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Andy Roddick controlled Roger Federer for the first 50 minutes of Wimbledon, up 1-0, cruising through the second set tie-break 6-1, but then, as is typical of Federer/Roddick matches, things fall apart. A couple of deceptive serves by Federer, a couple of face-slapping bonks by Roddick at the net, Federer pulled out the tiebreak, and, it was at that point, you saw Andy's hopes of a Wimbledon upset seemingly disintegrate. But, miraculously, he hung in, pushing it to a fifth set that lasted forever. Federer whittled down Roddick to a sweaty nub with his unflinching, surgical style. After, you know, 85 hours. But, damn, this was epic.
Consolatory reality: Roddick played extraordinary in this match-up and proved he's capable of competing with the cyborg nature of Federer. But once again it'll be a champagne party at Gavin Rossdale's.
And no thanks to NBC Sports whose shitty-ass live feed decided to conk out in the 5th set. If that Traveler's Insurance dog is not being set on fire because of this, I will do it myself.
But here's a little something for Andy Roddick anyway.
And good afternoon. Hope the holiday treated you patriotically. And we can finally start the day.