Who deserved to win Wimbledon out of Roddick and Rafter?

Andy Roddick and Patrick Rafter are two of the most entertaining players which made them a crowd favourite every time they stepped out on court. However, they had contrasting styles of play with Roddick being more of a baseliner while Rafter employed the serve-and-volley tactic. They both deserved to win Wimbledon, with Roddick failing to grasp the opportunity in 2009 (l. to Federer) and Rafter in 2001 (l. to Ivanisevic). Here is a brief rundown of their careers.

1. Andy Roddick

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A former World No.1.

– Made the final at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009 (l. to Federer).

Won the 2003 US Open (d. Ferrero).

– Has been ranked inside the top 10 for eight consecutive years.

– Has won five ATP World Tour 1000 titles in 2003 Montreal (d. Nalbandian), 2003 Cincinnati (d. Fish), 2004 Miami (d. Coria), 2006 Cincinnati (d. Ferrero) and 2010 Miami (d. Berdych).

2. Patrick Rafter

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– A former World No.1.

– Made the final at Wimbledon in 2000 (l. to Sampras) and 2001 (l. to Ivanisevic).

– Won the 1997 US Open (d. Rusedski) and 1998 US Open (d. Philippoussis).

– Has been ranked inside the top 10 for a total of three years.

– Has won two ATP World Tour 1000 titles in 1998 Toronto (d. Krajicek) and 1998 Cincinnati (d. Sampras).

From a personal perspective, prior to the 2009 Wimbledon final, it would be fair to say that Rafter deserved to win Wimbledon but now it would have to Roddick. The American proved last year that he can match it with the best grass court players of his time, through his defeat of Lleyton Hewitt (who currently has the active player record  for most wins on grass at 97) before narrowly falling 16-14 in the fifth set to Federer in the final. Although the Australian managed to beat Agassi in the 2000 and 2001 Wimbledon tournaments, he never managed to come close to beating the undisputed king of Wimbledon at that time, Pete Sampras. 2001 Wimbledon should of been his, but he failed to capitalise against a player who was ranked 125 at the time and needed a wildcard to get into the tournament. If you have a conflicting perspective, feel free to post your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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1 Response to “Who deserved to win Wimbledon out of Roddick and Rafter?”



  1. 1 Who deserved to win Wimbledon out of Roddick and Rafter … | Top Tennis Review Trackback on November 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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