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Old 04-11-2010, 09:49 PM   #31
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:18 PM   #32
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uh wow...thanks...marat was royally ignored and is anybody else annoyed by all the andy-praising going around??? a
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Safin, Sampras think Roddick can win another Slam
April 11, 2010

During an exhibition in Atlantic City, both Marat Safin and Pete Sampras have said that Miami champion Andy Roddick has a chance to win another Grand Slam. The top-ranked American hasnít won one since the 2003 US Open.

ďHeís playing very well now and it canít get any better than beating Nadal,Ē Safin said of Roddickís semifinal victory in Miami. ďAndy is moving incredibly well, his backhand is working, the serve and forehand will always be there and he has a very good chance to do well at Wimbledon.Ē

Sampras added, ďI think he realizes now when he plays top players that he has to do more than just stay back and rally. Heís right there. He just needs to believe and step up and try to do it.

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Old 04-14-2010, 05:57 PM   #34
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I'm starting to like Andy's chances of getting a top 4 seed for Wimbledon.

He only needs to be within 300pts of Murray and 1,000pts of Del Potro to overtake them both with the adjusted seeding formula.

Murray just dropped another 350pts in MC and Del Potro is still injured.
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well that would certainly be nice. Him doing decently on the clay season and at queens would definitely help.
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It's my understanding that he's allowed to miss one because he's played more than 500 career matches. That said, I have no idea what he's planning to play.
Fair enough. I just read this from another thread:

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So I guess he's only compelled to play 7 Masters a year now. But he has to play either Rome or Paris to fulfill that commitment so I wonder which he'll choose. I guess he had a good excuse to skip both last year.
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well that would certainly be nice. Him doing decently on the clay season and at queens would definitely help.
Indeed. He has to win Queens to improve his ranking points but in terms of grass results for the seeding formula it will make a bigger difference.
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So I guess he's only compelled to play 7 Masters a year now. But he has to play either Rome or Paris to fulfill that commitment so I wonder which he'll choose. I guess he had a good excuse to skip both last year.
I think if you get out of an event with a valid injury, that doesn't count. Andy's in LA with Brooklyn and will apparently go to Hawaii whenever she goes for the movie, so god knows when he'll even touch a clay court. LA is not exactly brimming with them. So who knows. Too bad though b/c he'd have a chance at a few rounds in Rome, which would be a total points gain, and that'd help him immensely. But, his problem not ours

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Yep, definitely.
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I actually think that if Andy really committed to it, he could have the best clay season of his career given the way he plays but the thing is it just doesn't worth the effort IMO.
I mean, what's the best he can possibly get from doing that? Quarters in the French open? That's just doesn't worth the risk of burning out before Wimbledon, that's the last thing he would want to happen.
So I wouldn't really mind if he shows up only for one of the Masters 1000 without any clay practice. But it would be nice if he could get to the second week of the French Open again.
As for the seeding in Wimbledon, obviously being the 4th seed can be a huge bonus especially since he wouldn't be able to meet Federer in the Quarters, but I don't know how realistic it is. Maybe if Murray has a huge slump...
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yep, I agree. and I'm sure Andy agrees, especially since the summer HC season starts shortly after Wimbledon so it's not like he has ages to recover after that. I'm sure that's why he's never given it 110% for the clay season, which sucks b/c who knows how much better he could've done over the years but you are right, on the other hand, it's unlikely he would've ever been able to win any of these titles, so he might as well just focus on grass. he's made it extremely clear that wimbledon is his biggest main goal and that that's where he's focusing all his energy. He'd be stupid to burn himself out right before it - mentally or physically.
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I'm definitely with you for this. Totally agree. He could have become a solid clay court player, but at this point of his career it would be better for him to rest now. He played a lot of matches this year. Madrid/Rome and Rg is fine for me.

