Originally Posted by hoodjem
I've often wondered how many slams Roddick would have won--if not for Federer?
But I am tempted to say "not that many."
Even at his best he was pretty much a serve and a forehand with an erratic and incomplete game.
Without Federer there was no consistent force to stop Roddick. While there were far more talented players around like Nalbandian, Safin, Haas, even Davydenko they were all very inconsistent. If Roddick had the confidence of winning more majors and not being destroyed by Federer so many times I'm sure he could have been a very steady face at the tail-end of majors. Tennis is a confidence game, and Federer destroyed Roddick's. Despite that, he was still one of the most mentally tough players on tour and I think that would have helped him a lot if Federer didn't exist.