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2012-09-05 06:19:44 PM
1. Who's the top American in tennis now?
2. Can they beat Serena?
 
2012-09-05 06:22:10 PM

Triumph: 1. Who's the top American in tennis now?
2. Can they beat Serena?


American male, obviously.
 
2012-09-05 06:26:03 PM
He's a Republican? Bummer.
 
2012-09-05 07:34:34 PM

Triumph: 1. Who's the top American in tennis now?
2. Can they beat Serena?


1. John Isner.
2. Yes.
 
2012-09-05 10:52:08 PM
Guess he'll just have to settle for a pity lay from Brooklyn tonight
 
2012-09-05 11:30:31 PM
Yes, off you go to a successful broadcast career and an adulthood nailing Brooklyn Decker.

Sad indeed.
 
2012-09-05 11:39:51 PM
Good career. Got a slam, got a YE#1. Can't say he wasted his talent, worked hard. Could have won a couple of more slams, but he played at the same time as swiss superman during his prime. But hey - retire at 30, a millionaire with a bikini model wife, and probably a career in the booth, too. Not too shabby for that Nebraska boy.

/while I bust ass at mid-30s to make an extra buck at 00:30 in the morning.
//shoulda been a slam-winning tennis player instead
 
2012-09-05 11:49:39 PM
He dated Mandy Moore and i believe is now dating Brooklyn Decker. poor guy
 
2012-09-06 12:00:33 AM
The real story was Federer's loss.
 
2012-09-06 12:27:40 AM

PowerSlacker: The real story was Federer's loss.


Yep, once again, Roddick gets overshadowed by that selfish Swiss bastard.

/kidding about the selfish part
 
2012-09-06 12:52:22 AM
Staple's wants him to report at 10AM sharp. Those executive chairs don't assemble themselves.

/yeah right
 
2012-09-06 04:33:14 AM
Good guy, would have a few more trophies if it weren't for Federer.

/but has a very nice trophy in his bed as a consolation
 
2012-09-06 07:30:39 AM
Meanwhile, Art Model (d)
 
2012-09-06 08:01:34 AM
I'll never forget how awesome it was when he won the 2003 US Open (and also how much David Nalbandian handed him that tournament), or how much of a heartbreaker it was when he lost Wimbledon to Federer in 2009. I'm definitely going to miss watching him.
 
2012-09-06 08:05:54 AM
Looking forward to seeing him in the broadcast booth.
 
2012-09-06 08:17:25 AM
Well thank god it's not Andy Roddick (R), amiright?
 
2012-09-06 09:36:34 AM
Wait federererer lost?
 
2012-09-06 09:43:50 AM

thisiszombocom: Wait federererer lost?


Straight sets.
 
2012-09-06 09:46:56 AM
The question is, would you rather have Agassi's superior career or Roddick's superior trim?
 
2012-09-06 09:56:48 AM
Sure got a whole lot of attention for a guy who was at most the 4th or 5th best player of his time.
 
2012-09-06 09:58:45 AM

doubled99: Sure got a whole lot of attention for a guy who was at most the 4th or 5th best player of his time.


How much attention should the 4th or 5th best player receive? You say "4th or 5th" like it is an insult.
 
2012-09-06 10:06:12 AM

doubled99: Sure got a whole lot of attention for a guy who was at most the 4th or 5th best player of his time.


BREAKING: Good-looking people get a lot of attention from the media because they are good-looking.
 
2012-09-06 10:45:17 AM

doubled99: Sure got a whole lot of attention for a guy who was at most the 4th or 5th best player of his time.


He was the best American of his time. So, you probably heard more about him than his success warranted due to that piece of trivia.

At least he won a slam. Kournikova never won a single title (for singles).
 
2012-09-06 10:56:52 AM

Gunny Highway: doubled99: Sure got a whole lot of attention for a guy who was at most the 4th or 5th best player of his time.

How much attention should the 4th or 5th best player receive? You say "4th or 5th" like it is an insult.



Also, how long is one's "time"? I mean, he was the best player in the world in 2003, and only the Big 3 have held that title since. Heck, if you discount the French, he had 8 straight QF-or-better Slam finishes in 2003-2005 (and was the only player to make the Final 8 in all those tournaments).
 
2012-09-06 11:33:29 AM

Cymbal: The question is, would you rather have Agassi's superior career or Roddick's superior trim?


Didn't Agassi tap Brooke Shields?

Roddick has time to catch up, but I think Andre has the lead in the clubhouse.
 
2012-09-06 11:34:23 AM
I never understood the disrespect that Roddick got. He was the biggest server of his generation, and for some reason people gave him crap for that and labeled him a one trick pony.

That being said, I think Del Potro deserves a lot of respect for his level of class and grace yesterday. It was an honor to watch how he handled the celebration and speech at the end.
 
2012-09-06 11:35:48 AM
He was even better than Michael Chang!
 
2012-09-06 11:37:04 AM

Even With A Chainsaw: He was the biggest server of his generation, and for some reason people gave him crap for that and labeled him a one trick pony.


I don't think it was that as much as people questioned his mental toughness.

/and rightly so
 
2012-09-06 11:40:37 AM

doubled99: He was even better than Michael Chang!


