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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #160 on: March 24, 2008, 07:56:39 PM »
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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #161 on: March 24, 2008, 08:52:05 PM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #162 on: March 24, 2008, 09:15:08 PM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))
He'll think even more if Isner beats Fed in Round 2, Miami , Dallas.
(But let it not be  :scared: )
However, the verbal abuse is being saved for Tsonga.  :argue:

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #163 on: March 24, 2008, 09:17:00 PM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))
He'll think even more if Isner beats Fed in Round 2, Miami , Dallas.
(But let it not be  :scared: )
However, the verbal abuse is being saved for Tsonga.  :argue:

Oh noooooooooooooooo that won't do...... I can't bare to think that! :scared:

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #164 on: March 24, 2008, 10:52:10 PM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))

 :rofl_2:  I am thinking the same thing Dallas.  I bet he doesnt believe it. Heck, I dont think Fish believes it yet either.

But, next time when they get to play, Roddick will definitely try to win, but I have a feeling that Fed will try to win too.








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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #165 on: March 24, 2008, 10:54:43 PM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))

 :rofl_2:  I am thinking the same thing Dallas.  I bet he doesnt believe it. Heck, I dont think Fish believes it yet either.

But, next time when they get to play, Roddick will definitely try to win, but I have a feeling that Fed will try to win too.


Duh... :confused1: :rofl_2:  Heck, the next time Roger plays FISH, I expect a different result! :))







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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #166 on: March 25, 2008, 01:53:34 AM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))

 :rofl_2:  I am thinking the same thing Dallas.  I bet he doesnt believe it. Heck, I dont think Fish believes it yet either.

But, next time when they get to play, Roddick will definitely try to win, but I have a feeling that Fed will try to win too.


Duh... :confused1: :rofl_2:  Heck, the next time Roger plays FISH, I expect a different result! :))







I do too Dallas! I can see Fed getting a set next time  :rofl_2:
Sorry Dallas I had to go for that one  ;-()
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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #167 on: March 25, 2008, 09:47:42 AM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))

 :rofl_2:  I am thinking the same thing Dallas.  I bet he doesnt believe it. Heck, I dont think Fish believes it yet either.

But, next time when they get to play, Roddick will definitely try to win, but I have a feeling that Fed will try to win too.


Duh... :confused1: :rofl_2:  Heck, the next time Roger plays FISH, I expect a different result! :))







I do too Dallas! I can see Fed getting a set next time  :rofl_2:
Sorry Dallas I had to go for that one  ;-()

Not you too! :upside down: :bang-head: :shut-up: :hammer: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #168 on: March 25, 2008, 03:29:03 PM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))

 :rofl_2:  I am thinking the same thing Dallas.  I bet he doesnt believe it. Heck, I dont think Fish believes it yet either.

But, next time when they get to play, Roddick will definitely try to win, but I have a feeling that Fed will try to win too.


Duh... :confused1: :rofl_2:  Heck, the next time Roger plays FISH, I expect a different result! :))







I do too Dallas! I can see Fed getting a set next time  :rofl_2:
Sorry Dallas I had to go for that one  ;-()

Not you too! :upside down: :bang-head: :shut-up: :hammer: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

I'm very sorry  :innocent: I just saw that as one I had to join in  :)~ I won't do it again, I hope your man gets back on track very soon and allows you the chance to give everything back you've taken very well on the chin these past couple of months  :) You're also an absolute STAR whenever Maria loses or what not  :friends: so you won't be getting anymore wise cracks from me for a while  :innocent:
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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #169 on: March 25, 2008, 07:08:54 PM »
I wonder what Roddick thinks now that Fish has beaten Roger and Roddick has been trying so hard since 2003? :))

 :rofl_2:  I am thinking the same thing Dallas.  I bet he doesnt believe it. Heck, I dont think Fish believes it yet either.

But, next time when they get to play, Roddick will definitely try to win, but I have a feeling that Fed will try to win too.


