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Could Andy make a run this year?
By all accounts, Andy Roddick is washed up. It's time to stop wondering whether he'll be able to string together a solid performance in a Grand Slam long enough to actually make it to another final.
But I'm going to do it anyway.
In his second-round match against the German Bjorn Phau, Roddick looked, at times, like his old self; losing serve just once for the match.
He had 13 aces and won 25 points at the net. Despite a trying second set in which he escaped through a tie breaker, Roddick held on to win the match 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3.
But now he's about to get his real test from No. 7 ranked David Ferrer. There's every reason in the world to think Ferrer will handle him, but consider that Roddick, despite his struggles entering Wimbledon seeded No. 30, has played rather well on grass as of late.
He entered Eastbourne, earlier in June, much like he entered Wimbledon; as a complete wild card. But he ended up taking home his fifth career grass-court title and just for good measure, has not dropped a set so far on grass at Wimbledon this year.
Could this year be his year to make some noise?
Again, history says he'll falter to Ferrer, but with a 6-4 career record against Roddick, the Spaniard isn't exactly the overwhelming favorite. He also lost to Roddick in the fourth round of the 2011 U.S. Open 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6.
If Roddick does get past him, he'll likely face No. 9 seed Juan Martin del Potro, who can trade power shots with Roddick all day.
Roddick is going to be the underdog at every stage of the tournament from here on out, but don't call it a comeback if he strings together a run. He's been doing just fine on grass as of late and Wimbledon could be his chance to disprove the naysayers.