Roddick's Achilles heel?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by a529612, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. a529612

    a529612 Semi-Pro

    May 16, 2004
    If you were to play Roddick at USO, what would be your game plan? Bring him to the net more, so he can't do his baseline bashing?
  2. Mikael

    Mikael Professional

    Feb 23, 2004
    If anything his backhand passing shot looks very suspect to me. The backhand is a shot that he can be very solid with in certain situations, mostly when rallying crosscourt. He doesn't make many mistakes there. However his ability to hit decisive backhands, especially on passing shots, looks much worse than the rest of his game.

    He's also very bad when he's jammed on his backhand side, although this is more difficult to achieve (except on your serve... Slice from the deuce court into the body?).

    Finally, although his lateral movement looks solid, I think some short and low slices that force him to stretch forward can mess his game up. Benneteau was exploiting this pretty well with flat shots when he played Roddick a few weeks back.
  3. gully

    gully Professional

    Feb 22, 2004
    Like any 4.5, I couldn't do a damn thing against him, but I think Roddick has actually used the backhand pass reasonably well in recent memory. An excellent, instinctive netrusher like Fed or Henman could employ this tactic well, but I don't think other "good" baseliners could employ the tactic with any regular success.

    Andy has developed a reasonably competent flat "slap" backhand up the line for a pass to complement the crosscourt topspin. It's hardly a strength, but I don't see it as a weakness exploitable by any except the very top tier of attacking players.

    I agree that his forward movement is more suspect, and that it may work better to draw him to net with short angled slices. Fed has made good use of that against Roddick on some occasions and made Roddick look foolish coming in.

    (But who hasn't Fed mamade look foolish?)

    Roddicke's service return isn't that impressive for a world no. 2, but then, the question for most of his opponents won't be "how do I hold?" but "how do I break?"
  4. mlee2

    mlee2 Rookie

    Feb 22, 2004
    True gully, but Fererro was once a prospect No.2 last year.

    He, by far, has to have the worst return game in the Top 10, if not Top 20. Just look how far he stands back, even against mediocre servers.
  5. PJVA

    PJVA Rookie

    Jul 2, 2004
    The main thing would be to receive serve close as possible and block it back the way Federer does. It throws Roddick off when someone forces him to play out the point on his serve.
  6. dearingfilm

    dearingfilm New User

    Aug 7, 2004
    Roddick's Achilles heel, is his grey matter.
  7. david aames

    david aames Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    I would whisper -- 'Andy pooed his pants' every time we change ends.
  8. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    First thing would be to try to get his first serve back, which would be tough. Then I would have to deal with his deep kicking second serve which is tough. If I could get the racquet on the ball, I would try to slice it back low to his backhand corner while trying to hit it hard enough that he couldn't run around it and hit his forehand. I would then try to dropshot or hit short, low slice to lure him to net, where his volleys haven't really measured up and then try to pass him. Otherwise if that doesn't work, I would sit back and play defense, slicing everything back and chasing down his next ball until he missed. His return of serve isn't so strong so I would just come at him with heat and maybe some hard slice serves to the body. If he let me win one game in the match, I would thank him.

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