Duh... :confused1: :rofl_2:  Heck, the next time Roger plays FISH, I expect a different result! :))







I do too Dallas! I can see Fed getting a set next time  :rofl_2:
Sorry Dallas I had to go for that one  ;-()

Not you too! :upside down: :bang-head: :shut-up: :hammer: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

I'm very sorry  :innocent: I just saw that as one I had to join in  :)~ I won't do it again, I hope your man gets back on track very soon and allows you the chance to give everything back you've taken very well on the chin these past couple of months  :) You're also an absolute STAR whenever Maria loses or what not  :friends: so you won't be getting anymore wise cracks from me for a while  :innocent:

No problem.  I can take whatever is thrown out...It's all fun. :))

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #170 on: April 02, 2008, 02:42:46 PM »
April 1st

hey all!! hope all is well. i am just sitting in the hotel now, just hanging out getting ready for the match tonight against bennetau... thanks for al the well wishes on our engagement. we are both very happy and excited. i have to admit all the attention in a bit suprising. we have been laughing at some of the stuff we have seen. supposedly she is pregnant and i didnt bother to tell my friends and family about the engagement... ha ha... i mean really? truth is, it happened two weeks ago after indian wells. i was planning on doing it in april during some off time, but had the ring and couldn't wait!! my mom knew i was going to do it for a couple months before and couldnt be happier.... all this gossip and stuff is out of my comfort zone, and i just dont get it really .... anyways, i am focused on the tennis tournament this week, and wanna advance against bennetau tonight... thanks again for your support



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #171 on: April 02, 2008, 05:45:30 PM »
April 1st

hey all!! hope all is well. i am just sitting in the hotel now, just hanging out getting ready for the match tonight against bennetau... thanks for al the well wishes on our engagement. we are both very happy and excited. i have to admit all the attention in a bit suprising. we have been laughing at some of the stuff we have seen. supposedly she is pregnant and i didnt bother to tell my friends and family about the engagement... ha ha... i mean really? truth is, it happened two weeks ago after indian wells. i was planning on doing it in april during some off time, but had the ring and couldn't wait!! my mom knew i was going to do it for a couple months before and couldnt be happier.... all this gossip and stuff is out of my comfort zone, and i just dont get it really .... anyways, i am focused on the tennis tournament this week, and wanna advance against bennetau tonight... thanks again for your support


Join the crowd.  We Federer fans have heard that Mirka is pregnant and has been for years!  So tell Roddick to get ready for all these speculations and rumors between the 2 of them from now on out.  That's just the way it goes, apparently... :rofl_2:

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #172 on: April 03, 2008, 11:36:58 PM »
A. RODDICK/R. Federer
           
7‑6, 4‑6, 6‑3
           
An interview with:
           
ANDY RODDICK
           
 
            THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
 
            Q. Great evening, Andy. What, besides the score, pleased you the most about what you did?
            ANDY RODDICK: I thought I stood the course mentally pretty well. I feel like, you know, for the second set and a lot of the third he was ‑‑ he was starting to play pretty well, starting to hit that first ball.
            I think he might have missed ‑‑ I think he had one unforced errors in the second set, and I kind of just tried to stay there. I didn't get discouraged, I didn't, I don't know. I just stayed in there mentally, which was a good thing.
 
            Q. You did say you'd hang around until you beat him. Here it is.
            ANDY RODDICK: I'm just glad I have a little hair left.
 
            Q. How encouraging is it, in all seriousness, to actually put an end to this run that everyone kept popping off about?
            ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's nice. You know, and to kind of build on Dubai and to have wins over 1, 2, 3 in the world early in the season is a good thing. It's probably what's been missing the last two, three years, so it is encouraging.
 
            Q. Does this mean that you're now ‑‑ I mean, maybe giving yourself more chance again of winning Slams and moving up to the top positions of the leading boards?
            ANDY RODDICK: Well, unlike most, I don't think I ever gave up on having a chance to win a Slam. That's why I came to work even in the rough moments of the, you know, the days after Roger had beaten me.
            I told you guys I'd get up and keep going, and that's so you give yourself an opportunity to, you know, for feelings like tonight after you win.
            That's, you know, definitely not going to hurt my chances.
 
            Q. Were you stunned? I know you are were on the other side of the court, to see him unravel like he did in that little string at the end there?
            ANDY RODDICK: Yes and no. I figure I was due. He hadn't missed a ball in a crucial moment for about six years against me. I figured the law of statistics had to come my way eventually.
 
            Q. Your body language had a lot of relief. Is that a fair statement?
            ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, that's a very fair statement. Especially after that first match point where had that one and I jumped that much too early.
            I was wishing after that one I was just a little bit more athletic. But coming from 40‑Love to 40‑30, that's ‑‑ it felt like I was still a long ways away, so I probably was relieved.
 
