Andy Roddick is getting inducted into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame this weekend, which you can watch live on Tennis Channel. But first, here are five reminders of the American’s greatness:
1. His crowning moment was winning the 2003 US Open. Fresh off of back-to-back Masters 1000 titles in Canada and Cincinnati, Roddick won his first Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open, saving match point to edge David Nalbandian in the semifinals and beating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.
Watch Roddick serve out his first Grand Slam title with three consecutive aces right here:
2. He made another four Grand Slam finals. After his fairytale ending in New York, Roddick made another four Grand Slam finals, at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009, and the US Open in 2006. He lost all four finals to Federer, the last one at Wimbledon in 2009 barely - it was 16-14 in the fifth set.
Check out extended highlights from that titanic clash with Federer on Centre Court eight years ago:
3. He spent 13 career weeks at No.1. Roddick was No.1 for 13 straight weeks from November 3, 2003 to February 1, 2004. He’s the sixth - and most recent - American man to reach No.1 in the world, following Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
4. He was the last No.1 before the Big Four era. Since Federer took No.1 from him on February 2, 2004, the Big Four has had a complete monopoly on the top spot - Rafael Nadal reached No.1 for the first time in 2008, Novak Djokovic got there in 2011 and Andy Murray in 2016 (and he’s still there).
5. He retired at the 2012 US Open. Just days after his 30th birthday, Roddick played his last match at his home Grand Slam, a fourth round loss to Juan Martin del Potro on September 5, 2012.
Here’s the speech Roddick made to the crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium after playing his last match: