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Old 04-07-2007, 12:14 AM   #16
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Now I understand Andy's game plan from today's match! Nadal skipped the tie to prepare for the clay season, but Andy just did his preparation during the tie! Good multi-tasking Andy!

and as for the draw...!
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Old 04-07-2007, 01:40 AM   #17
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Heyyy former French Open Runner-up Verkerk is in the draw!

There is literally about 11 Argentinian/Spanish clay courters in that draw
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Old 04-07-2007, 02:04 AM   #18
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Did somebody say clay?
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Hate to admit that I forgot Houston is coming right up.
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Hate to admit that I forgot Houston is coming right up.
I did too.
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Andy won't have any trouble against Alberto even on clay. Alberto is a cute sweetie, but he can't match Andy's power.

And on clay you are supposed to stand further back.

I realize that it's a sin now for Americans to know any other surface than hardcourts, but historically Americans have done well on all surfaces....even clay (though it wasn't their best surface, they weren't horrific like now). It won't killl Andy and James to be all around players. In fact, it may help them in the long run.
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I think Andy's game is quite suited to clay. I mean, the loopy topspin forehand, the court positioning, the whole "volley" issue; and I also think his serve can be extremely effective on clay with the angles, etc.

And plus, fon't forget Houston is not really a clay tournament anymore with it's new surface - it's more like a slow hard court, which shouldn't be too difficult to handle. I predict that if he loses to anyone, it'll be Haas in the SF, which is better than what he did last year anyway.
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I think Andy's game is quite suited to clay. I mean, the loopy topspin forehand, the court positioning, the whole "volley" issue; and I also think his serve can be extremely effective on clay with the angles, etc.
I agree.

And as much as people make it seems as if there is a HUGE difference between playing clay and hardcourts that is untrue - especially today when most guys play a baseline game and utilize heavy topspin. Look at how little Nadal has to change going from surface to surface. I think that most of it is mental for the American men. Someone has convinced them a) that clay isn't important, and b) that they will have to change their game enormously to do decently on clay. Hopefully Mr. Connors will explode those myths for Andy.
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The difference is in the head, and that's a very very big difference in tennis.
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The difference is in the head, and that's a very very big difference in tennis.
It is .... but time to change that. I hope (wish/pray) that Connors knocks it out of Andy.

The non-American players know that they have to do decently on both surfaces. And they don't use excuses to stop them.

I know it's unpopular right now to champion all surface players in the States, but it's something that annoys me immensely. I love watching play on the different surfaces (even though I admittedly clay is my fav surface) - it's like the change of seasons.

I believe the reason we aren't reading many articles here in the US about de Villiers 2009 schedule plans is because it fits the new American philosophy of "hardcourts and only hardcourts". It's a shame - clay will go the way of grass and that's not good for the game - which is played world wide and not just in the US.

That's my rant for the day.
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I mean, they're never going to play Monte Carlo. James has already said so once, and Andy will surely not play b/c of his injury, even if he shows in Houston. Andy has given the season a fair go - he's played 2 of the masters events when healthy, in 2003 he played an optional event, he was crying when he had to pull out of RG last year. Andy's been unlucky with some injuries during clay season - last year he had a pinched nerve and hurt his ankle badly - but he was playing well in Rome up to that point. one year in Rome there was the fire, then he hurt his knee. in 2005, I believe he played both Rome and Hamburg b/c he was finally healthy. But then he still played poorly at RG

I just think the Americans' supposed hatred of clay is a little overexaggerated sometimes, at least for Andy. They're never going to play a lot of the optional events, just like the clay guys don't play any optionals in the US summer HC season.
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I just think the Americans' supposed hatred of clay is a little overexaggerated sometimes, at least for Andy. They're never going to play a lot of the optional events, just like the clay guys don't play any optionals in the US summer HC season.
Andy does try - and that's why I really started liking him.

It's not so much that they don't play during the European clay season - it's their results, and outside of Andy, their attitude towards clay. Which goes from the top down in US tennis.
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I don't think that Roddick will play this tourney this year. I wish I'm wrong, but he won't be 100% fit and helthy to play a tounament without 1 or 2 weeks rest.

Any way, that is only my opinion
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