            Q. You had 11 straight points to get to that 40‑Love lead.
            ANDY RODDICK: I did? That's good.
 
            Q. I was going to ask you, three match points got away. What was going through your mind as you were getting ready to serve that last one?
            ANDY RODDICK: Please hit a big serve. Hit a big serve and let it be done. I was telling myself when I step up to the line, You have an opportunity for this to be over in about two‑and‑a‑half seconds. Let's try our best to make one.
            I didn't play bad points on the two that I lost, but I didn't put big serves in like I had been doing all night. I didn't want to give him a look at a second serve, because he's able create off that.
 
            Q. Did that feel like a final? It looked like a final.
            ANDY RODDICK: It did until I went into the locker room and the guy said, You're playing at 7:00 tomorrow. And then it didn't anymore. Because you normally don't have to play at 7:00 the next night after a final.
 
            Q. You talked about the mental aspect of the game. Does your current satisfaction with your personal life translate to confidence on the court?
            ANDY RODDICK: I knew it was either going to go one way or the other. Either the engagement was going to be the end of me or ‑‑ if I would have lost the first round, or the reason I beat Roger tonight. I think it's somewhere in the middle.
            I think being happy and content off the court is only going to help in my mind.
 
            Q. Clearly you're aware he hasn't reached a final this year. When you're in a semi under those circumstances and you get yourself into a position to perhaps beat him, does that click in, do you think? No?
            ANDY RODDICK: I didn't think of what year he was having at all tonight. That didn't...
 
            Q. Just the year you were having?
            ANDY RODDICK: Our history goes a lot further back than three tournaments he's played this year. I didn't really think about it at all. I wasn't really feeling much sympathy for him at that moment.
 
            Q. You've been very complimentary and respectful of Jimmy Connors, especially talking about how he's helped your backhand. Do you take even more pride in this accomplishment that you did it with just your brother in your corner?
            ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. To be honest, I hadn't really thought about it until you just said something. You know, I know there are some journalists to write a story about why Jimmy and I break up and then head for the hills and don't show up for the next tournament.
            I think that's kind of cowardly, but I promise you, Jimmy and I are still on great terms. Like I said, I'm just thankful for the time he did give me, but I don't know if that adds to the satisfaction. I'm just happy because I beat Roger.
 
            Q. Did you feel to date it was the best to serve against him or that his return was not as sharp as it used to be?
            ANDY RODDICK: That's probably the best I've served against him. I hit my second serve pretty well, also. Like I said, I just kind of stayed the course from the baseline. I don't know if I tried to overplay. I mixed it up when I was coming in and when I was staying back.
            I didn't have one game plan and commit to it the whole time and bang my head against the wall, which I guess was good.
            But I served really well. I mean, I served 75%, and I was ‑‑ my arm was alive tonight and I was getting pretty good action on it. That's something that he would probably answer better than I would, but I know that I served pretty well.
 
            Q. Was he giving you sleepless nights with this streak?
            ANDY RODDICK: Sleepless nights? No. Luckily I think I've always been able to separate tennis and life, and in the grand scheme of things I've never once felt sorry for myself or said that, you know, I live a blessed existence.
            I get to wake up and play tennis in the morning, and my by biggest problem is losing to the best player possibly ever, that's still better than most people's.
 
            Q. You've always said that you go on the court every time thinking you have a chance to win. How much more does an actual win push that need for the next time?
            ANDY RODDICK: It's definitely not going to hurt, you know. Who knows? I could go out ‑‑ I could go out and very easily lose to him next time. It's going to help, but to be honest, I haven't thought about the next time yet.
            I'm probably going to enjoy this one tonight and try to come out and make a final tomorrow.
 
            Q. At what stage did you feel that Roger was beatable today? I mean, obviously last week you witnessed Mardy beating him in Indian Wells. At what stage did you feel Roger was beatable today?
            ANDY RODDICK: I don't know if it's just today. I know if I ‑‑ you know, last year at the Open I played about as well as I could, and if he doesn't stick a return off a 140 serve on the line, I know there's always a chance.
            I'd be lying if I said I wasn't encouraged by Mardy's result last week. I had got home from a long kind of a day of practice, and I had just gotten off the phone with Mardy's fiancée. She was going nuts, and I parked my car and went out again and went for another run because I think I was excited and optimistic.
            I had a sudden burst of energy and kind of ran till the sun went down because I was starting to feel, you know, hopeful and I was happy for Mardy.
            You know, so I was probably encouraged by that result.
 
            Q. You probably envisioned in your mind many times what that would feel like to finally, after so many times, beat him. What exactly were you feeling? You had one moment there they were showing your face close on TV where you just really seemed like, you know, maybe not on the verge of sobbing but pretty emotional?
            ANDY RODDICK: I don't sob.
 
