Just wanted to observe that, despite Roddick's loss, I actually thought he was playing some pretty good clay court tennis during stretches this year. He's always had the ability to hit deep and with topspin (though sometimes too much on faster surfaces), but his backhand looked remarkbly better this year. He actually had many BH's DTL, which (I think) is a new/more reliable shot in his arsenal (and necessary for clay court play IMO). And I really like that he's experimenting with those really wide angle kicker serves--keeps it interesting.
He just flattened his shots out way too early and gave up too much court too often. If he can learn patience, I think he'll actually become more of a factor on clay the next few years.
Pete Fischer , who molded Sampras's game and revitalized Vince Spadea's career, is a 2.5 player. Asinine assertion that one has to play the game well to understand it.
Bill Walsh never played football.