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« Reply #300 on: October 11, 2008, 08:26:18 AM »
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDrbmaUgXzg[/youtube]

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« Reply #301 on: October 12, 2008, 01:38:09 PM »
That was soooooooooooooooooooo ;)



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« Reply #303 on: October 18, 2008, 08:41:32 AM »
I don't like the nearly bald buzz.  Andy really isn't aging very well, he looks waaaaaaay older than he did even a couple of years ago.  :Confused:  He was a gorgeous young guy, but...

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« Reply #304 on: October 18, 2008, 09:46:07 AM »
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDrbmaUgXzg[/youtube]

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Good rally there...these are the moments when I like Andy....he really does put in the effort doesn't he?


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« Reply #305 on: October 18, 2008, 05:55:47 PM »
I don't like the nearly bald buzz.  Andy really isn't aging very well, he looks waaaaaaay older than he did even a couple of years ago.  :Confused:  He was a gorgeous young guy, but...

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There appears to be some appeal still there, yellowball,  $15,000 dollars worth.

    From Washington Post,Saturday, October 18, 2008; Page C03

    Roddick's Naked Ambition?


On Thursday, reports circulated that tennis superstar Andy Roddick had auctioned off a naked one-on-one tennis lesson at a charity event last weekend.

What, exactly, are the implications of clothes-free tennis lessons? Will both parties be naked (an unnamed female fan plunked down the final bid) or just Roddick? And does Roddick's fiancee, 21-year-old model Brooklyn Decker, endorse this? So complicated.

"I think it was kind of a joke," World TeamTennis CEO Ilana Kloss told us yesterday. She was there in Kennesaw, Ga., on Sunday when bidding on a fully clothed lesson started slowly.

Roddick, 26, upped the ante, volunteering to go shirtless for the lesson. That sent the price to $11,000.

The inevitable follow-up -- some random woman yelling, "Take it all off!" -- met Roddick's agreement. ("Totally in jest, but that's Andy's personality," Kloss assured us.) Bidding sped up and closed at $15,000, part of the $400,000 raised for AIDS victims at an event hosted by Elton John and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

Uncomfortable questions remained. Roddick's agent in Washington  :Blush: couldn't be reached for answers.

"I don't envision him really giving a naked tennis lesson," Kloss said. "I'm not sure anybody wants to see him play naked, let alone his girlfriend."

Well, at least we know the answer to that one.



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« Reply #306 on: November 12, 2008, 09:55:59 AM »
From tennis.com
Stepanek into Masters Cup after Roddick withdraws

SHANGHAI, China (AP)—Andy Roddick has withdrawn from the Masters Cup after spraining his right ankle during practice—an injury that he said did not appear to be serious.

Roddick made the announcement Wednesday, hours before he was to play Roger Federer in a Red Group match. He was replaced in the tournament by 26th-ranked Radek Stepanek, the first alternate here.

Roddick said he rolled the ankle during a warmup drill for practice Tuesday and initially hoped treatment would allow him to play, but he realized during his pre-match warmup that he couldn’t run or serve well enough.

“I came out here and tried to warm up 45 minutes or so ago, and it was pretty apparent that my movement was probably 30 percent or 40 percent,” he said.

“Unfortunately that’s just not good enough to get it done at a tournament like this,” Roddick said. “I didn’t feel like I could go out and try to compete and win a tennis match. It’s definitely a tough prospect trying to beat Roger with no serve and not being able to move much.
 
“The risk/reward wasn’t there. You’re risking further injury where it might cut into preparation for next year.”

Roddick said his trainer and a doctor told him the injury didn’t appear to be serious, and he anticipated being able to do his planned training during the offseason.

“I don’t think we’re looking at anything more than a week or so,” he said. “I was planning on going home anyway. Basically I’m just starting that process four days earlier by not being able to finish here.”

Roddick lost his opening round-robin match at the season-ending tournament to Britain’s Andy Murray, and Federer fell to Gilles Simon.

Stepanek, of the Czech Republic, could qualify for the semifinals but would have to win both of his matches and hope no more than one of the other players in his group finish with two victories.

