Roddick ready for Federer fight

Andy Roddick's victory over Mikhail Youzhny has given him the confidence to go head-to-head with No. 1-ranked Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final, writes Greg Garber.

Updated: September 9, 2006, 9:17 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Three years, in tennis time, is an eternity. Dog years, one equals seven, almost.

In 2003, Andre Agassi was a spry young man of 33. Jennifer Capriati (remember her?), Chanda Rubin and even Serena Williams (remember her?) were top-10 players. And Andy Roddick, just turned 21, crashed through the draw at the U.S. Open. Creating fireworks with his serve and forehand, Roddick would win the title and heist the No. 1 ranking.

That was B.F. -- Before Federer. ...

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