Nadal vs Roddick...USO 2011 Quarterfinal...was Nadal that good or Roddick that bad?

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  1. Mike Sams

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    Great performance from Nadal. Just wondering, was he really that good in the match or was Roddick just horrendous in every way imaginable? He certainly didn't seem to be playing with the same fire as he did in that USO 2007 match against Federer. I always thought Roddick would've been a far more formidable threat to Nadal on the U.S Open surface. He was the easiest match Nadal has ever had in U.S Open history by the looks of it. Even players ranked outside of the top 80 gave Nadal far tougher matches than Roddick did at the U.S Open.
     
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  2. Mustard

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    Both. Nadal was focused and Roddick was soon gassed.
     
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  3. Mike Sams

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    gassed from what? The same Roddick who could play high intensity in 44 degree heat in Melbourne like it was nothing, was gassed? From what?
    Even focused Nadal never beat anybody in the top 20 that badly in the U.S Open. Especially one who finished in the top 8 for a decade like Roddick has.:-?
     
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  4. The_Punisher

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    roddick didn't play bad because he sucked, he played bad because he was burnt out. i think he played a really long match against ferrer the night before and didnt really have any breaks leading up to the us open. nadal just played the way he always does.
     
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  5. Clarky21

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    Roddick was terrible in that match and made Nadal look way better than he really was. Roddick could barely even hold serve against a sub-par returner like Nadal. He was a disaster out there.
     
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    Rafa played well but Roddick got a similar beating from all the top 4 players he's played in 2011. Roddick's still a great competitor but he's gone downhill this year. All things considered I really didn't expect him to make the USO QF this year, I thought he'd lose to Ferrer. As others have said that Ferrer match also probably took something out of him.
     
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    Definitely the latter. Roddick played with zero intensity. He did not even bother running after the most returnable shots.

    Roddick is an absolute mess now. Beating him does not mean anything. Even Journeymen are outplaying him these days.
     
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    Nadal was focused, and the worst opponent you could possibly play before a focused Nadal is Ferrer. Roddick tried the best he could, but from the get-go he was having issues; when the man visibly labored to get up on his serve, the writing was on the wall.
     
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    Roddick was poor in this match, had no movement or confidence and looked, I dunno, hapless.

    Nadal was ruthless enough.
     
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  10. BrooklynNY

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    Both, but more Roddick just being bad. If you look over that stretch of the USO-end of season, he got rocked by Nadal in this match, 2/3ed in Basel by Fed, which was more of an exo than their typical matches. Roddick really seams like he doesn't enjoy the grind of the tour anymore. He is even more quick to throw a tantrum or try to prove a senseless point to the linesmen/umpire, and his fuse about getting angry about his game is even shorter. He simply looks like he doesn't like tennis anymore.

    But yeah, he played terrible against Nadal, it was an exhibition of how NOT to 'attack' the net, if you call what he did attacking, it was more just rushing the net will no serious plan, and no execution.
     
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    12/32 at net.


    :)
     
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  12. Zildite

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    2011 Roddick has virtually no chance against any of the top 4 anyway, it wasn't that much worse than the merciless beatings than he got from Federer or Murray this year.
     
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    anyone who watched the match, and followed tennis this year knows that Roddick's fitness this year has been questionable.
     
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  14. bullfan

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    Roddick was not up to par.

    The USO changed Roddick's matches so that he could get to the tournament after the hurricane, which delayed him and others from showing up as early as they'd like.

    Roddick got an easy draw to start out with, and the Ferrer match took it out of him. Roddick didn't even look like he was trying at various points in the match. It was a sad match to watch for someone hoping for Roddick to do well.
     
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  15. celoft

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    Roddick was awful. Must be Brooklyn's fault. :lol:
     
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  16. Crazy man

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    Roddick has been crap full stop this year. His serve has even been poor. He played a long match with Ferrer the day before and just sucked. His forehand used to rival Federer's. Now it doesn't even rival Ferrer or Murray's, ROFL, looking at Murray now and Roddick back in 03, I don't think anyone would have expected such a thing. What a joke.
     
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  17. HunterST

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    Uhh, how about his brutal battle with Ferrer?
     
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    Unfortunately, Andy is way past his prime. Nadal did well, but it was definitely more Roddick.
     
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  19. Crisstti

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    Nadal was good, but he did have moments of losing focus on his serve, like he did all tournament really...
     
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  20. Legend of Borg

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    Those Roddick net approaches are a thing of beauty....
     
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    Yeah,and so is Radek Stepanek. :lol:
     
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  22. The Bawss

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    Roddick got absolutely owned by Nadal at USO, the same by Murray at Queens, Federer only 2/3ed him out of respect and I dread to think what the scoreline would have been had he played Djoko this year. But the thing is that he isn't expected to do well against the top 4, as shown by his ranking. We have gotten so used to him being a perennial top 10 that we expect him to be able to still give a fight to the top dogs...which he hasn't this year and probably won't ever again.
     
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