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Roddick learning less is more

Andy Roddick reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open with a straight-sets win over Lleyton Hewitt. Greg Garber suggests that A-Rod may have turned the corner on his season.

Updated: September 8, 2006, 12:00 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The essence of Andy Roddick's game is power. When he is banging pea-sized serves and laser forehands behind them, tennis is a simple game. When it's happening on the rock-hard courts of the U.S. Open, it can approach sublime.

It seems like 2003 all over again for Roddick, who seems to have found his bruising rhythm just in time to challenge for the major title he won here three years ago. And maybe, just maybe, there are elements of diversity creeping into his game.

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