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Federer/Roddick: An Insomniac's Delight

josh millarSenior Analyst IJanuary 28, 2009

While most of us will be sleeping Thursday at 3:30 AM ET, there are those of us who will be glued to the television for what promises to be an intriguing semifinal encounter between the affable American Andy Roddick and the superb Swiss Roger Federer.

You’ve heard the numbers 15-2 all time, 6-0 in majors both in favour of the Federer express. Throw the numbers out the window. Let’s play tennis.

Roddick's played great thus far and he looks quicker then I’ve ever seen him. For all the talent of the ambitious American, he’s underachieved and he looks ready to make a statement.

Federer has already had a scare in this tournament against Tomas Berdych and appears equally focused.

How appropriate is it that with Pistol Pete Sampras’ record 14 majors in full frontal view, he has to go through this decades top American along the road?

This could set up a dream final of Federer/Nadal, that is if Andy Roddick doesn’t give Federer a nightmare first.

The anxious American, the spectacular Swiss.

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