Andy Roddick's retirement (via espn.com) announcement during the 2012 U.S. Open tennis event sent pundits scrambling to define his legacy and decide if the future Hall of Famer underachieved or was lucky to snag one Grand Slam title before Roger Federer started gracefully gobbling up every tournament in sight.
Well, Roddick was certainly somewhat fortunate to win his one Grand Slam trophy considering he was down a match point in the 2003 U.S. Open semifinal against David Nalbandian.
But he also technically "underachieved"—if we go by the dictionary.com definition of "achieving less than expected, especially by others."
I recall Patrick McEnroe predicting 6-10 Slam titles for Roddick and that range sounded perfectly reasonable to me.
No one on the planet in 2002 could have known that Federer would morph from talented head case into the most uncannily consistent tennis player of the Open Era.
Let's have a look at the seven Grand Slam titles that Roddick, whose career ended Wednesday with a loss to Juan Martin del Potro, may very well have won if FedEx had decided to become an actuary or something else instead.