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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #200 on: June 17, 2008, 06:00:10 PM »
Roddick not by Roddick  from Steve Tignor on tennis.com

"The odd thing is that Nadal seemed to intimidate Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and final more than he did Kei Nishikori and Ivo Karlovic in earlier rounds; each extended him to three sets. But by the time he reached the weekend, Nadal had clearly reached deep into his opponents’ heads. From the beginning, Roddick looked tamed, subdued, unable to summon the cocky lack of respect that serves him so well against lesser players.

As these things tend to do, it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Roddick, after holding every one of his service games in his previous matches, was broken late in each set and went down in straights. It’s been noted on this blog in the past that Roddick has an exaggerated sense of pecking order: He hates when lower-ranked players challenge him, but he’s overly respectful to guys like Federer and Nadal. He can’t get outraged when they hit winners past him, and that robs him of a source of motivation. The most telling moment of his match with Nadal came fairly late in the second set. After losing a number of cat-and-mouse points around the net, Roddick finally got one to go his way, dropping a short backhand behind Nadal for a winner. When he saw the ball take a second bounce—it’s never over until it’s over against Rafa—Roddick turned toward the baseline, threw his arms in the air, and blew a few mock kisses to the crowd. “I finally won something against this guy,” was the message. It was a funny move, but it also revealed Roddick’s state of mind. He didn’t seriously think he had a shot, even though he had beaten Nadal just a few months ago in Dubai."

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #201 on: June 17, 2008, 10:36:16 PM »
That was my favorite moment from the match. :)



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #202 on: June 17, 2008, 10:38:12 PM »
That was my favorite moment from the match. :)
BGT, I see Djokovic vs. Roddick in the final of W.  :gleam:

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #203 on: June 17, 2008, 10:38:52 PM »
That was my favorite moment from the match. :)
BGT, I see Djokovic vs. Roddick in the final of W.  :gleam:

Then take off the shades....so you can see Roger... :innocent:

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #204 on: June 17, 2008, 10:41:30 PM »
That was my favorite moment from the match. :)
BGT, I see Djokovic vs. Roddick in the final of W.  :gleam:

Then take off the shades....so you can see Roger... :innocent:

I actually see Roddick vs Gasquet in a rematch of their quarterfinal except that ANDY is the one who comes from 2 sets and a break down. What do I need to take off? :rofl_2:



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #205 on: June 17, 2008, 10:43:53 PM »
That was my favorite moment from the match. :)
BGT, I see Djokovic vs. Roddick in the final of W.  :gleam:

Then take off the shades....so you can see Roger... :innocent:

I actually see Roddick vs Gasquet in a rematch of their quarterfinal except that ANDY is the one who comes from 2 sets and a break down. What do I need to take off? :rofl_2:

Now I can see that... (that is if Gasquet can even make it back to a QF with the way he has been playing.... but that's a possibility)....

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #206 on: June 17, 2008, 10:46:38 PM »
That was my favorite moment from the match. :)
BGT, I see Djokovic vs. Roddick in the final of W.  :gleam:

Then take off the shades....so you can see Roger... :innocent:

I actually see Roddick vs Gasquet in a rematch of their quarterfinal except that ANDY is the one who comes from 2 sets and a break down. What do I need to take off? :rofl_2:

You mean .. to distract Gasquet from the stands?  :innocent:


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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #207 on: June 17, 2008, 10:47:41 PM »
That was my favorite moment from the match. :)
BGT, I see Djokovic vs. Roddick in the final of W.  :gleam:

Then take off the shades....so you can see Roger... :innocent:

I actually see Roddick vs Gasquet in a rematch of their quarterfinal except that ANDY is the one who comes from 2 sets and a break down. What do I need to take off? :rofl_2:

You mean .. to distract Gasquet from the stands?  :innocent:

 :rofl_2: :rofl_2: OK, that was probably the funniest thing you've ever said. :shakey:



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #208 on: June 18, 2008, 07:00:29 PM »
"Someone asked me where the loo was, and I said, 'Lou who?' It took me a while to figure out they were talking about the bathroom."



