At the Australian Open Roddicks draw to the semis was a joke beyond jokes. It gave him a great chance to be in the finals despite being the weakest of the top four at the time, given that Hewitt who had a much tougher draw was physically spent. Ultimately he couldnt even take advantage of his opportunity and the superior Hewitt went through. In San Jose his draw again was a joke, his near loss to Enquist gives you an idea how he would do under a tougher draw. It is just coincidence he always gets such easy draws. Given that the USTA gift-wrapped his U.S open title and year-end 1 ranking with bogus scheduling, assigning, and officiating, throughout the U.S open I suspect not. Obviously it is important to have somebody perceived as a sex symbol(though he really is not that attractive at all), dates various people from the entertainment bizz(wonder were he gets the time to have been at so many premieres when he is supposably practicing so hard), and has tantrums on court(hey tennis is entertainment right)on top of the sport.