“I called him this morning at about 10:00 or 10:30 and said, ‘You should prepare like you’re going to play. I’m probably 50/50 to play tonight, and I’ll let you know as soon as I try to warm up,”’ Roddick said.

The 26-year-old Roddick has been hampered by injuries this year, twice sitting out a month—the first after retiring from the Rome Masters in early May after just three games with a shoulder injury.

“Hopefully I have all these nicknack injury things out of way,” Roddick said. “They’ve been pretty frustrating. I feel like I’ve been playing catchup a little bit … as far as not being prepared and ready. So I’m very much looking forward to getting healthy and actually having some time to try to get fit again and be prepared going forward next year.”

One thing the early departure does is allow him to focus on acquiring a new coach. He split with Jimmy Connors earlier this year, and had since been working with his brother John.

“There’s a short list,” Roddick said without naming any candidates. “I didn’t want to start going through the process of talking to people either over the phone or in person until my season was finished. That’s something that I’d definitely like to get taken care of in the next couple weeks.”

Roddick, who was making his sixth straight Masters Cup appearance, is a former No. 1 who has been no lower than 12th in the rankings since 2002.


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Coach Gossip from my Tennis Instructor:

Apparently discussions indeed are going on with Paul Annacone but my instructor felt that P.A. was getting much more money from the Brits at the LTA for the Roddicks to be able to afford it at present . He said he'd heard they were also considering Justin Gimelstob. That would be great for parties  :rim shot: :yay:  :drunk: but not so good for Andy's tennis, I'd think.

It appears that it is not an easy assignment  :hell-no: . Towards the end Connors had evidently become quite ineffective at inducing changes in the Roddick game and frustration had set in  :argue:  on both sides.
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Re: QUOTES ON, ABOUT, AND FROM ANDY RODDICK
« Reply #307 on: November 17, 2008, 02:50:03 PM »
Gimelstob??



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« Reply #308 on: November 17, 2008, 04:07:15 PM »
Gimelstob??

Yes, that's what he said  :dunno: . We both thought it rather strange.

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« Reply #309 on: December 17, 2008, 11:11:04 PM »
Here is Andy doing some impersonations of (in order) McEnroe, Nadal (which is his best), Sharapova ( ..-) ), Serena, Old/Young Agassi. :rofl_2: So funny again. :lol:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vw_M-gtQ8c&[/youtube]



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« Reply #310 on: January 05, 2009, 10:35:42 AM »
New clothes :)












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« Reply #311 on: January 17, 2009, 10:55:44 PM »
oh HAI Andy. :lust: And if you can't see it, tough. :)~




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« Reply #312 on: January 20, 2009, 06:35:32 PM »
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Re: QUOTES ON, ABOUT, AND FROM ANDY RODDICK
« Reply #313 on: January 21, 2009, 09:46:09 AM »
Interview after the Malisse match

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Q. In every which way tonight that was a thoroughly good performance. Would you agree with that?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I felt good from the first ball. Credit to him. He came out with a good game plan and he was just going to fire. I was leaving some forehands hanging to him and he was taking advantage.

But things didn't quite go my way in the first set. He came up with some good shots, and then I kind of just stayed the course and was able to make some adjustments to get through it.

Q. Do you worry at all that a guy who comes on like that isn't going to punch himself out or keep doing this all night?

ANDY RODDICK: You can't sit there and wonder. The thing that I got to do is make it as tough for him to keep up that level. If he's going to hit good shots, make him hit it off of deep balls and do it every point. Don't let him hit one and then miss two: You know, just make it as tough a possible. He's what I tried to do.

I got my teeth back into the match and was able to kind of make it a little bit of a war out there. You know, so it was good to get through that.

Q. He's now ranked 200, something like that. Where do you think a guy like him belongs actually?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't think Xavier would be the normal guy ranked 200. I don't think anybody views him as that.

I think health and motivation are going to be big things with him. If he comes and plays like he did here, he'll be back to where he's normally been and in the top 30.

Q. You gave him a pat on the back. What did you say to him?

ANDY RODDICK: I said, It's good to see you playing well again.

Q. Andy, you have a lot of respect for lots of athletes. Are you interested in the sport that's very popular in America, like motocross?

