ramblings is very amusing

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 06:38 AM
Well done Wyver and I actually wasn't mocking him and as usual your entertainment ranting is very high. A good start for 2004.

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 10:54 AM
So now the WyverN v. GWH battles are leaking into the Andy forum now? How interesting.

01-08-2004, 01:10 PM
So now the WyverN v. GWH battles are leaking into the Andy forum now? How interesting.

I sense sarcasm.

Soon we will leak into every forum. I suggest we take over "Bug/Error Reporting and Questions " next, what do you say hitler?

01-08-2004, 01:27 PM
So now the WyverN v. GWH battles are leaking into the Andy forum now? How interesting.

LOL Yeah, really. What's up with that? ;)

And I don't see much "overreaction" here to Andy's Doha loss, either. You win some, you lose some. Big deal. But I like how the media acts surprised every time Andy loses. They always put in their headlines "RODDICK SUFFERS SHOCK DEFEAT." LOL.

Anyways, Hitler and Wyvner need to start a thread in GM that tracks their Roddick/Hewitt bet all year long. I'd like to see that. :)

01-08-2004, 02:12 PM
tangy, they did that LOL ;)

and GWH and Wyver.... please just leave.

01-08-2004, 02:24 PM
see our Roddick forum is so popular, we have 100+ people looking at it at times, and we even lured the great battle between Wyvern vs GWH :banana:
:haha: j/k obviously
and as other people said, we don't really overreact when Andy loses. when he does, its pretty much like :yawn: Andy lost, and thats it. and just to clear things up GWH, about the weather conditions, if you did read every article made on that match, and there were many, stupid media :rolleyes: it's just one match and there are like 10 stories on it. anyways back to the point i was trying to make, Andy did say that the weather conditions were the same for both players, so he wasn't using it as an excuse.
as for contact lenses, i don't think he wears them. if he did i would know;)

01-08-2004, 04:18 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong tangerinus Hewitt was won 2 Slams, 2 TMCs, 2 TMS and 2 DC final victories, and RU in 2 TMS and DC finals. I think the term one-hit wonder in this case isn't true at all.

I'm well aware of Hewitt's accomplishments, Hitler, and what I meant by "one-hit wonder" in this case is that many of his detractors think Hewitt has already peaked and isn't likely to make a comeback anytime soon; that he's come and gone. Hit and run. That type of career . . .

I certainly didn't mean "one hit wonder" as in Johansson-one-hit-wonder.

01-08-2004, 04:20 PM
tangy, they did that LOL

Oh yeah. The Hewitt vs. Roddick thread. :banghead: Also known as the "Hijacked by the Duck Hunters and Potato Peelers Thread." ;)

01-08-2004, 04:23 PM
lol tangy.... well yeah.

01-08-2004, 04:26 PM
Soon we will leak into every forum. I suggest we take over "Bug/Error Reporting and Questions " next, what do you say hitler?


I could see this happening!

01-08-2004, 04:28 PM
Then again it's not often that we see the same things, this is not a bad thing, jackson you are not one of those fans who think it's a disaster when their favourite loses, or if you are you hide it well.

It seems some fans think that he is going to have an 82-3 record like McEnroe did or something similar.

I don't think any man will ever equal that season of McEnroe's! It's his greatest achievement, imo.

Even Sampras and Agassi never came close to a year like that.

01-08-2004, 04:59 PM
Now that we've sorta changed this thread from an Andy-cheering to a Tim-cheering thread, can I post this here? :)

:woohoo: Whoooooo! Tim!!! :woohoo:

Go Timbo! Go Timbo!!! You can do it! Kick Ljubicic's sorry whiny ASS!!! :banana: :bounce:

Henman races to victory

Henman was always in control.

Tim Henman made light work of beating Sargis Sargsian to claim a semi-final spot at the Qatar Open.

The Briton's all-round game proved too strong for the Armenian, and he came through in straight sets 6-3 6-1.

Henman, the seventh seed, has started the year in fine form following a successful end to 2003 when he won his first ever Masters Series title.