And yes, the summer hard court season is starting right after Wimbledon. And there he has a chance for success on these masters (canada and cincy) and of course USO. If it's not Wimbledon, I wouldn't mind one more USO title, you? :P
So, he must be fresh for London and the summer. Like Deboogle said, mentally and phisically.
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Part 2 of the awesome Inside Tennis Interview is finally here

Being Andy Roddick
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Monday, April 19th, 2010

INSIDE TENNIS: Youíve talked about the 10 to 15 seconds after a match as the key, when it all feels so worth it, all the work, all the practice. But Andre Agassi said that the key for him was the 10 minutes before he went to bed, that heís been cheered and booed in stadiums around the world, but thereís nothing worse than booing yourself in those minutes before sleep.

ANDY RODDICK: I sleep well at night because I know pretty much everything I do on a daily basis is what I should be doing. Andreís thing was more along the lines of not doing the things he should have been doing, and that was the reason for his loss of sleep. I rarely feel I lose a match because I didnít work hard enough, so that part makes it easier.

IT: Youíre such a huge sports fan. What kind of lesson do you take from watching sports?

AR: Iím thankful that I play a sport because it gives me a chance. I respect the heck out of every sport. I think about what athletes have to have to do to train, because a lot of people just see the end result, and they think the players just go out and play a match, but there are a million mornings in cold weather that youíre out there on the track. My curiosity makes me wonder what these guys do on a daily basis. That fascinates me.

IT: And if you could just press a button and play another sport.

AR: Quarterback would be fun. You have to be extremely intelligent to be a quarterback, very smart. Thatís one of the toughest positions.

IT: In tennis, do you have to be a little bit like an NFL cornerback who may get beat on one big play, but has to come back right away and be ready for the next. They have to master the art of amnesia.

AR: You get back up. Itís either that or retire, and Iím not going to do that. What the hell else am I going to do?

IT: Thereís always disco bowling.

AR: That doesnít pay as well. Are you going to sit around and feel sorry for yourself? No. You get back up and work. You could have a bad day at Inside Tennis. You could lose an advertiser. The next day, you try and find another advertiser. Thatís just what you do. I donít think of it as a skill. Itís not something you acquire. Itís just being given the two options, and itís a pretty clear answer.

IT: But youíve had so many tough losses: at the French Open, to Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon in Ď07, to Gilles Muller at the Open in Ď05. And, of course, to Roger Federer. Which have been the toughest to swallow?

AR: Roger in Ď09 [in the Wimbledon final] was one of the toughest. But I have so many great memories from last year. Then tennis was being discussed around the water cooler for two, three weeks afterwards. That was awesome. So there are so many more positives from that. Gasquet was tough. But at the French Open, if weíre being realistic, I know thereís a roof as far as what I can do. Iíd love to go further, but it doesnít affect the way I train. The hardest time in my career was after Wimbledon in Ď06. I hadnít played well the entire first part of the year. But in the back of my mind, there was always Wimbledon. Iíd semied, finaled, finaled. Itís a place where I consistently play well. Not a lot of people play well on grass. But I lost to Andy Murray, who at the time was 18 or 19. That was the hardest time, getting back up.

IT: You saw how Serena Williams lost it at the U.S. Open last year. Talk about your own temper. Youíre not an Ilie Nastase, youíre not a John McEnroe, youíre not a Jimmy Connors, butÖ

AR: I get pissed. A lot of times I get mad when I donít feel prepared going into a tournament. As a result, I donít play as well as I should. Thatís when I have my worst tantrums and meltdowns.

IT: There was a WimbledonÖ

AR: I donít remember [Laughs]. When I feel prepared, healthy, ready to go, I rarely lose it. Iím able to keep it together a little more. Those little feelings of not being ready enough manifest in that way.

IT: Youíre pretty intense on the court, but you can also be a pretty funny guy, a wise guy. Talk about your sense of humor. Where did it come from?

AR: I donít even think itís humor. Itís just honesty that manifests itself in the way of being funny. I donít know if I try to protect myself from my own answers. I feel like a lot of athletes do that.

IT: You once had a whole comic shtick on how all you once did was munch Cheetos and blast your forehand. But then you changed and really worked hard on your game. But you still missed your Cheetos.

AR: I worked really hard during the Ď05 off-season and in Ď06 really didnít havenít much to show for it because I was playing like a bum. I was fighting that battle between ďGosh, I was a lot more undisciplined than I am now when I was No. 1 in the world. Now Iím doing all the right things and itís not going the way I want it to. I said something along the lines of how I used to sit back after a match and eat four bags of Cheetos and then go out and rip someone the next day. That was my doubt, at that moment. That was frustrating.

IT: So you still miss your Cheetos?

AR: Well, Cheetos are good. [Laughs.] If Iím busting my butt all this time and not getting the rewardsÖ

IT: Speaking of rewards, you said you originally had four goals, and youíve achieved three of them ó winning the U.S. Open, rising to No.1 and winning the Davis Cup. Not a bad track record. Now itís down to Wimbledon.

AR: If you were told me when I turned pro at 17 that I would have the career Iíve had, I wouldnít have thought twice, I wouldíve taken it. But, obviously, when you accomplish things you probably readjust. I want that Wimbledon title very badly, and I feel Iím ready for it. Thereís probably a sense of entitlement as far as that tournament goes because Iíve played well there so many times. So yes, that would mean a lot.

IT: Talk about Wimbledon, the setting, the pomp, theÖ

AR: I love it. I buy in wholeheartedly. All the little traditions, all the little practicing in Aorangi Park, not being allowed on the grounds, I love it. Thereís no middle ground and thatís what makes it awesome, too, because you either love it or hate it. I love staying in the little Wimbledon Village. I love how Wimbledon is tucked into a neighborhood. Iím cruising by and I see you walking toward the courts. You see familiar faces around the village. Everything about it.

IT: And Centre Court?

AR: Itís the Cathedral. Itís the Fenway Park of tennis. Thatís the one thatís got the aura and the magic. The AO is the friendly Slam ó everyoneís in a good mood, itís the start of the year the people are really friendly. Everything is convenient. The USO is the show. Itís big on the fireworks and the night sessions. And Wimbledon ó itís the tradition, itís the Mecca it doesnít need to have all the show because itís an entity unto itself.

IT: Tiebreakers have been pretty important to your career. Whatís the key in playing them?

AR: I donít play them much differently. Thereís a lot more pressure on my opponents. If I hit an average return in the middle of the court, that first ball is a lot harder to hit at 4-all in a tiebreaker. If you miss it, I have two serves coming, as opposed to you being up 30-15 in the service game. I donít know if I step up and play that much better. Iíve had a lot of success with them in my career. It suits my game well.

IT: A lot of people say that your greatest strength is your fight. Even you said, ďIím the best bad player ever.Ē

AR: I always hear how great all these guys hit the ball. I hear about Gasquetís backhand. People just drool over it forever and you hear so-and-soís this and so-and-soís that. And then I hear how I canít really do anything but yet I beat all these guys consistently. And that kind of lends itself to me being a really good bad player.

IT: Sandy Mayer really cracked you.

AR: Sandy Mayer would have had to have been better at tennis to crack me. Thatís the way I approach that one. I can take that sort of criticism from probably very few people.

IT: You talked about Gasquetís backhand. There are a lot of great forehands ó James Blake, Juan Martin Del Portro, Fernando Gonzalez come to mind. Give me your top one or two.

AR: Roger has the best forehand.

IT: Itís the most punishing?

AR: His ball is in the middle of the court. Being able to go the other way, with pace, without pace, inside-out angles, he controls most matches with his forehand from the middle of the court.

IT: And if you had to choose one backhand.

AR: Rafaís got a great backhand. And no one talks about it because everyone one likes talking about the pretty one-handers. The shot that looks great is a shotmaking shot because you see it on a highlight reel and it looks great. Rafaís is solid. Every single one is heavy. His ability to mix up the height on it, the way he passes off of it. He has a great backhand. Murrayís is great, too.

