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ARE YOU READY FOR QUACKING TIME??!!! ONE MORE DAY :bounce:
 

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ARE YOU READY FOR QUACKING TIME??!!! ONE MORE DAY :bounce:
I AM! Grass is going to bring our Quack attack back :mad:
 

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Andy, show all the stupid journos and stupid people in general :smash: that you still have lots of tricks up your sleeve! Make them eat those "has been" allegations! :bounce: :bigclap: :banana: :yippee: :cool:

Those aren't "has been" allegations . . . they are "never were" allegations. He just doesn't live up to the billing . . .
 

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I AM! Grass is going to bring our Quack attack back :mad:
The Quack Attack is on court tomorrow. LET'S GO ANDY!!! :woohoo:
 

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Vanek has been quacked.......6 more to go :yeah:
 

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A. Roddick - Day 2
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Q. Very strong tiebreak. Serving was not only good, but the stab volley was maybe the critical point. Can you go over it with us a little bit.


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, that was a huge point. Obviously that gave me the first mini break in the tiebreaker. I felt like ‑‑ you know, at the time I felt like if I'd win that tiebreak, I would have pretty good control of the match.

I put ‑‑ I hit a pretty good approach shot, he hit a great pass, and I was lucky enough to get a racquet on it and stab it. He came up, it all happened pretty quick. I don't remember too much of it. I know I got the point and that put me in the driver's seat for that tiebreaker.

Q. Was it all string?

ANDY RODDICK: I'd like to claim it was all string, but I couldn't look you in the eye if I did.

Q. From the scale of 1 to 10, how do you mark your performance?

ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I don't know. You know, I don't know. I felt like it was a pretty good performance. I put a lot of returns in. I played a sloppy game on my serve in the second set, which ended up making the set closer than maybe it should have been.

But, you know, three sets, I'm through to Round 2. I felt like I hit the ball pretty cleanly. That's what you're looking for in the first round.

Q. In the two years since you last won a Slam, how would you describe the road in trying to win another? What's been the biggest surprise for you?


ANDY RODDICK: You know, it's ‑‑ I don't ‑‑ I don't know. You guys are perfectly aware of the road. You don't need to hear it from my mouth.

But, you know, I think a lot of people have improved, you know, and it makes my journey that much tougher. But, uhm, you know, I feel like I have a good shot here on this surface. You know, I'm trying. I'm working hard. I'm putting in the effort. So, you know, at the end of the day, that's what you try to ask of yourself.

Q. How much is it about struggles that you might have had and how much is it that these other guys are that much more fit or whatever since that time?


ANDY RODDICK: It's probably a mixture of both. You know, this year I have ‑‑ you know, I haven't stepped up in the bigger matches. And I think that's a big ‑‑ I think that's a big thing. But last year here, I mean, you ask me how much of it has to do with the other person, I thought I played a really good match and got beat. So, you know, at other times I feel like I could have won and I let myself down. So it's a balancing act.

Q. You usually have a higher percentage of first serves than you did today. Were you having problem with the toss? Was there wind out there?

ANDY RODDICK: One side was pretty gnarly with the sun, so I'm guessing my percentage on that side was worse. I think he was struggling a little bit on that side, as well.

But even the serves I was missing, I felt like I was close on. I felt like I hit him when I needed to. You know, it felt clean. The number was just a little bit lower.

Q. And 11 breakpoint opportunities. Is that pretty much what you're looking for in a match?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, absolutely. I got out of the gates and broke three times in the first set and twice in the third. You know, I feel pretty good if I'm getting my looks on the other guy's serve.

Q. Were you conscious you're pretty much flying the flag for America in the men's tournament?

ANDY RODDICK: Yup, I've realized that.

Q. That might bring pressure. How are you contending with that?

ANDY RODDICK: It's part of it, you know. It's part of the whole deal. You know, I have two options: either to accept it or drop out and be 60 so we have nobody. I'm going to contend with it and I'm going to try my best. You know, just deal with it as best I can.

