Top 10 moments for Andy Roddick, who has announced that the US Open will be his last tournament:
Hosting Saturday Night Live. “I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to host SNL,” said Roddick as the show opened. The main focus of all the sketches, the American drew on his full comedic repertoire playing a doctor, a frat boy, weatherman, and a stroppy teenager.
Marrying Brooklyn Decker. The pair reportedly first met after Roddick asked his agent to track down Brooklyn’s mobile number, having seen her in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition.
His US Open victory. In the American’s first and only grand slam win, in the summer of 2003, Roddick defeated Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in three sets. With his bullet serve in phenomenal form, A-Rod moved the hapless Ferrero from side to side. “I’m in disbelief right now,” Roddick said. “It’s so far-fetched for me. I came here as a fan so much when I was younger. It is an absolute privilege to have my name on the trophy.”
The 2009 Wimbledon final. He pushed Roger Federer to the brink in an epic 16-14 final set. Unable to convert four set points in the second set tie-break, this was perhaps his best shot at the grand slam he so badly wants. A few days later Roddick’s postman informed him “the reason I lost the Wimbledon final was because I sweat a lot and don’t change my shirt enough during the course of a match and it weighs me down. If I had only known.”
Showing his dark side during a tirade at the 2008 Australian Open. In a third-round match against Phillip Kohlschreiber of Germany, Roddick berated and condescended the match umpire throughout. At the height of his anger, the American turned to the crowd and shouted, “stay in school kids or you could become an umpire.”
A 2003 men’s Australian Open quarter-final. It took him five hours and five sets to defeat Morocco’s Younes El Aynaoui in the longest match the Australian Open had seen since introducing the tie-break. The American saved a match point in the 83-game epic, which ended 21-19 in the fifth. “In the end, it was just about fighting,” said Roddick.
The world’s fastest serve (at the time). Roddick blasted down a 155 mph (249 km/h) serve against Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus in a 2004 Davis Cup tie. The Charleston crowd responded to the speedometer by giving Roddick a standing ovation. “I hit a good one. That’s about it,” Roddick said. “I think it’s fun for the fans. To me it’s still a point.”
Winning the Davis Cup. In 2007, Roddick’s United States team defeated Russia at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
Wurzels and Angy Birds. During a post-match interview at Queen’s Club in 2011, he revealed that since landing in the UK he had been in a “jet-lag haze” watching videos on YouTube of the Wurzels, a band from the south-west of England who mostly sing about all things rural. Roddick also gave away his secret to passing the time between rain delays: Angry Birds.
He finally ends a losing streak against Roger Federer. After losing 11 matches in a row against Federer, Roddick finally broke the Swiss-jinx in 2008, with a three-set win in Miami. “He hasn’t missed a ball against me for about six years,” Roddick said. “I figured the law of statistics had to work for me eventually.”