168 Facts About Andy Roddick

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Andrew Stephen Andy Roddick was born on 30 August 1982 and is an American former world No 1 tennis player.

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Andy Roddick is a major champion, having won the 2003 US Open.

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Andy Roddick reached four other major finals, losing to rival Roger Federer each time.

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Andy Roddick was ranked in the year-end top 10 for nine consecutive years and won five Masters titles in that period.

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Andy Roddick was a crucial player in the U S Davis Cup team's successful run to the title in 2007.

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In retirement, Andy Roddick played for the Austin Aces in World Team Tennis in 2015.

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In 2017, Andy Roddick was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Andy Roddick is married to Brooklyn Decker, a swimwear model and actress.

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Andy Roddick was born on August 30, 1982, in Omaha, Nebraska, the youngest son of Blanche Corell, a school teacher, and Jerry Andy Roddick, a businessman.

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Andy Roddick has two older brothers, Lawrence and John, who were both promising tennis players at a young age.

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Andy Roddick lived in Austin, Texas, from ages 4 to 11, and then moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in the interest of his brother's tennis career, attending SEK Boca Prep International School, and graduating in 2000.

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Andy Roddick took high school classes online through the University of Nebraska High School.

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Andy Roddick considered quitting competitive tennis at age 17 when he had a losing streak in the juniors.

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Andy Roddick won six world junior singles titles and seven world junior doubles titles, and won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000.

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Andy Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of Sao Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final.

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Andy Roddick won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ancic in the final.

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Andy Roddick became the youngest American to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.

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Andy Roddick was knocked out during the 2004 US Open in a five-set quarterfinal against another big server, Joachim Johansson.

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At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Andy Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round.

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Later that year, Roddick teamed up with Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan on the U S Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the final in Seville.

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Andy Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open.

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Towards the end of 2004, Andy Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine.

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In 2004, Andy Roddick saved fellow tennis player Sjeng Schalken and other guests from a hotel fire.

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The top-seeded Andy Roddick defeated Cyril Saulnier in 50 minutes, the event's first championship shutout set since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975.

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Andy Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating that the ball was in, and the call was consequently changed.

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At the 2005 French Open, Andy Roddick lost to unseeded Argentine Jose Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon, Andy Roddick lost to Federer in the final for the second consecutive year.

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At the US Open, Andy Roddick was defeated by No 70 Gilles Muller in the first round.

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At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Andy Roddick defeated Gael Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken.

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At the French Open, Andy Roddick retired in the first round, after sustaining a foot injury during the match.

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At the US Open, Andy Roddick easily won his first two matches against Florent Serra and Kristian Pless.

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Andy Roddick entered the 2007 Australian Open as the sixth seed.

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Andy Roddick defeated 26th-seeded Marat Safin in the third round, and ninth-seeded Mario Ancic in a five-set fourth-round match.

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Andy Roddick won his quarterfinal match against fellow American Mardy Fish.

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In first-round Davis Cup action, Andy Roddick helped the US defeat the Czech Republic, winning his singles matches against Ivo Minar and Tomas Berdych.

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Andy Roddick reached at least the semifinals of his next two tournaments.

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Andy Roddick bowed out to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, California, a reprise of 2006.

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Andy Roddick then defeated Murray in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, before losing in the final to defending champion Tommy Haas.

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At the first ATP Masters Series tournament of the year, after beating No 8 Ivan Ljubicic, Andy Roddick reached the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, but lost to No 2 Rafael Nadal.

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However, Roddick re-aggravated his hamstring injury during the Davis Cup tie, and was forced to pull out of the U S Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas.

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Andy Roddick announced that he would withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters, citing the injury.

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Andy Roddick then withdrew from the Masters Series Hamburg tournament because, according to his website, he needed time to physically prepare himself for the upcoming French Open.

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Andy Roddick was seeded third at the French Open, but was eliminated in the first round by Russian Igor Andreev in four sets.

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Andy Roddick was victorious at the Stella Artois Championships for the fourth time, when he defeated Nicolas Mahut in the final.

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At Wimbledon, Andy Roddick was seeded third and considered one of the pre-tournament favorites behind Federer and Nadal.

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Andy Roddick made it to the semifinals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, where he was upset by Frank Dancevic of Canada.

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The next week, however, Roddick claimed his second ATP title of the year by winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D C for the third time, when he beat American newcomer John Isner.