Q. Does it bring any extra pressure?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, of course. There's not one person at this tournament who doesn't have pressure on him. That's part of the whole thing. I mean, if I didn't want pressure, I'd go make sandwiches somewhere, you know.

Q. A lot of pressure in that.

ANDY RODDICK: There could be. Maybe too much mustard, I don't know.

Q. The last time a US man won a major was seven majors ago.

ANDY RODDICK: "That hasn't happened for 15 years, what do you think about that, Andy?":lol:

Q. Maybe you want to answer your own question; probably better than the one I'm going to ask.

ANDY RODDICK: (Scratches head.) What did you ask?

Q. What importance did do you place on winning here or doing well here?

ANDY RODDICK: I want to win this tournament. And I'm hungry to win this tournament. I felt like I've played great on grass the last couple years and haven't quite got it there. Obviously, that's the next step for me on this surface and at this tournament. Easier said than done. Like I said, if it was easy, we would have all done it.

I felt like I gave it a great go last year and played well throughout and came up a little bit short. I just try to take it that much further. I mean, I want to win this tournament. That's what I'm here for. I've put up solid results, you know, but I'm going to try my best to take the next step.

Q. Do you feel in a better position this year than last year to make the step up?


ANDY RODDICK: It's very comparable to last year, the situation I'm in. I had great preparation last year. I had great preparation this year. Roger is playing well. We've mirrored each other in preparation the last three years. I've just come up short against him.

I have to get there. Maybe Roger can look ahead to the semis and the finals and he can answer questions about that. But I have to get through my second round and then so on and so forth. But I feel like I'm playing as well if not better than last year.

Q. Have you been looking in on the Karlovic match or do you particularly care?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, they're holding serve.

Q. Right now?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I looked at it when I got off the court. Pretty much kind of what you expected. He actually lost to Bracciali in the I think the finals of the Challenger before Queen's. I knew it was going to be a tough one. I have to wait and see who wins because, you know, depending on that, it's going to be a completely different match in the second round.

Q. There was a rumor going around recently that you were possibly going to enter the men's doubles in this tournament with your friend Ian Flanagan. I gather there was no truth in that?>

ANDY RODDICK: (Witness shaking head.) Have you seen me play doubles before?

Q. No.Liar! :eek: ;)

ANDY RODDICK: That's a good thing.

Q. That's pretty much what I thought. You're still in contact with Ian, yeah?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, yeah. We talked two days ago.

Q. Are you training with him at all?


ANDY RODDICK: No. I don't even know if he's up here yet. I think he might come watch a match or two.

Q. There's been a bit of speculation about the courts playing slowly here. Did you notice anything different from last year?


ANDY RODDICK: It's been a year, so it's tough to compare. I think they're a bit slower than what I've played on so far this year. But I think that's normal also the first couple rounds. I think once the ‑‑ once they get some play on them, they harden up a little bit, they'll become quicker, especially if it stays hot out. You know, normally the first couple of days, they might be a bit slower until they firm up a little bit.

Q. Can you talk about making the transition from clay to grass and why, you know, not that many players are able to win both? Nadal and Justine are going to try to do that. Can you sort of explain what the big difference and why it's so hard.


ANDY RODDICK: Basically everything that you see on clay, you take the opposite of it and that's what you get on grass.

Q. How amazing is it that someone has been able to do that? How amazing would it be for someone to do that?

ANDY RODDICK: I think it's the ultimate accomplishment. I mean, I think that just shows that you're just an absolutely complete player. It's a tall task. It's been done before, but I think you just have to give props to someone if they pull that off.

Q. Have you heard from your friends or family in Texas about Horry's big shot against the Pistons?


ANDY RODDICK: My brother is actually here and he's a Spurs fan so I've heard too much about it. I watched the replay. They showed it on Sky in the evening yesterday. It was a huge shot. I think Wallace left his man, huh? Too quick to double.

Q. Is it a skill to be able to step up at crunch time and hit the big shot?


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah (laughter). I don't think the guy sitting in the fourth row watching it could do it. Obviously, there's something to it.

Q. Done it time and again.


ANDY RODDICK: He deserves his nickname. What is it, Big Shot Bob? Fitting.