He is the highest seed left in the tournament and will play Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia for a place in the final.

Henman broke serve in the first game of the match and was always in control from then on.

His second ace of the match took him 4-2 ahead and although Sargsian saved another break point to reduce the deficit, Henman broke again to seal the opening set.

Two more breaks of serve saw the four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist race through the second set as he continued his encouraging build-up to the Australian Open later this month.

01-08-2004, 05:13 PM
:woohoo: Go Timmy-tim-TIM!

01-08-2004, 05:19 PM
Two more breaks of serve saw the four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist
:haha::haha::haha: poor dude man, he'll forever be known as a millionth time Wimbledon semi-finalist. that is if he doesn't change it:p
would be good to see Tim win it, but i would prefer Escude :rocker2: (i really wanted Grosjean though but he lost:o )

01-08-2004, 05:58 PM
YAY Tim :woohoo:


If he keeps this up, he's gonna be dangerous this year!

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 08:17 PM
Go Tim al the way!

01-08-2004, 08:24 PM
Streaking Henman Surges Into Semis In Qatar

Photo By Fred Mullane By Brad Falkner
Success has been a stress reliever for Tim Henman. No longer restricted by the strait jacket of stress that immobilized him in the past, a relaxed Henman has found his flow on the court and is producing some of the finest tennis of his career.

Playing superb attacking tennis, Henman stretched his winning streak to nine matches, surging into the semifinals of the $1 million Qatar Exxon Mobil Open with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-1 thrashing of Sargis Sargsian in Doha today.

The match lasted a mere one hour, seven minutes and served as a showcase for Henman's stellar net play. Though Henman did not exclusively employ a serve-and-volley strategy throughout, he often worked his way to net to punctuate points with sharp volleys that frequently left Sargsian stabbing at shots that eluded him.

The two-time tournament finalist advanced to the final four for the the third time in four trips to Qatar. Henman meets Ivan Ljubicic for a place in the final. The hard-serving Croatian upset fourth-seeded French man Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in his quarterfinal. Wild card Nicolas Escude continued his inspired run through the draw, dispatching Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee 6-4, 6-2 to set up a semifinal showdown with Agustin Calleri, who conquered Jonas Bjorkman, 6-4, 6-4. Bjorkman beat top-seeded Andy Roddick in straight sets yesterday.

In his nine-match winning streak that began with his title trip to the BNP Paribas Masters championship, Henman has beaten several current or former top 10 players including the top-ranked Roddick, Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten and Grosjean.

The 29-year-old Oxford native believes he bears the burden of big match pressure better now that he has learned to lighten up.

"I've been guilty in the past of trying too hard in matches, which creates more tension," said Henman. "This tension may have restricted my movement, which has a negative effect on my play."

In an era of baseline blasters, Henman's classically game can sometimes seem like a string section at a heavy-metal concert, but it's clear by his demeanor on the court Henman now grooves to a more upbeat and relaxed tempo.
"In practice, when I'm loose and relaxed I play better tennis," Henman said. "And that's what I'm trying to do now in my matches."

Action Jackson
01-09-2004, 03:15 AM
Timmy needs some more ruthless aggression on the court, he is still too nice and I don't sense that there is much fire there. The only time of the year that anyone in England cares about Tim is when he is playing Wimbledon and then he is crippled by fear.

Tangerinus, thanks for the suggestions I'll be updating the point score regularly and clearing up the one-hit wonder thing.

Bunkie, I would have left on my accord, but since you have shown me such great hospitality I am finding this very difficult, almost impossible.

J. Corwin
01-09-2004, 11:11 AM
difficult, almost possible?

Is that a typo?

Action Jackson
01-09-2004, 11:45 AM
Yes, it was a typo jackson thanks for pointing that out.

01-09-2004, 02:19 PM
Anyways, Hitler and Wyvner need to start a thread in GM that tracks their Roddick/Hewitt bet all year long. I'd like to see that. :)

lol not a bad idea. maybe i will start one once the draw comes out

and GWH and Wyver.... please just leave.

