canas on clay..

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by obackvalobasha, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. obackvalobasha

    obackvalobasha Banned

    Apr 8, 2004
    P mac said that the way Rodick was playing even in clay rodick would have beaten canas almost as bad as today. Now isnt this true that canas is a clay courter and isnt this a fact that Rodick S**ks on clay? I dont have to say anything else what do you guys think. I like rodick.. dont get me wrong i think he can beat almost anybody in any place other then clay. well Thats just me . i was just wondering is his game really GOOD enough at this point to beat a clay specialist on clay the way he is playing right now?
  2. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

    Apr 28, 2004
    I would disagree with the statement... but I would say that you can't tell, it could go either way on clay.

    But I think Roddick would be a better player on clay now, than he was at Roland Garros this year. I don't know when it was, but he's become a much more patient player, he's making better use of placement now, his positioning is improving a lot, he's faster and lighter, his footwork (at least on hard) is much better and there'll be at least improvements in this area on clay, he's not THAT uncomfortable on clay to begin with (as far as Americans are concerned though...), etc...

    However, though he's finishing points at net on hard and grass... The way he's doing it, I don't know if it would work so well on clay. His volleys are doing enough to win points on hard and grass, but I think they're not as clearly put away as needed for clay. And I imagine there will be points in a claycourt match where he'll try to finish a point at net.

    The variety he's been developing on his serve will help on clay, and his serve is powerful enough to at least give him good initiative. He might not get as many aces, but he's still starting the point strong.

    His return game is improving, and I imagine that his return game would be stronger on clay. Especially if his placement of the ball improves beyond what it is now (which I think it's quite good now when he's going for placement). Whether or not he goes for placement on return of serve on clay... I dunno.

    But honestly, I think Roddick has potential to do well on clay, especially with the way his game has changed. But it' won't be his best surface and he won't be the greatest claycourter, not by a longshot.

  3. devila

    devila Banned

    Apr 24, 2004
    How can he improve when the coaching stinks and he's losing and gaining weight nonstop. You have to be really thin to play well on clay?
  4. alienhamster

    alienhamster Hall of Fame

    Mar 16, 2004
    Roddick needs to commit to the surface. Practice on it, play all the warm-ups, get used to the movement on the dirt. He plays with good spin and defends well. If he can maintain patience, he'd do just fine.
  5. Vlad

    Vlad Professional

    Mar 16, 2004
    It really depends on the conditions. If it is dry and relatively fast than he may win few tourneys in Europe but if there is one day when it was raining or humid he is dead stick. Simply because every serve will come back even if it was hit at 150mph.. Most of his forehands will come back and he will have to hit it harder and harder and will miss sooner or later. So, once again it depends..

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