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Roddick was the face of American tennis for 10 years. When he captured the US Open at age 21 in 2003, many assumed it would be the first of many Grand Slam titles for Roddick. He had some questionable losses in Grand Slams during his career, but it was Roger Federer who blocked Roddick’s path to accumulate more Grand Slams.
Federer defeated Roddick four times in a Grand Slam final, including three times at Wimbledon. Two of those were heartbreakers. In 2004, with the match tied at a set apiece and Roddick up 4-2 in the third set, a rain delay helped Federer regain momentum. He went on to win in five sets.
Their 2009 final at Wimbledon is one of the greatest matches in the history of the sport. Roddick was up a set and 6-2 in the second set tiebreaker. Federer saved four set points and went on to even up the match at a set apiece. Federer then captured the third set in another tiebreak.
Roddick evened up the match by capturing the fourth set. Federer ended what would be Roddick’s last, best chance to win another slam by outlasting him 16-14 in the fifth.
The highlight of Roddick’s career, other than his win at the US Open, was leading the US to the Davis Cup title in 2007. Roddick won the first match in the final against Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in straight sets.
Roddick finished his final season 23-16 with the title at Eastbourne.