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Andy Roddick won his next three matches, one in straight sets and the other two when his opponent retired.

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Andy Roddick then set his sights on the Madrid Masters, but pulled out, citing a knee injury.

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At his next tournament two weeks later in Lyon, France, Andy Roddick lost in the first round to Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

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Andy Roddick then withdrew from the Paris Masters, incurring a $22, 600 fine for not fulfilling his media obligations at the tournament.

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At the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, Andy Roddick defeated No 4 Nikolay Davydenko in his first round-robin match, and then defeated No 7 Fernando Gonzalez in his next match to become the first player to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament.

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Andy Roddick won his rubber against Dmitry Tursunov, before James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan completed the victory.

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Andy Roddick started 2008 strongly, defeating Ivan Ljubicic and Safin to reach the AAMI Kooyong Classic final for the fourth consecutive season.

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Andy Roddick then lost to the 29th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round in a five-set match.

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Andy Roddick won his 24th career title and his third title of the year at the SAP Open in San Jose, California, defeating Czech Radek Stepanek in straight sets.

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Andy Roddick made it to the semifinals by defeating No 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain, his first victory over Nadal since the second round of the 2004 US Open.

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Andy Roddick progressed through to the final by defeating No 3 and 2008 Australian Open singles champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.

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Andy Roddick then fell to No 2 Tommy Haas at the Pacific Life Open in the second round.

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Andy Roddick was forced to pull out of the French Open due to a shoulder injury.

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At Wimbledon, Andy Roddick was beaten by Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in the second round.

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Andy Roddick was beaten at the Rogers Cup in the third round by Marin Cilic.

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Andy Roddick stated in an interview that the neck injury had nothing to do with his shoulder injury.

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Andy Roddick did not participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics, but chose to concentrate on the US Open.

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Andy Roddick then won his next three matches against Ernests Gulbis, Andreas Seppi, and Fernando Gonzalez.

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Two weeks later, Andy Roddick reached the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters by defeating Gilles Simon, before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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Andy Roddick was then scheduled to play Roger Federer, but retired due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Radek Stepanek.

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Andy Roddick hired Larry Stefanki as his new coach and started working with him on December 1, 2008.

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Andy Roddick began official tournament competition at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

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Andy Roddick defeated Gael Monfils in the semifinals, before losing to Andy Murray in the final.

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Djokovic retired in the fourth set while trailing, which allowed Andy Roddick to reach the fourth Australian Open semifinal of his career.

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Andy Roddick was defeated there by eventual runner-up Roger Federer in straight sets.

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Andy Roddick snapped a three-match losing streak against Tommy Haas in the quarterfinals, before losing in the semifinals to Radek Stepanek for the first time in his career.

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At the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Andy Roddick defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals to reach the final.

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Andy Roddick took his first title of the year by beating Stepanek in the final.

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Andy Roddick defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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Andy Roddick's run was ended by No 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

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At the Miami Masters, Andy Roddick beat ninth seed Gael Monfils in the fourth round to secure a place in the quarterfinals, where he lost to Roger Federer.

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Andy Roddick had his career-best result at the French Open, when he defeated Marc Gicquel in the third round.

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Andy Roddick returned to action as the top seed at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

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Andy Roddick defeated Ivo Karlovic in the quarterfinals, and John Isner in the semifinals.

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Andy Roddick played the next week at the ATP World Tour 1000 event in Rogers Cup, where he was seeded fifth.

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Andy Roddick then lost to No 6 Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals, despite having a match point.

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Andy Roddick next played at the ATP World Tour 1000 event in Cincinnati, where he was seeded fifth.

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Andy Roddick lost to Sam Querrey in his first match, after having received a bye in the first round.

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Andy Roddick then faced Frenchman Marc Gicquel as his parents and newlywed wife watched from the stands.

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Andy Roddick lost his serve only once during the match, as was the case in the Wimbledon final.

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However, Andy Roddick withdrew from the 2009 Valencia Open 500, the 2009 BNP Paribas Masters, and the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals due to the injury he suffered at the Shanghai Masters.

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Andy Roddick started his 2010 campaign at the Brisbane International as the top seed.

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Andy Roddick teamed with James Blake in the men's doubles and made it to the semifinals, before losing to eventual champions Jeremy Chardy and Marc Gicquel.

