Anyone else think Andy Roddick is playing some of the best tennis of his life?

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  1. kiwiconman

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    Hasn't dropped a set yet, his serve is firing on all cylinders and he's barely making unforced errors....

    Or is it because he's not faced any top-level opponents yet?
     
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  2. Max G.

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    The latter. He's playing pretty well compared to how he's sometimes played at Slams recently, but it's not really "the best of his life".
     
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  3. Mustard

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    Ferrer will bring this madness to an end ;)
     
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  4. AndyArodRoddick

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    The latter one is right, yeah.

    He is playing like 2010 Miami, very simillar in terms of style, serving, volleying etc. He won 2010 Miami so...

    Played pretty god damn well today agains Benneteau but well see against Ferrer.
     
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  5. Far from his best, but Yes pretty good!
     
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  6. Cormorant

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    I don't know OP, you got any other personalities bouncing around that brain of yours?

    If not, it really is just you that thinks this is 2003.
     
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  7. kingdaddy41788

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    I think he's playing quite well... Playing Ferrer will be a good test as Ferrer will really make Roddick work for the win... Hopefully he's up for it.
     
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  8. kishnabe

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    Ferrer is the litmus test for this....if Roddick can keep it close than he is playing well!
     
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  9. Hood_Man

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    I've got nothing against Ferrer, he's a nice guy and I think it would be a dream for him to reach a French Open final, but I hope Roddick makes a good run this year. He's definitely slipping under the radar.
     
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  10. Sartorius

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    Absolutely not.

    Serve is just fine but his game more than often looks like the epitome of neutral tennis. He does come to the net occasionally but usually on weak or bad approach shots, and from the baseline he plays an almost tender kind of tennis, with a lot of floating slices and neutral strokes. Feels weird to say when the guy hit around 40 winners today but this is what Roddick's game looks like to me.

    He does make a good job of it though and should beat the guys he should normally beat. But against the top players or anyone who catches fire and hit through the court I think his game will be exposed very badly. That's what almost always happened since sometime anyway.
     
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  11. MurrayisBEAST

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    He's definitely playing some of the best tennis he's played in a long time, but not of his life. I bet he won't be looking as impressive when he plays Ferrer.
     
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    He will DESTROY Ferrer, guaranteed. The man IS playing great tennis.
     
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  13. AndyArodRoddick

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    i do think he will win ferrer. NYC, home court, home crowd..all that adrenaline n stuff.
     
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  14. magnut

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    Hes playing good for this year. But thats not saying very much.

    His run will end with Ferrer. I hope its at least a decent match though.
     
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  15. Homeboy Hotel

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    Nope.

    Wimbledon 2009, or maybe one of those early 2010 HC masters would be his best 'latest' form.
     
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  16. luishcorreia

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    Roddick is playing solid tennis...but he played only second level guys...I do not think he can win against any one of the top 10 right now...

    Its a shame...I'm really a Roddick fan...
     
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  17. Defcon

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    He hasn't faced anyone who can put any pressure on him yet. And his strokes are a far cry from the power he used to generate, although he is more consistent now.
     
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  18. Clarky21

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    I thought Roddick dropped a set to Russell?
     
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  19. JoelDali

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    I hope Andy chooses to play with the Cortex free racquets with PHT. He needs to abandon the Cortex for this critical match.
     
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    Didn't he drop a set vs. Russell?
     
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  21. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Lost a set against Russell.
    He is playing well because even against 2nd tier players, if they got Andy in a rally longer than 5 or 6 strokes, he had a 90% chance of losing. Andy was winning a majority of those today.
     
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  22. decades

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    no he's just playing some of the easiest players.
     
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  23. kiwiconman

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    Oh yeah.... sorry. That slipped my mind.
     
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    I always root for Andy but it sure seems to me like he got a really good draw this year. I still think the best tennis of his life was Wimbledon 2009. Andy always has a puncher's chance and I still believe that if he can get to the tiebreak or if Ferrer throws in a few double faults, he could still come out on top.

    I'm begging you Andy, please step in on Ferrer's serve and take a few big cuts. Even if you hit a few balls over the backstop, show us the dominant FH we saw against Ferrero in 2003.
     
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  25. ubermeyer

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    He's playing well, but not his best.
     
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    No. The only thing that he's still doing well is serving, the rest is in decline
     
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  28. Winner_DownTheLine

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    No, he will be straight setted by Ferrer
     
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  29. ubermeyer

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    Jack Sock is ranked 555, not unranked. I don't think an unranked player is eligible for the main draw or even the qualifying draw except if he won the pre-qualifying tournament. (Sorry if I'm nitpicking).
     
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  30. celoft

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    He will probably lose to Ferrer.
     
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  31. Toxicmilk

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    Typical first week of the tourney tennis from Roddick if you ask me, the way he usually deals with lower ranked players.
     
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    At this USO? Hardly. He's pacing himself very well though, posting better numbers with every match.

    Week 2 will be full of landmines. Ferrer will be his biggest test. If he manages to get through Ferrer, Nadal will be waiting. After Nadal, it's basically curtains for everybody because Djokovic's winning this title.
     