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #209 on: June 21, 2008, 12:41:22 AM »
Back on Serve: Roddick getting over shoulder injury

LONDON—Andy Roddick does not have breakfast every morning with the memory of his quarterfinal loss to Richard Gasquet at last year's Wimbledon. On the other hand, he hasn't forgotten it, any more than he's forgotten the successes he's had: reaching the semifinal in 2003 and the final in 2004 and 2005.

He lost all three of those matches to Roger Federer, which may be part of why he responds with some exasperation to questions about whether Federer might be looking a little shaky this year.

"I don't think he's as dominant this year as he has been, but he's still been ridiculously good,” said Roddick at Queen’s. "The guy's won Wimbledon five times in a row. What else does he need to do? If that doesn't answer any questions, you know, hell, I must really suck if he's getting questioned about how he's feeling about grass."

Besides, Roddick points out, one of the years Federer won Wimbledon he lost in the third round at the French. As far as he’s concerned, suggestions that Federer's comprehensive loss in the French Open final might make him less formidable at Wimbledon are "irresponsible journalism."

“I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Roger's pretty mentally strong, you know, and is capable of overcoming a defeat to win a tennis tournament. He's still the favorite no matter how you look at it.”
 
Reflecting on the final that saw Federer win just four games against Nadal, Roddick said, “He had to play high risk. He might have gotten more games staying back and rallying with Rafa, but [Nadal] is the best in the world at that.

”People lose sight of the fact that he's making the final year after year on a surface that probably his least favorite.”
 
Roddick himself was coming into the grass sason as a four-time champion at Queen's Club, a compact but meticulously maintained site snugly tucked into West London streets full of urban terraced housing. But his campaign to win the event for the fifth time in six years came to a 7-5, 6-4end against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Still, Roddick was happy just to get in a full match to end the week.

After a win over Robby Ginepri in his opening match, Roddick played a one-hour tiebreak set against Mardy Fish before Fish retired with an ankle injury. He got a walkover in the quarterfinals when Andy Murray pulled out after spraining a thumb diving for a volley against French Open quarterfinalist Ernests Gulbis.

Having been out since Rome with a shoulder injury, Roddick considered whatever court time he did get to be vital preparation ahead of Wimbledon. “I got about what I wanted out of it. I was coming in short on practice,” he said. “I pulled up this week probably better than I expected.”

Going into Queen’s, he had limited himself to a hour of practice a day and had held back on his serves to limit the pressure on his shoulder. According to him, he spent the last month and half rehabbing the shoulder, playing Scrabble and "driving my fiancée crazy."

"I could be one of the top five most annoying people ever when they have to sit around and do nothing,” said Roddick.

Despite the interruption caused by shoulder injury, Roddick says he's feeling better going into Wimbledon than he has the last couple of years. "This year I've played some of the best stuff I have in the last couple [of times] when I've been on court, and there have been times this year where I played very well." At Dubai, he beat Nadal and Djokovic in succession on the way to winning the event, and at Miami he reversed a string of 11 consecutive defeats going back to 2003 and beat Federer in the quarterfinals.

His draw at Wimbledon has been kind - as the No. 6 seed, he could have met either Federer, Nadal or Djokovic in the quarters. Instead, Roddick has a good shot at the semifinals after being drawn with fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko, who doesn't have a great record on grass. There's also the possibility of an all-American Round of 16 match with James Blake, who was not on Roddick's shortlist of title contenders last week.

He doesn't rule himself out of going further. "If I had to pick five guys to win, I'd like to think of myself as one of those five,” he said. When pressed, he named six potential winners - Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, himself, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray.

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #210 on: June 21, 2008, 12:54:44 PM »
Back on Serve: Roddick getting over shoulder injury

LONDON—Andy Roddick does not have breakfast every morning with the memory of his quarterfinal loss to Richard Gasquet at last year's Wimbledon. On the other hand, he hasn't forgotten it, any more than he's forgotten the successes he's had: reaching the semifinal in 2003 and the final in 2004 and 2005.

He lost all three of those matches to Roger Federer, which may be part of why he responds with some exasperation to questions about whether Federer might be looking a little shaky this year.