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Andy Roddick announced that he would not represent the United States in Davis Cup competition for the 2010 season.

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Andy Roddick lost in the quarterfinals to Marin Cilic, despite coming back from two sets down while battling an apparent shoulder injury.

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Andy Roddick then entered the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, where he lost in the quarterfinals in a rematch of the San Jose semifinals to Sam Querrey.

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Andy Roddick did not fare well during the clay-court season, withdrawing from Rome due for personal reasons and from Madrid due to a stomach virus.

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Andy Roddick then lost in the third round of the French Open to Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets.

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Failure at Roland Garros was followed by another disappointment when Andy Roddick suffered his earliest ever exit in the 2010 Aegon Championships, a grass-court Wimbledon tune-up event.

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At Wimbledon, Andy Roddick was seeded fifth, which was two spots higher than his ATP ranking of seven.

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Andy Roddick was defeated in the fourth round by No 82 Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan in five sets.

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Andy Roddick next took a wild card to play in the Atlanta Tennis Championships, the first event of the US Open Series, where he was the top seed.

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Andy Roddick was eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champion Mardy Fish.

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Andy Roddick then played at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, but lost in the semifinals to Gael Monfils.

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Andy Roddick defeated Sam Querrey, Andrey Golubev, and David Nalbandian, earning a semifinal match against Roger Federer, their first meeting since the 2009 Wimbledon final.

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At the BNP Paribas Masters, Andy Roddick was the eighth seed and received a bye in the first round.

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Andy Roddick played his final tournament of the year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

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Andy Roddick was placed in Group A with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Tomas Berdych.

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Andy Roddick ended the year No 8, his ninth consecutive season finishing in the top 10.

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Andy Roddick began his 2011 campaign in the Brisbane International as the second seed and the defending champion, where he was defeated by top seed Robin Soderling in the final.

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Andy Roddick began his Davis Cup campaign for the United States against Chile.

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Andy Roddick faced Nicolas Massu in the opener and defeated him in four sets.

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Andy Roddick then faced Paul Capdeville to clinch the victory for the U S, and he did so by winning in four sets.

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Andy Roddick then began his clay-court season at the Mutua Madrid Open, but he was upset in the first round by Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla in three sets.

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Andy Roddick continued to warm up for the 2011 French Open in Italy, playing the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, but lost in the first round for the second straight tournament to Gilles Simon.

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Andy Roddick teamed with Mardy Fish to play doubles in Rome, and they went to the final before Roddick had to withdraw because of a shoulder injury.

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Andy Roddick withdrew from the Nice Open in France and pulled out of the 2011 French Open, after failing to recover.

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Andy Roddick returned to action at the Aegon Championships, where he was a four-time champion.

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Andy Roddick was seeded eighth for Wimbledon, and in the first round, he beat Andreas Beck of Germany in straight sets.

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The upset loss to Lopez meant that Andy Roddick failed to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam since the 2010 Australian open.

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Andy Roddick was supposed to play Feliciano Lopez in reverse singles, but after David Ferrer wrapped up the victory for Spain by defeating Mardy Fish, their match was cancelled.

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Andy Roddick withdrew from the Legg Masson Tennis Classic, and Rogers Cup, after partially tearing his oblique muscle while practicing.

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Andy Roddick began his campaign with a four-set win over fellow American Michael Russell.

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Andy Roddick then defeated another American Jack Sock in straight sets.

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Andy Roddick then backed it up with a four-set win over David Ferrer to advance to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2010 Australian Open.

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Andy Roddick beat Denis Kudla in the round of 16, but lost in the quarterfinals to Denis Istomin.

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Andy Roddick traveled to Memphis to defend his title at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

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Andy Roddick beat Lukasz Kubot in the second round, but then lost in the next round to No 7 Tomas Berdych.

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Later in the month, Andy Roddick had better results at the Sony Ericsson Open, where he beat Gilles Muller in the second round.

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Andy Roddick defeated Federer for only the third time in his career to reach the fourth round, but then lost to Juan Monaco from Argentina.

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Andy Roddick then elected not to play in the final three clay-court Masters events leading up to the French Open.

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Andy Roddick then proceeded to defeat defending champion Andreas Seppi in the final for his 31st career title and first of 2012.

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Andy Roddick thus became the only male tennis player besides Roger Federer to have won at least one title every year in the past 12 years.

