If you watched the RCA Indianapolis final over the weekend, you saw the result of Andy Roddickâ€™s two-week visit with his new advisor: Jimmy Connors! Can he help him?
It would seem that Jimbo gave him the same advice that we novices did: be more aggressive with your ground stokes and come to the net to put the ball away. The style appeared to suit him well â€“ although he does not yet own the put away volley, and blocks the ball back to the open court too much.
That is exactly what he did during the deciding third set tiebreaker, which he lost to #1 US player, James Blake. Courier commented that Andy should not have tried his new game â€˜during crunch timeâ€™; but should have played his old game, that he was more comfortable with.
I believe if you are going to commit to changing your style, you need to do it during crunch time to really own it. What do you think?