Being a professional tennis player can be a dream job, but it takes a lot of effort from a very young age. The former world No. 1 Andy Roddick knows it very well as he was at the top for several years and played multiple Grand Slam finals, winning one at the 2003 US Open.
Roddick believes that total commitment and dedication are what makes the biggest champions stand out. Nothing happens by chance and the American is well aware of it. In an interview, the 37-year-old confessed: "You do not see Federer, Nadal and Djokovic taking weeks off and they are always in the finals or semis, which is very tough.
They deserve a lot of credit for it," admitted Roddick, who retired from the ATP Tour in 2012 US Open. Roddick also praised the Argentinean players: "(Juan Martin) Del Potro is the best. His height and the weapons he has with his game...
We do not even know where he could go. Nalbandian was an unbelievable player too; I remember seeing him against Roger, Rafa... When he played at his best, beating him was very difficult. Gaudio and Coria were very good, but I felt that if I played very well against them, I would beat them."
Frenchman Gilles Simon recalled the only time Federer won the French Open so far, in 2009, also taking advantage of Rafael Nadal's knee injury. The Spaniard lost to the eventual finalist Robin Soderling that year. "I have two main memories.
Well, when Rafa lost against Robin. This was something extremely important. The second one is Roger winning against Tommy Haas and the match was really bad for him, he was very stressed. We could see little signs when he was overtaken by his opponent. He was losing two sets."