Andy Roddick - why was he so successfull?

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Ok, don't attack me with what 'successful career' is. Because - 32 titles,1 GS,5 Masters,1 YER as No.1 + 4 more GS finals is one prestigous career.

But, when you think he didn't have a lots of weapons. His serve is def. in top 10 ever, power forehand was much better before 2005. Even with all power he had, both his serve and forehand were quite predictable when player figured it.
I give him fighting spirit. Except for Roger, he pretty much owned everyone else in his generation.

Still, it's quite mystery how he managed to win so much with tehnically not great shots.
Smh. Where do you people come from?
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
I do think he's better than Wawrinka tbh, I'd also say that his game development was stunted by confidence issues that stem from losing to Federer - so I'm not sure he maxed out his potential, which he may have done in a different era and achieved more than seems likely.
Bold opinion. Roddick lacked confidence against Federer for sure to his many losses, but that is true for Wawrinka in regards to Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, and yet he did broke through their stranglehold. That's particularly remarkable as normally players who break strangleholds are young guns who are progressing and thus can brush off any defeat to top guys, as long as they haven't plateaued. Or they are one tournament wonder.

The way Wawrinka build on his AO 2013 five sets defeat to Djokovic is inspiring. After that, even though he remained erratic, he produced several grand slam performances, to the point that Stan has roughly the same number of finals, SF and QF appearances than Roddick.
 

Lotus_Island

New User
Roddick 03/04 beats Wawrinka tho. All Wawrinka did wa beat Djokovic at the AO and US Open. Roddick was beating Djokovic in 2009 at the AO.
 

Oval_Solid

New User
why was roddick so successful? roddick was successful because be played baseball tennis, meaning he just went out there and hit the ball as hard as he could, just smash the ball as hard as u could and forget everything else. 1 slam seems about right for such a strategy. he had his chances at Wimbledon if he only added hitting really hard at federers backhand instead of just anywhere inside the court he might have 2 or 3 slams instead
 

ReeceSachs

Hall of Fame
why was roddick so successful? roddick was successful because be played baseball tennis, meaning he just went out there and hit the ball as hard as he could, just smash the ball as hard as u could and forget everything else. 1 slam seems about right for such a strategy. he had his chances at Wimbledon if he only added hitting really hard at federers backhand instead of just anywhere inside the court he might have 2 or 3 slams instead
In the Wimbledon 2009 final he really tried to change things up though. He used the backhand more and didn’t try to outhit and used the drop shot more.
 
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