'He was a complete player, but Roger Federer...', says former French star



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'He was a complete player, but Roger Federer...', says former French star

Andy Roddick was the last great American champion in the men's circuit, but managed to win only one Slam title - the US Open in 2003 - and spent just 13 weeks at the top of the world ranking. 'A-Rod' has lost three finals at Wimbledon, all against Roger Federer, who mocked him especially in 2009 when it seemed all set for the American's revenge.

Even at the 2006 US Open, after rising to sixth position thanks to the victory in Cincinnati, he was forced to bow to the Swiss in four sets. Former French tennis player Florent Serra believes that 20-time Grand Slam champion prevented Roddick from being able to match fellow Pete Sampras' records.

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, a former world number 34, 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. When we look at his record against Djokovic for example, we realise 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”.

Federer and Andy Roddick played 24 times, and Federer leads their head-to-head 21–3. 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.