Jumat, 03 Juli 2009

Murray vs. Roddick

Breaking Down Murray vs. Roddick

The Andy Roddick-Andy Murray features two of the most improved players on tour. Roddick’s work with his coach, Larry Stefanki, is paying off; Roddick is fitter, faster and more versatile in a few short months. Previously, Roddick seemed to tie himself up in knots on some backhands, and the shot would break down under assault. His return game is better, although he still seems uncertain about how to play break points. Murray has also grown stronger, and he has matured mentally as well. Against Ernests Gulbis, Murray would float a soft underspin forehand deep down the middle of the court, seemingly teasing the young Latvian to overhit and make an error. On some points he would slice a shot or two then rip the next shot into the open court. Look for him to play Roddick the way Federer does. It’s almost formulaic: block, chip or time the serve back, defend against the huge first ball and try to neutralize the point, neutralize maybe one more shot, then strike a shot more offensively. Also look for Murray to pull Roddick wide to the forehand, thus exposing the backhand flank. Consider what Lleyton Hewitt told reporters about the Murray-Roddick match after he lost to Roddick on Wednesday: “It’s gonna be a tough one for Roddick to win. When I’ve seen Andy Murray at his best, he matches up extremely well against Roddick.”

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