Andy has the biggest serve in the business. When his serve is on, and that’s most of the time, it’s untouchable, and he has proven it over and over again.
In his historic Wimbledon final with Federer, Andy won an amazing 39 games—most ever in a final. He also has the record for the most consecutive tie—breaks won at 18, and he holds the record for the fastest serves at 155 mph and 152 mph.
It’s a giant weapon and eventually his opponent in a final will falter and that’s all he’ll need.
The hard part of course is making it to the final, but Andy is determined—this is his year.
No player, other than Federer and Nadal, have more GS experience than A—Rod. He’s made three Wimbledon finals, and two US Opens, winning one.
Certain players seem to have a propensity for the majors and five setters. Andy, next to Roger and Rafa, is that man. His focus is on the GS and it fits him as it has done few players before him.
In the Australian Open, he’s made the semis four times, but hasn’t reached the final — this could be his year.
Andy showing his metal 2010
He is the perfect age for making a run at another title.
At 29, he is very grounded, young enough to go a couple of five setters in a row, yet knows that if he’s going to win a second major there is no time like the present.
For guys like Andy that’s motivation.
He’s a fighter, and if not for running into two of the greatest ever, he’d have at least four GS trophies on his mantle by now.
2010 illness strikes
Last year should have been his, and by looking at his 2010 results, with titles at three tournaments, Brisbane, 2010 SAP Open, and the Miami Ericsson Open, as well as a quarter final at the Australian Open, he was on a roll.
Then he came down with mononucleosis, a debilitating illness that robs one of energy and endurance.
He knows he was robbed and in classic Roddick fashion he’s turned that into incentive.
Against anyone but Roger, he’s got a fairly good record.
Unfortunately, in 22 matches versus Fed, and there have been some spectacular ones, Andy has only won two matches.
Looking at his battles with Roger, historically it’s been an up uphill battle. In a sense Andy was the light that refused to dim to Hurricane Roger in the early years. No one fought like Andy against The Mighty Rog.
But he’s got a better record against the rest of his “major” competition. 3—6 Nadal, 5—3 against Djokovic, 3—6 Murray, and 2—3 against Soderling.
Sometimes certain player’s games just match up negatively and for Andy that match up is Roger.
But then Federer has his nemesis in Nadal who seems to own him.
Of late the others have been able to knock Roger off prior to the finals and if Andy can avoid a match with Federer you’d have to say his chances are pretty good in a final — especially on grass or a fast hard court.
He’s proven to have more fight and staying power than Novak or Murray, and Nadal on grass, though great, still isn’t without weaknesses.
Roddick is chasing his place in history and he knows it.
He’s worked hard on his game, improving his backhand to the point of it being a serious weapon.
He is stepping inside the base line and taking the ball early, utilizing the advantage that his serve gives him — something he hasn’t always done in the past.
He isn’t depending solely on his serve and is mixing his serve up more and that's paying dividends against the top guys.
Novak, Murray and Robin just don’t have the staying power and drive that Andy does.
For whatever reason, Andy has an ability to take losses and use them to motivate him.
Murray and Novak particularly seem to go into Slam matches against Nadal and Federer having already lost. Robin is a little more of an intangible in that respect, but if it came down to a final with any of these guys Andy is going to be very hard to beat.
Andy has put in a tremendous amount of work changing his body weight index and improving his mobility.
If he can indeed increase his foot speed without losing his power, he would be fixing a huge problem.
You only need to look at Mardy Fish to see what a regiment like that did for him. Mardy went from 101 in the world to 16 at the age of 29 simply by trimming the fat.
Think what Andy can do with the same kind of fitness.
Movement is a key to Andy winning another major.
He’s got the hottest wife in tennis.
Sure that sounds sexist or maybe just jealous, but a stable happy person is going to be more rested and relaxed and that should not be underestimated.
Destiny is waiting for Roddick, and I just can’t see him ending his career without another with Slam title — think Goran Ivanisevic.
Andy is the hardest working man in tennis and no way can he be relegated to the one hit wonder reels.
He will win his second and no one has 'ever' deserved it more.