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06/23/2011

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Ricke

So you are insinuating Roddick doesn't work on his backhand? Connors helped him with the down the line shot and he has also developed the low back hand slice with good success. I don't know why he doesn't hit his two hander very well, but I am sure his coaches have tried to fix it. Roddick is a hard worker, of this I have no doubt.

Growltiger

I thought Roddick had more than one weakness, one of which was his serve. WAIT. What I mean is his serve was such a great shot that until he ran into people like Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, he could usually count on winning with just his phenomenal serve. That gave him such an advantage over everyone else that he didn't have to focus on groundies, return of serve or volley until later in his career when it's harder to change.

He was beaten today by Deliciano, big shock to me. I thought this might be Andy's year to get back in the game.

M

So you mean not necessarily his serve, but his reliance on it to the extent of not fully developing more weapons.

"That gave him such an advantage over everyone else that he didn't have to focus on groundies, return of serve or volley until later in his career when it's harder to change."

I think that I do agree with to an extent, though I think he did a lot of work improving things with Stefanki starting in 09, and am in full agreement with Ricke about his being a hard worker.

(Everybody has some arrogance/stubbornness to overcome -- especially when they think what they're doing is still working for them ... or they don't think it'll ever stop. Look how long it took Roger to expand his team.)

Also, full credit to Feli -- A-Rod certainly gave it to him. He's improved so many things about his game, as Jenny and Sol point out, both physical and mental.

M

I forgot to add that I would've liked to see him in the quarters. I was looking forward to an Andy v. Andy rematch the likes of their 09 semi. I didn't get any work done that whole afternoon, LOL.

I shared in the chat thread I really thinking "But Feli should be beating other people."
*wistful smile*

M

"I [was] really thinking"

:-)

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