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[記事]気になった記事
2005年 01月 19日
USA Today記事で気になった以下のアンディのコメント。

"It's back to the basics," Roddick says. "There were a lot of times this year where I felt I was playing a little bit out of shape or playing banged up. That was just because I wasn't going hard enough in the gym and taking care of myself."

「基本に戻る」ということですが、何故かこのコメントを聞いてちょっと嬉しいです。初心忘れるべからずという言葉がありますが、今のアンディにはそれが必要だと思いました。今まで勢いで一気にトップの座に登りつめてきましたが、昨年世界2位になったと言えども何故か迷いが生じていたのはやはり何かが欠けていた=技術面での基本がまだしっかりしていないのではと思いました。因みに今の課題の1つとしてコート・ポジションが挙げられていました。ベースラインよりかなり後方から構えて打つ光景を昨年はよく見かけましたが、もっと前方で構えて打つようにしてもっと攻撃できるようにするらしいです。

コーチのゴールドファイン氏が"He could lose some matches by being too aggressive, but I'd be OK with that,"と言っているように、今年は調整段階ということで長い目で見守っていくしかないのかなと思います。基本をマスターしてもっとプレイに幅を広げることにより自信がついてくれば強くなりそうな気がするんですが。

とまあ個人的な見解ですが、どうなることやら。



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'New' Roddick aims for No. 1
By Douglas Robson, special for USA TODAY
MELBOURNE, Australia — When Andy Roddick hired coach Brad Gilbert in the summer of 2003, it propelled him to the top of the tennis world.

Why then break up a partnership that yielded a U.S. Open crown, the No. 1 ranking and a nifty .823 overall winning percentage?

Because Roddick isn't interested in finishing No. 2 — his ranking at the end of last year, behind Swiss native Roger Federer — or going a season without winning a major.

"I had as good a year as you could have without it being a great year," says Roddick, who won four tournaments, reached the Wimbledon final and led the U.S. Davis Cup team to its first final since 1997. "But I would have rather finished No. 5 and won a Slam than the year I had."

Although that partially explains last month's high-profile split, Roddick's decision to send tactical mastermind Gilbert packing after 1½ years of stellar results provides another insight into the 22-year-old's drive and psyche. The kid with the 155-mph serve, the fastest in tennis history, isn't afraid to rock the boat of success.

"He took a big step in changing coaches after Brad had done so much with him," says U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe. "But in tennis you have to get better just to stay where you are."

To have a chance at beating the soaring Federer, the top seed and heavy favorite at the Australian Open beginning this week, Roddick and his peers must take risks — or risk being left behind.

The Nebraska-born Texan begins his Grand Slam campaign Tuesday in Melbourne a fitter, stronger and more complete player than when he arrived as the reigning U.S. Open champ and No. 1 seed a year ago.

And yet, he is juggling more variables.

It isn't just the absence of Gilbert. The world's No. 2 player has a new coach in tow, Dean Goldfine, who served as an assistant on the U.S. Davis Cup and Olympic teams last year. He has shed his high-profile romance with singer/actress Mandy Moore for bachelorhood. And he has committed to playing a more aggressive style of play — one he employed for most of the second half of 2004 — that should help him win more easy points, prolong his career and, most important, chink away at Federer's heavy armor.

"I'll probably take my hits," Roddick says of his forward-pushing mentality, "but in the long term it's what I need to be doing."

Even if it means a bad loss here or there, most tennis observers think it's a good move and one they expect from the motivated, hard-working American, who splits his time between Austin and Boca Raton, Fla.

"Everyone is in the situation now where things need to be experimented with," because Federer has become so dominant," says two-time Grand Slam finalist Todd Martin, who retired last fall and is now coaching American Mardy Fish. "If Andy can figure out how to make his arsenal a bit more expansive, that gap can be narrowed."

It's not as if Roddick is suddenly going to start losing to players ranked 50 places below him, despite the tweaking of his style.

"Andy is like Shaq," says good friend and Davis Cup teammate Bob Bryan of the Miami Heat's star center. "With his monster serve and forehand, he will win whatever team he's on. Maybe Dean will teach Andy to become a more complete player. He still has some places he can improve, and he's No. 2. Who knows how great he can be if he steps up a few things?"

But after finishing 2003 at No. 1 and becoming, at 21, the second-youngest player ever to do so in the Open era, Roddick failed to win a major and slipped to No. 2. Federer, meanwhile, became the first man since 1988 to capture three majors in a season and knocked off Roddick all three times they met, improving his career mark to 8-1 against the American.

"It's not like Andy's worse," McEnroe says. "He's better. But Federer took his game to a whole other realm."

Gilbert out

Gilbert, who coached Andre Agassi to most of his eight Slams and went 121-26 with Roddick, including nine titles, was caught off guard by the firing but declined to elaborate. "I was surprised," he says. "I'm over it now."

Tennis insiders say the edgy, verbose, sports-crazy Gilbert clicked with the similarly wired Roddick at first. But then he began to wear on him as the two like-minded egos collided.

Enter Goldfine, who becomes Roddick's third coach in less than two years. A slumping Roddick dismissed longtime coach Tarik Benhabiles after losing in the first round of the 2003 French Open to go with Gilbert, who helped resurrect Agassi's career.

The 39-year-old Goldfine, a former Texas A&M standout who coached top-10 player Martin for eight years, bonded with Roddick when both stayed in the athletes' village during last summer's Athens Olympics.

In some ways, Goldfine is the anti-Gilbert. Both believe in hard work and focusing on improvement rather than results, but Goldfine is laid back, even-keeled and comfortable taking a back-seat approach.

"I don't feel like I need to be saying things all the time," Goldfine says.

He's also a taskmaster and spent two weeks grinding Roddick into shape before Australia doing two-a-day practices on court plus hours of gym and speed work.

"It's back to the basics," Roddick says. "There were a lot of times this year where I felt I was playing a little bit out of shape or playing banged up. That was just because I wasn't going hard enough in the gym and taking care of myself."

The Federer factor

If Roddick has rededicated himself in pursuit of Federer, it doesn't mean he'll be stepping out from under the klieg lights he enjoys. He still plans a variety of media appearances, magazine spreads, charity events and occasional exhibitions. But he has reached his saturation point and is not planning any new ventures that might compromise his tennis.

Roddick showed he could trade blows with the smooth-stroking Federer at the Wimbledon final in July, taking the first set and putting the defending champ on the defensive.

But Federer regrouped, found a way to win and was brushing aside all comers by the fall, including Roddick, whom he crushed 6-4, 6-0 in the Bangkok final.

"(Roddick's) a good player, great serve, you know," Federer says. "But it seems like I cope well with it."

"For him it's between the ears right now, and it should be," Roddick says of Federer, who has won an ATP-record 14 consecutive finals and enters Melbourne riding a 21-match winning streak, including his 23rd title, in Doha this month. "He was unbeatable for the better part of last year."

To get in Federer's head, Roddick must take some tactical risks. The American needs to end points quicker, take the net and impose his will. By improving his transition game and his court positioning, Roddick can "make guys react to what he's doing rather than the other way around," Goldfine says.

"He could lose some matches by being too aggressive, but I'd be OK with that," Goldfine says.
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