"Tennis is a full-time job and not just the two hours that people see when we're on the court," Roddick said. "The recovery became hard. I'm not graceful like Roger Federer. I have to use a lot more effort and a lot more of my physical tools. And what you see when I play is what I did in every practice. My body kept asking for more and I'm not sure I had more to give."
It was an emotional farewell for Roddick, who sat in his changeover chair, covering his face with a white towel, after sailing a running forehand long on the last point. He choked up during an on-court speech at Arthur Ashe Stadium, telling the crowd, "Oh, wow. For the first time in my career, I'm not sure what to say."
People try to portray me as this world-beating, overconfident guy, but no matter who it is I play, I am always seared going into a match. The more nervous I am about who I am playing, the better I play. When I am overconfident, that's when I normally go down...
It was pretty inconceivable for me to think that, out of every American who has ever been ranked No. 1--Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe, Connors, Courier, etc.--I was the youngest to get there. It was very surreal for me, but I try not to get too caught up with it...
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Andy Roddick married his fiancée, Brooklyn Decker, in a twilight ceremony at his Austin, Texas, home on Friday, PEOPLE has confirmed.
In the final, Andy played French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero. Sticking with his strengths, he squashed the man known as the “Mosquito.” Only once, late in the match, did Andy sit back and trade ground strokes with Ferrero. When that experiment flopped, he got back to the business of winning his first Grand Slam. The final score was 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. Andy rocketed 24 aces in the match to make it 123 for the tournament. Three came in the final game, putting an exclamation point on an already impressive performance.
Andy prepared for the 2001 season, his first full year on the pro tour, under the weight of high expectations. His big serve led to comparisons to Sampras. And with no other American teenagers as evolved, Andy was cast as the “future of U.S. men’s tennis.”
Andy's Junior accomplishments include finishing as the No. 1 Junior in the U.S. in 1999-2000 and as the No. 1 Junior in the world in 2000. He won the Junior US Open and Australian Open singles titles in 2000, in addition to winning six world junior singles titles and seven world doubles titles. Andy turned pro in 2000 and a year later established the Andrew S. Roddick Foundation.
Andrew Stephen Roddick was born in Omaha, NE August 30th, 1982 to Blanche and Jerry Roddick. The Roddick's moved to Austin, TX when Andy was 41/2 and then moved to Boca Raton, FL at the age of 10, where Andy's junior tennis career blossomed. An all around athlete, he played varsity basketball in high school alongside Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999.