"I don't think he's as dominant this year as he has been, but he's still been ridiculously good,” said Roddick at Queen’s. "The guy's won Wimbledon five times in a row. What else does he need to do? If that doesn't answer any questions, you know, hell, I must really suck if he's getting questioned about how he's feeling about grass."

Besides, Roddick points out, one of the years Federer won Wimbledon he lost in the third round at the French. As far as he’s concerned, suggestions that Federer's comprehensive loss in the French Open final might make him less formidable at Wimbledon are "irresponsible journalism."

“I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Roger's pretty mentally strong, you know, and is capable of overcoming a defeat to win a tennis tournament. He's still the favorite no matter how you look at it.”
 
Reflecting on the final that saw Federer win just four games against Nadal, Roddick said, “He had to play high risk. He might have gotten more games staying back and rallying with Rafa, but [Nadal] is the best in the world at that.

”People lose sight of the fact that he's making the final year after year on a surface that probably his least favorite.”
 
Roddick himself was coming into the grass sason as a four-time champion at Queen's Club, a compact but meticulously maintained site snugly tucked into West London streets full of urban terraced housing. But his campaign to win the event for the fifth time in six years came to a 7-5, 6-4end against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Still, Roddick was happy just to get in a full match to end the week.

After a win over Robby Ginepri in his opening match, Roddick played a one-hour tiebreak set against Mardy Fish before Fish retired with an ankle injury. He got a walkover in the quarterfinals when Andy Murray pulled out after spraining a thumb diving for a volley against French Open quarterfinalist Ernests Gulbis.

Having been out since Rome with a shoulder injury, Roddick considered whatever court time he did get to be vital preparation ahead of Wimbledon. “I got about what I wanted out of it. I was coming in short on practice,” he said. “I pulled up this week probably better than I expected.”

Going into Queen’s, he had limited himself to a hour of practice a day and had held back on his serves to limit the pressure on his shoulder. According to him, he spent the last month and half rehabbing the shoulder, playing Scrabble and "driving my fiancée crazy."

"I could be one of the top five most annoying people ever when they have to sit around and do nothing,” said Roddick.

Despite the interruption caused by shoulder injury, Roddick says he's feeling better going into Wimbledon than he has the last couple of years. "This year I've played some of the best stuff I have in the last couple [of times] when I've been on court, and there have been times this year where I played very well." At Dubai, he beat Nadal and Djokovic in succession on the way to winning the event, and at Miami he reversed a string of 11 consecutive defeats going back to 2003 and beat Federer in the quarterfinals.

His draw at Wimbledon has been kind - as the No. 6 seed, he could have met either Federer, Nadal or Djokovic in the quarters. Instead, Roddick has a good shot at the semifinals after being drawn with fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko, who doesn't have a great record on grass. There's also the possibility of an all-American Round of 16 match with James Blake, who was not on Roddick's shortlist of title contenders last week.

He doesn't rule himself out of going further. "If I had to pick five guys to win, I'd like to think of myself as one of those five,” he said. When pressed, he named six potential winners - Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, himself, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray.

I also had already posted this article in the Roger Federer thread... But I think it belongs here too.... :))

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #211 on: June 21, 2008, 01:45:27 PM »
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A. Roddick - 21 June
 
 
Saturday, 21 June, 2008


Pre-event interview with no.6 seed in the men's singles, Andy Roddick (USA)

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Andy Roddick.

Q. How is your preparation going? Feeling fit, where you want to be physically, mentally?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah (smiling). No, I feel okay. You know, I came out of Queen's healthy, which is what I wanted. Going in there I didn't really know what was going to happen. But, you know, I've been practicing here this week. It's been going okay. It's not perfect, but it's good enough.

Q. What's not perfect about it?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, doesn't feel as good as it should some days.

Q. Are you talking about the back?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, your question was all-inclusive, so I'm kind of going with my chi, my physical, mental, all that (smiling).

Q. How is your back?

ANDY RODDICK: Good. Yours (smiling)? No, I'm all right. I'm good.

