Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick (born August 30, 1982) is an American former professional tennis player.He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.He is the most recent North American male player to win a Grand Slam singles event, the most recent to reach the top ranking, and the most recent to claim the year-end world No. Roddick reached four other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and the US Open in 2006), losing to Roger Federer every time; the pair had a lopsided rivalry from 2001 to 2012.
He is married to Brooklyn Decker, a Sports Illustrated swimwear model and actress. Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of São Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final.
On August 30, 2012, during the 2012 US Open and on his 30th birthday, Roddick announced that he would retire after the tournament. Roddick also won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ančić in the final.
Following a fourth-round defeat by Juan Martín del Potro, Roddick retired from the sport with the aim of focusing on his foundation, the Andy Roddick Foundation, in future years. He 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. In 2001, Roddick defeated former French Open champion Michael Chang in five sets in the second round of the tournament, despite the fact that clay was Roddick's worst surface.
Roddick has two older brothers, Lawrence and John (All-American tennis player at University of Georgia [1996–98] and head tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma), who were both promising tennis players at a young age. In March in Miami, in the first round Roddick had his first ATP level victory as he beat World No. During the following Wimbledon, he further showed potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević.
Roddick lived in Austin, Texas, from age 4 until he was 11, and then moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in the interest of his brother's tennis career, Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside his future Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999. At the age of 18, he also defeated 7-time Wimbledon champion, World No. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 20.
During that time period, he intermittently trained with Venus and Serena Williams; he later moved back to Austin. Roddick considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17, when he had a losing streak in the juniors. 4, and fellow American Pete Sampras at the Miami Masters 7–6, 6–3, Roddick's breakthrough year was 2003, in which he defeated Younes El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Australian Open. In 2004, Roddick saved fellow tennis player Sjeng Schalken and other guests (including close friends Ben Campezi and Dean Monroe) from a hotel fire. (He lost in 2003 to Agassi, and in 2004 to Tommy Haas.) In May, Roddick had match point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco.His coach, Tarik Benhabiles, talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention. Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set (21–19 in favor of Roddick) at the time the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours and 23 minutes. Roddick's first 2005 tournament victory was the SAP Open in San Jose, California, where he became the first to win the event in consecutive years since Mark Philippoussis in 19. Verdasco was attempting to save the match point on his second serve, when the linesman erroneously called the serve out.Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in the United Kingdom by winning Queen's Club, beating World No. Later that year, Roddick teamed up with Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan on the U. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the final in Seville. The top-seeded Roddick defeated Cyril Saulnier, 6–0, 6–4, in 50 minutes, the event's first championship shutout set since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. Roddick's most recent US Open first-round loss had been in 2000.2 Andre Agassi, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6, along the way, and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in straight sets. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open. Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating the ball was in, and the call was consequently changed. At the French Open, Roddick lost to unseeded Argentine José Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon, Roddick lost to Federer in the final for the second consecutive year. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, 6–4, 7–6, at the Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Roddick defeated Gaël Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken.He avenged that loss in August, beating then World No. It is one of three times that Roddick defeated Federer in an official ATP tournament. Towards the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine. Roddick's first ATP event of the year was the Australian Open.Roddick's hard-court record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles—coming at Canada and Cincinnati—and his only Grand Slam title. At the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, he defeated World No. In June, Roddick advanced to his first Wimbledon final, and after taking the first set from defending champion Federer, lost in four sets. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round. There, he reached the fourth round, before being upset by unseeded and eventual finalist, Marcos Baghdatis.