Andy Roddick bowed out of the 2012 French Open in the first round, losing to the 88th-ranked Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 on Sunday. That result shouldn't surprise anyone, and given his recent results, it is safe to say Roddick will never again challenge for a Grand Slam title.
Roddick was the 26th seed in the tournament, and is currently the No. 33-ranked singles player in the world. So far this season the 29-year-old has a record of 7-10 and is 0-4 on clay. Meanwhile, Mahut isn't exactly a clay court master, having lost in the first round at the French Open eight times in his nine previous appearances.
When Roddick began his professional career back in 2000, he was expected to be the next big thing in American tennis. While he did win the 2003 U.S. Open and was the No. 1 player in the world for a time back in 2003, the big-serving Nebraskan has never reached the levels expected of him.
These days, Roddick is struggling even on hard courts and grass—his best surfaces. He has reached the finals of Wimbledon three times and the U.S. Open once since winning the title back in 2003. But he hasn't been in a Grand Slam final since 2009 at Wimbledon and his best showings recently have been quarterfinals appearances at the Australian Open in 2010 and at last year's U.S. Open.
A-Rod will always be able to dial up big serves, but a second-round exit from the Australian Open this year proved that even on hard court, his game isn't diverse enough to make deep tournament runs. Especially when the big names like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic are in attendance.
It is sad to say that someone at the age of 29 has completely lost it, but Roddick simply doesn't have enough to compete with the younger, better players out there now. He will certainly never capture another major championship and I would be surprised if he sticks around the tour much longer.
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