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02-05-2007 02:57 PM
SUKTUEN
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

is time to end of this thread!
See it next year!
02-04-2007 11:06 PM
robinhood
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

Quote:
Originally Posted by R.Federer View Post
Although late, this is a good read. It was written the day of Roger's semi-final.

Read, and laugh (Nothing against andy, but it sure feels weird to read these bold statements in hindsight!)

Roddick's project makeover
James Martin, TENNIS.com


Patrick McEnroe made a frightening comment during the broadcast of the Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic fourth-round match. Actually, disturbing might be the best word to describe it -- the kind of thought that lingers with you for days. As Federer was schooling Djokovic, P-Mac said Federer was getting better …

The man who counted his losses last year on one hand is separating himself from the pack even more (apparently the 3,500-plus ranking points lead just isn't enough).


It should be more than enough to worry his semifinal opponent, Andy Roddick. But that's not going to happen. As a matter of fact, their match tonight (set those DVRs) is shaping up to be the tournament's marquee heavyweight fight. Both players are peaking at just the right time. But while Federer is doing his usual work (dominating, hitting jaw-dropping shots, brushing back his locks after every point like Prince Charming in "Shrek"), it's Roddick who's been the most impressive. His "project makeover" with coach Jimmy Connors is all coming together.


Heading into the Australian Open, I didn't pick Roddick to win; I went out on a limb and chose Federer. Now? Although I'm not about to bet my HDTV on Roddick, I think he's got a real shot -- better than 50-50 -- at dethroning the king. Although he started the tournament on shaking ground, almost going down two sets to an unknown, Roddick has gotten sharper with each round. In the quarterfinals, Roddick committed four -- count 'em, four -- unforced errors in his straight-set destruction of longtime friend Mardy Fish (Mary Carillo: Insert annoying Fish pun here). That stat is unreal for a player like Roddick, who goes for so much.

Let's also not forget that Roddick had match points against Federer in Shanghai last November, and beat him in an exhibition in Kooyong right before the Australian Open. Oh, Federer coolly says the match didn't really count. But a loss is a loss, even if it's only his second to Roddick since 2003.


When the two step onto the Rod Laver Arena court, Roddick will push Federer to tiebreakers, a format that favors the player who attacks. Right now, that's Andy. His ability to anticipate the passing shot has made him a force in the forecourt.

There's another small, but critical, reason Roddick could win. Much has been made of how A-Rod is stepping into his backhand and rifling it down the line. It's effective, but the real beauty is how this is helping his court positioning. Watch when a ball goes a few feet to Roddick's backhand side. The old Andy, pre-Connors, would run around the ball and crack a forehand. It might result in a winner, but it always pulled him out of position and left a wide-open court for his opponent to attack.


No more.


Now, Roddick hits those shots with his backhand. If they result in a winner, that's a bonus. The key is that Roddick is no longer out of position for the next shot. When you're going up against Federer, who loves to run his opponents side to side, that small adjustment could pay Roddick big dividends, including a trip to the Australian Open final.

Thanks for the good laugh, RF.
02-04-2007 09:02 PM
Eden
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

Welcome back to MTF, Escude
02-04-2007 05:06 PM
Corey Feldman
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***



the champ won a slam, without losing a set..
amazing

the match with Roddick, that 2nd set........... those memories will live with me forever
02-02-2007 02:27 PM
SUKTUEN
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

I very enjoy this AO, I will watch the final again in my holidays.
02-02-2007 04:30 AM
R.Federer
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

Although late, this is a good read. It was written the day of Roger's semi-final.

Read, and laugh (Nothing against andy, but it sure feels weird to read these bold statements in hindsight!)

Roddick's project makeover
James Martin, TENNIS.com


Patrick McEnroe made a frightening comment during the broadcast of the Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic fourth-round match. Actually, disturbing might be the best word to describe it -- the kind of thought that lingers with you for days. As Federer was schooling Djokovic, P-Mac said Federer was getting better …

The man who counted his losses last year on one hand is separating himself from the pack even more (apparently the 3,500-plus ranking points lead just isn't enough).


It should be more than enough to worry his semifinal opponent, Andy Roddick. But that's not going to happen. As a matter of fact, their match tonight (set those DVRs) is shaping up to be the tournament's marquee heavyweight fight. Both players are peaking at just the right time. But while Federer is doing his usual work (dominating, hitting jaw-dropping shots, brushing back his locks after every point like Prince Charming in "Shrek"), it's Roddick who's been the most impressive. His "project makeover" with coach Jimmy Connors is all coming together.


