Once No. 1-ranked player on the planet trying to regain form

He has a suddenly fragile body and daunting U.S. Open draw. He has the unfortunate timing of playing in the same era as Roger Federer, while his biological tennis clock is ticking. But it's OK being Andy Roddick.

Updated: August 26, 2008, 5:37 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Two camera crews and several dozen fans were waiting for Andy Roddick when he arrived at the practice courts on Tuesday afternoon.

"Andy! Andy! Andy!" shrieked several small autograph seekers.

Roddick, moving with a casual ease, smiled and flashed one of those cute, quick, finger-to-palm waves.

"I'll be back," he said, without a trace of irony.

But will he, in the rhetorical sense, ever regain the place he ...

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