Andy Roddick, who turns 35 tomorrow, is a Former World No. 1 and US Open Champion. Roddick was known for his big serve, almost unreturnable at times. He holds the record for the fastest serve in a Grand Slam tournament which he had achieved at the 2004 US Open (152mph). He reached the Wimbledon finals thrice (2004, 2005, 2009) and US Open final in 2006, losing to Federer each time.
In 2009, Federer and Roddick played the longest Wimbledon final ever. The final set score read 16-14. This match stands out for Federer because in the entire match he was able to break Roddick only once, which was in the final set. The other two sets that Federer had won were both won in tie breakers. This match also saw Roddick set a record for the highest number of games won in a Grand Slam final (39). Roger Federer, against whom Roddick had a 3-21 head to head record, was probably the biggest hurdle in Roddick’s career. Federer alone denied Roddick most of his victories in title matches. Roddick was part of the Davis Cup team that won the competition in 2007.
Andy Roddick was the last male American to win a Grand Slam title and be World No. 1. America doesn’t make them anymore. In 2017, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Roddick is also known for his sense of humour and impulsive side. Very recently, his wife, the very beautiful Brooklyn Decker said that he had thrown away all the trophies that he had won as a professional except for his 2003 US Open trophy. Roddick has always spoken his mind and has lived life on his own terms. Even though he did not win a lot of trophies, but then not many people who played during the Fedal era did, he was an inspiration to many and a role model in every sense.
Maybe we would see him coaching a future World No. 1 sometime soon.