ANDY RODDICK: Motocross? You know what, I'd be bordering on ignorance if I talked about it. I don't really know a whole lot of what goes into it. I know the one thing ‑‑ I know who they are. The one thing I don't get is how you try that crap that they did the very first time. Like how do you decide, I'm going to go flip upside down six times in a row?

Yeah, that's ‑‑ whatever I think athletically, that's just gotta be ‑‑ it's got to be either crazy or genius, and I'm torn. But they can have it.

Q. You have Santoro next. Will you expect an easier ride given that he's the oldest guy in the draw?

ANDY RODDICK: No, oldest and probably craftiest. Probably the best set of hands. He came back and won in five tonight, and that's quite an effort.

You know, he's capable of making any match pretty tough.

Q. Is there something about a new you this year? You know, you got a new coach. You look slimmer and trimmer.

ANDY RODDICK: You look good, too.

Q. Thank you. And I'm neither, unfortunately.

ANDY RODDICK: Red is a good color. If you're out in the sun long enough your freckles might connect and then you might get a good tan.

Q. Do you feel a lot different about yourself coming into this year?

ANDY RODDICK: You know what, I didn't want to come into ‑‑ I feel like a big reason I got hurt last year is I didn't have a lot of preparation in the off‑season. Went from Davis Cup kind of straight in. I played well, but then come May my body and shoulder wore down a little bit.

Whatever happens this year, I didn't want it to be for lack of preparation or for lack of anything, any work left on the table during the off‑season.

You know, I don't know about a new me and all that. It's kind of the same deal. But I just had a six‑week period where you could focus on what you need to do on a daily basis, and you had all sorts of ‑‑ the meals were controlled and everything was controlled.

So, you know, that's a rarity that we get as top players in this game. I really tried to take advantage of it and kind of enjoyed it.

Q. What have you gotten from Larry so far, and how is working with him different from other coaches?

ANDY RODDICK: You know, they're all different. I don't know if I'm going to sit here and give a guy‑by‑guy breakdown. Larry is a worker, too. He likes getting out there. He says it's that much easier if you do it a thousand times in practice. His favorite trick is doing two‑on‑ones and he'll say, Two more and eight balls later you're still going.

It's frustrating, but at the same time, you know what the end goal is. I just enjoy it, because I think the most appealing thing about him when I was going through the process of choosing someone was the various styles he's worked with and the various personalities he's been able to work with. You know, he's on par with anybody, if not better.

Q. Did you feel if he could handle Marcelo Rios he can handle you?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I might be a little nicer.

Q. When you're playing a match against somebody that comes out really hard and fast and you might not be familiar with their game, is there ever a sense you might sacrifice a set to feel them out a bit to try and find their weaknesses?

ANDY RODDICK: No, no. I think anybody that tells you they sacrifice a set ever is full of whatever. You know, you don't really do that. I think you can try to figure it out and win a set also. I think you just kind of fight off their hot streaks and concentrate on getting through service games and just make them work for whatever they're getting.

Q. You've learned a lot from a lot of different coaches. Larry comes in. Is it you who are asking questions or him saying this is what I think you needed to?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I didn't want to. I said, Listen, I'm hiring you to be the boss. Whatever you tell me to do I'm going to do. I don't have a problem with that, and I haven't had a problem with that. I think he was a little bit surprised that I was ‑‑ and I said, It's your show. Just let me know what I need to do.

Q. Isn't there a trust level that needs to be built up, too?

ANDY RODDICK: I trust his resume, what he's been able to accomplish as a coach. If I was going to give someone the confidence to be my coach, I wasn't going to second‑guess that once we get in there.

Q. You could have played Kohlschreiber. Now you've got Fabrice who you beat pretty badly a couple months ago. Does it affect you in any way?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, no. It affects the way you go about playing the next match. Obviously they're not similar in anyway, shape, or form in the way they play. I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to the Kohlschreiber match. But at the same time I'm playing Fabrice, and it presents a different set of obstacles



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« Reply #314 on: January 25, 2009, 06:42:46 PM »
Q. The top seeds struggled today except you. How did you see your match?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know, I mean, we all got the same result. I didn't start off great, and then I thought the second and third sets were a lot better. Which is, I guess, the direction you want to go in.

