Andy Roddick: Can He Break The Federer-Nadal Stranglehold at The Grand Slams?

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Andy Roddick: Can He Break The Federer-Nadal Stranglehold at The Grand Slams?
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Andy Roddick has not won a grand slam tournament since the 2003 US Open. Now, he is hungry as ever.

In tennis years, it was a long time ago—more than 7 years ago, it was a slightly chaotic scene at the tennis tournaments.  Pete Sampras was done, and an aging Andre Agassi was bound to call it quits soon. A new generation of players from all over the world began to flourish:  Lleyton Hewitt, David Nalbandian, Marat Safin, Roger Federer, and Andy Roddick.  

Andy Roddick stepped up his game when he claimed the 2003 US Open title.  It was a master act of escape: one grand slam away from the start of Roger Federer's (and also Rafael Nadal's) stranglehold of the sport, including the grand slams.

After his most impressive escape, he was no longer able to escape the dominance of Federer and Rafael Nadal.  Not one more grand slam in 7 years, though he's reached semifinals and occasionally, the final.  If anyone could consider himself 'unlucky,' Andy Roddick could; he was born in an era of such iron fist ruling that only Marat Safin, Novak Djokovic, and Juan Martin del Potro could peck just at the smallest 'crumbs.' In fact, Roddick was so close—5 points away from touching the 2009 Men's Wimbledon crown.  Alas, it was not to be. Federer once again seized a coveted second grand slam from Roddick.

As 2011 is just beginning, and as the Federer-Nadal domination is still going strong, let us take a look at 10 reasons Andy Roddick has a chance at snatching a grand slam right under the noses of Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, or should I dare say, both?

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