Andy has found his mojo

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  1. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

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    Sounded very confident after the win over Robby today. Credited Connors for helping him. He seemed to be moving very well and his backhand was on. He was coming to the net but also playing very well from the baseline.
     
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  2. TENNIS_IS_FUN

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    No, its just that Robby lost his mojo.
     
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  3. ACE of Hearts

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    Dont go crazy yet.The guy has alot of work to convince people, including me.
     
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  4. stormholloway

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    Andy's backhand is crap.
     
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  5. sureshs

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    He was saying after the match that he was aware people had written him off at the age of 23, but he is believing in himself now.
     
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    I hope he can get back to winning slams again. It will be very hard with Roger and Rafa on top though. I do think there is no reason he cant get back to World #3 though. He is easily better then Nalbandian and Ljubicic on a week to week basis if he is healthy and confident.
     
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  7. Jonny S&V

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    Andy did a good job of not exposing his BH. He did not only hit slice and he did not go for too much on his 2-hb. His FH was consistantly aggressive and he didn't go for a winner on every single ball like we've seen him do in the past. I think some or all the credit has to go to Jimmy Conners for his game and mindset.
     
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  8. flymeng

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    Andy credited Connors, not Courier. Courier was the commentator.
     
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  9. alienhamster

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    His game is SO different when he's playing confident. His topspin and flatter forehands and backhand slices looked great today. AND HE WAS WILLING TO PLAY DEFENSE instead of just giving up on points.

    He also didn't stay in the corner after inside-out forehands but continue to play the point, expecting that his "winner" shots might come back.

    He also stayed on the baseline more and was taking the ball fairly early often.

    And he actually approached the net at non-stupid times, covered the RIGHT sides on attempted passes, and hit some decent volleys and half-volleys.

    I think Connors and/or the doubles is helping. Something is.
     
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  10. stormholloway

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    Where did you guys get to see this match? Was it on TV? TW's tennis schedule didn't list it right?
     
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  11. alienhamster

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  12. sureshs

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    My bad. I fixed it. I always get the two mixed up in conversation.
     
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    I agree that movement was his key today. Of late he would hit a great shot and admire it (like a club player) - today he recovered and was in position for a reply.

    His shots was fluent - as you say he was taking them on the rise. His timing was perfect. He also did not have the hitch on his BH - waiting till the last minute and then swinging with his arm, as he has been doing recently.
     
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  14. Chadwixx

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    You guys are really desperate if you think these are great wins. Ginepri is 8-14 on the year, he isnt playing very good.
     
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  15. Jonny S&V

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    You can't really tell how a guy's playing by their record on the year. Robby almost always has a slow start to the year and then he does better during the US hard court swing. The fact that he made it to the semis is an improvement. The best player he beat this year was Pistol Pete :p.
     
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  16. flymeng

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    I agree. We have to wait till Toronto and Cincinatti. I hope Andy will find his game with more wins. I like to see big upsets in the USO. The dominance of Federer and Nadal is making tennis too predictable.
     
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  17. sureshs

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    Yes we are desperate. I can't stand one more Fed-Nadal final. At least one of them should be eliminated before the finals in all US Open series tournaments. Then, during the USO, if they meet in the final, it will be exciting again. I really don't want to see them play each other in Toronto or Cincinnati.
     
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  18. chayajay

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    Yes! I sure hope andy got his mojo back. Anyone notice hes using a yellow string maybe Hurricane tour or super smash, maybe that has helped his game a bit and gave him some confidence, he sure looked like the andy I used to know, saying good shot to Robby, he played very well, and I can only hope he can keep this up :-|
     
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  19. tangerine

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    This has always been key to Roddick's (or any player's) success. You could have all the shots in the world but if you don't believe in yourself or trust your game, you won't win.

    Also, Roddick's backhand may "suck" (as the trolls here say) but it's not what has been making him lose all these matches. Roddick's backhand didn't magically improve in a week but the difference today was that he protected it much better.

    Agree on all of these. His net approaches were also much better today. I would love to know what exactly Connors said/did to him. The belief by many that only Brad Gilbert can help Roddick get back on track has been exposed to be a myth.

    Still, even if Andy were to win this title, I wouldn't take it as a sure sign that his "mojo" is back. I would be thrilled, of course, but he has been slumping for well over a year now. One title win won't make up for all that damage. He needs to start playing more consistently than he has been, quit losing to lower-ranked players all the time, and start stringing together more wins like he used to do, before I will believe that he's truly back to his old self again.

    But it looks promising. :)



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  20. Marat Safinator

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    you mean than not then?
     
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  21. Jonny S&V

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    I believe that Andy switched to full natural gut again chayajay (I hope so anyway).
     
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  22. alienhamster

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    Did I ever state that this was a "great win"? All I did was provide some analysis of what Roddick was doing better today.

    I agree with Tangerine about not jumping the gun and saying Roddick is now back at the top. Andy's got to have some more consistency if he wants to go deep in tournaments again.

    Even you, Chadwixx, would have to admit that he looked pretty good today. But I'm guessing you would never be that honest about anything Roddick-related.
     
