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Nadal foils Roddick's final four hopes

Updated: September 10, 2011, 1:17 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- On the very first point, Andy Roddick -- against his basic nature -- moved to net and struck not one but two volleys, the second a clean winner.

Rafael Nadal took note of Roddick's aggressive (some would argue foolhardy) strategy and proceeded to pass him, with a wicked forehand, almost at will. The hope around the grounds here Friday was that the setting of a U.S. Open quarterfinal match might have the Jimmy Connors effect on Roddick -- perhaps reawaken his mojo of past ...

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