            Q. What were you feeling? I've seen you sob?
            ANDY RODDICK: Okay, so I sobbed a little. I don't know. I was just ‑‑ you know, I think I was pretty relieved and happy and, you know, I saw my box and they were ‑‑ I think they were relieved and happy.
            You know, my brother and my agent, they've seen me lose to him a lot of times and they shared a lot of nights with me afterwards where they were trying to convince me I'm going to beat him one time. I was happy for them, too.
            I don't know how to explain it. That's what you wake up for. That's what you go to the practice court for. You can have the low moments, but those kind of ‑‑ those 10, 15 seconds after a big win probably make up for a lot of bad days. Maybe not all of them, but, you know, that's ‑‑ I think that's what you play for.
 
            Q. Given the frustration narrative, you know, you get in a position to win, have to be pretty tough position to handle mentally what potentially could have been, but you take it totally with the...
            ANDY RODDICK: Well, it was. I sat down afterwards and my hands were shaking a little. I've been a point away before. You know, so, I got to 5‑3 and I just kind of tried to pretend ‑‑ I was literally trying to pretend that nothing had just happened.
            Go up and serve the ball and at least try to hit a couple of big serves and kind of do what I had been doing all night and it's easier said than done, but I was able to put a couple of big first serves in and that helped a lot.
 
            Q. In the break game, 3‑4, Federer serving, third set looked like it was a couple of inches off the ground. Did you have a sense after you hit that shot that maybe this was the game where it's finally going to get him?
            ANDY RODDICK: It's a big difference playing Love‑15 and 15‑Love. Roger rarely loses a lead in a game or in a match. He plays from the front about as well as anybody I've ever seen.
            It just makes that next point so much tougher being down Love‑30, you know, been there. So I wanted to put an emphasis on winning the first point, and I didn't know if I was going to make that shot.
            I kind of just flipped it up there and it found a piece of the court that wasn't out, which was nice of it. You know, I don't think you get overly excited when you're Love‑15 but you're closer to Love‑30.
 
            Q. How low was that ball when you hit it?
            ANDY RODDICK: It was low. (laughter.)
 
            Q. How good are the lights here? Roger was saying because they're kind of low on the court, it's a different sort of perspective of the players. Where we sit they look duller than some courts. Is it any different for you guys?
            ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, they sit a little different. You know, I think you can still see the ball, and I think he's won a lot of matches under those lights over the years. I don't think they were any dimmer than years past.
 
            Q. Can you describe how, what role John has played in helping you hang in, especially with this particular opponent and keep yourself belief?
            ANDY RODDICK: Well, you know, he's ‑‑ he's just been there through them all, even before he was traveling with me, he had seen a couple of Wimbledon finals and he ‑‑ you know, to his credit, I don't know if he ever really gave up, you know.
            I think he always believed that, maybe more so than me at times, that it would happen, you know. So he ‑‑ he does his research, watches the matches and he checks them out and he stays here, you know, late and he's kind of like a court rat sometimes doing research and even watching ‑‑ if he's seen the guy play a week before he's came out and ‑‑ he's seen Roger play a million times, but he's still there maybe seeing what tendencies he's playing to right now.
            So he's played a huge role in it.
 
            Q. Do you feel that tonight you were stronger mentally than of the both players?
            ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I don't know if I was stronger. I know it was ‑‑ it was a good match mentally for me. It was probably the best part of it for me.
            You know, even when I got beaten at 4‑All and felt like the tides were turned and all, I felt like I was able to hang on, maybe 1‑All I had a tough game in the third set and stuck to it after I missed a pretty easy ball. That was probably a big difference for me tonight.
 
            Q. Was this one of those zone nights with your serve where you felt you could crash anything in there?
            ANDY RODDICK: You know, contrary to what the stats say and how it looks when you play, I don't know if you ever, in that situation, feel like, oh, gosh, you know what? I'm probably just going to breeze through the next service game. Hope I make first serves here that would be great.
 
            Q. If you would focus on your record against Roger going into the match, do you see those reports? What was your attitude going into the match?
            ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, you know, I'm as aware of it as anybody. You know, I've been through them. I don't just look at a piece of paper. I've actually lived those matches, so I'm aware of it. You know, let's not act like ‑‑ I'm not going to sit here and act like all of a sudden I've fixed the problem. I think I'm batting 2 for 16. Still pretty crappy, it's a little less crappy.