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  23. TacoBellBorderBowl1946

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    i'm his mojo man!!!!!!

    Ever since I made my sig he hasn't lost a match:cool:
     
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  24. ACE of Hearts

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    Does anyone know if the RCA final will be showned on nbc or any other station?
     
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  25. ShooterMcMarco

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    it'll be shown on nbc at 11 am PST
     
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  26. sandiegotennisboy

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    whatever. how much mojo do you need to win this cheap-ass event. its not like he played tough players. dont get your hopes up when you know hes just get his arse handed to him whenever he plays a top 10 player this summer. roddick is done. he's been done for a while. these little victories dont mean ****
     
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  27. Matthew

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    I agree that saying even though Roddick looked good today, its easy to look good against Robby. However, confidence is confidence and he'll take any of that he can get these days. It will be interesting to see who wins tomorrow.

    Lets please keep the "Who is the real number 1 american!?!!" threads to a minimum though - its only one match. :mrgreen:

    With that said... LETS GO ANDY!
     
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  28. Woodstock_Tennis

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    Will be an interesting game tommarrow verse Blake.
     
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  29. cricri

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    I think that today Roddick played good compared to the way he has played so far. At last a final.
     
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  30. d_frank

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    We'll see how he does against blake.
     
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  31. mctennis

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    One tourney does not a player make.
     
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    Roddick has not had tp play anyone in the top 20, until the finals. Let's see how he does against Blake. I do not believe a one week practice session, with anyone, can make that dramatic a difference. I think he would have gotten this far in the tourney, with or without Connors' help. I still say he will not beat the top players.
     
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  33. David L

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    Me too.
     
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    My sweet Nadal would beat him so easily. If Roddick won any games my cute Nadal would punch him in the nose on the changeover and give him a bloody nose. He would not let Roddick win any games, it would be 6-0, 6-0.
     
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  36. irishbanger

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    Andy's fitness level is the thing that jumped out most at me. I have never been a fan of his game, but I think tennis needs him to do well and get results. At his best, he is one of the few who has a chance against Nadal and Federer (the others being Blake, Ljubicic, Safin and Nalbandian).
     
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    Oy vey!!!:roll: The girl is nuts!!! I swear, she must stalk him whenever he goes out!:-|
     
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  38. cricri

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    I think so too
     
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  39. sureshs

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    darn he lost his mojo again
     
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  40. cricri

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    He almost found his mojo
     
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  41. Viper

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    He found his mojo, but James played better.
     
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  42. fishuuuuu

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    In at the net too much, I think. They played at the same level.
     
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  43. ACE of Hearts

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    Roddick played the best match he could yet he still loss.Watching this match, i still think Roddick has alot to work on.I thought Blake could have doned better attacking that second serve from Roddick, either way great match eventually won by the best american player now.
     
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  44. fishuuuuu

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    Try to be more ... discrete ... this isn't the match result forum, you know.
     
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  45. alienhamster

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    That was a fun match. Roddick ought to be able to take away a lot from this tournament. It doesn't matter what so-and-so opponent was ranked and blah blah blah. The real concern for him is HIS game and what he's doing better.

    Some thoughts:

    (1) He's clearly been working on the backhand down the line, and in general he hit it great today. I've never seen him hit so many backhand winners.

    (2) His volleying is definitely improved, but it was less about technique and more about better anticipation and correct court/net coverage.

    (3) Much better variety on serve, spins, and shot placement in rallies.

    (4) Returns were better placed overall, but he still seems so weak returning the ball overall.

    (5) Glad to see him staying on the baseline more, taking the ball early, and dictating with the forehand.

    (6) He looks like he's flattening out the forehand again when he needs to--this is a good sign.

    I really think he's on the right track here, so I wish his detractors would STFU when the guy's clearly been trying to work on all the things people on here criticize him for.

    Pretty good final overall, I must say. (Wish I could be more specific, but can't in this section of the forum.)
     
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  46. ACE of Hearts

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    Well when someone mentioned he lost his mojo again, dont u think that they gave it away.:rolleyes:
     
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  47. sureshs

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    hehehe
     
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  48. ACE of Hearts

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    Hey Alien, give me a break, yes he played well but his return game still sucks.Noticed most of the breaks came on Blake's errors from the baseline.He still cant handle baseline rallies well.Blake did what Roger usually does against Roddick, return the serve and attack from the baseline.
     
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  49. fishuuuuu

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    At least don't state it blatantly :p

    Roddick looked good today, a little too frustrated at himself, but still able to commit to his weapons (the serve and forehand). Agreed he has a terrible return game and backhand (and hands at net), but that can be covered up except when he tries to use them too offensively.
     
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  50. alienhamster

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    We must have been watching a different match, because Roddick AND Blake looked pretty good in rallies overall. And--well, I have to phrase this as a question here so as to not spoil the match or whatever--but who had more overall points today ya think?

    ETA: Overall points doesn't mean anything in terms of winning/losing, but it is a good test for how well someone is doing in both serving and return games. Roddick was into A LOT of Blake's service games, and not just because of errors.
     
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