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  33. World Beater

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    roddick is playing well considering his form and the injuries he's had this year.

    he appears to be moving really well.

    he will obviously need to amp up his fh if he wants to beat ferrer. he isnt going to be able to play passive.
     
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  34. chatt_town

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    I think he or anyone looks good when they are getting a bunch of free points on his serve. What I've never understood is where did this come from about his forehand being so strong. It really isn't. Isner has a big forehand. It amazes me that the people in the booth always check his serve and forehand as advantages or weapons...but when you think about it. What he use to do is serve a big bomb and then come in and put a "short" ball away with his forehand which the average 4.0 is more than capable of doing when the ball is left hanging 2 feet above the net in the middle of the service box. His backhand is not a weapon at all. So as soon as he runs into someone that can retun his serve it's basically over which is why he has slid down as far as he has. I know some don't want to let him go but I think his best years are behind him and I don't think he really ever recovered missing that high backhand volley in that tiebreak against Roger a few years back that would have put him up 2 sets to none. he's not playing bad but it's obvious that even Fish is playing better than he is. I think he's going to have to be let go of. :) <taps plays softly in backround>
     
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  35. Bud

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    Isn't Ferrer still playing with some sort of injury though?
     
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  36. OddJack

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    You cant be serious!!

    Andy best tennis? Muhaaaahaa

    Look at his draw for goodness sake
     
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  37. FD3S

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    Now? It's not. Back a few years ago...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9qTIcn4PeE
     
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  38. Qubax

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    You know, he isn't playing much different then he was in 09' when he went to the Wimbly final.

    He is about a coin flip against Ferrer...

    ...if he gets through that he is about a 35/65 underdog to Nadal(only remaining sorta close on the odds because Nadal always breaks down this time of year)

    ...if he gets past Rafa(unlikely) then Muzza will tool bag him.

    My original post in the Roddick US Open breakdown thread lists how his tournament will go. It's been pretty bang on so far.
     
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  39. dcdoorknob

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    No, sorry, he's still playing quite a bit different than then. He didn't come withing a hairs breadth of winning that title by scrambling from 10 feet behind the baseline in the majority of rallies.
     
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  40. chatt_town

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    I'm sorry....I still don't see it. It's a consistent ball, but the reality is it was not a threat from the baseline for the most part. I'm sure he's cranked a few winners in his time but when i see Isner hit a forehand about a foot on one side or the other of the T and the guy still can't get his raquet on it....that's a forehand that you want no parts of. I've never seen that out of Roddick. Most guys that return well normally have no problems beating him because they can beat him off the ground as well. I still have a VHS tape I never recorded over where Fed would basically chip his serve back short and then go to work off the ground and beat him up pretty bad which was an indication he was not worried about Andy's forehand. he returned everything inside the service box.
     
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  41. Qubax

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    Your right no doubt about it.

    And Sock ranked on the wrong side of #500 hit waaaay bigger then Roddick. So do most of the women.

    This can often however, when you look at the HOF calibre career Andy's put together - have little impact on the outcome of a given match.
     
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  42. Evan77

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    is this a joke?
     
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  43. chatt_town

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    The previous messages aren't....Roddick's forehand is a joke. :) He has put together a hof career. I never disputed that. I think the fact that he stayed in the top 10 for so long should make him a hofer....but he has under achieved.
     
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    You can't possibly judge how Roddick is really playing, since he has not played anyone in the top 50. Typical US Open Draw for Roddick, happens every year. All Roddick has had to do to win is serve well and keep the ball in play. That won't be enough against Ferrer, that will be a much better indicater of how he is really playing.
     
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    One of the last exceptional performances I remember from Roddick was Miami 2010 against Nadal. Roddick was being bullied all over the court, trying to just push balls and was paying for it dearly. Then suddenly he turned into Robo-Roddick and started blasting his forehand! It was a sight to behold regarding the transformation mid-match!
    If he gets through Ferrer and meets Nadal in the QF, it could be an epic. Depending on which Roddick shows up of course.:)
     
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  46. chatt_town

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    I wouldn't get my hopes up too high for him. Ferrer hits too many balls and goes from defence to offense naturally. Roddick has to have someone **** him off or something. I think he's gonna get ripped. I wish him the best as an American but I have to be realistic with this. When folks in the booth say things like "lets see which Roddick shows up"...they are basically saying that he's gonna get ripped but if they want to keep their jobs they have to go on record to pull for him. :)


     
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  47. kiwiconman

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    So what were you skeptics saying about A.Rod now?

    Please carry on :)
     
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    I think he might have a chance.
     
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    I'm surprised, pleasantly surprised. Way to go Andy, we'll all be pulling for you against Nadal. Please go for it, hit or miss, just go for it.
     
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  50. luishcorreia

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    Yeah... not one thought that we would win over Ferrer.

    But watching the match you could see andy more close to the baseline..and ferrer was the one playing far behind the court... it was surprising.

    Very well played..
     
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