Q. He's only won one set in ten meetings against you. What do you put your amazing dominance down to?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. You know, I don't know that I've had a bad day against him. I feel like I always come off the court having played pretty well. I'm sure the matchup is favorable. I can get my feet under me a little bit and go after some shots.

I've just played well against him most of the times we've played.

Q. Does his style of play suit your game, do you think?

ANDY RODDICK: I guess so. I've lost to players that play like him. I don't know. I guess it's tough to say it's not a good matchup after ten wins. You know, I think that I've just executed against him.

Q. Overall how did you assess your tournament to this point?

ANDY RODDICK: So far so good. I get to play another day.

Q. You changed coaches and trimmed down and did a number of things in the season. Does your tournament start now? Is this where the changes sort of measure?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I've been in the tournament for nine days now. This is ‑‑ you just try to get a step further each time. I'm not going to think about it in two parts. It's a whole tournament.

I just want to continue to stay alive each day. I did that today and I'll be looking to do it again in two days.

Q. And Marcos or Novak in the next round. Will you be studying that match?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I like the dynamic of me sitting in my room after dinner watching them as opposed to having to work tonight. I'll watch it.

Q. Can you break down the matchups?

ANDY RODDICK: For me or them?

Q. Either one of those.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, it's pretty similar. I think Novak is probably a little bit steadier where Marcos is a little bit more of a shot maker, maybe takes some more risks.

But they're both great players and both obviously extremely comfortable at this tournament.

They both have had their career tournaments here, so either way, I'll be up against it.

Q. For you is this a conversation match? Getting back into the conversation match?

ANDY RODDICK: Conversation?

Q. You talked about not being in the conversation. Is this match ‑‑

ANDY RODDICK: Oh, no, I was asked about it. I said I wasn't that concerned about it. No, I'm not playing for that. I'm not playing for anybody else to say something or write something. I think those days are done. I'm just looking to play well. I just want to go out there and play well and make someone work.

Q. How is the early relationship going with Larry? Feeling like you're gelling?

ANDY RODDICK: It's a lot easier when the two guys talk as much as we do. I'm not the quietest guy. I've known Larry for a long time. It's never been a case of us not ‑‑ it's not like it was with Jimmy where we hadn't spent time together before. We always stopped and had a chat when we saw each other.

I've actually gotten along with all the players that he's coached since I've been on tour, and practiced a bunch. It wasn't like we're kind of strangers.

Q. Have you been on center court this tournament yet?

ANDY RODDICK: First round, yeah.

Q. You think you'll get that on Tuesday?

ANDY RODDICK: I assume so. There's only four matches, two on each day. I think they would be hard pressed to put us out on Hisense.

Q. Did you get the message if they do?

ANDY RODDICK: If they do, they do. You know what, I'm coming into this tournament and I'm not one of the guys that have to make a priority in the schedule right now. I understand that.

The other guys have deserved that spot so, I'm not ‑‑ I certainly don't feel like I'm entitled to anything. I just have to go back to work wherever it is.

Q. I was just kidding.

ANDY RODDICK: Me too, then.

Q. Did you get a chance to see a bit of the end of the match?

ANDY RODDICK: I didn't see much. When I came back in it was two breaks in the fifth. I saw the first set and the beginning of the second and that's pretty much it.

Q. Comments on the first set?

ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I was watching it extremely sparingly. I was getting ready for my match. Unfortunately for your column, that takes precedence over me watching Federer and Berdych.

Q. You guys all know that Berdych, if he has one of those days, he's pretty tricky, isn't he?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, the guy hits the ball a ton and he hardly looks like he's swinging and the ball's coming in heavy. He has weapons. If he comes out and swings, I mean, I think he's proven in the past. He has wins over pretty much everyone. He's certainly capable.

With him, I think it's just a matter of the consistency and doing it week to week.

Q. How about the pace of the courts here? Do you think they suit or don't suit you?

ANDY RODDICK: I can talk about the pace of court out there. I don't know. I don't know.

