Andy Roddick Profile
Andy Roddick is former United States’ professional tennis player. One of the best players of his time, he is known for his supersonic serves which left his rivals wondering. The tennis star won 32 career titles but only one Grand Slam.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, young Roddick finished as the number one junior in the world in the year 2000 after winning six world junior titles and seven world junior doubles title which included the US Open and Australian Open titles.
At the ATP level, Roddick’s breakthrough came in 2003 when he beat Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui in the 2003 Australian Open quarterfinals after battling for five sets. His success continued with a victory at Queen’s Club, beating fellow compatriot Andre Agassi in the final. He also reached the Wimbledon semi-finals losing to eventual champion Roger Federer.
Rise to Glory
Roddick’s rise culminated into winning the US Open in 2003. In the semi-final, he came back from two sets down and a match point to beat David Nalbandian. In the finals, he beat world number three, Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
At the end of 2003, Roddick finished as world number one in the ATP Rankings, the first American since Andre Agassi in 1999. He was only 21 at the time, making him the youngest to do so.
Rise to Prominence
Roddick based his game on a dangerous first serve and a solid forehand. During a 2004 Davis Cup match, one of his serves was timed at 155 mph. Later on, in order to add more firepower into his arsenal, he worked meticulously on his backhand under several coaches.
In June 2004, Roddick advanced to the finals of the Wimbledon before losing to Federer. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he ended up losing to eventual bronze medal winner Fernando Gonzalez in the third round.
In the US Open of the same year, he again lost to Federer in the final thus continuing a much one-sided rivalry.
After a series of injuries, he helped the US Davis Cup to win the 2007 Davis Cup by beating Russia.
Andy's Career Trajectory
One of the matches which highlighted Roddick’s career was the 2009 Wimbledon final. He lost to his nemesis Roger Federer once again. However, the match set a record for the longest men’s Grand Slam final in history with 77 games.
The fifth set reached a mammoth 14-16 in Federer’s favour. After the game when asked to elaborate on his impressive performance, Roddick replied, “I lost.”
Andy Roddick finished his career with a win-loss record of 612-213 including a 432-142 record on hard courts.
It is of no doubt that his solitary Grand Slam win and the subsequent rise to the top of the ATP Rankings remain the highest point of his career. However, his rivalry with Roger Federer was one of the definitive parts of his career.