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Old 07-13-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Who's the better player? Roddick won a Grand Slam, Murray has not and probably never will.

Roddick said that he feels bad for Murray. He had to deal with Roger Federer and that's why he only won one Grand Slam, but Murray has to deal with 3 Rogers (Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic).

Do you think Roddick is right?
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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Roddick also had to deal with Nadal and Djokovic, Nadal peaked quite early but yes, they have improved a lot. I don't really Federer was the only reason for the lack of Roddick's success, he just was never a very polished tennis player, relying more on speed than anything else. Murray strikes me as a great but not exceptional player - he's pretty boring to watch too, imo. Djokovic does everything he does (he's the most conventional of the three) but has incredible speed, agility and stretch with Murray cannot match. I would say they are both about the same, but Roddick is always more exciting to watch for me.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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I thought it was just me. I think Murray is boring to watch too. Maybe it has to do with lack of facial expression? You know how Tsonga and Nadal are very expressive? But, then again, Federer is not very facially expressive, but he is exciting to watch.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:35 PM
 
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The lack of excitement in Murray's game may be related to his tendency to play defense-first (which is very good at) rather than going for big shots.

I personally think Andy Murray will be a better player at his peak than Andy Roddick was at his peak; Murray just has the misfortune of playing at a time when the top players are really, really good and rarely get upset early in the really big (i.e. Grand Slam) tournaments. Roddick's peak as a player really occurred when only Federer was dominant and Nadal and Djokovic were still ascending (and Nadal wasn't yet a top player on hard courts).
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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I personally think Andy Murray will be a better player at his peak than Andy Roddick was at his peak.
Roddick almost beat Federer at Wimbledon Finals when Federer was 3 years younger (age 27).

Murray didn't have a chance at all at Wimbledon Finals when Federer was 30 years old.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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At their best, I'd say that Murray is the better player. He returns better than Roddick, he has better groundstrokes than Roddick, he's quicker than Roddick, and he's a better defensive player than Roddick. Murray is also a more creative shot maker than Roddick.

Roddick is the bigger server, but Murray serves pretty big, too. Murray also leads in their head-to-head match up (8-4).
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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Roddick is the bigger server, but Murray serves pretty big, too. Murray also leads in their head-to-head match up (8-4).
I think Roddick is the biggest server, and you can compare their head-to-head as there is like a 5-6 year difference.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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I think Roddick is the biggest server, and you can compare their head-to-head as there is like a 5-6 year difference.
Murray won 3 of their 4 first meetings starting back in 2006 (when Roddick was only 23).
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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It isn't even close, murray has swept him aside most times I have watched them play.
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