Appreciating Andy "Roddick Is Not an Underachiever"

Cyril QuinnContributor IJuly 4, 2009

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Andy Roddick of USA looks on as he is victorious during the men's singles semi final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

You can call Andy Roddick many things lucky for being married to Brooklyn Decker, or even annoying for his on the court persona; but do not call an underachiever. Roddick has only one grand slam to his credit the 03 U.S Open, but since the start of 2004 only three men other than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won grandslams.

Unfortunately for Roddick he followed the American tennis greats Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi and was bestowed the title as the next big thing in American tennis. The fact is Roddick has never had all-time great talent; he is a very good player that has had a very good career.

Despite the naysayers Roddick who will play Federer in tommorrow's Wimbledon final has been the third best player in the Federer/Nadal era; he has made it the semifinals of every major with the exception of the French Open and won tournaments on every surface including carpet.

In Davis Cup play Roddick is a perfect 10-0 in clinching opportunities; yet he often gets criticized for not winning more. Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt are the only active players with multiple grand-slams and three of the four grand-slams won between the two came before Federer and Nadal took over.

With a win tommorrow Roddick will accomplish two things; silence his critics and end the long drought of american men winning grand-slams.