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Old 02-17-2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default Andy RODDICK (USA) will be declared the Prince of Monaco.

Because he's so sweet and sexy.

And he'll win his 5th clay title here.

With only a serve.

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Old 02-24-2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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sweet and sexy eh? that describes your pic . A-Rod will win a TMS this year but I don't think it will be a clay one. Maybe Indian Wells!
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sweet and sexy eh? that describes your pic . A-Rod will win a TMS this year but I don't think it will be a clay one. Maybe Indian Wells!
Roddick has five clay titles? Wow, I didn't realize that! Were any on red clay? Did any have decent draws (i.e he had to beat a clay courter or two such as Moya, Coria, etc)?
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Great thread title Leena!
I can't wait for the clay season
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Roddick has three clay titles I think, he won the US ClayCourt Championships twice and the St Polten GP in Austria.
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Roddick has five clay titles? Wow, I didn't realize that! Were any on red clay? Did any have decent draws (i.e he had to beat a clay courter or two such as Moya, Coria, etc)?
Houston, twice (red clay... and wins over Coria and Sampras)
Atlanta, green clay.
St. Polten.

This will be #5.

Then Barcelona is #6.

Hamburg #7.

Rome #8.

St. Polten #9.

Roland Garros #10.

Gstaad #11, just to piss off Rogerer.
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This will be #5.

Then Barcelona is #6.

Hamburg #7.

Rome #8.

St. Polten #9.

Roland Garros #10.

Gstaad #11, just to piss off Rogerer.
Yes, that would be a pretty decent run.

There's no reason Roddick shouldn't do better on the red clay. He's one of the best althletes out there, he's very competitive, and he hits a very heavy forehand. Unlike Hewitt, he generates his own power, so he can dictate and move the dirtballers around. His serve is still a weapon, obviously, and he can use it to set up the point.

While he's not as fast as Coria, I'm not sure that's so big a factor if Roddick is confident and playing well offensively. Well, we'll see what happens, but I think the key is that he needs to believe in his game.

I'm already looking forward to the French.

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I seriously think Andy can improve his results on clay, unlike Sampras did.

His serve can still be a weapon, albeit far less than on other surfaces.

Andy can put a lot of topspin on his forehand... and at least he can keep his backhand in play most of the time now.

I think it's mostly mental for Andy. He has to totally change his game. When things get tough, he relies on power too much. And he'll always lose on clay when he does that.
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I seriously think Andy can improve his results on clay, unlike Sampras did.

His serve can still be a weapon, albeit far less than on other surfaces.

Andy can put a lot of topspin on his forehand... and at least he can keep his backhand in play most of the time now.

I think it's mostly mental for Andy. He has to totally change his game. When things get tough, he relies on power too much. And he'll always lose on clay when he does that.
I agree, Sampras's game really wasn't well suited to red clay. His groundies were flatter and his backhand wasn't consistent or deep enough. Unlike Henman or Rafter, both of whom could play on red clay, Sampras's volleys weren't quite as solid. He volleyed well but really relied on his serve to give him an easy volley. His game was almost perfectly tailored to grass or fast hard, so its all the more impressive that he made a SF at RG.

Agree completely on Roddick. I think he can be a top competitor on the clay, he just need to believe it. And agree on the power. He needs to be agressive and dictate, but not overhit and go for too much, which he started to do against Hewitt at AO05. Roddick has a ridiculous amount of potential that he still hasn't quite reached, he needs a good coach to help him get there. We'll see.
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Um Pete made the RG semis and RG qrts and has won 4 clay titles. Two of them on Euro soil so how is he bad on it? Yes his BH got bad later in his career but he was quite good on clay. I don't see Andy making the qrts of RG twice and the semis once in his career. I also don't see him winning a clay master which Pete did.
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Yes, that would be a pretty decent run.

There's no reason Roddick shouldn't do better on the red clay. He's one of the best althletes out there, he's very competitive, and he hits a very heavy forehand. Unlike Hewitt, he generates his own power, so he can dictate and move the dirtballers around. His serve is still a weapon, obviously, and he can use it to set up the point.

While he's not as fast as Coria, I'm not sure that's so big a factor if Roddick is confident and playing well offensively. Well, we'll see what happens, but I think the key is that he needs to believe in his game.

I'm already looking forward to the French.
Roddick isn't patient enough, and i don't know if he has the stamina to play many sets of clay. The rallies are really long and the sets tend to be as well and i don't know if Roddick has the stamina for RG or this tournament. Roddick needs to just dictate play and let the other person make the mistake, but the key to this is PATIENCE. He can do pretty well on clay if he does this imo.

so here is what i think he needs to do
1. Have patience
2. Have the stamina
3. Have good footwork (this comes with stamina)
4. dictate play, but don't go for it too much
5. work on the backhand
6. Use your brain as to when to volley and stuff like that
7. Aim your serve instead of trying to just plast it past people because this is one of the worst courts to do it on

If he does that he should do decent.
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nkhera, stop contributing thoughtful responses in here, it will confuse too many people.

He would have find his way to Monaco first, before he can win it.

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nkhera, stop contributing thoughtful responses in here, it will confuse too many people.

He would have find his way to Monaco first, before he can win it.

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Roddick isn't patient enough, and i don't know if he has the stamina to play many sets of clay. The rallies are really long and the sets tend to be as well and i don't know if Roddick has the stamina for RG or this tournament. Roddick needs to just dictate play and let the other person make the mistake, but the key to this is PATIENCE. He can do pretty well on clay if he does this imo.

so here is what i think he needs to do
1. Have patience
2. Have the stamina
3. Have good footwork (this comes with stamina)
4. dictate play, but don't go for it too much
5. work on the backhand
6. Use your brain as to when to volley and stuff like that
7. Aim your serve instead of trying to just plast it past people because this is one of the worst courts to do it on

If he does that he should do decent.
He'll be fine. He played two great matches over the weekend, and in my opinion his movement was very good. And that court was about as slow a hardcourt as you can get. He could easily have taken the second match against one of the hottest players on your (3rd set tiebreak was 11-9 or something like that). All credit to Ljubo for playing a ridiculous level of tennis lately and for being extremely mentally tough.

As for your points, I disagree, I thought his backhand was better than I've seen it in a while as he was finally starting to drive through it more. Yeah, his forehand, oddly, went off on occasion, but he plays an agressive style game, it' s going to happen. He's just not a patient player, he's too intense. However, that can certainly be a strength. I see your point about over agressiveness, but I'd rather see him just let it go and hit out, because when he's on he'll overpower almost anyone. That is how he got where he is today.

I definitely would not worry about his serve. Stamina shouldn't be too much a factor if he's dictating with his forehand and serve, but it, and footwork are always things he should be working on improving. Number six is the only one I see as a weakness, but at least he's not afraid to work on it under pressure. His volleys are pretty solid, he just needs to pick his spots better. I wonder if anyone has match statistics from the weekend?

I think he'll be a strong factor wherever he goes

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