Roddick is a horrible tennis player

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  1. yee

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    Maybe that's what you think it needs for the US market. But for many other places I don't think that's all it needs.

    I'm totaly for the idea that tennis at this moment needs rivalry, but I do think throwing in few more players from different places will make it more interesting than just Fed/Roddick.
     
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  2. VashTheStampede

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    maybe, for tennis to be more popular in the us, tennis has to resemble the big sports in as many ways as possible. like, for example, in the nba and boxing, when the teams are walking on the court thers a huge light show. That definitely adds excitement. IMO, this is prob. ONE (not all) thing tennis needs to gain popularity. and it definitely needs more coverage. i hope the us open series plan works
     
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  3. NoBadMojo

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    again..it is way too early in roddicks career to tell and i am not being a purist..i am being a long time teaching pro that knows stroke production and roddicks least effective shot (his backhand) is his most technically correct. he IS an effective tennis player..i give him that, and his serve is tecnically fine except for the amount of <jerky> energy he puts into it. his most effectve stroke <his forehand> is technically awful..he spins totally out of his forehand (often) before contact, his head moves al over the place like the chick from the exorcist and he just flails at the ball. there is a pattern of what happens to the players w. poor stroke production..their careers end early....think seles...think the williamses who are oft injured. then you have roddick who has one level of play (all out) and no b or c games and you have a guy that may win a couple more grand slams and thats it..certainly not a sampras or agassi. i didnt like roddick at all at first..now i kind of like him for his fighting spirit and the respect he has for his opponents. my .o2. ed
     
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  4. PJVA

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    If you really observe Roddick once he gets into a rally, he appears to be a counterpuncher. He has to scramble to get to a ball and his effort is all in just getting the ball back into play. I've hardly ever seen him hit a shot with a crafty placement or change of pace.

    That is what makes his game boring to watch. He mainly expects to win because of his serve speed which will give him a lot of aces against most other players. However, his serve itself is not placed well or with variety.....it's just hard. That gets monotonous to watch.

    Roddick also seems to have very good luck in getting easy draws that don't make him have to play a nemesis early. For example, if Roddick had to face Karlovic or Hewitt in Wimbledon.....there would have been a good chance that he would not make it through to the semis.
     
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  5. NoBadMojo

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    and........he isnt a good strategist in spite of having gilbert as his coach..his strategy is just to put all you have into every ball and every point. if he gets behind or needs a point, he cant kick it up, because he is already at 100%. his biggest serve so far in wimby was what? something like 145? guess when he served that one? it was like a 15-15 point at 1-1 in the 2nd set <or something like that>..it was a neutral point....contrast federer who cruises along at maybe 115mph or so....when he gets down tho expect him to hit a 125 somewhere in a corner and climb out of it..thats gotta be frustrating for an opponent. anyway.....i guess it is possible for roddick to beat fed in the finals....anything can and will happen in sports, but i hope it doesnt happen. i really do think roddick's career will be pretty shortlived. my .o2. ed
     
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  6. zenmaster

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    roddick is a good player, nuff said
     
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  7. MHK

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    Like when Roddick beat Hewitt at Queen's Club just four weeks ago?
     
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  8. Phil

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    I'm certain that he plans this-he and the evil Gilberto have found a way to influence the seeding committee-perhaps through blackmail.
     
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  9. PJVA

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    It looked like Andy came out playing entirely different in the final agaisnt Federer than he played agaisnt Shalken and Ancic. It looked like he was bent on trying to scare Federer with his power, and wanted to also show him that he could volley.

    Did any of you notice Andy playing better, with more of an all around game than he was doing against his other opponents? That would mean it must take the kind of effort that he doesn't want to use unless he really needs to. He can keep it simple against most other opponents.
     
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  10. SonicSpeed

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    Yes. Like other great players, he only plays enough so that he can win. The top players will raise their level when they need to.
     
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  11. tennisnoob

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    Give Andy some credit guys, surely his play & attitude has matured quite a bit since losing to Fedex at Last year's semi-final. He gave Fedex a good run for his money especially the 1st set, though i think he should focus on playing more percentage tennis instead of taking so many risks all the time.
     
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