Don't Worry About Roger Federer: How About Andy Roddick and USA Tennis?

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Don't Worry About Roger Federer: How About Andy Roddick and USA Tennis?
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Have no fear!

Roger Federer moved up a spot to No. 2 this week.

After falling behind both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the rankings, the tennis world began to buzz about whether the 29-year-old Swiss still had it.

Thanks to a runner-up finish at the Rogers Cup in Toronto this past weekend, Federer talk should die down a bit.

Only Nadal stands in front of him and a top ranking as the US Open draws near.

Instead, it is American tennis that people should worry about.

For years, the media have questioned who will replace the Williams sisters and Andy Roddick when they step down from the game.

It's much the same chatter that has taken place for years in regards to Tiger Woods and golf. 

Since his victory at the Sony Ericsson Open in April when he ranked seventh, Roddick has dropped six spots to No. 13.

As of Aug. 16, Roddick is the highest-ranked American male.

Following him are John Isner (No. 19) and Sam Querrey (No. 21).

The former is most-known for tennis' longest match, and the latter is just a 22-year-old with promise thanks to a big serve.

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Sound familiar? 

And it's even worse on the women's side.

Though Serena continues to dominate as the top-ranked female, her older sister, Venus, is No. 5.

After that, no American shows up until No. 44 with Melanie Oudin.

Winner of last year's Newcomer of the Year Award, Oudin's claim to fame came when she reached the US Open quarterfinal.

Next month, she turns 19, so she has plenty of upside.

But why not start marketing her more? 

With both Williams sisters dabbing into fashion, design, and part-ownership among other things, they won't be around forever.

Venus is 30, while Serena turns 29 next month.

Other than Oudin, Vania King (ever heard of her?) rounds out the Americans in the top 100 at No. 79.

So stop worrying about Federer and his title skid. He'll be fine.

Something needs to be done to save American tennis, and soon.

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