Posted on: April 5, 2008 1:26 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2008 1:28 pm

Beat Roger or win the Title?

Now that Andy has lost to Davydenko an  interesting question is what do you think Andy would rather do, Beat Roger or win the title?  He won in Dubai when Murray knocked off the Rajah.   Now in Miami he beats the guy who has been pummelling him for years but loses the next round to a guy he hadn't lost to before.  It's nice to win the whole enchilada but I think beating the Fed man had to be more satisfying than winning the Miami title.  That doesn't mean better than winning the U.S. Open or Davis Cup.  It does mean it was pretty important and there wasn't much left in the emotional tank against Davydenko.
Category: Tennis
Tags: Federer, Roddick
Posted on: March 16, 2008 5:14 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2008 7:46 am

Watching Indian Wells

I am sitting here watching Andy Roddick play for the first time this year.  He has lost the first set 6 to 4 after losing his serve for the first time since before the Dubai tournament.  It seems like Andy's temper is his worst enemy.  Haas is no easy first round draw.  He holds a 6 to 3 lifetime edge on Andy which means he is definitely not intimidated.  Andy is only getting 50% of his first serves in which doesn't look good for him.  Haas is getting 70% of his first serves in.  Not difficult to predict this one.

I missed the second set but it looks like Andy did too.  The announcer mentioned that Andy focused at Dubai and didn't pay attention to the crowd.  He plays to American audiences and that doesn't help him.  A note on this one is that Haas coach used to be Andy's coach.  He had a definite game plan which was to hit wide to Andy's forehand then put it away to the weaker backhand.  In spite of Andy's showing in Dubai it seems clear he needs a coach for matches like these.  Andy has the power but needs help to get past the guys that have his number. (like RF)

I watched the MonoMan play for a while and he does exude greatness.  Garcia-Lopez played some excellent tennis.  He had nothing to really lose and pulled out all the hesitation and hit some great shots.  It was 2-2 in the second going with serve.  Garcia-Lopez was serving and Roger had the advantage.  The point was extremely well played on both sides.  It underscored that Roger is number one because he can win points when they are critical to the match.  He won that one.

Category: Tennis
Tags: Federer, Haas, Roddick
Posted on: March 7, 2008 8:45 am
Edited on: March 7, 2008 8:54 am

How do you handle a 149.75 mph serve

answer: 'with great difficulty'

that is what Rafael Nadal found out yesterday with Andy Roddick blistering his serve in to take a 7-6, 6-2 match.  Andy broke the tournament speed record.  Does anyone know if that is the land speed record or the air speed record?  Also, what is the fastest serve ever recorded for men and women?  Apparently this isn't it.

It was enough for Andy to take this match from Rafa.  When the other guy is serving that well, winning several games at love, you have to be almost perfect in your game to have a chance. It puts a lot of pressure on you to win your own serve. Roddick is still going to have his hands full today with Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic. He won't be able to do it with a big serve alone. Andy says he learned from his departed coach Jimmy Connors. He is going to need all the weapons he can get. Show us the Connors backhand Andy and we will believe.
Category: Tennis
Tags: Connors, Roddick
Posted on: March 6, 2008 8:42 am

Nadal vs Roddick

Apparently these two don't hook up very often.  Nadal holds a 2 to 1 edge on Andy and they have only played once in the last 4 years.  That makes sense because Andy on clay is like, as Maria would say, a cow on ice.  This matchup is very intriguing.  With Roger out almost anyone can win this tournament.  I look for Andy to win this match and Novak to win the tournament.
Category: Tennis
Posted on: February 29, 2008 11:08 am
Edited on: February 29, 2008 1:03 pm

LeapYear Day

Leapyear Day

Well, what is the appropriate term for a day that comes just once every four years.
I had to post something today just to know that I did it.

Tennis news: Justine Lost - that is news, kind of like man bites dog.

Lindsay won - 'go get 'em mom'

Happy Birthday Jelena

Nalbandian is still rolling with a nine match win streak and into the semis in Acapulco.
Just how good is this guy? Can he stay healthy enough to knock Rog off the top?

Roddick beats Fish - what's this I hear about these guys having been on the same High
school team?

Any one know how to pronounce Ljubicic? Is the L or the J silent?

Should we say 'Happy leapyear day', 'Merry leapyear day', or 'take a leapyear day'?
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