Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by hyperwarrior, May 16, 2014.
Who do you miss the most since their retirement?
Roddick, he was my second favorite player. Wish he hung around a bit longer would of still been a tough early opponent on grass for a couple more years.
From relatively recent times: Fernando Gonzales, a character on court with a fantastic game (best FH ever!) when he was on.
Roddick - Press Conferences
Gonzalez - On court
Safin - Anticwise
Overall, Gonzalez, I think he'd play very well against this gen.
Great question because it's so tough.
I went for Safin but it so was so close between him and Gonzo.
In fact, I'd like to change my vote.
Nalbandian isn't too far away and I always enjoyed the "theatre" of Roddick in his last years.
Would love to have them all back on the tour.
Shows what we've lost.
Most definitely. :sad:
Some more players I miss: Ferrero, Ljubicic, and most of all... Söderling.
(I don't know if he's 'officially' retired as of yet, but I don't think we'll be seeing him back on the tour anymore).
Soderling. He could take it to the top guys.
From the poll list - Gonzalez
Good call on Soderling - not, from my point of view, on his playing style, though it could be exhilarating, but more for the threat he posed to the big boys.
I like Rafa but I like the way he got under his skin - made things interesting.
Also, what a FH!
This will be moved. Maybe should have had an add-on: "Who reminds you most of the respective player?"
Roddick. He was a character on and off court. Definitely gave tennis a face. He could talk, joke or argue. Not just play.
If Nalbandian see the poll results he would probably hit some bar or two
Nalbandian for me. He was such a pleasure to watch. I wish he were still around.
Althought out for injury Delpo than Soderling, Nabaldian
Andy Roddick was an a hole to too many people so I dont miss him.
My vote is Marat. Unpredictable rusky was entertaining.
Vote easily goes to Roddick for many obvious reason.
However, I've been missing Roddick for a lot more 2 years, I miss prime Roddick that had a great forehand to backup his serve, not Roddick 2.0/Stefanki that turned him into a generic grinder.
Roddick most definitely.
yeah, that was a joy to watch. Modern tennis has become so boring at times…
I especially miss his honesty. He just was this guy you couldn't hate no matter what (IMO). Lovable guy really
What he said about Federer applies to himself just as much: "I'd love to hate you but you're really nice".
I hope he becomes a commentator at some point, he is one of the few guys whom I can see honestly assessing a match (and tennis in general) and not overhyping it for no apparent reason.
None of the above.
Or a donut shop.
I know Soderling isn't officially retired, but I"d say him.
Next would be Roddick.
Safin. When he had his head screwed on right and was playing his 'A' game, he was the best out of this group.
Plus, the cameras would scope out his trashy bimbos in the stands as a sideshow.
Or kick some wood.
I voted for Nalby.
I voted Roddick but, truth be told, I probably miss his interviews and press conferences more than I miss actually watching him play.
Safin, the destroyer of GOATS.
Where is the prime Federer option?
Just look at my avatar
Gonzo, fav player to watch after fed...
Out of those listed, Safin.
Gonzalez and Safin
Of the choices given, Roddick.
If you had a poll who was I happiest to see retire in the last decade? Roddick.
Safin edges it.
returning form an injury or On a bad match, day or year and still gave trouble to the top guys= Nalbandian
I miss Nalbandian's backhand.
Agree with the warrior. They all sucked.
From a peak standpoint Safin. When he had it going, one of the most beautiful players to watch on that court.
Too bad it only occurred a few times.
Roddick's game was flat out UGLY. Nothing worse than watching someone with a bullet serve not be able to come into the net properly and put points away
If you got a 145-150 mph serve you damn well better have a net game to back that up
Roddick didn't have his head together and then would use the officials as punching bags to try get himself going.
Roddick for sure.
I just can't remember a player who was more honest on and off the court. If his opponent played well, he'd say it. If his opponent sucked or completely tanked, he'd say it. If his opponent was faking injury, he'd say it. If he thought he'd win or lose against a upcoming opponent, he'd say it. If an umpire made a bad call, he'd say it.
Roddick was also demonstrated great sportsmanship. I'm sure there might have been other cases, but Roddick is also the only player I've ever seen who has actually given his opponent a let first serve against the umpire's wishes.
This is a guy who clearly sleeps well at night and is comfortable in his own skin.
Roddick too arrogant. Comments made self serving. Sportsmanship? Could be a jerk with umpires like anybody else.
I agree with you. To this day, it still puzzles me that none of the networks have made a reasonable bid at getting Roddick as one of the commentators. Let's face it, most of the US tennis broadcast team is washed up and needs major rework, they need fresh blood. Roddick was always good at off-court interview, is fresh off retirement (he knows all the current guys), already comfortable with a mic (he's got his own radio show), it can't really be more clear than that.
Marat Safin- I used to love him so much. He was my second favorite player. My backhand is by far my best shot and I used to like to think I had a "Safin" backhand. Watching him in 2004 and 2005 at the Australian Open was really fun. I used to always love watching him at the Percy masters in Paris. IMO he had sooo much talent but was quite a headcase.
Andy Roddick- he is the first match I ever been to live. I became a tennis fan during his emergence in 2000 and I felt I should be his fan. A lot of my family friends were fans too. I really liked him from 2002-2004. I didn't like how he changed his game though.
David Nalbandian- yeah yeah great backhand but a choke artist. Never really missed him.
Fernando Gonzalez- hit the forehand as hard as I can, I have no serve or any other weapon whatsoever and I like breaking rackets. Not missed at all.
I always respected him when he decided to retire in 2012 even though he was a still a decent top 30-40 player in the world. If you watch basketball, it kind of reminds me of how Kobe Bryant has stated that he will probably retire after his contract realizing he is done. My friend met him before his retirement and felt that Roddick was at ease at himself and was happy with his career. Just sounds like he lost some of the passion for the game and felt that was enough to not play professionally any more.
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