Potentially Entertaining Draw (Roddick)

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  1. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

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    Alright, I said potentially entertaining, not talking about this being the hardest draw (it isn't and there's another place/thread to argue about that if you want to).

    However, even if Roddick is favored in more than half of these matchups, I think it could be quite entertaining--as far as Roddick matches go (they're entertaining for me, not for everyone).

    Round 2: NADAL
    So this is a no-brainer for an interesting matchup. Whether it's because both of these players have been hyped up, talked about, etc... It's a big forehand match, I'm guessing Roddick is gonna try going deuce court to deuce court here, to avoid Nadal's forehand (he's lefty). Nadal's serve though... well... at least he's got the spirit to chase down hard returns and he's got the confidence to execute when the killer instinct is firing. But we'll see. It should be an adrenaline match with the NY crowd screaming for both sides.

    Round 3: CANAS
    I hope Canas makes it to the third round. If he can get his A-game up to the occasion, it's gonna be wonderful tennis imo. Unfortunately, the guy seems capable of choking as well. But when he has that A-game... I love watching him play! The guy is athletic, capable of some great shotmaking, and he can mix it up quite a bit if he wants to. While Roddick would be a darn good favorite here, I would love to see this match go 4 sets, or at least 3 tight sets. I just hope that in the future, Canas can get it together and make a run for the top 15.

    Round 4: Robredo/Enqvist
    I'm not really convinced Enqvist will provide the great challenge, but he has the potential. I don't want to read too much into his victory over Roddick earlier in the year (Roddick won their next matchup anyhow). But if it were Enqvist and he had his A-game, I think I'd be entertained. However, I'd love to see a super-in-form Robredo get to the Round of 16 and bring it to Roddick. He's not the favorite against Andy (aside from Hewitt and potential finalists, who really is anyways?), but I would like to see that match. It's no A-game Safin vs. Roddick, but I think it could be a viable alternative if it happens.

    Quarterfinals: J. Johannson/Ferrero
    Sorry Gambill fans, I don't see that happening. But Johannson would be a match of the big servers, and I still haven't seen much of Johannson play. Sounds like some people here love him, some people here find him boring. I just haven't seen him play, but I guess there was that February/March buzz going about the guy, and he's still taking down seeds now and then.
    Ferrero.... hmm.... The guy's still recovering, but he seems like he's in condition now. But his match today, he was clearly having issues. I don't even know if he'll make it to the Quarters this year. If he does and maintains form, I'd love to see that, I'd love to see Ferrero back to form in general. But I just don't feel that Ferrero's gonna be back on top of his game until early 2005. But you never know.

    Semifinals: Hewitt
    I'll just talk about Hewitt, though I'm sure there are many other entertaining candidates. If Roddick gets to the semis, beats Johannson and then plays Hewitt... well, then it's personal (well not really, but you know what I mean). An attack on the house of Hewitt and Co. Hewitt could take revenge for his sister's boyfriend (they're still together, right?) :p Anyways, I'd like to see this. Depending on how Hewitt plays in this tournament, I think it could be a great matchup, potentially going to the 5th set. Don't know about a 5th set tiebreaker though.

    There's also potential for a Nalbandian revenge match, if it happens and if Nalbandian is anywhere close to form. Nalbandian is scary because he's probably the only player where I'll overlook some injuries and say that he is still dangerous. The guy gets pissed off, he plays super. The guy is injured, he's still playing, and still can play super. What the heck is this guy on or what water is he drinking?! He's like the ultimate madman player with a very interesting game that puts some variety in the mix of styles.

    And we all know about potential Final matchups... If it is Federer, well... Roddick could get spanked or bring it... who knows... I thought EVERYONE would be saying Fed is the favorite, but there's a lot of people buzzing about Roddick, maybe overplaying Federer's sensitivity to conditions (but imo, Houston showed he could overcome conditions from a sloped court to the Texas fans). Then again... conspiracy theorists can have fun with the notion of USTA encouraging massive amounts of flights to La Guardia scheduled around the time of the Federer/Roddick match :p

    If it is Agassi in the final, that's also interesting. The only real downer is if there are too many huge upsets in the top half.

    Anyways, this is all based on Roddick actually going through the draw. But I think that despite the draw not being as tough as some would want it, it has a lot of potential for entertaining tennis at least.

    -Chanchai
     
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  2. Vlad

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    I hope I would be wrong but I think Nadal will not present challenge for Roddick at all. I would predict a score like 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. Basically a routine match. I have a sense that Roddick would roll through his service games and there will be a lot of rallies on Nadal's serve. I don't know who will be superior in those rallies but even if Nadal will have an edge, the serve of Roddick will pull him out in three comfortable sets...
     
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  3. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

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    That's mostly how I feel about the Nadal match as well. But I guess inside, I'm hoping Nadal takes a set if Roddick somehow misses a beat on one of his service games.

    Nonetheless, I feel the match is really going to be entertaining. Particularly on Nadal's serve. But in the back of my mind, I wonder what Agassi would do to Nadal's service game...

    -Chanchai
     
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  4. rafael

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    Nadal hit a high of 126 yesterday, so it isn't like he can't hit the ball at a decent pace. This should be entertaining.
     
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  5. @wright

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    I think Hewitt and Enqvist are the only ones in that group who pose a challenge for Roddick. I was just watching the Hewitt match at lunch, and Hewitt looks pretty mean right now, he is hitting very well. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Hewitt will give Roddick trouble if they meet. Enqvist can take Roddick's groundies all day long, but Enqvist will have to serve at a higher % than he did against Safin. I see Roddick taking care of Ferrero easily, mosquito is not playing nearly as well as last year, and Roddick picked him apart easily even then.
     
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