Federer defeats have taken a toll on Roddick
Is Andy Roddick finished among the elite of world tennis? The question has been doing the rounds for some years now and the answers have been mixed.
Some say he should quit while he is still ahead, others believe the world No 12 and behind the lesser known Mardy Fish in the rankings, has a few more good years left in him.
He has not been a dominant figure in the sport since he lost two consecutive Wimbledon finals against Roger Federer in 2004 and 2005.
He went on to reach two more grand slam finals - the 2006 US Open and 2009 Wimbledon - but he lost both to Federer as well.
Federer's conquest of the men's game started when Roddick was the world No 1 and the American's series of defeats against the Swiss chipped away at his confidence.
Federer holds a 20-2 record against Roddick and has stood in his way in virtually every major tournament. The effects of those defeats can be seen on Roddick's career graph.
He had six titles in 2003 and finished the year as the No 1. That number came down to four in 2004 and he has not seen more than three titles in a year since.
A number of injuries and a bout of mononucleosis have also dampened his enthusiasm.
With Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal playing the way they are, can Roddick really be competitive against them? Or even Federer and Andy Murray? The 'A-Rod' is 29 now and his best years are long behind him.
Published: August 2, 2011 04:00 AM