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Why is Andy Roddick ranked high on this list? Mainly due to his impending retirement and if it could be his last time playing on Arthur Ashe. Seeing this man carry the American men expectations for eight plus years deserves a right farewell, and New York can do that. It would be full circle for Roddick, ending his career where it began.
Although no statements alluding to retirement from Roddick or his camp, there are many telling signs that point to the end for him. First off, Roddick is still fighting off physical problems in his back and shoulder, which was apparent in Cincinnati. He plans to play Winston-Salem this week which is good for the tournament, but could make his injury worse. Secondly, excluding his win over Roger Federer in March, Roddick can't grab wins over the top five players in the world anymore. He was just recently demolished by Novak Djokovic at the Olympics and by Rafael Nadal last year at his home court.
Just before Roddick gets written off, his press conference at Cincinnati last week after a second round defeat was surprisingly very positive. Roddick said he was not down, and believes he can back up his early summer success at the US Open. So, the drive is still there, which is good news for Roddick fans.
Should Roddick depart the US Open like he did at Wimbledon with tears in his eyes, it will be the answer to the retirement question.