Q. There's a suggestion they're slower than they were.

ANDY RODDICK: They don't feel quick, that's for sure. That's kind of the nature of the way tennis has gone. You know, I've been saying it's become more and more about legs and running as opposed to kind of shot‑making and hitting the ball through the court.

That's pretty apparent, if you look at the Top 15, 20 in the rankings. So I'm not sure how this is still a surprising story.

Q. You were on Serena's website as one of her best all‑time wins. Can you clarify that for us?

ANDY RODDICK: Yes, I can, unfortunately. She always just gives me crap. Ask her about it. But she won't give me a rematch.

I saw her yesterday, and she walked on the court and started laughing because she knew I had probably seen it. I said, It wasn't fair. When we were ten, I had to literally run around in the shower to get wet. I was this big. She was bench pressing dump trucks already at that time. I told her that yesterday, and she got a good laugh. Any chance she gets she just does it to get under my skin, and she does it very successfully.

But, you know, however many some odd Wimbledon titles and they're like, What's your best match? I have a win over Andy Roddick. She forgets to mention that it was 1993.

Q. So a charity rematch might be in the cards?

ANDY RODDICK: I'd love to. Tell her to do it.

Q. She thinks now she's beaten everyone you've beaten.

ANDY RODDICK: Oh, yeah. She sat me down for five minutes yesterday and was going through her indirect wins. She was pretty excited. She didn't know I had two wins over Pete, so she was excited about that also. I wish I could deny it, but I would be lying if I tried to.

Q. Was it 6‑4 or 6‑1?

ANDY RODDICK: The score gets better for her also. She's good at not letting the truth get in the way of a good story sometimes. I think it was 6‑4.

Q. Explain your relationship with Legardčre. Are you going to be training there?

ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, he has a lot of entities. I think a lot of people are focusing on the tennis side of it. He has 250 some odd companies, so you can choose one if you want. I'm impressed by what he's done over in France. I'm not training in France. I think you guys know better than that.

But I'm intrigued. He's gone at it almost like a Formula One team. I think it would be interesting to try something like that in the States. I don't know how farfetched that is, but he loves tennis. I think the more you get guys who are passionate about the game and can probably do something about it, the better.

Q. It's a commercial relationship at this point?

ANDY RODDICK: Yes.

Q. Is there any advantage of spending just over a week on the outside courts?

ANDY RODDICK: Any advantage, or...

Q. Or disadvantage?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. It's a court. It's still the same game and same dimensions. I don't know if there is much of an advantage or disadvantage. Maybe if I had never played on Rod Laver you would want to get in there before you played a quarterfinal.

But I've played there a ton, day, night. It should be fine.

Q. Do you have any history with Venus?

ANDY RODDICK: No. She was way too good. I couldn't even be on the same court. It's great. I always enjoy seeing them do well. For literally about two and a half, three years we had three courts in Florida, and it was me, Serena and Venus.

Q. Where was that?

ANDY RODDICK: In Delray Beach there. It was pretty cool. We just spent hours and hours out there just playing. We all have done pretty well, and all three of those little kids out there got to No. 1, which is pretty cool.

I'm just happy for them. They're good girls. It's nice.

Q. The national tennis center?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. With Rick?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Clay court, bad weather, bad wind? The day you played Serena.

ANDY RODDICK: All of the above. Yeah.

Q. How do you think Serena will feel when you say she was lifting dump trucks?

ANDY RODDICK: I didn't say lifting, I said bench pressing, which is a testament to her strength. Don't twist it.

Q. Have you ever considered switching a racquet like Novak?

ANDY RODDICK: Probably not. I've been using my racquet for, you know, close to a decade now. I'm fine with it.

Q. What are the rewards of that kind of a change?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I've never done it.

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« Reply #315 on: January 27, 2009, 10:34:51 AM »
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Novak Djokovic’s hopes for a second straight Australian Open title ended under a broiling sun against Andy Roddick on Tuesday.

With ice packs and massages failing to provide relief, third-ranked Djokovic became increasingly woozy and was forced to retire while trailing 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1, allowing the seventh-seeded Roddick to move into the semifinals.

The 26-year-old American will face second-ranked Roger Federer, now within two victories of a record-tying 14th Grand Slam after routing No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 6-0, 6-0. Federer, with a 15-2 record against Roddick, ran off the last 13 games.

