Fifth-seeded Andy Roddick is attempting to win his second career Grand Slam final at this year's U.S. Open. Here are some of the highlights of the top-ranked player in the U.S., who has won 23 career titles and been a finalist in 12 other tournaments.
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Roddick's best year on Tour came in 2003. He won Master Series titles in Montreal and Cincinnati and defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the U.S. Open.
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Roddick owns the fastest serve in ATP history. He recorded a 155 mph serve during a Davis Cup semifinals match in Charleston.
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Roddick had a 45-12 singles record in 2007 before the start of this year's Open and had won singles titles at Queen's Club and Washington.
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Roddick has played in four Grand Slam finals, including Wimbledon in 2004 and 2005 (he lost to Roger Federer on both occasions). He has a 27-7 career record at Wimbledon.
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He grabbed his second ATP tour title of 2007 by beating John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (4) to win the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., for the third time.
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In 2003, Roddick became the youngest American (21 years 2 months) to ever finish No. 1 in the ATP rankings and made the biggest jump in history from the previous year: from No. 10. He was also the sixth American to finish at the top of the rankings, joining Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi.
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Like many players, Roddick has been unable to solve Roger Federer. The Swiss Master holds a 13-1 career record against the American. Roddick's only win over Federer came in 2003 in Canada.
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In 2001 Roddick became the first American teenager since Pete Sampras to win at least three titles in the same season. He won in Atlanta, Houston and Miami.
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In one of the great matches in Australian Open history, Roddick outlasted Yonus El Aynaoui 4-6, 7-6 (5) 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 at the 2003 event. At the time it was the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours 23 minutes.
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Last year Roddick reached out to tennis legend Jimmy Connors following an early exit at the French Open. The two have worked together over the past year with mixed results. Roddick reached the finals of the U.S. Open in 2006 and the semifinals of the 2007 Australian Open, but lost in the opening round of the French Open and the quarters of Wimbledon.
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Roddick has been featured in non-sports publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Vogue. In 2003 he was named Sexiest Athlete in People's Sexiest Man Alive issue. He has thrown out the first pitch at several Major League Baseball games, including Game 2 of 2003 Oakland-Boston playoff series, and became the second tennis player (along with Chris Evert) to host Saturday Night Live (Nov. 8, 2003).
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