Now ordinarily I rarely post about other players on the tour other than Roger but seen as though Andy Roddick has played his last match at professional level and his career was intertwined closely with Roger I thought I’d post on how I will remember him.
Before that I’d just like to say that I think the timing of his retirement was pretty spot on. He wasn’t going to improve any more and he’d done a great job of carrying American tennis on his shoulders for the last 10 years. Perhaps he didn’t achieve as high as some people thought he would but one things for certain and that’s the fact he carved out a great career and played some great tennis/matches right up until the very end. I think he can retire pretty content, would he have liked to have won more slams? Hell yeah, especially Wimbledon, but nobody can deny he tried his hardest to do so and was unfortunate to fall short.
Anayway let’s take a look a look at what I think makes Roddick, Roddick.
For His Hilarious Press Conferences
To make a confession I was always more a fan of Roddick’s personality rather than his tennis game and this presser pretty much sums up why. It’s too funny from start to finish and the way he just shuts down questions with his quick wit is just class. And the way he does it, means he gets away with it rather than looking like a complete jerk a la Tomic.
For that Volley in the 2009 Wimbledon 2nd Set Tie Break
I guess this one caused Roddick many sleepless nights, it was probably one of the biggest misses of his career. Had he have made it he’d have gone up 2 sets against Roger in the 2009 Wimbledon final. To be fair it’s not a difficult shot but his technique left him, his arm stiffened up and he hit it a mile wide before losing the set and eventually losing the match 16-14 in the fifth. Ouch!
For Executing the Perfect Gameplan vs. Murray at Wimbledon
This is by far my favourite non Federer/Roddick match ever. The way he executed the perfect game plan in this match was just epic and I remember watching this Larry Stefanki interview before the match and realising he was confident Roddick was going to pull off the win which most pundits didn’t think would happen.
For Getting a Penalty Point on Break Point
Probably the worst side of Roddick but he still made it entertaining. And on break point? Just LOL.
I Think You Should Retire
What can you say about this other than just laugh? I think…..you should retire. End of press conference.
For Tactical Racket Abuse
If you’re going to destroy a racket then you may as well ask if you’ve already been giving a warning before finishing the job off properly.
For Serving Bombs at Will
Even right up until the end of his career Roddick could be deadly on serve and easily rattle off games in no time at all. His serve was one of the best of all time and got him out of more tight spots than you can ever imagine.
For Still Coming up with the Goods Late in his Career
By winning Memphis it meant Roddick had won at least 1 title every year for the last 12 years. That’s an impressive stat by anyones standards and what a way to seal the deal on this one with a full stretch diving passing shot. Crazy.
For Winning the US Open 2003
This was an early achievement from Roddick and unfortunately for him he couldn’t win another but this still goes down as his biggest and best achievement in his illustrious career and certainly one that nobody can take away from him.
What’s your favourite Roddick moment? Let me know in the comments below.