Q. How do you see your chances this year?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, they're all right. I mean, obviously I think, you know, the three guys have established themselves as most consistent on tour this year, there's no question about that.

I think they're certainly the favourites, but I'd consider myself probably right after them.

Q. Do you buy into the notion that Roger is more vulnerable than he has been the last few years?

ANDY RODDICK: No. If I'm being honest with everybody, I got that question at Queen's. I think I got the question, Can Roger win Wimbledon? I found that to be one of the most ridiculous questions I've ever answered in my life. You know, he's won it five times. I'm not sure what else he has to do.

I don't think it would surprise anybody if he came in here and won this tournament. I think some other guys have started playing well. He probably hasn't been as sharp, but, you know, what's that? Losing three matches in a year? I don't think that happens forever.

But, I mean, he's still the favourite here until someone else proves otherwise.

Q. What did you make of the French Open final, the way he played that match?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, you know what, I was watching the commentary, and there's one way that Roger is going to beat Nadal on a clay court, and that's going after his shots. You're going to play high risk. It's going to be tough. If you're off, that's what's gonna happen.

Could he have gotten more games sitting back and being patient, doing that? Probably. But he wasn't going to win a tennis match doing that.

For all the people, he had to commit to a certain way, he had to play that way. He did that. No one was beating Rafa on clay this year. The way he was playing was probably the best tennis that's ever been played on a clay court.

For him to get just torched for trying something and kind of going after it, doing a game plan, having it not work, it's easy to say at the end of the day, if that didn't work, it's easy for us to sit here and say he should have done something different.

Q. What did you see out of Nadal from last week, and maybe the difference between that match and February I think it was the last time you played him? I know it was a different surface.

ANDY RODDICK: It was March. I mean, he's playing well. There's no doubt about that. I think grass helps his serve a lot, probably more so than a hard court. I didn't feel sharp. I felt like I was hanging on from the beginning of that match. I hadn't really played much. I went into that one probably knowing it was going to be an uphill battle with how match-sharp he was.

He feels comfortable on the surface. He's able to create big shots from odd angles, which you get a lot on this surface as well. We'll see. I'm sure he had a pretty light week this week. Everyone acts surprised he's playing well on grass. He made the Wimbledon final the last two years, so I'm not really that surprised.

Q. You're a pretty big basketball fan. Did you get to watch much of the NBA Finals? Were you a little bit surprised at the way the final game went? Knowing sports the way you do, does nothing surprise you?

ANDY RODDICK: I mean I was happy for Boston. I was happy for Garnett, the way he went about it. I was wrong. I had L.A. winning that series. I didn't get to watch many games because I was over here the whole time. They started at 2:00 2:30 in the morning. That was out of play.

I'm strictly going on box scores here. I'd have a hard time giving you much more than that.

Q. What is your comfort level here and at the US Open on a hard court? Can you compare the two? Are you more comfortable one place or the other?

ANDY RODDICK: I feel fine on both. I enjoy playing on a fast hard court and I enjoy playing on grass. I've done pretty well at both places.

That being said, they're two entirely different entities. This is kind of the old tradition. The Open is just kind of a free-for-all, wild and crazy thing. So there's a little bit of a different vibe to each of them. But I enjoy being at both places.

Q. What's your favourite thing about Wimbledon?

ANDY RODDICK: I love all the traditions. I love the all white. I love the no play on the middle Sunday. I love the stuff growing on the side of the walls. I love walking around. They meant for that to be there, right (smiling)?

Q. What's the worst thing about Wimbledon?

ANDY RODDICK: The worst thing? That I haven't won it yet.

Q. Did you have a chance to watch the golf last week? What are your thoughts on Tiger Woods, both what he accomplished and him being out now?

ANDY RODDICK: I think he's going to be a good golfer (laughter). I do.

Q. When an injury like that happens, every athlete, of course, is right on the edge. Your body is vulnerable. Do you give much thought that this could happen to you, somebody else?