Q. Is there more pressure on you to win the first ‑‑ remember back before you won the US Open, it was, "Andy is the great next American player. When is he going to win a Grand Slam?" You won the US Open. Is it a different kind of pressure, now that you won that, there's a lot of expectations for you to winning Grand Slams. If you're No. 2, that's not considered good enough, I guess.


ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, it's a tough situation to be in, to finish 2 in the world and have this and that said, people speculating what's wrong. If you guys were the second best journalists in the world, I bet you'd be pretty happy. It's a fine line, but also it's almost like a backhanded compliment. I guess that's the level that I've set.

I'm not going to sit here and cry about anything in my life. I just kind of try to work hard and do my best, and that's all I can do.

Q. Last time you played this guy a long time ago, he schooled you, but you came back and you had maybe your breakthrough tournament.


ANDY RODDICK: Who are we talking about? :lol:

Q. Delray Beach. That really led to sort of a breakthrough tournament. Any of those memories come floating back before this match?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I thought about it. You are probably the only one in here who remembers that one. I think I must have been 140, 150 in the world when I played him. When I lost to him, I was so upset that I lost in my hometown tournament, that I left it in my room, the article. I really worked hard. A couple weeks later I beat Pete for the first time.

I thought about it a little bit. But so much has changed since then, I didn't see ‑‑ I didn't think there was a lot of relevance between the two.

Q. Things changing, your situation, a couple of years ago there was this happy band of the US Davis Cup team going on. Mardy is not here. The other guys have fallen behind. I know you're the lone eagle and so forth. Does that give you a different feeling about the game and life?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know if I completely understand.

Q. It seems you're the remnant.

ANDY RODDICK: I wish it wasn't like that. Not only for the US, but those guys, they're my friends. Unfortunately, they've had a rough go of it recently. But you can't worry too much about stuff that you have no control over. I'm busy enough worrying about the stuff that I do have control over.

It's disappointing. It puts the onus:confused: on me a little bit more. Most of all, I just feel bad for my friends, for what they're going through right now.
 

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QUACK ATTACK IS BACK!! 6 more to go Andy!!! :bounce:
 

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forza bracciali!

roddick should beat braccio easily, but u never no
 

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Go Andy!
 

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Thnx for the win Andy............good luck tomorrow against Andreev :yeah:
A. Roddick - Day 5
Friday, June 24, 2005

Q. What about your career like goalkeeper?

ANDY RODDICK: My career as a goalkeeper? I don't think anybody would want me on their team as a goalkeeper. But, you know, I had a good save today.

Q. That was a spectacular diving save. It was part of a broader piece of volleying work in the fifth set. Would you elaborate on how well you volleyed in that final set?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I had always said that, you know, my whole mantra was if I'm holding serve and feeling like I'm dictating my service games by staying back and playing my most comfortable game, then I'm going to do that. But if the situation called for it, I was going to try to switch it up.

That was a decision that I felt had to be made there in the fifth because, you know, he was just ‑‑ first ball he got, he was just cranking and hitting. I mean, the fourth set was pretty amazing stuff from his part. I at least wanted to give him a different look and make him think about his returns a little bit.

Q. Considering the moment, Wimbledon second round, fifth set, could that have been the best volleying effort you've had as a professional tennis player?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. You know, it was up there. I didn't lose many points at net. You know, I think the biggest thing was just that I was able to do it. I was able to kind of make myself do it. You know, it was definitely big.

Q. Is that one of the things that you've thought about in terms of going that one step further and winning this championship?

ANDY RODDICK: After a match like today, I've got to focus on winning the next match (laughter).

Q. The serve‑and‑volleying issue.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I think that's something I need to have as an option. I'm not going to come out and serve and volley every match because that's not ‑‑ that's not my game. That's not my most comfortable area.

But, you know, if someone's getting on serves and he's getting the better of me from the baseline ‑‑ I mean, he was just basically cranking on every ball. I at least want to give him a different look. So I think it's important to at least have that option.