“Playing Andy is always nice,” the 27-year-old Federer said. “We’ve had some big matches over the years and it’s always a pleasure to play against him because he brings energy to the court with his serve and his character. It’s nice to play somebody my age. Everyone’s so young now.”
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Djokovic said he was cramping and sore, and “didn’t really have time to recover” from his previous match, which ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday.

“Conditions were extreme today. It did affect more on me than him, as you could see,” Djokovic said of temperatures that reached 95 degrees. “But, you know, that was the situation. I just have to cope with it. Really tried my best, but sometimes you can’t fight against your own body.”

Roddick, meanwhile, looked as fit as ever. After losing 15 pounds with a tough offseason workout regimen under new coach Larry Stefanki, he was quicker and his backhand stronger. The match left little doubt about the American’s stamina on another sweltering day with not a cloud in the sky.

“It’s rewarding to come out on a day like today, when it’s pretty hot, and feel pretty good. That’s what you do the work for,” Roddick said.



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Re: QUOTES ON, ABOUT, AND FROM ANDY RODDICK
« Reply #317 on: January 27, 2009, 10:44:39 AM »
Q. Not a satisfactory condition out there, but were you better prepared for the conditions, do you think?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, maybe. I don't know. I felt pretty good out there. I wasn't really feeling too much.

To be honest, from watching the news and everything yesterday, I thought it might be a little bit worse out there. But I'm just happy to be through.

Q. What worked well for you today?

ANDY RODDICK: I was pretty happy with everything. You know, I was leaving returns a little bit short in the first set, and fixed that. You know, he played a great first set. I finished that set thinking that I hadn't really done much badly.

I just kind of stayed the course. I felt pretty good.

Q. Do you feel as though you're getting into position for shots, that little step quicker at the moment, and therefore able to do what you want to do rather than responding to what other players are doing?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I noticed it a lot on the first ball. When they hit a return, I'm able to stabilize on that one, or at least get there a second quicker and at least neutralize that one. I'm not getting hurt on that ball as much, which helps.

When I get going, I'm able to kind of move a little bit, and that's nice also.

Q. Could we expect to see an Andy Roddick diet book coming out soon?

ANDY RODDICK: No, no. I don't write well.

Q. What about the Larry Stefanki effect. Obviously you've had a big difference.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, getting in better shape was his impetus. He kind of put me up to it. I think we have similar minds. We both like going to work and have a lot of same interests. We're kind of on par as far as our energy levels. We don't like sitting around being bored.

So you can only judge it on what we've done so far. It's been really good so far.

Q. You'll work through this year with him, 2009?

ANDY RODDICK: We have a three‑year contract.

Q. When did you notice that Novak was starting to struggle?

ANDY RODDICK: I didn't. I was kind of just playing my side of the court and I didn't notice until the umpire said that they had someone coming out to see him.

Q. You seemed to be getting up from the changeover before the umpire called time. Are you trying to put a little bit of mental pressure on him?

ANDY RODDICK: No, if you go and pretty much watch every match that I've played, I'm not good at sitting still. I'm normally up pretty quick.

Q. What do you think of the rule that allows the opponent, any player, to have a massage when they feel a little bit off and delay match?

ANDY RODDICK: I would disagree with it for ‑‑ if it's for ‑‑ let me preface this so no one twists it. Everything Novak did today was well within his rights and the rules. It's simply about my opinion of a rule.

I don't think you should be able to ‑‑ if you want to get something on a switchover for cramping, I think that would be okay. Actually, one of the trainers came and talked to me afterwards, and he said his idea, but you have to get it put through a council, is if you're going to take that for cramping, an extended break, make it a rule that you have to do it before your own serve. I thought that was a pretty well‑thought‑out idea.

But as for physical condition, it's very easy to say, you know, it's one injury, but you can get rubbed for a cramp ‑‑ I looked over and I was confused, because I thought it was one injury per timeout, and I saw a calf, a neck, and an arm. But I guess cramping is one condition.

There's obviously some wiggle room, a little bit of gray area there. Hopefully we'll be able to do something about it. I think the one that you have to take it before your own serve, and if you don't want to do that then you concede the game until it is your serve, I think that's a good idea.

