Re: Why was (is) Federer such a bad matchup for Roddick?
Well, Federer can block back huge serves. People with decent ground strokes can take advantage of blocked returns, but Roddick has pretty shitty ground strokes. Without his serve, for most of Roddick's peak he would have be a been a top 15-30 player, not top 10 or top 5 or higher. Fed effectively neutralizes the good part of his game, and each rally would start either on Federer's serve or a neutralizing return.