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Andy Roddick (1982)

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Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick is an American professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. He is currently the second highest-ranked American player, behind Mardy Fish.

He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the finals, which currently makes him the last North American male player to win a grand slam singles event. Roddick has reached four other Grand Slam finals , losing to Roger Federer each time. He is married to Brooklyn Decker, a Sports Illustrated swim wear model and actress.


 personal life
Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Jerry and Blanche Roddick. Roddick's father was a businessman and his mother was a school teacher. She now directs the Andy Roddick Foundation. 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.

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, attending Boca Prep International School, and graduating from the Class of 2000. Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside his future Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999. During that time period, he sometimes trained with Venus and Serena Williams; he later moved back to Austin.

It was while Roddick was flipping through a previous swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated that Roddick first noticed Brooklyn Decker, to whom he is now married. The two had been dating since 2007, and on March 31, 2008, Roddick announced on his website that he and Decker had become engaged. The couple were married in Austin on April 17, 2009.

Roddick considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17, when he had a losing streak in the juniors. His coach, Tarik Benhabiles, talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention. Roddick finished as the No. 6 junior in the U.S. in 1999, and as the No. 1 junior in the world in 2000. He won six world junior singles and seven doubles titles, and won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000. In March, in Miami, in the first round Roddick had his first major victory as he beat world No. 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain, 6–4, 6–0. In August, in Washington, D.C., he beat world No. 30 Fabrice Santoro of France, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3. Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of São Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final. Roddick also won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ančić in the final. In 2001, Roddick defeated former French Open champion Michael Chang in 5 sets in the second round of the tournament, despite clay being Roddick's worst surface. During the following Wimbledon, he further showed potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević. He also defeated 7-time Wimbledon champion, world No. 4, and fellow American Pete Sampras, at the age of 19, at the Miami Masters 7–6, 6–3, and world No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil 6–7, 6–4, 6–2 in August.

Roddick's breakthrough year was in 2003, in which he defeated Younes El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Australian Open. 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. Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in the United Kingdom by winning Queen's Club, beating World No. 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. He avenged that loss in August, beating then World Number 3 Federer in Montreal, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6. It is one of two times that Roddick has defeated him in an official ATP tournament as of yet.

 World No. 1
Roddick's hardcourt record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles—coming at Canada and Cincinnati–and his only Grand Slam title. At the US Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian, 6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–1, 6–3. He then defeated world no. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3. At the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, he defeated world no. 7 Carlos Moyá of Spain, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, and world no. 4 Guillermo Coria of Argentina, 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, before losing to Roger Federer in the semifinals. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked no. 1, the first American to finish a year at no. 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He also became the youngest American to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.

Roddick's reign at no. 1 ended the following February, when Roger Federer ascended to the top position, after winning his first Australian Open; the 2004 Australian Open would be the only time in Roddick's career where he was the no. 1 seed in a Grand Slam. In April, Roddick again beat world no. 6 Moya, this time 5–7, 6–2, 7–5. In June, Roddick advanced to his first Wimbledon final, and after taking the first set from defending champion Federer, lost in four sets. Roddick was knocked out during the 2004 US Open in a five-set quarterfinal against another big server, Joachim Johansson. Later in September in Bangkok, he beat world no. 9 Marat Safin of Russia, 7–6, 6–7, 7–6. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round. In November he beat world no. 7 Tim Henman of Great Britain, 7–5, 7–6, world no. 4 Safin, 7–6, 7–6, and world no. 6 Guillermo Coria, 7–6, 6–3. 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. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open. Towards the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine. Roddick finished 2004 ranked as the world no. 2, the U.S. no. 1, and the player with the most aces . In 2004, Roddick saved fellow tennis player Sjeng Schalken and other guests from a hotel fire.

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 1999 and 2000. 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. In March, he defeated world no. 7 Carlos Moyá, 6–7, 6–4, 6–1. In April, Roddick won the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 2001 and 2002. In May, Roddick had match point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco was attempting to save the match point on his second serve, when the linesman erroneously called the serve out. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. 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. Verdasco went on to win the match. 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. In August, he defeated world no. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, 6–4, 7–6, at the Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the US Open, Roddick was defeated by world no. 70 Gilles Müller in the first round. Roddick's last US Open first-round loss had been in 2000. 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.

