Roddick-Nadal : UGLY TENNIS

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Craig Sheppard, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Craig Sheppard

    Craig Sheppard Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I am so sick of this match. Thank gawd it's over.

    Tonight's menu: "Baseline Testosterone"

    Feature Dish:
    "I'm going to hit this serve as hard as I can. If you get it back, then I'm going to run around your return and hit a forehand as hard as I can. Then I'll run around the next shot and hit it into the corner as hard as I can..."

    Rinse, and repeat.

    Man am I sick of this crap. This is just god-awful ugly tennis, there's no other way to put it.

    Thank gawwwwd they showed some Boris Becker flashbacks for some entertainment. Otherwise I haven't seen tennis this boring since the French Open.

    C'mon guys, you can do better than that... well, I guess you can't.

    Sick of inside-out forehands,
    baseliners, Babolats, and ugly tennis,
  2. Feña14

    Feña14 Legend

    Feb 18, 2004
    Roddick playing "Ugly" tennis? Now that's a first! :lol:

  3. Federer fan

    Federer fan New User

    May 18, 2004
    I am stuck here at the office grumbling about missing the whole match...sure didn't take long for ARod to take care of Nadal. So much hype about this Nadal guy that I just wanted to see if he was for real. Totally agree with Craig though about the baseline banging ugliness. I am sure NoBadMojo will agree. I will watch a Federer match against anyone anytime rather than see two baseline bangers outpower the other. Just my opinion.
  4. MattNowicki

    MattNowicki Rookie

    Feb 27, 2004
    Craig, next time I'll be sure to tell them to put on stockings and an apron when they play. And heck, maybe I can even get them to bake brownies while they do- but during changeovers, the oven will have to be brought to the court so that they can adjust the temperature.
  5. borisboris

    borisboris Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    :x UGLY INDEED!! But when your 18 playing in the largest tennis facillity in the world for the 1st time vs. the biggest hitter the games ever seen = scared... which is what we saw - Nadal could only have a ball machine pump a practice serve 145 + to get adjusted from the SAT Tour to the biggest of big time bombers. Canas will be much differnt :wink:
  6. The Franchise

    The Franchise Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    One man's trash is another man's treasure. Gotta love the intense baseline battles. Once again, to each his own.
  7. alienhamster

    alienhamster Hall of Fame

    Mar 16, 2004
    There were many error-ridden moments, certainly, but I thought the match was full of many exciting rallies. And you're glossing over the fact that drop shots, slices, and net play were also mixed in by both players throughout the night.

    I think Nadal's only going to get better, esp. if he can develop a better serve.
  8. robstar

    robstar New User

    Aug 10, 2004
    did nadal even hit an ace, i know almost every serve he hit came back. it's weird for how big he is and left handed, you think he'd hit a little bigger serve, his first serve was usually about 105 to 110, Henin-Hardenne serves maybe harder than that. He's fun to watch though, i think he'll be really tough and damn near unbeatable on clay. But he and Robredo need to work on those serves.

  9. mlee2

    mlee2 Rookie

    Feb 22, 2004
    To each his own. I guess you can't satisfy everyone.

    I bet the same idiots that complain about today's 'baseline bashers' were the same ones who complained about too much 'short points and volleying' at Wimbledon five-seven years ago during Sampras' dominance.
  10. christo

    christo Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Nadal looks like a steroidal version of Marcelo Rios but not even close to the same level of game, how can a guy like this have such a puny serve?
  11. silent bob

    silent bob New User

    Jul 15, 2004
    The boring part of that match was Roddick's serve.

    Big serve "tennis" = snooze.

    Of course, if I could serve like that I wouldn't hold back, but I don't enjoy watching it.
  12. Vlad

    Vlad Professional

    Mar 16, 2004
    NO one is saying that Roddick matches are the most exciting ones, without a doubt that privelege goes to Roger. Roddick is doing what he is able to do and doing it pretty darn good. Although I did not see the match but I didn't think Nadal had a slight chance in this match. Roddick is just few levels above Rafa and it will take him about 2 years to mature to be able to compete with Andy. The way Roddick is playing now, I would bet on him to win the whole thing. Even Federer will have to play his absolute best to beat Andy.
  13. AndyC

    AndyC Semi-Pro

    Mar 31, 2004
    An you can do better? :). I dunno if u play tennis and what level.. nor do I enjoy watching service games that just go by when Roddick is serving. However running around forehands takes quite a bit of mobility/fitness and correct footwork. And once you're in the right place u still have to be able to execute the stroke hard enough and then maybe still have to cover a return to the opposite corner. It ain't as easy as u make it sound :). And the match had enough rallies where it wasn't just rallying for rallying's sake but where both players were constructing points. If u didn't enjoy it then why watch it? I've been known to turn off many a Roddick match and I'll be honest.. Roddick's matches still aren't the first I'll watch but last night's match was a treat.
  14. SonicSpeed

    SonicSpeed Rookie

    Feb 20, 2004
    It was a good match...much better than the Roddick/Scoville one.
  15. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

    Feb 22, 2004
    The only thing ugly about match was the one-sideness that caught the Nadal supporters by surprise. I enjoyed it very much. Roddick is not the greatest player in the world today, but a darn close second. He is by far the most powerful. Let's see, he knocked Raffy down with one serve, hit him in the face with another, and had him playing dodge ball with several. He also came to the net with effect, won most of the long rallys, returned very well and overall, played a very good match. He remained very focused except for the third set and he was very mindful of his opponent's talents. One thing is for sure, it looks like Andy and Raffy do not have any warm and fuzzies for each other. Something going on there.
  16. prince

    prince Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    stopped watching after the first set .

    i enjoyed the serena -golovin match more..............
  17. Tennis Guy

    Tennis Guy Semi-Pro

    Aug 2, 2004
    He sliced an ace down the middle.

    I completely agree with you. I really enjoyed some of the long rallies.
  18. NoBadMojo

    NoBadMojo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    Parts unknown
    agree w. the guys that said how U-G-L-Y this match was to behold and no i am not the same guy that would have been slamming short points at W years ago. couple very ugly tennis w. those honking ugly camo clothes on the rodidck and his ugly demeanor and you've got massive uglyness....the good news is that roddick cant sustain that smash mouth sort of T for any extended career..not with a flail at the ball forehand w. a spin out head, stiff and long gear, and nasty just cant jack yourself up to that intensity for every match and expect to have a good and long's short term tennis....the american way. so thank goodness w. still have the ATrain as the only other remaining least he brings some class and dignity. i dont think we'll see roddick out there at that age. So the USTA set this event up perfectly for the roddick (and serena?) with faster balls and a faster court..i hope fed dismantles him again anyway in spite of the conditions expressly geared for roddick, if they make it to the finals. really nice move he made tripping over himself and falling down as ugly as his clothes as he feebly attempted a serve/volley move. i guess he someone thinks those clothes look great? bah. ed
  19. Free_Martha

    Free_Martha Guest

    More whining from the peanut gallery.

    The Roddick/Nadal didn't quite live up to the hype, particularly in that first set, but once Nadal settled in, it was high-octane, intense tennis of the best kind. Roddick got the best of him this time but just wait until that kid hits his 20s. The current crop of top players won't know what hit them.

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