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Old 01-27-2006, 05:39 PM   #31
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Andy is listening to Heya.

He will practice with real players in real match situation and not against John Roddick or some teenanger from juniors.
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I hope that Andy makes it through (he better), draws Sargisian, and spanks him back into retirement in the first round. Poetic justice in my opinion.
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Same thing. Maybe more so because its Andre that got Sarge that wildcard, I'm sure of it (and the one at San Jose too). It's just wrong and I hope the young Americans just ignore him for the rest of the Spring.
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I think he wants to play more competitive matches. He probably doens't care if he wins or not but he will be practicing his new moves. That's all I can think of.
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This is a good sign. It shows the loss to Baghdatis is really making him go apeshit in anger. However, I am not sure if this is the best way for him to funnel that anger. It might be time better spent on the practice court, learning how to hit a backhand down the line, trying to get better on service returns and hitting his forehand with power again.
All good points. Chaos, it's one thing to hit DTL backhand winners in practice but quite another to do under pressure in a match. Delray will give him better practice. Plus, another one of Andy's nemesis' is there in the form of Andre. If he beat him that would be a huge confidence booster.

Another point may be that this is his way to get match tough. Andy said he trained hard over the off-season but training hard isn't the same as being match tough and I think he needs that more right now than doing another 2,000 sit-ups (the body looks great, btw).
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Andy is listening to Heya.

He will practice with real players in real match situation and not against John Roddick or some teenanger from juniors.

The only way to improve on the skill sets that he is lacking in is by putting in the hours on the practice courts. I am glad to see he is not just oh welling the loss like he has so many over the last year and a half...he is showing desire...getting tired of everyone in the tennis world laughing at the way he is playing. Like I said, just not sure that this is the best way for him to improve the glaring weaknesses he has......
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I'm also of the wait-and-see mindset. I really can't see him not qualifying...and real match play, even if they're essentially walkovers...is better than whatever he's been doing on the practice court.

Anyone know if they're going to have line judges for the qualies...and if they're used to see a 130+ mph serve?
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Actually, they're delaying the draw according to the ATP/tourney site.

Marlene, they do have line judges for qualies. It's like a regular ATP match really. We went to Qualies in LA and the only difference is that it's on smaller courts and they're all right next to each other going on at the same time. But for Andy's matches, I imagine they'll use the center court lol.
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smucav just posted the ATP article in the tournament thread. The draw has been postponed until Sunday after qualifying is completed. If Andy gets through qualies, he will be the tournament's #1 seed. Excellent.
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All good points. Chaos, it's one thing to hit DTL backhand winners in practice but quite another to do under pressure in a match. Delray will give him better practice. Plus, another one of Andy's nemesis' is there in the form of Andre. If he beat him that would be a huge confidence booster.

Another point may be that this is his way to get match tough. Andy said he trained hard over the off-season but training hard isn't the same as being match tough and I think he needs that more right now than doing another 2,000 sit-ups (the body looks great, btw).


You are right that there is a huge difference between practice and match conditions. The problem is, I think Andy needs to change the technique on his return of serve and backhand. You can't do that in a match, where you are trying to scrap and do what it takes to win. You have to make these changes in practice. We will see the same flaws in those areas that we have seen in the last couple of years....things that the other tour players now pick on to beat Andy.....

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You are right that there is a huge difference between practice and match conditions. The problem is, I think Andy needs to change the technique on his return of serve and backhand. You can't do that in a match, where you are trying to scrap and do what it takes to to win. You have to make these changes in practice. We will see the same flaws in those areas that we have seen in the last couple of years....things that the other tour players now pick on to beat Andy.....
I agree, in principle...that you shouldn't start changing things in match play. But once you've worked on them in practice, you've got to eventually debut them in match play. Doing that at a GS...or on an unkind surface (like clay...for Andy)...is not a good idea.

In truth, though, I'm not convinced that Andy's convinced he's got to change his BH or return of serve.

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Before he should even thing about any technical changes to his game, IMO, he has to worry about his HEAD. He could have the best return in the game but if he doesn't have the confidence to go for his shots and stuff, it doesn't matter. He has one of the best forehands in the game, but you wouldn't know it if you watched that Baghdatis match. His main important problems right now are all in his head, IMO.

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In a completely unpredictable and inspired move, Andy has elected to play in the International Series Delray Beach qualifying tournament this weekend. Andy’s decision to compete in the tournament came after the wild card entry deadline, placing the top ranked American in territory reminiscent of his junior days.

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Gosh... I have to admit that I think this is sooo fuckin cool of him. He's trying something different and a bit radical to get himself where he wants to be. That takes guts and more importantly some real desire on Andy's part. I'm not sure it really matters if this works out or not, that Andy is willing to try is enough to put him firmly back into my good graces.

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