 New coach
Roddick's first ATP event of the year was the Australian Open. There, he reached the fourth round, before being upset by unseeded and eventual finalist, Marcos Baghdatis. At the French Open, Roddick retired in the first round, after sustaining a foot injury during the match. Two weeks later at Wimbledon, Roddick was upset in the third round by British hopeful Andy Murray. This loss caused Roddick to fall below the top 10 for the first time since 2002. After Wimbledon, Roddick began working with a new coach, tennis legend Jimmy Connors. In his first event with his new coach, Roddick reached the final of Indianapolis, before losing to good friend and fellow American, James Blake. His resurgence finally came at the Cincinnati Masters, where he won the event by defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, making this the first masters event he won since 2004. At the US Open, Roddick easily won his first two matches against Florent Serra and Kristian Pless. He then played a thriller five-set match against Fernando Verdasco, winning 6–2 in the final set. Next, he beat Benjamin Becker, who was coming off a huge win against recently retired Andre Agassi. In the quarterfinals, Roddick beat Lleyton Hewitt, avenging his loss in 2001, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4. Now in the semifinals for the first time since he won in 2003, Roddick played Mikhail Youzhny and beat him, 6–7, 6–0, 7–6, 6–3. In the finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon a year prior, Roddick played world no. 1 Federer. He lost, however, 2–6, 6–4, 5–7, 1–6. He then qualified for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, where he defeated world no. 4 Ivan Ljubičić of Croatia, 6–4, 6–7, 6–1, but lost in the round robin to world no. 1 Federer, 6–4, 6–7, 4–6, in a tough three-set battle.

Roddick entered the 2007 Australian Open as the sixth seed. In his first-round match, he lost a marathon first-set tiebreak 20–18, but eventually won the match in four sets against wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France. Roddick defeated 26th-seeded Marat Safin in the third round, and ninth-seeded Mario Ančić in a five-set fourth-round match. Roddick won his quarterfinal match against fellow American Mardy Fish, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2. His run was ended in the semifinals by world no. 1 Federer, who defeated him in straight sets, 6–4, 6–0, 6–2, making his head-to-head record against Federer 1–13. In first-round Davis Cup action, Roddick helped the US defeat the Czech Republic, winning his singles matches against Ivo Minář and Tomáš Berdych. Roddick reached at least the semifinals of his next two tournaments. He bowed out to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, California, a reprise of 2006. 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, 6–3, 6–2. Reaching the final, however, enabled Roddick to overtake Nikolay Davydenko for the world no. 3 position, his first week inside the top three since March 6, 2006. At the first ATP Masters Series tournament of the year, after beating world no. 8 Ivan Ljubičić, 6–4, 6–7, 6–1, Roddick reached the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, but lost to world no. 2 Rafael Nadal, 6–4, 6–3.

 Series of injuries
Roddick then played the Miami Masters, where he retired from his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray due to a left hamstring injury. Roddick then helped the U.S. defeat Spain and advance to the Davis Cup semifinals, winning his lone singles match against Fernando Verdasco, 7–6, 6–1, 6–4. However, Roddick re-aggravated his hamstring injury during the Davis Cup tie, and was subsequently forced to pull out of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas. Roddick also announced that he would withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters, citing the injury. His next tournament was the Internazionali d'Italia. After a first-round bye, he won his first match against Gastón Gaudio, where he saved three break points and fired nine aces. However, he was unable to stop Juan Ignacio Chela in the third round, losing 6–0, 6–4. 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. Roddick was seeded third at the French Open, but was eliminated in the first round by Russian Igor Andreev in four sets, 6–3, 4–6, 3–6, 4–6. Roddick was victorious at the Stella Artois Championships for the fourth time, when he defeated Nicolas Mahut in the final, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6. At Wimbledon, Roddick was seeded third and considered one of the pre-tournament favorites behind Federer and Nadal. He reached the quarterfinals after wins against Justin Gimelstob of the U.S., Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, Fernando Verdasco of Spain, and Paul-Henri Mathieu of France. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost in five close sets to Richard Gasquet of France, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-8.

