Andy Roddick: Too good to be a 'One Slam Wonder'

December 3, 2009 11:43am CST
Since Andre Agassi retired from the game, Andy Roddick became the next big thing. As an American hopeful, he is tauted to follow the steps of some American legends which includes Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi that dominates the game for years. And his breakthrough came in US Open 2003. Winning title and being ranked No.1 in the world, seems like America is producing talented men's tennis players successfully. He owns a record of having the fastest service in the tour, a weapon that should have caused huge damage in every match played, but seems like no effect. But since winning that maiden title, Andy Roddick hasn't won since. Though, he reached several finals but fell short in all of them. One these is the history in the making Wimbledon 2009 where he was defeated by Roger Federer, 16-14 in the fifth set, for their third meeting in Wimbledon finals. At 28 and still improving, will he still have a chance to won a Slam? Is he exist in an wrong era where there is Federer? Why he hasn't much capitalize the weapon he has? Will America men's tennis continue to have a Slam drought?
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
5 Dec 09
May be yes may be no. When I saw him play this year in the Wimbledon, he was really playing some of the best tennis of his career, yet he came short of beating Federer. I think the same will happen if he comes across a fully fit Nadal. I think he is just one rung below these two guys and if he needs to win more Slams he need to go that one extra mile. I think he has all the assets, it is probably just being at peace with himself and gritting the teeth in determination and making the final dive that is preventing him from achieving more success. Cheers! Ram
@MJay101 (711)
4 Dec 09
Roddick has no chance. There is a new generation of top tennis players: Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, Del Potro - and even Davydenko, who recently won the Masters tournament. They are all more talented than Roddick and have more balanced games; then there's Federer, the boring tw*t, who beats (almost) everyone. Shame - I quite like Roddick. He actually has a personality, unlike Murray or Federer!
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
3 Dec 09
He needs a more rounded game since he is prone to have a let down in at least one service game a match if not a set. The other problem for him is that the newer players are returning serve better and better and, thus, are taking his biggest weapon more and more away from him.
@azazel87 (97)
• Bulgaria
3 Dec 09
Andy is cool tennis player, very attractive but he just can`t win against Federer, I think Roddick was good player but not any more. His weapon is service but we see this is not enough. There are so many new stars in tennis, feature stars and champions. I like Andy, and Marat Safin, David Nalbandian but the new generation is coming and slowly my favorites are going in history even Federer.