Whatâ€™s wrong with Roddick? Andy Roddick can boom the serve and hit big forehands; but that does not appear to be enough to win any major titles. He just lost to young Andy Murray at Wimbledon in a match, in my opinion, he should have won. So whatâ€™s wrong?
I think the MAJOR flaw in his game is hitting the big serve â€“ especially wide to the add court â€“ and having his opponent just block the ball back, floating to Andyâ€™s add corner (like Federer has done in beating him).
Then Roddick backs up 5-10 feet behind the baseline, and moves to his left; so that he is now hitting his â€˜favoriteâ€™ inside-out forehand standing behind the alley or even to the left.
His opponent then has all the options open to him: drop shot on the deuce side, drive the ball down the line and make Roddick hit a running forehand, stay back/ or come in to put pressure on Andy to make the pass, etc. He needs to stand his ground after his serve and/or come to the net often enough to not let his opponent get comfortable just floating the service return back.
And he says he has â€˜really been working on his volleyâ€™; but it is still not a sure shot for him. He is one of those players who would really benefit by playing doubles to sharpen his net game. Look at doubles specialist Max Mynri and how well he can serve and volley. That is who Roddick should try to emulate â€“ not Jim Courier, who had a great run-around, inside-out forehand; but who worked really hard to recover and cover the full court.
What do you think?
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