Q. How did it feel? What does the court look like from the net? Strange thing for you to find yourself in that position.

ANDY RODDICK: I get up there sometimes. But most of the time it's to shake hands. You know, it's a lot quicker. But I didn't really think about it that much. It just felt like the right thing to do at the time. You know, I was feeling pretty uncomfortable in the baseline rallies, and I think a lot of that had to do with the way he was playing.

So at least when I was coming in, I felt like I was taking it to him a little bit more.

Q. Can you go back to last night in the tiebreaker, did he just pick up the pace or do you think your game fell off or a combination of both? How disappointing was it not to have had it finished off then?

ANDY RODDICK: The tiebreaker is one thing. I think after the second set, you know, he was getting his wrist looked at. If I would have stepped up there and really put the clamps down, I don't know if I would have allowed him to play it like that, like he did in the breaker. In the breaker, he played great. I think I missed one bad forehand. But he hit a couple winners off serves, second serves, one on set point on a first serve.

I think he played great in the breaker. But I'm going to have to kind of clamp down there if I want to keep going in this event.

Q. He wasn't very happy about the fact that yesterday you packed your bags and you left the Centre Court. What happened? Did you tell him some bad words, because he said he couldn't understand too well, but he understood a bad word, F.

ANDY RODDICK: I have a question for you. Would you try reading in the dark? Would you read a book in the dark?

Q. Well, the thing was that he said it was 10 to 9.

ANDY RODDICK: Would you read a book in the dark?

Q. If I can read, yes.

ANDY RODDICK: You would read a book in the dark?

Q. When I can see it, yes.

ANDY RODDICK: How can you see a book in the dark?

Q. Come on. I'm telling you what he said.

ANDY RODDICK: I'm asking you a question. I'm going to get to my answer here in a second, if you give me an answer that is honest.

Q. You're saying it was dark. He's saying it wasn't dark. Don't ask me if I read a book in the dark. I don't care. I don't read a book not even in the light sometimes.

ANDY RODDICK: You should try it sometimes. It's good. You can't see the title of the book, that's the point.

Q. The day before they played until 9:30. Yesterday at 10 minutes before 9, you packed before the umpire says the match is suspended. That is what happened.

ANDY RODDICK: No, the umpire said, "Play is suspended." You think I make the decision if we walk off or not?

Q. I'm just asking you.

ANDY RODDICK: No, you're not. You made a statement.

Q. Did you say a bad word to Bracciali?

ANDY RODDICK: I said a bad word. I don't know if it was to Bracciali. I was walking off and he was throwing a fit. Maybe ask him what he said first. I'm not one to just go at people. That's not my style, okay? If he's upset about it, he can come talk to me about it.

Q. He wanted to.

ANDY RODDICK: He doesn't need to use an interpreter. All I know is that you wouldn't do many things in the dark. Try returning a 135‑mile‑an‑hour serve when you can kind of see the ball. It's not the easiest thing. I don't think there's anything bad about walking off a dark tennis court because you can't see and you can't play. That seems like a pretty logical decision for me.

Q. I just asked if you said a bad word.

ANDY RODDICK: And I'm answering.

Q. Isn't it the rule that Alan Mills can come out and make the decision?

ANDY RODDICK: The chair umpire said, "Play is suspended." Okay? I looked at him, he said, "Play is suspended." Now, next time that happens ‑‑ he said it today without Alan Mills there and we walked off during the rain.

Q. The previous day the Johansson/Rusedski match, Alan came on and Johansson said, "It's tough to see the balls." He said, "Play on till the end of the set."

ANDY RODDICK: Well, we did play on. That's what I'm saying. That's why we probably were out there as long as we were because you play till the end of the set. But there's no use in starting a new set if you're not going to finish the match that night. A lot of it depends on where you are in a match. I'm not going to sit here and defend myself on something that's completely obvious.

Q. At one point this match began to resemble rather unpleasantly the French Open. Two and a half sets in, second round, was it passing through your mind also?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I thought about it. I thought about how to avoid that. You know, this is big for me. I know all you guys were there with your stat books counting the last couple losses in fives, all that nonsense. You know, it was definitely big for me to put one on the board.