Q. Do you feel like there is a question mark of his physical durability?

ANDY RODDICK: He's gotten through tough matches. Today just wasn't his day physically, I guess.

Q. In the game after you came off the break you made three double faults. Was it just a rhythm thing?

ANDY RODDICK: It's tough. Never mind the fact that your adrenaline's pumping. If you go for a 30‑minute run and sit down on a couch for 12 minutes and you get up and try to run quick, you feel terrible.

It's no different than when you're trying to get a rhythm on your serve and nerves are playing a part. It's not easy to get up and play right away after that.

Q. How much of what you've achieved here so far is to do with the self‑control that you seem to be showing out there? Good or bad, it doesn't seem to matter to you. Your reaction is very level and noncombustible.

ANDY RODDICK: Noncombustible? I love you English dudes. I don't know. I don't know how to put percentage points on how well I'm playing or compared to being in a little bit better shape compared to being noncombustible.

But I think when you get the combination going, it bodes well.

Q. How much of how you're playing and when you're playing better is four to five years of work trying to improve certain things, and how much of it is the last two months?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I don't know. I wish ‑‑ again, I wish I could break it down to 50% here, 50% there. I'm sure it's a combination of things. I'm sure that there has been two good months with Larry, and having a good result isn't coincidental.

But I don't know. I don't know how to divide the two. With me, they're all kind of under one roof.

Q. You already looked very confident in Doha. And now, of course, again, and even more. Did you go to Doha knowing that because you had done all this work it was going to be a good year, or did it come with the first few matches?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, there's ‑‑ you can be in great shape, but if you're not hitting the ball well it doesn't really matter. You have to give yourself an opportunity to kind of use it. I went into Doha excited and anxious. I felt prepared, but by no means did I automatically feel like I was entitled to playing well or anything of the sort.

The thing about our sport is you can constantly get knocked down. No one really cares about yesterday. You got to kind of prove yourself on a daily basis. So I try to come into this year knowing that and knowing that I've been ‑ still have been ‑ bumped down a couple of notches. Kind of just go at getting back there very workmanlike.

I didn't know if it was going to happen this fast, but I'm ready to keep at it.

Q. How did you feel about his decision to walk off?

ANDY RODDICK: Honestly, you know, at that point, you kind of ‑‑ obviously you know he's hurting. When you know he's hurting, all you want to do is just deliver that knockout blow.

You don't want to keep playing the game of wondering if he's going to do it or not or if he's close. Only he really knows. At that point, you don't want to see anybody go out, but I was happy that I was able to get the last break in there, the last blow. If anything, it just gives your piece of mind a little bit of a rest.

Q. You've been really consistent on the tour for a number of years. Been a long time since you've won a Grand Slam tournament. Has that kept you going, improving, really wanting to win another one?

ANDY RODDICK: Keeping going is a different thing. I'm 26 years old. What the hell else am I going to do with myself? Let's be honest. That's obviously the motivation behind it.

You know, I think the other thing is you just don't want to look back on the your career with regrets. As far as like an effort level or anything, I really haven't so far. I'd like to keep that intact.

Q. Talk about your next match. Set that up.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, obviously it's going to be really difficult either way. You're dealing with kind of an upstart that's extremely confident who you're going to see over the next year or two how good he's going to become.

Then you're dealing with a guy who's probably the greatest ever. It's intriguing either way. It really does me no real good to talk about it until I know. I'm happy to be having some dinner while they're playing tonight, though.

Q. You've had the experience of the monstrous early morning finishes here. How difficult is to finish a match at 2:00 or 3:00 and then have to come back and play less than 36 hours later?

ANDY RODDICK: It's hard. To be fair, it's very hard. And I've had to do it at the US Open probably more than anybody. You finish the match at 2:00 or 3:00, but if you want to take care of your body ‑‑ some people ‑‑ I'm not good at sleeping until 1:00 in the afternoon.

That night of sleep is suspect, at best. It's maybe three, four hours, and it limits what you can do the next day in practice. So it is very hard.

