It's lonely at the top

Updated: August 27, 2004, 1:58 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Andy Roddick is the future of American tennis on and off the court.

He returns to the U.S. Open as its defending champion and is ranked No. 2 in the world. He'll turn 22 on Monday and already he has achieved pop culture status -- which means Web sites and magazines talk about his hair and his girlfriend, who last year was singer/actress Mandy Moore.

With Pete Sampras gone and Andre Agassi readying for retirement, Roddick is clearly the successor to the American tennis throne.

"It's ...

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