Andy Roddick: The New King Of Queens

09/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

At some point in the not-so-distant past, Andy Roddick was our great American hope. It was early in the decade, and Pete Sampras was calling it quits. Andre Agassi was slowing down, and New York-area tennis fans turned to a cute, plucky native of Texas. He was going to be the new king of Queens.

He delivered early--winning the Open in 2003--and then never again. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal became a wall that Andy Roddick kept running into, at full speed. He lost and lost. He stayed in the top 10, but once a Grand Slam tournament headed into the second week, we all knew that the American with the best shot of winning a major--and an American hasn't won one since Roddick's Open triumph--would come up short.

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