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Andy Roddick began his Wimbledon campaign with a first-round match against British wild-card entrant Jamie Baker.

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Andy Roddick beat German qualifier Bjorn Phau in the second round in straight sets.

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Andy Roddick lost to David Ferrer in the third round in four sets.

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Andy Roddick took a bye into the second round and avenged his loss at the French Open by defeating Nicolas Mahut.

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Andy Roddick then defeated countryman Michael Russell in the quarterfinals and upset top seed John Isner in the semifinals.

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Four days after his loss, Andy Roddick was honored in a special ceremony in Arthur Ashe Stadium on his retirement, in which Andre Agassi participated.

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Andy Roddick was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 22, 2017, alongside Kim Clijsters of Belgium.

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Andy Roddick is often called "A-Rod", a play on the nickname of New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez, referring to his first initial and the first three letters of his last name.

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Andy Roddick made frequent outbursts against umpires and linesmen on the court.

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At the 2001 US Open, Andy Roddick angrily disputed a ball that landed wide at a crucial point in the fifth set of his quarter-final match against Lleyton Hewitt, calling umpire Jorge Dias "a moron" and copping a code violation for audible obscenity.

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Andy Roddick lost his temper again at the 2010 Australian Open after a ball that he did not play was called out on match point, but ruled to be in after a video review.

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Andy Roddick continued arguing with the umpire after the conclusion of the match but later said that he was wrong.

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In 2011, Andy Roddick snapped at the chair umpire at Indian Wells on his way to lose to France's Richard Gasquet.

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The penalty point was given due to ball-abuse, when Andy Roddick smashed a ball into the stands in frustration after he had already been warned earlier in the match by umpire Carlos Bernardes for an episode of racquet abuse.

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In June 2013, Andy Roddick became an investor and brand ambassador to TravisMathew Apparel.

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In 2005, Andy Roddick signed a multiyear worldwide endorsement deal with carmaker Lexus.

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Andy Roddick's favorite shot is his off-forehand, which he used in combination with his kicker out wide.

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Andy Roddick used to play his off-forehand frequently but later adjusted and used it to create points.

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Andy Roddick was noted for using heavy topspin on both his serves and his twist serve was particularly high kicking.

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Andy Roddick occasionally used the serve-and-volley tactic on both first and second services to surprise his opponent, though he generally remained near the baseline after a serve.

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Andy Roddick later developed a more all-court playing style compared to the aggressive baseline style he played with for most of his early career.

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Andy Roddick appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in 2007 and 2010.

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Andy Roddick hosted Saturday Night Live on November 8, 2003, becoming the second professional tennis player to host and the first (and, as of August 2017, only) male tennis player to host.

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Pre-Wimbledon, Andy Roddick appeared on an episode of the British version of The Weakest Link, which was broadcast on 18 June 2004.

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Andy Roddick has quipped that he saw the photo, and that "Nadal wanted his arms back.

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In March 2009, Andy Roddick appeared in the "Speed Feels Better" music video for singer-songwriter Michael Tolcher.

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In 2011, Andy Roddick made a cameo at the end of the film Just Go With It, as the new lover of the film's jilted bride, played by Decker.

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In 2019, Andy Roddick appeared on Celebrity Family Feud with his wife and the rest of the Decker family, competing against Bobby Bones and his family.

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In 2011 Andy Roddick co-hosted a radio show for one day on Fox Sports Radio with his friend Bobby Bones on the latter's eponymous program.

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On February 16, 2012, Andy Roddick interviewed his wife, Brooklyn, on the radio show and during that interview he first revealed his plans on retiring and turning the radio show into a daily show and into his new career.

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In 2013, Andy Roddick was hired by Fox Sports 1 as co-host for the network's flagship program Fox Sports Live.

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In 2015, Andy Roddick joined the BBC as pundit and commentator for the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.

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In 2017, Andy Roddick's wife revealed that he discarded most of his tennis trophies except the US Open trophy.

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In July 2017, Andy Roddick announced that he and Decker were expecting their second child.

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In 2004, Andy Roddick produced what was then the fastest serve in professional tennis: 249.

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Andy Roddick won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player.

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In 2007, Roddick and the Andy Roddick Foundation were awarded by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

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Andy Roddick was the first male tennis player ever to receive the award.

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In 2011, Andy Roddick made a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy film Just Go with It with his real-life wife Brooklyn Decker.

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