IT: Because all the variety heÖ

AR: Itís the same with Roger. He hits a slice, his backhand return is great, he can rally, rally, rally with almost the same swing, but really itís two times faster.

IT: And the serve? John Isner, Ivo Karlovic?

AR: You canít teach 6-foot-10. You canít. Everyone used to freak out because [Richard] Krajicek was 6-foot-5. Thatís normal now. Thatís nothing. Now you have Del Porto, who, no offense to Krajicek and Todd [Martin], but they werenít the fastest dudes on the court. Now you have guys like [Marin] Cilic and Del Portro who can run.

IT: The volley?

AR: Roger volleys well. Roger puts himself in position to volley well with a lot of his approach shots. I think Stepanek volleys great. Iím going to take Roger out of a lot of these conversations because he does everything pretty well.

IT: And toughness?

AR: I always think of Lleyton [Hewitt] first. Rafa, obviously, never gives you anything. You know who Iím a huge fan of David Ferrer. I just love how heís maxed his game as much as anybody. You look at him you donít say, ďThat shot was God-given.Ē You donít look at him and say, ďHe does this amazing.Ē The guy competes his ass off every single time and doesnít give an inch. And heís made himself into a hell of a tennis player.

IT: How about speed?

AR: Thatís the biggest difference in tennis. You go back and watch old videos, everybody moves now, everybody runs now. You used to have guys in the top 10 who didnít move that well. Everybody moves well nowadays. Thatís where the game has changed. I feel like conditions have slowed down, and people have gotten faster as a result of it. You have new technology that allows people to top out. Sam [Querrey] is 6-foot-7 and look at the way he moves up to a drop shot. Itís insane. The athletes have just become so much better.

IT: You chose to live in Austin ó a relatively small city thatís not exactly a tennis Mecca, but a town that loves its sports.

AR: Thatís kind of by design. Theyíre very interested in UT [University of Texas] football. Theyíre very interested in Lance Armstrong, and thatís pretty much where it ends, and thatís probably one of my favorite things about Austin. I donít want to be in a place where Iím getting asked about tennis when Iím going for coffee. I love Austin because itís an extremely unaffected place. There are a lot of well-known people who live here who can go about their day-to-day business.

IT: Andre used to talk about driving up to Roland Garros, how it looked like a monster. But the UT stadium ó Iíve never seen a more imposing athletic facility.

AR: And they keep adding to it ó 20,000 seats every year. But itís a little bit hard for me because Iím a Husker [University of Nebraska] fan, so Iím living in the belly of the beast. I got a call late in 2007 from the Nebraska athletic department asking if I wanted to sit with [former Nebraska coach] Tom Osborne during the UT-Nebraska game. So I was like, ďOkay, itís in a suite. No problem.Ē That was Brookís first Nebraska game and she really didnít understand the significance of it all. So Nebraska is actually winning that game in the fourth quarter and all of a sudden the entire crowd is booing. And I didnít really think much of it, and it went on for six to seven seconds and Iím like, ďGosh whatís the hellís going on here?Ē So I look up on the big screen and sure enough itís because Iím sitting next to Osborne.Ē

IT: What was it like to look up and see Tiger Woods in Federerís box during the U.S. Open final. An American sporting icon supporting the Swiss instead of you?

AR: I guess I was just wondering where the business parallels were going to draw the line. I thought it was very convenient, the Nike, IMG connection. I was trying to tell myself more that it was a business decision as opposed to a patriotic decision.

IT: And when Pete Sampras came in early at Wimbledon when you played Federer?

AR: Well, thatís completely different. When the potential is there for a major record to be broken, itís a classy thing to do for the person whose record is being broken to be present to pass the torch. Roger could have been playing anybody there.

IT: The tennis field is so tough now. There are all these 21-year-olds kicking butt. Federer. And Rafa when heís healthy. Do you feel a clock ticking?

AR: Thereís always a clock ticking. Iím not delusional that Iím not on the last third of my career. But I work hard. It doesnít really change anything as far as day-to-day preparations.