Before Roddick.
 
2012-09-06 11:53:25 AM

thisiszombocom: Wait federererer lost?


Yep. Old feddy can't turn it on at will like when he was a young 'un.

First time since FO2004 that there's no Federer or Nadal in the semis of a slam.
 
2012-09-06 11:57:54 AM

The Muthaship: Even With A Chainsaw: He was the biggest server of his generation, and for some reason people gave him crap for that and labeled him a one trick pony.

I don't think it was that as much as people questioned his mental toughness.

/and rightly so


Roddick had no mental toughness issues. He just had a limited game, and made the most of it. A monster serve... that was easily readable. A "big" forehand... that needs a massive windup. An atrocious choice of approach shots when coming into the net. A decent, usable backhand. Decent movement. And that's it.
 
2012-09-06 12:00:02 PM

sotua: Roddick had no mental toughness issues.


He was prone to quitting when behind, IMO. That's a mental toughness issue.
 
2012-09-06 01:16:26 PM

The Muthaship: sotua: Roddick had no mental toughness issues.

He was prone to quitting when behind, IMO. That's a mental toughness issue.


Prone to quitting? First time I've heard this about Roddick. And doesn't really jive with what I've seen over the years.

/not that I'm any kind of Roddick fan, but among his many failings, I never thought he was mentally weak like, say, Berdych.
 
2012-09-06 01:29:35 PM

sotua: thisiszombocom: Wait federererer lost?

Yep. Old feddy can't turn it on at will like when he was a young 'un.

First time since FO2004 that there's no Federer or Nadal in the semis of a slam.


Wow, really? Damn.

I had some real hopes for Roddick after Wimbledon '09 and that dramatic duel with Federer; it was like Andy's mind and stamina were finally operating on the same level as his physical strength and that was a joy to watch. Sadly, it seems that was the last peak of his career.
 
2012-09-06 01:52:30 PM
Inchoate: sotua: thisiszombocom: Wait federererer lost?

Yep. Old feddy can't turn it on at will like when he was a young 'un.

First time since FO2004 that there's no Federer or Nadal in the semis of a slam.

Wow, really? Damn.

I had some real hopes for Roddick after Wimbledon '09 and that dramatic duel with Federer; it was like Andy's mind and stamina were finally operating on the same level as his physical strength and that was a joy to watch. Sadly, it seems that was the last peak of his career.



That's the thing, though. He played the best match of his life, no question, and it still wasn't enough to win. It was damn close, but Fed was still better. How does one even go on playing after that, knowing they'll likely never be able to improve on that performance? That he did, to me, is a testament to his mental toughness, which others here have questioned.

I personally always thought his 'kitchen sink' match against Roger at Wimbledon would've been the beginning of something new for Roddick, but injuries kind of kept that from happening.

/W.r.t. Roger and Rafa being out: Murray better turn it on and go for glory here, while he's still high on Gold. One man to beat (if we can believe the seeds)...
 
2012-09-06 01:59:33 PM
It's nice to see Roger and Rafa out. Not because I don't like them, but because top-tier men's tennis has been the same two or three dudes playing each other for years now and it's boring.
 
2012-09-06 02:39:25 PM

Inchoate: It's nice to see Roger and Rafa out. Not because I don't like them, but because top-tier men's tennis has been the same two or three dudes playing each other for years now and it's boring.


Yeah, let's have some new blood. Murray/Berdych/Ferrer for the title? :-D

(Djokovic or Del Potro vs Murray in the final. Book it. Done)
 
2012-09-07 01:30:10 AM

logggur: I'll never forget how awesome it was when he won the 2003 US Open (and also how much David Nalbandian handed him that tournament), or how much of a heartbreaker it was when he lost Wimbledon to Federer in 2009. I'm definitely going to miss watching him.


He gained more respect from me in that loss than he did from his win in 2003. He had that look in his eye like he'd rather die than lose, but he just wasn't good enough. Sports pundits talk about "heart" a lot, but nothing is a better example to me than that match. It ended up one of my favorite sporting events ever.
 
2012-09-07 09:25:15 AM

Klippoklondike: logggur: I'll never forget how awesome it was when he won the 2003 US Open (and also how much David Nalbandian handed him that tournament), or how much of a heartbreaker it was when he lost Wimbledon to Federer in 2009. I'm definitely going to miss watching him.

He gained more respect from me in that loss than he did from his win in 2003. He had that look in his eye like he'd rather die than lose, but he just wasn't good enough. Sports pundits talk about "heart" a lot, but nothing is a better example to me than that match. It ended up one of my favorite sporting events ever.


Seriously, that was heartbreaking. I didn't care much for Roddick until that match. But he showed a lot of heart, and such nerve! You can't accuse someone who can whitstand serving second in a wimbledon final 5th set, against a guy who has beaten you more than ten times, who has absolutely no problems with your main weapon (Serve), and is raining aces on your head on his own service games, of mental weakness. Dragged it out to 16-14. Respect.
 
2012-09-07 10:09:10 PM

Klippoklondike: He had that look in his eye like he'd rather die than lose, but he just wasn't good enough. Sports pundits talk about "heart" a lot, but nothing is a better example to me than that match.


For the record, in that match I agree.
 
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