Q. Do you feel something should be done about that?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, my whole thing is ‑‑ my only suggestion would be ‑‑ and hopefully this will be well received ‑‑ if everything is equal all across the way, I feel like maybe the men should get the first match every once in a while during the first week of a Slam. If all things are equal, then I feel like the scheduling should be the same.

Q. I think 2003, '05, '07, and '09 you are in the semifinal here.

ANDY RODDICK: Uh‑huh.

Q. What do you think about it?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, that's extremely coincidental. Beyond that, I don't know what I got for you. I mean, if I ever play lotto, I'll be sure to bet on odd numbers.

Q. You've talked about facing Federer, and now it will be 18th time without playing matches on your own terms. Talk about playing matches on your terms and not on his terms. Talk about what exactly that would mean.

ANDY RODDICK: Well, you know, the thing about Roger, one of the things that makes him great, is he makes that very difficult. You know, I think it helps that I, you know, stopped a big streak against him last year in Miami. It's certainly not going to hurt at all.

I'm probably the least favored of anybody to make it to the semis here. I'm just going to keep going and keep my head down and keep working. I'm not going to get too excited. If it's him, great. Then you're going to have to deal with a lot of artillery, same with Del Potro. I'm just going to go about it and try to work through it.

Q. There is any phrase that Larry Stefanki keeps telling you that you never heard from Jimmy Connors?

ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, no.

Q. Something that surprised you?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, they're different. Nothing in particular. Jimmy did a lot for me, and Larry has so far as well. I'm appreciative of both of them.

Q. Talk about Roger in the last year or so.

ANDY RODDICK: Last year? Maybe last decade.

Q. If it turns out being him, is this a better chance for you than it has been in the past few years?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I was really happy to see Roger win the US Open last year. If I'm being frank with you guys, he was a lot classier in that press conference with everyone here than I would have been if I was in that position.

He has nothing to prove. He's the greatest. He's created quite an animal for himself, where if someone wins a set they're questioning his form. The guy made two finals, a semi, and won a Slam last year and people are saying he's off form. I think he deserves a lot more respect than that.

Q. When somebody walks off like that, does it in any way kind of deprive you of your moment?

ANDY RODDICK: No. It is what it is. That's sports. That's what makes it fun. There's no script. I'm extremely satisfied with what I've done so far in this tournament. How you get there is details.

Q. Did it make any difference for you that in the beginning of the tournament you were sort of under the radar, that everybody was talking about lots of other players. For you, inside, when you approach a tournament, any difference at all?

ANDY RODDICK: No, because I agreed with pretty much the sentiment of everybody else. The four guys that you're talking about are the four guys that deserve to be talked about. I said that from my first press conference here. And they still have put up better results than me recently.

This doesn't put me in that category with them again yet. I certainly wasn't bitter about it. I felt like that's what I deserved.

When you're coming in and you're 6 and 7 and you're not 1 or 2 anymore, that's fair. That's how it works. If you're going to enjoy the spoils when you are there, you have to kind of be aware of when you're not.

Q. Seemed like even when you were way off the court he was pushing you off and coming in and you were hitting the ball harder. Was that deliberate, or is it just on the day that you're a little bit in the zone and you feel like you can hit whatever you want to hit?

ANDY RODDICK: No, it's a little bit easier to hit the ball when you can reach it.

Q. Tell us what Novak said to you at the very end when he shook your hand.

ANDY RODDICK: No, I said ‑‑ I didn't know what was going on, if it was an injury or cramps. He just said the heat was a little much and he was starting to cramp a little bit. I said, I'm sorry that you didn't get a proper chance to defend. I told him I had a lot of respect for him. That was pretty much it.

Q. Were you consulted about whether it was an afternoon or night match?
ANDY RODDICK: No



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Re: QUOTES ON, ABOUT, AND FROM ANDY RODDICK
« Reply #318 on: January 27, 2009, 08:08:17 PM »
You need to read Roger's interview.  He was VERY complimentary towards Roddick.  He respects him a lot.

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Re: QUOTES ON, ABOUT, AND FROM ANDY RODDICK
« Reply #319 on: January 27, 2009, 11:21:19 PM »
What the frick do I have to do to get this thread to 17 pages? :cursing: