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2012 has been a pretty bleak year for Andy Roddick. Putting aside his victory over Roger Federer, the American has failed to win a title and prior to Eastbourne, accumulated a 7-11 win-loss record.
Of greater note, Roddick is no longer the No. 1 American and could drop out of the world’s top 50, should he fail to defend his points from last year’s US Open. However, it has not been all doom and gloom for the 29 year-old. He has just won his 600th match at Eastbourne and is through to his first final since 2011 Memphis.
For a career that has spanned for over a decade, Roddick may have not won as many Grand Slams as one would expect, but he has been undoubtedly consistent which has attributed to his tennis longevity. The Texas native has finished in the world’s top 10 for nine consecutive years and has won at least one title for 11 consecutive years.
As Roddick begins to wind down on his memorable tennis career, the word “retirement” becomes a recurring theme in press conferences and interviews. Although we as tennis fans are in no position to influence his decision, I would personally like to see the former US Open champion play on for a few more years. Why? Currently, I don’t think there is any American player ready to take his shoes just yet.
Mardy Fish is an all-round player and a constant top 10 fixture but at 30, he is destined to go no further. Sam Querrey and John Isner are two of the biggest servers in the game, but without the mobility of Djokovic and Nadal, they cannot make an impact on the world stage. For Ryan Harrison and Donald Young, it is far too early to speculate how good they’ll ever be. Putting too much pressure on young players is a recipe for disaster.