August 30, 2011 1 Comment
Today is a veeeeeeeery special day. On this day, in a town east of Omaha (Bob Seger, anyone?) Andrew Stephen Roddick was born. Twenty-nine years later, here we are.
For the top-ranked American for many many years, and the last Yank to top the rankings, no words make a fair tribute. So I decided – alongside my friend and biggest fan of A-Rod I know, @cacwhere – to put together 29 Andy Roddick facts for you – and, even more important, for him.
There we go. Be ready to take a fucking bow to the man who was the GOAT before the term came into popular use and still is, up to date.
1- Grand Slam title, the ’03 US Open
2- Miami titles (2004/2010). He’s also won the Cincinnati shield twice (2003/2006)
3- Times a Wimbledon finalist, in 2004, 2005 and 2009
4- Continents on which Andy Roddick has won a title: America, Europe, Asia and Oceania
5- Masters Series titles.
6- Titles in 2003 – his most prolific year: St. Poelten, Queen’s, Indianapolis, Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open
7- Ranking of Carlos Moyá, Andy Roddick’s very first opponent as the leader of the ranking, at the ’03 Masters Cup; Roddick won, 6/2, 3/6, 6/3
8- Finals reached in 2003 and 2004 – best marks of his career; Roddick went 6-2 in 2003 and 4-4 in 2004.
9- Consecutive years with a top-10 year-end ranking. Only Roger Federer, among actives, has a similar record
10- Titles outside the United States: Queen’s (4x), Brisbane, Lyon, Dubai, St. Poelten, Montreal and Beijing
11- Consecutive years winning at least one singles title: He’s one of two active players to do so; this is the 5th longest streak of all-time
12- Decisive Davis Cup wins – the clinchers; Also his US Open participations completed in 2011.
13- Weeks as #1 – from 13.11.2003 to 01.02.2004, ranking him as the 15th all-time.
14- Year-ending ranking in 2001 – his first full year as a pro; He had finished 2000 at #158
15(5) – Miles per hours, his fastest serve – an ace struck at a Davis Cup tie v. Vladimir Voltchkov, from Belarus. For years to come, this was the fastest service ever recorded
16- Age on 17.05.1999 – date of his first professional match, at the Vero Beach F4; He lost to then-512 Nicolas Todero from Argentina, losing 3/6, 3/6.
17- Years when turned pro, in 2000
18- Years old – his age when beating a top-10 for the first time: #4 Pete Sampras at the 2001 Miami Masters; Roddick was also 18 when won a title for the first time, at ’01 Atlanta.
19- Matches won between Montreal and the US Open, in 2003 – his longest winning streak.
20- Titles won in the United States: Memphis, San Jose, Houston, Washington (3x), Miami, Cincinnati, Indianapolis (2x), Atlanta and the US Open
21 – Wins shy of his 600th career triumph, ranking him second among active players.
22- Player to ever top the ATP rankings since the introduction, in 1973.
23- Tournaments played in 2003 – still his record for most events played in a single season.
24- ATP 250/500 titles.
25- Ties played for the United States Davis Cup team – with 18 wins.
26- His age in April/2009 – when married actress and model Brooklyn Decker
27- Matches at Challenger level – with an outstanding 23-4 record, three titles and one final.
28- Years-old – Andy’s age when he won Memphis earlier this year – his 30th career title.
29- candles blown by the birthday boy today. Happy birthday, Andy! And please, never ever change.