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Old 04-23-2006, 08:01 PM   #166
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Default Re: Fun in the boring mud! (the Clay Season thread)

Will Baghdatis be at Queen's this year anyone know?

Nadal and Ljubo are interesting additions but they don't do well on very fast surfaces.

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Old 04-23-2006, 08:03 PM   #167
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Will Baghdatis be at Queen's this year anyone know?
He hasn't been confirmed yet as an early commitment - but the full entry list will be out in like, a week and a half or so, so I guess we'll find out then. On paper, Ljubicic should be good on grass, I think it's only a matter of time before he puts his game together on it.
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Marcos is on the early list for Halle so he probably won't be at Queen's Club.
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Andy can't care less, but the huge bank account makes up for his dark, dreary life.
He can always babysit kids and pretend his game needs no changes.

Elena Dementieva isn't aware that the fastest serve is still far from the best serve, and Andy only started
serving differently when he was 16. There are muscle, athletic and fitness issues that not even Andy's "people" don't know about.
Then again, Elena's reasoning skills leave much to be desired....as sad as Andy's ability to say no to manipulative people.
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I think that once the grass and American hard-courts tournaments then we will see the old Andy. But on clay I just don't think we are going to see anything from him, that we would not have seen happen in the last year except in glimpses. So I think we are going to have to wait a bit, or hope that Andy and John are really cracking down on his game and focusing on what he needs to do to challenge the top players at Roland Garros. But will this happen? Who knows though, we always can hope.
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Moonballing 30 mph and serving 150 mph certainly won't do a damn good.
With John as practice partner, he'll be dead meat.

He'll watch basketball, party til midnight, smack homeruns to the US Open crowd and then crash out of a match, as he did for several years. He was lucky in 2003 because no one played their best.
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So what's going on? Another Andy-free week? Good. It's nice to get a break from updating the blog.

But I'm working on a non-Andy article for the blog anyway. Guaranteed to piss off a certain group of delusional fans.
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This forum is depressing but it always is at this time of year it seems. Just generally though we have a couple of tournies we can look back on that Andy won. This year is just bleh...oh well, everyone has peaks and valleys. I can't wait for grass season, maybe this will finally be the year, Andy wins Wimbledon!!
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This forum is depressing but it always is at this time of year it seems. Just generally though we have a couple of tournies we can look back on that Andy won. This year is just bleh...oh well, everyone has peaks and valleys. I can't wait for grass season, maybe this will finally be the year, Andy wins Wimbledon!!
Andy hadn't won a title at this time in 2003....(of course he had made the AO semis and stuff....)
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:03 PM   #175
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This forum is depressing but it always is at this time of year it seems.
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Agreed. If I'm Roddick and have had a few days to ruminate, I come away from Wimbledon pretty pleased. He played terrific tennis and showed what I thought was an unprecedented versatility in reaching the final. When he arrived there, he had his chances against the best in the business. Obviously he would like to have won the whole crumpet, but there's no shame in going down in four well-played, well-competed sets to Federer. If I'm Brad Gilbert, here's how I spin this to Roddick: Roger is a sick player (note: authentic Gilbert locution), but how much better can he get? You, on the other hand, still have a lot of upside and came within a few loose service games of beating him on grass.

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Andy hadn't won a title at this time in 2003....(of course he had made the AO semis and stuff....)
Yea, I agree. I don't really get so down about his results, ya know. Like I said peaks and valleys. I don't believe the talk that people figured out his game ya know that he's too one demensional and all that. Pete's game was simple too, he's was serve and volleying, people played him alot and they knew what they were going to get. Andy is the same way, when he is serving well and hitting his forehand well, I don't think it matters if you know it's coming or not, you can't stop it...lol. Confidence is all, and probably some good luck wouldn't hurt either. I know Andy is too good to fall off. I am just waiting for that result but I am hoping for Wimbly this year!!
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But he didn't make his body stronger. You need a trim and energetic body....so you can avoid playing tiebreaks and break serves of Gilles Muller, Hewitt and Federer for once.

He decided to prioritize team competition and charity promotion. I didn't see anyone telling him no...because they were part of Team Roddick. I find it pathetic.
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So what's going on? Another Andy-free week? Good. It's nice to get a break from updating the blog.

But I'm working on a non-Andy article for the blog anyway. Guaranteed to piss off a certain group of delusional fans.
Ooo i eagerly await the latest edition! (: ESPECIALLY if it's going to make people angry
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Andy better be fresh for RG, he's had alot of rest so far this year.
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Default Re: Fun in the boring mud! (the Clay Season thread)

Justin updated his blog and says the Americans skipping Euro clay is A-OK Finally, somebody who sees reason. Here's part of his comments:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...arcelona.clay/

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There are two things that prevent the top Americans from participating in this and many other important clay-court events preceding and following this week: the surface itself and the duration of the European stretch of tournaments, from clay season to Wimbledon, the end of grass-court season. [. . .]

I don't think there's anything wrong with this. It's important to develop all-around games, and we all could benefit from spending more time in Europe on clay, learning about the intricacies of sliding, court positioning and shot selection. However, with the ATP calendar as full as it is, and with the tennis season already 10 months long, it's important to find breaks in the schedule to rest as well.

Since the European clay season is the least successful for Americans, it's a logical time to take a brief respite. It's identical to some of the clay specialists taking their breaks during grass season and the beginning of the U.S. summer hard-court stretch.
Tennis is too challenging, physically and mentally, to go the whole year without some calculated breaks.
Thank you, Justin. I'm glad I'm not the only one who shrugs when the Americans don't show up at MC.
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