Q. But you also showed a real fighting spirit, especially in the fifth. When you're trying to do that, how much of it is saying, your self‑talk, "This is mine, I'm not going to let him have it," and how much of it is pumping yourself up or thinking about tactics?

ANDY RODDICK: I think ‑‑ I don't know how to put percentages. But I think all three of those play a part in it. A lot of it has to do with confidence, as well. If I had come in here having lost a couple matches on grass, who knows what would happen.

But, you know, I felt like if I did the right things and maybe tried to be a little bit more aggressive, then things would go my way.

Q. What about the part where you're saying, "This is mine; I'm not going to let him have it"?

ANDY RODDICK: It's nice to say that, but then you have to follow through on it. That's the tough part.

Q. Were you thinking at all or have you been thinking at all about your own record in five‑setters and was it important for you to win a five‑setter?

ANDY RODDICK: Of course, it crossed my mind because it gets brought up every time I play one. If I saw what you did wrong...

Q. You go out there in the fifth...

ANDY RODDICK: I wanted to prove something out there today, for sure. There was definitely a chip on my shoulder. It's not totally turned around. But the more matches I win that are tough, in tougher circumstances, the more you remember what it's like to do that. You know, I think it was big to get through. It would have been a devastating loss.

Q. When you have a match that you start out really in command and conceivably could close it in straight sets, but it doesn't happen that way, is it hard to put out of your mind the fact, "Why am I here? Why did I let this go on?" Do you waste time berating yourself at all?

ANDY RODDICK: I wasn't happy last night. But I think you have to try to move forward. You know, you have to try to block it out as much as you can. Obviously it's going to creep in there because you just experienced it. The big thing is how you react to it.

Q. There was another big point in this match, 30‑40 in the sixth game of the final set. Backhand return to his backhand side. Can you go through the point, what you saw? Was it in your wheelhouse? Did you have to stretch for it?

ANDY RODDICK: Yes, Charlie, it was in my wheelhouse (laughter).

I wanted to make sure I got some length on my backhand return because any time I got into a habit in that match of leaving it short, then he was just killing forehands. I was pretty much out of the point before it started.

My big thing was length. I got some direction on it, as well. You know, on the forehand, I had been going to his backhand a lot because I thought that was the weaker side for him to pass off of. But I saw him leaning a little bit to that side, and hit a pretty solid ball to his forehand. You know, he wasn't able to come up with a pass. That was a really big point.

The fact that I won it aggressively was big for me.

Q. Were you more surprised about his return or about his serve?

ANDY RODDICK: Probably his serve. Credit to him. I mean, he's not a big guy, and he's hitting it 135 up the T pretty much the whole time, whenever he wants. You know, I thought I was going to get more looks at his serve than I did.

Q. Were you happy to get the rain break after he broke your serve in the fourth set? What were you thinking and telling yourself at that point when you went in?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know if I was happy. I wasn't that upset because he just played a great game. I mean, I think I made four ‑‑ five out of six or four out of five first serves or something like that. He came up with a couple winners and a couple backhand passing shots. So I wasn't as upset.

I didn't feel like I had kind of let it get away; I felt like he kind of stepped up and played. So I wasn't too upset. Who knows what would have happened if we stayed out there. There's always that "would have, could have" stuff here at Wimbledon when it rains.

Q. Are you getting any static in the locker room from the preppy look of the Lacoste clothes?

ANDY RODDICK: No, just in here (smiling).
 

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Nice win Andy now go for the Weasel :aplot: :fiery:.....now that interview was something:lol: :yeah:
 

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Good win Andy :yeah: Time to beat Coria!!!
 

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well done bracciali, u did urself and italia proud!

continuare cosi
 

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good win andy!
yes, the interview was rather interesting. these journalists are so annoying.
good luck andy against coria!!!
 

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Thnx for sending the weasel back home:yeah:
Nice match where hit the ball quite cleanly:
12 aces 3 df's 41 winners 17 ue's :yeah:
 
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