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Grass will be greener for Roddick at Wimbledon

After a steady diet of dirt for six weeks in which the results were average at best, Andy Roddick hopes to feast on the grass at Wimbledon, writes Greg Garber.

Updated: June 22, 2007, 2:57 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

For Andy Roddick, the brief clay-court season is a necessary evil, the steaming spinach (or lima beans, if you will) that your mother insisted was good for you.

For three weeks earlier this spring, the 24-year-old American faced a steady diet of dirt in Rome, Poertschach (Austria) and, finally, in Paris. Roddick won three of his six matches and exited in the first round of the French Open, losing in four sets to Igor Andreev, who was ranked No. 125 in the world.

And now comes the sizzling ...

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