View Full Version : Andy Roddick Losing it?
02-19-2006, 06:51 AM
Is it just me or is Andy losing his edge lately? It seems that he was just defeated from the SAP Open by Andy Murray... I wonder if he might lose his #2 spot this year.
02-19-2006, 08:50 AM
First off, he is number 3 , haven fallen from number 1 and number 2. I do believe he will fall further. Evidence his last several defeats have been to players outside the top 30. As it has been stated before, without the big serve making up for other wise lousy play, he is in big trouble.
02-19-2006, 10:18 AM
Are you joking? That sublime serve deserves much higher marks! 95/100!
Deduct 5 points for being American!!
What's next? He'll gain 10 more pounds and moonball every shot! That's a champion! The Andy Roddick Foundation hero!
Eventually, he'll hire his mother to coach him. Wow!
Blake and Roddick will win Davis Cup and next year, they'll elevate Patrick McEnroe to legendary status. Americans are smart!
I bet my left leg on that!
02-19-2006, 10:40 AM
His mother and his brother..dual coaching. I don't think Andy knows what's wrong nor does he know what to do to fix whatever it is. But unless he asks someone who knows tennis (not his mother) to help, he's going to continue floundering. He had a good thing going when Brad was his coach, and ironically Brad still seems to be his biggest fan despite having been fired.
02-19-2006, 10:44 AM
i expect andy to lose it. he seems to not reliase that his game can not challenge players. he hasn't seemed to have improved some aspects of his game like standing so far behind the baseline. on his forehands all he really gets is spin, though he does have power it's just not pentrating
02-19-2006, 11:02 AM
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02-19-2006, 12:21 PM
He's a great player, great potential. He's one of the best.
02-19-2006, 12:30 PM
I think he has lost his edge, and it is likely mental. He should hire Sampras. Having Pete in your corner is an honor, and he could teach him how to serve and volley, along with intimidating opponents.
02-19-2006, 12:53 PM
And do you really think Pete would like to be Andy's coach? It's very rare that a great player chooses to be anyone's active coach...Wilander (Safin) being a recent exception.
ACE of Hearts
02-19-2006, 01:25 PM
I am sure Sampras doesnt want anything to do with Roddick, unless its on a tennis court facing each other.
02-19-2006, 01:44 PM
I don't believe it is likely, but I think it would be good for Roddick.
02-19-2006, 01:49 PM
Curious...has Roddick ever said who his tennis role model is???
Safin has said his model is Sampras. (It's OK Pete, Marat's got the other Peter...Lundgren) :LOL
02-19-2006, 03:47 PM
Andy's former coach (one he should have never fired) make the general comment (not specific to Andy), that American Players need to play more on clay as they develop. I believe we are seeing the beneifts of clay court player development now on the men's pro circut.
When Tiger Woods turned pro, some experts stated he would win every tournement for the rest of his life. As we know, the Tiger raised the bar, but the field ajusted upward to compete with Tiger. When Andy came on the scene with his fantastic 140+mph serve and his power forehand and athleticism, there was the need to ajust, but with this ajustment, his game has become largely two dimensional.
The European and South American clay court players develop a multi-faceted game with REAL execution of drop shots, kicking forehands, one-handed backhand winners, etc.. Andy has a great serve a good powerful forehand, no drop shot, no offensive backhand and very poor use of the angles. Rather than continuing to hire American coaches to embelish his vanilla game, why doesn't he hire a clay court, top-notch European coach who could provide dimensions that could compliment his power serve/forehand game with drop shots, counter punches, a creative short game and an offensive backhand. Getting Andy on clay would really round out his game and shore up his weaknesses that are now exploited by almost everybody he is playing (no longer just Roger Federer).
he has to do something different because same thing is not working... like student fail in same exam and read same notes everytime he go to that exam..god knows what is going in his head...all upto him
02-19-2006, 05:57 PM
I sense Roddick will suffer from never being a prophet in his own land. Most countries would be delighted to have him as a player. 5 titles last year and he missed out on two to that no hoper Federer. That aside, I agree with Pound Cat on the Gilbert thing - still seems his best way ahead with the one guy that really gets his game. He seems to have gone too defensive in rallies to try and stay in them and he seems to be losing when he gets into longer points. His record on grass, indoor surely points this way too...
02-19-2006, 07:39 PM
I don't know if Andy has changed, or if the Tour has, but there is no doubt that Andy's serve doesn't rock the tour the way it used to. He is beatable, and players know that.
I will be interested to see how he does this year. His play in La Jolla was spotty, and that was on a court designed to maximize his game. He wasn't 100% there, certainly, but he definitely seemed vulnerable.
I do wonder how he and Hewitt will fare this year.
