Andy Roddick: 'I appreciate Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic'

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Andy Roddick: 'I appreciate Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic'

Andy Roddick was among the brightest prospects in men's tennis at the turn of the Millenium, becoming one of the most successful players in the previous two decades after winning 32 ATP titles from more than 50 finals.

Back in 2003, Roddick claimed the first and only Major title at the US Open, remaining the last American male player with the crown at that level and finishing the season as the year-end no. 1, the honor that would be reserved only for four players after him.

Andy Murray achieved that once in 2016 and the other years were reserved for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the dominant figures over the last 15 years. Speaking on Tennis Channel, Roddick said it is hard to choose the greatest player of all time, with so many elements involved like different eras, surfaces, rivals and everything.

Andy pointed out it is hard to value the Davis Cup success and also the doubles results if we compare John McEnroe and Andre Agassi. In the end, aware he could have won more Majors and other notable titles without Federer, Nadal and Djokovic around, Roddick said he appreciates their greatness and that he had a chance to compete against them, despite winning 11 out of 43 encounters against them.

"It's is hard to argue and put Ivan Lend over Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors and the other way around. Also, it's not easy for Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver to stand as the only players from their era on the list, with so many high-quality rivals they had to play against.

The thing is, all the people who have made lists of the greatest players of all time should be satisfied and proud after what they achieved. You also have to consider John McEnroe's incredible doubles record in comparison to, let's say, Andre Agassi who barely played doubles, and his Davis Cup commitment too.

These conversations could go into a million ways. I'm happy for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. I don't look backward but I certainly appreciate their greatness."