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Old 05-11-2006, 11:32 PM   #811
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Someone should teach you to be honest and end the BS inferiority complex.
You sucked even worse on Canada/US hardcourts than in Rome, Hamburg and French Open.
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but, i think Sue is correct, he looks pretty good currently, fit & trim, skinny roddick...no?
will it last....No.

Oh my, a light, skinny, fast roddick on let's say a wimbledon grass court...

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Old 05-11-2006, 11:33 PM   #812
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in reality, slow courts are akin to a chamber of tortures for the American who reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open in 2002 as a novice and has spent the ensuing four years on European clay, getting a constant kicking in the shins.


Not that anyone in ROME, AMERICA AND ESPN cares either.
You mean Andy was TRYING (he admitted he wasn't trying) after
pitying himself and mourning the losses at the hotel fire (marvelous job by American criminals). The pizza joke he told the fire men was brilliant; too bad it wasn't funny.

His charitable real life overshadowed his tennis.....
Mr. Self-Righteous Philanthropist Roddick showed up to give up entirely on winning anything significant the last 3 years, including giving 3 match points and claiming HE WAS FAIR to himself and fans.

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Andy gets the chance to show Monfils who's got the real serve.
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:41 PM   #815
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Andy gets the chance to show Monfils who's got the real serve.
LOL.... the commentators all week have been saying that Monfils intentionally copied Andy's serve but that he doesn't have the same result on it. Monfils won an astoundingly low 26% of his 2nd serve points in today's entire match, and he only served at 51%, it's amazing he won in straights. Santoro is a good returner but it's not like he goes for return winners. 26% 2nd serve points won is just horrific for top tennis - considering the top players average at least 50%! I also think there is a possibility Monfils could be tired tomorrow. Obviously that's not something Andy should count on but it's a distinct possibility.
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Old 05-12-2006, 12:10 AM   #816
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I always love to see what the British press says when one of their guys loses
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As Greg Rusedski departed the Rome Masters last night after his third-round defeat, the Foro Italico welcomed the man who beat him, American Andy Roddick, into the quarter-finals on these red clay courts for only the second time in his career.

Rusedski's run was not blocked, as many would have thought at the start of the week, by a clay-court specialist - one of those Spaniards or South Americans who have spent their tennis lives splattered with red dirt - but by an opponent who, like him, has a fast serve, but also not much history of success on the slowest of surfaces. Roddick, though the world No 5, is about as far away as possible from being a clay-court specialist.

Rusedski's 7-6, 6-2 defeat can be explained by the power of Roddick's serve.:retard: (what about the fact that he can also hit groundstrokes??? ) The young Texan holds the record for the world's fastest serve at 155mph, and though in the past his delivery has been slowed down by clay, yesterday he produced an awesome display of controlled violence off his strings.

Roddick's serves were kicking up off the surface, and Rusedski was often left hitting his returns from around his ears, or wafting his racket at thin air. The British No 2 won just seven points on Roddick's serve in the entire tie. A match against the American is probably the only time that Rusedski, himself capable of searing serves and once the record-holder, suffers from service envy.

Rusedski and Roddick meeting on the middle afternoon of the Rome Masters was not what the tennis world had been predicting when the draw was made, and it was hardly a master class on the dark baseline arts of playing on the slow stuff. But there was a certain novelty value about two fast servers sharing a court at the Foro Italico at this stage of the tournament.

Both have made the most of their opportunities here, with Rusedski having won back-to-back matches on clay for the first time since the last millennium and also ensuring that he would become the British No 1 again on Monday morning, replacing teenager Andy Murray. "I'm satisfied with my week," Rusedski said.

Roddick reached the semi-finals here on his first appearance in Rome in 2002, but that probably remains the best result of his career on clay. He has never gone beyond the third round of the other two Masters Series events on the surface, and he has won only four matches on his five visits to Roland Garros for the French Open.

Roddick's problems on clay have traditionally been substantial. The terracotta courts have taken the edge off his serve, tempered his forehand, and also exposed the technical weaknesses in his suspect double-handed backhand. But here in Rome he has been working hard on rectifying the natural clay-court inadequacies in his game. His first instinct on all surfaces is to smack the felt off the ball, but he has tried to introduce some more variety into his groundstrokes.

No doubt, though, Roddick has been helped by conditions in Rome being faster than they are at the other tournaments on the surface, especially with the sun out yesterday afternoon.
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If Rusedski and Marcos played him in Houston, it'd be "just a Mickey Mouse event."
We love loyalty and regression in Houston.

Andy suddenly turned on his no talent switch outside N. America because the weather and courts are bad for talentless 6'3" musclemen in the top 4.

Clay "fits Ginepri and Blake's games but killed their bodies and confidence".

Solid returns on Rusedski's weak backhand shots in the 2nd set, but "very smart all match"? Not quite, John.
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ESPN.COM has learned mojo was found in Andy Roddick's system, a substance that was banned in 2003 after Andy had taken over tennis for nearly a summer. Andy reportly started taking Mojo again last week, the rest of the players on the ATP are stunned....
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Old 05-12-2006, 01:15 AM   #819
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ANDY RODDICK TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE
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omg that scared me at first
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LOL That scared me too
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How many backhand winners did Andy have today? From the highlights, it seemed like he had as many as he had all of last year.
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How many backhand winners did Andy have today? From the highlights, it seemed like he had as many as he had all of last year.
LMAO!!!!!!!!! Ummmmmm just thinking off the top of my head.. like... 6? all of them passing shots...he had two down the line winners in the first set, the crosscourt passing shot in the video, two nearly-identical dipping ones in the 2nd set, the lob.... can't think of any others
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Solid match yesterday - it is a much needed improved-performance after the last 2 battles of "who sucks less"...

Some more pics from the last 2 rounds (R32 and R16) that haven't been posted yet
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Finally saw the highlights (thanks for those) --- his backhand was quite good! And he lobbed at smart times.
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