And, as I'm sure most people know, Roddick never won another major. He was the top American player for over a decade, and that's saying something. And he has many smaller tournament wins to show for it.* But he's much more renown for losing in majors, usually in heartbreaking fashion. Sometimes it broke your heart because of how far over his head he looked. Other times it was about how heart-wrenchingly close he came to getting over the insurmountable mountain that was (is?) Federer-Nadal-Djokovic.
*As well as over $20 million in prize money. Oh, and Brooklyn Decker. Not too shabby.
And, well, it's pretty well-known I've got a soft-spot for underdogs. Over time, I came to appreciate that Andy Roddick was a huge underdog in an era dominated by all-time greats. First it was Roger Federer doing his thing. And before his time could really wane, here was Rafa Nadal. Time will tell if Novak Djokovic is an all-time great, but we can already see that he had maybe the greatest year anybody has ever had last year. There was no soft spot for Roddick to break through when these guys came around.*