I'd love to but I have to follow hitler around to make sure he doesn't say something silly :)

besides i am a fan of Roddick's power game

01-09-2004, 02:22 PM
if you want to come here and engage in nice discussions with us, I'd love for you to stay. I mean it. But I really don't care for you guys to turn this board into another outlet for your arguments, please :)

J. Corwin
01-09-2004, 07:55 PM
I rather enjoy reading their arguments. :)

01-09-2004, 08:19 PM
good, go to GM and read them :p

Action Jackson
01-10-2004, 02:22 AM
Bunkie, actually I don't think Wyver and I have had any arguments in here. Wyver is a fan of the Roddick power game and I haven't said anything controversial or inflammatory. I love this section of the board and I am always reading it daily.

Originally posted by WyverN
I'd love to but I have to follow hitler around to make sure he doesn't say something silly

Thank you Wyver for showing such concern about my welfare, it's appreciated. Btw, I haven't forgotten about your other plans.

01-10-2004, 02:27 AM
I love this section of the board and I am always reading it daily.

uh.... why? You hate andy and you hate his fans.... that seems like an awful waste of time.

Action Jackson
01-10-2004, 03:00 AM
I have already explained my reasons why I came here initially bunkie, so there is no need for me to go through them again.

How is it a waste of time if I am being entertained ? You know the answer to that question.

01-10-2004, 04:33 AM
How is it a waste of time if I am being entertained ? You know the answer to that question.

I see spending time on something you have negative feelings about as a waste of time, hence why I only visit boards here of players I like.

I don't really care if you come here, but you have to keep in mind that this is the Andy board if you have any decency in you at all you will respect that and just let us go on our merry Andy-supporting ways. If you want to participate in nice fair, respectful discussions while keeping in mind that we are fans and are going to see things from that perspective and that you won't get us to change our minds, that's great, but I'm not particularly optimistic about the prospect of that happening.

Action Jackson
01-10-2004, 04:54 AM
All about perception bunkie, you will see things from one perspective and others from a different perspective.

I am not here on a crusade to change peoples minds, that is ridiculous if you think that's I am about. The only thing is obviously you are a fan, but as long as it doesn't cloud your judgements too much, and discuss semi-objectively then that's fine.

It's not impossible to have intelligent conversations with Roddick fans on this board or anywhere MisterQ and jackson are examples. If you are not optimistic about it, then that's your choice, not mine.

J. Corwin
01-10-2004, 05:53 AM
Well George here hasn't said anything offensive or disrespectful yet.

01-12-2004, 05:56 PM
perhaps a final article from Doha
Roddick Raves On Qatar After Doha Debut
By Brad Falkner

When Andy Roddick stepped off the plane in Qatar, he couldn’t help but feel a little bit dubious: after all these are tumultuous times in the Middle East. Fast forward a week later and Roddick is as comfortable with the area as a Camel cruising in an oasis.

The reigning U.S. Open champion made his Dubai debut at the $1 million Exxon Mobil Open last week and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. After suffering a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Jonas Bjorkman in singles, Roddick partnered with Stefan Koubek to advance to the doubles final where the wild cards fell to the third-seeded team of Martin Damm and Cyril Suk, 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles wasn't part of the game-plan prior to his trip, but Roddick and Koubek clicked and have become fast friends since playing together.

"I basically got here and found out that I was playing doubles," Roddick said. "Stefan wanted to get in the draw so that’s how it happened."

The 21-year-old Boca Raton resident made friends and fans off the court as well. The top seed was in top form at the tournament sponsor's dinner. A high school honor student at SEK Preparatory School, Roddick impressed the room with his linguistic prowess, greeting the audience in Arabic, Spanish, German, and English. He brought down the house with his makeshift accent in all languages.

The 2003 tournament singles champion, Koubek was equally surprised to have reached the doubles final with Roddick, who may well be his opponent when the United States hosts Austria in the opening-round Davis Cup tie at the Mohegan Sun, next month. Not to be undone by his new doubles partner, Koubek provided added entertainment value to the assembled audience at the sponsor's dinner.

