I actually miss Roddick...

mxmx

Hall of Fame
To be honest, I was not a fan of him nor of his game. But he was interesting and one of the last great male US players.

When the US does well, tennis as a whole is healthy.
I will never forget his pure effort (although they were failures) against Federer.

He also had this typical US style (almost like Courier or Agassi) where power was more important than technique or strategy. Which I think can be great. Also had an ego and star quality.

What a borefest the tour has become lately. Wish he was still around.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
Gone too soon, had mono and then shoulder problems.

Early Roddick had a bit of an ego, that swagger where you knew he was going to go out there impose his game and see if the other guy could handle the heat. Federer eroded his confidence though which was pretty sad to see, he had a couple of years at a really high level but mentally he just wasn't the same after 2005 - he didn't play to his strengths anymore and never had the same confidence again.
 

kabrac

Semi-Pro
2009 Wimbledon Final was really awesome. Would have been more awesome if he made that high backhand volley, but been there, done that myself. I stood the entire match watching on tv in the den. That was pretty much all he had left. Although he beat Federer the next year in Miami. He was a smart ass though. But respect his effort
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
2009 Wimbledon Final was really awesome. Would have been more awesome if he made that high backhand volley, but been there, done that myself. I stood the entire match watching on tv in the den. That was pretty much all he had left. Although he beat Federer the next year in Miami. He was a smart ass though. But respect his effort
You made a slam final?!

J
 

LoboR1

Rookie
We need Roddick to be way more visible...maybe doing more play-by-play or color commentary. He's good for the game!
 

cluckcluck

Hall of Fame
We need Roddick to be way more visible...maybe doing more play-by-play or color commentary. He's good for the game!
He may be good for the game, though I'm sure he's had enough of it all. It appears that he's happy playing a couple of sets a month on the champions tour and not much more than that.
 

Turbo-87

Legend
I'm sure he is quite happy spending time with his beautiful wife. I do watch his Powershares matches or whatever it is called now.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
Imagine actually missing Roddick. OK to be fair he was remotely interesting before about 2006 before selling his soul to the devil.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
I’ll miss the young Roddick who served 140 every point, and ripped forehands from anywhere. I know how he evolved as a player had a lot to do with his consistency inside the top 10, but that young raw Roddick was way more fun to watch.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
It's interesting how quickly the tour evolves. Honestly I think if young Roddick came onto tour today he would not be a top 10 player. Too many players these days can handle big serves. Remember when Roddick came on tour there were still a lot of players using classic players racquets, like Dunlop 200s and Head Prestiges. These were great touch and finesse racquets and are still very playable but the one area where racquets have really improved in the last 15 years is stability and as a result returning a heavy serve is much easier than in the past. Roddick's fast but not super precise serves would be much less of a weapon than they used to be. And today when you look at the Top 10, apart from Nishikori everyone is 6'1" or taller and fast. Before the 2000s, a player who was 6'2" or above would have been considered slow, but that is not the case anymore. The fact that tall players like Delpo, Kachanov and Zverev can actually compete from the baseline would have been unthinkable in the 90s and earlier and so unless you have the defense of a Djokovic, Nadal or the offense of Fed, which Roddick didn't, it would be very very tough.
 

StringGuruMRT

Semi-Pro
It's interesting how quickly the tour evolves. Honestly I think if young Roddick came onto tour today he would not be a top 10 player. Too many players these days can handle big serves. Remember when Roddick came on tour there were still a lot of players using classic players racquets, like Dunlop 200s and Head Prestiges. These were great touch and finesse racquets and are still very playable but the one area where racquets have really improved in the last 15 years is stability and as a result returning a heavy serve is much easier than in the past. Roddick's fast but not super precise serves would be much less of a weapon than they used to be. And today when you look at the Top 10, apart from Nishikori everyone is 6'1" or taller and fast. Before the 2000s, a player who was 6'2" or above would have been considered slow, but that is not the case anymore. The fact that tall players like Delpo, Kachanov and Zverev can actually compete from the baseline would have been unthinkable in the 90s and earlier and so unless you have the defense of a Djokovic, Nadal or the offense of Fed, which Roddick didn't, it would be very very tough.
Yeah by the end of his career the game had passed him by. He was a player that would have been much more comfortable in the Becker/Ivanisevic big serve era. He would have cleaned up on those fast indoor carpets!
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
I guess if you are an American (first) type of guy than you can make such statements. It is more interesting to analyse the decline of male American tennis. Doesnt tennis earn them enough money or is it because the Bolletieri tennis academy closed?
 
It's interesting how quickly the tour evolves. Honestly I think if young Roddick came onto tour today he would not be a top 10 player. Too many players these days can handle big serves. Remember when Roddick came on tour there were still a lot of players using classic players racquets, like Dunlop 200s and Head Prestiges. These were great touch and finesse racquets and are still very playable but the one area where racquets have really improved in the last 15 years is stability and as a result returning a heavy serve is much easier than in the past. Roddick's fast but not super precise serves would be much less of a weapon than they used to be. And today when you look at the Top 10, apart from Nishikori everyone is 6'1" or taller and fast. Before the 2000s, a player who was 6'2" or above would have been considered slow, but that is not the case anymore. The fact that tall players like Delpo, Kachanov and Zverev can actually compete from the baseline would have been unthinkable in the 90s and earlier and so unless you have the defense of a Djokovic, Nadal or the offense of Fed, which Roddick didn't, it would be very very tough.
Peak Kyrgios top 20 player, no? What say you now, peak Kyrgios > peak Roddick? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
It's interesting how quickly the tour evolves. Honestly I think if young Roddick came onto tour today he would not be a top 10 player. Too many players these days can handle big serves. Remember when Roddick came on tour there were still a lot of players using classic players racquets, like Dunlop 200s and Head Prestiges. These were great touch and finesse racquets and are still very playable but the one area where racquets have really improved in the last 15 years is stability and as a result returning a heavy serve is much easier than in the past. Roddick's fast but not super precise serves would be much less of a weapon than they used to be. And today when you look at the Top 10, apart from Nishikori everyone is 6'1" or taller and fast. Before the 2000s, a player who was 6'2" or above would have been considered slow, but that is not the case anymore. The fact that tall players like Delpo, Kachanov and Zverev can actually compete from the baseline would have been unthinkable in the 90s and earlier and so unless you have the defense of a Djokovic, Nadal or the offense of Fed, which Roddick didn't, it would be very very tough.
I doubt that you are right.
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
I guess if you are an American (first) type of guy than you can make such statements. It is more interesting to analyse the decline of male American tennis. Doesnt tennis earn them enough money or is it because the Bolletieri tennis academy closed?
This is the first time I heard that academy closed. Do you know what the reasons were?
 
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