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Roddick Moves On

by Kenny Ducey

Former US Open champ will play at least one more match after winning on Day 5

There was certainly magic in the air Friday night at Arthur Ashe as Andy Roddick ripped serve after serve past Bernard Tomic.

"I felt like I couldn't get a racquet on his first serve." Not many could, at an average of 127 MPH.

Roddick advanced to the third round in style, taking it 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 over the Australian, and giving the fans a show in the process. He played exceptional around the net, winning 70% of his points there - including one in the second set that brought the record crowd of 24,674 to their feet.

"There were a lot of people -- that's the smallest it felt to me. It almost felt cozy for once. It's a big place for that."

He brought something we've never seen before to the court - a desire to keep his career going. Roddick said after the match he walked by a TV screen just 15 minutes before his match showing a montage of his career. "I assumed it was to an 80's ballad."

While he was only able to offer that he "felt weird" before the match, he definitely had a fire burning inside of him while he was raising the roof after big points. 

On a Friday night in the big apple. Andy Roddick was the main attraction.

The 20th-Ranked American will face his "good old friend" Fabio Fognini in the next round, and if Roddick can play as well as he did tonight, Del Potro [7] could be next.

He wasn't the only one to excite the fans on a hot day in Queens; 18 year-old Laura Robson, who ended Kim Clijsters' career just 2 nights ago, upset Li Na [9] in three sets.

"When the draw first came out, I wasn't really looking past the first round. And then when I heard that I was playing Li Na after I played Kim, I didn't really think anything. I just knew that it was going to be an extremely tough match, which it was."

She'll face Samantha Stosuer, who disposed of Varvara Lebchenko today, in the fourth round.

Other winners included Victoria Azarenka [1], Novak Djokovic [2], Maria Sharapova [3]. David Ferrer [4], and American John Isner [9].


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