'Without Roger Federer, Roddick should have won more Slams', says former French ace

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'Without Roger Federer, Roddick should have won more Slams', says former French ace

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the all-time leaders in the ranking of the Grand Slams won, having won 20, 19 and 17 respectively. Their dominance can be summarized by the fact that - starting from the Australian Open 2005 - only one happened once the final of a Slam could not count on the presence of at least one of the Big 3 (at the US Open 2014, when Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori in the last act).

In the second part of the episode 'What if the Big 3 had not existed', the former French tennis player Florent Serra analyzed how Andy Roddick has suffered a lot from Federer's class in his career. The Swiss phenomenon has prevented A-Rod from winning numerous Slam titles, especially at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Serra on Andy Roddick

“Andy Roddick was not only the victim of the emergence of Roger Federer but also of the general slowdown in surfaces," Florent Serra said. "He was a powerful and complete player (a little weaker on the backhand side anyway) who, with his quality of service, should have won Wimbledon and the US Open several times if the surfaces had not slowed down.

It is certain that his record against Federer shows how the Swiss has destroyed all possibilities for him to make a huge career and catch up with Pete Sampras," Serra added. "When we look at his record against Djokovic for example (5 wins to 4 for Roddick), we realize that he really had the level to compete with the Big 3 even if between 2007 and 2012, the Serb was not still at its best" - he concluded.

Roddick lost his No. 1 ranking to Federer after Federer won his first Australian Open in 2004. Their rivalry includes four Grand Slam event finals, three at Wimbledon and one at the US Open, all won by Federer. Roddick himself said it was not much of a rivalry, being so one-sided.

In the 2009 Wimbledon final, Roddick lost to Federer in five sets. The match included a 30-game fifth set (a Grand Slam final record) and lasted over four hours. In the final game of the deciding set, Roddick's serve was broken for the first time in the match.

With that victory, Federer broke Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, and Roddick apologised to Sampras (who was in attendance) for not being able to stop Federer.