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #173 on: April 04, 2008, 07:49:55 AM »
http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/

BGT i was checking some tennis blogs. cam across this. check it out since this is your player.
I just couldn't resist clicking on that link..... :head-smack:
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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #174 on: April 04, 2008, 07:53:06 AM »
http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/

BGT i was checking some tennis blogs. cam across this. check it out since this is your player.
I just couldn't resist clicking on that link..... :head-smack:


Lol, I was wondering about the name of that site too...

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #175 on: April 04, 2008, 08:11:38 AM »
Thanks for posting the interview BGT!
My wife and I were cheering for Andy the whole match, lots of great points for both players!
Surely it's a happy day for you!  Onward to the semis! :))
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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #176 on: May 24, 2008, 01:06:40 PM »
The following was posted last Friday on tennis.com by Peter Bodo. It's a bit obsequious   :worthy:, but otherwise fair.

A couple of interesting things. He was told that the current shoulder problem is a small self-healing muscle tear. But along the lines I wrote in the neighboring thread 

Quite frankly, I never trust anything that is said by Andy or his team for public or fan consumption. One frequently comes across statements that were cleary disingenuous in the light of later knowledge whether they concern his game, his coaches, his medical condition, or even his romantic life. Its all PR.  ..-)
One can only go by what one sees and in the photo I saw he was clearly in pain in the right shoulder. We'll just have to wait to see how he looks on grass to know how serious it was.


it was interesting to learn that he and Connors had effectively broken up at the time of the Australian Open even though the parting of the ways was not announced until more than a month later.  I expect it took a while to arrange formalities.  :\

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Man Rising 
Posted 05/23/2008 @ 3 :31 PM
 
 Howdy. Well, I have disappointing news for those of you who might be expecting me to report that when I met up with Andy Roddick yesterday evening he showed up in baseball cap worn backwards, proceeded to throw down 16 beers, dragged me off to a strip club, and insisted we finish the night harassing vapid young models on the dance floor of Tejeune, the chic hotspot in Manhattan's meatpacking district.

I was walking down Lexington Avenue toward the Gramercy Park hotel when I saw a tall guy in a gray overcoat jaywalking just ahead. He was wearing headphones so when I called out "Andy?", he didnt hear me. I adjusted my volume control and tried again. This time he turned around. It was indeed Roddick.

It occurred to me that if I were not a tennis fan and had to guess his occupation from his looks and bearing, I would have ventured film maker, or maybe successful, no-nonsense entrepreneur in some digital enterprise where casual but tasteful, understated, dress is the norm. If you're one of those readers who insists seeing Andy as a frat boy, all I can say is that in civilian life the vibe he exudes is anything but. Sure, he's big, raw-boned, handsome in a clean-cut way; but that doesn't always add up to "knucklehead" unless you're hell bent on seeing it that way.

We greeted each other and made for the hotel. On the way, Andy told me he was relieved to learn that his shoulder problem was a small muscle tear, and all it required was a bit of rest. Upon walking into the hotel and checking out the bar, I was worried about the ambient noise (I would be using a tape recorder). So we wandered away and found a great spot to talk - an arrangement of plush sofas and chairs facing a fireplace. While we were engaged, an attendant came and added wood to the fire. The GPH is an elegant joint; one thing I particularly liked was that the pillars near where we sat were faced in horizontal planks of a rich, dark brown wood. You don't often get such a pleasant mixture or rustic and elegant.

Many of you know that I'm fond of Andy and enjoy what I'd call a cordial relationship with him. For one thing, he's an appealing combination of bright and sincere, and if he has an edge, at times, so what? That comes with the territory of having the self-confidence to ignore the impulse to self-edit. It's also respectful, which always grows out of humility. It's not that hard for the Roddicks of this world to feel so superior and entitled that anything not directly related to their aggrandizement is seen as a chore, a hassle, an imposition - something to be done as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Does Andy know that it's in his best interest to have good public relations? Of course he does - how could he not? But that doesn't mean he does things solely because he seeks good public relations, or that he doesn't exhibit certain qualities irrespective of how they affect his persona.

You may wonder why it's a pleasure for me to have that kind of relationship with my subjects (and I've managed to have quite a few like that, partly because of having covered tennis since before it became so associated with celebrity). Is it some groupie gene? Some bizarre vicarious thrill? Sheer if absurd ego-reinforcement?