During the summer hardcourt season, Roddick played four tournaments in four weeks. Roddick made it to the semifinals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, where he was upset by Frank Dancevic of Canada, 6–4, 7–6. 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, 6–4, 7–6. He then lost in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal to Novak Djokovic, and in the third round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio to David Ferrer of Spain. At the US Open, Roddick defeated Gimelstob in the first round, 7–6, 6–3, 6–3. He won his next three matches, one in straight sets and the other two when his opponent retired. In the quarterfinals, Roddick once again lost to Federer, 7–6, 7–6, 6–2, bringing his head-to-head record with Federer 1–14. There were no breaks of serve and only one break point total in the first two sets, that being on Federer's serve. Two weeks later, Roddick anchored the U.S. Davis Cup team during its 4–1 semifinal defeat of Sweden. Roddick won both his singles matches, opening the tie with a defeat of Joachim Johansson, 7–6, 7–6, 6–3, and clinching it with a 6–2, 7–6, 6–4 victory over Jonas Björkman. This was the ninth time in nine tries that Roddick had clinched a tie for the American team.

Roddick's then set his sights on the Madrid Masters, but pulled out, citing a knee injury. At his next tournament two weeks later in Lyon, France, Roddick lost in the first round to Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, 7–6, 2–6, 6–4. Roddick then withdrew from the Paris Masters, incurring a $22,600 fine for not fulfilling his media obligations at the tournament. At the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, Roddick defeated world no. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, in his first round-robin match, and then defeated world no. 7 Fernando González in his next match to become the first player to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament. In his third and final round-robin match, Roddick lost once again to Federer, 6–4, 6–2, for the 15th time in 16 career matches. In the semifinals, Roddick lost, 6–1, 6–3, to no. 6 seed David Ferrer, who had won all three of his round-robin matches. This was Roddick's third semifinal finish out of the last five years at the Tennis Masters Cup (he reached the semifinals in 2003 and 2004, withdrew in 2005, and failed to advance to the semifinals in 2006 after a 1–2 round-robin record). Roddick finished the year by helping the U.S. defeat Russia and win the 2007 Davis Cup, its 32nd Davis Cup victory, but first since 1995. Roddick won his rubber against Dmitry Tursunov, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2, before James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan completed the victory. Having secured the tie with an unassailable 3–0 lead, Roddick decided to sit out his second singles match of the tie.

Roddick started 2008 strongly, defeating Ivan Ljubičić, 6–3, 6–0, and Safin, 6–3, 6–3, to reach the AAMI Kooyong Classic final for the fourth consecutive season. In the final, he defeated Marcos Baghdatis, 7–5, 6–3, to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. Roddick was seeded sixth in the 2008 Australian Open. In the first round, he defeated Lukás Dlouhy of the Czech Republic, 6–3, 6–4, 7–5. In the second round, he defeated German Michael Berrer, 6–2, 6–2, 6–4. He then lost to the no. 29 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round in a 5-set match, 4–6, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–8. Despite losing, Roddick served a career-high of 42 aces in a match. Roddick won his 24th career title and his third title of the year at the SAP Open in San Jose, California. He defeated the Czech Radek Stepánek in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5. Roddick's next tournament was the Dubai Tennis Championships. He made it to the semifinals by defeating world no. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain, 7–6, 6–2, his first victory over Nadal since the second round of the 2004 US Open. The win also marked Roddick's first victory over a player ranked in the top two since June 2003. He progressed through to the finals by defeating world no. 3 and 2008 Australian Open singles champion Novak Djokovic, 7–6, 6–3, in the semifinal. By making it to the final, he became the first American to reach the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships final in the tournament's 16-year history. In the final he defeated Feliciano López, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, to win his 25th career title. He never lost his serve during the entire tournament.

 Split with coach
Following Roddick's quarterfinal match in Dubai, he announced that he had split with his coach of two years, Jimmy Connors. Connors had resigned a week earlier, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Roddick would continue to be coached by his brother, John Roddick. He then fell to former world no. 2 Tommy Haas at the Pacific Life Open in the second round, 6–4, 6–4. At the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick advanced to the semifinals after defeating world no. 1 Roger Federer, 7–6, 4–6, 6–3, an hour after proposing to Brooklyn Decker, bringing his head-to-head record against Federer to 2–15. Roddick improved to 3–0 against top-3 players in 2008. Roddick lost in the semifinals to Nikolay Davydenko, 6–7, 2–6. Roddick's next tournament was the Masters tournament in Rome. There, he equaled his best result by reaching the semifinals, where he retired against Stanislas Wawrinka in the pair's first encounter, due to a back injury.

