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In a previous post, you may remember I said “Roddick should play on” for a few more years. Well it turns out that will not be the case, and he will be ending his career at a special place. Many predicted Roddick‘s 2003 US Open triumph would be first of many Grand Slams, but unfortunately he became stuck between Federer, Nadal and later Djokovic.
Although he did not achieve the same level of excellence as his American predecessors, he held the hopes of a nation for nearly a decade much like Lleyton Hewitt did for Australia. His failure to win Wimbledon in 2009 had taken a toll on Roddick, with the 30 year-old failing to go beyond the quarter-finals of a Slam after that. The last three years have been a rather dry patch for the Nebraska native, with the titles and match wins gradually diminishing.
I had always thought that Nadal’s dramatic withdrawal from the Open would be the talking point, but Roddick has taken all the headlines. All in all, it would be safe to say that the former World No.1 had a consistent career with nine year-end finishes in the world’s top 10 and winning at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years. Regardless of whether he wins/loses against Tomic, he will leave American tennis in relatively good shape, with the likes of Ryan Harrison, Donald Young and Jack Sock to carry on his work.