With all due respect, even though some people will miss him, this has no influence on the game.
He might not compete for big titles, but it's always bad for the game and its fans when a great player retires.
Counter-puncher but a ballsy one and played some very good tennis at times but was prone to being outplayed a lot which is why he didn't consistently stay there.
His AO run was a rough draw albeit made easier by Safin's pullout- Safin, Blake, Nalbandian and Roddick were all overcame before he was outhit by Agassi. Also made the TMC that year and then had his next big week in MC 2004 when he knocked out a couple of strong clay courters before again being well beaten by Coria in the final. Then not a lot till 2008 when he reached the SF at Wimby and gave Nadal a decent match given his lack of overall firepower.
He maximised what he had. Far from the worst top 10 guy.
Agree with this.
The bolded bit goes without saying though. He reached a Slam final (beating great players en route to it) and was ranked as high as #5, of course he's not even among the worst top 10 players, that shouldn't even be mentioned. He also played great in his only TMC participation, was so close to making the final. Great player for sure.