ANDY RODDICK: I could walk with my shoulder the way it is. No, I mean, it was amazing. Especially, I think, learning kind of the extent of everything after the fact. But it was good drama when Goosen called him out and then he was actually hurt for the rest of the year. You guys have to admit, that was pretty good drama, right? I enjoyed that. That was like a soap opera.

But, no, I mean, you know someone's great when they kind of have all this stuff stacked against them and they're going into 18 down a stroke. I think there were four or five guys in our little area watching the TV, and all of them are going, He's going to win this. He's the favourite at this point. We literally had the discussion, who was the favourite at this point. It was him.

I don't know if anything he does surprises anybody any more, but there's no doubt that was a special performance. It was great TV, also.

Q. When you're playing sports, American football, people say they don't think of the possibility of an injury. You've had some hurt. Do you think it might happen to you, or do you try to ignore it and play the game?

ANDY RODDICK: I think if you go out there with a pre-existing injury, if you're gonna play through it, you probably either know that it's hopefully not going to make it worse to the point where it's gonna cause damage for, you know, a lot of time down the line.

Or, like in Tiger's case, you say, you know, we're going to let it all ride on this one thing and you just go.

I don't think if you're gonna play with an injury you can kind of be in between. If you're going to commit to playing something, I think you just have to do it.

Q. Were you disappointed at all with your seeding, considering your record here?

ANDY RODDICK: I was a little surprised. But at the end of the day, I deserve what I get. If I'm 6 in the world, they seed me 6, I can't really complain about anything. I don't know if it would have surprised me if I would have been bumped up, considering I've done pretty well on grass.

At the same time, I get it and I understand. I can't complain about not being seeded ahead of guys who are ranked ahead of me.

Q. We've seen a lot of great dirt-ballers not being able to translate their games to grass. I'm wondering if that's specific to Nadal, or is that something about the way grass is playing today versus 10 or 20 years ago?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I think both. Nadal's a different animal than people who you would call dirt-ballers. He's stronger. He's bigger. You know, he doesn't play kind of soft tennis. You know he kind of goes after it. He can bully the ball, also.

But, I mean, I think there's no doubt you've seen a lot more guys in the years -- you know, let's say in the '80s, '90s, whatever, you had one guy that maybe won from the baseline, and that was Andre in '92.

Now you kind of see it more and more and more and more and more, reasons for that? We could sit here and have a discussion. But, you know, I don't think it's coincidental that maybe it's slowed down and you see a lot more guys winning from the baseline.

Q. Do you feel like you need to be match tough, or are you a veteran now and you can go out there and do your work and you don't need three or four tournaments behind you?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I don't need three or four tournaments behind me. It is important for me to get my feet into this tournament. If I get to the point where I want to get in this tournament further on in the second week, I mean, getting through that first week should be plenty.


 
 

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #212 on: June 21, 2008, 01:52:57 PM »
Thanks Dallas,
Very interesting.
As usual I pay attention to what Andy, as a pretty good pro, says about other players but I heavily discount everything he says about himself.  We'll just have to see how it works out on court but on the whole I'm cautiously optimistic. He should get to the semis but after that  :confused1: .

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #213 on: June 21, 2008, 02:58:18 PM »
He SHOULD get to the semis but then again, he SHOULD HAVE gotten to the quarters/semis in Melbourne. ..-) Watch Andy go out to Schwank or Tipsy. :\



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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #214 on: June 21, 2008, 05:37:24 PM »
Here are some pics of Andy from his Facebook





My all-time favorite pic of him :lust: I fell in love with him after seeing this. I used to have a laminated copy hanging on my wall :rofl_2:




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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #215 on: June 21, 2008, 05:38:51 PM »
He SHOULD get to the semis but then again, he SHOULD HAVE gotten to the quarters/semis in Melbourne. ..-) Watch Andy go out to Schwank or Tipsy. :\

I would like to see a Roddick / Nadal match up at the Big W.  Just imagine if that was one semi and the other was Fed vs Djokovic.  It would be some serious tennis!!!
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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #216 on: June 21, 2008, 05:40:42 PM »
And, here's his recent updates on Facebook:

June 18th -- and greetings from london ha ha... had my first real day of pain free practice which is a huge plus and just in time. really enjoying being back around wimbledon... it really is the most amazing place in tennis and its always humbling to be a part of it

all the best!


and he said this:

well thank the lord that james edwards has come along and brought up those things that connors/gilbert/various other greatest coaches in the world forgot to tell me.... :)

in response to this kid:

While I am a massive fan of your game and you as a person I'd like to make a suggestion about your game play and would welcome feedback from anyone.
1) Your serve is the best in the game but that is no longer good enough. The players you have to beat are now used to it and this means that you are broken on occasion and lose matches.

