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The last time Roddick and Nadal squared off at the US Open, Roddick only squandered seven games in a convincing second-round.
For Roddick, too bad it isn't still 2004.
Back then, Nadal was not a confident hard-court player, relying on opponent's mistakes rather than creating opportunities for himself. In fact, the two have not played on a Grand Slam stage since that match. However, every match between the two has been as close as the first matchup, minus an encounter on clay.
Roddick has surprised many, including myself, by making it this far. His match with Ferrer was not a favorable one considering the styles of the two, but Roddick found a game plan that worked and stuck with it.
If Roddick wants to win this title, he may have to go through four of the top five players in men's tennis, and he'll have to at least take down three of them. For now, Roddick needs to focus on the Spanish speedster.
To win, Roddick will need to continue crashing the net, making Nadal uncomfortable every chance he gets. Nadal is comfortable hitting passing shots on the run, but Roddick can't get discouraged because he is not going to out muscle Nadal from the baseline.
Roddick will need a superhuman effort to defeat Nadal, but he's still capable of pulling off the upset.
My Prediction: Roddick's playing well enough to push the match to four sets, but Nadal will play the big points better and advance to the semis.