Heading into the Australian Open, I didn't pick Roddick to win; I went out on a limb and chose Federer. Now? Although I'm not about to bet my HDTV on Roddick, I think he's got a real shot -- better than 50-50 -- at dethroning the king. Although he started the tournament on shaking ground, almost going down two sets to an unknown, Roddick has gotten sharper with each round. In the quarterfinals, Roddick committed four -- count 'em, four -- unforced errors in his straight-set destruction of longtime friend Mardy Fish (Mary Carillo: Insert annoying Fish pun here). That stat is unreal for a player like Roddick, who goes for so much.

Let's also not forget that Roddick had match points against Federer in Shanghai last November, and beat him in an exhibition in Kooyong right before the Australian Open. Oh, Federer coolly says the match didn't really count. But a loss is a loss, even if it's only his second to Roddick since 2003.


When the two step onto the Rod Laver Arena court, Roddick will push Federer to tiebreakers, a format that favors the player who attacks. Right now, that's Andy. His ability to anticipate the passing shot has made him a force in the forecourt.

There's another small, but critical, reason Roddick could win. Much has been made of how A-Rod is stepping into his backhand and rifling it down the line. It's effective, but the real beauty is how this is helping his court positioning. Watch when a ball goes a few feet to Roddick's backhand side. The old Andy, pre-Connors, would run around the ball and crack a forehand. It might result in a winner, but it always pulled him out of position and left a wide-open court for his opponent to attack.


No more.


Now, Roddick hits those shots with his backhand. If they result in a winner, that's a bonus. The key is that Roddick is no longer out of position for the next shot. When you're going up against Federer, who loves to run his opponents side to side, that small adjustment could pay Roddick big dividends, including a trip to the Australian Open final.
02-02-2007 01:29 AM
mangoes
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

I don't know if anyone is interested in this, but Yahoo Tennis has a new look

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten
02-01-2007 05:56 PM
mangoes
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

Saying that Americans don't have any right to say that Chavez's move to dictatorship is wrong because of Washington is a "high school" type answer and debate tactic. I certainly don't have on "rose colored" glasses when it comes to Washington.........and I am counting down the time left for this present administration. Nevertheless, using Washington as the default reason for Chavez actions is merely reflecting and reinforcing the BS reasoning Chavez is using to justify his actions to his people.......quite similar to Bush using Gay Rights as an important political issue for his re-election. I think Chavez knows that Bush has absolutely no interest in Venezuela......the idiot(Bush) is too obsessed with the Middle East........heck, at this point, Bush may as well build his Memorial Library in the Middle East. Nevertheless, Chavez and Bush share quite a bit in common. However entertaining Chavez UN speeches may be, he is a silly man obsessed with power and that makes him very dangerous for the people of Venezuela.



Back to talk of Roger...........I think it is great that Roger, once again, has the chance to complete his slam. I doubted that he would once again have the opportunity. While I refuse to go out on the limb, as I did last year, to say that Roger will win RG. I certainly hope he has worked out all his nerves in 06 and that Nadal's level of play drops for 3 out of the 5 sets in the 07 final .........assuming Roger makes it to the RG finals.
02-01-2007 03:10 PM
RogiFan88
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

it's just you, clayb... they're basically a pain in the so-called famous ass...
02-01-2007 02:42 PM
Sunset of Age
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

I think the latest arrivals of the Rafa-Troll-species are quite funny, actually. Is it just me or are they also becoming more and more silly?
02-01-2007 07:54 AM
R. Bachelot
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

Quote:
Originally Posted by TenHound View Post
If Americans are concerned about Dictators, that concern should be focused on their own country. Chavez is just trying to figure out how not to be overthrown or have his country ripped apart by Washington. But, I digress, only to remind Everyone who loves Roger to Seriously Pray, however atheistic or pagan you may be, that Paris & Wimbledon happen this yr. & that we're in a position to care.
02-01-2007 07:09 AM
Oriental_Rain
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

did you notice Rogi is substituting his usual "you know" with "look" phrase in his interviews
02-01-2007 07:00 AM
TenHound
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

If Americans are concerned about Dictators, that concern should be focused on their own country. Chavez is just trying to figure out how not to be overthrown or have his country ripped apart by Washington. But, I digress, only to remind Everyone who loves Roger to Seriously Pray, however atheistic or pagan you may be, that Paris & Wimbledon happen this yr. & that we're in a position to care.
02-01-2007 06:55 AM
soonha
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

Quote:
Originally Posted by mangoes View Post
I didn't think this was possible, but this SONDRA J poster is the most frigged up thing to pop up on MTF lately.
That kind of behavior exactly reflects Nadal fans' latest insecurity. TYPICAL. Don't bother and just enjoy it.
02-01-2007 05:33 AM
SUKTUEN
Re: ***2007 Australian Open Thread***

Can't wait him win another GS again~!!
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