Roddick was forced to pull out of the 2008 French Open due to a shoulder injury. After a visit to a doctor in New York, it was determined this was nothing more than an inflammation of the rotator cuff. His first tournament after the shoulder injury was the Artois Championship, his annual Wimbledon preparation, where he was the defending champion. Roddick defeated Mardy Fish and Andy Murray, before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. At Wimbledon, Roddick suffered a second-round defeat to Serbia's Janko Tipsarević, 6–7, 7–5, 6–4, 7–6. This was his earliest exit at Wimbledon. Roddick was beaten at the Rogers Cup in the third round by Marin Cilic, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6. He was then forced to pull out of the Cincinnati Masters following a neck injury, which he said may have been caused by a poor sleeping posture. He stated in an interview that the neck injury had nothing to do with his shoulder injury. Roddick did not participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics, with his reason being to concentrate on the 2008 US Open. In order to prepare for the US Open, Roddick then played in the smaller hard court tournaments in the US Open Series, including those at Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. At the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, Roddick lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the final, 1–6, 6–7.

At the 2008 US Open, Roddick defeated Fabrice Santoro in the first round, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2. Roddick then won his next three matches against Ernests Gulbis, Andreas Seppi, and Fernando González. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost to world no. 3 Novak Djokovic, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, bringing his head-to-head record with Djokovic to 1–2.

 Success in Asia
Roddick captured his 26th ATP title in Beijing at the China Open on September 28, 2008. He defeated Dudi Sela of Israel, 6–4, 6–7, 6–3. The victory was part of Roddick's strong showing in Asia, as he reached the semifinal round of the AIG Japan Open, where he lost to eventual champion Tomás Berdych, after squandering a 5–3 lead in the third and deciding set. In the third round of the Madrid Masters, he lost to Gaël Monfils in three sets, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6. Two weeks later, Roddick reached the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters by defeating Gilles Simon, 6–3, 7–5, before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Due to his performance in the tournament, Roddick automatically qualified for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup. At the Masters Cup in Shanghai, he played Andy Murray in his first round-robin match and lost, 4–6, 6–1, 1–6. He was then scheduled to play Roger Federer, but retired due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Radek Štěpánek.

 Return to form in 2009
Roddick hired Larry Stefanki as his new coach and started working with him on December 1, 2008. Stefanki had previously trained John McEnroe, Marcelo Ríos, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Fernando González, and Tim Henman. Under Stefanki's guidance, both Rios and Kafelnikov rose to world no. 1 ranking, and Henman and González reached the top five, including a 2007 Australian Open runner-up finish by Gonzalez.

Roddick began official tournament competition at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. He defeated Gaël Monfils in the semifinals, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3, before losing to Andy Murray in the final. At the Australian Open, Roddick defeated Xavier Malisse in the second round, 4–6, 6–2, 7–6, 6–2. After victories over Fabrice Santoro and 21st-seeded Tommy Robredo, Roddick played the defending champion and world no. 3 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic retired in the fourth set while trailing, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, 2–1, which allowed Roddick to reach the fourth Australian Open semifinal of his career. Roddick was defeated there by eventual runner-up Roger Federer, 2-6, 5-7, 5-7.

His next tournament was the SAP Open in San Jose, U.S. He snapped a three-match losing streak against Tommy Haas in the quarterfinals, 7–5, 6–4, before losing in the semifinals to Radek Štěpánek for the first time in his career, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. At the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, U.S., Roddick defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals, 2–6, 7–6, 6–4, to reach the final. He took his first title of the year by beating Štěpánek in the final, 7–5, 7–5.

Roddick chose not to defend his Dubai title, with prize money of $2 million, to protest the refusal of the United Arab Emirates to grant Israeli Shahar Pe'er a visa for the Women's Tennis Association event. "I really didn't agree with what went on over there", Roddick said.

Roddick played both of the spring ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in the U.S. He was seeded seventh at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, 6–3, 6–2. His run was ended by world no. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, 4-6, 6-7. However, he won the doubles title with partner Mardy Fish. It was his fourth doubles title overall and his second partnering Fish. At the Miami Masters, Roddick beat ninth-seeded Gaël Monfils in the fourth round, 7–6, 6–2, to secure a place in the quarterfinals, where he lost to Roger Federer, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6.

After a break from tournament tennis to get married, Roddick returned to action at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court event in Madrid. In his first match, Roddick survived two match points in the second-set tiebreaker to defeat Tommy Haas, 1–6, 7–6, 6–4. In the quarterfinals, Roddick again lost to Federer, 7–5, 6–7, 6–1. Roddick had his career-best result at the French Open, when he defeated Marc Gicquel in the third round. He lost in the fourth round to Monfils, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3.

A twisted ankle forced Roddick to retire from his semifinal match against James Blake at the AEGON Championships, his first grass court tournament of the year. He was seeded sixth at Wimbledon. He defeated Leyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6, 6–4, serving a career-high 43 aces, and third-seeded Andy Murray in the semifinals, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6. He then lost to Federer for the third time in a Wimbledon final, 5–7, 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 16–14. Roddick was praised for his performance and received a lot of compliments. Even though Roddick lost this match, he set a record for number of games won in a Wimbledon final at 39. This was their fourth meeting in a Grand Slam final, all having been won by Federer. The match set records for the longest men's Grand Slam final in history at 77 games and the longest fifth set in a men's grand slam final. Following the match, when asked to elaborate on his marathon performance, Roddick replied, "I lost." On the strength of his Wimbledon performance, Roddick returned to the top five on July 13, 2009.

Roddick returned to action as the top seed at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Washington. He defeated Benjamin Becker, 6–3, 6–2, and then Sam Querrey, 7–6, 6–4. He defeated Ivo Karlović in the quarterfinals, 7–6, 7–6, and John Isner, 6–7, 6–2, 7–5 in the semifinals. In the final, he lost to defending champion Juan Martín del Potro, 6-3, 5-7, 6-7, despite saving three match points.

Roddick played the next week at the ATP World Tour 1000 event in Montreal, where he was seeded fifth. He defeated Igor Andreev, 6–1, 7–6, then world no.11 Fernando Verdasco, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6, and in the quarterfinals defeated world no.4 Novak Djokovic, 6–4, 7–6, improving his career record against Djokovic to 4–2 (3–0 in 2009). He then lost to world no.6 Juan Martín del Potro, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5, in the semifinals, despite having a match point. The loss dropped his career record against del Potro to 0–3 (0–2 in 2009).

Roddick next played at the ATP World Tour 1000 event in Cincinnati, where he was seeded fifth. He lost to Sam Querrey, 7–6, 7–6, in his first match, after having received a bye in the first round.

Roddick entered the US Open as the fifth-seeded player. In his first-round match, he defeated the German veteran Björn Phau, 6–1, 6–4, 6–2. On September 3, 2009 during the US Open, he faced Frenchman Marc Gicquel and won, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4, as his parents and newly-wed wife watched from the stands. In the third round, he was eliminated by fellow American John Isner, 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7. Ironically, he lost his serve only once during the match, as was the case in the Wimbledon final.

Roddick's next tournament was the 2009 China Open in Beijing, where he was the defending champion. In a shocking upset, he was defeated in the first round by Polish qualifier and world no. 143 Łukasz Kubot, 2–6, 4–6. He also played doubles at the event with Mark Knowles. The pair reached the final, losing to Bob and Mike Bryan, 4-6, 2-6.

Roddick was forced to retire from his first-round match at the 2009 Shanghai Masters against Stanislas Wawrinka while leading 4–3. It was later announced that Roddick would return to the United States to seek medical advice on a left-knee injury. Once again, he qualified for the Year-End Masters in London, securing the sixth spot. However, 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. He finished 2009 as the no. 7 in the world.

Roddick started his 2010 campaign at the 2010 Brisbane International as the top seed. In the final, Roddick defeated defending champion Radek Štěpánek, 7–6, 7–6, for his first ATP Tour title since February 2009, and making 2010 his tenth consecutive season with at least one ATP singles title. Roddick teamed with James Blake in the men's doubles and made it to the semifinals, before losing to eventual champions Jérémy Chardy and Marc Gicquel. Roddick announced that he would not represent the United States in Davis Cup competition for the 2010 season.

Roddick entered the 2010 Australian Open as the seventh seed. He lost in the quarterfinals to Marin Čilić, despite coming back from two sets down while battling an apparent shoulder injury, 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6.

He then played in the 2010 SAP Open, where, in the semifinals, he lost the first set 2–6 to Sam Querrey, but came back winning the final two sets in tie-breaks 7–6, 7–6 and went to the finals, where he lost to Fernando Verdasco, 6–3, 4–6, 4–6. He then entered the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, where he lost in the quarterfinals in a rematch of the San Jose semifinals to Sam Querrey, 5–7, 6–3, 1–6.

Playing in the 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Roddick went to the semifinals, where he faced Robin Söderling, and despite a 0–2 record against him, won 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. Roddick lost to Ivan Ljubičić, 7–6, 7–6 in the finals. This was Roddick's first Masters Series finals since the 2006 Cincinnati Masters.

In the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick defeated Igor Andreev, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Benjamin Becker, and Nicolás Almagro. In the semifinals he upset fourth-seed Rafael Nadal, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, to reach his fourth final of the year. In the final, Roddick won his second Sony Ericsson Open title, after defeating Thomas Berdych, 7–5, 6–4. This was Roddick's 29th title in 49 finals, fifth ATP Masters 1000 title, and first Masters 1000 title since 2006.

Roddick did not fare well during the clay-court season, withdrawing from Rome due to personal reasons and from Madrid due to a stomach virus. Roddick then lost in the third round of the 2010 French Open to Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets, 4-6, 4-6, 2-6.

Failure at Roland Garros was followed by another disappointment when Roddick suffered his earliest ever exit in the 2010 AEGON Championships, a grass court, Wimbledon tune-up event. On June 10, 2010, he was beaten 6–4, 7–6 by Dudi Sela in the third round.

At Wimbledon, Roddick was seeded fifth, which was two spots higher than his ATP ranking of seven. He was defeated in the fourth round by Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan in five sets, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 7–6, 7–9. Like his final match with Roger Federer the previous year, his serve was broken only once during the match, in the fifth set.

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. He was eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champion Mardy Fish, 6-7, 3-6. His next tournament was in Washington D.C., where he lost in the round of 16 to Gilles Simon, 3-6, 3-6. The only American man in the ATP top ten prior to the tournament, the loss dropped him from the list. For the first time since the inception of the ATP world rankings, there was no American man in the top ten. Following the Washington tournament, Roddick withdrew from the Canada Masters due to illness, leading to a drop in ranking to no. 13, his lowest rank since 2002.

On August 14, 2010, Roddick revealed that he had been diagnosed with mononucleosis, the same illness that hurt rival Roger Federer's form in 2008, although he said his doctor believed it was in its later stages and he would make a complete recovery soon.

In the Cincinnati Masters, he defeated world no. 5 Robin Söderling, 6–4, 6–7, 7–6, to reach the quarterfinals, where he defeated no. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, 6–4, 7–5. The win was Roddick's fourth consecutive over Djokovic, raising his career head-to-head record against Djokovic to 5–2 and ensuring Roddick's return to the top ten. In the semifinals, Roddick faced Mardy Fish, but lost, 4–6, 7–6, 6–1, failing to serve out the match at 5–3 in the second set.

In the second round of the 2010 US Open, Roddick was beaten by Janko Tipsarević of Serbia in four sets, 6–3, 5–7, 3–6, 6–7.

Roddick was seeded tenth at the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000. In the first round, Roddick defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber after Kohlschreiber retired in the second set (3–6, 1–2). Roddick second round opponent was Guillermo García López. Leading 6–3, 2–3, Roddick suffered a groin injury and was forced to retire from the match.

At the 2010 Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel, Roddick was seeded fourth. He defeated Sam Querrey, Andrey Golubev, and David Nalbandian, earning a semifinal match against Roger Federer, their first meeting since the 2009 Wimbledon final. He lost to Federer, 2-6, 4-6.

At the BNP Paribas Masters, Roddick was the eighth seed and received a bye in the first round. He advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Jarkko Nieminen and Ernests Gulbisin the second and third round, respectively. Roddick then fell to world no. 5 Robin Söderling, 5–7, 4–6. With Fernando Verdasco failing to reach the final, Roddick automatically qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the eighth consecutive year. Though he had dropped out of top ten in the ATP rankings after his early exit from the US Open, his victory over Gulbis in Paris assured his return to the top ten at year end, making him and Federer the only players to maintain year-end top-ten ATP rankings from 2002 through 2010.

Roddick played his final tournament of the year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Roddick was placed in Group A with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Tomáš Berdych. In the tournament Roddick lost all of his round-robin matches, losing to Nadal, 6–3, 6–7, 4–6, Berdych, 5–7, 2–6, and Djokovic, 2–6, 3–6, respectively. Roddick ended the year world no. 8, his eighth consecutive season finishing in the top ten.

