Over the last generation, tennis has become a global game as the days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi slip farther and farther away.
The top four players in the world are from Spain (Nadal), Serbia (Djokovic), Switzerland (Federer) and England (Murray); so maybe not "global" as much as "European", unless by "global" we really mean "not American".
Either way, with one American in the top 10 and only three in the top 32, there's not much chance of the Stars and Stripes being represented in the event's final weekend.
Andy Roddick, the honorary Texan whose set up shop in Austin, was the last American to reach a major final in 2009 at Wimbledon. In 2012, he's on the wrong side of 30 in both the age and the draw. The days of the one-dimensional server winning a major, even on the grass courts of Wimbledon, have come and gone.
John Isner, at No. 11, and Mardy Fish, at No. 10, don't have Roddick's name or ability to bag Hollywood actresses, but they're the only Americans with any real chance of making a noise. And by "noise" I mean "quarterfinal".
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