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Old 02-20-2008, 12:58 AM   #151
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Maybe there were 2 different parties
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:11 AM   #152
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Maybe there were 2 different parties
You are so quick Just came back to say that of course there could have been a second party OR the one that started last Tuesday only finished on Sunday night. If that's the case Andy will be in an even worse state than he was when he pulled from the DC final reverse singles.
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exactly why do I not have a good feeling about this?
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Killion: Whether up or down, Roddick enjoys ride
By Ann Killion
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When Andy Roddick takes the court at HP Pavilion tonight, he'll probably be wearing his signature Lacoste hat, the one with the alligator symbol. But he could just as well be wearing one with a question mark.

Because questions keep following Roddick.

Is Roddick, the top seed at the SAP Open and the sixth-ranked player in the world, still the great hope for American men's tennis? Or is Roddick, at 25, a player whose best chance at Grand Slam titles has already come and gone?

The questions started earlier than usual this year, after Roddick's disappointing loss in the third round of the Australian Open to German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Despite unleashing his best weapon - his serve - and collecting 42 aces in the match, Roddick lost in five sets.

"I took one on the chin a little earlier than I wanted to," Roddick said in a conference call leading up to the SAP Open. "This is an important tournament for me coming off a disappointing Australian Open."

Roddick, a two-time SAP champion, won his first Grand Slam title in 2003 at the U.S. Open, shortly after turning 21. He was immediately deemed the new face of American tennis. Since then, he has reached three other Grand Slam finals - at Wimbledon in 2004 and 2005, at the U.S. Open in 2006 - and lost them all. Each loss came at the hands of Roger Federer, fueling the story line that America's best tennis hope was just unlucky, his prime years running smack into the greatest man ever toplay the game.

But Roddick's play has been erratic of late. And recent results, including the eye-opening ones at the Australian Open, indicate that a new generation in men's tennis is on the rise. In short, Roddick's competition is more than just Federer.

Novak Djokovic, who beat Federer on his way to the title in Australia, is 20. Rafael Nadal is 21. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Nadal to reach the Australian final, is 22. There is a lot of depth in men's tennis, and Roddick has seen it coming.

"Surprised? Yes," Roddick said when asked about Tsonga's run in Melbourne. "Shocked? No."

But the depth in the sport hasn't included American tennis. The pressure and focus is on Roddick because, aside from James Blake, there isn't much impressive talent surrounding him. Roddick said he's hopeful about the development of young American talent but that there is still a lot of work to do.

"I think there's no substitute for hard work," Roddick said. "To be honest with you, that's one of the things that lacks when you see the young American players. It puts a different dynamic on things when you're playing tennis to find a way out of the country as opposed to playing for fun."

Roddick, by all accounts, has been putting in the work. He has been emphasizing his backhand and his fitness with coach Jimmy Connors. He came into Australia fit and confident, something he said might actually have hurt him. In analyzing his loss to Kohlschreiber, Roddick thought he relied too much on movement and not enough on his big forehand.

Roddick believes that, with age, he has become a more complete player.

"Sometimes you miss the youthful ignorance a little bit," he said. "I used to not really recognize situations too much or realize that they were actually important. Sometimes that worked to my benefit."

Roddick is an easy player to cheer for. Though he can be petulant on the court, in a manner reminiscent of Connors - during his loss in Australia, he erupted at the chair umpire and was snippy with the media - Roddick can also be charming, funny and insightful.

He has made playing for his country a priority. He was at the Olympics in 2004, staying in the village and relishing the experience. He led the United States to an emotional Davis Cup championship last fall, and is back working to defend the title. Earlier this month he played a Davis Cup match in Austria, and will lead the Americans against France in April - when he'll get a chance to face Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, who knocked him out of Wimbledon last summer.

"I'm passionate about it," Roddick said. "Representing your country is an honor."

And Roddick has refreshing perspective on his recent ups and downs.

"That's sports, man," he said after losing to Kohlschreiber. "If you don't want an emotional roller coaster, if you want to be serene and chilled out all day, then get a job serving margaritas at the beach."

Roddick isn't at the beach. He's here, trying to answer the same old questions.

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oh wow he actually made it! Thanks for the article Kate.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:07 PM   #156
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I said he'd be there for the ceremony
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and I said that you'll be right

thanks for the pics

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He's actually one of the best-dressed guys in the pic.... *sniffle*
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a unique moment
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:42 PM   #160
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I can't get excited about SAP. Easy draws equals Andy's downfall and I won't be happy until I see him play his normal game again. Plus, this week has been crazy with none of the favorites winning. I mean, bot Hewitt and Murray just lost in the Rotterdam first round, wtf.

But he looks good in those photos. No ripped jeans, wearing sensible shoes for once, his hair is growing out, good good.

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02/20/2008

Andy Roddick is returning to his adopted home.

Roddick will play one match for the St. Louis Aces in July at Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. He is No. 6 in the ATP rankings and was part of the U.S. team that captured the Davis Cup earlier this month. Roddick, 25, played for the Aces from 2001 to 2003 and in 2005.

"He grew up with the Aces. He was a pup when he first appeared here," Aces general manager Dani Apted said. "Andy has even more ties to St. Louis, now that his coach is Jimmy Connors. The hard-core Aces fans identify him as their own. That he would take time and come is a big compliment to us."

Roddick's appearance with the Aces is remarkable considering that his schedule is likely to be hectic. He'll be coming from Wimbledon and is hoping to compete in the Olympics. Wimbledon concludes July 6. The Olympic tennis tournament is scheduled for Aug. 10-17. The World TeamTennis season runs July 3-23.
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It's not on at all in my region, and I paid extra for like 3 Foxsportsnet channels.



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Same here. Not cool at all.
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"Easy draws equals Andy's downfall"

agreed tangerine dream especially when his 'easy' first round opponent has already beaten Hewitt, Berdych, Stepanek and Tursonov this year. Not grounds for huge optimism.
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sigh I have to agree with Tangy too especially as I can't even get the matches on livestream unless I pay and sorry I love watching Andy play but not that much. I might bother to go to livescore but when his match is scheduled for 10 pm est I doubt that I will.
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In analyzing his loss to Kohlschreiber, Roddick thought he relied too much on movement and not enough on his big forehand.
You think? He can't dictate play with movement because he doesn't move like Nadal but he can definitely still bully people around with his forehand, if he uses it like he used to.

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How so? He played exactly as he needed to play in Kooyong and then suddenly his game went AWOL at AO.
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