West Coast Ace
02-19-2006, 07:47 PM
I sense Roddick will suffer from never being a prophet in his own land. Most countries would be delighted to have him as a player. I doubt Andy cares that I (and many others on this board) make fun of his backhand or think he acts like a 12 yr old girl crying over close line calls. He's concerned - or should be - that his big weapons seem to be blunted lately. And that what he thinks is a good fitness level isn't good enough for a men's pro tennis player now.
Very few sports stars - or entertainment celebrities - in the US are universally revered.
02-19-2006, 07:52 PM
He will not reduce his weight and the Hollywood lifestyle led to his health problems and bored attitude. The only things he wants to do are raise money and win Davis Cup. That's a sign of wasted talent.
His foot speed suffered, therefore, he couldn't smash harder forehands and backhands.
His backhand was deep and flat yesterday, but he couldn't move his legs to stretch volley and drop shot.
He was lighter at 185 pounds 4 years ago, That was why he moved better and hit better angles and good serves.
His serve, however, was overrated because it was the fastest in 2002.
The serve toss and placement weren't well disguised.
He just created an abbreviated serve in 1998, and he was only 5'10' tall in 1999.
02-19-2006, 11:01 PM
He needs Maria Sharapova to tell him that the only way he can have a piece of her fine rear is if he wins a tourney or two. I betcha that would give him plenty of motivation for his ground strokes penetration (c)!
02-19-2006, 11:08 PM
Why would Maria Shoulderpova care? The media and money are her true lovers.
Isn't Roddick distracted and too slow to make a move on yet another young girl? Mandy Moore was too much. We don't need her replacement.
02-20-2006, 12:18 AM
Millions of threads on this, but maybe it's just painful to see such a good player never win anything. I remember in 2003 when I thought Roddick was invincible. He even beat Federer in Montreal, although Federer had only just come out by then. Roddick's fitness has gone up, but his power has gone down. Lots of spin is good, but not when you're trying to hit passing shots. I haven't seen his Murray match yet, that's showing on TV tomorrow so I can't say how he played, but I have a pretty good idea. It seems that any player with a lot of talent is able to beat Roddick, no matter what their ranking is. Somehow they play their best tennis against him. He needs to assess why he lost in these matches and really concentrate on those weaknesses.
02-20-2006, 01:39 AM
Roddick needs to do exhaustive training on clay, it will really enhance his ground game, he has to stop relying on a serve that people have learned how to play against.... He needs to improve mobility and get up to that baseline, a nice dimention he needs to add is his volley game, nobody wants to see a big guy approach the net when they're on the back foot...
02-20-2006, 01:49 AM
He stood on the baseline as well as volleyed and hit sharp angles yesterday, but he gained almost 10 pounds since January 2005!!!!!!!! Ugh.
He was sweating hard just from lugging his heavy legs around and serving 135 mph. That's why he missed at least 5 break point chances.
If I read another Andy Roddick thread, I swear.....#$%@#$
Hehe, have fun ;)
02-20-2006, 10:54 AM
it's all between the ears. Andy has lost some tough matches to people he would have beaten 2 years ago and just doesn't play well on the big points sometimes. Confidence is key at any level from 2.0 to the pros. I have to say his style of play is not doing it anymore. maybe him and Hewitt can cry on each others shoulder.
West Coast Ace
02-20-2006, 10:59 AM
Isn't Roddick distracted and too slow to make a move on yet another young girl? Mandy Moore was too much. We don't need her replacement.He did win the USO with MM in his corner - you can't take that away from her. :-)
I tend to agree with Cristo. He'll either get a good win against a top player - or end up as a greeter at a downtown Vegas casino.
ACE of Hearts
02-20-2006, 11:32 AM
Roddick needs to find some higher power to help him.I think coaches wont help him.He will never be a serve and volley player, enough with that crap.Roddick is basically road kill!
02-20-2006, 04:15 PM
I tend to agree with Cristo. He'll either get a good win against a top player - or end up as a greeter at a downtown Vegas casino.Actually I was thinking more like hotdog stand vendor. :p
West Coast Ace
02-20-2006, 04:22 PM
Actually I was thinking more like hotdog stand vendor. :pHis strong legs would help him push the cart... :-)
02-20-2006, 04:50 PM
Roddick's strong enough to toss his future pregnant wife in the air and spin her heavily. As long as he's on the bed and avoids shanking her on the headboard.
02-20-2006, 05:01 PM
where's the Roddick of Wimbledon 2004?
02-20-2006, 05:14 PM
Listen, all he needs to do is date mandy moore again and all will be well.
02-20-2006, 05:25 PM
Not if Zach Braff has anything to say about it. :o
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