Andrew Stephen Roddick (born 30 August 1982) is an American former world No. 1 tennis player. He is a major champion, having won the 2003 US Open. Roddick reached four other major finals (Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and the US Open in 2006), losing to rival Roger Federer each time. Roddick was ranked in the year-end top 10 for nine consecutive years (2002–2010) and won five Masters titles in that period. He was also a crucial player in the U.S. Davis Cup team's successful run to the title in 2007. As of November 2022, he is the most recent North American man to win a singles major (2003 US Open), the most recent to hold the world No. 1 ranking, and the most recent to claim the year-end world No. 1 ranking (which he achieved in 2003). Roddick retired from professional tennis following the 2012 US Open to focus on his work at the Andy Roddick Foundation.
Let's see the top 5 matches in his career.
1. 2003 US Open Final
Roddick captured his lone grand slam title at age 21 with a memorable display of serving prowess. In a match in which he lost only six first-serve points, Roddick closed it out in style, winning match point with his 22nd ace to clinch a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero. All in all, Roddick had the summer to remember in 2003, winning the North American double in Montréal and Cincinnati, in addition to his first US Open title, something Federer has failed to achieve.
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2. 2009 Wimbledon Final
No match defined Roddick's career more perfectly than his heart-wrenching five-set classic against the man who always seemed to keep him from reaching tennis immortality. Roddick had lost to Federer convincingly in three previous grand slam finals and 18 of 20 matches in his career at that time, but he never lost his resolve. Trailing two sets to one, he rallied to win the fourth set 6-3 and held serve from behind nine times in the fifth set. Federer didn't exhale until his first service break of the match gave him a win 16-14 in the fifth set for his record 15th grand slam.
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3. 2003 Australian Open quarterfinal
At 11-10 in the fifth set against Younes El Aynaoui, Roddick had an opportunity to serve out the match but let it slip through his fingers. It took him another hour to get another one. Roddick won the longest match of his career 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 in one minute short of five hours thanks to his usual blend of powerful serves and occasional forays to the net.
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4. 2011 Memphis final
Roddick certainly had won bigger tournaments before, but even he admitted he had never hit a better shot. At match point of a thrilling 7-6 (5), 6-7 (11), 7-5 victory over Milos Raonic, Roddick scrambled after a backhand volley from Raonic that appeared destined to level the final game at deuce. Instead, Roddick left his feet, dove for the ball and somehow uncorked a passing shot winner to avoid a decisive tiebreak and secure the tournament championship.
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5. 2009 Australian Open
Roddick came into the 2009 Australian Open with a new coach, new body (dropping 15 lbs over the break) and new determination after a subpar 2008 season. Its certainty showed against defending champ and No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic, storming back after dropping the opening set. Djokovic retired with heat exhaustion after losing the next two sets, giving Roddick his first semi-final appearance at a Slam since the 2007 Australian Open. Although Roddick would lose to Roger Federer pretty convincingly in the next round, this match was foreshadowing the 2009 resurgence Roddick experienced.
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