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Why do so many players have the match of their lives against Andy Roddick?

partygirl
09-25-2006, 01:15 PM
I find it curious the amount of players especially in the last 2 years that have used the springboard Roddick.
Having the best match of their lives or the match that turns things for them.

I thought it better to start this thread in Andyland as opposed to GM....
:armed:
I think it says something about Andy, these are usually close or high-high level tennis matches.
I'm just not sure if what it says about him is good...or bad?

nisha
09-25-2006, 04:32 PM
i think its becoz he hasnt been his best for last two years and its starting to get easy to beat him.

merce
09-25-2006, 04:56 PM
It's annoying now that you mention it :(

Deboogle!.
09-25-2006, 05:24 PM
Because they know he's a good player, so they come out with a lot of respect, knowing they have to play their best to beat him, so they have that tough mindset, and then when they come out and Andy gives them mid-court topspinny moonballs, they're already focused and knowing they have to play their best so they just bash them all away for winners.

revolution
09-25-2006, 06:29 PM
Murray despite Cincy probably still played the match of his life in that Wimbledon match.

morningglory
09-25-2006, 07:30 PM
because Andy 06 is not Andy 03
a) no intimidating aura
b) groundstroke game turned completely docile and allowed players to dictate, if they're on, they don't miss and look really good
c) Andy on some occasions, had a lead and didn't bury them... they fought back and got pumped up...
d) sheer, dumb, luck

Veruka
09-25-2006, 07:38 PM
Because they know he's a good player, so they come out with a lot of respect, knowing they have to play their best to beat him, so they have that tough mindset, and then when they come out and Andy gives them mid-court topspinny moonballs, they're already focused and knowing they have to play their best so they just bash them all away for winners.

I think this pretty much nails it. Players have enough repect for Andy's game to know they've got to come out with their best in order to do well. I think that with lesser ranked players, Andy tends to get a bit cocky from time to time, viewing matches against players he thinks are lesser as obvious wins for him -- even practice matches in early rounds of some tournaments. By the time that Andy realizes that he's in trouble and needs to work harder, the oponent has already made a dent AND gained some confidence from his success. This leads to the match of your life coming against Roddick. Connors and John Roddick still have a bit of a challenge on their hands to build Andy's confidence at the same time they're instilling humility in him.

tangerine_dream
09-25-2006, 07:51 PM
It's funny how Andy's critics call him "cocky" yet I think sometimes he suffers from too much humbleness and not enough cockiness (on court, that is).

MisterQ
09-25-2006, 07:54 PM
I found that this was the case with Agassi as well. I mean, have you ever seen Calleri play like he did when he beat Andre? :eek:

It may be that they come in with the expectation of having to perform above their usual level, and sometimes they pull it off! :lol:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2006, 08:17 PM
I found that this was the case with Agassi as well. I mean, have you ever seen Calleri play like he did when he beat Andre? :eek:omg, I remember that match in Miami:eek:

blosson
09-25-2006, 11:21 PM
Andy is a very charitable person.

J. Corwin
09-25-2006, 11:35 PM
Because everyone wants a piece of Mu Shu Duck! :drool:

J. Corwin
09-25-2006, 11:37 PM
Andy will take me easily but he doesn't know about my awesomely wicked sliced topspin junky retrograde moonball of a forehand....so then I will even beat him. :rocker2:

Veruka
09-26-2006, 12:39 AM
It's funny how Andy's critics call him "cocky" yet I think sometimes he suffers from too much humbleness and not enough cockiness (on court, that is).

I'm not a critic of Andy's, but I do call him cocky. It's one of the reasons I adore him. More often than not, I think he uses that cockiness in a very good way - including gamesmanship to psych out oponents. Sometimes, as I touched on above, it becomes a detrement. But I hope he never loses the cockiness. If he did, he may turn into Agassi, and that'd be just blech!

TwistedDesire.
09-26-2006, 01:00 AM
BECAUSE THEY HATE US. :sobbing:

partygirl
09-26-2006, 01:03 AM
i think cockyness is a big factor in the times when he just locks himself into a bad situation and won't do anything about it.

simpletennis
09-26-2006, 02:34 AM
i dunno, now why couldn't players play the match of their lives against roger?

Deboogle!.
09-26-2006, 02:35 AM
i dunno, now why couldn't players play the match of their lives against roger?You know, sometimes they do, and it's still rarely enough to beat him. But you have your Gasquets and Berdychs and the like :)

simpletennis
09-26-2006, 02:37 AM
You know, sometimes they do, and it's still rarely enough to beat him. But you have your Gasquets and Berdychs and the like :)


true, but gasquet beat him that one time. it was such bad luck getting roger in the first rd. of wimbledon. and then there's that guy called NADAL who's beaten him so many times this year.

simy
09-26-2006, 12:55 PM
i dunno, now why couldn't players play the match of their lives against roger?
dunno :( :(