Andy Roddick explains the impact of Roger Federer’s omnipresence and his OBSESSION with beating the Big-3

Andy Roddick opens up about the profound impact of Roger Federer's dominance.


Andy Roddick explains the impact of Roger Federer’s omnipresence and his OBSESSION with beating the Big-3

Andy Roddick and Roger Federer (Credit: Tennis.com)

Former professional tennis player Andy Roddick speaks candidly about his views toward the famous Roger Federer and his relentless pursuit of the sport’s ‘Big 3‘ in a candid interview with GQ that sheds light on the dynamic world of tennis rivalries.

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“I love Roger, I do. I love him as a human being,” Roddick candidly expresses. These statements convey Roddick’s adoration and respect for Federer. Federer’s personality and talent have gained him not only trophies but also the respect of his peers, including Roddick.

Roddick’s interview, on the other hand, dives into a more complicated side of his connection with Federer. The American admits to grappling with an underlying uneasiness after suffering 21 defeats in 24 encounters against the Swiss. The interview provides a rare look at the psychological toll that a seemingly one-sided rivalry can exact on a professional athlete.

I didn’t show up at the track every morning like, ‘Fuck Roger!’” Roddick talks openly, providing insight into his mentality at the time. He compares Federer to the sky—always present. Omnipresent, even if not always the center of attention. This metaphor captures the sense of wonder and even irritation that can come with facing a player of Federer’s skill.

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Battling the Big 3 Through Rigorous Training and Unwavering Determination

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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer (Credits: Economic Times)

The world of professional tennis is no stranger to fierce competitors, but for Roddick, the ultimate task was to defeat the trinity of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. His journey oscillates between the desire for victory and an obsession that drove him to greater heights in a compelling story of dedication.

For a diehard competitor like Roddick, what bigger challenge was there than trying to beat Federer and Nadal and Djokovic?” The question echoes throughout his career. His quest for victory against these tennis heavyweights defined an era in which their dominance overshadowed most other accomplishments.

Roddick’s relentless desire gradually morphed into something more. An obsession that devoured his thoughts and deeds. “Maybe it went from a challenge to obsession at some point,” he admits candidly.

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The turning point in this change may be traced back to a time when Roddick sought the advice of famous trainer Hooton. The trainer had previously worked with Ricky Williams at the University of Texas. He became Roddick’s guiding light at a critical moment in his career. Their collaboration evolved with breathtaking intensity—six days a week of intensive training.

The training routine featured a diverse range of activities aimed at pushing his performance to new heights. The commitment to progress was unwavering, from track work to court drills, and practice sets to weight room workouts. Roddick and Hooton’s dedication was on display when they integrated football workouts into their program. The intensity of this training reflects Roddick’s drive to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges posed by the tennis big.

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