‘Idiots’: Andy Roddick blasts ‘trash’ call in tennis debate over ‘one slam wonder’ Daniil Medvedev

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Andy Roddick says anyone who calls Australian Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev a one slam wonder is an idiot.

Jannik Sinner beat Medvedev 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 last weekend to win his maiden grand slam title and set up a decade long rivalry with fellow emerging star Carlos Alcaraz.

It was Medvedev’s sixth appearance in a grand slam final, but he only has one trophy to his name — the 2021 US Open where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final.

The 27-year-old spent more than 24 hours on court at Melbourne Park, including several early morning finishes, setting a new record for the most playing time at a grand slam.

But Medvedev’s gut-wrenching five set loss saw him become the first player to lose two grand slam finals after leading two sets to love after Rafael Nadal also came back to beat him in the 2022 Australian Open final.

It’s sparked a discussion around who is the best player to only win one grand slam.

Roddick won the 2003 US Open and the Davis Cup representing the USA, but lost three Wimbledon finals and a US Open decider to Roger Federer.

Juan Martin Del Potro is another candidate, having beaten Federer in the 2009 US Open final and showing he could contend with the Big Three before injuries unfortunately derailed his career.

Andy Murray lost five Australian Open finals, but he won three grand slams so he’s out of this debate.

Speaking on his Served podcast, Roddick argued Medvedev’s tennis CV is better than his, calling him “one of the most underappreciated players ever”.

“And I’ll throw myself under the bus on this one. Twitter the other day, there’s some conversation going and I get looped in and they’re going, someone said, ‘Medvedev’s the best player ever that has one Slam.’ And I was the answer of the counter (argument).

“I’ll just tell everyone right now, he’s better than I ever was. He has 20-something-odd titles. He’s won however many Masters Series events, one World Tour Finals, has been No. 1 in the world. Oh by the way, beat Novak Djokovic in a grand slam final.”

“He has put himself there, I mean he’s been in back-to-back grand slam finals. This guy is better. If anyone calls him a ‘one slam wonder’, they’re idiots and don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Roddick said while it’s easy to focus on Medvedev losing a final after leading two sets to love, his record over a long period of time stacks up with some of the best in tennis.

“I know we always celebrate the winner and people are gonna knock Medvedev for being up two sets and he let it go – that’s trash if you do that,” the American great said.

“Because that’s in no way representative of what he did this entire tournament and what frankly he’s done for five or six years.

“This is his sixth major final now and I don’t feel like we give him enough credit. I’ve never left a final watching Medvedev and thought he’s blown it or given it away. He makes someone earn it every single time.”

“He’s played Rafa twice, Novak twice and an in-form Sinner. It’s just the way it goes. I lost four finals and won one. Sometimes you just come up against someone better on the day.”