For Andy Roddick to win a slam in 2010..

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  1. Kaz00

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    I think that for andy roddick to win a slam in 2010 he will have to play his old big flat forehand mixed with smart serving also picking on players weaknesses
    and maybe hire brad gilbert :)shock:) again as an advisor but not a coach, leave the coaching to stefanki :)
     
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  2. Cantankersore

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    He'll probably also need a miraculous combination of upsets and retirements. Let us not be too dismissive though, it has happened before.
     
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  3. jamesblakefan#1

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    That's certainly great stuff. But one observation I'd like to make is the amount of effort he's putting out there. I've been a harsh critic of Roddick, and have said the same that he should play more power tennis instead of the semi-pusher style he plays at time.

    But you have to notice the amount of strain and torque he's putting out to create that much pace. It's not like Federer, where it seems almost effortless, or even a DelPotro, who seems to generate his power at ease. But with Roddick it certainly appears that he's putting a lot of effort into those shots, almost too much at times. And maybe Roddick figures that that type of gameplan at his age would leave him more succeptible to injuries, and would be hard to keep that level over the course of 7 best of 5 matches. It's pretty high risk, hit or miss tennis, and if you're having a bad day, you're gone. I think Roddick realizes this, and that's why he doesn't play that style on a consistent basis.
     
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  4. Anaconda

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    I heard somewhere that you need to literally put maximum impact in if you want power using a semi-western grip.

    Roddick's forehand actually had more control than most big foreahands in the game.

    Roddick lost the match due to mood swings; rain interrupted his play or we would have seen a 5th set and the failure to capitalise on BP - he had 15 BP's and only converted a few of them. Plus stupid approaches.
     
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    I hope and prays he NEVER wins another major again
     
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    This is probably why the guy sweats so much....he pours everything into every little movement.

    Love the kid despite, pulling for him to grab one more major before he leaves.
     
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    Roddick lost a lot of good chances over the years by playing with that crappy BH. It took stefanki to show him how to hit a proper running bh(a shot you will definitely need on tour) and he really prepared andy mentally. Who could have foreseen at the beginning of WB 09' that he would not only make finals again but that he would give Federer a run for his money?

    Can Roddick do it again? Yes. But I fear that losing AGAIN in a wimbledon final against Roger may have did him in mentally. He certainly didn't seem to recover afterwards,not winning a title aftewards,getting injured again at the end of the year,losing to querrey in cincy,to isner in USO and to a youngster like Kubot in beijing.

    2009 really was the year of the comeback for Roddick and many people,including me,were pleasantly suprised(in many,many moments in the WB final I rubbed my eyes to see if that was really roddick,hitting DTL BH on the run and all that). I wonder if he can summon up the mental energy to do it again next year.
     
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    Just so you know, I made a similar thread a few weeks ago.

    As far as improvement, I still say, if he can boost his return game, he'll get more break chances. If he had broken Federer's serve even once more than he did at Wimbledon, he would easilly be the champion.

    Second, I'd improve his volleys. He has worked on them and improved greatly since last year, but they could still be better.
     
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    He changed his gameplan to be more consistent in order to beat Federer. Obviously it backfired on him.
     
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    He will need 7 straight walkovers
     
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    I think if Roddick gets to a final and someone other than Federer is there than he can and will most probably win. He just wants at least one more slam before he retires. He doesn't care about much else.
     
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    I suppose his strategy was right. Nadal is really the only guy who has Federer's number, so Roddick probably decided to base his game on Nadal; Except Roddick can't move as good.
     
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    Massive hitting from Roddick in that match. The tennis ball being stuck sounds like a bazooka exploding.

    He is one of the fittest guys on the tour, so you always feel Roddick can be a threat over 5 sets with the big serve. Wimbledon will probably be his best shot in 2010. I think he is certainly still one of the top 5 players in the world on grass. I dont think age will be a factor for Roddick yet. Haas is in his 30's and made the semis of Wimbledon this year.
     
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    I think that's the way he has to go if he wants to beat Federer. This ball bashing style that the old Roddick employed won't work. Check out Blake and Soderling's H2H with Federer. On the other hand, consistent players like Nadal, Murray, and Simon (lol) have always given him trouble. I realize that Roddick is not as naturally quick and agile as these guys, but maybe if he mixes it up a little it can be effective. One thing's for sure: he won't ever beat Federer in a major playing like 2003/2004 Roddick. He doesn't have/never had the power or consistency of Del Potro, who is the only "ball basher" to have beaten Federer in a GS.
     
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    Roddick has a bigger serve and can hit as hard on the FH side. Roddick's ball is heavier than JMDP.
     
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    I agree, especially since both have similar builds. I even think that, if he wants too, Roddick will play better longer than Haas, considering Roddick doesn't have nearly the credentials Haas has in the injury department (you have to feel sorry for Haas...). Roddick should win another major, and even if he doesn't, he's still in better standings than that of a Rios.
     
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    For Andy to win another slam it'll require some luck, as well.

    If everyone plays to their seeding, for the most part, Roddick will have a tough time beating three Top 10 players in a row and two Top 4 players, as well.

    Not that he couldn't do it, but I'm not going to predict some sort of miraculous run at a major for Andy where he finds the form of his life. That's not as likely as him winning a slam next year with an easier draw.

    Anything can happen, though. Once a slam champion, always a contender.
     
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    You must not have saw their matches this summer, where JMDP straight up outhit Roddick at times. DelPotro has more power off FH and BH side than Roddick IMO.
     
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    Roddick might be able to approach JMDP's raw MPHs, but when he tries to go into ballbasher mode he makes oodles of UE, unlike JMDP. That's why he is better off playing conservatively, and waiting for an opportunity. Del Potro is a bit unique in that he can hit the ball very hard on a regular basis, but still maintain good consistency.

    Yes, Roddick has a faster serve but it is barely (if at all) more effective, because of Del Potro's height and the angles it gives him.

    And lets not even talk about the BHs...
     
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    No i saw. But Roddick wasn't the Roddick of 2003/04. That's what i meant. Roddick was playing dredful after wimbledon; i was amazed that Roddick kept both matches close and could have won both.

    Roddick puts spin on the ball, even the likes of Simon and Murray hit the ball harder than Roddick at this moment. Not in 03/04
     
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    If power was all that mattered, Gulbis Soderling and Gonzales would be GOAT contenders. Roddick of that time period still didn't have the movement (ironically) or the consistency of Del Potro.
     
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    Roddick wouldn't lose because of errors. His problem was that he would approach the net on balls which land mid court and would lose.
     
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    Roddick's shots esp FH has lots of power, no doubt. He just could not keep pummeling shots into the court on a regular basis like JMDP and would hit it eventually into the net. Of course, his crappy approach shots were always the key reason for his defeat during the most important matches. He would also need to improve his ROS.
     
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    LOL, are you serious? But one hell of a comment.;););)
     
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    ...Add Safin in the Aus Open 05..Certainly agree that Roddick is forced out of his comfort zone when he is smacking the crap out of the ball like he did at Wimbledon 06. For good parts of 2009, Roddick was finding that balance between being aggressive and staying patient and it nearly earned him a GS.
     
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    Luck is certainly going to be a factor for Andy, who had a great 2009, one that surpassed many people's expectations. He will need a favourable draw, and will have to be at peak performance.

    The key to Roddick winning a GS in 2010 is his mind. He seemed deflated after Wimby, and he will need to put that loss past him (as difficult as it may be) and come out in the new year refreshed.
     
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    o boy we'll just to wait and see roddicks new game plan for 2010 brisbane international is just around the corner!
     
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