"I can’t believe it: last year I won the singles, and this year I'm in the f---ing doubles final," Koubek said as the crowd roared with laughter.

"Special K" as he’s known to some fellow players has forged a friendship with Roddick after their successful stint in doubles.

"I did not know Andy before Qatar," Koubek said. "He's a great guy. We had so much fun together this week."

The left-handed Austrian's sense of humor and shot-making style left a lasting impression on Roddick.

"Stefan is hilarious," Roddick said. "I loved playing with because he just has fun out there, and he likes to go for it."

Roddick was a hit with the locals as well. During all six of his matches, scores of screaming teen-aged girls serenaded Roddick with shouts of "Andy we love you!" and "C'mon Andy."

"The people here love Andy, especially the girls," said Ban Jaber who works in the player service department for the Open. "They have been asking us all week to get hats, ball, racquets, anything he uses."

If he was a bit apprehensive before arriving in the Middle East, Roddick was definitively decisive about the experience and departed with a positive perspective.

"Anyway you look at it, I played six matches this week," Roddick said. "As long as I’m out there playing in competitive situations it’s good. I wish I would have done better in the singles, but it does happen like that every week."

01-12-2004, 06:37 PM
Now Andy is speaking Arabic?! :clap2: (even if it's just a phrase, that's a nice gesture)

01-12-2004, 06:50 PM
I know... I was very impressed by that!

01-12-2004, 07:21 PM
Very thoughtful of him to learn the phrases even if he doesn't have proper pronounciation. :)

Stefan and Andy............ Two wild and crazy guys. :)

01-12-2004, 07:39 PM
"Special K"?! OMG, that's just classic! Ah, Koubek... now there truly is a real character of the sport. If you want someone to smack wildly at every single return of serve and watch it go all over the place, he's your man.

Chloe le Bopper
01-12-2004, 10:19 PM
It's not impossible to have intelligent conversations with Roddick fans on this board or anywhere MisterQ and jackson are examples.

Exactly. Which is why it's pretty sad when a few dumbasses try to hide behind the "you just hate us because we're Andy fans!" cry, when it's quite obvious that there are a number of Roddick fans who are perfectly swell.

It's sort of like when dumb bitches who happen to be good looking are like "they just hate me because I'm beautiful!"

*sigh* Some people just don't get it.

Oh... I see that I've gone off topic and went on a bit of a tangent. :)

01-12-2004, 11:26 PM
"Special K"?! OMG, that's just classic! Ah, Koubek... now there truly is a real character of the sport. If you want someone to smack wildly at every single return of serve and watch it go all over the place, he's your man.

I think Andy and Koubek would be a fun team to watch play doubles. :)

01-12-2004, 11:35 PM
I think Andy and Koubek would be a fun team to watch play doubles. :)

Yes it sure does sound like it huh?!? Maybe since they were so successful they'll play together more :)

01-12-2004, 11:37 PM
Maybe they'll be the next Shriver/Navratilova!

Or maybe that wouldn't be a good thing...

01-12-2004, 11:39 PM

J. Corwin
01-13-2004, 12:21 AM
It'd be good. ;)

01-13-2004, 01:08 AM
Maybe they'll be the next Shriver/Navratilova!

Or maybe that wouldn't be a good thing...

Maybe not. :)

Action Jackson
01-13-2004, 01:13 AM
It's good to see Roddick recognise Koubek's other qualities, though I don't think it will help Stefan win a set against Andy next time they play.

01-13-2004, 01:41 AM
At anyrate, aren't we about to retire this thread. Or are we just going to post more and more general silliness? I guess we can always use another chit chat thread. :)

01-13-2004, 01:43 AM
Mr. Fashionista Koubek :rocker2:

01-13-2004, 01:53 AM
well the only reason I resurrected it is because I actually found another Doha article ;)

01-13-2004, 02:01 AM
At anyrate, aren't we about to retire this thread. Or are we just going to post more and more general silliness? I guess we can always use another chit chat thread. :)

All of our threads have turned into chit chat threads. :) We're just one big happy family! :hug: