Andy Roddick believes his title at the 2008 Dubai Championships had a tougher draw featuring each of the Big-4 as compared to the field at the 2023 China Open

Andy Roddick lists out his best performance on the tennis court ever.


Andy Roddick believes his title at the 2008 Dubai Championships had a tougher draw featuring each of the Big-4 as compared to the field at the 2023 China Open

Andy Roddick (Via: RTE)

Former US Open champion Andy Roddick recently took a look back on the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships that he played back in 2008. The American faced some of the biggest names ever in men’s tennis. However, he still managed to oust each one of them out of the tournament and went on to claim the title that year.

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Roddick held the World No. 1 crown for a while in an era when the Big-4, comprising of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer, reigned supreme in the men’s tennis scene. In those days, these four won several tournaments and were always in the race for the No. 1 spot on the ATP rankings list. 

In a recent post on the social media platform X, a user asked Roddick if his 2008 win in Dubai qualified as his second greatest at the tournament in Dubai since he had defeated two of the greatest tennis players at the event “back-to-back“.

While responding to the same, Roddick stated, “I actually think this was the strongest 32-person tourney ever”. Murray/Fed, first round. Just insane!” That’s not all, the former American player also admitted in the tweet that his performance at the tournament in Dubai in 2008 was the best he has ever played for an entire week.

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For the unitiated, at the 2008 tournament, Roddick defeated tennis legend Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. Moving on to the semi-finals, to shock everyone yet again, the American beat Novak Djokovic, who was ranked as the third seed.

Roddick faced Feliciano Lopez in the finals, winning it with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 6-2. The defending champion, Roger Federer, was eliminated from the tournament by none other than Andy Murray. Murray, however, lost in the quarterfinal round against Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko.

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Andy Roddick calls out former US president, Donald Trump

Recently, the former US president, Donald Trump, called the current US president, Joe Biden,crooked‘ on his social media site, Truth Social. The statement by the Republican candidate who’s running for elections in 2024 did not sit well with a lot of people, including the former World No. 1 Andy Roddick.

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Andy Roddick and Donald Trump.
Andy Roddick and Donald Trump. (Via US Open and AP)

Roddick, in a clever statement, indirectly pointed his fingers at Trump in a way that reminded everyone of Donald Trump’s past crimes. He replied to a screenshot of Trump’s statement, saying, “And by defend our country, he means defend me against the crimes that I’ve committed because I can make your life uncomfortable…… So sell out your country for my benefit.”

Notably, the former tennis star has taken strong stances against Republican candidates in the past as well.

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