IT: It doesnít put any pressure on you?

AR: No. Iíve been dealing with one form of pressure or another, kind of carrying the weight of my country as far as an entire sport goes. Itís always there. But thatís what you want as an athlete. If youíre dealing with pressure that means youíre good enough for people to expect something out of you.

IT: What was the sweetest moment of your career? Youíve had so many. It doesnít have to be on the tennis court.

AR: I donít know. I really, really, really enjoyed the post-Wimbledon sentiment last year. If weíre talking about off court. I felt like I got an accurate portrayal of myself publicly for one of the first times, which selfishly, I enjoyed.

IT: So break that down.

AR: I lost a match, but there was a sense of appreciation. And itís not there all the time. I donít deserve to have it all the time. It was nice in that small dose. I also loved that tennis was the lead story for a week afterward in this country.

IT: Does it piss you off that itís so often kicked to the fourth page or just agate?

AR: Yeah. I loved to have it up front. During Wimbledon, thereís always a ďMurray watch.Ē ďHe ate a snickers bar at 4:36 in the afternoon and proceeded to have three gulps of Gatorade to wash it down.Ē Thatís probably a little much. But, obviously, Iíd love it to be at that height all the time.

IT: A sage in white robes comes down from the mountaintop and says ďOkay, Mr. Roddick, whatís your dream? What would you really like in your career?

AR: If I had Wimbledon, Iíd have everything I want.

IT: So when itís all said and done, it sounds like your saying this has been a pretty great run, no regrets, but you would still like to get a Wimbledon.

AR: No big regrets. There are regrets. I donít know if Iíd change anything because everything Iíve done, either positively or negatively, has led me to this place where Iím very happy.

RODDICK REVIEW

WHAT MAKES ANDY WIN?:


ē Sill an ace. Heís No. 2 in aces behind Karlovic.

ē First service efficiency and best in the game ability to hold serve (heís held 91 percent of the time this year and held 96 percent of the time in Miami)

ē Ability to play with freedom and take risks outside his comfort zone

ē His willingness to tweak his game

ē His newfound ability to slice, come to net and flatten his forehand

ē His increased fitness and ability to move

ē Better tactics and court sense

ē His love of the game

ē The positive influence of his wife

A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS: Justin Gimbelstob said the last two sets of Roddickís semi against Nadal in Miami ďserved as a template for what Andy needs to do and can do in order to challenge anyone in this game.Ē

BILLIE JEAN TO GET INTO SKATEBOARDING?: After seeing a skateboarding bulldog at the Sony Ericsson Open player party, Roddick tweeted that he needed ďto go out and buy a doggy skateboard,Ē and admitted he was going to become an ďoverbearing skateboard father really soon. How cool would it be if my dog [Billie Jean] could skateboard around?Ē

FROM CHEETOHS TO WHOLE FOODS: Uber-coach Larry Stefanki has become a food critic, noting that his pupil Roddick ďwas a TGI Fridayís and Chiliís boy, and with that type of diet ó nachos, meat and potatoes ó you work five hours a day and youíre re-polluting your body. Now Andy is a Whole Foods, organic kind of guy.Ē

THE ĎLINGERINGí QUESTION: Linda Robertson noted, ďRoddick still has the scariest serve in tennisÖ[and] his shirt-yanking tic. He still zings like a stand-up comedian. And, even at age 27, Roddick still wears a baseball cap backwardÖBut Roddick is a changed man, tooÖMaybe the new Andy Roddick can do something the old Andy Roddick hasnít done in seven years: win a Grand Slam.Ē

http://www.insidetennis.com/2010/04/andy-roddick/
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It's amazing how humble Andy is, this is a very good interview.
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Amazing interview, so humble, so interesting. I could hear him talk nonstop.His interviews are the best read. No other player can deliver like that. He is the one and only one. I hope that he wins Wimbledon so that his 4 goals will be completed.
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I love reading his interviews; they're so insightful. No other player deserves Wimbledon as much as Andy; he wants it so much.
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