Will Federer Pass Sampras? Will Roddick's Wife Get More Face Time? [Wimbledon Live Thread]
But then Roger Federer became Roger Federer, and Roddick hasn't won a Grand Slam since. And multiple times, it's been Federer who's prevented him from getting there. In fact, if it weren't for Federer, Roddick probably would have 4 or 5 career Grand Slams by now.
Of course, it works both ways. If Federer didn't have Nadal to deal with, he'd probably have 18 Grand Slams.
But anyway, the point is the window in tennis where most players have a chance to win Grand Slams is often quite small - even for very good players. It was getting to the point where I thought Roddick's window had closed, but then here he is.
Only problem is that he has no chance of beating Federer. None.
Roddick has beaten Federer only twice in his career, and both those wins came in tournaments that were best of three sets. And here's a stunning stat for you: Roddick is 2-18 all time versus Federer. He's also lost twice in the Wimbledon final to Federer.
There's just too much going on here for Roddick to win. Federer isn't going to choke when he's one win away from passing Sampras. And Roddick is definitely going to be thinking about that 2-18 record in the back of his mind.
Basically, it'll take Roddick playing better than he's ever played before and Federer playing poorly for Roddick to hoist the winner's trophy. Problem is, Federer never plays poorly.
Let's just hope it's a reasonably exciting match, even though it'll never top last year's epic Federer/Nadal showdown. And even though Roddick will lose, he clearly won the hot wife contest.
Feel free to chat up the match here.