Nah. It's because like all of you, I prefer to have "authentic" and satisfying relationships with the people I deal with at work. If you want to know just how difficult that can be in the age of the athlete-as-celebrity, read this piece, at Slate. And even if you couldn't care less about some sportswriter's lament, there's a four-word quote from Tom Seaver in there that makes reading the whole piece worth it. The comment is already enshrined along with all those quips by Goran Ivanisevic, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jelena Jankovic et al in my personal quotation hall-of-fame.

Anyway, my main mission in talking with Andy was U.S. Open related, and most of the material I gathered will be used in Tennis magazine's September issue. However, I thought you might like a taste of it. We may also use some of the material next week, probably in an update on Roddick that will run on the home page (Tennis.com).

I mentioned Roddick's basic respect for others earlier; that respect extends to rival like Roger Federer, whom he respects in a more basic and realistic way than you might expect from someone who's so often been thumped and denied moments of glory by Federer. This is not cursory, mail-it-in appreciation.

"Nothing has changed this year as far as what Roger can do with a racket in his hand," Andy said, when I asked if he felt that Federer is more vulnerable now than in the past. "If you have the theoretical big point to play and one guy to play it, you want the racket in his hand. And I know from experience that having to talk about a 'slump', or being asked if you're 'struggling' every single day takes its toll. It's impossible not to start thinking about that stuff.

"If Roger didn't have to hear or be asked about struggling, I don't think he'd give the idea a second thought. I honestly believe that. But how tough is it if you're playing a Masters Series final and, when you lose, people ask 'what's wrong?'  It's quit a monster he's created for himself. Look, he gets to the semfinal of a Slam and loses to the guy who wins the tournament and people are talking about it with, almost with. . . disgust. I don't think Pete Sampras ever had to deal with that. Wimbledon was different, but Pete could lose to someone in Paris, or Melbourne, and nobody said much. Roger, the guy's won four or five Masters titles on clay, he gets it every time he loses a match. Roger is unlike anything we've ever seen in men's tennis."

That was an interesting way to put it, I thought. And speaking of that Grand Slam (the last Australian Open) where Roger lost in the semis, you'll recall that Roddick was upset in Melbourne in the third round, and caused a sensation when he berated an umpire. Of that incident, he said, "In Australia, I wanted to win so bad that I was driving myself crazy (Roddick had just severed his relationship with Jimmy Connors, which put him under a certain amount of pressure to perform). And it showed up, with that incident with the umpire - the general way I handled that loss and all that.

"Since then, though, I've settled down and gone about my business. And just when thing were going badly, up comes Dubai (where Roddick beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in back-to-back matches before winning the title) and everything starts to click. The whole thing - confidence, expectations, pressure - it works in weird ways, and I don't have an explanation for it. But I'm not sure I would have won that match with Roger in Miami if I didn't have Dubai in the background."

Andy said he was really disappointed to miss the clay-court season, and said of his game on clay:

"The big thing for me is that when I play well on clay, I really feel I can win matches. It's that middle ground that hurts me, where I'm playing so-so, but on hard courts I can slime out a match 6-4,7-5, with one break here and there against a guy ranked no. 40 in the world. On clay, if I'm just playing average against a guy like that it can go either way.

"This year, I was playing well, I was moving well, mixing it up, playing the right shots at the right times. So I was really looking forward to the French Open. Any other year, a part of me would have been relieved about missing Paris. Not this year. I might have gone there and won the matches I'm supposed to win, and then you just see what happens when you come up against someone who's more of a clay specialist."

We went on to talk about subjects like Davis Cup and the assignment facing Roddick at the U.S. Open, but I'll leave it at that for now. After our interview, we walked up Lexington together a little way and shook hands, wishing each other well.

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #177 on: May 24, 2008, 01:28:32 PM »
You seem to be quite the Andy fanatic lately. :))



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #178 on: May 24, 2008, 01:45:33 PM »
You seem to be quite the Andy fanatic lately. :))

Fan maybe, but not fanatic. I think he is at last growing up!  ...and I do think he played well in Rome.
But BGT, you seem to be deserting the cause. I thought his avatar was there for the year!  :)

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #179 on: May 24, 2008, 02:37:03 PM »
You seem to be quite the Andy fanatic lately. :))

Fan maybe, but not fanatic. I think he is at last growing up!  ...and I do think he played well in Rome.
But BGT, you seem to be deserting the cause. I thought his avatar was there for the year!  :)

Yeah, I'm fickle. :) Besides, Andy has never looked like that in a photo. :wub: