"I also never walked on the moon": Andy Roddick gives superb response to supposedly never being better than Federer, Nadal or Djokovic

Saturday, 27 April 2024 at 00:00
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Andy Roddick sarcastically mocked a fan when he pointed out that he wasn't good enough compared to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
The former American tennis player was one of the dominant figures on the ATP Tour between 2002 and 2010, ending nine consecutive seasons in the top 10, in addition to winning the 2003 US Open and finishing No. 1 that same year. Additionally, Roddick secured 5 Masters 1000 titles, the Davis Cup, and four runner-up finishes in Grand Slam finals.

Roddick's sarcastic remark on being compared to the Big-3

Roddick's peak years on the Tour coincided with the rise of Roger Federer, marking the beginning of the Big-3 era with Federer's first Grand Slam at Wimbledon 2003, where the Swiss defeated Roddick in the semifinals before claiming the title against Australian Mark Philippoussis.
The last match of the rivalry between Roddick and Federer was at the 2012 Miami Open, where the North American emerged victorious. The one-sided head-to-head ended 21-3 in favor of Federer.
"I'd go into a Wimbledon final, I had a puncher's chance, but I believed that not that I was better, but that I could win. There's a difference between the two, I knew, at scale, I was never better than Roger Federer… but on a given day, can I throw a right-hand uppercut and beat Roger? Yeah," said Roddick.
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Roddick held the world No. 1 ranking for 13 weeks between 2003 and 2004.
Referring to this interview, a fan on X (formerly Twitter) asserted that Roddick was never at the level of the Big-3: "He was never better than Nadal or Djokovic either!" said a fan.
"I also never walked on the moon," said Roddick.
Another fan pointed out that basically no one who has picked up a racket is at the level of the Big-3, so it doesn't make sense to attack Roddick for that: "Wait why is @andyroddick being attacked for not being as good as Fed, Nadal, or Novak? That would apply to every other person who has ever picked up a racquet," they wrote on X.
"Because internet," Roddick responded to the second fan.

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