2)Regardless your serve is amazing but you can no longer let it be your main strength on the court.

3) Your ground strokes, though much improved, are still not among the top 10 in the world meaning you struggle to break serves of your oponents and players like Nadal with weaker serves find it easier to hold their service games than you do.

4) Therefore I propose that you leave your serve in training (except prior to matches) as I am confident that if you left youre serve for 2 years you could come back and serve well and this is much shorter term.

5) All of your training goes toward ground strokes and long rallies from the back until you are..

competitive

6) you really focus on your match plans... against gasquet u focused on attacking his back hand and coming in... why?!?!? he rinsed you and you lost a 2 set lead... against nadal you attacked his forehand and sometimes came in?!?! is it just me who sees the flaws in this?

7) When on clay... relish the long rallies as you will be facing more and more of these on grass where styles like nadals are taking over.

8) remember that youre style can easily break down great games like nadals at the moment if you held serve and then played in every set tie breakers where your record is highly positive but that if you develop the other aspects of your game ou could easily break serve not just hold yours....

Id appreciate comments and criticism form what people think. I may ofc ourse have got it all wrong and Id liket o know other views

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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #217 on: June 21, 2008, 05:52:14 PM »
Haha I love andy, hes so casual and funny. Thanks for the videos, they were hilarious!
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Re: Quotes on, about, and from Andy Roddick
« Reply #218 on: June 21, 2008, 06:53:52 PM »
From Tennis Channel Page:  Watch out ball-kids!  Andy will be Andy   :lmao: .  JMac has it pretty right.  :))

Despite tantrum, Roddick ready for Wimbledon
6/21/2008 3:08:00 PM


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -A frustrated Andy Roddick threw his racket at a garbage can Saturday, which may or may not have been a commentary on the state of his game.

``I hate myself,'' he muttered a few points later during a practice match at Wimbledon. ``I just can't stand myself.''

Roddick was runner-up to Roger Federer in 2004 and 2005, but this year he's seeded only sixth and considered a darkhorse when the tournament starts Monday. Given Rafael Nadal's improvement on grass and the emergence of Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, Roddick faces more potential obstacles than ever at Wimbledon.

``The three guys have established themselves as most consistent on tour this year,'' Roddick said. ``They're certainly the favorites, but I'd consider myself probably right after them.''

Roddick has beaten all three this year, but a shoulder injury curtailed his recent schedule. He missed the French Open, then reached the semifinals on grass at Queen's Club in London last week before losing to Nadal.

``I feel OK,'' Roddick said, sounding less than confident. ``I came out of Queen's healthy, which is what I wanted. Going in there I didn't really know what was going to happen. But I've been practicing here this week. It has been going OK. It's not perfect ... doesn't feel as good as it should some days.''

Roddick, who won his only major title at the U.S. Open in 2003, has advanced to the second week at Wimbledon four of the past five years. The grass at the All England Club is slower than it was in the 1990s, but it's still a surface favorable to big servers, and Roddick ranks second on the men's tour this year with 380 aces.

That makes Roddick impossible to rule out, even if he's a long shot to win the title.

``When it comes to grass, he's got the hardest serve I've ever seen anyone hit,'' three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said. ``He's got a very loose arm; he's got that huge forehand. So he's got that puncher's chance to win another major. Most guys can't say that.''

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Re: QUOTES ON, ABOUT, AND FROM ANDY RODDICK
« Reply #219 on: June 21, 2008, 10:04:48 PM »
I saw that article... I read the first couple of lines and I was confused about why he did that. :(