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Old 09-11-2006, 12:36 PM   #2116
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Connors impressed with Roddick

September 11, 2006 JIMMY Connors is convinced he has a pupil capable of bringing down Roger Federer after watching Andy Roddick boss the world No.1 around before eventually succumbing in the US Open final.

Roddick was a desperate man at a mental low after dropping out of the world's top 10 for the first time in his career when he lured the legendary Connors out of the tennis wilderness and into the coaching fray after a third-round loss at Wimbledon.

What Connors saw in Roddick - less than two months later and despite a 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-1 loss to Federer - warmed the heart of the 54-year-old eight-times grand slam champion.

"I'm proud of him," Connors said. "The way he took everything and soaked it up and wasn't afraid to do it, incredible. And, over a six-week period, from where he was to where he is now, that's your story."

Roddick charged the net at every opportunity and, at one set apiece, 2-2 in the third and with Federer serving at love-40, a massive upset looked on the cards.

"I liked his attitude. I liked his guts. I like a kid who's not afraid to get in there and mix it up - win, lose or draw - and who's not afraid to put his reputation and his game on the line every time," Connors said.

"Now, that's what he's willing to do. Plus I like the way he played. On top of everything, he played like a man. He lost like a man. It's heading in the right direction."

It was Roddick's 11th loss in 12 career meetings with Federer, but the gallant manner of this defeat gave the 2003 Open champion and his coach renewed hope that a second grand slam title could be around the corner.

"I gave myself a shot today," Roddick said. "That's all I could ask for. I wanted to make it tough. I played my heart out. I tried my best. I'm excited.

"I feel like I have a lot of room for improvement still. I've just got to keep working. That's it."

Connors, who still holds the record for the longest unbroken reign as world No.1 with 160 consecutive weeks between 1974-77, had been off the tennis radar for the past 16 years since retiring and had no desire to ever coach.

He was adamant he'd only ever tutor his children, until seeing something special in Roddick.

"It was either my kids or nobody, so for Andy to fit into the mould is pretty cool," Connors said.

"Obviously, Federer's the guy everybody's chasing and the way Roddick played tonight for the first three sets, I'm so encouraged by the kid, it's unbelievable.

"The way he works, the way he trains and - he said it - the most important thing is he went out and enjoyed himself. I don't think he enjoyed playing tennis the last year or so.

"Federer's a great player and he is the number one player in the world, but now there's three men (including Rafael Nadal) in the mix. Make no mistake."


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Old 09-11-2006, 12:57 PM   #2117
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"The start was great, the finish was great," Federer said after holding off Roddick, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. "What was in between really doesn't matter."
OMG, just adds to my dislike of him more. What was in between made the match you jerk
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:10 PM   #2118
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Frankly, I read Andy's "Tiger" response as "I could not care less who was in Roger's box. Why are you asking me?"
Andy has oppenly supported Tiger in regards to his slump, I think he would have expected Tiger not to be so oppenly present on Roger's box. I suppose legends attract legends... is Connors a legend right?
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:00 PM   #2119
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Good match I am happy and truth is I didn't feel like Andy played his best. Andy should have broken in that 0-40 game, if he did then who knows he may have been up 2 sets to 1 and then it was really in the cards for an upset. I am so proud of him, I can't wait for another slam and another shot for Andy to win. I know Jimmy and Andy believe he can do it.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:11 PM   #2120
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I oficially can't read Roger's press conferences. Gosh, he sounds so cocky.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:15 PM   #2121
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I hate Roger...lol. So annoying.

It's ok, everyone knows that's he's not the story of the open. That's why he acted so ridiculous when he won for some attention.

Anyways, um...what's Andy next event?

Bankok? Lyon?

He had a great indoor season last year, if he continues this form it's probably going to be a better indoor season this year..lol
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"That's why I try not to go to see the Swiss guys too much, because I know what it could do for them, you know. They look in the box and say, Oh, shit, Roger's here (laughter)."

Roger said shit in a press conference.


Ryan, I'm not sure what his next tourney is... we'd have to wait for the MasterDeb to answer that.
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I think Deb said earlier that he was entered for Tokyo but the next tournament she sees him logically playing is Vienna because Tokyo is just after Davis Cup.
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Oh right right. Sometimes I forget DC is in TWO WEEKS! WOOHOOO I CAN'T WAIT.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:53 PM   #2126
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Andy has oppenly supported Tiger in regards to his slump, I think he would have expected Tiger not to be so oppenly present on Roger's box. I suppose legends attract legends... is Connors a legend right?
More like Nike attracts Nike.

Davis Cup is going to be very interesting this month. All eyes will be on Lleyton in Argentina. The US's only chance of beating Russia on clay will be if the mentally fragile Russians all oaf out again. Well, probably not that extreme but we'll need some help in that department.

I would love to see Andy do well during the European indoor season, rack up a new trophy or two. Another masters title would be very nice.
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Despite he lost, I'm not sad but pretty happy. It was a great match and it's nice to see that Andy is back I'm proud of him
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great title to retire a thread with...

And that article about Jimmy saying he would only ever tutor his kids, until roddick came along...Super cool!
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