Roddick won two titles in 2010 and was the runner up at San Jose and Indian Wells. Roddick also qualified for the year-end championships, his eighth consecutive season of qualification. This season saw Roddick make back-to-back finals at the Masters Series 1000 tournament in Indian Wells and Miami, and also his first Masters Series 1000 title since his victory at Cincinnati in 2006.

Roddick began his 2011 campaign in the Brisbane International as the second seed and the defending champion, where he was defeated 6–3 7–5 by Swedish no. 1 seed Robin Söderling in the final.

In the Australian Open, Roddick was the no. 8 seed. In the round of 16, Roddick lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, 3–6, 4–6, 4–6. He then won the 2011 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, defeating Milos Raonic in the final, 7–6, 6–7, 7–5, along with Richard Berankis, 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, Janko Tipsarević, 6–1, 7–6, Lleyton Hewitt, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, and Juan Martín del Potro, 6–3, 6–4.

Roddick began his 2011 Davis Cup campaign for the United States against Chile. He faced Nicolas Massu in the opener and defeated him in four sets, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. He then faced Paul Capdeville to clinch the victory for the U.S., and he did so by winning in four sets, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–3. Roddick improved his record to 12–0 in Davis Cup clinchers. In his next Davis Cup match against Spain, Roddick drew David Ferrer first, but lost in three tight sets, 6–7, 5–7, 3–6. 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.

At the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, he was beaten by Richard Gasquet in the fourth round, 3-6, 6-7. In the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, as the defending champion, Roddick was upset by Pablo Cuevas in the second round, 4–6, 6–7. This loss dropped Roddick to no. 12 in the rankings and the second-ranked American behind compatriot Mardy Fish.

Roddick then began his clay-court season at the 2011 Madrid Open, but he was upset in the first round by Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla in three sets, 4–6, 7–6, 3–6. 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 of France, 3–6, 3–6. He 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. Roddick also withdrew from the Nice Open in France and pulled out of the 2011 French Open, after failing to recover.

Roddick returned to action at the 2011 AEGON Championships, where he was a four-time champion. In the semifinals, he played Andy Murray, their first meeting since the Wimbledon 2009 semifinals, but Roddick was defeated, 3–6, 1–6. Andy Roddick was seeded no. 8 for Wimbledon, and in the first round, he beat Andreas Beck of Germany in straight sets, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3. In the second round, Roddick defeated Victor Hanescu, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4. In the third round, Roddick was beaten in straight sets by left-handed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 6-7, 6-7, 4-6. The upset loss to Lopez means that Roddick failed to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam since the 2010 Australian open. This was the longest Roddick had ever gone in his career without reaching the quarterfinals of a major.

Roddick withdrew from the Legg Masson Tennis Classic, and Rogers Cup, after partially tearing his oblique muscle while practicing. He returned to action after a couple of week rest from his injury and played at the 2011 Cincinnati Masters. He lost in the first round to Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7–6, 5–7, 1–6. This loss made him drop out of the top 20 for the first time since August 2001.

After suffering an early exit at Cincinnati, Roddick played at the Winston-Salem Event in North Carolina, where he received the top seed at the tournament, after the withdrawal of the top-ranked American Mardy Fish. Roddick lost in the semifinal to John Isner, 6-7, 4-6.

Roddick was seeded no. 21 at the U.S. Open. He begun his campaign with a straight sets win over fellow American Michael Russell, 6–2, 6–4, 4–6, 7–5. He then defeated another American Jack Sock in straight sets, 6–3, 6–3, 6–4, In the third round he defeated Julien Benneteau 6–1, 6–4, 7–6. He then backed it up with a 4 set win over David Ferrer to advance to his first grand slam quarterfinal since the 2010 Australian Open. He eventually fell to World No.2 Rafael Nadal.

After this, he played at Beijing, where he lost to Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-5. Still in China, his next tournament was the Masters 1000 of Shangai, where he fell to Spanish David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

After this, he played at the ATP 500 of Basel, where he lost to Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Going straight to Masters 1000 of Paris after this, he had a third round loss to British Andy Murray,6-2,6-2. This loss ended Roddick's 2011 season, which left him out of the Top 10 after being there for nine consecutive years.

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